Survival of the Fittest? Or Survival of the Most Adaptable?
We are in unprecedented times of extraordinary uncertainty and challenge, with most, if not all, commonly accepted ways of doing business currently on hold. Businesses are in turmoil and struggling to find a way through this crisis.
But whilst the struggle is real, there is also a glimmer of opportunity. For those companies who are smart enough to see this as a way to reset, to adapt, to transform, and to ultimately position themselves to emerge stronger and more competitive in the changed business environment.
At Yeast, we understand business and the challenges that leaders face in trying to navigate through times of great uncertainty. We recognise the need to balance short-term survival tactics against longer-term investment decisions and have developed 2 specific approaches dedicated to addressing these competing and potentially mutually-exclusive choices. Please click on either of the 2 programmes below to find out how we can help you.
Regardless of your industry, the size of your business, or whether you're B2B or consumer-facing, we will help you through this current crisis and allow you to be as well-positioned as possible for future success.
We are experts in delivering bespoke Leadership & Management development programmes that drive improvements in individual, team and organisational performance. In addition, our coaching expertise ensures that meaningful and sustainable improvements are achieved, and that the investment of your training and development budget is maximised.
All our workshops include 1:1 coaching sessions to embed the learning, and to provide the necessary challenge, support and accountability needed to deliver the results you're looking for.
Click on the links below to take a look at or download the range of our most popular development workshops below. Alternatively, send us a message or talk to us about bespoke coaching or learning and development options for your organisation. We guarantee that you will see the results you're looking for!
Our Leadership Development Programmes are based on the premise that for training to be of value, it should be applied, reflected upon and change the framework we use to operate. This practice creates real learning which drives changes in behaviour.
As a result, all of our programmes are based on coaching - each participant will be assigned a personal coach for the entire duration of the programme. This coach will meet the individual shortly after each of the formal sessions to contextualise the theory and challenge them to apply it and reflect on it in their individual situation. Coaches will also support the candidate remotely over the duration of the course, allowing the candidate the ability to discuss confidentially problems they might encounter throughout their development.
Each programme is designed specifically to ensure that the development meets the needs of our clients. If required by the client can be certificated by Yeast’s ILM centre to give a recognised National accreditation.
In our view, team and objective development go hand in hand. There is no use in improving communication and the way individuals work as a team if they are not united behind a common purpose and vice versa. Therefore whenever we undertake a project to improve how a team works together and communicates, we always include elements of strategy, objectives and targets, as they give the team a focus.
Communication is improved by enabling individuals to deepen their understanding themselves and how they differ to the others in the team. We use a variety of tests and psychometric measures to assist in this learning. As each team has its own characteristics, our programmes are tailor made for each client and created to target the issues experienced by the team.
We often combine team development programmes with coaching for the individuals within the team. This allows the learning to be reinforced in each of them and support the deployment of strategy effectively throughout the organisation.
Mental toughness is the characteristic which determines how an individual responds to stress, pressure and challenge and how the environment impacts upon an individual’s performance.
Using the MTQ48 psychometric test, we can assess the mental toughness of an individual or team and use this information to help them develop. Mental toughness can be developed in individuals and can also erode if subject to excessive pressure. There is already a great deal of research demonstrating a strong relationship between the performance of an individual and their level of mental toughness. In general it has been demonstrated that mentally tough individuals:
By developing resilience and mental toughness in the key individuals and teams within an organisation we can improve the performance of the organisation, making it more dynamic and open to change, more disciplined and committed to its mission and values and more likely to take controlled risks and learn from any failures – all the key components of developing a learning organisation.
Individuals who are naturally extremely mentally tough may also, unless they have developed a good sense of awareness, appear to be less sensitive to and more detached from their surroundings. This could adversely affect their ability to perform in or lead a team. We help raise the awareness of these individuals and work with them to improve their performance by improving their emotional intelligence.
To achieve results, we develop the right environment for our clients to get the best out of themselves. We provide challenge in our coaching sessions to create sufficient discomfort for our clients change their behaviour and all of our coaches have significant business experience to support learning.
All of our coaching assignments have agreed aims and purpose and wherever possible we find a method of measuring the results, so that we can demonstrate the value we add to the organisation. Each coaching session concludes with the individual deciding what actions need to be taken and we review these up at the next session.
We develop bespoke, coaching based programmes to drive changes in culture across organisations and embed new behaviours and systems. Delivered through coaching from the top of the organisation, we support the development of a coaching culture and the Mental Toughness to sustain the disciplines which are put in place.
An example of one of these programmes can be found in the Regulated Environment case study »
We help the individuals and teams which lead organisations to develop and articulate a strong clear vision and direction for the future. By challenging, questioning, listening and providing insight from our experience we can usually ensure that ideas are thought through and tested in a ‘no risk’ environment. The resulting vision and implications on the organisation are therefore better thought through and able to be presented in a clear, cohesive manner which engages and enthuses the team.
We help organisations select individuals capable of developing into internal coaches and then design and run programmes to develop their ability to coach others. We can also provide ongoing support and development to these coaches by providing Coaching supervision.
Each programme is designed specifically to ensure that the development meets the needs of our clients. If required by the client can be certificated by Yeast’s ILM centre to give a recognised National accreditation in coaching.
Through our bespoke executive coaching programmes, mental toughness training, and leadership and management training programmes we help drive sustainable business outperformance. We provide leaders and managers with the tools, techniques and strategies to create and maintain an optimum business environment, as shown in the adjacent figure, which challenges and motivates individuals who have the requisite mental toughness to thrive under pressure.
We are experts at developing individuals at all levels of an organisation - from board-level executives to first level managers: we create simulus and challenge in the environment alongside developing the mental toughness capacity of the individuals within your business.
We design our leadership and management training and coaching programmes on a client-by-client basis to deliver significant value for money and return on investment.