Local international leadership development organisation Common Purpose has announced the redesign of their senior leaders programme; aimed at ensuring time-poor senior leaders maximise their leadership potential.

With continued economic uncertainty - and the call for better management and leadership to help address the productivity gap - more business owners and leaders can see the need for new ideas, thinking and peer support, but many don’t know where to find it – or think they don’t have the time for it.   Common Purpose’s innovative leadership programme uses peer-to-peer insights for chief executives and other senior leaders who may not have time, or the opportunity, to collaborate with peers outside their organisation or industry.  Specialising in cross-boundary leadership, their flagship Meridian programme accelerates learning via experiential sessions allowing participants to learn from a diverse range of peers from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

A recent study of Meridian alumni proves the value of the course, with 90% of senior leaders who took part saying it helped them develop as leaders, drive bold innovation and gain broader networks.

Louise Teboul, the Midlands Operations Director, Common Purpose UK said; “Recent studies suggest that SMEs believe investing in staff is the secret ingredient to grow a business* - but we know they’re concerned about time away from their businesses.  We already know that our Meridian programme represents great value for money, but at a time where everyone is busy and senior people are particularly time-poor, we have distilled the learning and engaged online learning to allow leaders to make the most of their precious time.  They also get the benefit of life-long learning with regular alumni events and support for free, after the programme is completed. ”

Mark Tonks, Director, Orange and Blue Action said: “Having participated in the Meridian programme, the hard cold financial return-on-investment terms means my investment was repaid within four months. The on-going financial return is less quantifiable but I expect it to be circa ten to one within the next 12 months.  Was the Meridian programme worth the investment...what do you think?”

The new Meridian programme takes place over three days, supported by half-day sessions and peer-coaching sessions, as well online elements to extend participant’s learning.  Recent alumni from the senior leaders programme include graduates well-known organisations like HSBC, Arts Council England, John Lewis, Banardos and British Airways.