The Siemens Coaching for Safe Empowerment Programme

“Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.”

Gloria Steinem, American activist, journalist and publisher

This set of resources has been curated to support your programme of action learning.
Drawing on leading-edge materials, it aims to:

  • Maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of your action and collaboration time, by introducing underpinning ideas ‘off-line’ to the group work.
  • Support your learning, with pragmatic solutions, tools and concepts that you can implement in your leadership practice.
  • Create a coherent framework – a foundation – from which your leadership can grow.

Why invest in empowering your leadership?

We know that you are probably already over-extended.  There are already not enough hours in the day!

Some of this will be because of the relentless nature of corporate life – but inevitably SOME of your busy-ness will be down to your own leadership practices – your desire to micro-manage (or because you ARE micro-managed by others).

At some point, we have to break into the vicious cycle – and you have decided to invest in your development, and that of your colleagues in the leadership team around you.  To do this you have to take time out to think, learn some new ideas, put them into practice and reflect on the outcomes.  This aims to support that journey.

Programme contents

  • Executive Team Learning Groups – preparation
    15 minutes
  • Action Learning Groups – introduction
    20 minutes
  • Know self to lead others
    40 minutes
  • Understand your personal ‘drivers’
    45 minutes
  • Understand human needs to build trust
    60 minutes
  • Develop your generative presence to be at your best
    30 minutes
  • The gift of skilful listening
    90 minutes
  • The art of the question
    20 minutes
  • Mastering a broad range of interventions
    60 minutes
  • Challenge, support and the ‘drama triangle’
    25 minutes
  • Difficult conversations and feedback
    40 minutes
  • Trust and trust-building
    60 minutes
  • Dialogue and generativity (draft)
    0 minutes

This programme offers

Work through it in your own way - binge or nibble?

This programme is based on a commitment of around 2 hours per week.  Some people like to 'binge learn', meaning that they allocate a whole day, and sink into a thorough immersion in a whole module.  Others prefer to take 1-2 hours per week, and work through a single lesson at a time.

Whatever your preference is, you are advised to book time in your diary, to ensure it happens regularly and you can keep up with the programme.

Different types of media to suit all needs

Each lesson will mix videos to watch, with material to read.

Plus there are downloadable handouts, worksheets, templates and checklists to print and take away, and keep for future reference.

Help always at hand

This programme has an external Programme Manager Julie Britten.  You can reach her quickly and easily - and she can help you through most difficulties and questions.

Your Facilitators and Supervisors have deep experience working with your organisation, and using all the ideas covered in this programme - and they are also happy to help.  You can drop an email or a message (via your programme Dashboard) to us anytime.

Frequently asked questions

How long can I access a programme or course?

Your programme, course or module will be accessible to you for 1 year from the time you start it.

However in each lesson there are also PDFs, tools, products and exercises, that we think you will want to keep - you can download them, or print them.

You may also have an Alumni version of the programme to be transferred onto at the end of your specific 'cohort' programme.  If this is the case, you will have enduring access to all the materials via this product, for as long as your organisation is running the overall programme.

What if I fall behind and out of step with the programme timing?

All significant learning commitments require some dedication.  This means making conscious choices, and carving out the time to acquire, experiment with, and reflect on what you are exploring.  Sometimes, this is going to clash with other priorities and occasionally it might feel a little overwhelming - even for the most dedicated learner.  If you know that a busy period is coming up, plan for catch-up time in the weeks that follow.

You should plan, right from the start, to allow for between 1 and 3 hours per week (depending on your course intensity and structure) studying and then applying the ideas at work, to keep up.  Some people prefer 'binge-learning' (stacking it up and taking a whole day to sink into the module, but do it less regularly) and others like to do one or two hours each week.  Whatever your style is, we recommend that you book the time in your diary, and protect it when it comes under pressure.

Our client customised programmes usually mean you are following a routine - with new modules 'starting' at a given time, within a given cohort group.  This might tie in with Peer Support Group meetings, or workshops or webinars.  If this is the case for your programme, an important aspect is that you are not alone - but in a community of learners in your organisation.  The timings of 'live' experiences or group meetings are rarely changed once the programme starts, as this would impact negatively on your colleagues and co-learners.  Keeping up with others, so that you share your learning and benefit from their experience, is important.

If you have concerns about whether you will be able to do this, and if you fall behind at any time, just reach out to us and we will try to help.

Can I commission custom courses for my organisation?

Many of our programmes (like these for your organisation) have been originally developed especially for a client.  It is our clients around the world that 'pull' new content and commission what we go on to build, to meet their needs at any given time.

If you would like to either curate a custom programme from our existing stock, or you have an area of new content that you would like us to look at, just contact us and we can help.

What if I'm not satisfied with my course?

Our courses and materials are getting great feedback from users inside your organisation - but of course it might not suit exactly what you are looking for.

If you have any concerns or feedback, or you think you have been enrolled on the wrong course for you - please speak to us, or to your Learning Co-ordinator/HR person (whoever you would normally arrange these things with inside your company).

If you are registered and confirmed as a participant on this programme, then you are also already enrolled and can get started.

Click on the MENU button, and then follow through to your Dashboard.  You can launch your course from there.