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Blog Technology Leadership – IT Academy Programmes

We offer both open (public) and in-company workshop based training programmes; our Academies. These allow technology executives to train their technology leadership skills where they believe they are the weakest or where they feel exposed through lack of knowledge and insight.

Technology Leadership – CIO Development

When these programmes are brought in-house they can be tailored to the specific agendas of their sponsors: a new CEO or CIO, a change in technology or organisation structure or simply a radical improvement in service quality.
We currently offer four types of open programme, all of which can be offered in-company on demand. They are:

The CIO Pocket MBA

We have been the European partner of the Boston University open-programme since its inception and today we have close to 150 graduates of this ground-breaking course. It streamlines the delivery of the essential business education IT executives need to engage confidently with their business peers. It creates opportunities for organisations to have business/technology conversations that neither side can have on its own.

The Digital Academy Programme

The impact of “digital” on consumers and businesses was initially underestimated in many corporate IT departments already struggling to satisfy demand for traditional, reliable, fit for purpose IT services. This neglect has fuelled the growth of shadow business technology which can undermine security and quality standards. Our Digital Academy for corporate IT executives enables them to understand the importance and risks of new digital methods and culture.

In-company IT Academy Programmes

When a new CIO, or sometimes a new CEO arrives in a major role there will always be a review of the quality and competence of the IT leadership team, commonly followed by changes in personnel and roles. This is then a prime time for a bespoke in-company professional development programme for the new team. We have delivered major IT executive development programmes in this way to organisations as diverse as Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Man Group, PayPoint, Balfour Beatty, Pioneer Investments, Eli Lilly, RSPCA, MBDA, DHL Logistics, RSA Group, General Motors Europe, Waitrose, the Bank of England, Schroders, Chubb Insurance and Debenhams.

Soft skills of leadership

We have recently re-introduced a series of high impact, half-day intensive workshops on specific soft skills of leadership: tools of influence, making better decisions, communicating with impact, 21st century networking, etc.