Developing resilient management at University of Sussex
We were invited to work with the management team of the School of Business, Management and Economics.
The school had been experiencing rapid growth in student numbers, a fast changing landscape in terms of expectations of students and also a change in focus of the University. The management team at the school was growing fast and so not a cohesive unit.
What we did:
We ran a series of experiential workshops with the management team on the following themes:
- Finding Balance: Helping the team to find ways of getting things done and enjoy the journey We developed techniques to help them avoid being overstretched, fire fighting and feeling burnt out and to develop real resilience.
- Act Flexibly: This focused on how to build key relationships and develop collective agile intelligence. The team discover ways of flocking around projects and to work with others more effectively.
- Navigate Uncertainty: The challenge was how to deal with a fast changing landscape, and a difficulty to plan ahead. We helped the team develop ways to pick up on weak signals to respond quicker, and have agility to be more flexible in approach and collaboration to achieve changing goals