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Career Forum: The Ken Blanchard Companies helps attendees aim higher with situational self-leadership

Published on Friday, 06 Mar 2015
Paul Murphy

From new entrants to the world of work all the way up to experienced managers, the ability to communicate effectively, identify individual strengths and weaknesses, and achieve career aspirations can mean the difference between job satisfaction and a mundane work life.

Paul Murphy, director of training and development firm The Ken Blanchard Companies, says that at any stage in their careers, individuals tend to achieve higher levels of satisfaction from their work when they have the confidence to talk about their job responsibilities and career aspirations with managers and colleagues.

In his seminar on Saturday morning, “Situational Self Leadership”, he will explain how such training helps individuals develop techniques to identify what motivates them and how to improve the knowledge and skills needed to take them forward within an organisation.

He adds that forum attendees will learn about the skills and training required to become an effective self leader – one that has the ability to shift from reactive to proactive in areas such as discussing key performance indicators with managers, seeking advice, and clarifying goals and tasks to drive individual performance.

“Developing situational self-leadership skills is a valuable strength that not only benefits the individual – it can also provide empowerment in an organisation and drive high performance backed by strong leadership,” he says.

He stresses that to be fully effective, situational self-leadership skills need to be fully embraced at every level of an organisation, with the development of leaders an integral part of company culture.

He says the benefits for people that manage others include knowing when and how to offer advice and praise and when to allow subordinates to explore their own potential. For those that are new to the workplace, situational self-leadership training can help them identify how to build on areas where they excel, while not being put off from seeking assistance on weaknesses.

“Individuals at any level within an organisation can empower themselves through making the transition from responsiveness to responsibility,” he says.

This is the first time that such a seminar has been included at the Career Forum and Murphy, with his more than 10 years of experience delivering training, development and communication programmes in China, is keen to help participants develop a set of skills not traditionally covered elsewhere.

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