Leadership for Sustainable Change Immersive

Your fast-track to a unique blend of leadership development & organisational change

28th-29th November 2018, Brighton

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You are a senior team member, manager or natural leader wanting to drive change forward. We offer you evidence-based approaches to achieving effective and sustainable transformation, supported by individual coaching, action learning and, if required, in-house facilitation (at extra cost). You become part of a community of organisations, sharing and learning together.

You gain the Institute for Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 5 Certificate in Leadership, an internationally-recognised qualification.

Your organisation achieves significant change and builds the internal capacity to secure real and lasting transformation.

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The Programme

A Transformation Immersive on 28th-29th November at the Institute for Employment Studies, Brighton

Distance learning and network building through our unique Fresh Thinking Labs platform

Online coaching and action learning leading to expected completion in 6 to 12 months

Our programme provides you with a fast-track route to transformational leadership, supporting you all the way through your change process, which forms the basis of your assessment. During the programme you will:

  • Build the business and policy case for change in your organisation.
  • Learn from diverse examples of transformation in public and private sector enterprises.
  • Use the Workplace Diagnostic employee survey to identify specific areas for improvement in your team.
  • Understand and deliver practical approaches to achieving real change in your organisation.
  • Share ideas, experiences and challenges with participants from other organisations.
  • Achieve a sustainable momentum of change, supported by our on-line action plan.
  • Gain knowledge, skills and confidence, accredited by an internationally-recognised qualification.

Assessment avoids the need for lengthy assignments and is based on personal experiences of organisational change and leadership.

On successful completion of either your Workplace Innovation Foundation or Practitioner programme you will also be awarded the Institute for Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 5 Certificate in Leadership..

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A practical approach

We offer a practical approach to orgnisationl change, grown from years of experience and decades of research evidence.

Leadership for Sustainable Change is a tried and tested programme, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), and grounded in evidence and experience. It empowers change leaders and managers with the knowledge, resources and practical support needed to confront deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours, the resilience to ask difficult questions, and the inspiration to create the culture of innovation and enterprise needed for twenty-first century challenges.

What’s it about?

Companies and public sector organisations alike face unprecedented challenges in addressing complex social, economic and environmental policy demands within ever tighter financial constraints.

Tackling these challenges can’t be done by senior teams alone: they need to harness the creativity, insights and engagement of the entire workforce. Leaders need to empower others to take the initiative, coaching and supporting them towards successful outcomes. They must become the champions of employee empowerment, participation and voice.

Leaders are responsible for aligning the whole organisation to a shared vision and strategy, and this is often the biggest challenge they face. Organisations can be repositories of accumulated practices, traditions, sub-cultures and interests. Inherited structures get in the way of the cross-functional collaboration needed to find sustainable solutions to policy challenges and effective service delivery. Middle managers may act as a barrier reef, slowing the wave of change across the organisation as they defend their own areas of control.

Getting everyone to pull in the same direction can feel like an impossible challenge.

And staff, reputedly ‘our greatest asset’, then begin to feel disillusioned and start to disengage. There is never time to listen to their ideas for improvement or innovation. Or worse, they’re told to keep their heads down and not raise difficult issues.

Leadership for Sustainable Change enables you to combine practical learning and leadership development with the delivery of tangible change outcomes for your organisation. It includes:

  • Making the business case for change.
  • Enabling highly effective jobs and teams.
  • Aligning organisational structures, management and procedures to high performance outcomes.
  • Engaging employees at every level in improvement and innovation.
  • Co-created leadership.
  • Delivering strategic goals.
  • People-Centred Change.
Organisations adopting these evidence-based workplace practices systematically gain 20-60% improvements in indicators ranging from productivity to employee engagement and health.

Following the initial two-day Immersive, participants complete the programme within six to twelve months, supported by on-line coaching and distance learning resources. The programme avoids the need for lengthy assignments as the assessment is based on your personal practice and experiences of organisational change and leadership.

On successful completion, you are awarded the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership.

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Feedback from participants in previous programmes:

I highly recommend the Programme and suggest that everyone should go on it. It works for every size and type of organisation.
Chris Owens, IOM

Rosemary and Peter from Workplace Innovation have taken participants on a learning journey. The programme has been excellent for learning from other organisations. Building key networks and relationships has been invaluable. The content of the programme has been geared to ensure all organisations gain something. We are introducing a new business model and this programme has certainly helped guide and support us as we commence our three year Strategic Plan to bring transformational change to the care sector.
Mairi Martin, Cornerstone

The Programme has definitely been worthwhile, we wouldn’t be where we are now without it.
Colin Maxwell, Premier Hytemp

The Programme exceeded all expectations and was enjoyable and rewarding. Invaluable facilitation of cultural change.
David MacPherson, Charles River

I can see a difference also in the two people that have been in this course and I can see how they are keen to see that change to be replicated within the business. For me it has exceeded all expectations, probably gone beyond the boundaries of where I thought it would go, it goes right under the skin of the business. I am happy that we are now at the other side of it, that it’s made a big difference.
Martin Welsh, Booth Welsh

This programme affects the way people involved in change think and act, and gives a power to the change process.
Sara Blanco Rodriguez, Kilco

About Us

We are a not-for-profit organisation created specifically to stimulate and share better ways of working that lead to enhanced performance, higher levels of innovation and better working lives.

Our approach combines hard, evidence-based argument with the ability to stimulate and engage diverse business audiences. We work with leading international universities and research institutes to capture and analyse leading practice, and to translate it into practical tools and learning resources for change leaders.

Since 2013 we have co-led the European Workplace Innovation Network (EUWIN), established by the European Commission to spread knowledge and awareness of workplace innovation amongst organisations. EUWIN’s Knowledge Bank, established and curated by us, includes several hundred case studies and articles of value to people leading change. We created a unique portfolio of films to inspire and inform change leaders, and are the authors of The Essential Fifth Element, an actionable guide to workplace innovation supported by a robust body of evidence, case studies and practical resources.

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See www.workplaceinnovation.eu to learn more about our work.

Our Programme Team

Peter Totterdill is a Founding Director of Workplace Innovation Limited. He is Visiting Professor at Kingston University London and Mykolas Romeris University Vilnius.

A passionate advocate of organisational practices that combine high performance and high quality of working life, Peter’s career has focused on building bridges between academic knowledge and practice. He has led successful innovation and change initiatives in a wide range of private and public sector organisations. Peter is a highly experienced communicator and speaks frequently at conferences and seminars to enterprises, trade unions, policy makers and researchers throughout Europe and beyond. He is committed to evidence-based practice and draws on research and knowledge of workplaces from across Europe. At the same time his role in change and development projects is very practically orientated.

Peter is lead expert on Fresh Thinking Labs, the international Online and In Person platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration in the field of workplace innovation.


Rosemary Exton is a Founding Director of Workplace Innovation Limited and co-founder of Fresh Thinking Labs. Building on many years’ experience as a clinician, manager and trade unionist in the NHS, Rosemary has provided programme management, leadership and development training and support to several organisations. She has wide experience of driving change and working effectively across organisational boundaries including the facilitation of dialogue workshops, training for the facilitators of employee forums, action learning, and supporting those leading innovation. Recent work includes the design and implementation of high performance teams.

Rosemary is an acknowledged expert in workplace partnership and employee engagement. She has a particularly strong interest and expertise in employee empowerment and employee-driven innovation. .


Sue Evans is a people professional with over 30 years of experience gained from her career as a teacher, Army Officer, HR and Organisational Development leader. Her teaching skills have proven both useful and transferable throughout a career focused on people, leadership, learning and development in the Army, and subsequently in central and local government. Sue is also a Past President of the Public Sector People Managers’ Association.

Sue’s experience and passion enables her to champion excellence in people management across the private and public sectors, and to lead thinking, practice and innovation in HR and OD.


Harry Gilfillan has over 30 years’ experience in training and development, notably in the design and delivery of leadership programmes in both public and private sectors. He has introduced innovative approaches to learning and development at workplace level, engaging leaders, managers and frontline employees alike in creating more productive and healthier ways of working.

Harry is a qualified Business Coach and is responsible for Workplace Innovation’s ILM accredited courses in Leadership, Management, Coaching and Mentoring. Relevant recent and current projects include the design and delivery of several bespoke courses for clients including hospital trusts, local authorities, care homes and large and small companies in diverse sectors.

When: 28th-29th November 2018

Where: Institute for Employment Studies, Brighton

Cost: IES and Fresh Thinking Labs Members £950 (+VAT) Non-members £1250 (+VAT)
(includes ILM registration and dinner on the evening of 27th November; excludes overnight accommodation and travel expenses).

We welcome further discussion to ensure that the programme meets your requirements in every way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Fresh Thinking Labs is part of Workplace Innovation Europe CLG, a not-for-profit organisation committed to creating better workplaces through its research, consultancy, policy advocacy and pro bono activities.