Inspiring leadership through Kingspan’s Outstanding Managers programme

15 August 2017 Kingspan Group
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20 staff from Kingspan’s Environmental Division recently graduated from the Outstanding Managers programme.

Kingspan Environmental is currently undertaking a number of structural changes as the division has planned for significant strategic growth in the coming five years. The aim of the programme is to make good managers into outstanding managers upon completion of the course.

The course, conducted over a six-month period, finished up in May 2017 with all 20 participants presenting their ideas for the future of Kingspan. Awards were also presented at a gala evening held at the four star La Mon Hotel & Country Club, Belfast. This evening celebrated the success of the 20 managers and their development upon completing the course.

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Four projects conducted during the course were also presented to the business as future initiatives. All four of these will become live projects.
 
The Outstanding Managers course came into being as the Kingspan leadership team had recognised the need to instill robust management skills across senior management. The course focused on developing the leadership and management potential within the company.
 
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The Outstanding Managers Programme is a bespoke senior management development programme for the division and is designed for senior managers or managers within the business who are considered to have development potential. The course was delivered by senior lecturers from Cranfield Business School, one of which included the former Director of their prestigious MBA Programme.

Gerry McDermott Divisional HR Director, said, “This is an exciting time to be a part of the Kingspan Environmental team with ambitious plans for the growth of our business.  However, this growth would not be possible without talented, innovative and committed people. This high-quality management development programme has made a significant contribution to the business that has enabled us to set such stretching goals and targets.  We now have nearly 70 graduates of the programme who are all making their mark on the business.”
 
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As well as learning to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, the 20 delegates developed the core skills for robust management, and discovered and evolved their personal management and leadership style.
 
The programme included a series of individual assignments which mapped learning through the course. It also included well as a comprehensive piece of group project work, which involved developing and planning a set of business projects with real potential for usefulness or additional success for Kingspan.
This is an exciting time to be a part of the Kingspan Environmental team with ambitious plans for the growth of our business.  However, this growth would not be possible without talented, innovative and committed people... We now have nearly 70 graduates of the programme who are all making their mark on the business.
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The 2017 gala evening showcased the innovative projects that the latest Outstanding Managers Programme cohort have developed. Following the gala evening, Gerry McDermott commented that he “was amazed at the range of topics tackled by the groups.  All the projects presented will deliver tangible benefits for the business. I am immensely proud of the Outstanding Managers Programme and the contribution it has made to develop our managers and leaders for tomorrow.  The future is looking good!”
The Outstanding Managers Programme is a significant investment by Kingspan Environmental in the development of Kingspan’s managerial talent.

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