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  • OH2018 takes place from 16 - 19 April 2018 in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
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Leadership Skills Development Workshop

09:00 - 17:00
April 16, 2018

Led by:- Len Morris, Chief Examiner, BOHS

Len Morris has been Chief Examiner of BOHS since January 2017. He was formerly a Principal Specialist Inspector with the Health and Safety Executive where he managed an occupational hygiene team. Len has a particular interest in human factors and has recently championed the development of leadership and management competencies within the occupational hygiene profession.

PDC Description:
This workshop aims to help participants explore their own strengths and encourage further development of leadership competencies. The workshop will be presented in collaboration with a representative of the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Future Leaders Institute (FLI) advisory team and will apply proven approaches from this scheme as well as other tools tailored to an occupational hygiene context. The workshop will encourage the development of self awareness, interpersonal and communication skills and an understanding of change management. An important feature is drafting a Personal Action Plan for further development.

Attendee Experience:
The workshop primarily at early career professionals eg., Licentiates of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene. Other groups within the membership who aspire to leadership roles within will also benefit and no special criteria are required. Some pre-course work (completion of self assessment questionnaires) will be required.

PDC Outline:
1. Introduction – Why leadership competencies are essential in Occupational Hygiene.
2. Personal Development Objectives – Facilitated discussion of personal objectives. Common themes and success criteria agreed.
3. Know yourself – Discuss outcomes of online personality/working styles assessment eg., DISC (undertaken in advance of workshop). Introduction to tools for developing awareness of own and others’ strengths and working styles.
4. Leadership in Action – Practical exercise to demonstrate value of clear communication and collaboration in challenging environments. Practical problem-solving exercise. Groups asked to plan method to move container of “toxic waste” (sweets) without direct handling (using ropes etc., ).
5. How to Influence People – Interactive presentation on principles of behaviour change.
6. Influential Communication – Group Exercise (Role Play). Elevator test – Plan and deliver 2 minute pitch selling benefits of occupational hygiene to senior executives (explore different communication styles).
7. Leading Change – Presentation of models/stages of change, barriers and enablers. How to leverage and support change.
8. Leading an Occupational Hygiene Intervention. Syndicate exercise exploring application of different change models/approaches.
9. Planning Your Future – Next Steps. Delegates will be asked to reflect on Workshop themes and set some personal goals in an action plan.
10. Closing remarks. Chair to summarise key themes and review success criteria.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the PDC, participants will be able to:

  • Be encouraged to develop self awareness and to understand and work with their own strengths and working styles.
  • Understand the importance of effective communication in leading and influencing groups.
  • Understand the principles of change management in leading occupational hygiene initiatives.
  • Be encouraged to further develop their leadership skills by preparing a personal action plan and building effective networks.

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