Bio

Mark Manley Associates or MMASS (formally Crucial Communications) was founded in 1988 in response to the growing need for a new generation of effective leaders in the New South Africa and further afield. To date we have provided services and development products to hundreds of organisations in about 40 countries.

The company operates internationally with consultants prepared to travel extensively and work in conditions ranging from the dangerous (yes we have worked in war zones) to the luxurious (yes we have worked in some of the best conference centres in the world).

We specialise in processes to empower and equip individuals and organisations for desired growth and change. This includes developing strategy, culture change, and assisting current leadership and developing new leadership.

MMASS provides services and consulting in the following specialist areas:

  • Leadership Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Management Skills Development
  • Transformation and Change Management
  • Team Building
  • Conference Speakers
  • Leadership Assessments

References and endorsements are available on request.

Executive Leadership Development Programme
Two or Three Day Programme

The Executive LDP is designed for leaders who want the input of a focused Leadership Development intervention in their lives. It is useful to newly appointed leaders who have the technical skills needed to run their organisations, but feel they need to better understand their leadership role, responsibility, strengths and areas of needed development in order to get the best out of the organisation they are leading. Seasoned leaders also find this short course greatly beneficial as it provides an understanding and opportunity to practice the structure of leadership. For this latter group, this is a time of introspection for improved leadership practice, and reflection in identifying possible new leaders in their organisations.

The Executive LDP is presented over 3 days of intense input and exercises (in some instances, we can trim the programme down to 2 days). It covers the same areas as the comprehensive Monthly LDP indicated above, but with greater speed and expectation of accelerated learning from a base of practical experience of leadership. Obviously each section cannot be dealt with in as much detail or depth as in the Monthly LDP, but the facilitator will pursue discussions related to the needs of the delegates as leadership structures and styles are unpacked and explored.

The Executive LDP will also assess the leadership foundational strength of each delegate and the leadership styles of the delegates from the assessment tools associated with this programme.

Extra reading will be encouraged before, during and after the 3 day course.

It is ideal for delegates that are time constrained yet wanting a significant input that can give them the tools needed to improve their leadership and give them a strategy for lifelong leadership development.

Leadership Seminar (Block approach)
This block approach to developing leaders can be part of a Masters Degree Programme. It is an accredited 25% of a Masters In Organisational Leadership Programme through an affiliated Mode 2 university.

Delegates and learners are expected to attend an intense 3 week residential programme. Weekends are free time but usually some hours during these weekends are also devoted to research and assignments.

There are two distinct sections in the Leadership Seminar:

The Structure of Leadership
Styles of Leadership
Leadership Seminar (Block) intended learning objectives
STRUCTURE OF LEADERSHIP

Leadership Structure examines and identifies the components of the universal essential leadership structure for personal leadership empowerment.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • differentiate between leadership and management;
  • define the concept of leadership;
  • defend the cause of leadership development;
  • identify the six structural leadership imperatives;
  • defend and implement their individual leadership positive future focus;
  • formulate defend and implement their individual leadership passion and purpose;
  • appraise defend and implement their individual leadership communication;
  • appraise, develop, defend and implement their individual leadership power and influence;
  • appraise defend and implement their individual leadership consistency and integrity related to values based leadership;
  • appraise, develop, defend and implement their individual leadership self and social management including Emotional
  • Intelligence, and assess their own leadership structural strengths and weaknesses and develop a personal strategy for measurable improvement of their own leadership ability.

Leadership Seminar (Block) intended learning objectives
STYLES OF LEADERSHIP

Leadership Styles examines and identifies the four leadership styles as they have been effective through history and the translation of these styles into an integrated post-modern application of leadership style related to the needs of the led community. The development of recognition of these styles with their usual strengths and weaknesses in the delegates/candidates gives focus to their own effectiveness and impact of their extrinsic leadership practice.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • evaluate and differentiate between leadership styles including Visionary, Autocratic, Democratic and Commissionary styles;
  • analyse organisations and leaders who use the styles or combinations of the styles;
  • apply Leadercentrism as a model of post-modern leadership practice and analysis;
  • explore and implement Pioneering Leadership as a style including creativity, risk-taking, inspiration, and envisioning;
  • explore and implement team-building leadership as a style including team processes, team diagnostics, team structure, team leadership, team goals, team atmosphere, and team processes;
  • explore and implement empowering leadership as a style including transferring skills, transferring authority, motivation, the learning organisation, and future focussed development;
  • explore and implement Directive Leadership as a style including strategic planning and accountability, organisation and the application of leadership systems;
  • assess their own leadership styles, strengths and weaknesses; and
  • assess their organisational leadership styles, strengths and weaknesses and develop a personal strategy for measurable improvement of their own leadership ability.

Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning is formulated through a facilitated process (usually workshop style) that focuses on providing the Executive or leadership team of organisations with direction, a better understanding of roles and functions, a Macro Strategic understanding that leads towards micro strategic planning and individual performance management in the organisation. The facilitated process can last from 2 to 6 days, depending on the size and complexity of the needed strategy.

What follows is the usual framework used to develop strategic plans for organisations. It is based on 11 steps through 3 tiers of activity - from values and direction to external factors to internal action.

Leadership Coaching
Your success as a leader depends on your performance, relationships and maximizing your potential.

Coaching is a conscious process of helping you to learn from strategic tasks, successes and challenges.

Coaching is essential if people are to improve, or even maintain their performance.

Coaching works! Its results can be identified.

Coaching benefits you, your employees, and your organisation

Topics Offered

Executive Leadership Development Programme
Leadership Seminar
Strategic Planning
Leadership Coaching

Topics Offered

Executive Leadership Development Programme
Leadership Seminar
Strategic Planning
Leadership Coaching

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