The Hamburger-position

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Duration: 3 days, to be designed as per request
Category: Leadership

A practical approach to leadership between top management and operations

It is often referred to as the ‘hamburger-position’, the special position between operations and (top) management, that supervisors take upon themselves.

On the one hand, managers  at this level need to have enough specialized knowledge about operations. On the other, they need to be able to monitor motivations and behavior, organize operational processes and inspire their team; the team they were a part of.

They often used to work in operations themselves and now have to lead and manage the people they used to work with. This requires particular skills in leadership, motivation and management.

Program content

Part 1:  Where are we?
Identifying the playing field and the team

  • Difference between managers and leaders
  • Leaders in action
  • Rising leaders in the organization: 5 key challenges for supervisors:
    • Friend vs boss
    • Understanding the role
    • Shorten the learning curve
    • Be true to yourself
    • Map out a personal plan
  • Goals and objectives in the organization
  • Forces affecting leadership for supervisors
  • Leadership skills development plan

Part 2:  Who Am I?
Identifying the manager

  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses:
    • Of the team
    • Of the leader
  • Leading the team: forming, storming, norming and performing
  • Understanding and managing people’s roles in teams: team roles by Belbin
  • Friend vs Boss = Leadership
  • Situational leadership
  • Identify individual leadership styles
  • Goals and responsibilities

Part 3:  Inspire and motivate
Getting people to take responsibility

  • Practical leadership: dealing with the Hamburger-position:
    • Inspiring people: showing the way
    • Understanding motivation
    • Communicating effectively
    • Giving and receiving feedback
    • Dealing with criticism
  • Implementing the Leadership skills development plan

How can this work for your
company and people?

The goal of this training course is three-fold:

  • The participant will have a thorough comprehension of organizational goals and KPI’s and the translation to operational goals and KPI’s;
  • The participant will have more understanding of his own style of leadership and how it can be improved;
  • The participant will have more instruments to execute the tasks of supervisor/leader;
  • The participant will understand and be able to deal with the challenges of being a supervisor/leader in the team they were a part of.

The results for the participants is as follows:

  • Has more insights in their strengths and weaknesses as a supervisor/leader and is able to deal with them better;
  • Is able to apply a variety of conversational, communicational and discussing techniques to their own practical working situation;
  • Organizes his own work and that of his employees better;
  • Anticipates the various needs of the employees;
  • Leads with more self-confidence.

The organization benefits from the following results, managers:

  • Represent the company’s interest better;
  • Facilitate communication between operations and (top-) management;
  • Are sensitive to feedback and deal with this in every day working situations;
  • Deal with difficult situations more effectively;
  • Fit their style of leadership better to their employees.

But most importantly, leaders and supervisors participating in this training will generate better results through enhanced practical skills in motivating people and optimize operational processes. Upon having completed the training, they cannot wait to apply their skills to everyday practice!

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