Learning, continued development and training at the Director, Senior Executive & Management level is vital to keep your organisation’s key leaders up to date on core areas of expertise and knowledge. We provide workshops, masterclasses and in-house training for leadership development and focus on Corporate Culture, GRC, Change Management, Corporate Governance and also softer skills training too. We are specialist in designing, facilitating and implementing training in workshops, masterclasses or in-house training programs. Our team of experienced and qualified professionals provide training on corporate governance, directors’ duties, advance board secretary, change management, board evaluations or board performance, GRC, leadership development and soft skills training such as effective communication, emotional intelligence and corporate culture. Our trainers have a mix of commercial, professional services, in-house and private practice experience across a multitude of different industries. From banking and financial services, professional services and consulting, construction and facilities management, human resources and employee engagement plus manufacturing, IT and ISO policies and implementation.

Workshops, Masterclasses and in-house training which provides Continued Professional Development – CPD credits

One of our unique selling points is that we can design and deliver interactive and engaging training which is CPD accredited and means that your employees with professional qualifications will receive CPD training hours when they attend our workshops and masterclasses. We provide masterclass training programs which are tailored specifically to each organisation, whether you need a one day, three day or five day extensive training program we will design and deliver the training at your office, in a conference room or in our offices according to your needs.

Workshops that are facilitated for your Directors and Senior Executives Learning and Development Needs

There is a common perception that only large organisations need to develop their leadership and management teams. The reality is that all businesses should actively plan training and development for key leaders and their management teams to ensure that they have the latest tools and skills to direct their organisation and teams to achieve business excellence. If you ask many executive directors are their areas of training or development you need they will say “we already have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience and don’t need to waste time to attend training or development workshops”. This is a misconception as the moment we cease to learn we are allowing ourselves to become less pertinent and as our peers advance and develop their skill sets we face the risk of falling behind or becoming irrelevant. All successful organisations understand and see the value of training and developing their directors, senior executives, senior managers and their teams. This can be by way of hard skills, namely technical and professional skills based training or soft skills training – emotional intelligence, corporate culture and effective communication.

Workshops – The benefits of Planned Training, Masterclasses and Facilitated Workshops

Training is an integral part of the human resource management strategy to keep directors, senior executives and employees engaged and forms the backbone of an organisation’s development centre to strengthen and upskill the workforce. An empowered, experienced and engaged workforce will be primed to solve complex problems and work together to achieve corporate, divisional and team objectives. In the words of Richard Branson, “train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to”. A learning organisation has much lower rates of attrition and less low performers who need to be managed out of the business. Most employees and managers are likely to have a sense of loyalty and gratitude for an organisation and its senior management team for investing in their training and development. It also provides a natural pipeline for succession planning and leadership development.

Training doesn’t just take the form of formal, classroom style training. The best training or development programs we have been part of will break down inhibitions and create a safe and sharing environment of learning. We like to operate a ‘Chatham House Rules’ during debates and discussion panels on training or coaching sessions. Going into training, development or coaching sessions with an open mind will guarantee participates with a unique opportunity to share and receive from peers, colleagues and the facilitator of the sessions. A well facilitated training session will help individuals to explore their experiences and will encourage them to further share successful problem solving and innovative solutions to avoid or reconcile conflict or bottlenecks. We like to work with teams to develop and enhance collaborative problem-solving and idea generation incubators.

The types of training programs we offer:

Bespoke workshops and masterclasses (half day or full day) – we can provide as many days of training as required by your employees

  • Board effectiveness and board performance training – design, conduct and improve director engagement and board performance
  • Facilitation sessions to encourage and collect ideas from management and senior management teams
  • Corporate Governance Dubai and regional or internationally based workshops and masterclasses
  • Board and Committee observation and provide confidential feedback on gaps and areas of development for enhancement and effective decision making
  • Senior executive coaching or training – in-house training for the teams of the CEO and the senior executives
  • Director readiness training for future Board and Committee members (new directors masterclasses – inductions and director due diligence)
  • In-house company secretariat development, taking the team from administrators to advisers becoming a strategic company secretary and adviser to the board and its committees
  • New company secretary or board secretary training workshops – developing your practical skills and knowledge
  • Presentation skills on how to present to a Board, Committee or Chairman’s Office and the winning tools to get your proposal or business planned approved first time
  • ‘Bringing Governance or Compliance to life’ – how to get internal buy-in for your frameworks and get traction with management
  • Corporate governance, change management, corporate culture and courses on effective communication, leadership and project management
  • Handling conflict and how to present your proposal and gain stakeholder buy-in, winning the hearts and minds of your approving body
  • The design and delivery of Director and Committee member inductions
  • Independent resource to design and support in-house learning and development sessions by your human resource department, where internal resource is limited
  • Gaining ISO certification and developing policies and procedures for ISO 9001, 14001, 20000, 27001, 37000 and 37001 and other international standards.

 We would be happy to provide your organisation with bespoke training, development or coaching programs to enhance performance, engagement and comradery. A happy and engaged workforce will work better both individually and collectively. Change management training and other areas of specialism are our passion. Our team of experienced subject matter experts will happily work with your human resources, corporate affairs department or CEO’s office to design and roll-out training, development or coaching sessions to take management to the next level of engagement or empowerment.  If you want to know more of the different programs we offer or can design for you, just drop us a message or call to speak with one of the team.

Workshops and revision classes for ICSA: The Governance Institute – Tuition for Advanced Governance Certificate and CSQS 

We are the ICSA’s other tuition provider for Dubai and offer classroom based or one-to-one tuition and revision on the advanced corporate governance certificate or any of the chartered governance or Chartered company secretary qualification scheme modules.

Workshops and masterclasses for events producers and conference producers

We work with numerous international events and conference producers and design and deliver their workshops, masterclasses and facilitated training. We provide training in Dubai, UAE, Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Asia. If you require a keynote speaker, panel member or an experienced trainer for your workshops, masterclasses or training programs get in touch with us to receive a quote.

Current and future masterclass training workshops – Complete the form below to know more about any of the Masterclass Training Workshops

29 – 30 October 2018 – Two day Advanced Company Secretarial Masterclass – Dubai

12 November 2018 – Rob Ford’s interview with Diligent on Corporate Governance in the UAE – https://diligent.com/en-gb/blog/developing-corporate-governance-an-experts-eye-on-the-uae/

13 – 16 November 2018 – Four day Masterclass – Annual Corporate Governance & Directors’ Development Excellence – Hong Kong

19 – 21 November 2018 -Three day Masterclass – Conflict Management and Business Excellence – Hong Kong

26 November 2018 – Keynote speaker and panel member at conference in Malaysia

6 – 7 December 2018 – Financial Institutional Fraud Training – Mumbai

21 – 24 January 2019 – Four day Corporate Governance Masterclass – Dubai

29 – 30 January 2019 – Two day Masterclass – Rebooting Corporate Governance – Bali

18 – 21 February 2019 – Four day Corporate Governance Masterclass – Dubai

4 -7 March 2019 – GRC Masterclass Series: Strategic Thinking, Innovation and Embedded Governance, Risk management and Compliance – Corporate Governance Excellence applied

Tania Anis - I've had the pleasure to see Robert in action on several events. His sessions are nothing short of being engaging and informative .It is always humbling to see a man with such expertise, willingly divulge his knowledge so thoroughly. Always a pleasure attending your sessions Robert. Thank you for your contributions to our successful events.

Jareen Kaur, Conference Producer-Large Scale Events, Functional at Marcus Evans Group

Robert enhanced the quality of my 5th Annual Directors’ Duties: Corporate & Family Boards conference in Dubai this year with his passion and dedication as a Speaker. He played a key role in my conference success with his excellent facilitation of the panel discussion on ‘Safeguarding Your Directorship Accountability Vs Personal Liabilities’.   Read More..

Irfan Butt, Tax Director – PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Great service on projects with full understanding of the complex subject matters without losing sight of the bigger picture and what the clients intended to achieve. No hesitation in recommending and appointing him again on projects with excellent and timely delivery of projects within the agreed timetable. Read More

Anke Plock-Girmann, Director at PwC ‘Jordan’, ACE

Robert was instrumental in forming the regional translators into a centralised virtual translation team and the use of software to capture know-how to improve efficiency and quality by creating a company brand of Arabic translation. During our work Robert advised on operational matters in the new department and served in a governance role.

Amanda Line, Partner at PwC

Robert has a deep knowledge of governance and compliance issues and is an expert in all company secretarial matters. He has great communications skills and made a significant contribution to our Corporate Governance and Board Readiness training initiatives.

Steven Barlow (Chief Officer Risk, Internal Audit, Governance)

Robert is a consummate corporate governance professional who provides highly effective company secretarial and advisory services to the Board. He drives discipline and rigor into processes which significantly strengthen the maturity of the Board’s activities and decision making.He successfully works with the Board members and the Group’s senior management to ensure strategic alignment and the implementation of best practice.

Sangeetha Kaur Nair (Senior Conference Producer at Marcus Evans)

I have worked closely with Robert on several events and it has always been a great pleasure. He was a remarkable chairperson at the recent 9th Annual Board Secretary Conference in Dubai, as he took charge and was excellent with engaging the delegates throughout the session. Robert’s knowledge on corporate governance is just excellent and he has a very positive attitude toward always willing to share and learn for future improvement… Thank you Robert for being a great leader and someone so easy to work with.

Farhana Majid, Director, Financial Services Transformation

Robert and I worked very closely on two high profile reviews for a sovereign wealth fund and a diversified investment company in the Middle East region.

He quickly built rapport with the client as the Legal subject matter expert on both the projects and engaged in thought provoking discussions around best in class corporate governance, compliance frameworks, legal department’s strategic remit as enablers for the business to move forward and policies and procedures review. Read More

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