All posts by Michelle Meacham

Do you know what motivates you to succeed?

Effective relationships are critical for business success. In all our programmes and development activities we use the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI), which is a validated self-assessment tool that helps people understand their motives, values and what is important to them when relating with others.

It plays off people’s basic need to better understand themselves and others, and that understanding allows them to lead with clarity and empathy, build stronger teams, and more effectively navigate conflict, therefore enabling attendees to improve their business and personal relationships by helping them to understand how other people see things and apply this awareness to their interactions with others.

Due to high popularity, we have added an extra date on our SDI (Strength Deployment Inventory) Personal Development Workshop. Book you place on 22nd August now, to avoid disappointment: /personal-development-workshop/

Call 01925 730209 to discuss your personal development needs.

Get ahead in business with our Personal Development workshop!

Imagine how much stronger your relationships would be if you really understood what made people tick— both when things are going well and when there was conflict and opposition. Our (SDI) Personal Development Workshop provides a window into what drives you and what drives others—an understanding that empowers you to communicate in a way that achieves the results you desire.
Book now for just £200 – call 01925 730 209!

New Landscape, New Leadership

The educational landscape is rapidly changing, for many there have already been seismic shifts, for everyone there will be major challenges ahead and even those ‘early starters’ who are currently ahead of the curve will have much more to deal with.   School leadership demands are evolving in the rapidly changing landscape of state education in England. If it is to remain successful it’s worth taking a long hard look at leadership training and support as we know it and start making some decisions.


We would like to invite you to our latest event for leaders in education event “New Landscape, New Leadership”, which will be held at our training academy in Stretton on 27th November. Please see event flyer for details.


Places are limited, to secure your space call the office today on 01925 730 209.


Supporting School Leadership in the 21st Century

Many of the key challenges for leaders in education from 2016 will continue into 2017: reduced funding, recruitment and retention issues, workload and well-being, further changes to examinations and accountability measures.  The challenge for school leaders is getting ever greater and the resources are growing ever tighter.

Ensuring there is a sustainable pipeline of leadership talent at all levels has become an increasingly important focus for heads, CEOs, boards and HR Directors in education, where sustained high performance and growth are strategic priorities.

Just as the quality of an education cannot exceed the quality of its teachers, education providers cannot sustain impact or grow faster than the quality of its leadership pipeline.  By investing early in spotting talent, developing it and planning succession, you can enable greater impact in the long run.

Join me and industry expert Dave Atkin at The 21st Century Leadership Company’s workshop “Supporting School Leadership in the 21st Century” on 30th March at our new training facility in Warrington, where you will get to discuss this important topic with experts and other influential leaders in education.

To book your space, please call 01925 730209 or email:

Leadership in Education Event Flyer

Are you worried about how to make the first step onto your career path?

One of the most frequently asked questions from first time job seekers is “How do I apply for a job when I haven’t got experience of working?” The biggest challenge they face when entering the job market is competition – what is it that will make them stand above the rest?  Well, the good news is that there are ways and means for your students to get their first job and gain experience.

The 21st Century Leadership Company are currently working with a number of FE colleges to provide their students with a step-by-step guide of the job market and the best way for them to succeed in this competitive arena.  Our offering is a 12 month support package which will give your students the skills they need to optimise their chances of securing their ideal role, coupled with a half day workshop to ensure full understanding is guaranteed.

International Recruitment Consultant Oliver Giles, has spent the last 3 years working around the globe placing senior level executives within industries such as Oil & Gas, Engineering & Sales. He will lead the workshop at our training facility in Warrington, where your students will have the opportunity to discuss key processes involved within the job market and how to best secure their first position.


New Dates Released for the Life, Leadership & Engagement Academy


Our programmes are client-centred and adopt a whole life perspective. Our clients are encouraged to examine themselves and their environment in order to enhance their performance and fulfilment. This provides a personally tailored approach to learning and development, which is time limited, goal-orientated and offers objectivity. The result? You’ll be equipped with the clarity, confidence & motivation to deliver success in today’s business world!

Who should attend?
Ideal for new or future managers who have demonstrated their potential as a technical specialist and individual contributor and need to develop a new set of skills to become a leader. Days can be taken as part of a programme,or individually.


What will you learn?

The programme covers 9 main topics over 6 single days. Completion of all or even part of the programme will make a major contribution to the development of anyone seeking to improve their performance in 2016.

To book on to any of the modules, please call 01925 730209. For more information click here.

Leadership, Engagement & Creativity

Leadership Development

By maintaining long-term relationships with our customers and supporting them on their leadership journeys, we have developed greater understanding of the challenges of Leading in the 21st Century. We have found that the quickest and most effective route to success in improving performance is applying our philosophy:

Leadership + Engagement = Performance

With this formula now well-established, we are looking at ways to further develop our offering to customers by addressing a major challenge faced by most companies, namely, how do we sustain our improved performance? At The 21st century Leadership Company, we believe that the answer to this question lies in Creativity.

Creativity has always been at the heart of human endeavour and is the precursor to innovation. It is becoming increasingly recognised as central to organisational performance.
Creativity is a fundamental competency of Leadership.

Creativity is the ability to produce ideas that are new and useful and the extent to which the leader recognises, values, nurtures and champions the creativity of others and is able to combine ideas, people, processes and environment to generate creative output. Creativity is manifest in the ability to identify problems and potential solutions, the ability to tolerate ambiguity, to be original and a willingness to take risks. Most importantly however, being creative involves the ability to produce ideas that are new, useful and that solve problems.

Creativity is a key driver of Engagement.

The creative process within an organisation is never the responsibility of one individual. However, a leader is the key contributor to the creative process as a facilitator of creative ideas. The leader can provide an environment that is conducive to creativity. This can be achieved by sensitive communication and building an authentic, supportive and collaborative climate.

Creativity thrives in environments that are fun, trusting, autonomous, place less emphasis on hierarchy, sensibly embrace risk, allow learning from failure and accept failure as likely during the creating and innovating process.

Be part of the solution: Cutting-edge research proposal:

We are collaborating with an MSc student at Manchester Business School on a national research study to investigate the relationships between Leadership, Engagement and Innovation & Creativity Climate in organisations. If you are interested in this subject or your company would like the opportunity to be involved please contact us.

There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.
Edward de Bono