Realising leadership through learning and development
“The value of this opportunity to both inform and discuss with our top managers is undisputable. Shipping is local in nature while value is created on board each single vessel. This means that the management is spread over the seven seas. From time to time, it is of fundamental importance to meet face to face to get to know each other better and to nourish the standards and culture we strive for.”
Atle Sommer, Seatrans, Norway
“Besides being good at navigation, engineering, cargo handling, risk assessments and cooking, etc, our employees must also be caring, thinking, motivated, committed and good team members. This is mainly generated by the everyday leadership of leaders at all levels on board and in offices”,
Transnytt article, July 2013 on Seatrans’ Leadership Concept
Enhance the Learning and Development culture
“If you develop compliance minded leaders your company will never become better than your competitors”
When people go “above and beyond” in their jobs it is because they have a personal interest or they clearly see the purpose, believe in their work and see the higher meaning of it. To achieve this companies need leaders who understand and are capable, and willing to create a high-performance work culture.
Common for many of the high performing companies is that they do leadership training not just to satisfy any compliance requirement. Leadership is a continuous development process which demands more than regular training courses. Therefore it must be a company driven process where leadership competences are evaluated, goals are set for ongoing leadership learning and development programmes, performance feedback, etc. To make a trustworthy evaluation it must be clear what skills are required, e.g. cooperation, resource management, safety leadership skills and other skills that are important and relevant for the company. Once you know the requirements, what and how to measure them appropriate training can be planned and commenced.
Leadership competence development
“Good leaders need more than STCW compliant leadership training – one that will focus on interpersonal leadership. They need direction, clear understanding of company expectations, the goals to be achieved and constant evaluation of leadership performance.”
It is important that the leadership training provides the leaders with tangible tools and methods on how to deal with his/her leadership tasks and challenges. Examples of these tools are: How to be an active listener, and use an open question technique, how to give informal, on-going and regular feedback and how to manage conflict. Green-Jakobsen leadership training also advise how to appraise employees as a basis for their competence development.
Training and development solutions
The services of Green-Jakobsen can range from assisting in the development of a learning and development strategy, philosophy or standards, implementing those in the competence management system, instituting learning goals and methods to the roll out of courses and other learning initiatives, such and on-the-job-training and training of trainers.
“It is of paramount importance that shipping companies explore, develop, structure and manage on-the-job training to improve the effect of the learning and development spend”