Have you ever been puzzled why some people embrace certain changes, while others have show-stopping resistance? Or perhaps you’ve struggled to understand why some working relationships feel ‘in the flow’, while others are more like wading through treacle? On a personal level, despite your clear competence, you’ve wondered why certain career paths and roles feel energising, while other roles sap your energy reserves.
At our personality masterclass, you will gain a clear understanding into these key personal and project success factors. This session has a tremendous following, having been attended by over 1,000 project leaders and project teams from the public, private and charity sectors
Effective leaders enhance project outcomes by managing the creative diversity within project teams and between stakeholders. If diversity is mismanaged then that collaboration breaks down, change is resisted and project success damaged.
The Project Academy masterclass uses the Kirton-Adaption-Innovation (KAI) cognitive-style psychometric to show participants their own preferred creativity style and how this relates to others with diverse styles. Participants gain solutions for dealing with different “hard- wired” personal preferences and the impact this has on the inter-relationships.
KAI has been in use for over 40 years around the world and is widely used by academics in the fields of business, psychology, sociology and education. It is particularly relevant to project collaboration and organisational change.
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this masterclass participants will be able to:
Understand their own thinking style preferences when being creative, solving problems and reacting to change
Gain insight into the potential impact (positive and negative) of own style when leading individuals and groups
Understand different style preferences that will exist within teams and the wider stakeholder community
Learn approaches that can support better collaboration within teams and between individuals and groups.
Attendees will receive their own personalised report.
Complete your KAI assessment via the online system for which we will provide you with your unique access code. Allow around 20 minutes.
Who should attend/who is the masterclass for?
This masterclass is open to all project professionals, whether leaders or team members working on Projects/Programmes/Portfolios or transformational change initiatives. It will also be highly valuable for any senior managers wondering why there may be so much resistance to their organisational change programmes.
The masterclass will be led by The Project Academy’s Managing Director, Paul Erricker, who is an accredited Advanced KAI Practitioner. Paul has over 30 years working in projects, change and developing project leaders. He has been a leadership coach to over 150 senior project leaders. This is an interactive masterclass with a theoretical underpinning, participant group work and plenary sessions to gain new techniques in dealing with different interpersonal challenges.
What they said about us
Gaining a new understanding of myself through the KAI analysis. I learned that I am bang in the middle of the KAI spectrum which means I can flex to understand and link with others on both sides. I’ve used this actively as a personal tool and in supporting others to understand and resolve communication issues. I have found this to be a helpful tool to be mindful of where others are coming from.
Eva Simmonds – HSCIC
A key light bulb moment was through the KAI elective where it was clear that I was very much at the innovation and transformational end of the spectrum and recognising the considerations I had to make when working with individuals who were detailed individuals. Something I can do as needed but not where I naturally sit. This allowed me to reflect on times in my career where there have been individuals I have found it more challenging to work with.
Patsy Northern – DOH
I’d like to reiterate that I enjoyed the session and got a lot out of it, which was a pleasant surprise as I have done similar assessments previously. It helped explain why I get so frustrated dealing with some people and they probably get just as frustrated dealing with me!
Really interesting to reflect on my thinking style preferences and how I therefore react when under pressure, or (and in particular) to certain bosses or stakeholders. Felt it gave me permission to be me!
I now want to propose KAI to senior management as a tool for change and reorganisation
It will help me adapt my style more consciously – my boss and SRO are off the scale Adaptors whereas I am an Innovator!
I just attended the KAI course with Paul and I was very impressed. I find that ‘softer’ topics like that can be a bit ‘wishy washy’ and I’m a typical sceptic of them but Paul landed this one very well and I thought it was both engaging and informative throughout – its certainly made me think about how I’ll manage teams differently in the future. Top marks!
An excellent session, that from the beginning was made very relevant to my work and my world.
It’s changed how I’m viewing current challenges.
Probably the most useful/impactful session of the Project Leadership Programme so far.
I’ve undertaken many of these types of exercises but this has been one of the few that I’ve really added value and I can see the practical implications & benefits to adopting in our organisation.
Helped me identify how my relationship with my boss and principle stakeholders is working – and how I could do things differently to get more collaboration.
Understanding my default style has helped me make sense of things that have not gone so well and also gone well.
I will use these techniques to build a new team I am assembling.
It has given me a framework and a vocabulary to have conversations that I have been internalising until now.