Ask most employees in the job market who previously left their job why they quit their previous company and many will say to seek a better opportunity, but when you drill down deeper, six times out ten, they will admit that they actually left their boss. With the cost of constant recruiting and on-boarding new staff to replace staff that jumped ship insurmountable, one entrepreneur offers Kung Fu Leadership Training as an answer to improve people skills in managers to plug the hole in the boat.
" I could not work with my boss, I was treated terribly" says one person who left a company to a recruiter in a new job interview when asked why they left.
Although this may sound to some recruiters as sour grapes, global surveys on attrition have pinpointed that one of the of number one reasons why employees leave their posts is that they felt their former bosses had not either respected or appreciated them enough. Some reported abuses of power, bully tactics, and lack of support to add to the list. The cost of replacing new staff as a result of poor management is enormous.
So what does that say about the climate in work forces embedded in companies today? How is it that these bosses have not gotten the message?
Many forward thinking companies are now seeking personal development programs for their supervisors and managers that form part of their organizational leadership team.
In fact, leadership is the new buzzword in the training industry.
Trainers with little hands one real business experience sign up for accredited courses, sometimes attending for 5 days to one month, to learn the ins and outs of teaching the latest leadership models to mangers of companies.
One entrepreneur has transformed his own experiences in running a dozen companies and managing hundreds of team members over the past 25 years to create a leadership development program that can be measured and monetized. His claim is that great leadership skills are not inborn, but must be first exposed, then accepted, stimulated and practiced by the manager.
“People are the driving fuel of almost every company today, and this is why managers today must bridge their authority over others to the humanity which workers today hunger for daily.” Says Michael J. Tolan, CEO of World Class Group and creator of FirePowerLeadership.com
“ We have created a leadership development program based on many of the best practices of both ancient and modern leadership and interwoven these into a language and delivery style that engages more managers to want to not only learn better leadership, but grow and even share their new sharpened skills.” he added. Kung Fu is our ‘metaphor’
His newest initiative is called ‘Kung Fu Leadership’, a unique blend of the philosophies of the Shaolin monks who developed and practiced this discipline 1,500 years ago. “The martial art Kung Fu fighting that is hyped in Hollywood is not what we teach, however it is the underlying philosophy that respect for all people and their surroundings, that we have adopted as one of the cornerstones of our systematic development program. “ said Tolan.
“Leadership is not a brand monopoly, it is a commodity that empowers others within organizations. Our participants warm up in our workshops with their own warrior stances, and team up to learn lessons that were taught by the Kung Fu masters, never to meet conflict head on, but to deflect it, using the power or adversity working against you upon itself. This is true in everyday business, as leaders are often greeted by adversity, and must be quick on their feet to flip it on its back and transform it into an opportunity”
“We do not teach physical fighting skills, but we do use the principals in our curriculum to pivot to our leadership topic. We focus on interpersonal skills, presentation confidence, winning attitudes.”
“This is also the methodology we use in our separate Kung Fu Sales Development and Communications program.” he added.
Kung Fu Leadership can be delivered to companies in house, or at selected workshops in a variety of locations, including Dubai, Lebanon, Malta, and Malaysia.
“Kung Fu requires focus, discipline, presence of mind, empathy for others, respect, and continual practice and devotion, just as great leadership behaviors. We do not teach warfare on others, however we advocate the declaration of war on personal behaviors that our participants might posses which may be repelling or chasing people or opportunities away from their departments or organizations.”
Fire Power Leadership is conducting a one-day workshop on Kung Fu Leadership in Dubai on the 15th of December at OpenThinking LLC in Dubai Knowledge Village.
Registration information is available on their website www.FirePowerLeadership.com