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Injecting fresh thinking about leadership high performance is the aim of HW Business Leaders workshops held at our Worcester office.  

At the March meeting, attendees took the opportunity to discuss day-to-day strategies with peers and left with practical tools to make an immediate difference back in the office.

We kicked off 2020 talking about successful implementation of change, a topic shown in the latest Mindshop Business Leader report The Authentic Leader to be of concern to many business leaders. This is unsurprising given how busy and resource-poor leaders generally are.

Year after year we see leaders have less time to get more done. With change the new norm, we looked at practical strategies to drive greater implementation success.

Topics and strategies discussed at the workshop included:

  • Identifying a theme for leaders in 2020 such as profitable growth, empowering teams or agility and aligning the leadership attributes to each
  • Not seeking perfection in each leadership attribute but rather aligning them to the businesses goal and the leaders’ 2020 theme
  • Slowing down and embracing the idea that ‘less is more’ through prioritisation
  • Getting things done as a leader by focusing on being more productive rather than busy and learning while implementing
  • Reducing complexity in all aspects of the business
  • Keeping the right people on your team – those you can trust to get things done rather than high performers who may be divisive

All attendees worked on their number one, day-to-day implementation challenge with their peers, building on the new insights covered during the workshop.

In summary,  a terrific, thought-provoking day was had by all to point each leader in the right direction for greater success in 2020.

If you’re interested in joining our practical, high-value learning sessions we would like to invite you to join us at the next HW Business Leaders workshop on June 8, 2020.

Please contact me on 01905 454854 or email to register.

Want to know more? Call us on 01905 612347 or email

About the author

John Painter

John is a partner in the Worcester and Tewkesbury offices having merged his practice (CB, Chartered Accountants) into Haines Watts Worcester on 1 October 2018.

Having been in practice in Worcestershire and North Gloucestershire since 1991, John has built his business on a client centric approach where everything is done with the client’s needs and requirements in mind. One of his favourite sayings is “Begin with the End in Mind” (Stephen Covey: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) as that means the advice given is always relevant to client goals and targets. Since 2005 John has been an Accredited Mindshop Facilitator© which gives him the tools and processes to assist in client growth and profit improvement and is always researching better ways to work with clients and to help them manage their businesses.

Originally a graduate of the University of Sheffield where he studied Economics and Accounting and Financial Management, John qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1981. As well as being a General Practice Partner he is now responsible for the audits (RI) of the practice as well as developing the business strategy and leadership services, which he likens to giving the team the skills to be outstanding business advisers of the future.

John lives in Worcester with his partner, Wendy, and has 2 daughters Jessica and Jade and a growing collection of grandchildren. If not with his family in his spare time John can be found at the Hawthorns watching his beloved West Bromwich Albion or at Evesham Golf Club, although he does treasure his trips to Barmouth in Wales and to the vineyards of France and Germany.

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