Your Business Reflects Your CPD
Just like with an orchestra conductor, as the Business Leader, your business will be a true reflection of your personal business knowledge and skills. Others can help with the detail but you control the heartbeat and direction of your business.
There is a huge amount of information on how to run your business. The very volume available can be overwhelming.
We distill this down to a smorgasbord of discrete learning topics. You pick what you want depending on what aspect of your CPD you want to improve.
All materials are coded for degree of difficulty with our "belt" system (yellow, blue and black) for increasing difficulty. Don't sweat your present ability. Just like in the martial arts, every manager started as a white belt.
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12Faces Learning Resources are dedicated to improving your business and your personal Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
What CPD Learning is Covered?
We think there are 12 faces to the enterprise a Business Leader is running:
Six relate to the business. Weaknesses in any of these areas will damage your business. Remember the adage "a chain is no stronger than its weakest link".
- revenue creation like sales, pricing, product range
- operations like workflow, variable costs, inventory
- overheads like office costs
- systems like IT and accounting
- people issues like motivation, hiring and
- finances like cashflow
Six relate to the leader and their team. They are Continuing Professional Development to improve the personal skills required to run a successful business:
- decision making skills
- self management, like time management and working efficiently and effectively
- leadership of and by staff
- planning to maximise sustainable business success; however success is measured
- performance measurement to identify weak spots and measure their improvement
- workflow efficiencies, like wasted work, production co-ordination
You will be familiar with a Rubik's cube and its 6 faces. The challenge is to get the same colour on every cell on a face of the cube. A 12 faced figure in geometry is called a Dodecahedron. We refer to our 12 faced approach by the catchy term "Dodeca".
In that spirit, you select from our CPD Learning Resources for whichever of the "faces" of your Dodeca need the most attention, RIGHT NOW in your quest for Sustainable Business Success.
Our Mission is to get each face of your CPD Dodeca showing green for good health.
How is CPD Delivered?
Our CPD Learning Resources are divided into three groups depending on their purpose and duration:
A Campaign is a structured course that will be run over several months, depending on the urgency and complexity of your businesses needs. They address such issues as:
- Turnaround30 (T30): a month long plan to rapidly improve the health of a troubled business
- Optimise100 (O100): a 100 day program to optimise your business
- growth, innovation and business exit campaigns
These are month long projects designed to remedy a particular problem. They are intentionally short and focused, so as to be achievable in the time available to a busy Business Leader. You may be alerted to these problems from your progress through a Campaign above. Or you may be already aware of your problem and looking for a solution. Each Skills Module is focused on just one face of your Dodeca .
Often you need a quick understanding of a topic that you will be discussing with a specialist staff member (say the Sales Manager) or an outside professional. The Leader's Briefings are designed to be a quick read that points out critical issues you can discuss with your advisors so you get a comprehensive response. They won't make you an expert but they will give you crucial insight into the topic.