Creating Change Leaders at all Levels

For Leaders implementing key change and employee engagement initiatives, developing and commercialising innovation ideas and improving general leadership skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn core Leadership and Management competencies.
  • Understand and adapt your own leadership style in the context of change, innovation and employee engagement in general.
  • Learn principles and strategies for leading the emotional side of change.
  • Understand how to lead the change process, the culture change, progressing the innovation ideas and the employee engagement initiatives.
  • Use The Bee Book story to help participants understand the current strategy, what is required now and what the future looks like.
  • Build readiness for change and innovation by creating a high sense of urgency.
  • Learn how to overcome the fear of change.
  • Understand that people react differently to change.
  • Explore how to communicate with employees and engage them.
  • Unleash leadership at all levels to build greater commitment to progress.
  • Improve your change, innovation, engagement and leadership skills.
  • Understand habits and behaviours as they relate to change.
  • Understand the importance of team work.
  • Identify unique individual strengths that produce greater results.
  • Learn how intact teams accelerate change and innovation.
  • Understand how important employee engagement is in the modern world and how it directly correlates to improved bottom results.
  • Learn how important employee engagement is within the context of good leadership.
  • Understand how to transition from where we are now to where we want to be.
  • Apply the combination of leadership and management to optimize results.
  • Learn about common mistakes leaders make and how to overcome them.
  • Use The Bee Book story to relate to real world issues within your organisation.
  • Develop an understanding of how change, innovation and employee engagement should work together and synergise with one another.
  • Learn how to break down silos.
  • Create an action plan to implement an initiative that will help future proof your organisation.
  • Compare your organisation (hive) to other organisations (hives) and discuss the pros and cons using The Bee Book as the catalyst for action.
  • Future proof your organisation.
  • Provide a structured list of what needs changing from the employees’ perspective and compare it to the leadership perspective.
  • Develop a self-directed leadership development plan.
  • Highlight behaviours that are either “sinking your boat” or nurturing more engagement and productivity.
  • Arrive at a common language to help move the business forward.
  • Have fun, learn and develop.

Workshop Overview

Pre-reading of The Bee Book by Craig Smith and Paul Rigby is mandatory for this workshop and its effectiveness in helping your organisation to implement change, innovation, improve employee engagement, develop leadership skills and make the changes stick. Delegates will learn the importance of the principles discussed in The Bee Book and how and when to apply them by:

  • Using a story about a hive of bees stuck in a rut in their daily chores with a rigid hierarchical management style.
  • Through highly engaging, interactive and stimulating facilitation methods that ensure full learner engagement.

Delegates learn processes for leading the changes using proven methodologies reinforced through activities and exercises linked to the story of bees in a casual but serious workshop environment. We will relate the story to the participants’ own organisation to ensure instant identification and learning.

The workshop culminates with the completion of a Bee Fit for the Future TM summary to capture the learning and actions against all of the elements of the program. We will produce and “helicopter view” summary that can be expanded and improved upon immediately after the workshop. A set of actions that can be acted upon NOW!

Pre-work (read the book The Bee Book) introduces the concepts
for the workshop and draws out this information to develop skills and insights.

Engage participants in a series of exercises and activities to
apply key learning to their current change, innovation, engagement or leadership

Results in a structured summary of the learning related to the participants’ real issues in the work environment.

Real-life examples to build a common language for immediate.

Leverage 30+ years of applied research on Leadership, Innovation,
Employee Engagement and Change from key thought leaders.

  • The facilitators/authors have over 25 years of practical experience in the corporate world in senior positions with large multi-national companies.
  • They use their experience to bring out the best in the participants.
  • They have used and applied these models in the real world and they work.
  • They will share their successes and failures and explain the practicalities.
  • They focus on making the workshop a real “live” experience.
  • Add to this their passion about what they do and hopefully this behavior will bee (excuse the pun) contagious.


  • Understand change and how to overcome the typical issues we face with change.
  • Understand innovation and its’ importance for the future of your organisation.
  • Understand employee engagement and the impact an engaged workforce has on the
    bottom line.
  • Leading vs managing and how this relates to change, innovation and engagement.
  • Habits and behaviors and their importance.
  • Key thought leaders’ models with examples and how to implement.
  • Develop actions for implementing your changes.
  • Numerous practical examples provided throughout the session.
  • Explore various leadership skills.
  • Produce a summary of the learning applicable to the participants’ real situation.

Timings are not provided due to the interactive nature of the workshop.

Usually we start at 08h30, take a 45-minute lunch break and aim to finish each day at 16h30 at the latest. Occasionally we finish later as the groups enter into serious discussions on various topics.