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Article Written by John Berry & Sue Berry on 14th March 2018. Revised 15th July 2018. Reading time: 7 minutes

Four fists over jarSad to say, but 80% of UK managers are untrained. If you're reading this, you've probably not been trained to manage your people. Just think about how much more effective you could be with some quality people-management training.

Level 7 Training

All managers need to use management science - and not just replicate out-of-context 'best practice' or implement the suggestions of untrained gurus. Levels 5 and 6 teach 'best practice' and 'how to...'. Level 7 teaches you to think and to challenge. Managers need to manage at Level 7. You shouldn't put up with less.

Let TimelessTime train you at NQF/EQF Level 7. We offer a nine-month rolling programme covering three central disciplines - hiring, managing and developing people. The whole programme is at Level 7. It's designed for managers who want the Level 7 knowledge and skills without the onerous assessment that comes from university-based or ILM/CMI courses. It focusses only on managing people - but it covers the whole topic.

And it's provided COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE. Book now!


The programme comprises three topics delivered as six 30-minute webinars and one two hour workshop per topic. You can dip in and out as your time allows. There's no need to attend all webinars or workshops. And the whole course is delivered online - though for those attendees within travelling distance of Haywards Heath, we run a face-to-face workshop alongside the online workshop.

We don't offer a 'listen to again' service for the webinars and workshops. But you can access them again as the programme we offer is a rolling one. Check out the information below for future dates.

What will you learn?

Valid, tangible and immediately applicable information and methods to enable you to excel in managing, developing and hiring your people.

What’s the webinar style?

Six short presentations with an online question and answer session per topic. There are three topics.

What's the workshop style?

A group of like-minded managers sharing the issues, encouraged and enabled by some mini-presentations. Delivered both online and face-to-face, one per topic. There are three topics.


Trimester 2 - Developing/growing people

Developing/growing - Webinar 1: Basic concepts of human development and simple ideas of making improvement - 29th June 2018

  • Basic ideas about human competencies and behaviours
  • Introducing competency frameworks
  • Basic ideas about what enables people to learn
  • Re-visiting the link between personal characteristics and performance

Developing/growing - Webinar 2: Making the business case for investment in people - 6th July 2018

  • Interdependency of technology and people
  • Strategies supporting investment in technology over people
  • Key drivers in favour of developing people
  • Consequences of not developing staff and alternative strategies

Developing/growing - Webinar 3: Understanding what makes many people ‘developable’ (and others not) - 13th July

  • Translating job description accountabilities to personal characteristics
  • Determining the changes in competencies and behaviours needed
  • Identifying critical development to yield required future performance
  • Discussing why some people are developable (and others not)

Developing/growing - Webinar 4: Setting out the processes of developoment, talent management and succession - 3rd August 2018

  • Discussing the meaning of ‘talent’, who’s in the talent pool and who’s not
  • Discussing the GE 9-box and CIPD 4-box talent matrixes
  • Building a model for talent management using the CIPD 4-box matrix
  • Illustrating talent management as a continuous process

Developing/growing - Webinar 5: Planning and implementing organisational up-skilling - 10th August 2018

  • Revisiting the arguments for and against developing staff
  • Developing a basic structure for staff career planning
  • Illustrating the role of whole-organisation function modelling
  • Discussing an example of a pan-organisation upskilling plan

Developing/growing - Webinar 6: Determining the right developmental tool for each person and goal - 17th August 2018

  • Discussing the various development interventions available
  • Re-visiting how people learn and their reaction to various interventions
  • Developing training interventions to meet planned needs
  • Discussing how to evaluate the success of development interventions

Developing/growing - Workshop - Face to face & online - 14th September 2018

The business case for growing your people is persuasive. It’s mostly cheaper than recruiting new staff with new skills and there is the ancillary benefit of heightened commitment from all. This workshop aims to hit all the main points of people-development science. You will be able to identify from this workshop, areas where you are already proficient and others where you need further development and support.

Trimester 3 - Recruiting/hiring people

Hiring/recruiting - Webinar 1: Typical hiring processes today and the necessity for improvement 19th October 2018

Hiring/recruiting - Webinar 2: Designing the best jobs - 26th October 2018

Hiring/recruiting - Webinar 3: Specifying the best people - 2nd November 2018

Hiring/recruiting - Webinar 4: Finding the best candidates - 9th November 2018

Hiring/recruiting - Webinar 5: Selecting the best people - 16th November 2018

Hiring/recruiting - Webinar 6: Making sure the best join - 23rd November 2018

Hiring/recruiting - Workshop - Face to face and online - 7th December 2018

Trimester 1 (repeat- Spring 2019) - Managing people

Managing - Webinar 1: Establishing the manager-employee relationship

Managing - Webinar 2: Winning staff commitment and job-engagement

Managing - Webinar 3: Fostering innovation and changing culture

Managing - Webinar 4: Setting reward: practicalities of pay and benefits

Managing - Webinar 5: Motivating and setting objectives to drive performance

Managing - Webinar 6: Summarising - a concise leadership model for managing day-to-day

Managing - Workshop - Face-to-face and on-line

To book

Booking couldn't be easier. Simply go to our events page and book to attend the next webinar. There's no need to start at the beginning. Just pick it up now and roll on through the programme. But you will need to remember to book each webinar in turn. Each must be booked separately.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is for any manager in any organisation, though the programme is designed for managers of organisations in the United Kingdom. It's for any manager managing teams of any size in the public, private or charity sectors.

Programme history

We're management consultants. We'd been running workshops for clients since 2010 covering pretty much the same content as now offered in this programme. Our marketing was traditional, with web site, email campaigns and networking. But we constantly lamented that the marketing of our consulting services would be a lot easier if managers knew the science behind management. Our sales would progress more fluidly if the client manager understood what we were talking about.

Then one day, following a stint lecturing people-management at the University of Sussex on the MSc course in management, the programme was born. The idea was simple. We'd provide the background free. We'd educate managers. After all, that was what our other marketing vehicles like our web site and email campaigns did. The programme would just concentrate the knowledge. So, our training activities would become our marketing.

Our terms

The programme comprising webinars and workshops is provided COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE. Book now!

We are providing this programme in order to show managers our knowledge and understanding as consultants - it is therefore a form of marketing for us.

Our agreement to provide the programme is with the manager's organisation. In return for delivery of the programme, the manager's organisation agrees to us sending the manager informational emails from time to time on management topics. We will ask the manager to sign up, on the organisation's behalf, to receive those emails before commencing the programme. Those emails contain information on management techniques, skills and knowledge - they are not sales emails. The manager can unsubscribe from the email list at any time.

We reserve the right to refuse to deliver the programme to anyone using a Gmail or other personal or generic email address or anyone who, on investigation, is not a manager in a bona fide organisation. We will also refuse to provide the programme to anyone from an organisation that, on investigation, appears to be in competition with TimelessTime.

Otherwise, our standard terms and conditions of sale will apply and a copy is available on request.

About the presenters

John Berry

John is an alumnus of Loughborough University, the Open University Business School and Birkbeck, University of London, in engineering, management and organisational psychology. He has run technology and engineering companies and led R&D activities in SMEs and multi-nationals over the past 30 years. He has been instrumental in driving corporate and public policy across technology and engineering for firms and governments. In a global career, John has led teams in 32 countries. He is a Chartered Manager and a Chartered Engineer.

Over the past six years John has enabled several hundred SME managers to achieve change by delivering organisational development projects.

Sue Berry

Over the past 30 years Sue has led the human resource function in several firms, heading up and driving organisational improvement and change across chemicals, aerospace, education and charities sectors. She has been instrumental in shaping relationships between people and organisations in pursuit of growth and prosperity for all. Sue is an alumna of Newcastle University, De Montfort University and the Open University in education, human resource management and psychology & economics. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has Qualified Teacher Status.

Over the past six years Sue has supported several hundred SME managers, delivering HR support and change projects.

General FAQs

How do I book?

Booking couldn't be easier. Simply go to our events page and book to attend the next webinar.

How do I connect to the webinars and workshops?

It's really easy. The webinars and workshops are delivered via GoToMeeting. You follow a Web link that we'll give you. You'll connect to that link at the set time. You will then see the slides on screen and you can listen wither by dialling a telephone number or by using your computer's loudspeakers and microphone. There will be further instructions given but we do advise you do some tests before joining, just to make sure all will be well.

Is there a certificate?

Yes. We will issue a participation certificate for 100% participation in any of the three modules - but the main aim is learning.

Will there be assingments and assessments?

No. The aim is to give you learning without testing.

Is there a reading list?

Each module has a list of references where you can find more information.

What materials do managers get?

There is a workbook for each module. This shows the key slides and encourages the manager to complete additional tasks.

Do I have to attend every webinar or workshop?

No. You can consume any or all of the programme. The programme will be repeated in 2019.

Will the webinar be repeated at another time?

Yes. This webinar will be repeated again in about one year's time.

What IT equipment do I need to partcipate?

You'll need a PC, tablet or spartphone to view the slides and PC, tablet or smartphone for audio - and of course an Internet connection. A headset is useful.

What if I have problems with audio?

If you have problems with PC, tablet or smartphone audio, you can dial in to a local telephone number for the audio. You'll still need the PC, tablet or smartphone to view the slides.

Do I need a good quality/high bandwidth Internet connection?

No, GoToMeeting works well on modest connections. It's difficult to put figures on it but all should be well over a 2Mb/S download connection. It will work fine over a 3G or 4G mobile data connection.

Where can I find more information about connecting to the webinar?

Once you've signed up, the confirmatory emails will give you links and allow you to test your connection and audio.

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