We turn Business Managers into People Leaders

Sporting Difference gives business managers a unique insight into the world of professional sport and the skills required to succeed in such a highly competitive environment. Through exclusive access to the managers, coaches and players at the clubs we show how the motivation, coaching and leadership skills used in professional sport can be applied in a business environment to deliver outstanding team performance.

We turn Business Managers into People Leaders

Sporting Difference gives business managers a unique insight into the world of professional sport and the skills required to succeed in such a highly competitive environment. Through exclusive access to the managers, coaches and players at the clubs we show how the motivation, management, coaching and leadership skills used with high performing sports teams can be used in a business environment.

“We manage things, we lead people”

This is one of Richard Branson’s favourite quotes on leadership and perfectly sums up the difference between management and leadership.

Most people are fine with managing things, it’s the people bit that trips them up.

Studies have shown:

more than half of employees leave their job because of their manager

only 7% of employees say they are working to their full potential

some employees could be 45% more productive

A report in the Harvard Business Review states that only one in ten managers have the natural talent needed to get the best out of their teams, and as very few managers receive any training in people skills these statistics are probably not surprising.

We focus on the skills and behaviours needed to get the best out of people so that managers spend more time leading. We keep leadership simple and achievable for anyone by focussing on a common sense approach. We use the examples from sport as part of our process because if you cannot lead, develop and motivate as the manager of a sports team you quickly find yourself seeking new employment. Sports teams also have an incredible focus on their objectives and ensure their entire approach is based on achieving those objectives. They have proven structures for development and motivation that are embedded into the way they approach their day to day work.

We combine that approach with proven business models to bring together the best of sport and business to inspire managers and develop their leadership skills.

If you’d like more information then please call us on 02392 007025 we can explain more in a short conversation than can be learned from several hours of online exploration.

“We manage things, we lead people”

This is one of Richard Branson’s favourite quotes on leadership and perfectly sums up the difference between management and leadership.

Most people are fine with managing things, it’s the people bit that trips them up.

Studies have shown:

more than half of employees leave their job because of their manager

only 7% of employees say they are working to their full potential

some employees could be 45% more productive

A report in the Harvard Business Review states that only one in ten managers have the natural talent needed to get the best out of their teams, and as very few managers receive any training in people skills these statistics are probably not surprising.

We focus on the skills and behaviours needed to get the best out of people so that managers spend more time leading. We keep leadership simple and achievable for anyone by focussing on a common sense approach. We use the examples from sport as part of our process because if you cannot lead, develop and motivate as the manager of a sports team you quickly find yourself seeking new employment. Sports teams also have an incredible focus on their objectives and ensure their entire approach is based on achieving those objectives. They have proven structures for development and motivation that are embedded into the way they approach their day to day work.

We combine that approach with proven business models to bring together the best of sport and business to inspire managers and develop their leadership skills.

If you’d like more information then please call us on 02392 007025 we can explain more in a short conversation than can be learned from several hours of online exploration.

Interested in development for your sales teams?

Take a look at how we turn sales teams operating as a group of individuals into high performing teams who take responsibility for leading the growth of the business.

The programme Steve designed and delivered to our staff was the most successful in my 6 years as National Sales Manager. The 15% uplift in company performance was due to his innovative content and impactful style. Even our most experienced and cynical staff bought into the attitudes, concepts and skill improvements presented. I would have no hesitation in recommending Steve as a sales or management trainer. SB

National Sales Manager

Excellent. Everything we went through was transferable and applicable to many levels of management in any industry. LB

Group Marketing Manager

Steve is an accomplished leader in his own right, who also has the rare ability to help others uncover their leadership qualities. He has a clear, intelligent and entertaining style which builds confidence and inspires action. AW

Divisional Director

This was the best course I have ever attended. SM

Operations Manager