Who can participate in The Productive Leader?

The Productive Leader uses the principals of Lean Thinking and Six Sigma to enable you to reduce waste and variation in your own personnal working processes. Our work with field test sites across the NHS shows that it is possible for leaders to save around one day per week and a PA to save around 6 hours per week.

The recommended approach to The Productive Leader is to start with the senior leadership team (chief executive, directors and their PAs).  This will result in the top team modelling new practices and behaviours and thereby building credibility for other staff.   However the programme can also be adapted to your organisational context, culture and suit the needs of other staff groups.  The ultimate goal is to spread best practice through the organisation. Please contact us if you would like to discuss how The Productive Leader can benefit your team or organisation.

Through a 'whole team approach', participants will

  •  participate in a series of facilitated sessions, led by a nominated facilitator in your organisation
  •  use online tools to capture current performance to help you and your team to identify and agree areas for development
  •  be provided with self-development resources to support you throughout the programme and beyond.

"Before the programme, my PA and I were working in silos and duplicating our work." "This programme has provided a systematic way of working which has totally changed the way I work with my PA."

PAs as the secret weapon

The role of the PA/admin staff in The Productive Leader is particularly critical. PAs are key to driving out waste and variation and can help save hundreds of hours of leadership time. NHS Institute research showed that PAs and their managers often have inconsistent views about what they are responsible for, which can lead to duplication of work.
As PAs (or admin staff) and managers you will jointly complete an objective review of your working relationship and establish a process for review. This will help create greater clarity of accountabilities and responsibilities, offer PAs the opportunity to expand the breadth of their roles and identify goals for personal development. 

To order The Productive Leader modules (box set)

As a member of an NHS executive team in NHS England, you can obtain box sets of The Productive Leader modules by placing an order through your programme lead with authorisation from your executive sponsor. Once ordered, please allow 10 days for delivery. To pre-order copies for your team, please go to the register now page. 
If you are not a member of an NHS executive or executive support team but work for the NHS in England, you are still able to download The Productive Leader modules at no charge and begin your own Productive Leader journey. To do this, please go to the product catalogue.  
If you are interested in The Productive Leader but are not part of NHS England, please contact us

Productive Leader Order Modules