Maximum Performance Development Programme

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in Performance Management

Maximum Performance Development Programme

For Managers & Leaders


        SQA Approved Centre

A practical approach to managing yourself and those around you, this unique, CMI- recognised programme will help you step up and make a difference.

Having delivered training to over 300 managers across the Highlands & Islands, our trainers are highly experienced, trained and qualified.

This suite of courses is aimed primarily at new and aspiring managers (although also a very good refresher for managers who have not been through a structured development programme before). The programme takes a modular, approach which gives you plenty of tools and strategies for dealing with everyday challenges in the workplace as well as the opportunity to learn from others’ experiences, reflect on your own, and benefit from the inspirational advice and guidance of our expert trainers.


Most organisations set their new managers up to fail

 They don’t do it deliberately, of course, but they do keep doing it. We’ve all been there. We get promoted to our first management role not because we have shown proficiency in managing people, but because we are good at achieving targets, KPIs, goals, etc. We are technically proficient. And why do organisations promote the technically proficient? Because organisations are not great at succession planning and because they look for the wrong skills set when appointing new managers. Lack of succession planning means that appointments are made on a reactive basis, without time to prepare people for the appointment. So, managers are appointed because of their technical proficiency, not because of any sign of management skills or a passion for leading a team. Remember, too, that most people’s reason for leaving a job has nothing to do with the money – it’s usually because they have no respect for their manager.

So, are you going to keep letting your new managers – and the people they manage – down? Or are you going to do something about it? Here’s an opportunity for you.

After years of running bespoke management development programmes on an in-house basis for a wide range of organisations – public sector, private sector, voluntary sector, large and small– we distilled the most common issues that managers struggle with and have designed a unique, modular, open programme to address just those issues. The programme takes a structured approach over eight months, dealing with all the key topics in ‘bite-sized’ fashion, roughly one day a month. It’s a very experiential, stimulating, challenging programme which requires the participants to do bite-sized assignments (‘pre-work’) in preparation for each module. The programme starts with a psychometric profile (DiSC) and gives lots of opportunity for skills practice and feedback in a supportive environment. The strict limit on the group size (a maximum of 12 participants) ensures that each participant has ample opportunity to discuss their challenges on a one-to-one basis with the expert trainer and coach, Catherine Sutherland.

If you have anyone you’re thinking of for a management position, or if you’ve recently appointed a first-time manager, then this tried-and-tested programme will be perfect for them.


  • A series of eight modules, over a period of 8 months. Key features include:
  • A psychometric profile for each participant (the DiSC profile, completed online before the start of the programme)
  • A personal development report (your report is generated on completion of an online questionnaire, which also links through to 19 online development activities).
  • ‘Pre-work’ before each module, to ensure that all participants have addressed the issues in advance of each module, thereby allowing all the sessions to be run at the optimal level and speed
  • Individual and group exercises and skills practice sessions in each module, for truly experiential learning
  • Limited group size (minimum 6, maximum 12) to ensure the ideal participant: trainer ratio
  • High quality programme materials
  • Certificate of attendance for each participant (which can be used as evidence for CPD purposes, where appropriate)

Who should attend?

The programme is ideal for:

  • All those being considered for promotion to their first management position
  • Any newly appointed manager
  • It is also a useful refresher for any manager who has been in post for a while but who has not had the benefit of attending a structured development

CMI Recognition

This programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Management as a ‘Development programme’. This is the

benchmark of high quality leadership and management training. All participants on our CMI Development programmes benefit from free studying membership for the duration of their programme. This includes access to the CMI’s online library of materials.  On completion of the programme, they receive a Development certificate from the CMI, recognising and celebrating their learning and achievement.



Early intake Module(s)
30 Aug 2018 1
27 Sept 2018 2
25 Oct 2018 3
29 Nov 2018 4
20 Dec 2018 5
24 Jan 2018 6
28 Feb 2018 7
28 Mar 2018 8


All sessions will be held at an Inverness Hotel


9:30 – 4:30 Buffet lunch and refreshments included.

Price and how to book

Learning only:

  • Standard price: £225 per module
  • £1,500 + VAT per person for all 8 modules
  • 25% discount for second place booked
  • Prices available to combine as a CMI or SVQ management

To book, please contact

The in-house option

at Morrich House, 20 Davidson Drive, Invergordon IV18 0SA

(t) 01349 853037


Of course, the programme is also available on an in-house basis. We can either run it ‘as is’ or use it as the starting point for a conversation with you before designing a bespoke version just for your organisation to meet your specific requirements.

Your Programme Director

Catherine Sutherland (Managing Director, Virtual Learning Academy) is an exceptional trainer, facilitator and coach. She specialises in helping managers to focus on their roles and responsibilities with the aim of getting great results with the people they manage. She has helped organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to improve their performance through a range of interventions covering leadership challenges, motivational management and corporate and executive coaching.

Catherine is enthusiastic and practical in her approach. Her strong facilitation skills focus on the audience to create a powerful learning experience.

She combines academic theory from her Post Graduate in Leadership & Management with practical applications from her 25 years’ experience in management. She has designed and delivered training courses for organisations across the region and has both teaching and training qualifications.