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Fore! New concept in leadership development
December 10, 2010

Fore! is a unique workshop using a unique version of golf as a vehicle to enhance leadership behaviours, communication skills and self-awareness. It is predominantly aimed at senior managers, directors and Chief Executives, but anyone responsible for leading a team will benefit from it.

Golf as a sport is known for its exceptional ability to reveal person's true character. Those who play the game cannot have failed to recognise the link between the personal challenges of the game and the personal challenges of business. Fore! can not only be used to enhance leadership skills, but also as a valuable assessment tool to identify potential candidates for leadership roles.

Fore! is being launched by leadership development specialists, the Courageous Communication Partnership (CCP). Anthony Etherton, director of CCP and workshop creator, has worked as an independent leadership development coach for several years. He formed CCP in response to a general dissatisfaction with the 'greyness' of learning and development delivery models. His experiential programmes strip delegates of their professional skills and knowledge, leaving them only with their core and instinctual ability to lead.

Anthony says, "It's our mission to research all leadership theories for our clients and then work with this knowledge to create our own unique delivery models around leadership and communications development. Instead of dull Power Point presentations we focus on interactive real-time experiences, challenging and transforming clients through the game  they love".

Fore! is based on a regular four-ball team. Each leader gets a single nine-hole round to expedite their plan. Over four nine-hole rounds the revolving team leader's role is to create a real-time strategy, enabling the team to reach its target of scoring the highest medal score within a specific time. There's a unique twist in the format, and the leader may also be presented with extra challenges in the form of 'characters' placed around the course to test the patience of a saint.

"We're looking at what worked about each person's leadership style and also what they or the team would like to see modified, changed or simply thrown out, about the way the team were led through the challenge", says Anthony.

The whole workshop takes two days and culminates in a final de-brief, gathering the insights and identifying what can be taken back into the workplace, and what the challenges of doing so might be.

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