An Inglefield clip is a small but significant and valuable piece of equipment which secures a ship’s flag or standard to a mast. It is this small item that was the inspiration for my company name, as I believe there are small but significant and valuable pieces of development which can help to secure the standards of leaders as they progress through to senior leadership.
When an Inglefield clip is missing the standard may become unstable and lost during a storm and this analogy holds true in business; as, when turbulent times are faced, it's leaders who possess those small yet significant and valuable skills who remain focussed and calm, confidently leading their people to success.
I've been fortunate in my career to have worked for some great companies and some outstanding leaders. However, along the way I encountered first hand a, no doubt talented, senior manager who was clearly completely out of their depth and witnessed the utter destruction of a high performing team. The saddest thing, however, was that the individual was completely unaware of their skill gap and the impact it was having on those around them. Productivity plummeted, engagement disappeared and good people left.
"People leave people not companies"
Although a nightmare at the time, on reflection, this experience was also one of my most valuable and was the inspiration which led me to set up Inglefield Consulting, to offer training and development to that critical first line management tier where so much can go wrong if the right support and development is not invested.
And an investment it is as it's really risky to leave leadership development to chance. This quote sums it up nicely:
CEO: 'We need to invest in our people'
CFO: 'What happens if we do and they leave?'
CEO: 'What happens if we don't and they stay?'
I'd love a conversation to explore how I can support you to further develop productivity and engagement.