Experience is key as LMI-UK appoints new franchise owner

John Watkinson

Leadership Management International (LMI) UK, one of the country’s leading people development organisations, has appointed John Watkinson as a new Franchise Owner in the East Midlands.

An internationally experienced Technical Leader, he will become LMI-UK’s new Matlock-based franchise owner, with responsibility for helping businesses in Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield and the surrounding area improve their performance through the development of their people.

With sessions set to begin in November, Watkinson will use his expertise and personal experience, combined with the unique LMI programmes to help individuals achieve their full potential and become better leaders.

Watkinson commented: “It’s an exciting time to be joining LMI-UK, with so much emphasis on how nurturing the talent within an organisation, can deliver the productivity and efficiency improvements needed to remain competitive.

“I’m looking forward to connecting with forward-thinking businesses across the region that recognise the benefits on offer if they invest in developing the skills of their people.

“I believe businesses have the next generation of leaders within them already; now it’s about recognising and developing the leadership skills of those individuals who have already demonstrated they have the right attitude to help the business succeed.

“In my previous role as Executive Director following some 32 years with the organisation, I have plenty of experience mentoring and managing others, helping people develop and become more effective within the workplace.

“Much of my career involved managing people and I soon realised I had a passion for helping people develop; now I get to do it full time.

“I’m also the product of an LMI programme, which offered first-hand experience of the valuable skills and attitudes required to succeed, becoming a more productive and effective leader as a result.

“The programme allowed me to overcome significant obstacles in my career and I’m keen to share my experiences with other individuals, developing and inspiring the next generation of managers and leaders.”

LMI-UK Franchise Director Ray King said: “Given John’s vast experience within people management roles and his own personal understanding of the LMI programmes, this appointment is a perfect match for our business as we look to connect with more organisations across the UK.

“Management experience is a benefit in this new role for John, but it’s his desire to help develop others and his passion to ensure they achieve their full potential that impressed me; he truly understands the LMI ethos.

“To successfully develop others, you must believe in the ideas you are sharing and have a clear understanding of what the tailored programmes are striving to achieve – which is why I believe John is a great addition to the growing LMI-UK team.”

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