WHAT IS A TECH LEADER OF CHOICE?

There are tech leaders in your industry that stand out from the rest. They are well known, valued, highly rewarded and make an impact on the people who work for them, the people they interact with and the family that adore them. These are Tech leaders of choice – management’s choice, their team’s choice, the client’s choice and their family’s choice.

They are offered new and exciting opportunities and have the bandwidth to take them on.

They are highly talked about and recognised by their team, peers, management and clients.

They retain key people and attract others to work with and for them.

They have an impact on the organisation and community that is bigger than their role.

They can turn projects around by just being involved.

They find time for their family, friends and activities that re-energise them.

THE NEXT COHORT STARTS IN JULY 2019

Being a Tech Leader of Choice Involves Six Best Practices:

Tech Leader of Choice Best Practices Diagram

Personally, the year has been a huge success, ending with a promotion that I had been targeting. The feedback from management as part of the promotion process highlighted my leadership skills which was the key area on which Nick, and I worked. I would wholeheartedly recommend Nick to anyone who is looking to challenge and improve themselves whilst staying true to who they want to be.

- Tom Wallis, Tech Leader of Choice at UBS

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

A successful tech leader has to do more than just hit milestones, they have to specialise in six best practices to set them apart.

PROPOSITION

Each day, you and your team focus on hitting the next milestone, supporting your clients and wading through issues, but what makes you stand out from your peers doing the same? What’s your unique value proposition and how are you going to deliver it?

While working with your coach, you will:
- Discover your unique leadership value.
- Evolve your current leadership brand.
- Develop a clear and inspiring leadership vision.
- Build a challenging but achievable strategy aligned with your vision.

PEOPLE

How many of your team are engaged, motivated and performing at their best? How many of them would go that extra mile for you and rave about you to their colleagues, friends and family? How can you become their leader of choice?

While working with your coach, you will:
- Learn how to engage your team in your leadership vision and strategy.
- Develop a growth plan for members of your team to fill the gaps you leave behind as you start to step up.
- Design a safe, fun and excellence inspiring environment for your team.
- Build a 1-2-1 and team engagement and communication plan.
- Learn how to get the exposure and recognition your team deserves for all it’s hard work and impact.

PROACTIVE

Tech leaders of choice avoid the reactive zone because it takes control of their time and energy. They spend their time in the proactive zone where they can use their experience to make more of an impact.

While working with your coach, you will:
- Define what you should be doing each day that leverage’s your experience and build a transition plan to offload the rest.
- Work out how to eliminate or optimise time, energy & focus wasters for you and your team.
- Develop a proactive mindset.

PERFORMANCE

Tech leaders of choice focus on raising their leadership performance to match those performing at the highest level while ensuring they avoid burnout and keep their work-life balanced while their workload increases.

While working with your coach, you will:
- Assess the gap between you and the highest level and develop a challenging growth plan to get you there.
- Identify a support network to help you.
- Discover how to build your resilience so you can always bring your best to work, your family and yourself.
- Learn how to create and enforce boundaries with yourself and others to ensure you are reliable, present and stay balanced.

PROFILE

Tech Leaders of choice know that steadily building their profiles increases the network of people who know, like and trust them and by association the company they represent. If a tech leader of choice needs help, they can call on others who will be willing to help them. If others need assistance or an opportunity arises, they know who to choose.

While working with your coach, you will:
- Determine how to get the right exposure with your boss, your boss's leadership team and the relevant decision makers.
- Discover how to raise your visibility internally and externally while building opportunistic relationships.
- Learn how to leverage the power of LinkedIn.

PARTNERSHIP

A tech leader of choice has a trusted network of internal and external partners to help them align strategically, deliver more significant business outcomes and be seen as doing the right thing for the organisation as a whole.

While working with your coach, you will:
- Discover how to turn your relationship with your business clients from a service provider into a partnership whilst building a set of sponsors and champions who can actively talk about the value you bring to their departments.
- Create an internal technology partner map and action plan on how to build a strategically aligned relationship.
- Determine how you can partner with organisationally aligned external partners to deliver reciprocal value.
- Learn how to partner with peers and ex-colleagues in other organisations to leverage each other’s knowledge.

Is this Program Right for You?

Do you tick all the boxes?

Are you an ambitious tech leader who is committed to your current role and hungry to progress to the highest level?

Are you driven to thrive in your career and life, rather than just survive?

Are you willing to invest in your own success rather than relying on those you work for?

Are you committed to taking action, working hard and pushing through blockers and drawbacks?

Are you ready to be told what others won’t tell you, challenged, pushed hard and held accountable?

Here's How it Works

It's Time to Get Serious

Live Workshops

6 * 1 day live workshops with Nicholas Foster in London. Each workshop will be at least one month apart, held on a Saturday and cover each of the six best practices -

- Proposition
- People
- Proactive
- Performance
- Profile
- Partnerships

Workbooks

Workbooks for each workshop, all designed to help you complete the action steps that will help you become a Tech Leader of Choice.

Monthly Coaching

12 monthly live group coaching calls via zoom with Nicholas Foster to help you through your journey to becoming a Tech Leader of Choice.

Exclusive Community

Access to the private Tech Leader of Choice Facebook group, where you get ideas, advice, support and accountability from peers and Nicholas Foster.

Nicholas is an excellent mentor and coach. Using his wealth of management experience, he has helped me drive my career and overcome challenges that I face.

Andrew Freed

Andrew Freed

Nick is an incredible mentor and coach. Having worked in his team at Credit Suisse and learning from his leadership and people skills, I am glad he has considered coaching through his venture ‘Develite’. I have been following his blogs and it has helped me a lot and I highly recommend people to read them and connect with Nick to receive his coaching for personal and professional development.

Keta Desai

Keta Desai

I would wholeheartedly recommend Nick to anyone who is looking to challenge and improve themselves whilst staying true to who the want to be.

Tom Wallis

Tom Wallis

Nick’s coaching helped me stop feeling completely overwhelmed by workload and shown me how I can take a calm step by step approach to decide what I need to achieve and then work out a logical order of tasks to get there.

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

How to Apply

The current cohort is limited to ten tech leaders, so it’s on a first come first served basis.

I need to ensure the program will work for you, so I interview each applicant to ensure we are a good match. I will not pressure you or hassle you. If you want in, great. If not, no problem.

If you would like to apply for the program, please book a call in my calendar below on a date and time that works for you.

I look forward to talking to you.

Nick