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ukactive update: A new generation of leaders

The fitness sector needs leaders who are willing to challenge everything that’s gone before, as ukactive’s Geraldine Tuck explains

By Geraldine Tuck, UKactive | Published in Health Club Management 2016 issue 9
The industry attracts passionate people, but it must also nurture them / Photograph: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
The industry attracts passionate people, but it must also nurture them / Photograph: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
We need leaders who will question everything we know and interrogate the assumptions of the past

Clear career progression, regular sharpening of skills and targeted talent development are the bedrock of many industries. But in the physical activity sector, we often rely more on the natural drive and passion of our people to achieve success in our workplaces. Is that enough?

Having experienced first-hand the ukactive Future Leaders learning programme at the world-class IESE business school in Barcelona this summer, I can now clearly see that it’s time for a new approach. The nature of our service-driven environments make it a challenge to step back from the day-to-day business, but this is essential to assess where we’re going. Only through regular reassessment can we identify the real change that will lead to sustained business growth and development in our sector.

A need for top talent
As former Fitness First CEO Andy Cosslett explained when he addressed the group one evening, in terms of our staff, we’ve won half the battle in attracting them, but there’s a long way to go before we win the war. People are the most important element of our sector and there was an overriding sense, even from our most gifted young leaders, that their skills are being undernourished.

“The winning mindset of the people we attract is fantastic, but our development of them is key,” said Cosslett. “Creating an environment where people feel respected and are given the opportunities to learn will set our teams up for success and ultimately ensure that our businesses will thrive.”

We should also consider the reasons why, as a sector, we generally fail to attract Oxbridge/Russell Group graduates. All too often, they’re tempted away from us by industries with more tangible career paths and professional reputations, including clear graduate-level entry routes. These are sectors where programmes such as Future Leaders are commonplace.

That’s not to say we necessarily need top-flight graduates to transform our businesses, but we shouldn’t hide from the fact that the sector’s struggles to attract top talent reflect a need for stronger programmes for management, fast-tracking and leadership.

Breaking the mould
Investing in our teams is the best investment we can make. A recent ACAS report estimated that it costs more than £30,000 to replace a single employee; there can be no doubt that retaining or re-training staff is often a much more cost-effective solution.

At IESE, a highlight for me was witnessing the huge thirst for knowledge and development shared by each individual present at this inaugural programme. We know that the best results for our sector will come from those with vision and clarity of thought, rather than those who simply follow what has gone before. We need a generation of leaders who are ready to break the mould and find new models of success – people who will question everything we know and interrogate the assumptions of the past. These leaders will be eager for innovation and genuinely excited by the chance to shape the future.

In times of certainty and prosperity, a winning mindset may well be enough. But as our sector matures to face volatile and complex challenges, do our teams possess the skills to tackle these problems and transform threat into opportunity?

Want to know more?

To understand more about Future Leaders, or to discuss the need for programmes that develop our next generation of leaders, contact
[email protected]

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In the physical activity sector, we often rely more on the natural drive and passion of our people to achieve success in our workplaces. Is that enough?
Geraldine Tuck, Operations Director, UKactive,Geraldine Tuck, ukactive, leader, Andy Cosslett, Future Leaders
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features

ukactive update: A new generation of leaders

The fitness sector needs leaders who are willing to challenge everything that’s gone before, as ukactive’s Geraldine Tuck explains

By Geraldine Tuck, UKactive | Published in Health Club Management 2016 issue 9
The industry attracts passionate people, but it must also nurture them / Photograph: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
The industry attracts passionate people, but it must also nurture them / Photograph: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
We need leaders who will question everything we know and interrogate the assumptions of the past

Clear career progression, regular sharpening of skills and targeted talent development are the bedrock of many industries. But in the physical activity sector, we often rely more on the natural drive and passion of our people to achieve success in our workplaces. Is that enough?

Having experienced first-hand the ukactive Future Leaders learning programme at the world-class IESE business school in Barcelona this summer, I can now clearly see that it’s time for a new approach. The nature of our service-driven environments make it a challenge to step back from the day-to-day business, but this is essential to assess where we’re going. Only through regular reassessment can we identify the real change that will lead to sustained business growth and development in our sector.

A need for top talent
As former Fitness First CEO Andy Cosslett explained when he addressed the group one evening, in terms of our staff, we’ve won half the battle in attracting them, but there’s a long way to go before we win the war. People are the most important element of our sector and there was an overriding sense, even from our most gifted young leaders, that their skills are being undernourished.

“The winning mindset of the people we attract is fantastic, but our development of them is key,” said Cosslett. “Creating an environment where people feel respected and are given the opportunities to learn will set our teams up for success and ultimately ensure that our businesses will thrive.”

We should also consider the reasons why, as a sector, we generally fail to attract Oxbridge/Russell Group graduates. All too often, they’re tempted away from us by industries with more tangible career paths and professional reputations, including clear graduate-level entry routes. These are sectors where programmes such as Future Leaders are commonplace.

That’s not to say we necessarily need top-flight graduates to transform our businesses, but we shouldn’t hide from the fact that the sector’s struggles to attract top talent reflect a need for stronger programmes for management, fast-tracking and leadership.

Breaking the mould
Investing in our teams is the best investment we can make. A recent ACAS report estimated that it costs more than £30,000 to replace a single employee; there can be no doubt that retaining or re-training staff is often a much more cost-effective solution.

At IESE, a highlight for me was witnessing the huge thirst for knowledge and development shared by each individual present at this inaugural programme. We know that the best results for our sector will come from those with vision and clarity of thought, rather than those who simply follow what has gone before. We need a generation of leaders who are ready to break the mould and find new models of success – people who will question everything we know and interrogate the assumptions of the past. These leaders will be eager for innovation and genuinely excited by the chance to shape the future.

In times of certainty and prosperity, a winning mindset may well be enough. But as our sector matures to face volatile and complex challenges, do our teams possess the skills to tackle these problems and transform threat into opportunity?

Want to know more?

To understand more about Future Leaders, or to discuss the need for programmes that develop our next generation of leaders, contact
[email protected]

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/116180_593644.jpg
In the physical activity sector, we often rely more on the natural drive and passion of our people to achieve success in our workplaces. Is that enough?
Geraldine Tuck, Operations Director, UKactive,Geraldine Tuck, ukactive, leader, Andy Cosslett, Future Leaders
Latest News
Rod Hill, former president of TRIB3 and director general of Anytime Fitness Iberia, has signed ...
Latest News
Persistent and rising levels of lifestyle disease across the world have exacerbated the effects of ...
Latest News
Customer experience software provider, AskNicely, has announced it will host a new virtual event called ...
Latest News
In breaking news, HCM understands the UK government has removed gyms and fitness facilities from ...
Latest News
Globally, gyms have, on average, seen nearly 70 per cent of their pre-lockdown members return ...
Latest News
A UK government U-turn – just announced – will see gyms and leisure centres staying open ...
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"Dozens" of gyms in Liverpool, UK, have defied the government and stayed open for business ...
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Opinion: Why fitness clubs and facilities need to evolve in a COVID-conscious world
Opinion
promotion
In a post-Covid world, member experience is more important than ever before. Your customers’ expectations have been heightened as the coronavirus continues to dominate our everyday lives.
Opinion: Why member experience is more important now than ever before
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Premier Software Solutions offers scalable software for single or multi-site businesses
Premier Software Solutions' flagship business management system, Core by Premier Software, is the leading single and multi-site solution designed specifically for the spa, wellness and leisure industries.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Cryotherapy specialists, L&R Kältetechnik, launch new artofcryo.com division
L&R Kältetechnik has launched a new division, named artofcryo.com, after 30 years’ experience with -110 °C electrical solutions.
Video Gallery
Freemotion FUSION Team Training
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The High-Intensity Cardio-Strength Training. Read more
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Company profiles
Company profile: Proinsight Research Ltd
We take time at the outset to understand your unique customer journey. Then we work ...
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Company profile: Matrix Fitness
At Matrix Fitness, our goal is to make innovative commercial fitness equipment that stands out ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Locking solutions
Monster Padlocks: Locking solutions
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Fitness equipment
TRX Training: Fitness equipment
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Design consultants
Zynk Design Consultants: Design consultants
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Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
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11 - 25 Union St, London SE1 1SD
Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Property & Tenders
Waltham Abbey, Essex
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
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Virtual, United States
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Diary dates
27-28 Nov 2020
Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-03 Dec 2020
Virtual,
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Diary dates
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IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
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