The BBC is launching a multi-million pound leadership programme in a bid to improve line management and boost creativity across the organisation.
Nigel Paine, head of BBC training & development, told Personnel Today the corporation is introducing a comprehensive, compulsory leadership programme for the 7,500 BBC employees who manage more than three people.
He said every manager will undertake the course over the next four years and it will then continue under a rolling programme. "It will prepare people for stages of leadership from junior management to the most senior," he said.
Earlier this year, BBC employees told director general Greg Dyke the corporation was full of management bullies and "Bafta bastards" - badly behaved programme makers who are only interested in winning awards.
Due to start in September, the programme took nine months to develop and will be taught in partnership with Ashridge Business School. It incorporates face-to-face learning, online modules and one-to-one coaching. It will incorporate BBC values, including having respect for colleagues and striving for quality.
Paine said the programme was developed after staff called for more consistent management.
Earlier this year, exclusive research by Personnel Today, Computers In Personnel and Richmond Events, revealed signif- icant skills gaps at line manager level in areas critical to productivity and competitiveness. Only a quarter of the 700 HR professionals polled felt their managers have the necessary skills to take their company forward.
Exclusive, By Quentin Reade