Learn the Foundations of Leadership
From Sys Admin to CTO
Leadership training and coaching by IT Professionals for IT Professionals
I’m Mark Faithfull and I help IT professionals upgrade their career so they can enjoy greater impact and influence in their place of work and as a result earn a greater income. As a certified leadership trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team I have been trained by the world's leadership expert and as an IT Professional with over two decades experience ranging from the helpdesk to the board room I am uniquely placed to help you become a more successful leader in the IT industry.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that great engineers don’t automatically make great leaders.
The missing ingredient is leadership and the good news is that leadership skills, like technical skills, can be learned and used by anyone once they understand how they work.
Exceed the limits of your natural ability
Your career success is not limited by your natural leadership ability or people skills. You can learn how to lead and influence people with confidence and ease – and I will show you how. The laws of leadership can be learned by anyone – if you follow them, people will follow you.
World leadership expert John Maxwell defines leadership as influence, nothing more, nothing less. By learning how to influence, you will find many of today’s frustrations will disappear. Through influence you will successfully make your case for a larger team, a systems upgrade, a change in working practices, a new technology stack and, of course, a pay rise ;-)
Many organisations are good at providing technical training for their engineers – and for those that don’t there is a wealth of online resources available which you can use to solve many technical problems. However, when it comes to the so called soft skills like leadership, most organisations rely on your natural ability and make little if no budget available for training and development. As a result, those IT Professionals who want to advance their career into leadership must take matters into their own hands.
The world has changed dramatically in the last two decades. When I started my career in IT, if I wanted to know how to do something technical I would ask ‘grumpy Geoff’ who might show me, or more likely, he would tell me to go and read the manual. If I managed to find the right ring-binder containing the manual, I might find the right page which would show me how to configure that gizmo or solve that programming problem. The whole process would take hours!
Today - we can simply ask Google and read a couple of answers on StackExchange and hey-presto we have our answer. Solving technical problems is a logical process that we can learn- and when we get good at it our careers take off.
And then, we reach a tipping point - a place in our career where further advancement does not depend on our technical ability but instead we have to take on some leadership responsibility. Leading people is very different from solving technical problems or developing software - it is a completely different set of skills. You can't Google 'how to get Bob to fill in his timesheet on time' - because people are not logical - even the geeky ones who work in IT! This is why they react in unexpected ways when you suggest something that sounded perfectly reasonable to you, but instead they get upset and refuse to co-operate.
You have worked hard to get where you are and build a foundation for the next phase of your career. Now it’s time to invest in yourself and learn how to be a better leader and apply those leadership skills. This will ensure the next phase of your career is an even greater success giving you the influence, impact and income that you deserve.
If you are already in a leadership role, you will have realised by now that you are being judged on one thing alone- results!
Are projects getting completed on time? Are SLA being met? Are your team's absentee levels within HR's expected range? and so on.
Since the majority of the results you will be judged on are actually going to have to be delivered by the people you lead - it is your leadership skills (or lack of them) that will have the biggest impact on your success. There will never be a better time to start upgrading your leadership ability.
Can I Help you?
I do not work with everyone. The people I work with are typically IT Professionals in one of these categories:
- Wanting to make the transition from a technical role into leadership with their next promotion
- Recently promoted into a leadership role and struggling to gain momentum and understand the dynamics of their new role
- More experienced leaders who want to continue to push their performance envelope and further increase their impact, influence and income
Why work with me?
As an IT professional with two decade’s experience in corporate IT and as a freelance contractor and a certified leadership coach and trainer with the John Maxwell Team – I have the skills and experience to understand exactly where you are and help you get to where you want to be. I have sat at your desk, and been to those meetings – I know what you are going through my friend – and I can help!
Today’s killer offer
If.. you are serious about increasing your impact, influence and income AND you are willing to open your mind to new ideas and challenge some self-limiting beliefs in your personality and mind-set…
And… you are prepared to spend the time and energy needed to apply the teaching and use the tools I will share with you
Then… please accept my warm and personal invitation to gain access to my Leadership Resource pack for FREE, including a copy of my Foundations of Leadership book which sells for £14.99 on Amazon. This is entirely complimentary – there is no upsell – and you will not be asked to part with any money at any point in this process.
Have you seen the news recently?
The world is not in a good shape.
And it does not matter what your political views are or where you live in the world. The solutions to todays and tomorrows problems will be delivered by the businesses, the not-for-profits and the government departments in the countries where we live. And all of those organisations make things happen or not through their IT systems. Web sites deliver education, databases hold medical records, you know how it all works… The ability of just about any organisation to improve itself and serve its clients better will be helped or hindered by its IT systems. Most organisations struggle to get their IT to deliver anything like the transformation or benefits they hope for.
The problem is not the quality of the engineers and technicians – the problem is the quality of leadership in the IT industry.
Save the IT industry – save the world!
And down the road, as you realise the value of what I have given you for free, you will probably decide to come back and ask for some more help and be willing to pay for it – and that will be fine too!
What do my clients say?
I don't expect you to just take my word for it, this is what some of my recent clients have to say:
I am very pleased with the response to the leadership training courses. As a result of Mark’s knowledge, experience and personal coaching style, the attendees rated both the content and the presenter very highly - several said it was the best course they had ever been on! His experience as a coach and mentor added real value as he encouraged and supported genuine development within the team - Cat Smith, HR Director, McNicholas
Hi Mark, I just wanted to say a quick thank you for my sessions today, they’ve been a huge help. I’m hoping in just this short time I’ve gained the skills to help elevate my confidence. So thank you so much. - SP
Mark delivered the course with great enthusiasm and was obvious that he is very passionate about empowering others to embrace their leadership skills and challenge themselves in their professional and personal lives. Mark made the course very enjoyable and has definitely inspired belief in me. - QO
Mark's ability to deliver the course improved my outlook on leadership and management. The course gave me many pointers and I believe I am already starting to see the effects. I feel very privileged to have taken part in the course. - GT
If you are ready to start the upgrade of your career, fill in the box to order your free Leadership resources and you can start increasing your impact, influence and income today. As leadership expert John Maxwell says: Leaders develop daily not in a day, so the sooner you start the process the sooner you will begin to see results.
I look forward to walking with you on your journey into personal success over the coming weeks.