The festivities are well and truly behind us and it’s time to kick off a brand new year! We know how difficult it can be to get that business motivation when you’re suffering from serious January blues but it’s actually the perfect month to get a strategy in place for the year ahead.

At DKS Straightforward we had a great 2019. From expanding our workforce to launching our Leadership Academy, it’s been exciting to work with businesses both in the region and a little further afield. 

Our Leadership Development Program (LDP) took on two new cohorts of future leaders that’ll continue to work on their skills into 2020. Designed to work with individuals, the LDP allows leaders to improve their leadership skills and mindset whilst growing a network over a 13-month period, with only six days away from the office during that time! It’s perfect for future leaders to enhance their knowledge and gain experience from professionals who have been in their shoes. 

We also launched our Leadership Academy which has been specifically designed as a dedicated learning environment for business leaders and teams. As well as being the home of our coaching and training workshops, the space is perfect for office away days and it’s based right in the heart of Sunderland city centre.

In 2019 we also introduced another Wiley product to our catalogue - PXT Select. We’re the only authorised partner outside of London meaning that we can offer businesses in the North East a talent management solution that’ll get you great results. Organisations of all sizes struggle to hire and retain great talent and with PXT Select you can analyse new hires before they join your business, ensuring you welcome the right person to your team. 

We’re expecting 2020 to be just as busy as 2019 was so here’s a sneak peek at some of our plans for the year ahead...

The Leadership Academy is available for hire!

Alongside hosting our workshops and programmes, the Leadership Academy will be available to hire in 2020 for team meetings and away days. You’ll have full use of our wall-to-wall whiteboards, projection technology and there’s even a coffee station - ideal for a productive day of strategy planning! Drop us an email on for more information and bookings. 

We’ll be continuing to deliver leading Wiley products

Alongside PXT Select, we’re also the only authorised partner for The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and Everything DiSC in the North East. Whether you’re looking to be more tactical with hiring new employees, to improve your personal development or boost team effectiveness and productivity, we’ve got a programme that can help. 

The next cohort of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) will be kicking off

If you’re looking to expand your leadership skills this year you’re in luck! The next cohort of the LDP is launching in April 2020 and there’s still some spaces left. You can view the programme schedule on our website and if you’re interested, make sure you get in touch. 

The fun doesn’t stop there! We’ve got more announcements on the way so why not sign up to our newsletter to be amongst the first to hear about them? 

DKS Straightforward Ltd is a business management consultancy based in Sunderland. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest business updates and our thoughts on coaching, training and consultancy tips to help your SME thrive.


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