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Impact Global: John Ruskin School Hosts Japanese Managers

Coniston villagers were amazed as a flurry of yellow safety jackets spread over the school playing field armed with shovels, spades, rakes, saws, pruning hooks and a mechanised “whacker”.

John Ruskin School were taking part in an imaginative leadership development programme and cultural exchange with 13 business managers from major Japanese companies, which included Sony, facilitated by Impact International.

The concept is that the managers get involved in a project that supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and benefits the local community whilst working alongside the pupils to learn more about each other’s culture. Two committee members from the Coniston 14 charity road race helped school staff and Impact to oversee the four projects that were chosen:

1. Create an ‘environmental classroom’ and ecological wildlife area in the school field

2. Create a large pond

3. Repair a fence and make a new wooden gate

4. Re-engineer the entrance for 600+ cars for the Coniston 14 mile road race

The materials were mostly provided by Coniston 14 to rebuild the entrance to the field for the cars to safely cross the dampest part of the field. Over 16 tonnes of local quarry stone was spread, levelled and trampled flat by the managers and pupils. They swapped over to help line the pond, cut back the thickest undergrowth, and create wildlife habitats.

The day concluded with Coniston Fire Service assisting to fill the pond ready for planting. The Headteacher Mr Blackburn said “It is amazing how much has been done in a single day. We are delighted to now be able to take students outside into the reclaimed area and progress their ecology studies actually in the environment they are learning about”.

At the end of the day the exhausted managers - some who claimed not to have held a spade for over 30 years - ended the day being refreshed at local hostelry, The Ship.

Impact Global: Leading in 2016: Impact named Top 20 Leadership Training Company

For our 6th consecutive year, Impact has been named a 2016 Training Industry Top 20 Leadership Training Company. We are thrilled to be regarded as part of an elite group of providers for learning and development solutions.


Training Industry continually monitors the L&D marketplace and sets the industry bar for most effective leadership providers so that training professionals can get the information and insight they need to be effective in managing the business of learning for their organisations.

Selection of the 2016 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies is based on the following criteria:

  • Thought leadership and influence within the leadership training industry
  • Industry recognition and innovation
  • Breadth of programmes and range of audiences served
  • Delivery methods offered
  • Company size and growth potential
  • Strength of clients
  • Geographic reach
  • Experience in serving the market

“Each year our Top Leadership Training Companies List generates significant excitement and interest,” said Ken Taylor, president of Training Industry, Inc. “The companies this year represent a range of leadership training programmes spanning the traditional, such as teamwork and collaboration workshops, to the emerging, such as millennial leadership development.”

About Impact


Here at Impact, we partner with you to Build Organisations Worth Working For. We believe that the biggest learning and development challenge facing organisations isn’t a lack of skills, or qualifications or experience; rather it’s the capacity to use those things effectively to create value and execute strategy. Our work enables cultural change, unlocks innovation, builds collaboration and transforms the effectiveness of leadership action. We know this because it has seen us win award after award for our results and expertise.

Impact Global: Learning Awards 2016 winners OMG UK

We are pleased to announce that Omnicom Media Group (OMG) have been awarded Silver for People Development Programme of the Year in the 2016 Learning Awards.


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