Business Partner Development

Enhancing the skill and confidence of your business partners.

Business partnering is a powerful model of working not only in HR, but increasingly across other functions including Finance, Technology and Marketing. However, individuals are often hired or moved into a business partner role without total clarity on what’s expected of them or the skills and confidence to make the greatest impact.

Connor offers specialist Business Partner training and development, specifically designed for the unique challenges of this role. Our programmes develop the mindset, communication, influence, relationship-building skills and resilience needed to deliver as a true strategic partner.

What does our business partner training and development include?

  • Understanding the ‘business partner’ role
  • What does “strategic” partner really mean in practical day-to-day business terms
  • Thinking differently, e.g. the capacity to handle ambiguity, think of the organisation as a system, diagnostic capability and big picture thinking
  • Using ‘talk’ to create action as a business partner (underpinned by VoicePrint)
  • Having new skills and tools, e.g. moving from directive to asking coaching/consulting questions and ‘contracting’ with internal clients
  • Flexing styles and being comfortable to move outside of your comfort zone, having self-awareness and curiosity, to build true partnerships
  • How to add more strategic value to the business and get beyond ‘checks and balances’

“Prior to commencing I wasn’t sure what to expect from the programme, having gone through similar programmes historically, particularly regarding the behavioural and coaching elements of business partner. However, Connor’s programme far surpassed my expectations and I got a lot out of speaking and engaging with other partners, and having an opportunity to self-reflect on my style and engagement with the business. An excellent programme. Really engaging and enjoyable, and the hard work starts now!”

Nikki Seymour-Smith, HRBP at De Montford University

Why Connor?

  • Our bespoke business partner development is a game-changer. It accelerates the capability of your business partners and helps you to gain maximum impact from your business model.
  • Sustained behavioural change will be genuinely embedded into your organisation using our unique ROI model for talent development.
  • We use ground-breaking tools such as VoicePrint to bring learning to life and make it personal to each individual.
  • Our hand-picked team, matched to your organisational culture, have real-world experience – we have walked in your shoes, having held in-house business partnering careers, so understand your priorities and challenges.
  • We will tailor our programme specifically to your individual or group, grounding the learning in your language and ways of working.

“Thank you for all of your support on both an operational, strategic and personal level. The support has been invaluable in strengthening the HR department as a whole.”

HR manager, Syzygyo, Global MD, SVM

Why Connor?

  • Our bespoke business partner development is a game-changer. It accelerates the capability of your business partners and helps you to gain maximum impact from your business model.
  • Sustained behavioural change will be genuinely embedded into your organisation using our unique ROI model for talent development.
  • We use ground-breaking tools such as VoicePrint to bring learning to life and make it personal to each individual
  • Our hand-picked team, matched to your organisational culture, have real-world experience – we have walked in your shoes, having held in-house business partnering careers, so understand your priorities and challenges
  • We will tailor our programme specifically to your individual or group, grounding the learning in your language and ways of working
Whirlpool
Client stories

Whirlpool

New middle management team empowered with training from Connor
SAS
Client stories

SAS

Creating and embedding a coaching culture in an organisation
De Montfort University
Client stories

De Montfort University

Enhancing the skills and confidence of Business Partners to improve effectiveness and commercial focus for De Montfort University
Flogas
Client stories

Flogas

Cultural and leadership development programme: £1.2m in savings and a 30% increase in confidence in leaders to coach their teams
Historic Royal Palaces
Client stories

Historic Royal Palaces

Increasing team capabilities and resilience to meet rising customer service expectations
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