Friday, July 18, 2008

Managers have key role to play

by Karen Wilson, The Journal

THE roles and responsibilities of running a business can often leave key managers with little time to think about themselves and the areas in which they could benefit from additional knowledge and training. Yet their skills are crucial to ensuring their company’s success and maintaining its competitive advantage.

Taking a step back from the day-to-day demands of running a business and looking at the way managers work can be invaluable to their development and business success. Suzanne McCreedy of Business Link looks at some frequently asked questions around the key issues of implementing management training programmes.

Isn’t management training something for big companies?

Management training is relevant to any business of any size and has a crucial role to play in success. No matter how big your business is, having an effective management team with the necessary skills will play a significant role in your continued success.

What kind of areas should I be thinking about?

There are obvious skills such as finance, marketing, sales etc, but also other less obvious areas, such as leadership, communication and stress management.

Will I really benefit from external training?

Almost certainly. No one understands your business better than you, but there are many occasions when another perspective can make a real difference and help you see the wood for the trees. Although it is a bit of a cliché, there’s a lot of truth in the fact that you don’t know what you don’t know.

What do I need to consider?

Being honest with yourself is critical and being willing to acknowledge where your strengths and weaknesses lie, this is where an objective pair of eyes can help. Some key issues for directors to consider when identifying their development needs include effective delegation, team-management skills, learning through networking, leadership skills and business coaching.

How often should I review my training and development needs?

Just as your business is always evolving, so will your training needs, it should never be viewed as a one-off project, but rather an ongoing element of business success.

Who can I turn to for help with management training?

Many things need to be considered when choosing a management training supplier or consultant to help you make the most of your skills and to develop as a manager.

Business Link can save you time and money by identifying specialists that suit the needs of your business. Whether you know what you want, or need to identify opportunities to develop your managerial capabilities, Business Link can direct you to independent and effective services that make a real difference to your company.

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