Management Training


How do you develop functional relationships and establish a good reputation in your organisation? Management coach Lizanne de Jong says managing others starts with knowing yourself.

To manage and lead a team effectively it is crucial that we have an
understanding of how our team operates, what drives them and what causes
them to get stuck.

Whether you have been promoted within the organisation or have walked
into an entirely new management position, making a good first impression is
always challenging.

To be a competent manager in the 21st century, you need to have high doses
of both education and experience, says Elmarie Strydom, Academic Head of
Undergraduate Programmes at Regenesys Business School.

It is becoming common practice to promote an employee who is proficient in
a particular skill to management level; but being a good salesman does not
necessarily equate to successfully managing a sales team.

Many people in management positions cannot advance their careers as they
do not have a formal management qualification. This qualification can open
the door for ambitious professionals.

Much has been said about the potential of Africa yet economic progress has been
slow in the continent. Frik Landman says the lack of educational institutions that can
deliver quality management programmes is the reason why Africans can not take
advantage of these opportunities.

The problem in business today is that many managers do not understand the
management function and flounder in the dark seeking answers to many of the daily
problems they encounter.

Potential managers should be allowed to shadow and observe an experienced manager
and gradually be encouraged to undertake basic management functions, so that when
a management position opens up, they are ready and capable of filling the role.

Many professionals who have demonstrated loads of experience and skill in leading
others are not being recognised as true business managers simply because they do
not possess official qualifications.

There are seven elements of management that every manager needs to know and
understand in order to effectively perform their role in business.Richard Rayne,
Managing Director of iLearn, explains the 7M's of management.

There has been a shift in the requirements of new managers according to the director
of the flagship leadership programme for new managers offered by UCT Graduate
Business School. The programme has been re-purposed to equip first-line managers
with the skills they need to be successful in new contexts.

Being able to manage people effectively is about more than talent, it requires training
and practical implementation of the lessons learnt. This is according to the Henley
Business School which offers a variety of leadership and management programmes.

Research shows that well run institutions are the key to African prosperity. Therefore
competent managers are in high demand and creating capable leaders should be the
focus of every management course.

Ever since the distinction was made between leadership and management, writes Marlene Ward, attention has focused on leadership. The global financial crunch highlighted not a fundamental inability for organizations to manage their day to day activities. With too much focus on visions and strategies we forgot to spend time working on the small, important daily issues.

Dionysus, which is a skills development organisation offering learnerships, has announced a National Certificate in Management intended for team leaders, supervisors, first line managers and foreman already employed around South Africa.

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