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Posted 29 August 2013 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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You may find the following will help with the training of your team leaders and managers.

Training to improve management skills

Management skills are important. And, for most people, management skills are not a part of their natural instincts.

It is not easy to be a great manager. Management is not a single act. Management is a complex set of actions guided by a complex set of skills. Management skills need to be studied, practiced, memorised and perfected.

The problem is this: where can you go to study, practice, learn and perfect your management skills.

You have two options,

  1. You could self-study.
  2. You could attend a specially written professional management course.

Let us examine the two options:

1. Self-study

Self-study means that you find the books, and study them in your own time. You learn from reading the many books there are on management, and you test the theories in your own context to see if the ideas are good ideas.

There is a lot to be said in favour of self-study. It promotes self-discipline. It provides you with food for thought. It can lead you to good practice.

But there is also a lot to be said against self-study.

Self-study takes so long to accomplish good results.

Why? Because when you are starting out, you don't know what it is that you don't know, and therefore you are susceptible to being influenced by bad ideas and dangerous suggestions.

In a free country and open market, anyone can publish whatever they like: and they do.

As a consequence there is a very wide range of ideas out there, vying for your attention. There are many good ideas, there are some useless ideas, and there are some occasional very dangerous ideas.

The trick is to be able to weed out the useless and the dangerous ideas, and confine yourself only to the proven to be true, good ideas.

The problem is this: as a novice, you may not know how to pick out the good fruit from the poisonous ones. And secondly, you don't have time to wade through all the worthless rubbish, in order to find the valuable diamonds.

And there is a lot of rubbish out there.

So you may be better off choosing option 2:

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2. Attend a specially written professional management training course.

Why would it be more efficient to attend a professional management development course?

Because, if the training company is worth its salt, it has already done the donkey work for you: meaning that the training company has sifted and searched, and researched and tested, the very best ideas for you and has integrated them into a coherent unit and has spent hours pondering the question of how to best explain and illustrate and teach you how you could utilise the very best techniques and methods that will make you a better manager.

A good management training programme will show you how to improve in two fundamental ways.

  • It will show you positive behaviours and ideas, ideas that will tell you what you should do, and how you should do it, if you want to manage people and projects more effectively.
  • It will warn you off negative behaviours and ideas: the course will stop you from making and repeating simple mistakes that may be causing you to fail, bad habits of speech that you don't even know you have, but that are killing your prospects and your progression.

You need to know what to do. Initiate good disciplines and good speech habits.

Equally, you need to know what you should stop doing! Eliminate errors and bad habits.

And you need to learn this as quickly and as efficiently as you can.

In my opinion, a good two day training programme such as our two day leadership and management programme will save you a year or more of self-study.

We have picked out the very best concepts, methods and ideas for you. We have integrated them into a coherent whole. We have invested many hours figuring out how to best explain and illustrate and teach you the ideas and how you could utilise the very best techniques and methods that will make you a better manager in the shortest time possible.

In order to be a better manager what specifically would you need to study?

Here is a list of the things you need to know:

You need to know the importance of goals. You need to know how to set and achieve goals. Because the achievement of goals is the essence of your success.

You need to know how to set goals and you need to know how to communicate them to the rest of the team. Everyone must know what the goal is and what their role is. Communication is on your list of management skills.

You need to know:

  1. How to communicate more clearly, both in the spoken and in the written form.
  2. How using numbers is the best and easiest way to improve your clarity.
  3. How to explain your ideas such that other people can understand them.
  4. How to ask the right questions, so that you don't misunderstand the other person.
  5. How to listen more effectively and memorise what you hear, (or read).
  6. How to distinguish criticism from cynicism.
  7. How to state your ideas in a persuasive form.
  8. How to handle conflict and difficult people.
  9. When you are angry or upset, how to control your tongue.
  10. How to distinguish between a reason and an excuse for not doing something.
  11. When (under what conditions,) you should give concessions and find the middle ground compromise, and also, when (under what conditions,) the act of giving ground would weaken you, as a manager.
  12. How to properly use your body language.
  13. How to properly use your voice tones.
  14. The importance of praise and appreciation.
  15. How to manage your time.
  16. The need to have a written plan of action, rather than simply reacting to circumstances.
  17. The need to prioritise tasks in order of value and deadline pressure.
  18. How to handle interruptions.
  19. How to delegate tasks to the right people in the right way.
  20. How to overcome your fear of delegating to others.
  21. How to control your time management bad habits.
  22. How to make more accurate decisions.
  23. How to make the most progress in the minimum time.
  24. How your attitude affects your external results.
  25. How to conquer excessive worry and fear.
  26. How to conquer anger and resentment.
  27. How to create and sustain a positive mental attitude.
  28. How to be more successful by applying the principle of persistence.
  29. How to distinguish critical feedback from insults.
  30. How to overcome procrastination and get people moving!
  31. How to motivate yourself and others.
  32. How to put the whole of the above list together into your daily habit patterns of thought, speech, action and thus how to get the best results possible, given your current circumstances.

If the above list of items, seems to fit your idea of what a management training course, should cover, then why not attend the course by contacting us on the above number?

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