14 May Management Development – who is responsible anyway?
The all encompassing title of management development means different things to different people.
It can encompass a wide range of varied activities and interventions aimed at developing managers to give them the skills, knowledge and experience to be able to undertake their role to the highest standard. Management development can be a planned process that includes the identification of managers through succession planning and then the provision of coaching, mentoring, training, professional development and skill enhancement to help them in their role. Some organisations put these comprehensive systems and supports in place to develop their managers, recognising the potential that it can harness. They also demand high levels of performance as an outcome. Other organisations can be quite hap-hazard in their approach viewing it as a necessary evil; and as we navigate our way through the choppy waters of economic turbulence it goes further out to sea.
Management development, however, can also be an informal process. Sometimes, managers depend on the provision of development and learning from the organisation within which they work. Sure, it is their responsibility to develop me? Probably, but development must also begin with yourself. The informal or unstructured process of management development in many cases must come from the manager themselves, but often they don’t know where to begin. That’s the first excuse. The second, is the ever diminishing time that people do not have. Bear in mind, if you think you don’t have time, you won’t! The process of allocating time to your development is as important as any other work activity. Think about the last meeting you went to that added no value at all; an hour wasted. Could that hour have been better spent developing yourself or planning for your department. The other is more tangible. Right? A meeting ticks a box!
It doesn’t matter what your budget or time limitations, making the effort to better yourself with management development can be as simple as reading a few management articles, to earning a degree. The latter is the perspective for now. If you are trying to put a path in place for your own development where would you start? Here is a quick guide:
|What to do?||What might help?|
|Give it timeAllocate some time each week or day if you can. Even 15 or 20 minutes would be enough. This needs to be protected time in an undisturbed area.||Come in 15 minutes earlier and go to the canteen – what better way to start the morning!|
|Identify learning and development needsThink of the learning and development needs that you have.||Rate your self (1-10) on your knowledge and experience of the core management competencies?|
If you don’t know much about some of them that is a good place to start; research.
|Tap resourcesThere are infinite amounts of resources that can be tapped from a number of different resources.||Some useful websites:|
Some useful magazines:
Some useful books:
A useful place to buy books:
|Articulate the learningReading an article or attending a seminar is one thing but transforming that into action is quite another. It is important to see if your new found knowledge will in fact be of value to you, your team or your department.Using the three questions on the right will help with this. The last one ‘now what’ is always the challenge!!||Ask the questions:What?: What did you learn? What was of interest?So what?: What does it mean for yourself or your team?|
Now what?: What are your going to do with the new information, knowledge or skill?
The responsibility for management development in many cases is in your hands. Even attendance at a management development course is something that managers in many cases have discretion about. The power of 15 minutes of development on a regular basis should not be understated. It’s not the 15 minutes itself but the ability to articulate and implement this learning into the work environment.
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