"What enables a Manager to be successful?”
I recently asked this question and while I gained many different individual answers, there were some common themes overall, including;
What are the benefits to creating an in-house programme for your managers?
Here are my 5, although there are many more;
1. Create a programme completely customised to your business and your employees' needs
Creating your own in-house programme can ensure you completely customise your managers' development to meet your business needs, demonstrating transferable results. Even if you have a five-year strategic plan in place, priorities can change quickly, an in-house programme can move just as quickly to support these changes and drive business results.
2. Create better value for money
The average Management Development Programme can cost anywhere from £1,000 - £5,000 per person for a 3-day programme! Some may well be worth this! But if you are looking to develop your full management team, how will you demonstrate return-on-expectations (ROE) once they are back in the work place?
An in-house programme can;
3. Create dual development – developing more than just your managers
Creating an in-house programme allows other employees to become involved at different touch points in the programme, creating dual development such as;
4. Create cross departmental relationships
So often I hear managers talk about poor communication across departments. An in-house programme allows for natural conversation between departments during and outside of the programme, this engages them on several levels resulting in better commercial awareness;
5. Create a better learning culture
A large proportion of learning shouldn’t actually come from a facilitator! It should come from the audience. A good facilitator, regardless of in-house or external, should be able to read the audience and pull from them the best learning points. This builds relationships over the sessions, increases opportunities outside the programme for people to interact with each other more openly, share best practices, work on projects and build ownership for their own learning and development in the present and future.
One final note…
Creating a Management Development Programme, is not about ‘teaching’ your managers to become better leaders! It is about giving them the right tools, peer interaction and thinking space to make better choices about how they interact with their internal and external customers in the present and in the future. Only then can they learn to become good, if not great leaders!
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