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July/August 2008

In this Issue

How good a manager are you?
Are local government middle managers different?
Implementing Best Practice for Better Performance Workshops
Social Marketing Standards Launch
Power in Partnerships

How good a manager are you?

In October, BeaBetterManager.com will be launching a new free service - an online questionnaire to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses as a manager and get confidential feedback from colleagues. We are looking for 25 volunteers to pilot the questionnaire during September.

If you would like to participate, or simply find out more, please e-mail Trevor Boutall or phone him on 07768 890653 (international dialling 0044 7768 890653).

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Are local government middle managers different?

New research produced by Ashridge Business School for the Improvement and Development Agency for local government suggests that middle managers in local government differ in significant ways from the population at large and from the elected councillors they are working for. It goes on to explore what this means in practice at work and suggests ways in which middle managers can become more effective if they become more aware of their own personality type and the personality types of those around them.

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Implementing Best Practice for Better Performance Workshops

Project North East has launched its autumn/winter series of one-day workshops.

Titles include:


  • Developing and Implementing a Marketing Framework

  • Preparing Winning Bids

  • Being an Assertive Manager

  • Developing Effective Partnerships

  • Recruiting, Selecting and Keeping Your Trustees

  • Negotiating and Influencing

  • Recruiting, Selecting and Keeping Staff

  • Employment Law

  • Recovering All Costs

  • Planning – Business and Operational

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Social Marketing Standards Launch

The Social Marketing National Occupational Standards will be launched at the World Social Marketing Conference in Brighton on 29/30 September.

Chahid Fourali, head of the Marketing and Sales Standards Setting Body, will launch the Social Marketing NOS which complement the Marketing Standards. Trevor Boutall, Managing Director of The Management Standards Consultancy commissioned to develop the NOS, will facilitate a workshop to help delegates plan how to use the standards to maximise the impact of their social marketing strategies.

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Power in Partnerships

The Association of Volunteer Resource Management's 2008 national conference, Power in Partnerships, will be held in Binghamton, New York, from 1-3 October.

Martin Cowling will deliver the keynote address at the 2008 AVRM Conference.

Martin J Cowling is one of Australia’s leading consultants on not for profit and volunteer management. He has worked with commercial and not for profit organizations for over twenty years. Currently CEO of People First -Total Solutions, Martin works regularly with individuals and organizations in the US, UK and Australia on areas connected with not for profit management, organizational culture staff motivation, effective volunteer management, constructive personal development and financial disadvantage.

Martin’s presentations are informative, thought provoking and beneficial. He is regarded in Australia and internationally as an entertaining, practical and helpful speaker. He is a regular speaker at the Points of Light Foundation National Conference on Volunteering and National Service and Volunteering Australia National Conference. He is founder and faculty member of The Australian Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management.

Martin has published a number of articles in journals nationally and internationally and is currently co-authoring a text on volunteer management. His qualifications include: BA (Psychology), Grad dip Adult Education & Training, Grad dip HR & IRM,Dip Vol Management, Cert IV Coaching.

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