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November 2008

In this Issue

How good a manager are you?
The Good Manager's Guide
Social Marketing Academy
YouManager
Standards for Management and Business Consultants
Workshops for managers planning to become consultants
Third Sector Skills Body
Alasdair Cant Associates
Free Coaching Programme from AM Training

How good a manager are you?

Test yourself free of charge using our online questionnaire and get colleagues and friends to give you feedback on your management skills.

How to test yourself:
1. Make sure you are registered and logged in to www.BeaBetterManager.com
2. Click "how good a manager are you?" at the top of the screen
3. Complete the self-assessment questionnaire
4. Invite up to five people to give you feedback
5. Receive a comparison of your assessment with other people's perceptions within three weeks
6. Use the checklists and resources on www.BeaBetterManager.com to help you improve

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The Good Manager's Guide

Purchase the Good Manager's Guide, the best-selling management text that inspired www.BeaBetterManager.com for just £7.99 + postage.

Also available: the Good Quality Manager's Guide and the Good Energy Manager's Guide at £7.99 each, or buy all three titles for £19.99 + postage.

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Social Marketing Academy

The Social Marketing Academy is designed to help practitioners gain the insight and skills they need to manage social marketing programmes.

The Academy features a curriculum based around the new National Occupational Standards in social marketing.

Taught by experienced practitioners, the curriculum has five initial modules. You can sign up for all five or one at a time.

There are assessment options linked to professional development, and a consultancy option to help you turn the theory into best practice.

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YouManager

Launched simultaneously in Rome and Milan on 28 October 2008, YouManager is the first online assessment system for Italian managers, based on management standards, promoted by ManagerItalia (the representative body for managers in service industries in Italy) and their training arm CFMT (Centro di Formazione Manageriale del Terziario).

Following a self assessment online, managers can choose to attend workshops offered by CFMT and its partners or to put themselves forward for accreditation validated by external assessors. The self-assessment is free to members of ManagerItalia and the accreditation attracts funding of up to 80% of the costs.

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Standards for Management and Business Consultants

The Management Standards Centre has secured funding to develop National Occupational Standards to meet the needs of management and business consultants.

The Management Standards Centre is hosting five workshops in January and February 2009 to consult on a new set of National Occupational Standards for Management and Business Consulting. To find out how you can contribute please click on the MSC logo above.

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Workshops for managers planning to become consultants

In parallel with the development of Standards for Management & Business Consultants, the Institute of Business Consulting is offering one-day workshops for managers who are planning to become consultants or who are considering such a career move.

The workshops will be help in January and February 2009 in London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff. To book your place, click on the logo above.

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Third Sector Skills Body

The Government has announced plans to create a new Third Sector skills body which will identify and address skills gaps and shortages for charities, voluntary groups, social enterprises and other third sector organisations. It will pull together the work of the sector skills councils to open up learning opportunities for third sector paid and voluntary staff. It will ensure the sector’s needs are properly considered in the design and development of National Occupational Standards, Apprenticeship Frameworks and Sector Qualification Strategies.

The Office of the Third Sector (OTS) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) will jointly fund the new skills body with £2.5 million over the next three years. It will be independent and directed by a board representing the sector’s employers. To help the new body become established, Skills for Justice will act as an incubator.

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Alasdair Cant Associates

Alasdair Cant Associates - the specialist training consultancy in the drug and alcohol field - have launched a new website featuring their training, coaching, facilitation and consultancy services. Particularly useful is the new "hints and tips" section.

Alasdair and his colleagues have a long and distinguished track record in providing training for substance misuse services as well as more generic management training, such as project management, negotiating skills, managing conflict, team building and appraisal training.

Click the image above to find out more.

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Free Coaching Programme from AM Training

AM Training have just finished piloting their Volunteer Manager's Coaching Programme, which is a ten-week course of telephone coaching.

To promote this service, and to introduce folks to the coaching approach, they have produced a stand-alone Introduction to Coaching e-course.

The e-course is delivered via email and is being offered absolutely free at this time. It is suitable for anyone who wants to change and / or wishes to become more effective.

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