General manager move

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. I’m a graduate who specialised in history, and I’ve been working in the HRdepartment of a multinational firm for five years. My duties have beenconcentrated in industrial relations, and I’ve been responsible for leading ateam of line managers in key negotiations. My long-term career goal is tobecome a general manager responsible for a group of functions, including HR,office services and possibly also logistics. Which development steps arenecessary to achieve my goal? Professor Malcolm Bennison, director of learning, Cambridge OnlineLearning, says: There is nothing like setting yourself challenging goals. The criticalfactors in achieving them are that you are dissatisfied with your currentsituation, you have a clear view of your objective, and that you understand thefirst practical steps required to make the change happen. First, develop your management skills and add them to the job specificskills and knowledge you have already acquired. Specifically, these skillsenable you to get work done by others as well as by yourself – such asorganising, delegating, communicating, and leadership networking. To acquire these skills, you could attend a series of short workshops, butthey only provide an appreciation of the important factors. Source a programmethat is action learning-based, where you complete assignments based on your ownworking situation. For example, a typical team management assignment wouldinvolve building and leading a team in your own organisation, and evaluatingits performance. Improve your understanding of other aspects of the business. Seekopportunities for secondment into the office services and logistics functions,to understand the issues faced in their day-to-day operations and how theyintegrate into the business as a whole. Attend conferences and exhibitions tobuild up a network of contacts. Excellent managers take a business-orientated view. So after developing yourmanagement skills, consider taking a management diploma which uses actionlearning to develop an in-depth knowledge of the core business areas. General manager moveOn 20 May 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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