We answer 5 common questions about us

  • by Rob Hart
  • 21 Oct, 2017

We encounter some common questions, so we thought we'd shine the spotlight on them...

management training for businesses
Here are 5 common questions we are asked about Manage and Thrive Training.  We thought we’d answer these in a blog post.  Feel free to enquire if you still need more information.  Email us, call us, or use the form on our website pages.

Who are the management courses aimed at?

The common background for attendees is that they are now in a ‘management role’ of some sort.  Generally speaking, they are professionals/tradespeople who have been an expert in some particular role.  Their career has taken them in a different direction, perhaps promotion up the organisational structure, or they’ve moved into the world of freelancing, small business or business start-up - situations that may be very different to their previous experiences.  They find themselves having to worry about a whole raft of different skills, tasks and people, all of which fall under the perception of a ‘management job’.  

This common background applies to  junior managers who perhaps started on the telephones, reception or shop floor, and now manage a team (including people who are older and longer-serving than them).  It also applies to senior managers and partners, who have progressed through the organisational hierarchy from expert to manager as a career path over several years/decades.  We’ve run training events when attendees included both junior and senior level managers, and this worked well.  We’ve discovered that the common theme of ‘new management responsibilities’ transcends age, seniority, business sector, gender and life experience.  The shared voice of experience which we facilitate is useful and illuminating to all levels.

The management responsibilities that we focus on are generic in nature.  In principle, every manager may experience similar issues, and benefit from training in the art or science of ‘management’.

I am looking for training for my organisation.  How do I get Manage and Thrive Training to work with us?

We provide training for commercial businesses, and organisations such as educational and academic institutions.  We can come to your premises or we can agree on a different location.  The latter choice may be suitable if you want us to do a session at your annual conference/away-day, or you want to take staff out of the normal office workplace to emphasise the switch from ‘business as usual’ to ‘training’. 

We can provide a standard package (usually a half-day session), either as a standalone half-day event, or several topics over a day or more.  We can also tailor the training to a longer period, for example providing a full day experience which may be all training, or part training and part workshop about your ongoing issues.  We appreciate that not every business is the same and that context and language are important.  We are therefore willing to look at tailoring our offering to your own specific sector, culture, jargon, etc. 

To engage our services, get in touch to discuss your requirements.  We can talk about how we can meet your needs (or help you to establish your requirements in the first place, if that would be helpful).  Unless you want a large strategic exercise in developing your overarching training strategy, we won’t incorporate that into our offering.  We’ve already undertaken our own exercise to establish what businesses and their managers probably require so we can suggest training packages accordingly.  This helps to save cost and time, and allows you to receive the training more promptly. We will agree the content and how it will be delivered.  Assuming we engage contractually, we will then deliver the training over the agreed period, at the agreed place, under the agreed terms. 

You can then start to benefit from our training and development support.

I am an individual person and I want to get some training.  How do I get onto a Manage and Thrive Training course? 

Individual people can book onto our scheduled courses through Eventbrite.  Eventbrite is a reputable, global internet platform, which allows us to reach customers and offer a secure booking and payment process.  Each course on a given date has its own Eventbrite page.  You can find courses by going to Eventbrite and searching for ‘Manage and Thrive Training’.  Look for one of the specific course pages, or our ‘Eventbrite organiser profile’ page.  The address for our Eventbrite organiser page is: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/manage-and-thrive-training-14145348133 .  Alternatively, you could visit our ‘Individuals’ section of our website at http://www.manage-and-thrive.co.uk/individuals to learn more, in particular the schedule page as this summarises the Eventbrite event pages.  If in doubt, feel free to contact us – there is a contact form on most of our website pages.

Are these courses ‘stand-alone’ or just a taster to something else?

The courses are stand-alone courses with discrete objectives.  The aspiration is that someone can go to work the next day, implement what they learned on the course, and start to improve their lot.  These courses certainly aren’t a ‘hook’ into a bigger course.  Some topics are best managed separately, for example project management and project risk management, so these are done as separate packages.  This is by virtue of quantity of material to cover, and the fact that some people will only require some of the information.  A modular approach is therefore taken, but each module is a stand-alone package.

Do I get a qualification?

We don’t provide a qualification.  There are training regimes available which provide formal qualification if that is what you need.  These tend to be longer, comprehensive courses.  These are fine in principle, especially if you need a qualification ‘tick in the box’ for current or future work, and if you can afford the time and resources.  We don’t knock these courses, they do what they do.  At Manage and Thrive Training, our training is aimed at people and organisations which just want to upskill to do a better job, who don’t need a qualification, and for whom a long course isn’t a viable option.  It is also great for maintaining expertise and knowledge that may have been gained on a formal course undertaken in the dim and distant past – in effect it supplements formal training to limit the scope for ‘skill fade’.  This is equally valid for individuals and organisations.

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And "Really useful afternoon. Some really great titbits to help me work more effectively."

And "Really useful session, and useful to discuss other peoples' experiences." 

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