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Brighton SBM Newsletter March 2015

BSBM Newsletter – March 2015

A belated HAPPY St David’s Day for the 1st March for all our Welsh students!

Rugby Six Nations 2015 Guess The Score

After three selected games, there have not been any correct guesses, so all to play for!

Win an Ipad Air 2. During the run up to and throughout the Rugby Six Nations you will have opportunities to guess the score in various games. Any correct entries will be added to our Grand Draw after the Six nations has finished.  Good Luck everyone.

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Chartered Management Institute Portfolio of Qualifications 

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Approved Centre status by the CMI Chartered Management Institute.

The CMI is one of the world’s most prestigious Management institutes, due to the high standards it sets in its membership grades, qualifications, and professional development resources, all of which are admired internationally.

We now offer Management and Leadership qualifications at Levels 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 – providing essential knowledge and highly respected qualifications for Team Leaders and Supervisors, Operational and Middle Managers, and Senior Strategic Managers and Specialists.

For more detail on these see the CMI links on our website:

CMI Management Qualifications


Interesting Event of the Month: Women’s History Month

Most of us realise that each country looks at its history from a slightly different viewpoint, and that this is reflected in their school and college history books, and in the programmes presented by their media.

History also presents a very biased view of the role of women in history – resulting in most of our history books being full of the achievements of men, and very little mention of significant women.




March is Women’s History Month, and is celebrated around the world by a range of events, and this year’s theme is:

Weaving women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric of history

The aim is to use the stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, to encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience, and to challenge stereotypes and upend social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today.

See our Infographic on the Most Amazing Female Leaders that History Books Forgot 

International Women’s Week

March is also the month when International Women’s Week is celebrated, from the 7th to the 14th – an event with many links and similarities to the Women’s History Month – and International Women’s Day is on March 8th. 

For more information on the Women in History project and events, please visit these sites: 

Women’s History Month 

International Women’s Day 

Women’s History Month

Management and Leadership for Team Leaders and Supervisors  


Group portrait of a professional business team looking at camera

Although the job descriptions and job titles may say “Team Leader” or “Supervisor” or “Section Leader” these all have roles and responsibilities which require a wide range of management and leadership skills to be applied.

And, in order to do that successfully, it also requires a good knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of Management and Leadership.

As many of you will know, such roles require responsibilities such as:

  • Managing their own professional development
  • Helping to arrange and manage the professional development of others
  • Planning and making use of physical and human resources
  • Satisfying the needs of internal and external customers
  • Managing and communicating information
  • Contributing to the management of quality standards
  • Maintaining and improving their team’s performance
  • Meeting operational targets 


Increasingly, these positions are seen as critically important to the success of the organisation, and because of that employers are now demanding that their team leaders and supervisors are formally qualified in the areas shown above.


Useful Study Tips 

Managing Your Own Resources



When studying for a professional qualification whilst also working full-time, it is absolutely essential that you plan carefully and thoughtfully as to when and where you will be doing your studying, and, critically, what resources you will need.

However, there is also one additional resource which you must manage – Yourself. That is, your attitude, your approach, the way you respond to the demands of studying.

Here is a list of self-assessment checks (based on a CMI Chartered Management Institute checklist) which should help you with that task:

In order to manage your approach to your studies, you will need to:

  • Plan to make the best use of your study time and study resources
  • Prioritise objectives (such as coursework deadlines) and plan to ensure you meet those targets
  • Make the best use possible of available resources and support channels
  • Take personal responsibility for making things happen and for achieving targets
  • Demand of yourself that you study in a consistent and disciplined way
  • Follow the guidance and advice provided by the studies provider
  • Find ways to overcome any barriers which arise
  • Be pro-active in seeking new sources of support when needed
  • Demand of yourself, and take pride in, delivering high quality work 

By adopting the approach above you will manage your studies more successfully.

Finally – Managing Change on a Global Scale 



Managing Change is something we all have to learn to do, in our personal lives and our work lives, and one of the aspects of that is to be able to respond effectively to unexpected, externally imposed change.

An interesting global example of this has just occurred in the world of football (soccer), where it has been decided that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar cannot be held in the traditional summer months because, it has been realised that the Qatari summer heat will be dangerous to both players and fans.

As a result, clubs and their league’s managers worldwide have been told that the tournament will be held in November and December.

This will mean substantial disruption to the premier leagues, particularly in Europe who provide 75% of the international players involved, as their leagues run from August to May, as do many parallel competitions such as the FA Cup in the UK and the Copa del Rey in Spain.

The leagues and cup management are now complaining that they will not have enough time to make changes which will minimise the disruption, protect their businesses, and, of course, not lose them too much revenue.

However, the “food for thought” is that 2022 is 7 – seven – years away!

Surely one of the richest sports in the world – with clubs each making annual profits of hundreds of millions, and top players each earning hundreds each week – can manage an effective response within 7 years?

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