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The New You for the New Year

Student evolving to business person

Start the year as you mean to go on – with a professional management qualification.

According to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 72% of UK organisations say they lack good management and leadership.  So with the start of the New Year, why not help to improve those statistics and take a step toward becoming a Chartered Manager?

In this blog you will find out about:

  • Why good strategic management is so important to businesses
  • The benefits of undertaking a distance-learning CMI Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership Diploma with Brighton School of Business and Management (BSBM)
  • The further career and development prospects your qualification will offer you
  • The benefits of becoming a Chartered Manager

Studying via distance learning with the Brighton School of Business and Management (BSBM) will help you become a better manager and leader in 2018.

Are you ready to lead your business through the next 12 months?

Successful organisations need strategic leaders with a clear sense of purpose, vision and direction, able to inspire and engage their teams to follow them into the unknown.  They also need leaders able to step back from the whirlwind of day-to-day operations to do the strategic thinking necessary for their organisation’s long-term survival and success.

The development of a business strategy is a complex and demanding process, and leaders who have devoted time, effort and resources to the selection of a strategy they believe will secure the on-going success of their company may feel they have a reason to be confident about the future.

Being a great strategic leader is much more than just understanding the latest strategic model or tools. It requires an awareness of your leadership style, its impact and the most effective way of getting things done in your market context.

The stakes are high: as a strategic leader your decisions tend to be more risky, your actions more visible and your achievement of results more complex.

The optimal implementation of strategy is therefore highly dependent on the professional people management and leadership capabilities of both strategic and operational managers. New strategies may create new requirements for leaders and the organisations that they lead. Strategic change may require new personnel with fresh perspectives, or differing skills and experience. Strategic shifts may well entail a change in emphasis involving new customers or markets, technologies or business processes.

Leaders need to take an objective view of the existing management team, including themselves, and assess whether the team is capable of implementing the strategy.  Some may decide that the start of the year is the right time to focus on their own training and development, to learn new management and leadership skills to help them to develop and deliver their business strategy.  And at the same time acquire a professional qualification, which can lead onto further development opportunities, including gaining Chartered Manager status.

Qualifications are not just for those starting out in the industry. All Managers, from the aspiring to the more experienced Senior Managers can benefit from the breadth of new learning techniques, management and leadership approaches and personal evaluation that are part of undertaking a CMI qualification with BSBM.

Studying for CMI Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership qualifications with BSBM

The Brighton School of Business and Management (BSBM) has built a reputation for delivering high quality distance-learning Leadership and Management courses.  Our core Management and Leadership Training programmes are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Now with students in over 110 countries, our experienced Student Services and Tutor teams have built a reputation for delivering high quality content, support and guidance, resulting in a high pass rate in both examined and assessed qualifications, as well as contributing to successful career progressions and career changes for our students.

Utilising our innovative virtual learning environment, Moodle, our approach blends independent distant learning and expert-led mentoring to create inspirational leadership programmes.

The Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership Diploma is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the leading industry accreditation authority. Developed for Directors and Senior Managers who have the responsibility to translate organisational strategy into effective performance, the Level 7 qualifications in Strategic Management and Leadership require the Manager to focus on the implementation of their organisational strategy.

The key units of our Diploma include:

  • Developing performance management strategies
  • Financial management
  • Strategic information management
  • Conducting a strategic management project
  • Implementing organisational change strategies

Building on the managerial skills and knowledge you already have, our CMI course will give you a deeper understanding of the various roles and responsibilities involved in strategic management and through focusing on specific units of the management qualification, we’ll customise your qualification to suit your professional needs.  Completion of set assignments will examine work-based problems, and encourage you to apply tools, models and theories, to real life workplace situations. You can study at the Award, Certificate, Diploma, and Extended Diploma Level.

Our distance learning senior management training is built around the schedule of busy leaders. You’ll be led through the programme via our virtual learning environment, with regular input from your Mentor. This means you can complete each stage of the programme at a time and place that suits you.

As a studying member of CMI, you will be eligible for free professional membership of the CMI, which offers a range of products and services to support you throughout your qualification and later as you progress in your career.  For example, you will be given access to ManagementDirect, the CMI’s online portal of management and leadership resources.

Building on the managerial skills and knowledge you already have, the management course will give you a greater understanding of the various roles and responsibilities involved in strategic management.

The multiple-benefits from gaining your Diploma

As well as developing your strategic management and leadership skills in your workplace, you will also enjoy additional benefits:

1. You can top up to an MBA

BSBM offers a Top Up MBA, also online, through Northampton University, which you can access once you have completed your CMI level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Find more details here MBA Top Up Distance Learning Course

2. Your career prospects will benefit

Gaining this valuable qualification will improve your chances of promotion and a higher salary in your current or future workplace.  There are a number of benefits gained from attaining a professional qualification from the CMI:

  • You’ll be more marketable – a qualification speaks volumes to prospective employers, giving you the advantage when looking for your next career move
  • You can earn more – research proves that those with a qualification will earn more through their career
  • You’ll perform better – a qualification will not only sharpen your existing skills, it will equip you with a range of ones

Over 85% of Managers surveyed by the CMI, agreed their management and leadership qualification improved their performance and by transferring their new skills to the work place, almost all have seen a vast improvement in their teams’ performance too.

More than 80% of Managers say that taking a management qualification has resulted in increased professional recognition, with most stating that employers prefer qualified managers when recruiting.  This was confirmed by a further 53% advising that their qualification had helped them in gaining a promotion

3. You can work to gain Chartered Manager status

On completion of your Diploma, you will have the opportunity to work towards Chartered Manager status, the highest accolade in the management profession and awarded only by CMI.

Becoming a Chartered Manager provides even more benefits for your career prospects, as outlined here in survey results from the CMI:

  • £391,443 – A Chartered Manager’s average added value to their organisation
  • 96% use a Chartered Manager as proof of leading people and managing change
  • 83% say they are better managers after achieving Chartered Manager status
  • 92% report greater self-awareness
  • 96% use Chartered Manager to showcase their continual learning and growth

Chartered status equips you to meet daily management challenges in a professional, proficient way. Improving performance and effectiveness at managing people and projects will raise your confidence and ultimately, status in your organisation.

So – get in touch with BSBM today to start the journey to becoming the New You!

Distance learning programmes from the Brighton School of Business and Management offer the practical advantages of allowing you to gain knowledge when you want it and where you want it.  We offer a full range of CMI accredited courses for the novice manager up to the seasoned CEO.  Visit our website to find out more about all our CMI courses.

GBS Corporate Training, a sister company within the GBS Corporate Training Group, offers flexible programmes created specifically for your organisation.  GBS will tailor course content to accommodate your unique business needs or to address skills shortages in your organisation.

GBS is an approved training provider for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI). In fact many of our solutions can lead to a person having Chartered status.

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