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Management development is the overall concept that describes the many ways in which organizations help employees develop their personal and organizational skills, either as managers in a management job or with an eventual management job in mind.

Building the skills of managers through management development options is critical to the effective functioning of your organization. This is because of the power of a manager to impact the organization through his or her oversight of the work of other employees.

Especially middle managers are expected to communicate the company direction, goals, and vision to their reporting employees. Only comfortable business communicators are likely to perform their needed communication tasks effectively.

Yet senior company leaders depend on their communication  because they can’t easily communicate with every employee themselves.

It is not surprising that  the managers in your workplace are the single most important factor in employee engagement, employee motivation, and building a productive workplace.

Internal management development has advantages over external seminars and classes. It presents and reinforces needed skills and management techniques. It speaks a common language that people in your organization will understand—and gives them a common language that they can use with each other.

Internal management development is presented around your challenges and problems so it is customized for the people who attend. It is offered on your terms at your preferred times and at your preferred length.

Internal management development reinforces the organization’s culture and addresses the norms and expectations of the manager’s workplace. It incorporates familiar workplace examples and reinforces desired organization direction, values, and goals.

Done with care, internal management development also reinforces the application of the skills learned in training back in the workplace. This significant ability to do the activities needed for training transfer to the workplace before, during, and after the training is all the justification you need to offer internal management development.

Management Development Content

These are the areas of content that management development training, either internal or external, should contain for your organization to function effectively. Your managers will benefit as will their reporting staff members and the organization as a whole.

In addition to skill development, management development is also an opportunity to teach your organization culture. The norms, rules, and expectations in your workplace are uniquely yours. Even experienced managers will benefit from training reminders in the expectations of your workplace culture and policies. The focus of all aspects of management development is to enable managers to more effectively accomplish their job as managers. Don’t miss your opportunity to have an impact on one of your most critical resources. Your middle managers are the spokes that hold the wheel of your organization together. Help them be the best that they can be.

By Susan M. Heathfield


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