Why should you make sure you do not miss out on the Manager’s Conference?

Recently we caught up with Ian Caldecourt, one of the speakers at our upcoming Manager’s Conference taking place in London on the 22nd May, to discuss the tremendous benefits the conference provides to delegates, the changes facing managers in the workplace today and to find out what he is looking forward to about the conference!  Have a read of our interview with Ian and make sure you book your place on the Manager’s Conference and boost your skills to make a real, immediate difference!

What are the key benefits of the Manager’s Conference?  

We understand that a manager’s time is precious, so at the conference we provide you with quick, pragmatic tips that are not just based around theory, but can be implemented and instantly applied the very next day at work.  The conference offers sessions on very individual subject areas, but that all connect to a strong, valuable theme.  Delegation, coaching, feedback and time management are all very important, stand-alone topics for managers to appreciate and understand; however, they all have a common weave.  Through the Manager’s Conference you will learn how to maximise your time to achieve the right balance between doing your job, as well as developing the potential of your people. Our goal is to help leaders to in turn to help their staff.

Why is it important for managers to attend conferences and training?

Every day is a learning day!  In order to be a great leader, you need to be a great learner.  After all, if a manager doesn’t grow, then employees don’t grow and a business doesn’t grow.  The constant business changes in the 21st century mean that if a manager does not change, then the business will get left behind in the marketplace.  The Manager’s Conference provides instant day-to-day skills which can be implemented straight away to increase performance and help the business grow.

Overview of Ian Caldecourt’s Sessions:  

–  Time management: This session provides you with effective techniques on structuring your day so you complete the right tasks at the right time and learn to prioritise what needs to be done by when and what tasks are immoveable.  I will help you to create daily to-do lists which are manageable and achievable.  It is important for managers to understand that it is not all about working every single possible hour of the day, but achieving the right amount of work in the right amount of hours.  You will learn how to plan your day so that you successfully complete the number of tasks on your to-do list in the hours set out.

Art of delegation: It is vital for any manager to understand the difference between delegating work and allocating work… Delegating is assigning your work to someone else; allocating is giving other new projects to your team.  Delegation is the secret to success; it frees your time for two key factors:

• Delegating tasks will help to develop your team and it will then allow you to progress yourself and take on more projects from senior managers.

• You will have more time for reflection and to spend with your team.  It is a huge UK issue that managers do not have enough time to engage with their employees and find out more about them; what makes them happy, what parts of the job they enjoy and what their career goals are.

How has the role of the manager changed over the last 5 years?

Teams are becoming more matrix and this, together with the increase of remote learning and contractors, means that the direct lines to who you wish to reach have become even more blurred.  The importance of coaching, delegation and effective feedback for managing interpersonal relationships is vital for success.  Managers now need to focus on participation management and managing by personality rather than managing by hierarchy.

What is the key challenge facing managers in the workplace of 2014?

We have spoken a lot about the challenges for managers which derive from constant workplace change, so I’m going to focus on another key issue for managers… Time.  The global nature of business means it is hard to switch-off.  As people become more demanding and want instant access to information 24/7, time management becomes even more crucial.  It is an increasing issue that more is demanded out of our day and the knock-on effect is that less and less time gets allocated to engaging and understanding employees.  Organisations need to find a way to put interaction with employees on the agenda.

What are you personally looking forward to about the Manager’s Conference?

The main thing I like about this Conference is the uniting of so many like-minded people from a wide variety of businesses.  You can speak to someone from a completely diverse business that is facing the same challenges as you and you realise you are not the only one!  It is great to see such a variety of delegates all sharing information.

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