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  • Meetings are an inescapable part of business life today; whether you attend them on a regular basis, or are responsible for calling and running them, they are likely to figure highly in your everyday working life. This course sets out to introduce you to the subject of meetings and the different types you may encounter or run.

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  • In many of today’s organisations, much of the important work takes place in meetings. These meetings are organised and conducted for a specific purpose, usually to deliver new knowledge or information, discuss issues or ideas, solve problems or reach decisions. The goal of anyone calling a meeting, therefore, should be to make sure those attending have a clear understanding of why they are there, what they can contribute and what the intended outcomes of the meeting are.

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  • Having achieved the learning outcomes of the course the learner will be in a good position to deal with such behaviour by understanding how and why groups and individuals work together. If we must have meetings, then let’s make them work! This would be the attitude of any sensible organisation, and an important step along this road is understand why people behave the way they do in meetings. Once the learner is able to recognise specific behaviour, and is able to deal with it successfully, meetings will become more effective and productive.

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  • The ability to delegate is one of the key competencies of an effective manager. In this course, we’ll clarify the definition of delegation, so you’ll feel confident when describing it to the staff to whom you are delegating tasks. We’ll consider the benefits of delegation to you, the delegate and your organisation. We’ll also look at how delegation fits in as part of the personal development process, and look at its link with coaching. 

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  • For an organisation to operate successfully, it is essential that its employees, particularly those in key positions, are able to ‘think outside the box’, make decisions and operate independently. Effective coaching encourages those being coached to adopt a mind-set towards their own development that fosters these qualities and positive behaviours. A ‘coaching culture’, therefore, creates a workforce that is well able to support the demanding needs of a modern, constantly changing and non-bureaucratic organisation. We’ll also look at how delegation fits in as part of the personal development process, and look at its link with coaching.

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  • Having completed this course the learner will be able to set and agree objectives that are effective, motivational and relevant to the organisation. This course will help the learner to understand the role of objectives within the organisation, particularly the relevance of managing by objectives. The course also looks in detail at what is meant by SMARTER objectives, why each of the criteria is important and how to create objectives that meet them. 

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  • Job analysis, job descriptions and person specifications sound like three pretty dry subjects! But think about it – employing the wrong person can be a costly and stressful business. Many disastrous recruitment decisions have resulted from getting just one key element of the recruitment and selection process wrong. Not getting anything wrong, of course, depends on robust processes and good skills. However, robust processes and good skills, in turn, depend heavily on effective preparation - and this crucial preparation phase is detailed within three important documents:

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