Our guide to management
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Our guide to management

First published date January 08 2014 Amended date January 08 2014

Know that feeling when you absolutely nail a project? Management courses exist to help you get that feeling every time! Whether it’s sport, health or travel you’re in interested in, you’ll find a management course that covers the principles of good management within that sector. Because mastering the principles of management is no mean feat – it takes real skill to understand how certain processes and systems work and why some work better than others. Then there’s the art of managing people. A good management course will teach you the difference between being a good manager and a brilliant manager!


Finding your way in the management maze

There are tonnes of management courses out there – so where to begin? While the amazing array of options may seem a little overwhelming at first, actually most fall into one of five categories.

·         Straight-up management courses

Often taught as undergraduate degrees, these courses focus on developing a person’s research, modeling and analysis skills so they can go on to make good decisions within a business or organisation. Depending on the length of the course, you’ll study in lesser or greater detail the elements at play within almost all organisations. You’ll get to grips with the principles behind recruiting and managing staff (human resources), financial management (accounting), marketing – and much more.

·         Management and...

Lots of management courses are industry focused or teamed with another discipline. You’ll find courses like; ‘sport management’, ‘management and social care’, ‘management and entrepreneurship’, ‘event management’, ‘countryside management’ – the list goes on! As a result, these courses provide excellent routes into particular industries and disciplines. So it might be that you’re passionate about sport, but as you’re never going to play football like Maradona (or anywhere close!) – studying sports management is one way to turn your passion into a career.  

·         Niche courses and industry certificates

Some courses are designed to provide learners with a specific certification they need in order to progress their career. Courses like ‘asbestos management training’ and ‘firearms training’, for example, are highly specialised, yet essential training for people employed in certain fields.

·         Specialist courses that span industries

There are some skills that managers need to master regardless of the industry they operate in. Courses like ‘payroll management’ and ‘time management’ help all kinds of managers.

·         File management and IT courses

Finally, you have the information technology (IT) and file management courses. These are designed to help people master operating systems and computer applications like Windows 8 and Microsoft Excel. They provide useful training for almost anyone who works with computers on a daily basis. 


Managing management

As well as different subject matters, there are different styles to choose from. You can study a short course at the weekend or in the evening, study online from home, or commit to a three-year undergraduate course or a shorter but more intense postgraduate qualification. Think about exactly what it is you want from the course and how much time you want to commit to it and then start searching!


Top 10 management quotes

1. ‘Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.’ Paul Hakin, environmentalist and entrepreneur

2. ‘The secret to modern life is finding the measure in time management. I have two kids, career and I travel, and I don't think my life is any different than most couples. The most valuable commodity now for many people is time and how to parcel that out.’ Hugh Jackman, actor

3. ‘The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work.’ Agha Hasan Abedi, banker and philanthropist

4. ‘To keep yourself motivated when things go wrong, you need to analyze where things went wrong. You have to be very realistic. Don't try to blame the rest of the world. The blame only lies with you. Recognize that immediately.’ Lord Alan Sugar, businessman and TV personality

5. ‘Practice Golden-Rule 1 of Management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed.’ Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and author

6. ‘The business aspect is one of the most important things about having a music career, because every choice you make in a management meeting affects your life a year-and-a-half from now.’ Taylor Swift, singer

7. ‘When you’re first thinking through an idea it’s important not to get bogged down in complexity. Thinking simply and clearly is hard to do.’ Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur

8. ‘At Facebook we try to make jobs fit around people rather than make people fit around jobs. We focus on what people's natural strengths are and spend our management time trying to find ways for them to use those strengths every day.’ Sheryl Sandberg, CEO Facebook

9. ‘Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.’ Peter Drucker, management consultant

10. ‘It is not enough to have great qualities. We should also have the management of them.’ Francois de la Rouchefoucauld, seventeenth century author


By Rebecca Hobson

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