Fail to prepare, prepare to… we all know the answer to that one! Management planning is about creating brilliant procedures to bring maximum results – and much more. Because in today’s exciting yet unpredictable world, implementing clear systems, processes and structures – some computerised some not – are more important than ever to help large organisations run effectively. Studying a management planning course will equip you with the specialist skills needed to excel in your career.
Types of management planning courses
Management planning is highly specialised, and the range of courses on offer reflects this. You’ll find a smaller selection of courses than, say, if you search for ‘management courses’ but the quality of courses remains very high. General management planning courses will introduce you to the art of managerial planning and explain the techniques needed for routine and creative planning, as well as how to identify and resolve planning problems.
Financial management planning
You’ll also find shorter courses, some no longer than a couple of weeks, which focus on financial management. Thee courses are designed for professionals looking to broaden their skills in the workplace. They cover: resource allocation mechanisms; budgetary and financial controls within organisations; how to plan resources; how to maintain and monitor control of resources; and how to be consistent with organisational priorities.
Management planning and…
Some management planning courses are industry-focused. Examples include; ‘health management courses’ and ‘nutrient management planning’. These are often postgraduate qualifications designed for professionals or students who already have a related undergraduate degree. Expect to cover areas such as: management studies; science, health care management; health studies; health service administration; and management.
Before you select a course ask yourself:
· What do I want from a course? Think about what it is you want to achieve after you’ve completed your course. Are you looking to formalise your skills and go for a promotion? Or are you looking to hone your existing skills and boost your confidence?
· How much time can I spend on a course? It’s all very well signing up to a 10-week course of evening classes, or a three-year degree, but if you can’t keep up with the time commitment required you’ll become unhappy and risk dropping out. Be realistic in your expectations; draw up a timetable of your daily activities and highlight the areas where classes could fit in. Don’t forget to leave space for home study and time for you to relax!
· How much money do I want to spend? Course prices vary greatly. If you’re considering a long or intensive course that means reducing your work hours, think carefully about you’ll fund that course over a period of time.
Quotes about planning
There’s been some great stuff said about planning in the past – here’s a taster:
· ‘Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.’ Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister
· ‘Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.’ Thomas Edison, inventor
· ‘Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.’ Gloria Steinem, journalist and political activist
· ‘Think ahead. Don't let day-to-day operations drive out planning.’ Former American Secretary of Defense
· ‘Strategic planning is worthless –unless there is first a strategic vision.’ John Naisbitt, American author
· ‘Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.’ Malcolm Forbes, publisher
By Rebecca Hobson