The management mentor who actually speaks plain English
Management trainers often tread a fine line between academia and practical reality. If they have studied management at university, it’s all too tempting to dazzle their students with clever-sounding terms. But being dazzled is the last thing budding managers need as they seek to perform better and advance their careers. Many would rather point their telescopes away from the sun and see the path ahead clearly.
Management-speak isn’t actually meaningless gobbledygook, despite frequent assertions to the contrary. It is the result of many years of research and experience. But it does take quite a lot of explaining, which not everybody on the first rungs of the management ladder has time for. A working knowledge of six sigma might be useful in some contexts, but does it help you to decide which candidate to pick for a new role on your team? And does portfolio theory, fascinating as it is, get your meeting minutes written up into a succinct and actionable report?
For entrants to the world of management, it can sometimes seem that there only two choices for knowledge acquisition and career development:
- The ‘graduate’ route, which involves taking a business degree or MBA and then trying to get a job as high up the management ladder as possible while secretly feeling inadequate for lacking much actual hands-on experience.
- The ‘shop floor’ route, where you start right at the bottom and acquire knowledge in a piecemeal way, using your smarts and determination to rise up the ranks.
Perhaps a better, third way is to have a mentor by your side throughout your professional development who provides concise and very clear advice on best practices in any situation and responsibility you are likely to encounter, without filling your head with academic theory and using plain English that people from any educational background can understand.
Meet John Carter, a training and development specialist with decades of experience doing just that. His guidance has helped countless managers to achieve their full potential by applying the idea that it’s best to learn from other people’s mistakes than your own.
His new management training programme called The Good Manager Guide distils all this experience into fifteen guidebooks, each dedicated to a single topic. Supporting each guidebook are two or more video podcasts in which he talks through the topic in an accessible and easy-to-understand way, drawing on his own experience.
The Good Manager Guide is recognised by the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) and subscribers are entitled to a year’s CMI membership, which includes access to Management Direct, a learning and career development portal with thousands of eBooks, the latest management news and research, and a personal CPD tracker.
In seeking to appeal to as broad a range of people as possible with the Good Manager Guide, John Carter has hit upon a brilliant format. The fifteen Guidebooks convey the universal truths of management in a way that makes them directly applicable to the real world of task-juggling, people skills, time management, delegating and all the rest, one topic at a time. All the advice given in the Good Manager Guide is directly applicable to the ‘coal face’ of management: the day-to-day tasks and situations an aspiring manager will face in their job.
In addition to the online course, there are opportunities for one-to-one Skype or face-to-face sessions with John Carter that focus on individual strengths and weaknesses, specific situations and ongoing career development.