The IM report Achieving Management Excellence

first_imgThe IM report Achieving Management ExcellenceOn 11 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today On the whole the mood is upbeat, particularly when findings are compared with those of similar studies conducted in 1994 and 1996. Yet the report also shows there are continuing great gaps between what companies say they hope to achieve and what has actually been done – they might have written the policy, but they have yet to build a consistent framework with which to back it up.Where possible, the IM has attempted to track the progress made by individual companies over this period – nearly half of the 500 HR managers interviewed were from the same organisations as those it interviewed in 1996. The IM also interviewed 500 line managers and senior board members from 20 companies.Findings:• Management training, if undertaken in a consistent and systematic way, does have an impact on financial performance. Sixty per cent of those who gave management training a high priority and acted upon it also reported an increase in financial turnover compared with others in their sector. Of those companies that gave lower priority to management training, only 46 per cent reported higher turnover.• Although UK businesses are beginning to recognise that training is an investment, not a cost, only 40 per cent had actually implemented an explicit management training budget – and most of the HR managers surveyed had no idea of how much had been actually spent. Nonetheless the current situation represents a significant improvement on previous years. More companies reported they had taken steps to formalise the training they offered and had also upped the time set aside for it.• The demand for management skills is growing. Although technical “hard skills” such as financial management are still seen as important, the most sought after skills are “soft” – managing people, leadership, team working and customer focus. The IM claims there has been a distinct shift in training policy in many organisations. Instead of focusing on high-fliers, companies are aiming to develop strong management skills throughout the organisation. Many respondents admitted these skills were also the hardest to deliver – more than 80 per cent claimed that lack of time was a strong factor in preventing management training. Nearly half also cited cost.• Why train? The most common reasons given were to help managers do their job better or progress further up the organisation. Typically, only those organisations that had implemented more formal policies took a broader view, claiming that corporate strategy was the major driver. Nonetheless, most respondents continued to relegate training to third place, behind “inherent ability/personality” and job experience, when it came to defining what makes a good manager.• More companies are now formally reviewing the effectiveness of their training programmes (72 per cent compared with 67 per cent previously).• The survey demonstrated the continuing divergence in attitudes between HR managers and line managers when it came to assessing training needs. Most HR professionals saw appraisals as the best means of identifying training needs, but line managers took a more hands-on, informal approach.Achieving Management Excellence costs £25 to IMmembers (£50 to non-members). Contact 020-7421 2704last_img read more

Moyes’s Man Utd lose to Everton

first_imgEverton scored a late winner to secure the Toffees’ first victory at Manchester United in 21 years – and make it a night of misery for their former manager David Moyes.Costa Rican defender Bryan Oviedo struck four minutes from time to ensure Everton manager Roberto Martinez achieved a result at the first time of asking that avoided Moyes in his 11-year managerial career at Goodison Park.Moyes was taunted throughout by the visiting supporters unhappy at the manner of his departure and his subsequent summer transfer pursuit of Marouane Fellaini – whom he signed – and Leighton Baines.Oviedo was standing in for the injured Baines, who Moyes may again try to capture in January. Everton defeat ‘very disappointing’Moyes and United were out of luck as both Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck hit the woodwork – but nothing should take away the significance of this victory for Martinez and his players.Everton followed the Spaniard’s instructions to the letter, with captain Phil Jagielka and midfielder James McCarthy outstanding.Martinez was hailed by his exultant supporters at the final whistle as Everton stay fifth in the Premier League table whereas Moyes heard the derision of United’s followers with their team now ninth and 12 points adrift of leaders Arsenal. The hosts were once again without the injured Robin van Persie, but Fellaini was given a start against the club he left for United in a £27.5m deal on deadline day in September.Everton, as has been their style this season, opened playing incisive passing football and United keeper David De Gea was forced to turn over an early rising shot from Kevin Mirallas.United, after a hesitant start, worked their way into the game and keeper Tim Howard twice came to Everton’s rescue with good blocks from Rooney and Shinji Kagawa.nd as pressure mounted on the Everton goal Ryan Giggs glanced a header just wide from Rafael’s cross and Rooney was desperately unlucky to see a shot deflected off the post via Jagielka and Sylvain Distin, allowing Howard to clear with his feet.It was end to end, however, and De Gea blocked from Romelu Lukaku, whose muscular presence was providing difficulties for United captain Nemanja Vidic. As the hour mark approached, Moyes decided on a double change with Nani and Adnan Januzaj coming on for Rafael and Kagawa.Martinez introduced Spanish teenager Gerard Deulofeu for Ross Barkley after 68 minutes and he wasted Everton’s best chance seconds later. The youngster’s pace took him away from United’s defence and on to Lukaku’s pass but he shot straight at De Gea’s legs.The biggest escape of the night came at the other end almost immediately as Howard first saved brilliantly from Patrice Evra and Welbeck could only hit the bar with a header on the stretch from the rebound.In keeping with the ebb and flow of such an entertaining game Everton were back with a response of their own and Mirallas saw his free-kick from just outside the area hit the woodwork with De Gea scrambling.Play media Martinez praises ‘outstanding’ EvertonRooney’s frustration at United’s failure to unsettle Everton boiled over and he received a yellow card from referee Martin Atkinson for a reckless kick and shove at Jagielka near the touchline. The striker will be suspended for the visit of Newcastle on Saturday as a result of his fifth booking of the season.Everton’s belief never wavered, even in those anxious moments, and their ambition was rewarded with a goal that will write Oviedo’s name into Goodison Park lore.Lukaku’s power was once again to the fore as he rolled away from Fellaini, who should have been booked earlier for a reckless high challenge on McCarthy, and when his cross from the right landed at the feet of Oviedo at the far post he drilled low past De Gea. United did not trouble Everton again and there were scenes of delight after the final whistle as match-winner Oviedo was hoisted high on the shoulders of defender Distin in front of their celebrating fans.Manchester United manager David Moyes said:”I am disappointed to lose, that’s the way the game goes sometimes. The game was tight we missed some opportunities to score and Everton took their opportunities.”We’ve got a long way to go, we’ll need to play some great football and win a lot of games in the run in if we’re going to be in there around it come the end of the season.”Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “I couldn’t be prouder. We never felt inferior, we kept doing what we are good at. I have always felt this squad was capable of going anywhere and playing teams eye to eye.”The second half performance was a lot better. We had real composure in the final third. I thought it showed a real indication of what can be achieved but we have done nothing yet. We need to carry on improving and prove we can perform like that anywhere in the league.”We have got a fantastic blend of experience and arrogant young players and that excites me.”last_img read more