2011 saw more organisations in decline (32%) than those experiencing growth (30%), according to a December 2011 CMI survey and report.
Controlling costs and managing performance are the key priorities for all managers whether from private, public or not-for-profit sectors.
Increasing turnover was the next priority in the private sector, restructuring in the public sector, then developing strategic partnerships next in the not-for-profit sector.
61% of private sector managers believe they have the right people in place to meet their objectives but only 29% of public sector managers think so.
Shortages of key skills, poor leadership, poor morale and lack of experience were the issues managers were facing up to across all sectors. Twice as many public sector managers still thought they had too many people in comparison to managers in the other sectors which maybe reflects that 69% of them expect to see organisational redundancies in 2012. Only 18% of private sector managers expected redundancies.
In terms of priorities for professional development for managers to equip themselves with the skills to meet the challenges of 2012, they are:
- Strategic decision making – 38%
- Coaching and mentoring – 36%
- Negotiating and influencing – 34%
- Project management – 32%
- Performance management – 31%
- Change management – 30%
The focus throughout the Partners in Management range of programmes is something we call ‘Intrapreneurship‘ – innovation through strategic understanding and leadership, creativity, change management and then self-coaching for personal development.