There’s a natural manager in all of us. Every day we manage our own workloads, overcome problems that are facing our personal duties and often employ the emotional intelligence needed to get along with colleagues and clients in a range of professional situations. So what exactly separates managers from non-managers? The answer? Theory and process.
Poor managers are hurting small businesses
While the basics of people management and general management etiquette may be seen as common sense by those who have worked in an office for a long period of time, those who have studied the art of management know that there are much deeper intrinsic structures at work in any given structure. Research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) revealed that incompetence and poor management was responsible for more than half of failing start-ups in the UK. One of the major factors contributing to this figure was the fact that only 42% of small businesses provided management training over a 12 month period; in comparison, 89% of larger businesses had offered management training, resulting in sustained success.
The data above shows how important it is to take management training seriously. Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in the UK as well as a number of other countries, and the secret to SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) success seems to be closely linked with the employ of fully trained, responsible managers.
What does this mean?
Small businesses across many sectors are in desperate need of employees with essential management training to become champions of their business. Management experience is a key factor in these roles but education is important to ensure future or current managers are up-to-date with the latest theories and best practice.
Achieving your university degree in management while you work
CUC Online offer a BA Management and Leadership degree that is delivered online and works around your schedule. You can continue working while you study and complete your learning at a time to suit you. The course content is designed to cover necessary topics based on CMI certification, among others, and learning involves interactives and videos to keep you engaged. When you complete your course, you will graduate with a degree from Coventry University, Modern University of the Year for the last three years (Times Higher Education Awards).