Developing and Investing in Managers
One of the values we adhere to at Kozminski University is the sustainable and complementary development of all sectors of community life. However, improving the qualifications of people managing institutions of public is also a strictly pragmatic activity. Modern and effectively run institutions means more efficient human resources management, more economic spending of funds, and greater effectiveness of the pursued activities. In a holistic social perspective, it means faster and more balanced social development.
Managerial programmes are a proven way of educating and developing future managers by renowned international corporations. The aim of such programmes is to provide an opportunity for one’s personal development and enable one to gradually advance in the corporate hierarchy. Originally, the main target audience were students and fresh graduates. Managerial programmes usually cover about one to four years. During this time, participants are employed and treated as regular employees of the company they are involved with. The necessary experience is gained through traineeship served on a rotational basis and independent work carried out at various departments of the company, through active involvement in projects and training programmes, and through consultations with a coach/mentor supporting the design of one’s own development path. Managerial programmes are implemented more and more often for the needs of already existing teams and intend to optimise the competencies and management skills of long-serving employees.
As part of the project – run at the request of the Municipal Office of the Capital City of Warsaw, we delivered a managerial training for 400 people who worked as managers at the Municipal Office. The subjects covered by the training included: psychology of individual and group decision-making, performance appraisal interview (constructive praise and constructive criticism), time management, project management, change management. Assuming that we learn most effectively by doing, the classes were delivered in the form of workshop and training sessions. During practical exercises and simulation classes, programme participants had the opportunity to consolidate the acquired knowledge on an ongoing basis, transforming it into skills that really supported their leadership competencies.