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With the reliance on manufacturing to secure future economic prosperity only growing as we rapidly move towards the New Year, now would seem a fitting time to highlight one organisations commitment to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the UK’s only chartered organisation able to award management and leadership qualifications, as well as the increasingly coveted Chartered Manager status.
Depending on relevant qualifications and management experience, there are five possible membership grades – Affiliate, Associate (ACMI), Member (MCMI), Chartered Member (CMgr MCMI) and Chartered Fellow (CMgr FCMI).
Membership benefits range from access to networking events and ManagmentDirect (an extensive online knowledge bank), to formal management qualifications and a free magazine subscription to both Professional Manager and Management Today. There are also a host of training resources, events and programmes to promote leadership development, management support and practical self-improvement tools.
Research & Public Policy
With over 90,000 individual members and 800 company members, CMI’s policy agenda ensures that manager’s voices are heard by those that matter. The Institute has close ties to both government and related organisations, such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Management (APPGM) and the Academic Advisory Council (AAC), with its Subject Matter Experts providing opinions and updates to the CMI’s valued management checklists.
Recent reports by the CMI include ‘The Value of Management & Leadership Qualifications’ (July 2012), ‘The Contribution of Quality Management to the UK Economy’ (June 2012) and ‘The Business Benefits of Management & Leaderships Development’ (February 2012).
With its latest report, ‘Professionalising Management: the impact of Chartered Manager’ (September 2012), the CMI found that 97 percent of the 412 participants who had recently become Chartered did so in order to build professional recognition, with 94 percent wanting to prove their commitment to ongoing professional development. Less than a quarter admitted to having the decision motivated purely by the prospect of a salary increase.
CMI Code of Conduct
CMI’s ‘Code of Practice for Professional Managers’ helps to differentiate the CMI and its members from the crowd. In its condensed form, the Code encompasses maintaining high standards of professional conduct and competence; acting openly and with integrity; being accountable for your actions and applying sound judgement; motivating and supporting others and showing them respect; and contributing positively to organisational objectives.
The Code is upheld by all members and as such, organisations which employ a representative of the CMI, or apply the code themselves, gain immediate added value with an ongoing, recognised commitment to the highest possible standards.
Going beyond just the individual level, the Code also addresses the need for transparent communications, the safeguarding of confidential information, respect for the environment and issues of faith and diversity.
Recognised throughout the public and private sectors, and across all management disciplines, Chartered Manager status is the pinnacle of managerial professionalism; a recognition of knowledge, confidence and consistently high performance, as CMI Chief Executive, Ann Francke explains:
“Chartered Manager is a seal of approval for managers, showing that they are committed to the highest standards of integrity and have a proven ability to deliver business results.”
“When we are all challenged to deliver more for less, there can hardly be a better time to look again at how professional managers can deliver better results. We all face a tough business environment, but developing world-class managers is the key to growth. Chartered Managers have the confidence, the skills and the integrity that’s needed to help their employees succeed.”
Case Study: BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines
“Designing, building and commissioning nuclear powered submarines is a very complex task which involves the integration of many components, people and processes. We require managers capable of operating in a highly technical and safety-critical environment, so several years ago we introduced a CMI management and leadership programme. Since then, the route to Chartered Manager has been firmly established within the Operations Directorate of BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines.
“We currently have fourteen managers who are either Chartered or in the process of achieving Chartered status.
“From a company perspective, Chartered Manager status raises the standard of our leadership and man-management, which enables our managers to motivate their teams to deliver products to time and to cost – meaning that we are able to meet our customers’ high expectations.
“Providing these very technically skilled employees with independent recognition of their management skills gives them the confidence to act on what they see. That enables them to challenge traditional ways of doing thing and rise to the challenge of leading projects at cost and on schedule.
“We are proud to develop our people using CMI frameworks and look forward to seeing more of our managers become chartered in the future.”
Stuart Godden, Engineering & Commissioning Director of BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines
More information on CMI itself, membership details, research, policies and the Code of Conduct can be found at www.managers.org.uk