Saturday, September 6, 2008

Assignment MS -01 Question 01

Describe different skills required for a manager and the responsibilities of a professional manager.

*Analyze, on a periodic basis, workload and personnel needs of an organizational unit.
*Recommend changes in the staff level of the work unit.
*Review documentation for new positions and positions that have been revised.
*Obtain approval to modify positions.
*Interview candidates for employment and make hiring decision or recommendations.
*Orient new subordinates concerning policy and procedures, work rules, and performance expectation
levels. Review position responsibilities.
*Plan, delegate, communicate and control work assignments and special projects concerning
*Establish and maintain specific work goals and objectives or quantitative and qualitative work standards
to be achieved by subordinates.
*Train, develop, and motivate subordinates to improve current performance and to prepare for higher level
*Determine significant changes in responsibilities and major duties of subordinates by reviewing their job
responsibilities on a regular basis.
*Evaluate the performance of subordinates. Document and discuss present and past
*performance with each direct report. Keep supervisor informed of results.
*Review salaries of subordinates and recommend changes according to policy and procedures.
*Recommend personnel actions such as promotions, performance awards, demotions, etc., according
to budget guidance and policy.
*Advise superiors and subordinates of developments that impact job duties. Ensure proper
*Maintain discipline, recommend and administer corrective action according to policy and procedures.
*Communicate and administer personnel programs in accordance with design and objectives.
*Maintain proper documentation on all subordinates.
*Direct the business activities of the company for the achievement of short and long term business/policy objectives, increased profit, production activity, or market share.
*Establish the business's objectives, policies and programmes within the context of the overall Corporate plan and, where appropriate, recommend standards and set targets (may include manufacturing, sales, marketing, distribution and administration).
*Prepare, or arrange for the preparation of the business's budgets, reports and forecasts, and ensure they are presented in a timely manner to the MANAGEMENT.
*Appraise the activities of the BUSINESS according to overall strategies and objectives, and monitor and evaluate branch and division performance, the efficiency of staff, procedures and production costs.
*Co ordinate subordinate staff to optimise the use of human and material resources to achieve goals. Consult with subordinate staff and review recommendations and reports.
*Oversee the development and implementation of all BUSINESS activities including production, distribution and sales, to protect the funds invested.

*Plan and review the BUSINESS operating costs particularly with regard to production, output, quality and quantity, cost, time available, labour requirements, planned production programmes and control activities, inventory levels, freight and advertising.

*Direct the preparation of marketing plans, key customer strategies and sales forecasts recommended by subordinate managers and ensure adequate support is provided in all branches/areas.

*Control use of production plant facilities by planning maintenance, designating operating hours and supply of parts and tools.

*Direct research into new and improved production methods and products, changes in selling policies, and other areas necessary to ensure the continued growth of the business.

*Select, or approve the selection and training of senior staff. Establish lines of control and delegate responsibilities to staff.

*Provide overall direction and management of the business, including personnel, technological resources and assets. Maintain necessary contact with major suppliers, customers, industry associations and government representatives to achieve the objectives of the business.

*Ensure all the business's activities comply with relevant Acts, legal demands and ethical standards.

The three main parts are:
achieving the task
managing the team or group
managing individuals

***Your responsibilities as a manager for achieving the TASK are:
identify aims and vision for the group, purpose, and direction - define the activity (the task)
identify resources, people, processes, systems and tools (inc. financials, communications, IT)
create the plan to achieve the task - deliverables, measures, timescales, strategy and tactics
establish responsibilities, objectives, accountabilities and measures, by agreement and delegation
set standards, quality, time and reporting parameters
control and maintain activities against parameters
monitor and maintain overall performance against plan
report on progress towards the group's aim
review, re-assess, adjust plan, methods and targets as necessary

***Your responsibilities as a manager for theGroup / team are:
establish, agree and communicate standards of performance and behaviour
establish style, culture, approach of the group - soft skill elements
monitor and maintain discipline, ethics, integrity and focus on objectives
anticipate and resolve group conflict, struggles or disagreements
assess and change as necessary the balance and composition of the group
develop team-working, cooperation, morale and team-spirit
develop the collective maturity and capability of the group - progressively increase group freedom and authority
encourage the team towards objectives and aims - motivate the group and provide a collective sense of purpose
identify, develop and agree team- and project-leadership roles within group
enable, facilitate and ensure effective internal and external group communications
identify and meet group training needs
give feedback to the group on overall progress; consult with, and seek feedback and input from the group

***Your responsibilities as a manager for each INDIVIDUAL are:
understand the team members as individuals - personality, skills, strengths, needs, aims and fears
assist and support individuals - plans, problems, challenges, highs and lows
identify and agree appropriate individual responsibilities and objectives
give recognition and praise to individuals - acknowledge effort and good work
where appropriate reward individuals with extra responsibility, advancement and status


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