The course focuses on managing yourself for health, happiness and success over the long term. The content will be particularly useful if you have the responsibility for managing or leading others, but anyone can benefit from it. The course covers managing yourself under pressure, managing your career development, and ensuring you sustain a healthy lifestyle. It also includes managing yourself to maximise your ability to lead and influence others. Managing yourself first isn't self-indulgent; it is essential for sustainable success and to have a positive impact on others.
You may have to manage others, resources, budgets, your life! The starting point is to consider how you manage yourself - and without doing this successfully you won't be able to mange others in a sustainable away. There are four areas we will focus on here: managing work pressures; managing your career development; ensuring you lead and influence; managing your lifestyle.
The most important starting point in managing yourself successfully is learning how to handle pressure at work. You'll need to actively manage the pressures on you to make the most of any challenges, and control the hindrances that drag you back. This should be integrated into your normal everyday working activity and not just something that you do when you are feeling particularly stressed.
You need to play an active role in managing your career development yourself - it's not just down to your business or organisation. This doesn't mean just focusing on your next promotion - you can develop your career without necessarily getting to the next level in the hierarchy. The best place to start here is to get clarity about your career goals. What really motivates you? What are your core strengths? You then need to work to create options and potential avenues that you could take that will meet your goals and build on your strengths. You also need to be honest about what rewards are important to you and to choose the paths most likely to lead to them.
Creating time and space to lead and influence others is an important part of managing yourself for success. Increasingly you need to consider influencing in all directions in organisations: upwards; downwards; sideways. This means influencing your boss, managing your team successfully and having a positive impact with your peers. To do this effectively you need to be able to step back from just reacting to day-to-day demands, and develop a strategy for leading and influencing, and then use the right tactics and approaches to do so.
Just focusing on managing yourself at work is never enough. You need to consider your whole life and ensure work is optimally integrated into the rest of your life. This means understanding how central work is to your life, as well as ensuring you actively maintain a healthy lifestyle and develop the right habits.
At Skill Boosters we work with leading subject matter experts to design, develop and deliver training for the workplace. We are passionate about delivering behavioural training which helps to build productive, tolerant and inclusive individuals, teams and workplaces and which improves lives and life chances.
Our courses combine video drama, expert analysis, documentary sequences and interactive study to provide flexible, cost-effective training that engages, informs and inspires our learners.
Skill Boosters courses and resources are trusted by many of the world's leading organisations to develop and improve the skills and behaviours of their people.
Gordon’s expertise has been from his business psychology base and his
work with a wide range of public and private sector organisations over
the last 25 years. One of Skill Boosters’ long-standing expert
commentators, Gordon specialises in well-being and psychological
resilience, leadership development and managing difficult behaviours in
the workplace and has worked as a trainer and presenter across a wide
range or organisations, including at senior management levels.