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Is Management your Organisation’s ‘Achilles Heel’?

Is Management your Organisation’s ‘Achilles Heel’?
2 January 2014 James Dillon

Did you know that poorly managed supply chains leave organisations vulnerable to significant weaknesses in their supply chain network, resulting in increased risks, costs and time spent on procurement activities?

Whilst growth and especially global growth is the ambition of many businesses, it comes at a heavy price.

Growth and globalisation result in more complex supply chains and expose the organisation, its management teams and stakeholders to greater risks. Increasingly managers have to manage this risk and the increased complexity of operating in a multi-cultural, international environment – more is being demanded of managers now than ever before.

So how do growing and global businesses manage this complexity? One solution is to commission the services of procurement and supply chain management specialists such as one of Exponential’s newest clients, The Achilles Group. Founded in Norway in 1990, the organisation’s principal goal was to help reduce operating costs in Norway’s oil and gas industry at a time when oil prices were sky rocketing

The solution they found was simple and has resulted in the business itself going global: Achilles collects essential information from suppliers across the world via questionnaires. Information is shared with buying organisations either to check their existing suppliers or find new ones to help them do business. By offering access to centralised sources of information about suppliers, Achilles can prevent duplication of effort and save time and cost for everyone in the supply chain.

With 950 staff and operating in 22 countries, Achilles has turned to Exponential Training to design and deliver a management development programme to up-skill its First Line Managers. Seeking a global solution, Tanja Staginus-Drewes, Global Operations Training Manager & HR Manager at Achilles appointed Exponential Training to deliver a flexible online accredited management development programme for Managers operating across the business.

In December 2013, the first group of Managers from Norway, India, Hong Kong, USA, Germany, Slovakia and the UK started a bespoke, blended learning programme combining e-learning, video-based tutorials and one-to-one online coaching and support which will lead to one of the Chartered Management Institute qualifications.

Programme Director, Anne-Marie Daly said,“The beauty of designing in-company programmes like this is that I can make sure it hits all of the company ‘hotspots’ and really impacts where it counts – in the workplace!”

She added, “Increasingly, businesses are appreciating the merits and cost benefits of our 70:20:10 delivery model. The flexibility we provide in terms of start/finish dates, when and where to complete the training, the value of our one-to-one coaching all linked to an internationally recognised qualification means we are delivering to businesses in a timely and cost-effective way that fits in with our customer’s business patterns wherever they are!”

If your organisation is considering setting up an in-house management training programme, why not try something a little different from the same old traditional training courses and contact us today!

James Dillon is Business Development Manager at Exponential Training and has over 5 years experience working with current and aspiring Managers, Coaches and Consultants. James works with both past and potential clients in order to help them find the right training & development solutions to meet their specific needs. You can contact James or connect through LinkedIn.


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