Middle-managers conference set to make its mark
Jamaican and Caribbean business leaders of note will be presenters at an inaugural middle-managers conference to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 20 and 21. It will be staged by local management consultancy firm Make Your Mark Consultants (MYMC).
Dr Charles Douglas, Robert Wynter, Labour Minister Pearnel Charles, Dr Henley Morgan and Peter Hall are among the slated speakers.
Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd, managing director of Kingston-based MYMC, said the conference was necessary, as middle managers were the largest group of its kind locally, and yet the most neglected.
"Quite often we forget that they are the hub of enterprise because they are between top and bottom. They are relied on to carry out all the instructions and policies and expected to motivate and teach. It is a very pivotal role, yet it is also the weakest area," said Coke-Lloyd.
The inaugural conference is designed to address the needs of organisations and middle managers' significant role, the MYCM head stated.
"Studies have shown that this large group of potential leaders and entrepreneurs will determine a business' success or failure. The conference is designed to address their role in adding value."
The conference is targeted at managers, supervisors, middle managers, aspiring managers, small and medium enterprise managers, store managers, non-governmental organisation managers, acting personnel and persons preparing for promotion.
Event highlights include social, professional and ethical skills, understanding fiscal prudence and the business dynamics of money, exploration of the fundamental decision-making tools and leadership skills that work.
Participants are expected to leave, Coke-Lloyd said, with an understanding of the business dynamics of money and the ability to take initiatives that meet short-term and long-term goals.
They will also be able to identify practices which are consistent with excellent outcome, track and make good business decisions about project priorities, progress and results and create an action plan to improve communication in skills back at work.
The seminar for middle managers will bring management practitioners together to discuss a range of issues affecting their role in the context of the current financial environment as well.
Other conference highlights include the role of the middle manager in supporting top management while seeing to the needs of staff/workers; managers' true role in these economic realities; influencing change with team members through effective human relations and the exploration of the fundamental leadership skills that work.
Other topics include the developing of a communication strategy; managing projects; and effective interface with other departments.
Coke-Lloyd, former CEO of the Jamaica Employers' Federation, is the founder of MYMC, which specialises in value-added interventions aimed at facilitating growth, development and the competitiveness of private, public, international bodies and individuals.
The inaugural conference is designed to address the needs of organisations and middle managers' significant role