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Leadership skills important for print managers

Tuesday, 02 August 2011
By Print 21 Online Article

As printing companies look to technology and innovation to expand their product and services they often overlook developing the necessary leadership skills within their organisations to implement change and new focus.

Bruce Lowery, Victorian and Tasmanian training co-ordinator for Printing Industries says that while some people had a natural propensity to lead, they often lacked the mentoring and development of those attributes.

“This is very evident when you have owner managers struggling to work on the business and in the business and not being able to confidently delegate some of these responsibilities to others,” he said.

“It is also evident in companies facing a business transition or struggling with the development of succession planning. Not having the support of management staff with good leadership and communication skills able to problem solve and make decisions is a common issue that can undermine the best laid plans.”

Lowery says companies were often reluctant to seek external advice and consultants’ costs often could not be justified, depending on the business.

Printing Industries has moved to fill that leadership skills void by introducing a Dynamic Leadership Skills course that has already been trialled successfully in the printing industry and can skill either existing managers, up-and-coming managers or team leaders.

“We are offering this three-day course in Victoria and NSW after its successful introduction to several Victorian companies,” he said.

The course has received praise from many participating companies including Bambra Press where Manager Rhonda Osborne described it as: “A cracker of a course. I thoroughly recommend it – both on a professional & personal level.”

Tim Scott, manager of Polytech Plastics says it was: “Outstanding, engaging, insightful and challenging – a liberating experience”.

Darren Hall, managing director of Prominent Press described it as: “One of the best leadership courses around.”

The Dynamic Leadership Skills course will be run at Printing Industries Victorian office on 6, 7 and 8 September and in New South Wales on 15, 16 and 17 November at the Sydney office.

For those who have limited time available the Victorian office will also offer an inaugural one day “Stress Busting” course on 25 September. This course will tackle the important twin skills of maximising time effectiveness and minimising negative stress.

Information on these courses is available from contact Ian Walz in NSW on (02) 8789 7362 or Bruce Lowery in Victoria on (03) 8541 7304

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