Session 1

 

1.     Who is
a Manager – participants write what they understand

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Possible Answers

A person responsible for supervising the use of an
organization’s resources
to meet its goals.

Figure 1 Functions of managers

·        
Plans- Decides what
should be done, when, who and the resources required

Title does not matter even if no one is
reporting to you.

·        
Organises- creates a structure of working
relationships that enable teams and teams’ members to interact and cooperate to
achieve organizational goals. These include, ways of working, who authorizes
what, etc. H/she coordinates the use of organisations resources.

·        
Leads- Articulates clearly the vision, goals
and values of an organisation or team. Leaders use power, persuasion, influence
and communications skills to achieve the desired goals.

·        
Controls – Takes responsibility to see that
plans stay on course and takes responsibility for actions of the team.

What else can describe a
manager?

 

2.     What
does a manager manage?

 

Possible Answers

Resources

List
the type of resources that a manager manages

Possible answers

 

Figure 2 Enterprise resources

·        
People- most valuable, delicate, complex and
expensive resource

·        
Tangible Assets- vehicles, computers etc.

·        
Intangible assets- Reputation, branding,
information, time etc.

3.     What
are the roles of a manager

 

 

Possible
Answers

 

Figure 3 Roles of Managers

 

 

·      Decisional-
makes decisions from available options using available information.

·      Informational-
Receives, interprets utilises and prepares and disseminates information for
decision making for self or others

·      Interpersonal
Relations- Manager works with others for the two roles

 

4.    
What
is common with resources that a manager manages?

 

Possible answer:

·        
All have a value.

·        
They are necessary for carrying out programs

·        
They require money to acquire them.

 

5.     What
is financial Management?