A university lecturer, Prof. Olufeyisan Feyi-Sobanjo, has called on managers to develop personal responsibilities in their places of work.
“They should demonstrate integrity and humanity, and observe the principles of human rights by avoiding all discriminatory practices, including those relating to race, sex, religion and politics,” he said.
Feyi-Sobanjo, who is the Head, Africa Regional Office of the International Professional Managers Association, stated this during the IPMA-UK 2017 induction ceremony in Lagos.
Other attributes of a professional manager, according to him, are upholding the interest of the society and loyalty to his or her organisation; respect for the reputation of other corporate organisations; respect for the confidentiality of official information; and regular training and retraining.
He added that a professional manager was expected to accept from clients only works that he had competence in, respect relevant institutes’ codes and be objective in giving professional opinions.
On the need to respect others, Feyi-Sobanjo stated, “Do not injure or attempt to injure maliciously or recklessly, directly or indirectly, the professional reputation of others.”
Also at the ceremony, fellows and distinguished honorary fellows of the association received certificates.
The President, IPMA-UK Nigeria Forum, Dr. Chinedun Igbokwe, underscored the need for professional managers to join relevant bodies.
He listed partnership programmes, academic collaborations and grants as some of the benefits that accrued to members of the IPMA.
“In continuation of its efforts to enhance the business and professional interest of members, the IPMA-UK Council has approved grants of various partnership and collaboration opportunities for members to explore and enhance their businesses,” Igbokwe stated.
On academic collaboration, he said, “To promote the careers of our members, IPMA-UK has established collaborations with several accredited universities in Africa and Europe for top-up Bachelor degree programmes, Advanced Placement Master Degree programmes and Doctoral Degree programmes.”
In his address, the Chairman, IPMA-UK, Prof. Allan Sensicle, urged professional managers to always ensure mastery of the business by constantly upgrading their knowledge through learning and sharing of information with relevant professionals.
He also underscored the need for managers to hit the ground running with their new ideas and concepts; otherwise, they would lose them to competitors, who spy on and monitor their plans.
He, however, stressed that spying to understudy the competition’s plans and strategy was not out of place for managers as long as it was not done to damage the reputation of others.
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