Developing Managerial Competences (DMC)
About the project:
The main objective of
this project proposal relates to the
further development if the competences
of first line managers. In addition,
special emphasis will be put on
non-technological competences. More and
more, technological responsibilities are
being grouped into specific production
sustaining units. This means a shift in
the tasks expected from the first line
manager and new tasks that are created.
“Giving instructions” is substituted by
coaching or joint performing.
Workers are also becoming more and more
“emancipated” and thorough and efficient
communication is essential to motivate
all team members. Last but not least,
flexibility is gaining importance.
This is why - through this project- we
aim to offer first line managers all
possibilities to further develop their
competences through life ling learning.
The further development of the
non-technological skills is not ‘job
threatening’, it intends
to offer the first line managers all
possible opportunities to adapt to our
quickly changing society and to continue
developing their career within the
In fact, this further development
increases the competitiveness of the
companies and reduces the risk if losing
Aims of the project:
The common objectives of the DPs
* The development of the
non-technological skills of the targeted
* To improve the employability of the managers and their teams by
offering opportunities to further
development in the company. Special
attention will be paid to older (50+)
* To share experiences and examples of
good practice of working with different
target groups, and different
professional sectors. It concerns more
particularly the managers of the
transport planners in NL, the energy
managers in IT, the first line managers
in BE and the "customer-oriented"
service manager in FR.
Therefore each DP will develop
assessment instruments and training
* The development of a common
dissemination and evaluation strategy.
Added value on the strategy and intended results of each of the DPs involved:
The added value of the transnational cooperation concerns mainly the following aspects :
*Exchange of information and experiences.
The exchange of examples of good practice in developing the non-technological skills of the targeted managers is a key element in the project implementation. Mainly the final dissemination meeting in France will be devoted to this important issue.
*Parallel development of innovative approaches
Each DP will develop innovative approaches : tools for assessing to what extend the targeted managers possess yes or no the selected non – technological competences + guidelines for implementing training activities+ development of innovative training materials.
*The import/export coming from the parallel development of innovative approaches and the adaptation to the own situation
After analysis of one selected job and function profile in each country each DP will take care of one selected non-technological competence. It concerns more particularly : customer relation in FR, problem solving in BE, coaching/training in NL and communication in Italy.
For each of these competences, the DP in charge will elaborate in English an overview of:
- all assessment tools used in each participating country for that particular competence
- the training methodology adopted for updating in each participating country each specific non-technological skill
- all newly developed training materials in each participating country for that particular competence.
The provided overview can be the starting point of adapting tools, methodologies or training materials used in other countries towards its own situation.
In order to reach all this, transnational meetings should not be limited to a steering committee only, but should also give the opportunity to project cooperators to exchange practical experiences of product development.
In this way the cooperation is also more directly goal-oriented allowing each DP to benchmark its own activities and outcomes : comparing its own methodology/ results to the methodology/results of others implies always an improvement leading towards better results.
* Joint product development
This concerns more particularly the development of a common strategy for evaluation and dissemination.
The following activities / elements will be actively used:
Methodology for sharing information, results and working tools
- transnational meetings : meetings of the steering committee, evaluators meetings and project development meetings
- transnational website, newsgroup and newsletter.
Hereby the website will not only be used as dissemination instrument,
but also as an active element within the project development. Therefore will be introduced a "partners only" section that can be actively consulted by all partners during project development.
On the transnational website KaHo Sint-Lieven will also create a "toolbox" (reserved) in which each DP can upload transnational development documents.
KaHo Sint-Lieven will also create a transnational newsgroup allowing all members of the steering committee to communicate in a very smooth way.
The Italian DP will take care of the transnational newsletter.