Advanced Management Course

Equip your leaders with new mindsets and capabilities to thrive in a complex world

In a poll taken during the recent 2019 ICMIF Biennial Conference, only 3% of participants reported that they felt their organisations were able to reliably stay ahead of external changes. Respondents felt that the greatest barrier limiting members' ability to innovate was organisational culture, with the adage that “culture eats strategy for breakfast” being cited by several speakers.

For 20 years, managers from ICMIF member organisations from over 50 countries have praised ICMIF’s Advanced Management Course (AMC) for the ways in which the course helped them to enhance both their own performance and that of their organisation.  In 2020 the focus of the AMC will be to make it easier for leaders and managers to increase their company’s organisational agility and therefore its ability to thrive in a complex world. Participants will acquire tools and frameworks, built on insights from behavioural economics, to transform the culture of how networks of teams make sense of evolving challenges and work together to drive the organisation to fulfil its aims and potential.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at at senior managers and leaders of change from mutual or cooperative insurers who lead teams which are required to tackle complex situations, formulating strategies to achieve their organisation’s goals, and leading programmes that translate strategy into action.

Participants of the Advanced Management Course include a mix of technical insurance and non-technical people, reflecting the typical make-up of a mutual/cooperative insurer.

Participants must be comfortable holding strategic conversations in English.

Benefits of the course

Alumni of the Advanced Management Course report improved outcomes following their attendance on the course. Participants emerge with new approaches to help them maximise their impact in a complex world. In particular, they will learn how to overcome three critical challenges when tackling complex problems:

  1. People are not rational.
  2. Expertise is important, but no longer sufficient.
  3. Most of people’s behaviour is automatic.

Prior participants describe improved personal performance after the course when leading and managing in conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity by them applying the AMC’s mental models, conceptual frameworks and simple tools for:

  • Strategic thinking.
  • How to identify and approach complex situations.
  • Human behaviour and behavioural change, including:
    • Individual and group judgement.
    • Effective collaboration.
    • Decision making.
    • Organisational culture and comparing how it differs across companies and between nations.
    • Behavioural change.

Alumni of the Advanced Management Course report improved outcomes following their attendance on the course. Many describe it as “the fog clearing” as the models, frameworks and tools they have acquired during the course are put into use once they have returned to the workplace. What may have previously seemed like unrelated areas of leadership and management become a simple, integrated, mutually reinforcing approach to finding solutions to their challenges. In this way, prior participants have said they arrive with expertise and leave with wisdom.

For more information on the Advanced Management Course in general and details of forthcoming courses please contact Mike Ashurst.

 

ICMIF events and Coronavirus (COVID 19)

After extensive deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the ICMIF Advanced Management Course (AMC) in Manchester, which had been scheduled for May 2020, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID 19).

While we cannot predict exactly how the situation with the coronavirus will unfold, we do know that it continues to affect major cities and communities around the world; many organisations and even countries have imposed travel bans; and the UK government’s current guidelines are everyone should avoid "non-essential" travel and contact with others. We therefore believe that the precautionary step of postponing the May 2020 AMC in Manchester is in the best interests of our attendees, staff and partners.

If members have already paid the fees to attend the AMC in May then we are happy to either offer a full refund of these fees or if participants wish they can simply postpone their attendance to the Advanced Management Course taking place in Manchester in May 2021.

We sincerely regret the disappointment this may cause but the safety of our members is paramount.

Don't forget, ICMIF members have exclusive access to virtual learning through our webinars. They are free to attend and a number of them are already planned for the forthcoming months. They are a good source of information on key topics for the mutual/cooperative insurance sector. We are also looking into other forms of virtual learning and as these ideas are developed further we will share information with our members on how they can benefit from these new services.