Sunday, 25 October 2009

Digby Jones and Other Great Midlands Networking Events Before Christmas 2009

There are some great networking events taking place in the Midlands that are well worth getting to prior to Christmas 2009, with my pick of them being: -

Thursday 29th October – “Networking Made Clear”, Edge Creative are holding the latest of their excellent networking events at The Jam House in Birmingham, commencing at 6pm, this time in association with Clear Solutions. Email for more details.

Wednesday 11th November – Lord Digby Jones is the guest presenter at the Birmingham Business Breakfast Club’s November meeting at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham from 7am to 9am. This will be a very popular event – for more details check out

Friday 20th November – The Midlands Business Awards Dinner & Ceremony, the Holte Suite, Aston Villa FC. From 7pm until late, this Black Tie evening promises to be one of the events of the year, co-sponsored by the South Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry and raising money for the Midlands Air Ambulance. The website can be found at or call Jo Bailey on 07725 575282 for details.

Monday 30th November – Institute of Directors West Midlands AGM and Networking Event. 5.30pm to 8pm at the Royal Bank of Scotland, International Banking Centre, Fourth Floor, 2 St Phillips Place, Birmingham, B3 2RB

Wednesday 2nd December – “Yogi Bear’s Guide to Inspirational Leadership” by Steve Richardson, tour of Stoke City FC’s Britannia Stadium and AGM of CIMA North West Midlands commencing at 6pm. For more details contact

Tuesday 8th December – Cooper Parry Corporate Finance Networking Breakfast, Dave Mackay Suite, Pride Park Stadium, Derby 8am to 9.30am For more details visit

Wednesday 16th December – Lunch with the IoD Director General, Miles Templeman, 12.30pm, Derby County Football Club, Pride Park Stadium, Derby DE24 8XL More information and booking details at

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Who are the Institute of Leadership and Management?

I am delighted to have recently achieved a Fellowship with the Institute of Leadership and Management and am proud to now also add the designatory letters FInstLM after my name.

After telling a few business colleagues about this great news and gauging their responses, I began to wonder how many people out there in the business world are actually aware of the ILM and what they are all about? The ILM first came to my notice one Sunday morning when they were commenting on a business leadership issue on the BBC News; so even if I was not previously aware of them, the BBC most certainly was (along with their almost 120,000 members).

In their own words, “The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) supports, develops and informs leaders and managers at every stage of their careers. Through our broad range of industry-leading qualifications, membership services and learning resources, ILM provides flexible development solutions that can be blended to meet the specific needs of employers and management professionals”.

The levels of ILM membership is: -

Affiliate (AInstLM)
This grade is for you if you have a management related qualification at level 2 or at least 10 days’ CPD in the last 3 years or if you’re a newly appointed manager with less than 3 years’ experience or if you’re hoping to become a manager and you have a development plan.

Associate Member (AMInstLM)
If you have at least 5 years’ management experience OR a management-related qualification at level 3 or above or at least 20 days’ CPD within the last 5 years, this is the grade for you.

Member (MInstLM)
ILM’s most popular membership grade is for you if you have at least 5 years’ management experience AND a management-related qualification at level 3 or above or at least 20 days’ CPD within the last 5 years.

Fellow (FInstLM)
This most prestigious membership grade is reserved for those who have at least 7 years’ management experience including 5 years as a senior manager AND a qualification at degree level (level 5) or above or at least 35 days’ CPD within the last 7 years.

If you don't yet know who the Institute of Leadership and Management are, then perhaps you should find out. You can check out their website at or email or call them on 01543 266886.

And once you have found out who they are, remember where you heard it first!!!