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Management - a profession in itself

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How refreshing to read Antony Oliver's comment (NCE 30 March) advocating the need for improved management within the profession, while challenging some of the outdated concepts of leadership. It is unfortunately only too easy to recognise some of the leadership attitudes described by Mr Oliver.

As a manager in thewater industry, writing on the first day of the new five yearly planning cycle (AMP3), and with greater competition in place, the necessity for more professional management has never been greater. Engineers like myself, who are primarily involved in management, will have to look even further beyond 'the task', and continue to strengthen their managerial competencies, including strategic planning, business processes and communications skills.

Last year, Severn Trent Water invested in a senior management programme at Warwick Business School for all managers responsible for delivering the AMP3 capital programme. This is one example of taking management seriously as a profession in its own right.

Stan Clarke (M) project planning manager, Severn Trent Water, stan.clarke@severntrent.co.uk

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