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NIM plans five-year strategic growth plan to boost operations

By Gloria Nwafor
16 February 2023   |   3:57 am
The Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) has proposed a five-year strategic growth plan to promote continuity in the institute’s governance, as well as boost its financial base.

Christiana Atako

The Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) has proposed a five-year strategic growth plan to promote continuity in the institute’s governance, as well as boost its financial base.

The newly inaugurated 24th President and Chairman of Council, Dr. Christiana Atako, during her investiture on Wednesday, said rebranding the institute at this time was imperative.

She said rebranding the institute was to impact a strong sense of acceptance and build a loyal membership/clientele base, through a well-conceived and tested strategic approach

According to her, this will promote continuity in the institute’s governance and help in the assessment of the achievements of successive leadership.

Part of her plans, the NIM boss revealed, was to accord greater priority to the development and promotion of professional management knowledge, capacity and skills in private and public organisations through training, research, publications and dissemination of knowledge.

She said an aggressive corporate and individual membership drive would be a critical strategy to attract and engage professional managers to deliver excellent professional services wherever they find themselves.

According to her, capacity building and institutional strengthening for increased productivity, efficiency and effectiveness, which are some of the institute’s products are to improve organisations’ operations and enhance the career development of the workforce.

Atako, who pledged to carry out her duties with high sense of purpose, responsibility, commitment, accountability, fairness, equity and the fear of God, promised to aspire for excellence, efficiency and effectiveness, as well as ensure the institute adopts its values to achieve its vision of being the source and symbol of management excellence.

To achieve the set objectives, she expressed as crucial the cooperation and buy-in of management and staff of the institute.

“There is no gain-saying the fact that they have the sole responsibility of implementing the policies of council and making the institute work seamlessly to the benefit of its various stakeholders.

“In this respect, we will encourage, motivate and reward excellence in service, while incompetence, dishonesty, fraud, indolence, truancy and every other form of unethical workplace conduct will be viewed seriously.

“I urge members of staff, who have been a major part of some of the successes recorded by the institute in the past to continue to put the interest of the institute above all other interests in accordance with the spirit and letters of its professional code of conduct,” she said.

The guest speaker and President/Chairman of Governing Council, Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria, Dr. Ije Jidenma, in her presentation, ‘The Power Character in Leadership’, said the theme was critical as the country prepares to elect leaders into various public offices.

She said as NIM commences a new chapter, under the new leadership, the subject of character in leadership aligns with one of the overall objectives of the institute, which is the promotion of professionalism in management.

She urged the participants to remain committed to the principles of good ethical practices and commitment to the codes of conduct in their respective organisations.

To address the deficit of character in leadership, she said professional managers must explicitly address values in coaching and mentoring; reinforce them through training and development and use them to manage recruitment, selection and succession.

“As members of the NIM, we must strive to be the source and symbol of management excellence. The change we expect and envision in Nigeria starts from all of us as corporate and public leaders,” she said.