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The Mini-MBA

Few people can afford the years - or the money - for an MBA course. But this does not mean that you cannot use the key principles of an MBA to your advantage in your day-to-day business life. This on-line course of 12 modules will show you how.

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  • 12 Modules

Course overview

Few people can afford the three years – or the money – for an MBA course. But this does not mean that you cannot use the key principles of an MBA to your advantage in your day-to-day business life. This twelve module, self-managed on-line course, will give you the key business skills of an MBA but at a pace decided by you.

How does this on-line programme work and what do you get?

  • Course access from anywhere through your own personal login and administration suite
  • Keep track of your progress as you go
  • Easy to use note taking and bookmarking facility to return to areas of interest and re-study
  • Individual modules or the full course can be downloaded as PDF files to print or file as you decided
  • At your convenience: at your desk, from your tablet or from your home computer
  • An optional on-line multiple choice assessment at the end of the course for you to ensure you are satisfied with the completion of your training
  • Certificate of completion awarded for your training records

Course benefits include:

  • The essential theory, practice and techniques of an MBA
  • Savings in your time and the huge costs involved in enrolling for a traditional MBA course
  • Guidance on your strategic planning with current tools, techniques and thinking
  • Improvement on the bottom line with your increased financial understanding
  • Exponential improvement in your leadership skills
  • Measurable results with your enhanced knowledge of key strategic marketing tactics
  • Success in the project you undertake with a greater understanding of how to take a project from start to completion successfully
  • Improvement on your ability to influence and impact colleagues and clients
  • Enhanced negotiation techniques and skills to increase your success in commercial agreements

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Certificate of excellence

Participants are invited to undertake a final assessment in the form of an online multiple-choice paper. A pass rate of 80% and above is required to ensure that a high level of competency has been achieved within the subject area, where upon you will receive a ‘Certificate of Excellence’.

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The The Mini-MBA course will cover:

  • MODULE 1: Managing yourself and others, part 1
    • Mastering yourself
    • Mastering performance management
    • Communicate and motivate
    • Effective coaching
    • Tackling poor performers
  • MODULE 2: Managing yourself and others – Part 2
    • Managing your team
    • Managing your time
    • Mastering meetings
    • How to be assertive, not aggressive
  • MODULE 3: Learn to be a Leader – Part 1
    • What is management?
    • What is leadership?
    • The leader as mentor
  • MODULE 4: Learn to be a Leader – Part 2
    • Decision making in leadership
    • Management and leadership… essentially a team effort
  • MODULE 5: Strategy is the Key – Part 1
    • Keys to Business Success
    • Techniques of Strategic Analysis
    • Effective market analysis
  • MODULE 6: Strategy is the Key – Part 2
    • Mastering the Volume – Cost – Profit relationship
    • Mastering organisational analysis
    • Mastering option appraisal
    • Mastering strategic leadership
    • Mastering performance measurement
    • Mastering new business development
  • MODULE 7: Master Marketing – Part 1
    • How marketing works
    • Choosing your customers
    • The marketing mix – The product
    • The marketing mix – Pricing
  • MODULE 8: Master Marketing – Part 2
    • The marketing mix – Your route to market distribution
    • The marketing mix – Marketing promotion and communications
    • The marketing plan
    • Workbook: Planning a campaign
  • MODULE 9: Demystifying Finance – Part 1
    • Finance makes the world go round
    • Analysing performance
    • External analysis
  • MODULE 10: Demystifying Finance – Part 2
    • Review of accounting principles
    • Budgeting and management accounting
  • MODULE 11: Demystifying Finance – Part 3
    • Costs
    • Computing future decisions
  • MODULE 12: Successful Project Management
    • Introducing project management
    • Early stages
    • Planning a project
    • Making sure it sticks: follow through

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Stephen Brookson

Stephen Brookson is Managing Director of his company, New City Consulting, which specialises in the provision of practical business development consultancy and training programmes.


He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 with Peat Marwick and after a period at Grandmet plc, he joined a leading organisation in the provision of training for chartered accountants in practice. During this time he gained extensive experience of writing, developing and presenting programmes on accountancy and taxation. He then joined Ernst & Young for a number of years as a consultant, leaving them to set up his own management and training consultancy business.


He has presented numerous seminars and training events in both the public and private sectors, in the UK and overseas.

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Paul Elkin

Paul M Elkin is Managing Director of TMMi group, which provides consultancy services with a particular focus on business strategic development, performance management and corporate image. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an experienced Management Consultant. After 15 years in a range of senior management roles in both public and private sector industry with UK and US businesses plus three years with Price Waterhouse, Management Consultancy Services, he formed the TMMi group at the end of 1989.

Paul’s personal career and, in particular, recent consultancy experience have provided the opportunity to work with a wide range of UK, European and US businesses. The nature of the involvement with each business has varied considerably according to their particular needs.

Paul is the author of a series of practical ‘reference guides’ covering finance, strategy and business awareness and supports the delivery of MBA programmes in the areas of strategy and finance. He has also been involved in a range of initiatives in Europe for major corporates including ABB, Philips, International Paper and General Motors.

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Cathy Lake

After leaving Oxford University Cathy Lake MA (Oxon) worked for the educational publishers Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. Since 1976, she has worked as a freelance editor, writer and project manager. During the past two decades, she has taken part in, and also managed, almost every aspect of the publishing process. She has worked for most of the major national publishers and has written about 40 training manuals and textbooks, mainly on management and health-related topics. As well as writing for commercial publishers in the UK and abroad she has also written management development workbooks for corporate clients.

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Ian Ruskin-Brown

Ian Ruskin-Brown. For the last 26 years Ian Ruskin-Brown has been the owner/entrepreneur of several Service Businesses. He ran a market research company – Marketing Decisions International Ltd – from 1980 to 1994. The company was a full member of the Market Research Society. It was through these businesses that Ian conducted many market research and consultancy projects for firms in the Service Sector: from government organisations (BBC, HM Customs & Excise) to the Law Society, several national and international airlines, banks and building societies.


Ian was course director at the Chartered Institute of Marketing for courses on Marketing in the Service Sector (1984-1988). Additionally, Ian designed, wrote and piloted in-company training courses on marketing and selling consultancy services for a number of blue chip companies including The IBM Marketing University, ICL Training and Kodak Health Imaging.


He currently runs the Marketing Your Services course for Management Center Europe (part of the American Marketing Association). He also runs client specific courses in the USA and South East Asia.

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Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas is a highly successful international business consultant and trainer who has worked with some of the world’s major businesses in the fields of strategy, change management, human resources and executive development. He is a highly experienced speaker and business presenter who has worked in over 40 different countries around the world. As a consultant he has successfully sold major consulting projects and development initiatives. In addition to his consulting work Mark has authored several books and is a regular conference speaker on strategy, change management, people management and other organisational issues. Prior to becoming a Partner with Performance Dynamics, he worked for several years with Price Waterhouse Management Consultants in London. He is also a visiting faculty member at leading international business schools. He also advised on the business and organisational change issues arising out of strategic reviews and both private and public sector re-organisations.

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Mike Williams

Mike Williams M.Sc. is an international management consultant who established his company, Michael Williams & Partners, in 1979 and now works closely with associate companies in Geneva, Vienna and Copenhagen. He is also a director on the Board of British Ceramic Tile, based in Devon, UK. His main clients include leading Business Schools, e.g. IMD at Lausanne and the Theseus Institute, located in Nice, as well as several universities and a wide range of companies and consultancies throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. Mike is a member of the British Psychological Society, the Institute of Directors and the Association of Management Education & Development.

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