CMI highlights: Companions edition

Wednesday 12 January 2022
The latest updates for CMI Chartered Companions from the chair of the board of companions, Bob Cryan CBE CMgr CCMI
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12 January

Dear Chartered Companions,

I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy year ahead. This year CMI is celebrating 75 years of significantly improving management in the UK and beyond. 2022 also marks 20 years of Chartered Manager status being awarded to those committed to best practice and professional development.

Chartered Managers make an essential economic contribution to the UK economy and businesses. In these relentlessly uncertain times, we need more professionally qualified managers across all types of organisation, in every sector and representing the wonderful diversity in our societies.

I would like to ask you as a Chartered Companion to amplify this message loudly and proudly this year. Please take a look at the excellent information and shareable resources available to promote the many benefits of achieving the CMgr designation, for individuals, organisations and economies.

I’m sure you will enjoy the new Insights in this edition and I hope many voices from across our community of leaders will be inspired to contribute their personal experience and knowledge this year. As ever please do contact Matt Jayes if you would like to get involved, if you have news to share of awards or recognition, or if you have suggestions for key management topics you feel should be addressed this year. Likewise you still have time to let us know who you think should be considered for the prestigious CMI Gold Medal this year.

Finally, you may be aware that January is Mentoring Month. Whilst you may have already made (and perhaps broken!) your new year resolutions, please allow me to add one more for consideration: as a Chartered Companion, can you mentor a CMI member? If so, please log in to your account and follow the Mentoring button where you will be able to register on the service.

I look forward to a wonderful year of celebrations together, please do look after yourselves.



8 December

Dear Chartered Companions,

As another year draws to a close it seems natural to enter into a state of reflection. I will certainly be reflecting on the many successes of CMI and the contributions made by so many of you. In the past year, membership of our institute sped past the 160,000 marker, the number of Chartered Managers grew at twice the rate of the previous year and there were more than 60,000 new learners registered on management and leadership programmes.

The uncertainty of 2020 has of course continued with the emergence of new Covid-19 variants. Managers across the world are grappling with understanding variants of organisations, management practices, work places and work itself. To support this, CMI has collaborated with other influential organisations to publish the new, authoritative hybrid working report.

I am sure that Chartered Companions and other professional managers who already took on the challenge to Reflect, Reskill and Rebuild earlier this year will find this report an invaluable resource. However, as we look forward I would like to challenge all Chartered Companions to proactively prevent the spread of accidental management by ensuring all people in management positions are encouraged to join the CMI community.

I would also like to ask for all Chartered Companions’ enthusiastic and active support during CMI’s 75th anniversary year. In particular and right now, the Board of Companions would appreciate your recommendations for who we should consider nominating for the prestigious Gold Medal in 2022. I’m sure you were pleased to see Alison Rose, Chief Executive of NatWest Group, accept the award this year alongside Lifetime Achievement Award winner Pinky Lilani CBE DL. I’m also sure that you would like to join me in warmly welcoming both Alison and Pinky to our Chartered Companions (CMgr CCMI) community.

Finally, as always, I hope you enjoy the new articles in this month’s edition and if these inspire you to share your own insights next year then please do get in touch with Matt.

My warm and festive wishes to all,


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