Originally a 64-hour Management Development Programme, developed in the early 1950s, in Japan, by an American Airforce commander, the MTP programme being taught today is the result of several revamps of the course contents, which have taken place over the decades. Already a common human resource development tool in many large Japanese corporations such as Japan Tobacco, Juki and Sharp, the programme is fast becoming popular in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, where it is being dissipated by Aitken Spence .
MTP’s main philosophy is that it teaches people to manage scientifically with a respect to humanity and can be broken down into 5 key areas, encompassed under the following:
1) The importance of improving and reformation of work, for sustainability
2) Highlights the importance management of work: planning, directing, controlling and coordination
3) Importance of developing subordinates
4) Training people in building trust in relationships
5) Training people in leadership skills
Since 1999, Aitken Spence has trained close to 2,000 people, in Sri Lanka, of which 1,400 have been from within the Group and the rest have been from Sri Lankan corporates, the Sarvodaya movement, Holy Family Convent teachers and administrative staff, and the graduates/undergraduates of Ruhuna and Colombo universities. The group has even trained competitors through the program conducted for the Employer’s Federation of Ceylon. In fact, Aitken Spence has even translated the programme into Sinhalese, for which it also holds the rights.
Within the Group, this programme is treated as a form of license to manage and leaders are strongly encouraged to follow the programme when picked. In fact, Upul Peiris, COO of Adaaran Resorts, Maldives, who was once of the first participants when the programme began in 1999 is not only a firm believer in the philosophy of MTP, but has made it his top priority to ensure that his senior management team is well-versed in its philosophies as well.
Upul says that the programme has not only helped build up his team’s confidence, but it has made them results-oriented and more determined to achieve the organisations goals. For, in the past year, Maldives profits have reached a record high, a factor Upul is quick to contribute to the effects of MTP training.
The programme itself has achieved such phenomenal results that Dr. Zulfer, the Minister of Tourism and Art & Culture of the Maldives has requested a training for her staff.