Through this series of short courses focused on management essentials topics, taught by faculty members from UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, we aim to provide flexible, affordable, personalized and high-quality professional development opportunities designed for new or aspiring managers and leaders or those with great potential. These modules address the critical need for better soft skills development while pairing the complementary technical skills each emerging leader needs to manage more efficiently.
Students are required to bring a laptop to the Fundamentals of Managing People and Foundations of Finance and Accounting modules.
Module 1: Fundamentals of Managing People
Feb. 13-27, 2020
Instructor: Amanda Bullough
Designed for those who want to enter into a supervisory role and need to improve their business acumen and leadership effectiveness, the fundamental management skills needed to effectively understand, motivate and lead other people are taught in this module. Through a combination of in-class presentations, interactive activities, experiential learning, case analysis and discussion, practical and immediately applicable skills and techniques are emphasized.
Why People Behave the Way we Do
Working With and Leading People
Module 2: Fostering Relationships and Leading Effective Teams
March 12-26, 2020
Instructor: Amanda Bullough
For those who want to enter into a supervisory role and need to improve their business acumen and leadership effectiveness, this fun and interactive two-day program delivers the fundamentals of managing effective teams through team-based activities. After learning the fundamentals underlying the formation of teams, diversity in teams and team synergy, participants will leave with team-building activities they can practice in their organizations.
Note: Participants need to bring a laptop (Mac or PC) or tablet to class.
How Teams Work
Module 3: Foundations of Finance and Accounting
April 9-23, 2020
Instructor: John Stocker
How about just understanding what your accountant or finance manager is talking about? Intended for those interested in improving their ability to make sound business decisions, this module provides participants the opportunity to gain familiarity and understanding of key financial terminology, concepts and applications. Participants will learn to analyze and interpret common financial information used in making business decisions and develop the confidence to work more effectively with the financial managers of their organizations.
Module 4: Negotiating and Resolving Conflict with Others
April 30-May 14, 2020
Instructor: Dustin Sleesman
Negotiation and conflict resolution are critical skills for managers. This module presents an evidence-based understanding of these topics through active discussions and readings. Participants will engage in experiential learning activities and case analyses to put this knowledge into practice, and they will also receive valuable customized feedback relating to course concepts throughout the module.