Management Training

Managers · Executives · Entrepreneurs · Leadership Teams

Management training programs for managers at every levelWhat organization could not profit from having better managers and a more thoroughly-equipped management team? Everyone recognizes that management improvement is essential to sustained success.

SLDI offers leadership and management training for every level of your organization, with customzied program designs to conform fully with your needs.

Experience has shown that management training and coaching are particularly valuable at certain management career transitions:

  • When people move into management for the first time
  • When managers move into their first role as a manager of managers
  • When managers make their initial move into upper management

Each of these management transitions changes the manager's relationship with frontline workers and confronts the manager with an entirely new set of standards by which management success is measured. Our training aims at giving managers the skills, outlooks, and insight to take these transitions in stride.

Management Training Courses

Clients commonly ask us to custom-design a course on a specific management topic. We are happy to accommodate such requests. And we can design and develop customized classes on almostany management topic.

More often clients choose one of our standard courses listed below. These trainings are easily fine-tuned and structured to meet your particular needs and requirements (Click on any course title to see an expanded description.)

►  Management Basics for Frontline and First-Time Managers

As its name suggests, this training aims at providing the basic skills and insights on which to build a successful management career. The class is particularly helpful for managers with little or no prior training in management. It is also a great refresher course for more experienced managers who would profit from revisiting key management concepts.

We have delivered this course in companies of every size, from small family businesses to Fortune 100 corporations. The content is purposefully designed to be relevant to managers in any management position.

►  Enhanced Management Skills for Experienced Managers

As managers advance up the corporate ladder, they face ever-increasing complexity in their management responsibilities. Skill levels which served them well at the outset of their management career may be overtaxed by the realities of greater management responsibilities. This training develops baseline skills for continued management advancement. It also is an excellent refresher for mid-career managers.

►  Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives and Managers

Perhaps the biggest change in recent management history has been the rise of coaching as an essential element of the manager's role. Based on our experience of having coached hundreds of executives and managers, we have designed this course of mentors provide exceptional "how-to" training for managers whow want to be effective coaches. This training conducted by SLDI's managing principal, Dr. Mike Armour, and is a condensed version of MBA courses he has taught on coaching skills for managers.

►  Leadership Essentials: The Art of Leading

Today's management climate routinely requires managers to assume leadership roles. The purpose of this class is to provide a solid foundation of leadership insights and skills for people with little prior leadership experience. It is also an excellent review of leadership principles even for those who are vetaran leaders.

►  Team Building: Creating High-Trust, Peak-Performance Teams

At the heart of any well-tuned, top-performing organization is a high degree of trust. SLDI training shows managers practical, straight-forward steps to take in order to build trust both within their organization and in them personally as managers. Managers learn the five things that their people must feel in order for trust to prevail. And they examine seven personal characteristics that they must embody in order to be trusted leaders. Then, building on this platform of trust, managers learn how to align a team for sustained exceptional performance.

►  Team-Building: Integrating Teams Using Personal Core Values

As team-builders, managers need to integrate diverse personalities and work styles into a cohesive, fully-functioning team. Much team-building overlooks the importance of recognizing different personal core values within the group. As a result, the team-building effort fails to harness these values to promote personal engagement and team performance.

This half-day program takes a manager's team through a practical team-building experience which gives them the keys for developing and maintaining strong unity within the team and gaining each member's optimal team contribution.

Customized Trainings for Specific Management Skills

At every level of management, certain skill-sets make the difference between mediocre performance and resounding success. These vital management skills are  similar across all industries and professions. But how they are best applied may differ significantly from one corporate context or business environment to another.

When you work with SLDI, we customize our management trainings to take these differences into account. We tailor-make management training to your specific corporate needs. Here are training themes on which we are regularly asked to design thoroughly customized training experiences. (Click on any item for an expanded description.)

►  Communication Skills for Managers

As much as anything, management is about facilitating a smooth flow of communication — communicating vision and guidance downward, communicating feedback upward, communicating externally and internally with customers, and communicating collaboratively with peers and colleagues. SLDI provides customized trainings to enhance managers' skills in:

  • one-on-one communication
  • providing powerful feedback
  • speech-making and group presentations
  • written communication
  • effective use of PowerPoint and other presentation technology

►  Understanding Generational Differences

Today's younger workers differ significantly from older ones in terms of outlooks on work, job satisfaction, work-life balance, and expectations of leadership. We show managers how to allow for these differences in the way they task, motivate, and reward individual workers. Our trainings also give managers the insight to help members of different generations to understand and respect one another and to work together collaboratively.

►  Enhancing Emotional Intelligence and People Skills

Managers who come into their role from technical, engineering, or analytical backgrounds often struggle in their early management career because they have inadequate people skills. In many cases they chose a techinical, engineering, or analytical career in the first case because they were more drawn to working with things than with people. SLDI provides crash-course training to help managers gain a deeper understanding of what "makes their people tick." In addition, our trainings show them how to create the kind of emotional energy fields in their organization that are most conducive to innovation, collaboration, and peak-peformance.

►  Building a High-Trust Organization

At the heart of any well-tuned, top-performing organization is a high degree of trust. SLDI training shows managers practical, straight-forward steps to take in order to build trust both within their organization and in them personally as managers. Managers learn the five things that their people must feel in order for trust to prevail. And they examine seven personal characteristics that they must embody in order to be trusted leaders.


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