Management Training

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

Management Training at Key Career Moments

Leadership development is valuable at any time in a career. But experience has proven that management training and coaching are particularly important at certain key career transitions.Here are some of the more critical management career transitions where quality management training can contribute markedly to long-term effectiveness and success. Click on any item to expand.)

►  First Management Position

Moving into a management role for the first time is one of the two most critical moves in a leadership career. SLDI's management training helps first-time managers understand the elements of healthy management mindsets and models. We show them how to manage, motivate, and coach workers without micromanaging or meddling needlessly in operational details. Our training also helps new managers lay a foundation of leadership habits and attitudes that will serve them well through their entire management career.

►  First Role as a Manager of Managers

Leadership specialists believe that moving from being a manager of people to being a manager of managers is the most critical transition in a management career. SLDI's management training helps people at this stage of their career understand the difference between managing workers and managing managers. Often this means finding a new source of job satisfaction, since at this level managers should no longer have the hands-on daily invovlement in a project that perhaps once gave them fulfillment and satisfaction. SLDI's management training gives them mastery of team-building, trust-building, and consensus-building skills essential for success in middle management.

►  Initial Move into Upper Management

Moving to upper management is a wholesale stretch for most people, because it calls for them to become a truly  strategic thought leader. In earlier stages of their career, managers tend to build their reputation and success be excelling as tactical thought leaders. Shifting from a tactical mindset to a strategic mindset pushes many people beyond their comfort zone. SLDI's management training helps them learn the skills and outlooks necessary to succeed at this level of management. We also help them identify personality and interpersonal traits that must be "re-tooled" if they are to succeed in top-management positions.

Training 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 trainings that we are frequently asked to provide. (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.

►  Coaching Skills for Managers

Perhaps the biggest change in recent management history has been the rise of coaching as an essential element of the manager's role. SLDI's staff of veteran executive coaches and management mentors provide exceptional "how-to" training to equip managers with the basic skills of effective coaching. SLDI also offers advanced training in coaching skills for managers who want to hone their ability to optimize the development of their people.

►  Goal-Setting and Managing Accountability

The management guru Peter Drucker described management as "the art of getting things done through people." Our management training helps managers perfect the ability to set meaningful goals, prioritize them appropriately, communicate them effectively, and establsih clear and compelling metrics for managing toward these goals. We also show managers how to maintain accountability around those goals in a way that keeps motivation and morale high.

►  Developing 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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