Management Training

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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

Management Training Courses

Listed below are some of our standard management courses. (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.

►  Critical Thinking Skills for Managers

Fewer and fewer academic programs now emphasize the development of critical thinking skills. As a result, people often enter management roles having never learned to evaluate complex issues by using time-proven thinking techniques. SLDI helps companies address this gnawing deficiency with trainings on critical thinking methods. These classes combine an introduction to the disciplines of critical thinking with an array of real-to-life case studies.

►  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.

Other Vital Trainings for Managers

Here are training themes on which we are regularly asked to design thoroughly customized training experiences. (Click on any item for an expanded description.)

►  Best Practices in Management Communication

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

►  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.

Customized Management Training

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 every training session to your specific corporate needs.

And we regularly design management trainings from scratch in order to conform with an organization's management requirements. We can design and develop customized classes on almost any management topic.


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