Example Business Leadership Programs
The Center for Executive Development offers business leadership courses for professionals to develop their skills in key areas. Below is a sample of our business leadership offerings.
- Identify team considerations/goals critical to project management.
- Develop knowledge of specific components of project planning, organization, leadership strategies and monitoring work behavior (class simulation).
- Define and discuss the “twenty minute planning vs. the twenty second decision” paradox.
- List best practices for turning a work group into a strategic team.
- Gain additional understanding of the importance of open communication skills and trust (Exercise International).
Coaching and Mentoring
- Learn techniques for future-focused feedback.
- Define and differentiate coaching and mentoring.
- Identify key reasons why employees might not get their job completed and how coaching and mentoring impacts employee engagement.
- Identify why managers avoid coaching and mentoring.
- Identify the benefits of coaching and mentoring.
- Discuss how to conduct effective coaching and mentoring sessions.
- Develop coaching and mentoring skills through role play.
- Examine the organization’s annual and quarterly financial statements using key financial ratios with comparisons to peer firms.
- Evaluate the financial performance of a representative firm using customer case studies.
- Determine the impact of inventory and accounts receivable management on maximizing returns on investment using case studies.
- Develop an understanding of the contribution margin principle and its use in the organization’s project analysis.
- Determine optimal investment decisions using case studies and capital replacement decision models.
- Discuss mergers and acquisition criteria, and evaluate a proposed peer acquisition.
- Define the functions of a manager.
- Identify the various managerial roles and skills needed to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in organizations today.
- Identify and discuss the organization’s competencies required for various leadership levels within the organization.
- Define culture and the culture of company.
- Identify stages of the change process and how to help employees work through those steps of change and transition.
Financial Acumen II
- Review the financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows and how they are used in assessing financial strength.
- Using case studies, evaluate the financial performance of representative firms.
- Discuss basic cost accounting measures used in determining break-even and profitability.
- Develop an understanding of the contribution margin and its use in project analysis.
- Identify the components of capital budgeting, including the time value of money and how to solve capital replacement problems.
Presenting with Integrity
- Understand the goals of the introduction and the conclusion.
- Use physical space and movement to your advantage.
- Clearly communicate your objectives.
- Believe what you are saying is important.
- Employ audience analysis techniques (How to answer questions, and then get back on track, etc.).
- Use presentation software intelligently (PowerPoint rules).
- After the first round of team presentations, the professor meets with the entire class.
Leading with your Strengths
- Discuss the utility of strengths development for creating success.
- Cite examples of companies using strengths and identify the usefulness of the tool for these organizations.
- Examine the shadow side of strengths and possible negative impacts of mismanaged talents.
- Describe examples of other students’ strengths in action.
- Evaluate the utility of strengths as a tool for professional and personal development.
- Understand the focal areas of crisis management, including contingency planning, crisis recognition, crisis containment and crisis resolution.
- Gain knowledge of how the effectiveness of leaders in crisis situations depends not only on their actions during a crisis, but perhaps even more so on actions long before the problems occur.
- Discuss the role of intuition in crisis management: how the use of intuition can be both a strength and a liability and when intuition is appropriate to use.
- Understand that communication is one of the key drivers of effective crisis management.