Sample 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.


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Team Building

  • 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).

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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.

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Financial Acumen

  • 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.

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Managerial Leadership

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Crisis Management

  • 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.