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Management & Leadership Courses

The Advanced Management & Leadership Program




Introduction:

Business demands true leaders, not just managers. The Advanced Management and Leadership program will sharpen your critical thinking skills and enable you to enhance your impact as a leader. Based on real issues, economic realities, and global shifts and megatrends, you will challenge the way you view yourself and the way your organization operates. The program requires you to take a step back from day-to-day tasks so that it can equip you with new skills and knowledge to adapt, thrive, and succeed. With 10 days of classroom experience this intensive journey will expose you to the best thinking in the field, and enable you to dramatically enhance your leadership skills and impact.

You’ll return to your workplace refreshed, re-energized, and ready to deal with any future challenges that come your way.

Targeted Groups:

  • Head of departments
  • Managers among all managerial levels
  • Supervisors & Team leaders

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Define and demystify the concepts of ‘strategy’ and ‘strategic plans’, but also to demystify the strategic process - as part of ‘Helicopter Thinking’
  • Break the strategy process down step-by-step, providing a practical toolkit for managers for each key stage
  • Illustrate it through some well-chosen and highly stimulating case studies - and to distill the lessons from this
  • Apply it to your area of management responsibility - through planning the analysis, option generation, choice, implementation and measurement phases of strategy
  • Put this within the overall context of the organization and the change and influencing process generally
  • Give a lot more confidence in managing their role strategically within their organization
  • Understand their role as a manager and a leader
  • Establish clear objectives and standards of performance for their team and to manage and use conflict and challenge
  • Accelerate thinking speed and problem resolution for all dilemmas
  • Expose to a range of perspectives on teams and the leadership function, sharing examples of best practice, and together solving real and simulated team performance issues.
  • Practice new and sometimes challenging techniques will build flexibility and confidence in harnessing the power of the team.

Targeted Competencies:

  • Leadership skills
  • Management skills
  • Strategic planning
  • Business Analysis
  • Performance management
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication skills
  • Emotional intelligence

Course Content:

Unit 1: Strategic Thinking and Business Analysis:

  • What are strategy and strategic planning?
  • Why are strategy and strategic planning important?
  • What are the main conceptual frameworks?
  • External analysis - understanding and analyzing business attractiveness - macroenvironmental factors, growth drivers, competitive forces, market dynamics
  • Benchmarking your own strategic position/competitor analysis
  • Analyzing customers
  • “Thinking backward from the customer”

Unit 2: Internal Analysis and Fusion of Analyses Into Strategic Options:

  • The interface of external and internal analysis
  • Internal analysis: financial
  • Internal analysis; non-financial
  • The concept and practicalities of the “balanced scorecard”
  • Diagnosing strategic problems and opportunities
  • Fusion of analyses into strategic choices - SWOT and the strategy matrix

Unit 3: Strategic Plans and The Relevance of Alliances and Joint Ventures:

  • Review of the tools used so far
  • The content of a strategy: avoiding “paralysis by analysis”
  • Putting a strategic plan together – the 5-page framework
  • A real-life example of a business strategy/strategic plan
  • Strategies for alliances and joint ventures
  • Example of best practice in alliances and joint ventures

Unit 4: Strategic Implementation and Getting The Value Out of Strategy:

  • Effective execution - converting strategic analysis and planning into action
  • Linking strategy with operational objectives
  • Implementation – getting practical things done
  • Strategic planning of your career
  • Creating tomorrow’s organization out of today’s organization
  • Conclusion - the corporate and individual value of strategic thinking

Unit 5: Global Strategy, Teambuilding, and The Management of Internal Communication:

  • The essence of globalization and global strategy
  • Globalization – the strategic dimension
  • Globalization – the organizational dimension
  • Globalization – the human dimension
  • How to build and manage a strategic planning team
  • Communicating strategy through the organization
  • Gaining your team’s commitment and buy-in to the strategy
  • Second-phase work on the main case study
  • Leading High Performing Teams

Unit 6: Teams and Their Leaders:

  • Teams, leaders and managers
  • Key leadership tasks
  • Influence, authority and power
  • Leadership styles and style flexibility
  • Self-awareness
  • Emotional intelligence and rapport

Unit 7: Vision, Direction & Alignment:

  • Creating a shared vision
  • Aims, objectives and goal alignment
  • Developing meaningful objectives and indicators
  • Divergent approaches to problem-solving
  • Communicating a compelling vision
  • Delivering challenging messages       

Unit 8: Team Dynamics:

  • Team development
  • The sociology of the team
  • Characteristics of high-performing teams
  • Balancing team roles
  • Non-traditional team structures
  • Delegation and empowerment

Unit 9: Developing the Team:

  • Learning and competence
  • Building a coherent team
  • Self-managing teams and their challenges
  • Coaching, mentoring and self-directed learning
  • Feedback and appraisal
  • Leveraging team strengths for peak performance       

Unit 10: Performance & Conflict Management:

  • Defining performance
  • Approaches to measuring team and individual performance
  • Performance through the eyes of the customer
  • Performance management: science or art?
  • Conflict as a catalyst for team development
  • Dealing with challenging interpersonal relation