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Excelling as a Manager or Supervisor
The supervisory fundamentals you need to know to achieve management success

Program Description:
One-Day Seminar
In Excelling as a Manager or Supervisor, you’ll learn ...
  • Actions you can take that will establish your authority, boost your credibility and earn respect
  • 5 surefire ways leaders gain the commitment and cooperation of workers
  • How to manage up the ladder — tips for communicating with your boss and other executives
  • How to conduct a fair and constructive performance evaluation
  • And much more

This intensive day focuses on the unique challenges you face every day in your job and offers solutions to help you fully achieve your potential — not just as a manager or supervisor, but as a true leader who commands respect, commitment and credibility.


New or not, making the leap from worker to supervisor

  • What it takes to be a manager: An overview of your day-to-day responsibilities
  • Why it’s important to “take charge” and put your best foot forward from the beginning—and a half-dozen tips for doing just that
  • A dozen actions you can take that will immediately establish your authority, boost your credibility and earn respect
  • The subtle do’s and don’ts in the relationship boundaries between you and your boss
  • Drawing the line on social relationships with those you manage
  • 10 common management missteps you’ll want to avoid

Why leadership is an essential ingredient of management

  • Why bosses turn people off—and leaders turn people on
  • 5 sure-fire ways leaders gain the commitment and cooperation of workers
  • The advantages of being available and visible to workers
  • How to develop your natural leadership ability to spark passion in workers—and in other managers
  • Understanding the long-term benefits of developing and mentoring employees
  • How to develop and assert your leadership abilities in group or team situations

Indispensable everyday management skills

  • How to keep track of employees’ progress on a project without giving the appearance that you’re checking up on them
  • Interviewing tips for choosing candidates who will work to achieve the organization’s goals and take pride in turning in a quality performance
  • How to make delegating a natural, comfortable part of your supervisory routine
  • How to develop coaching skills that help employees reach their full productivity potential
  • Together Everyone Achieves More—how to turn a diverse group of people into an empowered, smooth-functioning team
  • Techniques for putting your creative problem-solving ability to work in supervisory situations that call for innovative solutions
  • A 5-step approach to identifying and solving any problem
  • An overview of EEO and sexual harassment guidelines every manager must know

Make things happen: Boosting worker enthusiasm and commitment

  • How to increase productivity by effectively assessing workers’ skills and matching them to work assignments
  • Using praise effectively: Why how you praise is as important as the praise itself
  • Pointing workers at the bull’s-eye: How to craft goals that workers can aim for and achieve
  • The top 10 ways to harness inborn worker motivation to accomplish organizational goals and produce quality work
  • How to put the greatest management principle in the world into practice to save you and your employees countless hours of frustration and unnecessary work

Getting the job done right and on time: How to manage projects and priorities

  • Understanding the concept of important versus urgent: How to define your productivity payoffs and take action for success
  • Understanding the Project Life Cycle—a step-by-step map to project success
  • 9 steps for defining and planning any project
  • The single key to understanding how to manage multiple projects
  • How to use your goals to set your daily priorities

Communication skills that make the difference

  • The 10 keys to leading successful meetings
  • How to deliver your message clearly and concisely in a memo or letter
  • How to manage up the ladder—tips for communicating effectively with your boss and other executives
  • Using your listening skills to create a caring, understanding workplace
  • How to give criticism and negative feedback without provoking workers
  • 6 tips for overcoming the most common supervisor-employee communication barriers
  • How to make presentations that captivate, persuade and push people to action

Correcting problem behavior and poor performance

  • Strategies for getting to the root causes of poor performance
  • A step-by-step approach to firing employees who don’t measure up
  • How to conduct a fair and constructive performance evaluation—and what to do when workers disagree with your assessment of their performance
  • Easy methods for overcoming tardiness and absenteeism
  • The 2 key behavior modification techniques that are successful in turning around unacceptable performance
  • Mistakes happen: How to discipline employees and set up an improvement plan that allows growth and learning to occur

Controlling conflict in the workplace

  • How to save face when an employee sets you up or publicly tries to embarrass you
  • How to handle an employee who disagrees with something you want done or the way you want it to be done
  • How to handle employee complaints about working conditions
  • How to deal with employees who constantly complain they have too much work
  • How to deal with employee disagreements without escalating the problem
  • How to avoid the conditions that foster employee conflict

Supervisor, manage thyself

  • Dealing with interruptions, procrastination and other time robbers: 9 tips for budgeting your time to multiply the results you get from every day
  • How to keep your cool and stay motivated even in the most heated moments
  • Putting the brakes on stress even when tight deadlines and tough situations have you working at fast-forward speed
  • Why it’s important to your career to stop fighting and start facing change
  • How to bear the emotional burden of supervisory nightmares
  • Building your assertiveness: How to project self-confidence without coming across as arrogant or pushy
  • Developing an “I’m-OK” attitude: How to put an end to self-defeating thoughts and negative attitudes that keep you from achieving your peak


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