College of the Canyons

 
The Management Academy program runs in the fall semester to provide participants with an opportunity to develop and sharpen their  management skills. It is open to administrators, classified/confidential staff, and fulltime/ adjunct faculty.
 
Program Description
Well-trained managers provide leadership, stability, and motivation for their direct reports and the entire management team.  Frequently, employees are promoted to supervisory or management positions because they are good at the job they’re doing.  But a whole new set of skills is necessary to become an effective manager.  This program is designed to help you develop those critical skills, including effectively working with others, helping your team be productive, resolving conflicts, giving feedback and coaching, assessing professional development needs of your staff, and correcting performance problems.
 
Session Dates (2017)
Sessions will take place on the following Wednesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm:
  1. September 6
  2. September 13
  3. September 20
  4. September 27
  5. October 4
  6. October 11
  7. October 18
  8. October 25
*Participation in all 8 sessions is not required but strongly encouraged.
 
Who should attend?
This program is ideal for:
  •   Employees new to a supervisory or people management role
  •   Employees who have been in the role for a while, but who have had little or no formal management training
  •   Current managers who want to brush up on their skills
  •   Employees who aspire to a management position in the future
 
How To Apply
This program is open to administrators, classified/confidential staff, adjunct faculty and fulltime faculty. If you would like to participate in the Management Academy this fall, please complete the  Management Academy Application 2017.docxManagement Academy Application 2017.docx and submit it via email to Leslie Carr at leslie.carr@canyons.edu by Friday, September 1, 2017.
 
Session Topics

     ·Introduction to Management Basics
What exactly is expected of today’s manager?  This session will provide an overview of the skills expected of today’s manager.  You will leave this session with a solid foundation of management skills, including supervising others, helping a team be productive, resolving conflicts, giving constructive feedback, and delegating tasks and projects.
 
·    Problem Solving & Decision-Making: Root Cause, Risk Assessment, Analyzing Facts
      At this session, you will learn about logical decision-making and how to approach and successfully dismantle problems and challenges.  Participants will learn to assess risks, analyze facts, and anticipate potential road blocks to help inform effective decision-making, identify appropriate solutions, use creativity, evaluate situations and people, predict outcomes, and more.
 
·    Teams and Team Leadership: Building, Motivating and Goal Setting
      The role of the manager, or team leader, is a critical one if a team is to reach its full potential for improving quality, productivity, flexibility and innovation. A good team leader has the ability to help a team overcome numerous challenges. At this session, you will learn ways to encourage and maximize participation and collaboration; build team identity, commitment and trust; skillfully manage group discussion; solve problems and make decisions; and how to effectively resolve internal conflict.
 
·    Legal Considerations: Harassment & Discrimination, Workplace Concerns, Discipline
      At this session, you will receive instruction for recognizing, reporting and resolving sexual harassment in the workplace. This interactive session will create a safe atmosphere for participants to ask questions, learn about consequences, and understand complaint confidentiality and non-retaliation requirements. In addition, you will also learn how to effectively address discrimination and violence in the workplace and general discipline challenges that managers may face.
 
·    Effective Communication Skills
      At this session, you will learn effective oral and written communication skills, and how to develop messages that are complete and provide sufficient context to ensure that the recipient understands your message and what you want them to do with the information received.  You will also learn how to give clear and meaningful feedback to others and understand the importance of following up to ensure that your communications are acted upon appropriately and in within the necessary time frame.
 
·    Key Provisions of Bargaining Unit Contracts, Clarifying Performance Expectations and Preparing Performance Evaluations
The bargaining unit contracts for fulltime faculty, adjunct faculty, classified staff, and administrators contain a variety of information that can sometimes be confusing to interpret and understand.  At this session, the presenter will review highlights of the bargaining unit contracts and answer any questions you may have.  We will also explore the concepts and practices of performance appraisal in organizations and identify ways to link the performance appraisal to overall performance strategies. The presenter will address aligning personal competencies and appropriate language for communicating strengths and weaknesses, how to prepare for employee evaluations, how to communicate corrective action to the employee, and the importance of following up with the employee to ensure compliance and successful progress.
 
·    Effective Project Management
      Managing projects can sometimes feel daunting and overwhelming, with the desired outcomes seemingly unattainable.  However, if you are equipped with the proper project management tools, proven techniques for prioritizing competing projects, and a variety of templates, you will be able to tackle any project with confidence, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude!  The presenters will share with you a variety of tips, tools, and templates that can help you successfully prioritize, plan, and implement current and future projects.
 
·    Facilitating Effective Meetings  
      Managers are often called upon to facilitate meetings, but what are the steps one must take to prepare for and run an effective meeting?  This session will address strategies to help make your meetings efficient, productive, and successful.
 
Questions about the program? 
Please contact Leslie Carr at leslie.carr@canyons.edu or at Ext. 3100.

Download the 2017 Management Academy Program booklet HERE.