The Leadership and Management Series provides a foundation of leadership principles and tools for Northwestern's frontline supervisors and managers with at least one direct report. It is offered twice annually: in Evanston during winter and spring and in Chicago during summer and fall.
Participants register to complete the full seven-part series on either campus for $1,054. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided at each workshop. Listed below are the workshop titles and registration information. Workshops may not be taken individually.
Organized around Northwestern's seven-step recruitment process, this workshop provides great tools and resources for expediting the hiring process and making good hiring decisions.
Managing Development Planning™ is a highly interactive, down-to-earth program, drawn directly from the experiences of managers like you.
The purpose of this program is to expand your ability to get results from others and to support their ongoing development by increasing your competence, ease and commitment in conducting career and development conversations with your employees.
The program introduces you to Tools for Development Conversations, including:
1. Career Drivers™: A Career Power Tool
Learn about 11 key career motivators, and how they influence an individual’s career and development decisions. Practice addressing different motivators in a way that increases your employees’ engagement in their development assignments.
2. The Motivation Scale
Finally! — a way to get instant feedback on chances for the success of any development effort. Combined with the Career Drivers™, this simple measure gives you a way to ratchet up an employee’s motivation when their engagement isn’t sufficient to ensure delivery on a goal. Learn new distinctions about development—beyond simple strengths and weaknesses—to help guide development plans with just the right emphasis for any employee.
3. Accomplishments Analysis
“The Swiss Army Knife of Development,” this process has numerous benefits and applications to help you navigate career or on-the-job development discussions.
4. Creating a Development Project
Development projects and assignments are the arena in which people actually grow their skills. Easy-to-use, but important criteria are presented for designing and collaborating on successful, motivated development assignments that address your key priorities while growing your employees’ abilities. Get practice in creating them and coaching others through the process.
5. Coaching Careers
Leave this day with a new toolkit, having practiced how to apply the tools in career conversations.
The most frequent comment on our evaluations: “This is one of the most practical management trainings I’ve ever done!”
A harmonious, productive workplace relationship with your manager is one of the most important factors in your job satisfaction and success. If you work well and communicate effectively with your boss, you’re more likely to remain at your organization and sustain your success there. This highly interactive workshop can help you learn how and why.
In this half-day workshop for managers, attendees will learn: how to educate employees about change more effectively, what behaviors to model for your own staff in times of transition, and how to calm fears and encourage adoption of change.
Interacting with Change provides a lively, interactive demonstration and discussion of the issues involved in communicating and modeling change – with emphasis on the specific actions managers can take to help calm fears, create buy-in, and smooth the path through transition.
Specially trained professional actors, called Interactors℠ (professional actors with special training in interactive learning situations) present realistic workplace encounters - the kind of situations change agents face every day. Participants practice transition management skills by coaching the Interactors, experimenting with ways to improve the conversations shown. A Workplace Interactors facilitator leads discussion and clarifies the necessary behaviors. Everyone gets to see what works and what doesn’t, right on the spot.
It’s an engaging experience in which participants see their own workplace issues brought to life.
The facilitator and Interactors present and demonstrate the learning points. It’s all live, not on video.
Audience: Northwestern supervisors and managers with at least one direct report.
Crucial conversations take place every day in our work. You know the type -- conversations where there are high stakes, differences of opinion, and strong emotion. The difference between mediocre and top performance lies not in strategies, hardware, or even in processes, but in how people handle those difficult conversations. At the heart of all problems in a team or organization are conversations that are either not being handled, or not being handled well.
This practical and powerful two-day workshop is based upon a top-ten best-selling business book, Crucial Conversations.