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Management Development Program

4 Full Days  |  2.4 CEUs
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Program Description

The Management Development Program modules cover important knowledge and skills required by effective managers. Each module is highly interactive and includes hands-on activities such as short cases, group exercises, and role-plays.

~ Communicating Effectively

In this module, participants learn to communicate more effectively with subordinates and superiors by identifying and removing common barriers. A key element in the information age is the ability to be able to identify the appropriate forms of communication for different messages. Cases and discussion will be used to understand: verbal and non-verbal communication, gender communication differences, use of e-mail in the organization, skill of listening, use of power in management, and manager as salesperson.

~ Managing Conflict

Workplace conflict is common in organizations. To manage this issue effectively and reduce the loss of productivity, organizations are looking for specific strategies to identify and manage conflict. In this module, participants will practice strategies that will enable them to add value to their organizations by using conflict to move forward, rather than allowing disagreements to become counterproductive. Participants learn to: use tools for reaching an agreement quickly, identify techniques that raise issues needing to be addressed constructively before they negatively impact work relationships or corporate results, and practice resolving conflict techniques by participating in role play activities.

~ The Role of Manager

This module examines how to manage workers more effectively by understanding the functions of management. Participants learn to recognize the need to balance the roles and functions in order to successfully achieve individual and organizational goals. Specific topics include: discussion of four types of management activity, assessing value of managerial roles, identifying relationship between management skills and management levels, analyzing management's priorities, learning keys to management success, and conducting a motivation planning session.

~ Results Driven Leadership

Effective managers must understand the principles of effective leadership, and identify their own style of leadership. They must also recognize the need for flexibility when leading employees and the consequences of failing to change their style. Module topics include: the art and science of leadership as an influence process, difference between management and leadership, leadership theory, charismatic leadership, transactional vs. transformational leadership, and guidelines for effective team leadership.

~ Value-based Time Management

Managing time based upon proven techniques helps an organization use its resources better. This becomes an element of an organization's strategy to gain competitive advantage. Knowledge and skill combined with quality and service opens the door to greater profits, but speed keeps the door open. Session topics include: analyzing time utilization patterns, managing through effective prioritization and delegation, comparing/contrasting 24 time efficiency techniques, finding ways to improve time management by using better prioritization strategies, discussing options for eliminating time wasters, and considering approaches to business process improvement.

~ Leading Effective Meetings

The ability to lead effective meetings is a fundamental attribute of the effective manager. Successful interaction among individuals, focused on organizational goals, is built not only during meetings, but also prior to and after the meetings. In this module, participants will: discuss the purpose and use of meetings to build agreement, clarify expectations, and formulate organizational goals; discuss the meeting agenda as a performance enhancement tool; identify processes to manage the group dynamics involved in meetings; and discuss how appropriate meeting minutes can save time, enhance performance, and promote achievement of meeting goals.

~ Retaining and Motivating

Retaining and motivating employees is among the most significant management challenges today because people consider themselves to be free agents. It begins with hiring the right people for the organization. This is both a science and an art. Module take-aways include: a list of questions that should be asked in every interview, a questionnaire that will help determine employee fit, a list of ways to motivate different generations, an assessment of personal criteria for challenging tasks, and a framework for the 18 ways to energize employees.

~ Managing Change

In the 21st century, world change is inevitable and constant. We must not only be able to manage change, but to lead our subordinates in coping with and perhaps even embracing change. Participants will learn to: establish a vantage point for change management, differentiate among six different kinds of change, assess how people react to change (including self-assessment), identify and deal with signs of resistance, and develop a four-part strategy for managing change.

~ Decision Making for Managers

Managing involves decision making. Participants will understand the elements of effective individual decision making, as well as techniques for involving subordinates in decision making when appropriate. Module goals include: methods of managing participation in decision making, using new tools for decision making, identifying priorities for individual development in decision making skills, developing skills in analytical decision making, and improving personal time management through more efficient decision making.


This program is designed for anyone transitioning into a managerial role and for managers that want to enhance their effectiveness.


Any of the executive education programs offered by the Hudson Center of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education (HCEEE) can be delivered to your organization at your location Please contact us for more information.

Program Fee

Program fee varies based on the size of your group and includes tuition, instructional materials and lunch. Please contact us for more information.


Lori Allen-Ford, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Lori Allen-Ford is an assisstant professor in Human Resources at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University. She has taught Human Resources, Organizational Behavior and Business Communications to undergraduates at Florida Atlantic University and Human Resources and Total Rewards (Compensation and Benefits) in the MBA program at Nova. Lori holds a Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University, a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University and undergraduate degrees in both Business Administration and Economics.

Dr. Ford has over 25 years of private sector experience while living and working in Europe, Australia and the U.S. After working in the financial systems area for 10 years, she transitioned into Human Resources where she has worked at the executive level for several major corporations and been a private consultant in the U.S. and abroad. While she has worked in various roles within HR, Lori's specializations are in the areas of international human resources and compensation, developing and managing programs for all levels of employees.

Bryan J. Deptula, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Bryan J. Deptula is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management at Nova Southeastern University. He holds a Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University, a M.B.A. from Suffolk University, a BA in Economics from University of Delaware, attended INSEAD University in France for Corporate Education (CEDEP), and served as a member on the Executive Panel for Alumni Council at Suffolk University.

Bryan specializes in the study organizational behavior, development of effective leaders and followers, mentoring and developmental relationships, and human resources.

He is published in the Leadership Quarterly and is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association; and has presented research at the Western Academy of Management.

Before joining the faculty, Bryan was an executive and trainer with over 14 years industry experience. As a Director at First Choice LLC, his leadership role involved developing and delivering continuing education on management skills and leadership, training, and employee development programs; writing sales manual for national sales meetings and personally training over 2000 individuals at weeklong and weekend conferences and forums.

Comments From Past Participants

"A must do for 'new managers'. Great information and techniques that can be applied to real life."
Sabrina Sweet, Team Leader | American Express

"The program was excellent. I recommend that the District continue to offer this type of management development program."
Melissa Latus, District Supervisor | Miami-Dade County Public Schools

"The course is great for those wanting to learn more about future management opportunities; highly recommend it."
Consuelo Nodar, Federal Investigator | EEOC

"Excellent program for developing better managers and leaders."
Joel Roberts, Personnel Manager | Freeport Container Port

Course Customization

Using core programs, we can customize the material to fit your corporate training needs. With our extensive resources and program facilitators, we will design a program that is tailored to fit your specified objectives and requirements.

Contact Information

For additional program information, please contact us at:

Hudson Center of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue, Carl DeSantis Building, Suite 2088
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314
Tel: 954.262.5119
Toll Free: 800.672.7223, ext. 25119
Fax: 954.262.3188

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