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Managerial Essentials starts Sept. 6

University Human Resources Leadership and Staff Development announced they are now accepting nominations and applications for their professional development program designed for improving managerial skills. The program starts Sept. 6 and ends May 16, 2014. 

The Managerial Essentials program emphasizes interactive learning from experts in their fields. Participants will experience networking opportunities while enhancing their management skills with practical "nuts and bolts" information. 

Each of the 12 sessions will examine one or two management topics per session and are intended to provide the essential information needed to be an efficient and effective manager. Session topics include:


•Emotional Intelligence

•Difficult Conversations

•Motivation & Budget

•Project and Time Management

•Maintaining Your Team 

•Performance Management

•Employment Performance and Law

•Customer Service Excellence

•Diversity & Workplace Climate

•Strategic Planning 

•Change Management

•Conflict Management

"The program develops participant's skills, knowledge and attitude, and helps them fulfill their roles as a manager, role model and employee. We continue to develop and improve it and I hope we have another great mix of attendees for this next round," said program coordinator Teri Combs. "We are very pleased that we have had more than 70 participants complete the program. This is an opportunity for professional development, networking, and learning from your peers (within and outside of the University)."

The upcoming Managerial Essentials program cohort is designed for Ohio University, Hocking College, City of Athens and Athens County employees, but is also helpful to employees of non-profit organizations who operate on state and federal funding.

The program includes a dozen 3.5-hour sessions, several self-assessments (e.g., knowledge, personality, skill); a program binder, handouts, and job aids. The program costs $350 for non-Ohio University employees, $100 for Ohio University employees and $35 for individual sessions. 

Nominations may be submitted by supervisors or aspiring participants with supervisor approval. The cohort is limited to 48 participants.

Ultimately, the goal of each session is to empower an employee to do their job better in the following areas: 

• Networking and utilizing the people resources discovered within the university, Hocking College, Athens city and county offices, and participating nonprofit organizations

• Enhanced self awareness and the ability to capitalize on individual and team strengths 

• Communication skills including emotional intelligence, preparing for and delivering difficult conversations, and conflict management

• Understanding the role of change management and strategic management within an organization

• Addressing the power of and the need for diversity in the workplace

• Discussing policies of interest and compliance regarding ADA, FMLA, Fair Labor Standards, etc.

Program completion (10 of the 12 sessions) will result in a Managerial Essentials Certificate of Completion and graduates will be eligible to participate in ongoing professional development sessions as an extension of their managerial and leadership development. 

For more information, please visit the Human Resources website or contact Teri Combs at combst@ohio.edu (740-593-1617) or Brent Patterson at pattersj@ohio.edu (740-593-4472).