Management Development Program Curriculum

WiM's Management Development Program (MDP) is comprised four weeks of virtual sessions.

Week I



Monday, October 5, 2020
1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Women in Leadership

Session Objectives:

  • Understand the challenges that women face as they pursue leadership positions
  • Build skills that enhance your development as a leader
  • Use your natural strengths to build and maintain a strong team
  • Implement a plan to target the leadership skills you most want to improve
  • Develop your personal/professional vision

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
1:00pm – 4:30pm EST

Learning to Manage

Session Objectives:

  • Understand how to make the transition into management
  • Avoid the common pitfalls that derail new managers
  • Discover how to communicate effectively up and down your organization
  • Explore ways to effectively delegate work and encourage employee development
  • Identify how to manage task-related and interpersonal crises
  • Develop self-awareness and determine the support you need to successfully manage employees

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
1:00pm-3:00pm EST

Using Your Strengths

Session Objectives:

  • Recognize StrengthsFinder themes in themselves and others
  • Plan how to use their strengths to be more effective at work
  • Strategize a plan to use their team members' strengths to work more effectively
  • Examine how to manage their weaknesses in order to focus on their strengths

Thursday, October 8, 2020
1:00pm – 5:00pm EST

Navigating Difficult Conversations  

Session Objectives:

  • Understand the nature of difficult conversations and what it takes to handle them
  • Identify the seven stages of handling difficult conversations
  • Use empathy in a way that minimizes negative responses and strengthens relationships
  • Apply best practices for preparing, initiating, and delivering the conversation
  • Discover how to generate solutions and bring the conversation to a close

Friday, October 9, 2020
1:00pm-5:00pm EST

Ongoing Performance Management  

Session Objectives:

  • Differentiate between ongoing performance development and annual performance appraisals
  • Recognize the benefits of using a systematic approach to performance management
  • Create a performance management plan
  • Establish objective measurements of performance
  • Hold productive performance conversations and avoid conversation minefields
  • Evaluate your own performance as a developer of your employees
Week II



Monday, October 12, 2020
3:00pm – 4:30pm EST

Assertiveness Skills

Session Objectives:

  • Develop your tolerance for risk and overcome fears
  • Conduct a formal and informal risk analysis
  • Plan for and manage the negative consequences of risk
  • Build resilience and learn from mistakes
  • Leverage success and examine lessons learned
Week III

Monday, October 19, 2020
3:00pm – 4:30pm EST

Effective Risk Taking

Session Objectives:

  • Identify the characteristics of effective risk takers
  • Discuss the important part that risk taking has for your careers
  • Develop your risk taking capabilities
  • Plan for success, but build from failure
  • Communicate your risks effectively to others and gain their support
Week IV



Monday, November 9, 2020
1:00pm – 5:00pm EST

Dynamic Presentations

Session Objectives:

  • Create solution -driven presentations for your audience
  • Communicate clearly and with confidence
  • Manage challenging situations and audience questions
  • Use your verbal and non-verbal skills to maximize your presentation
  • Learn techniques to overcome anxiety

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
1:00pm-5:00pm EST

Behavioral Interviews 

Session Objectives:

  • Identify general competencies and translate them into performance criteria
  • Recognize the characteristics of, and effectively develop, behavioral-based questions
  • Explore useful techniques for reviewing resumes
  • Identify the elements to look for in candidates’ answers to behavioral-based questions
  • Follow a structured method for evaluating candidates objectively

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Coaching for Performance

Session Objectives:

  • Use a model to assess performance potential and develop an appropriate coaching response
  • Apply a coaching process to successfully deal with performance issues and develop mutually agreeable plans for improvement
  • Identify the characteristics of effective feedback and use a mirroring technique to provide both positive and negative feedback in a coaching situation
  • Determine when it is appropriate to use “quick” coaching versus “in-depth” skills/results coaching

Thursday, November 12, 2020
1:00pm-3:00pm EST

Finance for the Non-Financial Manager

Session Objectives:

  • Demonstrate greater confidence with a working knowledge of the numbers aspect of business
  • Understand key components of a company’s financial statement and health

Friday, November 13, 2020
1:00pm-3:30pm EST

Practical Project Management 

Session Objectives:

  • Carry out the four stages of a project
  • Understand what makes a project succeed
  • Initiate and define a project
  • Plan steps to move a project forward
  • Keep a project on track
    Bring a project to a close and evaluate its success


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