Management Training Programs
When creating management training programs, while every program is going to be somewhat unique depending on your organization, your employees and your industry, the following are some general guidelines to get you started:
- Before you begin developing management training programs it’s important to have a clear idea of your organizational needs. Begin by assessing performance gaps in terms of your employees and your workforce, and then look to gaps in opportunities and growth. This will help guide your training program.
- Many people believe assessments are for after training is completed, but they’re also useful to help you create training. Issue self-assessments to give a better idea of where your employees currently are so you can compare this to where you’d like them to be.
- Define what it is to be a manager within your organization. You can look to management programs from other businesses, but it’s also important to determine what’s really going to be the most meaningful skills for your managers to possess.
- Once you have the above steps in place you can start to develop your training materials. Gather files like PDFs, PowerPoints and videos that you may want to include in your management training program.
- Decide how you will implement this type of training. This is where you’ll likely turn to an e-Learning solution to save both time and money.
Areas to Address in Management Training Programs
Again, management training can vary based on your organization and your needs, but there are some generalized areas that should be addressed when you’re creating training programs for current and future managers.
- Leadership skills: This can be a broad area to address but it frequently covers things like how to delegate tasks and how to motivate employees. Leadership skills often address the core competencies needed by a manager.
- Critical thinking: Critical thinking skills are extremely important to managers. e-Learning provides a number of great tools that can help you foster and strengthen employees’ critical thinking skills, particularly through the use of features like discussion boards and forums, scenarios and case studies.
- Communication: Managers and organizational leaders must be equipped with communication skills, so often manager training will incorporate elements of emotional intelligence and effective communication. Also along these lines are skills relating to the ability to collaborate and not only lead others but also work with them.
- Project Management: With project management-related elements of management training it’s often wise to include cross-training so that your leaders have the ability to understand and take on a variety of roles within their position.
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