Schedule for Upcoming Modules

Each CPM Module consists of two and a half days of instruction. To receive credit towards the certificate, participants must attend all sessions, or make arrangements with the instructor, and complete all required work.

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March 6, 13, 20, 2015
2.5 days, 20 hoursData Analysis & Presentation

Instructor: Josh Lehner

Module Description: Looking to improve your data analysis skills? Wanting to learn how to cut through the noise and find the answers you’re looking for? Search for the best way to show and share your findings?

In this course students will learn how best to approach and analyze different types of data using various techniques and building invaluable workplace skills. Students will also learn how to decide which result(s) to include or emphasize and how to properly convey their findings in the right graph, table or visual in a compelling manner. At each step in the course students will be actively engaged with the use of real world examples and hands-on exercises. This course is designed for working adults and although the very basics of Excel are covered, at least some working knowledge of the program is recommended. However the course is suitable for a wide range of knowledge and experiences.

Topics Covered: Through a wide variety of sources, ranging from budgets to brewery production, students will take actual data sets relevant to their working lives and build a wide range of analysis and presentation skills including:

  • Types of data and analysis
    • Overview of basic Excel skills need, building into moderate to advanced Excel skills
    • How to approach different types of data including time series, cross-sectional and panel data
    • Using one, two or many variables in your analysis
    • How to place the data and findings in the proper context
  • Presentation
    • Choosing the right visual (graph, table, etc) to convey the message
    • How best to format the visual for different data and analyses
    • Speaking tips and presentation focus for different audiences
  • March 6, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to noon
  • March 13, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • March 20, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
April 3, 10, 17, 2015
2.5 days, 20 hoursStrategic Management

Instructor: Ed Warnock

Module Description: This is a module on how to build a strategic plan to lead our organizations to “excellence.” This module focuses on:

  • Defining “excellent performance” 
  • Strategic innovation – breaking out of being compliance driven and risk averse
  • Building a step-by-step plan to achieve excellence
  • Creating and managing projects that improve the business systems, competencies and culture that are prerequisites to reaching strategic goals.

The goal of this module This class is designed to be tactical and pragmatic.

  • Understand how to set inspiring goals and build plans to achieve them
  • Build an understanding of the characteristics, tools and techniques of successful strategy implementation
  • Learn techniques to overcome obstacles and setbacks during a strategy rollout
  • April 3, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • April 10, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • April 17, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to noon

May 1, 15, 22, 2015
2.5 days, 20 hoursOrganizational Behavior and Communication

Instructor: Linda Crafts

Module Description: This module focuses on understanding how one influences human behavior in the workplace. A major emphasis in the module will be on the practice of reframing- the ability to rethink and conceptualize a situation so as to widen one's perspective and available responses, primarily based upon the work of Lee Bolman and Terrance Deal.  Reframing is an important skill for managing people and projects in fast changing, technologically intensive organizations.

We will use four theory-based frames of reference as the foundation for our reframing work together. Using the structural frame, we will examine the effects of work (re) design and (re) structuring on the roles/responsibilities, people and performance of an organization. Using the human resource frame, we will consider interpersonal and group dynamics, communication, and issues of fit between people and organizations. Using the political frame, we will consider issues and sources of power, building coalitions and managing differences. Using the symbolic frame, we will explore the nature of individual leadership, the dynamics of organizational culture, and making sense and meaning of life at work.

  • May 1, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to Noon 
  • May 15, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • May 22, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
June 5, 12, 26, 2015
2.5 days, 20 hoursNegotiating for Success: Creating ‘Win-Win’ Every Day

Instructor: Warren Binford

Module Description: “Negotiating for Success” aims to provide you with the tools you need to navigate every day successfully. Whether negotiating a salary increase with your boss, a new union contract, childcare pick up with your spouse, or the lowest possible sales price for a new car, this module introduces you to the knowledge and skills needed to be a principled negotiator focused on “win-win” solutions. We will use the classic negotiation book, “Getting to Yes,” and enrich the content with related information on gender, race, culture, and other factors that affect negotiations as well as practice skills required for successful negotiations such as active listening. The module will include at least three simulated negotiations.

  • June 5, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to noon
  • June 12, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • June 26, 2015 (Friday): 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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