Supervisor Essentials Series

Leadership training for up-and-coming or existing leaders

Supervisor Essentials Series

Today’s supervisors are accountable for managing a broad set of responsibilities while at the same time leading, coaching, and motivating a team. This is no easy task given the often-conflicting expectations that regularly come from a variety of sources.

Having confident and skilled leaders in place can enhance your organization’s ability to attract and retain top talent while boosting overall productivity and engagement. Our Supervisor Essentials Series consists of ten carefully selected topic areas.

We take pride in offering interactive, discussion-based virtual classes led by expert facilitators. Participants will develop practical skills, strategies, and tactical tools they can immediately apply in the workplace.


Who should attend this series?

New supervisors or group-leaders looking to expand their skill set beyond technical

Team members in a leadership pipeline on a succession path

Experienced supervisors seeking a refresher of current practices and tools


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Class Descriptions

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Class 1: The Emerging Role of the Supervisor

This interactive session explores the complexities of the supervisory role and the skills required to succeed. Discussions center around expectations placed on the supervisor by the company, staff and peers. Participants are exposed to the expanded skill set required to succeed – which includes technical aspects, human relations, conceptual thinking, communication and decision-making skills. One key benefit of this series is the opportunity for participants to incrementally build elements of an Individual Development Plan (IDP) after each session and begin planning for a productive development conversation with their manager upon the completion of the complete series.

Identify the major differences between the individual contributor and leadership roles, and the impact on internal relationships

Describe the concept of “managing up” - clarifying priorities early and often

View peer organizations as internal customers who also need to be satisfied

Discover how to manage expectations of management, employees and customers

Begin to create your Individual Development Plan (IDP) to sustain learning beyond this series

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Class 2: Effective Communications

This engaging program provides leaders with specific tools and techniques for improving listening skills, delivering effective messages and bridging diverse communication styles.

Identify the components of an effective communication process

Discover the power of non-verbal communication

Explore how physical and social settings affect the verbal

Review the mental barriers to listening

Evaluate your own listening skills and practice active listening

Develop communication techniques to influence team and decision makers

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Class 3: Developing a Leadership Style

This program explores the concept of leadership in very personal and highly interactive ways. Participants will gain a better understanding of the important role of a leader as they also benefit from a heightened awareness of their own approach to the role. Situational leadership – an ability to flex personal style to fit a situation – is a major theme. The focus is to develop skills and insight that allows the individual to understand, accept and optimize the leadership role to influence their team.

Explore different leadership styles and learn how and when to use them

Identify the differences between “Manager” and “Leader”

Identify and evaluate your personal leadership style

Assess the development level of those you lead

Discover how to flex your style to influence and motivate staff performance

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Class 4: Setting Priorities, Defining Objectives and Managing Time

This program identifies and reinforces the skills of setting goals and priorities with ample practice and feedback. Techniques for overcoming barriers and planning for the unexpected are demonstrated and reinforced. The importance of business planning and aligning team efforts are also discussed and supported throughout.

Discover strategies for effective personal goal development, and approaches for prioritizing and completing tasks

Write and communicate business goals that are visionary, motivational and unifying

Write and communicate meaningful S.M.A.R.T. objectives, supportive of the overall direction of the group and larger organization

Anticipate barriers to success and prepare to minimize those barriers by planning for the unexpected utilizing S.W.O.T. analysis

Informally assess the strengths and shortcomings of your current team

Gain essential time-management techniques to apply immediately on the job

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Class 5: Today's Legal Environment

This program is designed to help participants understand how employment laws work in the real world - and how they apply very directly to the day-to-day duties, decisions and interactions of managers and supervisors. Virtually all risk related to employment law violation lies with uneducated or undereducated management. A primary focus is to enlighten participants as to how employment laws are broken every day – inadvertently – by leaders who think they’re making sound business decisions, and who would never intentionally discriminate.

Review the basics of primary federal and state employment laws

Discuss how these laws relate to your day-to-day duties as a manger or supervisor

Recognize situations that pose a legal risk to the organization

Describe how your perceptions, attitudes and opinions impact decision making

Explain your responsibility for minimizing risk by responding promptly and appropriately to prevent workplace discrimination and harassment.

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Class 6: Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution

This interactive program provides managers with the tools to define, assess, manage and resolve problems and workplace conflict. Participants gain insight into their personal style in the problem-solving process and techniques to help become better decision makers. The desired outcome is recognition of the manager’s role in turning conflict into a positive force for the company.

Discover personal tendencies for solving problems

Apply methods for problem solving that are valid in virtually any situation

Examine the nature of conflict in the workplace

Identify choices available for constructively dealing with conflict

Practice skills and techniques for avoiding destructive conflict

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Class 7: Coaching and Developing your People

A strong leader knows how to leverage individual team member’s strengths and develop their limitations. With this dynamic skillset, supervisors can be transformed into stronger performing leaders.

Create an inventory of team's strengths and improve on their areas of opportunity

Discover how to address problems with underperforming staff effectively

Review best practices on how to develop, coach, and support your employees

Describe the difference between coaching and mentoring, and when to use each

Review how to identify sources of possible performance issues

Identify steps to conduct a thorough corrective action discussion

Examine steps to conducting an effective performance appraisal

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Class 8: Building your Team

This interactive program reviews the key ingredients for effective teamwork and the supervisor’s role in keeping a team on track. Discussions center on the challenges of guiding a team to outstanding performance, while avoiding the pitfalls that often derail team efforts.

Examine the concept of a shared purpose and why it matters

Identify pros and cons of a team approach and when to best use

Describe the traits and qualities most valuable to a strong team

Recognize the team development life cycle and methods for guiding your team to high performance

Discuss steps to keep teams energized, on-track and integrated with the business at large

Apply learning concepts to an in-class team case study that applies key learning concepts covered in this series

Examine a process to redirect team conflict towards constructive rather than destructive results

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Class 9: Impactful Interviewing

Effective managers know they can’t work hard enough to make up for poor performers on their team. Successful organizations also recognize that finding people who fit their culture and performance expectations happen during the recruiting and selection process, not in the training room! Recognizing the key principles of selection, how to identify the essential skills the organization requires and properly assess if the interviewee possesses those skills is a critical leadership competency.

Identify the key skills required for your organization’s job opening

Describe the key behaviors essential for success in your organization

Identify the necessary elements of a successful interview agenda

Discover key components of the interviewing process and how to structure your approach to interviewing

Demonstrate the proper way to phrase acceptable interview questions

Describe how to appropriately interpret candidate responses

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Class 10: Presentation Skills- Presenting Clear Messages

This program is designed to provide public speakers with the confidence, skill and strategies to make effective presentations in small or large groups. It can be used to prepare a sales team for a standardized presentation or speakers for organizational events. It will also refresh and refine the skills of the occasional public speaker.

Identify the critical elements of audience pre-assessment

Examine the connection between preparation and anxiety reduction

Explore methods to refine presentation objectives and narrow the focus for maximum impact

Gain exposure to the wide choices of presentation media and determine how to make choices consistent with the message and audience

Obtain practical experience by preparing and making a brief presentation

Give and receive targeted peer and instructor presentation feedback in a fun, non-threatening setting

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