Management Skills & Techniques: Goal Setting, Planning & Task Management
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Maintaining a high level of productivity in today's successful organizations takes work and continuous learning in a variety of management skills and techniques. To be successful in daily work tasks, knowledge and skills in management techniques must be learned, practiced and implemented. People in all types of organizations find themselves needing to find more productive methods of planning work and tasks, setting appropriate goals, using good interpersonal skills and using effective means of making decisions. A focus on using productive practices allows for effective and efficient management of work and making changes in the organization.
The purpose of this comprehensive program is to assist in furthering one's ability to set goals, plan work and tasks, manage time, make good decisions and work more productively with others. The program offers a range of practical and highly effective techniques and tools that can be implemented in any workplace. It will build confidence in one's ability, increase ability to lead people and build skill to apply management concepts and techniques. One week of this seminar focuses on the concepts, principles and challenges of task and work planning, with additional topics on time and stress management and how human interaction skill impacts on our effectiveness. The second week establishes a focus on key management skills such as setting goals and objectives, establishing performance standards, decision making processes and change management.
- Use simple frameworks for planning, including allocating and managing priorities, scheduling work, working proactively and reactively and project planning
- Understand and develop skills necessary to get assigned work completed on time.
- Use basic planning project tools to plan work strategy
- Set goals and targets effectively and efficiently
- Learn how to establish and maintain task deadlines
- Understand the characteristics of colleagues who assist in our work assignments
- Develop positive interpersonal techniques for better management of our work
- Learn how to plan work balancing the constraints of time, cost, scope and quality
- Understand the role of stakeholders in a project and learn techniques of stakeholder management
- Develop techniques to deal with organizational change, including delegation and empowerment
- Develop communication and human interaction skills with others
- Understand and develop skills necessary to set goals in a strategic and organizational context
- Consider methods of improving decision making
- Understand how delegation can be used in setting of goals and planning
- Identify decision making processes and how they impact on organizations
- Develop the ability to make higher quality decisions as individuals and teams
Effective Time, Task & Work Planning
Our changing world - personal assessment
- What do I hope to achieve?
- How will I achieve it?
- What has changed in work and life?
- What other changes can we expect?
- How do we manage this?
- What are the implications for me and for others?
- Balancing life and work
Why time matters and how your use of time affects others
- How am I using my time?
- What are my time wasters?
- Time logging
- Why do I put things off?
- Ways that other people use time
- Time lines - how do I view time?
- How does my use of time affect others?
Work planning and project management
- Work management methods diagnostic
- Pressures on work plans - time, quality, cost
- The planning process
- Planning work in progress
- Analyzing and managing risk
- Contingency planning
- Problem solving techniques
Practical techniques for managing time wasters
- Managing paperwork, real and virtual
- Managing travel
- Managing meetings
- Making the best use of the phone.
- Using the diary - the key time management tool.
- Managing Interruptions
Making it all work
- Work planning practical
- Testing your plan
- Analyzing your strengths and needs
- Developing your personal development plan
Goal Setting, Planning & Decision Making
Current Status of Setting Goals, Planning and Decision Making
- Course purpose, goals and objectives
- Overview and context of organizational change and the impact on goals, planning and decision making
- Understanding of the current status of the organization, team and personal work
- Review of management processes and skill areas
- Using a planning process to set goals and get work started
Importance of Goal Setting and Planning Management
- Integrating goals, scope, work structure and management planning
- Identifying initial resource requirements
- Identifying risk techniques that affect work assignments, priorities and deadlines
- Communication that responds to: who, what where, when, how, why
- Understanding the importance of quality planning in work assignments
Setting Priorities and Making Decisions in the Planning Process
- Using planning to ensure task priorities are established
- Planning for time management, scheduling and meeting deadlines
- Integrating the functions into a final work plan
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Planning for delegation responsibility and authority
- Techniques for making good decisions
Working with Your Team
- Identifying skills required to obtain the help of others
- The importance of group skills to achieve team success
- The importance of interpersonal skills in making personal and team decisions
- Empowering the team through delegation and decision making
- The importance of effective communication in team relations
Developing Personal and Team Change Action Plans
- Innovation and improvement for personal and team change
- Identification of change processes and human change
- Techniques to set personal and team change goals
- Dealing with people who do not want change
- Developing an action plan for personal and team change
A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:
- (30%) Based on Case Studies
- (30%) Techniques
- (30%) Role Play
- (10%) Concepts
- Pre-test and Post-test
- Variety of Learning Methods
- Case Studies and Self Questionaires
- Group Work
Who should attend
The course is designed for team leaders, supervisors or anyone who is an acting or aspiring leader in any sector of industry and/or business, including the service industry. The course is appropriate for those who desire to learn effective management skills and techniques to be able to better manage their work, as well as work of others. Persons who are business planners, technical professionals and engineers moving into management positions would find this seminar valuable.