Leadership Development Seminars and ecq-based Readings

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University of Washington

Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives

Today it has become even more critical to understand the key concepts and techniques of financial analysis to make better business decisions for optimal results. Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Executives provides professionals with an understanding of the numbers side of business. In this certificate program you will learn how to use financial information in real-life management situations.

This three-day seminar introduces essential financial management techniques for effective decision-making and provides a solid understanding of corporate finance. It equips professionals with a comprehensive working knowledge of financial principles and a strong foundation in financial management analysis. You will learn to interpret crucial financial data in ways that will enable you to improve your personal effectiveness and make a more productive corporate contribution. The program will give you the opportunity to meet with peers, share experiences and expand their business knowledge.

Dates: May 16-18, 2012

Location: UW campus

Fee: $2,475
For more information on this course please contact 202-543-8560
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University of Wisconsin - Madison

Business Acumen and Strategy for Managers

Many successful, critical thinking decision making executives have difficulty bridging the gap between functional expertise and general management skills. All too often, the specialized skills that made them invaluable in their former role become far less useful in a general management role, while the need for general business skills and decision making tools increases.
This skill is often referred to as “business acumen,” which is described as an intuitive understanding of how companies make money and a realization that a compelling vision can be effectively translated into an actionable strategy. We have all met people who have this ability, and we understand that this skill will carry these people much further than specialized expertise alone. This course will “jump start” your business acumen, help you develop compelling business strategies and a communications plan.

Learn how to:

  • Gain a realistic picture of your company’s position, market, and potential

  • Examine the external environment and understand how external changes affect your company’s ability to succeed

  • Analyze business in relation to your key competitors and what the future will look like

  • Understand how to measure the performance of your business, using standards that are highly correlated with value creation

  • Integrate your competitive analysis and financial metrics to improve your business decision making

  • Create an actionable business strategy, create stakeholder buy-in and a complete strategy implementation map

  • Improve your business skills by learning the right financial terminology

Program Dates: June 3-5, 2013; October 14-16, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,895 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives

This course provides two-and-one-half days of expert instruction, engaging discussion and real-world case studies designed to help you strengthen your business acumen and master the financial language of business. You’ll join in lively discussions with experienced moderators who will take you beyond intimidating financial terms and tools and show you what the numbers really mean…and how you can use them to your advantage.
With the powerful knowledge gained during this session, you’ll be able to:

    • Strengthen your business acumen for a better understanding of how your business works

    • Avoid problems and seize opportunities by understanding how your department’s decisions affect other departments and, in turn, how their choices affect yours

    • Get your projects approved easily by backing up your proposals with solid financial information

    • Acquire valuable insight into the operations of your competitors and suppliers by interpreting their financial statements (You’ll better understand your own company’s operations and objectives, too!)

    • Acquire and maintain control over cash using proven cash management techniques

    • Create a useful departmental budget that will easily integrate into organizational budgeting process

    • Find out how Return on Assets (ROA) and Return on Equity (ROE) can be used and assess whether you are building value in your organization

    • Understand the difference between internally and externally reported financial information, and the strengths and weaknesses of each

    • Make timely, cost-effective decisions and identify appropriate initiatives and projects when you know what drives costs in your organization

    • Improve the profitability of your department and your company, and be seen as a knowledgeable professional who is capable of taking a greater leadership role in your organization

Program Dates: February 6-8, 2013; March 18-20, 2013; May 8-10, 2013; July 10-12, 2013;

September 9-11, 2013; October 21-23, 2013; December 4-6, 2013

Program Tuition: $2,095 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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IT Business Alignment: Bridging the Gap Between Technology and Business Strategy

In today’s business climate, everyone understands the need to shorten the time to act on business opportunities or react from industry threats. IT is a critical tool to help support business strategy. Unfortunately, IT investment and implementation isn’t always aligned with the business needs. Participants completing this course will have the tools and knowledge needed to prevent misalignment and achieve measurable business benefit.

You will learn to:

    • Demystify IT to others and show its value to the business model and strategic objectives

    • Understand project portfolio analysis and determine initiatives that need the greatest focus, resources

    • Be able to better use technology to increase revenues, productivity and efficiency

    • Identify tools that help diagnose IT misalignment and learn how to use them to remedy problems

    • Maximize asset utilization and extract every dollar from enterprise systems

    • Develop people to ask the right questions about IT and business strategy

Program Dates: April 30-May 1, 2013; October 24-25, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,395 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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Financial Analysis Techniques
This course will teach more than how to calculate equity cost of capital, the rules of GAAP financial statements, or the best way to determine indirect cash flow. This intensive, highly focused course will also teach techniques to help you communicate more effectively with investors, lenders, and others you deal with in business on a daily basis. This two-day course also uses case studies and analyzes actual financial statements to deliver the valuable insights you need to:

    • Create effective financial forecasts and models

    • Develop approaches to estimating your cost of capital, net cash flow, and equity value

    • Evaluate the quality of reported earnings

    • Identify adjustments to financial statements which may improve transparency

    • Assess cash flow needs through cash flow calculation and cash flow analysis

    • Link operational changes to shareholder value

    • Incorporate financial measures to determine management’s performance and efficiency

    • Review the effective use of ratio analysis

Program Dates: May 22-23, 2013; September 18-19, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,395 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357

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Supply Chain Leadership
Supply chains are extraordinarily complex and no single solution exists to resolve all issues that arise. This course contains no fads, no silver bullets, no three-letter acronyms and no wishful thinking. Diagnosing supply chain problems, incorporating quality into strategic planning, quantifying improvement opportunities, and leading improvement initiatives requires difficult data analysis, tough choices, and hard work. The purpose of this course is to simplify the complicated and explore different approaches for improving business performance, basic business information systems, distribution center performance metrics, integrated inventory management programs, procurement performance metrics, and customer service performance metrics.

Issues Targeted in this Course

    • Risks in supply chain management

    • Inventory management optimization

    • Performance measurements in the supply chain: useful project performance metrics

    • Direct approach to strategic planning as it relates to production strategies

    • Role of information technology in supply chain management

    • Aligning information systems with business

Objectives and Benefits

    • Integrate supply chain strategy, planning, and execution

    • Analysis of supply chain management and measuring supply chain performance: diagnose the root causes of poor performance

    • Quantify the devastating effects of uncertainty on supply chain performance

    • Develop methods for identifying organizational structure and performance metric disconnects

Program Dates: May 20-22, 2013; September 25-27, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,795 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357

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Managing Project Risks

Risk is a given in any project, and the better you understand how to identify and prepare for it, the more likely you are to minimize your risk exposure. Under the guidance of a seasoned project manager, you’ll learn a systems approach and process for identifying, analyzing, planning and controlling risk. The process includes tools, techniques and templates for dealing with different types of project risks, and you’ll have the opportunity to practice identifying and analyzing risk, especially showstoppers. You’ll also learn how the comprehensive risk management plan enables you and your project team to proactively manage issues that could negatively affect the successful control and completion of your project.

Learn how to:

    • Use a systems approach for identifying, assessing and managing risks

    • Determine the how and when of managing risks

    • Use a work breakdown structure (WBS) in the risk management process

    • Apply risk identification techniques to your projects

    • Identify categories of risk

    • Use risk assessment/analysis techniques

    • Reduce risk through planning and proven strategies

    • Integrate risk management into the project plan

Program Dates: March 18-20, 2013; June 19-21, 2013; August 26-28, 2013; December 4-6; 2013

Program Tuition: $1,795 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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