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MPL2138 Aligning Your Team 1 credit hour

Establishing Team Goals and Responsibilities

All individuals have strengths that allow them to achieve goals consistently and successfully. In a team setting, those individual strengths can combine to lead the whole team to success, or they can create conflict and tension. To connect individual strengths and personalities, you need strong rules for the team. You also need to allocate roles and responsibilities for maximum efficiency. This course outlines initial steps that should be performed when building a team, including establishing the team goal and assigning roles to individual team members in a way that ensures the team will collectively meet its goal. The course also discusses the importance of fully understanding one's responsibilities and how the various roles work together to achieve the goal.

MLP2139 Presentation Skills Training 1 credit hour

Basic Presentation Skills: Delivering a Presentation

Excellence in presentation can be achieved when the standard of your delivery matches the quality of your content. You may have carefully planned and structured what you want to say, but if you deliver your message in a monotone while standing stiffly, you're probably not going to captivate the audience. Having diligently prepared for your presentation, you need to make sure that your delivery is engaging. You need to communicate your enthusiasm to the audience if you want them to be enthusiastic about your ideas. At the same time, you must appear composed and confident. This course describes how to make your delivery successful and memorable. It covers techniques for managing stage fright – the biggest problem most speakers have. It also explains how to set the right environment for your presentation by making the right choices about room layout and by preparing the room, including the equipment, lighting, and temperature. You'll also find out how to use your voice and body language to deliver your message clearly and effectively. Finally, the course outlines guidelines for handling audience questions – an area most speakers are also very concerned about. After all, how credible the audience finds you can be swayed by how effectively you answer the difficult questions that come up.

Polish Your Presentation Skills

Polish your most critical presentation skills and develop new ones during three video-recorded presentations. Receive instant feedback and discover your strengths in a highly supportive, nonthreatening environment.

MLP2140 Supervisory Fundamentals 2 credit hours

Leading Teams: Motivating and Optimizing Performance

As teams mature, they're able to perform more independently. Accordingly, team leaders must shift their role to one of maintaining motivation and optimizing team member performance. This ensures that their teams continue to perform at peak levels. The early stages of team development are about establishing the purpose of the team and its key goals, but once the team is up and running, the leader has a prominent role to play in guiding the team to success. This course describes ways to optimize team performance and effectiveness through assessments and feedback. It outlines strategies for sustaining high performance, including using coaching to improve team performance and motivating through shared leadership. 

Leading Teams: Developing the Team and Its Culture

Henry Ford once said that coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Mr. Ford knew the importance of teamwork. Ask anyone who has worked in a project or team environment, and he will tell you that team dynamics make a huge difference in terms of getting work done and in the whole working environment. A positive, constructive atmosphere can keep team members motivated and productive, while a negative atmosphere can have the opposite effect. Developing effective project teams is one of the primary responsibilities of a team leader. This course outlines the role of the team leader on a high-performance team and highlights the importance of taking steps to develop the team culture early on during team formation. It offers methods used to encourage team participation and provides some key strategies used to build a cohesive team culture by encouraging social interactions, establishing team member competencies, and promoting interdependence.

Effective Team Communication

Regardless of how talented the individual members of your team are, they can only get your team so far alone. To maximize their potential, teams rely on the participation, input, and opinions of all team members. Learning to speak up and encouraging others to open up are important to a team's success. Effective communication is the fuel that will keep your team going to the finish line. In this course, you'll learn the importance of fostering a team environment that encourages open and supportive communication. You will learn to recognize common verbal barriers that can seriously interfere with team productivity and learn strategies for eliminating those barriers. This course also covers active listening and presents techniques for listening more effectively to teammates, thereby encouraging the sharing of ideas within the team.

MLP2141 Targeted Selection Interviewer Skills 1 credit hour

Essentials of Interviewing and Hiring: Conducting an Effective Interview

Proper preparation is crucial to ensuring a good interview. But all your preparation will be useless if you don't follow some important guidelines when conducting the employment interview. Opening the interview properly and establishing a sound format are key. You must also be mindful of the functions of different question types and styles so you can use them effectively during an interview. Finally, you will want to close the interview on a positive note. This course describes how to proceed with a face-to-face interview. It covers how to open an interview well, what types of questions to ask, and how to close the interview.

MLP2142 FOCUS: Management Priorities 0.5 credit hour

Setting and Managing Priorities Within the Organization: Deciphering Priorities

As a manager, you need to be able to determine the difference between what has to be done and what has to be done first. By establishing clear priorities, you provide your team with the focus it needs to take the most effective action and achieve its goals more quickly. If the department's priorities aren't deciphered and defined, the team may lose sight of what's most important and fall behind on objectives and performance. This course helps you set priorities for your departmental team. It begins by explaining the importance of managing priorities appropriately and the dangers of failing to do so. Next, it shows you how to use the Eisenhower principle to rank tasks in terms of importance and urgency. It then walks you through a detailed Pareto technique for deciding how to prioritize among problems in a given scenario and gives you an opportunity to practice this method. Finally, it teaches you some best practice principles for measuring performance on priorities.

MLP2143 Essentials of Leadership 0.5 credit hour

Leadership Essentials: Creating Your Own Leadership Development Plan

Creating your own leadership development plan is a significant part of any successful and valuable leadership development strategy. Leadership development plans help to ensure that you remain focused on what is required to continually grow and develop as a leader. This includes assessing your own style, values, and requirements, as well as identifying development goals, objectives, and actions. This course explores ways to assess yourself as a leader, establish a vision for the future, and identify obstacles to that vision. It also teaches practical approaches for setting development goals, objectives, and actions designed to move you toward your vision. Lastly, it provides useful criteria for evaluating a personal leadership development plan. 

MLP2144 Coaching for Success/Improvement 1 credit hour

Coaching

Learn how to strengthen your coaching skills by using a four-step process to facilitate the professional growth of the employees you coach. This course is offered by Harvard Manage Mentor.

MLP2145 Developing Others 1 credit hour

Developing Employees

Learn how to encourage your employees to learn and grow, while maximizing the return on the management time you invest in employee development. This course is offered by Harvard Manage Mentor.

ISP 1101 Excel I 1 credit hour

Getting Started with Excel 2010

Excel 2010 is the newest version of Microsoft's comprehensive spreadsheet tool that offers features that support a wide range of functions. The Ribbon menu is unique to Microsoft Office and stacks the many features of Excel into related tabs, making it easy to quickly access the ones you need. Backstage view is a streamlined gathering of all file-level tools, such as those used for saving, printing, and sharing your files. This course explores these topics and many other basics of Excel 2010, including opening the application, creating new spreadsheets, entering data and, AutoFill features. It also provides an introduction to the many tools that will help you create and use your spreadsheets productively.

ISP 1102 Excel II 1 credit hour

Using Basic Functions with Excel 2010

One of the great features of Excel 2010 is its ability to perform a wide variety of functions to make your use of Excel 2010 easier and more fun. Functions are in-built formulas that save you time by allowing you to choose one that suits your needs rather than having to create a complex formula from scratch. This course introduces you to the changes made to functions in Excel 2010, including improved function accuracy and consistency as well as the changes made to some function names that make them more intuitive. It describes the useful feature of Excel's status bar that automatically displays basic calculations as well as the Function Library, which groups useful functions. The most common use of functions, calculating basic financial, logical, date and time data, is also covered.

Inserting Basic Charts in Excel 2010

Using the charts feature in Excel 2010, you can create attractive and well-organized representations of worksheet and workbook data. Charts can be easily inserted and customized from the Charts group on the Insert tab of the Ribbon. This course demonstrates how to effectively use and customize charts in Excel 2010, it explores available chart types and the best use of each type, and it shows how to change the different elements of a chart to provide an effective visualization of your data.

ISP 1103 Excel III 1 credit hour

Using Lookup, Reference, Math, and Text Functions in Excel 2010

The Excel 2010 function library includes a number of functions in Lookup & Reference, Math & Trig, and Text categories that enable you to quickly complete tasks and analyze data. Lookup and reference functions allow you to perform table lookups to return required information about specific worksheet cells. This course covers lookup and reference functions such as LOOKUP, VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, INDEX, ROW, and COLUMNS. Math & Trig functions provide multiple methods of working with numbers and triangles. This course explores rounding functions, INT, TRUNC, AGGREGATE, COS, SIN, and TAN. Excel 2010 also provides a number of functions to make working with text easier. Text functions, such as TRIM, CLEAN, PROPER, SEARCH, and MID, as well as string concatenation, are covered.

ISP 1201 PowerPoint I 1 credit hour

Getting Started with PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint 2010 is a presentation program that allows you to create professional-looking slide-show presentations. This course provides an introduction to the main components of the PowerPoint 2010 interface. It covers opening and saving a presentation, working with slides, formatting text and text boxes, and using templates and themes to create professional-looking presentations.

ISP 1202 PowerPoint II 1 credit hour

Visually Enhancing PowerPoint 2010 Presentations

PowerPoint 2010 enables you to create visually appealing presentations through the use of graphics. Adding simple enhancements through the use of themes, tables, charts, and SmartArt allows you to create more engaging and interesting presentations. This course introduces the various themes and SmartArt features that allow you to add flair to your presentations by using colors and shapes to emphasize text and data. Also covered are the various ways of incorporating diagrams, tables, and charts to create a professional and effective presentation.

ISP 1401 PowerPoint III 1 credit hour

Using Advanced Slide Show Tools in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint 2010 provides you with all the tools necessary to create and present engaging and effective presentations. As an advanced user, you can take advantage of features that allow you to customize your animations to create just the right effect. PowerPoint has tools for getting your animations to move at the right speed and in the right order. There are also built-in tools, such as the animation painter, that allow you to easily apply an animation scheme to the entire presentation in one easy step. Once you have perfected your presentation, you can set and rehearse timings, create mouse-over actions for elements on a slide, and record your presentation for automatic delivery. There are also many tools that make the presentation of your slide show easy and effective, such as highlighters and laser pointers. These tools and features are all covered in this course