Transitioning from Technical to Managerial Responsibilities

MGMT 815.01

To successfully transition from a technical contributor to manager or team leader, you may need to add a new set of skills and knowledge in which engineers and scientists are typically not trained.


What you can learn.

  • Learn tactics to deal with the challenges you face in transitioning to management
  • Understand your management style and how and when to use other styles effectively under varying situations
  • Expand your team’s capabilities to do more with less
  • Set realistic, measurable, and meaningful objectives
  • Learn the six sources that cause nearly 90% of people performance problems
  • Identify the necessary tactics to deal with the six most common types of problem people at work

About this course:

One set of skills centers on the Leadership Skills or "soft people skills" necessary to accomplish change and get results through others. These include understanding and applying the theories of effective leadership behaviors. In-class self-assessments provide you with insights on how to sharpen your people skills by increasing your awareness and abilities in motivating others, using effective management styles, and building team relationships with your subordinates, peers, and supervisor. A second focus is on best practice Managerial Processes. Research has shown the most effective managers use and train their teams in systematic best practice processes. Building on technical skills you already possess, you can enhance your ability to identify, prioritize, and resolve the barriers to your team's performance; learn the skills sets necessary to deal with and resolve people performance problems; help to systematically and quickly solve problems; make critical decisions effectively; and identify the high probability and high severity risks that may prevent implementation of your decisions. This course should benefit engineers, scientists, software developers, and other technical professionals entering into management, as well as experienced technical managers who wish to sharpen both their managerial and leadership skills.   Please check out the Short Courses Website for more information.

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