MassTLC and Brandeis University present

Stepping up to Lead: Foundations of Management for the Tech Sector


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November 14-18, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

That step from individual contributor to people leader is difficult, and many companies do not have the expertise or resources to help train aspiring managers. This not only creates issues for the business, it adds to workforce turnover since one of the main reasons employees leave a company is because of a bad manager. To help companies facing these challenges, we have partnered with Brandeis University to create a training program for first time managers.

This five-day course will cover:

– Strategy and innovation in technology

– Becoming a frontline leader

– Hiring, training and developing your team

– Managing conflict, performance and change

– Leading an agile business system

– Understanding budgets and finance


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We expect this to fill up fast. Register by October 15th to guarantee your spot. 

Register 4+ employees from your company and save $1,000+

Course Agenda


Day 1: November 14, 2022,  9am – 12:00pm

Topic: Strategy and Innovation in Technology: The Challenges of Leadership
Instructor: Dr. Ben Gomes-Cassares

  • Understand the strategies and business models in technology sectors
  • Develop an approach to diagnosing innovation challenges facing firms
  • Explore the role of middle managers in strategic decisions and implementation

Day 2: November 15, 20212  9am – 12:00pm

Topic: Budgets and Finance for Leaders
Instructor: Dr. Brenda Anderson

Day 3: November 16, 2022,  9am – 12:00pm

Topic: Leading an Agile Business System
Instructor: Prof. Nadeem Malik

  • Recognize the uncertain, and variable environment in which innovation takes place
  • Understand Agile principles and values as foundational to a culture of innovation
  • Apply systems thinking to see the agile process as part of the overall business system rather than a mechanical process
  • Understand the role of the Leader in the agile business system

Day 4: November 17, 2022,  9am – 12:00pm

Topic: Becoming a Frontline Leader – Hiring, Training, Developing Your Team
Instructor: Dr. Jody Hoffer-Gittell

  • Understand your role as a frontline leader in a team-based organization
  • Map out key roles in your team and how they connect to each other and the larger ecosystem
  • Build networks of relational coordination among key roles through relational leadership

Day 5: November 18, 2022,  9am – 12:0pm

Topic: Managing Conflict, Performance and Change
Instructor: Dr. Jody Hoffer-Gittell

  • Coach team members to achieve their performance goals
  • Coach team members to notice and resolve their conflicts
  • Coach team members through times of stress and change

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