MassTLC and Brandeis University present

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


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January 30 – February 3, 2023, 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. To help companies facing these challenges, we have partnered with Brandeis University to create a training program for first time managers.

Talent development leaders, use this low-cost course in your performance review and growth plans to advance your young leaders. Participants receive a certificate of completion from Brandeis.

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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Course Agenda


Day 1: January 30, 2023,  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: January 31, 2023,  9am – 12:00pm

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

  • Develop skills to become a financially literate manager
  • Understand financial reports that communicate the performance story and financial health status of business units and organizations
  • Identify, organize, and analyze quantitative and qualitative information to solve business problems

Day 3: February 1, 2023,  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: February 2, 2023,  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: February 3, 2023,  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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