You Don't Need a MBA to Be a Good Manager

In fact, most MBA professors never managed a real-world situation. Everything they teach is theory, straight out of a book. And when the rubber hits the road, the theory just won't help you solve those really hard problems you encounter in today's organizations.

To earn your certificate, take four courses--two core and two electives. Each course takes six weeks at about 3 hours a week of your time, and the lessons are all narrated slides, just as you would have in the classroom. And all of our instructors have been real managers in business or not-for-profit organizations, so you get practical advice on handling tough problems, not some business-school pablum.

Technically skilled individuals do not necessarily have the skill sets and training to be good managers. The reason is simple: technical work is about dealing with things; managing is about dealing with people. In saying this, managing and leading are being included under one umbrella, even though leadership is much more about interacting with people and managing is about budgets, plans, schedules, and so on. But even considering managing to be more things-oriented than leadership, the truth is that many times we put people in managerial jobs and give them no management training.

This course is designed to correct that mistake by teaching the absolutely essential skills needed by all managers to be successful. Certainly there is more to know, which is why this is just the core course in a Certificate program that requires you to take three required courses and one elective.

This course introduces NLP, which is the study of excellence, and teaches how you can improve your own performance and that of people with whom you work. It is especially useful to managers of projects, teams, and departments, and no special knowledge of psychology or other social sciences is necessary to benefit from the program.