Lubar Hall N475
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Sheldon B. Lubar
School of Business
P.O. Box 742
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Custom programs represent a unique educational opportunity for organizations to develop quality programs tailored to executive-level individuals and teams in their critical areas of need.
Over the years we’ve discovered that the best way to help participants in Executive Programs transfer program concepts and skills to the workplace is to challenge them to create and execute an action plan.
Hundreds of Executive Program participants over the years have identified one or more professionally and organizationally meaningful projects that they elect to work on. These projects can range from individual improvements to a participant’s leadership or management skill set all the way to organization-wide change initiatives that dramatically impact the direction or scope of a department or the organization itself.
Identifying and reporting on these individual action plans is the signature of every UWM Executive Program. The process itself and the learning that results have grown to become one of the most highly rated elements of each of the programs we deliver.
And there’s no better way to demonstrate the value of the return on the dollar investment that each organization makes in the Strategic Leadership Series or a custom Executive Program.
Collaboration & FlexibilityDesigning custom programs is a collaborative effort. We work closely with each client to provide thorough needs assessment identifying target audiences and topics for training. We work in partnership with the organization to develop and deliver the appropriate training. The assessment also provides benchmarks for assessing managerial development: how effective our program was.
Each custom program is flexible in terms of content, structure and location. We can cover a range of topics or target specific areas. They may be credit or non-credit. They can be delivered at UWM, an alternate location or by distance education technology. Program length can be anywhere from one day to one week or more, consolidated in a short time-frame or spread out over a longer period, depending on the needs and constraints of the client organization.
UWM instructors may partner with presenters from the client organization to deliver the best mix of theory and practice for participants from that organization.
Areas of SpecializationUWM’s management and leadership development programs stress interactive learning and place special emphasis on linking theory and practice. Topics can include
- 360º Assessments
- Accountability for Strategic Success
- Accounting & Decision Analysis
- Acquisition Integration
- Brand Management
- Building Effective Teams
- Change Management
- Client Relationships
- Conflict Management
- Decision Making
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Finance for Non-Financial Managers
- Global Business Strategy
- Internet Strategy
- Meeting Effectively
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Operations Management
- Performance Management
- Personal Effectiveness
- Strategic Planning & Execution
- Web-based Supply Chain
Examples of Targeted Custom ProgramsThe following are examples of recent programs. Elements can be added, recombined, expanded or narrowed to create a unique custom program to meet the specific needs of our client firms.
Leadership DevelopmentMany organizations want leadership development programs that are customized to their own unique challenges and environments. We integrate current leadership concepts and tools with the culture and strategic direction of the firms we work with to provide a company-focused development curriculum around topics such as:
- Strategic Business Growth
- Leading and Developing People
- Establishing and Nurturing Client Relationships
- Financial and Accounting Decision Tools
- Putting the Power of Teams to Work
- Integrative Business Cases Customized to the Organization
Strategic Operations ManagementOperations excellence is important to many of our client organizations. We have created four-, five- and six-day programs that integrate company policies and processes with current concepts and tools for improving operational effectiveness. We cover topic areas such as:
- Challenges in Acquisition Integration
- Purchasing for Value
- Supply Chain Management
- Accounting in Operations
- Leading and Managing Change
- Communication & Conflict
- Managing Performance
- Excellence in Operations: The Role of Quality
Physician Leadership and Management DevelopmentPhysicians in leadership and management positions face many challenges for which their medical training may not prepare them. One of our custom-designed programs focuses on the special development needs of physician-managers. The goal is to increase the business acumen of participants by providing a working knowledge of key business areas. Specifically, we offer skill development to improve personal and organizational effectiveness in areas such as:
- Managing People
- Information Technology
- Quality in Health Care
- Time Management
Finance for Non-Financial ManagersThese custom-designed programs help non-financial managers gain an understanding of financial information and ultimately make better business decisions. Managers learn to interpret data from a variety of financial reports, including balance sheets, income statements and budgets. The programs can be general in nature; they can also focus on a client’s unique financial reporting systems.