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Making the Shift from Technical Expert to Organizational Leader


When contemplating transitions in their careers, most individuals are uncertain about how to move beyond roles based primarily on their expertise into those with broader exposure and organizational impact. Get a roadmap for the skills, competencies and experiences you’ll need to successfully transition from a position as a content/technical expert into leadership.


Course Highlights:

  • Why leadership is a unique set of skills that cannot be acquired simply through technical expertise
  • How to build a base of credibility and trust
  • How to use effective influence and relationship-building techniques
  • How to get support for your ideas and increase your impact on the organization
  • The importance of strategic thinking and business acumen in making career transitions

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Who Should Attend

Individual contributors in such roles as R&D, IT, engineering and finance, where there is an emphasis on technical/content-specific expertise; managers and directors in technically-based organizations; and new managers looking to build their credibility and influence.

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the four major leadership roles
  • Assess your current skills and competencies against those of the successful organizational leader
  • Create a plan for how to increase your credibility, visibility and value in your current position in order to position yourself for career advancement

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Course Outline/Topics

I. Create a Context for Leadership
A) What is Leadership?
B) Leadership Roles and Responsibilities
C) The Mentoré Leadership Competency Model
D) Position Analysis

II. Making the Shift into Organizational Leadership Positions
A) Building a Base of Credibility
B) Understanding Motivation
C) Two Faces of Power
D) Making The Shift
E) The Shift to Credibility
F) The “Emotional Connection”
G) Relationship Management Strategy
H) Increasing Organizational Impact
I) Leadership Style
J) Adapting Style
K) Summary

III. Conflict Management Approaches
A) When to Use the Five Conflict Management Approaches
B) Constructive Feedback—Coaching
C) Common Forms of Defensiveness
D) Coaching Plan

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This program can be applied toward the:

For Credit:
Recommended Credit Hours: 0.65 Hours
Wed., Sept. 16
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Alan M. Patterson, President, Mentoré, Fond du Lac, WI
$345: Register by Wed., Sept. 2
$395: Register on or after Thu., Sept. 3 Discount Available
Enrollment Limit: 30
Program No. 5050-8178
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Tue., Mar. 29, 2016
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Alan M. Patterson, President, Mentoré, Fond du Lac, WI
$345: Register by Tue., Mar. 15, 2016
$395: Register on or after Wed., Mar. 16, 2016 Discount Available
Enrollment Limit: 30
Program No. 5050-8703
Register Now
For more information, contact:
Jan Allen, Director, Business & Management,, 414-227-3219, 888-947-9947


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