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Jun
13

Railway Talent: Finding, Developing & Retaining Great People

Date/Time: Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 - Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, Lansing Michigan

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Railway Management Focused Seminar – June 13-15, 2017, MSU East Lansing, MI

Seminar Introduction:

Executives in many industries, especially transportation, report that one of the things keeping them awake at night is all around talent – getting the right number of qualified, capable, competent people to perform work consistently well at all levels of their organization.  This workshop-style seminar will enable rail industry managers and executives to hear some of the latest thinking, strategies and leading practices to address these concerns from leading MSU professors and industry subject matter experts.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Improve ability to identify competencies, capabilities and skills to deliver safe, profitable and efficient performance;
  • Understand and value the characteristics of different generational groups in the workforce;
  • Create a winning team culture that enables individuals’ potential to be effectively realized;
  • Enhance ability to attract, develop, and retain great people;
  • Motivate your team to effectively collaborate to achieve organizational goals.

Draft Seminar Schedule:

Day 1:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Talent, People and the Railroads

  • Overview
  • Generational Groups
  • Organizational Culture
  • Motivation, Control & Performance
  • Case Study

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.     Managing Internal/External Relationships

  • Hiring, On-Boarding & Training
  • Customer & Channel Relationships
  • Union Relationships
  • Networking
  • Discussion – Implementation

Day 2:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Leadership

  • Skills, Capabilities & Competencies
  • Team Building
  • Flexibility & Work/Life Balance
  • Diversity (incl. ex-military)
  • Case Study

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.     Attracting Future Talent & Leaders

  • Social Media
  • Recruiting
  • Sourcing Talent
  • Selection Practices
  • Discussion – Implementation

Day 3:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Managing Your Biggest Asset – People

  • Management Styles
  • Coaching
  • Integrating Data & Knowledge
  • Maintaining Safety Focus
  • Conclusion

12:00 p.m.         Depart

Location:

The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development is located at Michigan State University.  The overall complex consists of the Henry Center, Candlewood Suites (an extended-stay hotel), the University Club (a private dining and recreational club), a fitness center/spa, and an on-site 18-hole championship golf course.  The Henry Center is a world-class executive education and corporate learning facility specifically designed to complement the learning objectives of this seminar.

Who Should Attend:

Individuals employed in the freight or passenger railroad industry seeking to improve their management and leadership skill or gain additional insights into talent management. Those in supervisory and management roles with responsibility for others would gain greatest immediate benefit. This seminar is appropriate for Class I, regional, and short-line railroads, transit authorities and operators, railway supply sector, and others connected to the industry.

Price/Registration:

$2,125 – full tuition (includes materials, meals and certificate of completion)

$1,975 – early bird discount registration (available through May 12, 2017)

To register or if you have questions, contact Sue Lonier at loniers@msu.edu, (517) 353-5667 or www.raileducation.com

Jun
15

Business and Bagels: Increasing Your Employees' Sense of Accountability

Date/Time: Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 | 8:00 am - 9:15 am

Location: The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, Lansing Michigan

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Date

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Faculty

Angela T. Hall, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Human Resource and Labor Relations, MSU

Overview

 

Often when things go wrong in business, calls are made for increased accountability.  However, many of the measures that employers use to heighten their employees’ sense of accountability have the opposite effect.  When it comes to accountability, more isn’t always better.  In this session, we will discuss the ideal balance of policies and incentives employers should use in order to strategically and effectively foster their employees’ personal sense of accountability.

Schedule

7:30-8:00am Registration & Bagels

8:00-9:15am Session

Cost

$30

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Jun
20

Supply Chain Management: Where Rail Can Make the Difference

Date/Time: Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 - Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, Lansing Michigan

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Railway Management Focused Seminar – June 20-22, 2017, MSU East Lansing, MI

Program Introduction:

Michigan State University’s Supply Chain Management programs are ranked #1 in North America.  This seminar combines academic frameworks, real-world examples and experience with discussion of leading practices and trends.  Our logistics professors’ executive education experience over more than 50 years is combined with subject matter experts from the freight rail industry to provide a unique perspective for shippers, customers and rail operators, including sales and marketing managers.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Leverage logistics, rail management and integrated supply chain management to contribute to firm competitiveness;
  • Understand how logistics concepts and practices can be synthesized to achieve superior supply chain performance;
  • Raise awareness of emerging trends in supply chain management, opportunities and implications for rail freight;
  • Share and discuss leading practices in a collaborative learning environment designed to bring value to every organization.

Draft Seminar Schedule:

Day 1:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Supply Chain Management Foundations

  • Framework & Scope;
  • Demand Variation, Inventory, Warehousing;
  • Timeliness, Reliability, Flexibility, Responsiveness;
  • Network Structure, Information & Decisions;
  • Skills, Capabilities & Competencies
  • Simulation Part I.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.     Supply Chain Integration

  • Simulation Part II;
  • Customer & Channel Relationships & Integration;
  • Supplier Relationships & Integration;
  • Transportation Integration;
  • Communication and Networking;
  • Discussion – Implications & Opportunities.

Day 2:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Safety, Risk, Security & Management Consequences

  • Skills, Capabilities & Competencies;
  • Packaging & Modal Choice;
  • Big Data and Analytics;
  • Risk Avoidance, Planning & Mitigation;
  • Resilience and Sustainability;
  • Case Study.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.     Supply Chain Metrics & Measurement

  • Traditional SCM Metrics and Fit with Railway Measures;
  • Difference Between Outputs and Outcomes;
  • Sensing, Responding and Improvement;
  • Operating Ratio – Fact or Fiction?
  • Developing Meaningful Measures;
  • Discussion – Implementation.

Day 3:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Emerging Trends in Supply Chain Management

  • Multi-faceted Integration (MSU BTH Bridge)
  • Talent – Sources, Retention, Leadership Development
  • Automated Vehicles
  • Consumer Trends
  • Conclusion – Opportunities & Implications

12:00 p.m.         Depart

Location:

The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development is located at Michigan State University.  The overall complex consists of the Henry Center, Candlewood Suites (an extended-stay hotel), the University Club (a private dining and recreational club), a fitness center/spa, and an on-site 18-hole championship golf course.  The Henry Center is a world-class executive education and corporate learning facility specifically designed to complement the learning objectives of this seminar.

Who Should Attend:

Middle or senior managers, and executives in Class I, regional, and short-line railroads, shippers, transportation customers, and others with interest in the freight rail sector. The seminar content will be most appropriate to those with responsibility for strategic and tactical management covering transportation, operations, logistics, or supply chain. Railroad sales and marketing managers will gain an overview of supply chain management to better understand and fulfill customer needs.

Price/Registration:

$2,125 – full tuition (includes materials, meals and certificate of completion)

$1,975 – early bird discount registration (available through May 19, 2017)

To register or if you have questions, contact Sue Lonier at loniers@msu.edu, (517) 353-5667 or online at www.raileducation.com

Aug
07

Railway Management Certificate Program (Four weeks - one week per month)

Date/Time: Monday, Aug 7, 2017 - Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

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Program Content

MSU’s Railway Management Certificate Program was established in 2007 and is the only North American program that covers the breadth and depth of the very complex railway industry from both a conceptual and practical viewpoint.

The program is aimed at individuals in the industry with the potential to become senior managers and leaders in their organizations.  We draw participants from railroad operating companies (both freight and passenger), suppliers to the industry, shippers/customers, transit authorities, regulatory and representative bodies, to name a few.

Critical and topical subjects are covered in a classroom setting with interactive discussions and field trips to aid learning. These include railroad facilities, customers, suppliers, associations, and agencies. Group project work applies learning and develops teamwork skills.

The new modular structure comprises four week-long modules, each of which covers a specific area of the railway system and its management.  A certificate in railway management will be awarded for successful completion of all four modules.

Participants are expected to have 3+ years’ experience in the industry, though senior level new entrants can be accommodated.  There is no academic pre-requisite. This will be the program’s 13th session.

The program was developed by MSU Railway Management Program staff, evaluated and improved with Class I and Class II railroad education and training directors, as well as AAR, ASL&RRA, and FRA decision makers, and other railroad industry leaders. Subject matter experts for the program include distinguished railroad and transportation industry leaders and experienced MSU faculty.

Each module starts Monday at 8:30 am and runs through Friday noon. Accommodations are provided Sunday through Thursday nights. The following will be the structure and schedule for the 2017 Certificate Program.

New this year, we are offering an opportunity to spread the four modules over more than one calendar year to assist with participants’ job requirements, scheduling and employers’ budgeting needs.  Additional flexibility is available – a single module may be completed individually as continuing professional development.  Please contact us for details of how this could work for you.

Dates

Module 1: Railway Business Administration & Leadership (RMCP 201)
August 7–11, 2017 – East Lansing, Michigan (MSU Campus)

Module 2: Railway Operations (RMCP 202)
September 25-29, 2017 – Chicago, Illinois (railway “heart” of the USA)

Module 3: Railway Engineering and Technology (RMCP 203)
October 16-20, 2017 – Pueblo, Colorado (Home of TTCI)

Module 4: Railway Regulation, Safety & The Industry (RMCP 204)
November 13-17, 2017 – Washington, DC Area

Program Details

  • To utilize the best in adult learning practices, class size will be limited to twenty-five students. Places are still available.
  • The price per participant for the 2017 certificate program (four modules) will be $17,500 with a $500 reduction for registration and program fees received by July 7, 2017. On-line registration is available through July 28, 2017.
  • Discounts are also available for multiple participants from the same company.
  • Single one week modules may be offered. Please call for details.
  • All prices include instructional materials, faculty and staff support, sleeping rooms, and daily breakfast and lunch. Transportation to and from the program, and dinner most nights are not included.

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 Contact

Sue Lonier at Loniers@msu.edu, or by phone (517) 353-5667

Nick Little at Littlen@msu.edu, or by phone (517) 353-5663

Sep
09

Nursing Home Administration- Unit 1 - 2017

Date/Time: Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, Lansing Michigan

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Areas of Expertise:

• Management
• Industry specific

Dates:

Unit 1:  Sept. 9-October 14, 2017

Other Units offered:
Unit 2:  Oct. 21- Dec. 2, 2017,
Unit 3:  Jan 6 – Feb. 10 2018
Unit 4:  Feb. 17-Mar. 24, 2018

Objectives

• The Nursing Home Administration Program offers 144 clock-hours of instruction in four units, each involving Saturday sessions. To complete the program, participants must attend 128 clock hours (90%) and pass a comprehensive final exam for each unit.
• Classes run from 9:00am – 4:00pm each Saturday.
• Unit 1 covers leadership, labor and management contracts, affirmative action, wages, legal issues, HIPPA
• Unit 2 covers aging process, gerontology and geriatric infection control, nutrition, pharmacy.
• Unit 3 covers General and States Rules/Regulations for Dietary Services in Long Term Care Facilities, medicare, fire safety.
• Unit 4 covers accounting and budget, recreational, medicaid, and insurance.

Faculty & speakers

Vickie Burlew
Sandy Place

Who should attend

Anyone interested in nursing home administration and those individuals currently involved in health care administration who wish to review and update their skills in the field.

Cost

Regular: $925.00 per unit
Comment: The above fee, which is payable in advance, includes all materials for Unit 3 and parking. Please make checks payable to Michigan State University.
More information
Brochure (PPT)
Contact: Sally Vescolani
vescolan@msu.edu
800-356-5705
517-353-5661

Sep
19

Finance For Executives

Date/Time: Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 - Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, Lansing Michigan

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Date

September 19-20, 2017

Program Introduction

This two-day program is targeted at senior managers who are interested in expanding their knowledge of finance and the role of financial choices and financial metrics in strategic decision-making and value-creation.  The program assumes the participant has a rudimentary knowledge of finance similar to what is covered in the Broad College’s Finance for the Non-Financial Manager one-day seminar.  This program will focus on several different themes including the use of financial metrics to identify areas of operational excellence and under-performance and the role of financial information in making large strategic decisions such as expanding, downsizing, and organizational restructuring.  In addition, the use of financial metrics in firms’ compensation and incentive systems to guide organizations towards value maximizing decisions will be covered. Lastly, the various fundraising vehicles available to firms and the costs and benefits of different financing strategies with regard to value creation and default risk will be reviewed during the program.  Several real world cases will be used to illustrate and explore these issues a variety of different corporate settings.

After Attending this Program, Participants Will Better Understand

  • The appropriate use of financial information and the limitations of different financial metrics
  • The use of financial information to identify sources of value creation and opportunities for operational improvement
  • How financial metrics that can be incorporated into a firm’s compensation systems to guide individuals towards maximizing organizational performance
  • How to think strategically about opportunities for growth and the implications of different growth strategies, including acquisitions, on financial metrics and funding needs
  • The role of organizational restructuring and divestitures in maximizing value in a variety of different economic environments
  • Surveying the various fundraising vehicles available to firms and the costs and benefits of different financing strategies
  • How to develop a firm’s financial strategy based on market, industry, and firm-specific conditions
  • More effectively communicate with financiers and financial markets

Faculty

Dr. Charles Hadlock

Who Should Attend

This program is ideal for executives who desire to have a more complete picture of the financial aspects of their organization and who want to learn to communicate effectively with senior financial managers and external market participants.  Individuals from all functional areas and industries whose decisions have a financial impact on the organization will benefit from this program.  This would include individuals working in marketing, slaes, human resources, operations, manufacturing, and engineering.

Contact

Kristin St. Marie

stmarie@broad.msu.edu

517.353.5664
800.356.5705

Cost

$2395 – full tuition (includes materials, meals and certificate of completion)

$1995 – early bird registration (available through August 25, 2017)

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Sep
27

Finance For the Non-Financial Manager

Date/Time: Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, Lansing Michigan

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Date

September 27, 2017

Program Introduction

This one-day program is designed to provide participants with hands-on experience in how to use and interpret financial data. Through the use of lectures and exercises the participants will be introduced to and gain an understanding of standard techniques of practical financial management. These techniques are then used in a case setting to identify issues and factors to help improve decision-making.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand financial reports
  • Interpret data from financial documents
  • Understand sources and uses of capital
  • Appreciate the difference between cash flow and profitability
  • Make better business decisions based on financial planning and analysis
  • See the “big picture” of your organization
  • Grasp why decisions are made by the CFO and CEO

Faculty

Dr. Charles Hadlock

Who Should Attend

Junior to mid-level managers that work with financial information and need to better understand and interpret financial documents. Non-financial managers from any functional area and all industries will find this program highly beneficial to improving their overall ability to read and interpret financial data. No prior knowledge of finance or accounting needed.

Contact

Kristin St. Marie
stmarie@broad.msu.edu
517.353.5664
800.356.5705

Cost

$1195 – full tuition (includes materials, meals and certificate of completion)

$995 – early bird registration (available through September 1, 2017)

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Sep
28

Strategic Decision Making

Date/Time: Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, Lansing Michigan

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Program Introduction

Decision-making is a central element of strategic processes within firms.  A firm’s strategic position, resource sets, and degree of competitive advantage are the outcome of a string of “big-bet” strategic decisions.  Thus, these decisions are central in determining the strategic success or failure of the firm.  However, manager’s experiences, stories in the business press, and academic research all demonstrate that the strategic decisions often fail.  Are these failures an inevitable outcome due to the riskiness of the decisions, or are they predictable surprises?

In this program, we will explore the process of strategic decision-making and will aim to identify issues that both impede and improve the likelihood of decision success.  In our discussions, we will examine how the characteristics of decision makers, the structure and dynamics of the decision team, and the steps used in the decision process all impact the likelihood of decision success.

At the end of the program, participants will have new insights on the factors that predictably but unnecessarily lead organizations to fail in the strategic actions they undertake and the tips they can employ to avoid predictable surprises.

Key Learning Outcomes

After attending this program, participants will have learned how to:

  • Effectively frame a decision
  • Structure the decision process
  • Better draw in decision stakeholders
  • Foster decision involvement
  • Select from a strong set of alternatives
  • Avoid common decision pitfalls
  • Understand your own decision biases
  • Create the conditions for decision implementation

Faculty

Dr. Gerry McNamara

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for mid-level to senior-level management such as vice presidents, general managers, division or department heads, project team leaders, director and others in key decision making positions for their organization.

Contact

Kristin St. Marie
stmarie@broad.msu.edu
517.353.5664
800.356.5705

Cost

$1195 – full tuition (includes materials, meals and certificate of completion)

$995 – early bird registration (deadline September 1, 2017)

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Oct
05

Critical Thinking Skills in Business

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 - Friday, Oct 6, 2017 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, Lansing Michigan

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Dates

October 5-6, 2017

Program Overview

In today’s fast-paced, ever changing, data heavy and counterintuitive world, the ability to diagnose and establish causality through critical thinking is more important than ever before.  It underpins effective problem solving and decision-making and is fundamental to good business acumen.

To develop one’s critical thinking ability and maximize reasoning effectiveness, it is necessary to master the skill of ‘ingenious thinking’, which is used by successful innovators, scientists, strategists and Nobel Prize winners.  By enhancing your critical thinking ability, you are investing in your most important resource and the ultimate competitive advantage – your mind.

Key Topics Covered

  • How the brain’s predisposition for pattern-seeking, pattern-finding leads to faulty thinking
  • How beliefs and preconceived explanations influence our observations and insights
  • The human brain as an ‘associative engine’ and our tendency to jump to conclusions and incorrect solutions
  • Cognitive biases that inhibit our minds and undermine our ability to reason effectively
  • The limits of observation and memory and why a mental picture isn’t worth a 1,000 words
  • The need to understand, value and identify cognitive errors in thinking
  • The importance of being a skeptical and independent thinker
  • The six-step MindLeap strategy, comprising disciplined instinctive thinking and ingenious thinking

Benefits

This two-day seminar provides participants with a research-based model of effective reasoning and a toolkit of practical critical thinking strategies.  Participants will learn skills that have immediate and life-long application at work and in their personal lives.

The program builds awareness of one’s own thinking ability.  It enables managers to be more alert to instinctive thinking, to avoid common thinking pitfalls and ‘groupthink’, and to be more rigorous in determining causes.  This translates into more effective problem solving and decision-making and better business acumen.

Developing a culture of critical thinking produces many organizational benefits, including increase change agility, more effective strategy implementation and improvement initiatives, less wasted effort/resources, and higher levels of employee engagement and innovation.  All of these contribute to key business outcomes such as quality, productivity and profitability.

Dr. Michael Rip

Dr. Rip is the founder of MindLeap, and a professor at Michigan State University.  MindLeap is based on the integration of research across many disciplines, including cognitive psychology, clinical medicine, public health, epidemiology, neuroscience, social science and strategic intelligence analysis.  Dr. Rip has worked with many organizations to deliver his MindLeap framework in a number of customized formats to suit client and participant needs.

Contact

Kristin St. Marie
Assistant Director
(517) 353-5664
stmarie@broad.msu.edu

Cost

$2395 – full tuition (includes materials, meals, certificate of completion)
$1995 – early bird registration (deadline September 8, 2017)

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