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Stanford Manager Academy

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Enhancing the effectiveness of frontline staff managers with varying levels of experience to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of managers across the university.

Program Overview

Manager Academy begins with fundamental managerial practices. The learning advances to inspiring a culture of trust, tapping into your team's talent for engagement and productivity, and finally, leadership presence. Content focused on diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging has been included in all program content. A 360-degree assessment identifies areas of opportunity and strengths to help participants with their development. Participants will walk away from the program with a professional development success plan to provide them with action steps to continue their development.

Participants

Twice a year, managers are nominated within all schools and units to participate in a six-month learning experience with other managers. These individuals are interested in developing their foundational managerial skills for optimal impact in their leadership role.

Selection & Eligibility

To ensure that all departments are represented, employees are nominated to participate by their local human resources team.

Participants must be staff members who manage at least one full-time benefits-eligible employee.

Format

Stanford Manager Academy gives managers opportunities to learn new ways to address their most critical managerial challenges, share ideas with other managers across the university, and drive their own ongoing development.

Over a six-month span, managers participate in online and/or in-person learning experiences. They also attend one presentation led by a Stanford University faculty member. Participants receive 360-degree feedback and on-the-job application of workshop models and concepts.

The vendor partner is FranklinCovey, a respected global organization with a robust set of leadership courses. All Manager Academy participants gain access to an online platform with additional curated resources, including videos, articles, courses, a 360-degree assessment, and more.

The core learning experiences are presented virtually; however, there are optional in-person opportunities scheduled.