Afi U. program

Leadership and Team Management

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5 days

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$ 3,450

An Immersive Team Management Experience

Acquiring the craft of a true leader is a long-term learning process. You are undoubtedly an expert in your field, but do you have the skills to build, manage and mobilize a high-performance team?

Two researchers studied the impact of engaging leadership on the work engagement and team effectiveness of 1,048 employees in 90 teams in one company. After one year, managers perceived as engaging leaders had actually increased employee engagement.

Leadership and team management skills are essential for mobilizing and strengthening that engagement, and they will also help you become a successful, inspiring manager within your organization.

Our program will develop your ability to anchor your team manager mindset. As the old saying goes, “smithing makes the smith,” so that development process will involve practice. We offer you an immersive management experience through active participation in collaborative workshops with peers from a variety of occupations.

This action learning process will provide an opportunity to practise and apply proven team management approaches and tools in a safe yet challenging environment.

During this program, you will practise using business tools and strategies. You will also approach your teams with a new, mobilizing mindset to project authentic, inclusive, influential, inspiring leadership.

Be ready to ...

  • Gain confidence in your role as a team manager

  • Elevate your leadership maturity

  • Manage your team with a human approach

  • Implement new influence and collaboration strategies

  • Mobilize your team, and generate collaboration and commitment toward achieving business results

... and drive immediate value for your organization

  • Foster a healthy, humane work environment

  • Develop high-performance teams working toward a common goal

  • Foster an inclusive, collaborative culture

  • Facilitate adaptation to organizational changes and challenges

  • Enhance employee commitment and retention

Experience the learning journey
with Afi U.

Intensive learning experiences designed for professionals seeking rapid advancement in a specific field. Immerse yourself in interactive, in-depth learning sessions led by field experts. Leave with practical, adaptable skills ready for immediate implementation in your workplace.

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Learning activities

  • 3 workshop talks (with guest speakers): intro, mid-course and wrap-up
  • 2 case studies
  • Self-assessment of management skills
  • Individual projects and action plan
  • Preparatory reading and assignments
  • 1 hour of individual coaching

Science and technology

  • Knowledge reinforcement
  • Practical challenges and action plan follow-up
  • B12 platform to support learning transfer
  • Microsoft environment enabling collaboration

The community

  • Mixed cohorts from diverse backgrounds
  • Workgroups with peers in similar roles and functions
  • Preferred access to the Circles by Afi U.

Study plan

Session 1

Acting with Impact

Knowing yourself to determine the skills you need to develop so you can be the manager you want to be

  • Assessing your leadership skills and identifying your development priorities
  • Taking concrete action on management traps
  • Making difficult choices to be in sync with circumstances

Quality Conversations

Developing listening skills for trust-based leadership

  • Realizing the impact of your beliefs and convictions on yourself and others
  • Adapting your communication style to improve the quality of conversations
  • Having conversations with openness and willingness to improve the relationship and achieve the desired results

Session 2

Communicating expectations clearly

Empowering, and communicating expectations

  • Clarifying your intentions before starting a conversation
  • Establishing winning conditions by communicating clear, engaging expectations (case study)

Engaging Feedback

Incorporating feedback into day-to-day management to ensure ongoing skills development

  • Practising the art of giving and receiving feedback to improve individual and organizational performance
  • Documenting a difficult situation you want to resolve

Session 3

Coaching to develop talent

Adopting a coaching mindset to promote the empowerment and autonomy of team members

  • Understanding a manager’s different roles
  • Developing your coaching skills
  • Identifying your priorities for development as a coach

Managing Humans

Understanding the source and manifestations of emotions to support and empower team members more effectively

  • Appreciating the important role of emotional intelligence in managing yourself and your interpersonal relationships
  • Identifying the triggers and stressors that can affect actions, and knowing how to respond to them in your management role

Session 4

Managing Challenging Situations

Acting authentically and confidently toward employees in difficult situations

  • Knowing how to position yourself and analyze the factors involved in an issue with an employee
  • Developing your ability to manage a situation, in some cases an emotional one, to generate results and collaboration

Achieving Results

Communicating a clear vision to inspire your team to take an active part in achieving objectives

  • Recognizing the factors that contribute to team performance and results management
  • Applying a methodology to align a team with results
  • Using tools to monitor results (case study)

Session 5

Navigating Change

Supporting your team with confidence in a context of change by recognizing the factors at play

  • Identifying and addressing employee needs and concerns in an evolving context
  • Defining and communicating change effectively

Building an Engaged Team

Defining and aligning actions to mobilize your team effectively

  • Identifying the factors that impact the motivation of your team members
  • Sharing a common vision with my team using mobilizing communications
  • Giving and receiving impactful recognition

Program Lead

Marie-Hélène Demers

A manager, leader and ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Marie-Hélène facilitates the emergence of inclusive, ethical and resilient leadership by helping managers create work environments and dynamics that nurture talent. With a career spanning more than 30 years, she has forged a solid reputation as a driver of organizational transformation through her coaching and leadership development activities and her many publications.

Through a practical and experiential approach, the training programs offered by Marie-Hélène enable professionals, managers, and leaders to enhance their skills, navigate complex organizational environments, and transform into agents of change.

Invited contributors and experts

Isabelle Drouin
Virginie Arbour-Maynard