|This course will focus on the practical, key issues with which general managers often deal when they take over a new assignment. Here the term "general manager" is anyone with profit and loss responsibility, no matter at what level in the organization, and is the person who must not only analyze the situation but must develop a game plan to effect the correct changes and, more importantly, implement it through the efforts of others. There will be a variety of company sizes, industries and types of issues. The goal of the course is to help the students practice applying some of the functional theories and leadership concepts they have learned in other courses.
The topics covered are: (1) Joining a company from the outside to take charge of a subsidiary in need of change; (2) Implementing your game plan and choosing your management style; (3) Establishing key relationships; (4) Selecting your management team; (5) Integrating your business strategy with your financial and human resources and your compensation policies; (6) Understanding the importance of self-awareness and communications in managing others effectively; (7) Managing human capital in a dynamically changing environment; (8) Implementing your strategy; (9) Dealing with Surprises in an LBO; (10) Dealing with a bad boss; (11) ) Managing a top performer who does not fit the culture; (12) Outsourcing effectively; (13) Downsizing successfully; (14) Being promoted from within to turn around a crisis situation; (15) Transitioning a very successful startup to a large corporation -- without losing its distinctive culture; (16) Restarting after losing your job; (17) Managing a merger to assure its success; (18) Developing and implementing a vision for your company.