Effective decision-making for new managers: analysing, problem-solving problem-preventing, strategic thinking

Course Dates: 20/01/22 - 31/03/22
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
What makes a good manager? What are the skills needed by all managers regardless of level and industry? Decision-making is certainly one of these. A manager is making many decisions every day. Some are long-term, large scale, others are short-term and small-scale. Some are relatively risk-free, others involve much more uncertainty and even ambiguity. On this course, you will investigate what constitutes effective decision-making, what makes a good decision-maker especially in regard to more high risk situations. What is the relationship between your decision-making and wider strategies? What is strategic thinking? How do you identify potential problems? How do you analyse and research problems? How do you handle multiple information sources and data? How do you consider and judge alternative solutions to your problems? How do you see the bigger picture and wider implications? What is the relationship between decision-making and actions? By the end of this course, you will be confident you can be more decision-oriented, aware of how to prevent as well as solve problems and be able think more strategically.
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00

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Course Code: EDM01

Thu, eve, 20 Jan - 31 Mar '22

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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What is the course about?

This course is about helping you become a better strategic thinker and decision-maker as a manager whatever your sector or industry, particularly when there is no clear, already trodden path to rely on. You will focus on what constitutes effective decision-making, what makes a good decision-maker and how to respond to uncertainty and ambiguity. You will investigate the relationship between decision-making and wider strategies as well as what constitutes strategic thinking, including how to see and consider the bigger picture. You will work on how to identify potential problems and how to analyse and research them. You will learn how to handle multiple information sources and data and how to involves other people in the decision. Also, how do you consider and judge alternative solutions to your problems? Finally you will look at the relationship between decision-making and actions.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• what is the relationship between management and decision-making
• what are the different types of decisions?
• what factors are involved in decision-making?
• how to deal with risk and uncertainty?
• what is strategic thinking? How to see the bigger picture?
• how to identify potential problems, analyse and research them.
• how to handle multiple information sources and data and how to involve other people in the decision-making
• how to consider and judge alternative solutions to problems
• what is the relationship between decision-making and action.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• articulate the relationship between management and decision-making
• identify different types of decisions?
•identify factors involved in decision-making?
• deal with risk and uncertainty?
• articulate what is strategic thinking and be able to see the bigger picture
• identify potential problems, analyse and research them.
• handle multiple information sources and data and involve other people in the decision-making
• consider and judge alternative solution to problems
• articulate the relationship between decision-making and action.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is aimed at new managers who wish to develop their decision-making skills and be more confident in their problem-solving and preventing, their analytical skills and strategic thinking.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve and how to work in a way that improves your learning. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and a code for Google classroom so you can communicate with classmates and access materials, videos etc. online.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are many courses you can do before, at the same time or after this course. These include:
• Develop your reading and writing for inside and outside the workplace: read well, write well - analysing, evaluating and making decisions about what you read (level 2)
• Workplace skills: getting your point across (level 2)
• Workplace skills: how to work effectively with other people and be a team person
• Workplace skills: communicating, negotiating and influencing (level 2+)
• Becoming data literate: the fundamentals of how to present data for work or study(L2+)
• Becoming data literate: understanding data and how it is presented from pie-charts to bell curves (L2+)
• Workplace skills: how to collaborate, coordinate and build relationships through the Cloud using One Drive and SharePoint
• Workplace skills: how to collaborate, coordinate and build relationships with Microsoft Teams
• Digital skills for the workplace: analysing, handling and presenting data with Excel (intermediate)

There also many maths, English and digital skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more details.

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