Management Essentials

The Managers Journey at Brown

At Brown University, the manager's journey is a comprehensive experience that nurtures growth, fosters excellence, and bridges the overlap between managing and leading. It begins with foundational onboarding, compliance, and role-based training, establishing a solid grasp of university policies – the bedrock of effective management.

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About Management Essentials

The Management Essentials Program offers a strong foundation in crucial information and skills for effective leadership. It focuses on key HR-related policies and procedures within the context of the employee lifecycle, essential for every manager to know.

The pilot program is divided into six modules. The initial two modules concentrate on building self-awareness, effective manager characteristics, and powerful communications for today’s work environment. In the remaining modules (4-6),  managers will navigate Brown's key HR policies and processes through a progressive case study approach and learn other key skills throughout these modules. Below is a graphic illustrating the breakdown of each session.


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The Management Essentials program helps managers better understand themselves and the qualities of effective managers at Brown University. By identifying their key strengths through the CliftonStrengths assessment, managers receive instruction on how to apply these strengths in their roles, leading to more impactful results.

The program also focuses on improving communication skills for both remote and onsite work settings, facilitating genuine interactions. Bite-sized learning moments integrated into the modules teach vital skills like delegation and conflict resolution, providing valuable tools for navigating various challenges. Practical case studies further enhance managers' ability to handle HR-related issues using the skills gained.

Eligibility and Participation

Anyone who manages at least 1 full-time direct report can participate in the program. Once enrolled in the program, participants will be responsible for completing the following items:

  1. Complete the CliftonStrengths assessment ahead of the program.
  2. Allocate 15-20 minutes for pre-session work before each module.
  3. Further your learning through self-paced extended resources, tailored to your journey.

Below is the upcoming schedule for Management Essentials. Additional sessions will be announced as we progress through the year. If you are interested in participating, feel free to contact [email protected]. Check back here soon as more sessions will be forthcoming!

  • March 20-22, 2024 (3-day consecutive training)
  • April 2 - May 7, 2024 (weekly series that will take place from 9 am to noon)
  • May 1-3, 2024 (3-day consecutive training)

Interested in seeing who has successfully completed our Management Essentials program? Click the following link to explore the list.