Ivey First-Time Manager Program

Learn the essential leadership skills needed to succeed as a first-time manager.

Who should attend?

Aspiring, early-career, and experienced managers with direct reports and performance management responsibilities.

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Session Dates

2020 dates TBD

Location

London, Ontario, Canada

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

551 Windermere Road

Program Fees

$6,000 CAD

Program fee includes all materials, meals and accommodations.

Program fees are tax exempt.

Program Content

Managers are often promoted from functional roles where the focus is on a singular task. As a manager, your focus has now shifted to leading others, and you need to adjust your perspective. Your personal effectiveness is predicated on the effectiveness of your team. As an emerging leader, you need to think about the skills and behaviours your team needs from you so that they may succeed. 

The Ivey First-Time Manager Program helps high-potential managers build self-awareness about their own leadership styles and learn Ivey's best practices for performance management. Working together with other emerging leaders in a safe and supportive environment, you will learn new leadership skills and then use them – right away. Through real-world leadership cases, simulations, and role plays that, you’ll have the opportunity to make decisions and practice the new skills you learn before you use them in your workplace.  

After the program you’ll have stronger emotional intelligence to effectively handle performance management issues, and you’ll feel comfortable about having the tough conversations required of you as a leader. You’ll return to your organization feeling confident that the decisions you make are the right ones for your team and your organization. Discover your potential, uncover new insights, gain the leadership skill you need to propel your career with the Ivey First-Time Manager Program.

Program ROI

For You
After completing the Ivey Emerging Leaders Program, you'll receive an authentic digital artifact – also known as a badge. This badge showcases your achievements and commitment to professional development. You can share your accomplishment with your network by displaying digital badges on social media, websites, portfolios, professional networks, and email signatures.

In addition to your badge, you will receive an Ivey First-Time Manager Program Certificate of Completion, a powerful credential from the top business school in Canada. As an alum of The Ivey Academy, you’ll also be eligible to receive a 25 per cent discount toward future enrolment*, join the Ivey Business School InTouch community, and connect with other alumni at exclusive networking events.
*On select programs.

For Your Organization
The Ivey Academy is Canada’s leader in advanced management education and professional development. We work with international business and government to build leadership capacity and drive strategic goals. By choosing us as a partner in lifelong professional learning, you’ll be making an investment in your most valued talent and empowering your teams to lead change. Build sustainable, strategic leadership for the future.

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After completing the Ivey First-Time Manager Program, you'll receive an authentic digital artifact – also known as a badge. This badge showcases your achievements and commitment to professional development. You can share your accomplishment with your network by displaying digital badges on social media, websites, ePortfolios, professional networks, and email signatures. Included in your badge is a digital certificate. Your network will be able to view your personalized and authentic certificate through your online digital badge.

In addition to a digital badge, you will receive an Ivey First-Time Manager Program Certificate of Completion, a powerful credential from the top business school in Canada.

What You Learn

For detailed program content, download the brochure. 

The Ivey First-Time Manager Program focuses exclusively on the abilities required of a first-time manager. Topics covered include:

  • Hiring staff and terminations
  • Leading a team
  • Managing direct report performance
  • Performance reviews
  • Conflict resolution and difficult conversations
  • Legal obligations
  • Communication and presentation skills

Personal Leadership 

The Ivey First-Time Manager Program enables leaders to measure and explore their own leadership habits. 

  • Complete a self-assessment tool on personal leadership styles to reveal your strengths & weaknesses. 
  • Develop stronger emotional intelligence as a framework for making uncertain decisions. 

Leading Others 

Next, participants turn their personal leadership insights outward to start breaking old, ineffective leadership habits. 

  • Uncover some of the most common mistakes leaders make. 
  • Recognize the people challenges that impact performance the most. 
  • Experience the potential pitfalls of complex performance management – risk-free. 

Practice and Workshops  

Our programs use an experiential, practice-led approach, grounded in future-oriented case research.

  • Simulate difficult conversations pertaining to absenteeism and harassment. 
  • Learn to build your team with a recruitment and hiring workshop.
  • Role-play termination scenarios with live actors to practice critical conflict resolution skills. 

Learning in Action

Our goal is meaningful behaviour change. Return to your role ready to apply your learning.

  • Work with a graphic illustrator to visualize your “return-to-work” action plan.
  • Gain tips and tricks for becoming a better presenter and influencer.

How You Learn

This is Not about Textbooks and Lectures

This isn’t your typical classroom. Our programs are designed with busy leaders in mind. We’re talking an engaging, interactive, and unique experience. Our real-world Case-Method of Learning is not about textbooks and lectures – it’s about learning by doing. You’ll walk away with new knowledge and ideas that you can immediately implement in your business.

Create Immediate Impact

Throughout the program, you’ll track your learning outcomes and pinpoint specific initiatives to implement. You’ll leave knowing exactly how you will apply your new knowledge and skills, and a self-developed implementation plan to start your impact once back in your workplace.

Program Faculty

Lyn Purdy

Lyn Purdy

Professor, Organizational Behaviour

Where You Learn

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

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551 Windermere Road
London, Ontario, Canada
N5X 2T1

The Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre provides business professionals with an extraordinary and intimate setting like no other. Housed in a Georgian manor with 30 beautifully landscaped acres of parkland and gardens, The Ivey Academy is minutes from Western University and the Ivey Business School.

Spencer has 125 guest suites, 14,000 sq. ft. of event space (including three amphitheatres), cycling and hiking trails, a fitness centre, a high-ropes team-building course, five dining rooms, and free parking.

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Ready to enrol?

For nearly 70 years, leaders from around the world have come to The Ivey Academy to deepen their business knowledge and drive immediate results. It may be just what you and your organization need.

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