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The ACS Harvard eLearning library is composed of 42 courses. The full suite is the ideal way to take the courses and preview the content. In the full suite, the courses are linked to each other (e.g. the Finance Essentials course might link to the Budgeting course). You can also take the ACS Harvard courses one course at a time, however, the courses do not link to each other.

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Budgeting

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

In this topic, you'll learn how to identify and create a budget that will most effectively help you meet your business goals and how to use communication skills to develop realistic, accurate budgets that keep your organization on track.

Business Case Development

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

In this topic, you'll learn how to build a business case to explore multiple alternatives before making a recommendation to support a particular option. You'll learn how to define the opportunity, identify and analyze alternatives, and present your final recommendation to key stakeholders.

Business Plan Development

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

In this topic, you'll learn how to write a business plan designed to inform and motivate the people who will be reading it.

Career Management

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

In this topic, you'll find ways to determine what direction you want to take, learn how to assess your current skills and abilities, and find tools that will help you get on the path to more rewarding and meaningful work.

Change Management

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

In this topic, you'll learn how to deal constructively with change and position change as an opportunity for experimentation and growth.

Coaching

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Learn how to get the best from your direct reports and help them master new skills through coaching. In this module, you'll learn how to use a four-step process to facilitate the professional growth of those you've agreed to coach. You'll also discover how to strengthen your skills so that you can be a more effective coach.

Crisis Management

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Every crisis is an opportunity to shine for managers who know what to do. Here's how to chart a course through crisis situations, from crisis plan development and contingency thinking to post-crisis management. Relevant for managers at all levels.

Customer Focus

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

A vital orientation tool with value for every employee. Covers the critical components of servicing internal or external customers, with a compelling overview of the importance of customer service, its relationship to customer satisfaction, and its link to company profitability.

Decision Making

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Learn how to make effective business decisions into a process that requires time and input from many individuals throughout an organization. Learn to identify underlying issues related to a decision, generate multiple alternatives, evaluate those alternatives, and communicate and implement the decision.

Delegating

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Proven tools for assessing any assignment, matching employee skills to tasks, selecting the right person, and supporting the delegation all the way through completion. Includes strategies for communicating the assignment, monitoring progress, and dealing with "reverse delegation."

Developing Employees

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Easily applied recommendations for addressing employees' developmental needs. Includes strategies for maximizing return on management, growing competent employees, and keeping star performers motivated. Also addresses use of development planning to help team members improve individual performance, make the most of career opportunities, and maximize contributions to your organization's performance.

Difficult Interactions

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Shows how to discuss and resolve difficult interactions in the workplace -- whether they're with employees, peers, bosses, or even customers and suppliers. Includes tools and techniques to help you: decide which situations are worth resolving, find the source of the difficulty, productively discuss the emotions that difficult interactions can raise, and overcome barriers to action.

Dismissing an Employee

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Dismissing an employee is one of the most difficult, painful tasks a manager can face. In this topic, you'll learn how to effectively manage a dismissal -- including making key decisions before, during, and after the critical event. Handled skillfully, dismissing an employee can set your team -- and your company -- on a positive new path.

Diversity

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Learn how to manage diversity to extract maximum value from your employees' differences -- including how to recruit diverse talent, resolve diversity-related conflicts, and communicate with employees and customers from other cultures.

Feedback Essentials

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Learn how and when to use various types of feedback to maximize openness and encourage learning. Covers information on establishing a receptive work environment, giving effective feedback, receiving feedback openly, being patient with non-communicators, and managing barriers to feedback.

Finance Essentials

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

This primer shows non-financial managers how their units fit into the company's overall financial picture. Includes easy-to-understand explanations of the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement, plus practical advice for pulling together a department's budget and justifying an investment or expenditure.

Goal Setting

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Is your work organized around clear and meaningful objectives? It will be once you've mastered these tools and techniques for establishing realistic goals, creating a task list, tracking milestones, and evaluating achievement.

Hiring

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Techniques for finding, interviewing, and selecting top performers. Covers information on screening resumes, checking references, asking effective questions, making the hiring decision, and extending the offer. Includes tools for creating a job profile, preparing for an interview, and evaluating job candidates.

Innovation and Creativity

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

A framework for turning an innovative idea into reality. Innovation is not only about generating creative ideas. Innovation results when a creative idea is put to use. However, the implementation phase is where many good ideas fail. Learn how to implement an innovation, from crafting a vision statement to managing resistance.

Innovation Implementation

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

How to stimulate creative thinking in an intellectually diverse workgroup. Learn to assess and then tailor the physical and psychological environment to stimulate creative thought, and how to manage the process of innovation for maximum impact on your organization.

Laying Off Employees

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Implementing a layoff is one of the most difficult, painful tasks a manager can face. In this topic, you'll learn how to effectively manage a layoff -- including making key decisions before, during and after the critical event. Handled skillfully, a layoff can set your team -- and your company -- on a positive new path.

Leading and Motivating

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

A synopsis of the essential tasks of leadership: setting direction, aligning people, and motivating others. Learn how to recognize the skills and characteristics of effective leaders, create an inspiring vision, and energize people to support and work toward your goals.

Managing Upward

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

How well do you work with your supervisor? Gain insight into developing a mutually rewarding relationship, with skills for communicating and negotiating with your manager. Includes tips on presenting problems or opportunities to your supervisor and accepting responsibility for your proposed actions.

Marketing Essentials

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Written especially for non-marketing managers, this module includes fundamentals that will help people throughout the organization better understand the importance of marketing and how it relates to them.

Meeting Management

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

A timesaving guide to planning and conducting meetings from start to finish. Covers preparation, keeping the meeting on track, and follow-up. Includes expert advice for dealing with problem behaviors exhibited by meeting participants.

Negotiating

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

A practical guide to becoming an effective negotiator. Includes steps to guide you through the negotiation process: assessing your interests as well as those of the other party, developing opportunities that create value, avoiding common barriers to agreement, and implementing strategies to make the negotiation process run smoothly.

New Manager Transitions

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

This module presents concepts and practical advice to help new managers make a successful transition to the managerial role. Learn about common myths of management, the nature of the transition process from individual contributor to manager, ways to enhance your self-knowledge, build effective teams, and cope with the stresses and emotions that characterize the managerial role.

Performance Appraisal

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

A practical guide to preparing, conducting, and following up a performance evaluation meeting. Includes guidelines on appropriate documentation and handling problem situations, as well as specific "before," "during," and "after" steps designed to reinforce desirable behavior and effect change where needed.

Performance Measurement

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

A review of financial and non-financial measures used in all areas of organizational performance. Addresses both standalone measures (including ROI, EVA, and BET) and measurement frameworks such as dashboards, quality models, and the Balanced Scorecard. Includes a systematic process for tracking performance of initiatives that can generate improvements across the organization.

Persuading Others

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Master the art and science behind successful persuasion -- and begin changing others' attitudes, beliefs, or behavior to create win-win solutions. Formal authority no longer gets managers as far as it used to. To do their job -- accomplishing work through others -- managers must develop and use persuasion skills rather than simply issue orders.

Presentation Skills

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Sound advice on preparing and delivering presentations that command attention, persuade, and inspire. Includes rehearsal techniques as well as tips for creating and using more effective visuals. Also addresses the importance of understanding your objectives and your audience to create a presentation with impact.

Process Improvement

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

In this topic, you'll learn what business processes are; why improving them is essential; and how to carry out a business process improvement (BPI) initiative.

Project Management

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Learn the nuts and bolts of project management, including project planning, budgeting, team-building, execution, and risk analysis. Covers useful tools and techniques such as GANTT and PERT charts, Work Breakdown Structure, and variance analysis.

Retaining Employees

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Why do employees stay with -- or leave -- their jobs? Learn strategies for attracting and keeping top performers, how to handle common obstacles to retention such as burnout and work/life imbalance, and how to develop programs that address the diverse needs and interests of your workforce.

Strategic Thinking

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Practical advice for managers in charge of shaping and executing organizational strategy. Includes tips for analyzing opportunities, challenges, and the potential consequences of high-level action plans. Addresses identification of broad patterns and trends, creative thinking, analysis of complex information, and prioritization of actions.

Strategy Execution

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Learn what strategy is, how senior management and units work together to develop strategy, and how units support a company's strategy by developing and executing action plans for strategic initiatives. In many companies, senior management and units are involved in the strategic planning process. Why? This ensures that a company's strategies -- both corporate and unit -- are tightly aligned and that successful implementation can follow.

Stress Management

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Learn the difference between positive stress that enhances productivity and negative stress that breeds tension, lowers productivity, and undercuts job satisfaction. Includes strategies for dealing with underlying causes of worry and stress, with tactical advice and coping mechanisms for immediate problem management.

Team Leadership

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Learn how to establish a team with the right mix of skills and personalities and create a culture that promotes collaborative work. Covers steps to leading an effective team and includes innovative, easy-to-implement self-evaluation tools.

Team Management

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Focus is essential to effective teamwork. Learn how to diagnose and overcome common problems - such as poor communication and interpersonal conflict - that can impede team progress, learn to take corrective measures to remove team problems and improve team performance.

Time Management

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

This module will help you master effective time management techniques. Learn how to analyze how you currently spend your time and pinpoint opportunities for improvement, set goals, prioritize tasks, plan your time efficiently using scheduling tools, control time-wasters, and evaluate your schedule once it is underway.

Virtual Teams

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Concrete suggestions for forming virtual teams, including assessing their technology and communication needs, structuring the team to build trust, and keeping the team on track.

Writing Skills

Price for Members: $25.00
Price for Non-Members: $50.00

Skillful writing helps you accomplish your business objectives and extends your influence as a manager. Learn to create clearer, more effective written communications. Includes specific guidelines for preparing memos, letters, emails, and other common business documents.

   

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