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Managing Oneself and Maximizing Your Team

This introductory level course explores the human capital side of management with a focus on paid staff and service volunteers. The course opens with an exploration of the nonprofit workplace and our 21st century society.

Through discussion of technology, diversity and inclusion, managing across the generations and the changing expectations of volunteers, the course establishes context as an important consideration for managing people. Students will explore what managers do and identify characteristics of an effective manager.

Using the framework of managing the work, managing people and managing oneself (Green and Hauser, 2012) students will examine principles and practices that lead to results in today’s nonprofit organizations. All students will engage in a final project to develop their own competencies as managers of staff and volunteers.

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Section 0722
July 21 - August 24, 2022
Course Fee: $550
Instructor: Martin Berg
Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 11:59 am (CT)
Location: Online
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Topics Covered

  • Managing Successfully in the 21stCentury Workplace
  • Managing the Work: Ten Practices You Shouldn’t Learn the Hard Way
  • Developing People: Keys to Building and Retaining a Strong Team
  • Managing Yourself: Investing in Your Own Sustainability
  • Building an Organizational Culture for Excellence and Innovation


Course Benefits

  • Recognize the distinct challenges and opportunities associated with managing people in the 21stcentury nonprofit workplace
  • Apply best practices and structured processes in the workplace that will result in getting the work done
  • Identify the keys to staff development, retention and team-building
  • Appropriate self-management practices that will reduce stress and increase your effectiveness as a manager
  • Explain how the practice of management can lead to an organizational culture of excellence and innovation


Special Features

  • Weekly readings and resources that flex to address the needs of beginners and more experienced practitioners
  • “Studio” activities, case studies and problem-based learning activities to build competencies for the learner’s current or prospective nonprofit environment
  • In-depth discussions with an experienced nonprofit leader and classmates on the real-life challenges and opportunities of managing staff and volunteers
  • A small class size limited to 25 participants provides opportunities for networking and sharing of lived experience



This is an instructor-led course delivered entirely online. It is highly interactive and requires 8-10 hours per week of active participation on discussion boards and completion of assigned projects.

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