Program Content

The curriculum is focused on three broad competencies: managing self, managing work and managing people.  In concert with these three competencies, the Academy introduces a framework for managerial effectiveness that examines four common roles managers must play (see Figure 1).  At various times, all managers play each of these roles and effective managers understand which role is most appropriate in a given situation. The specific topics featured in the Academy are organized by these four roles with ample discussion about effective execution. 


In the classroom, participants will engage in peer discussions of the competencies they need to succeed in their workplace today and in the future, while practicing new management skills and techniques. Examples of topics likely to be covered during the Academy include:
  • Strategic Vision and Goal Setting 
  • Managing and Leading Change
  • Project Management, Execution and Process Improvement
  • Manager's Role in Performance Management and Coaching
  • Managing Conflict; Teams and Group Process
  • Collaboration and Partnership Strategies 
  • Creative Problem Solving and Innovation in the Workplace

In addition to the topics listed here, participants will have opportunities to interact with current State agency leaders. Participants will also complete several self-assessments and build an individual management development plan to carry out additional independent learning. Participants will likely need to spend a limited amount of time between classroom sessions to complete assignments and prepare for the next one.