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One of the root causes of poor leadership is lack of training and preparation. Too often people stumble into a leadership role – or are promoted into one – getting more and more responsibility without any significant training or development support.
What is true for leadership is just as true for project management – the first step in any leadership career – people are too often thrust into managing projects or have projects dumped on them without having the requisite skills or any real understanding of the project management lifecycle.
This is critical, because proficiency in managing projects should be a core competency across organizations of all types and sizes. Whether setting up a new business system or arranging the CEO’s travel itinerary everything is a project and everyone – from executive assistants to VPs – is a potential project manager.
Date: Sept 13 to Jan 26 │ Format: 18 Days of in-class study │ Location: Toronto
From the organizations’ perspective improving project management capability is key to improving performance and managing key partners. Success in a competitive business world requires ensuing project managers and mid- to senior-level managers are skilled at project planning and control, cost control, procurement and contracting management, assessing and managing risk, project quality control and measurement, and communicating well with stakeholders.
For the individual, acquiring the skill to be able to communicate with the team, manage stakeholders, procure and plan, ensure quality, minimize risk, and so on, and then to be able to connect their work to the organization’s overall strategy is the foundation for a successful management career and often a launch-pad into a more senior leadership career.
Schulich Executive Education Centre’s Masters Certificate in Project Management offers a comprehensive formal training in the best practices, current thinking, and tools of the project manager’s trade. Participants gain an understanding in how all the phases of the project lifecycle fit together and learn structured techniques for project management that can add the maximum amount of value during project execution.
Well-trained project managers are highly sought-after and highly valued by organizations in all sectors. Whereas, without formal training, those who execute projects are essentially winging it, learning on the job through trial and error. They cannot be sure that what they’re doing is right or wrong, or missing something, or that the solution they implement is the best possible course of action.
Program Director David Barrett explains the benefits of the Masters Certificate in Project Management:
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