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Effective supervision is essential to the success of any organization. Master your management skills through a variety of courses offered through Davenport University’s Institute for Professional Excellence.

Become a more effective and recognized leader so you can lead your team, increase productivity, and advance in your career. 

Explore our current course offerings

Questions? Contact us at 616-233-2589 or ipex@davenport.edu for more information.

At your organization: IPEx professional development programs can be customized and delivered at your workplace, or a location of your choice. To learn more about these programs or to inquire about pricing, please contact ipex@davenport.edu.


Certificate of Supervisory Management

COST: $2,495 Early-Bird Price
($2,950 Regular Price begins 1/19/18)

LENGTH: 12 weeks (6 sessions)

GRAND RAPIDS – DOWNTOWN
February 21 – May 9, 2018
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.REGISTER

LANSING
February 20 – May 8, 2018 
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.REGISTER

DETROIT AREA
April  12 – June 21, 2018 
Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.REGISTER

This 12-week, 6-session course focuses on the core competencies necessary to increase productivity and performance. Learn to build collaboration, promote trust, and empower your employees to achieve results.

Whether you are a new or experienced supervisor, this course will help you find the right mix of guidance, leadership, motivation, and discipline to acquire peak results.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Acquire a basic understanding of leadership skills and how they will enhance your ability to be successful
  • Clarify the nature of your leadership and understand employees’ motivation to perform
  • Recognize and utilize key elements that move teams from involvement to empowerment
  • Identify types of conflict and effectively communicate to find a resolution
  • Put to use important techniques such as active listening, persuasion and negotiation 

This course is eligible for 3 academic credits toward an undergraduate degree at Davenport University.

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Mini MBA

COST: Coming Soon

LENGTH: 12 weeks

GRAND RAPIDS - DOWNTOWN
March 30 – June 15, 2018
Coming Soon

The Mini MBA provides a practical foundation in current business theory and practices in an intensive, 12-week format.  Through case studies, problem-solving exercises and interactive class sessions, you will sharpen your abilities in strategy, finance, accounting, marketing, leadership, and business analysis.

Whether you are seeking to enhance your knowledge in order to become more versatile for advancement or you are testing the water to determine whether you want to pursue a traditional MBA, the Mini MBA will provide a framework of knowledge for making informed business decisions on the issues affecting today’s workplace.

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Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

COST: $495

LENGTH: 1 day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS - DOWNTOWN
February 6, 2018
REGISTER

LANSING
January 17, 2018REGISTER

DETROIT AREA
February 22, 2018REGISTER

In this 1-day workshop, you will learn to make stable decisions and get results through effective communication by managing your emotions.

Leaders who have developed a high emotional intelligence are able to facilitate high levels of productivity and collaboration. Become a leader that can leverage the ability to sense, understand, and apply the power of emotion.

Participants complete the Emotional Quotient Assessment™ prior to attending the course to empower a personal understanding of EQ.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Utilize EQ to become more self-aware of your strengths and weaknesses
  • Regulate your emotions in times of tough decisions
  • Effectively communicate in ways that inspire and motivate
  • Tune in to non-verbal cues in ways that will illicit respect
  • Leverage your EQ to minimize conflict that disrupts the workplace

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Difficult Conversations

COST: $195

LENGTH: 4 hours, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS - DOWNTOWN
March 27, 2018
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LANSING
February 28, 2018REGISTER

DETROIT AREA
March 15, 2018REGISTER

When difficult conversations arise, are you able to find the right words? Difficult conversations in the workplace are inevitable.

How can you manage the exchange so it goes as smoothly as possible?

In this 4-hour workshop, you will learn to manage difficult conversations to get the best results. Confidently turn crucial conversations into constructive ones. 

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify a conversation as crucial
  • Manage silence, violence, or hidden motives within the conversation
  • Create a safe environment that is conducive to collaboration
  • Use persuasion and not abrasion to get results

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Talk So People Listen

COST: $195

LENGTH: 4 hours, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS - DOWNTOWN
June 5, 2018
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LANSING
May 30, 2018REGISTER

DETROIT AREA
May 24, 2018REGISTER

Use your words to inspire action. Effectively manage workplace relationships, assignment, and ideas through clear communication and engagement.

What you say and how you say it is important. Use your words to inspire action with this 4-hour workshop. This course is successful when participants come prepared with experiences to share. 

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between persuasion and manipulation
  • Utilize techniques to influence others
  • Initiate persuasive conversations
  • Use storytelling to extend influence 

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Finance for the Non-Financial Manager

COST: $495

LENGTH: 1 day, 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS - DOWNTOWN
December 7, 2017REGISTER

LANSING - September 27, 2018Coming Soon

DETROIT AREA - November 15, 2018Coming Soon

Take the guesswork out of your decision-making and deliver a better bottom line. This 1-day course is designed for managers who want an applicable understanding of financial concepts, tools, and techniques.

By the end of this course, you will have a grasp on the numbers side of business and the impact that it has. You will be able to apply your training to contribute strategic information to your organization by analyzing opportunities, assessing risks, and effectively communicating ideas.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply basic finance principles and use financial terminology
  • Evaluate the financial viability of projects
  • Apply tools for effective capital planning, budgeting, and forecasting
  • Communicate information through financial terms
  • Leverage data and analysis in decision-making

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This course is eligible for 7 CPE credits through the NASBA.

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Business Planning for Entrepreneurs

COST: $1,595

LENGTH: 7 weeks

ONLINE - 24/7 ACCESS
January 10 -February 21, 2018REGISTER

Effective business planning is critical to an entrepreneurial company's long-term success and its ability to raise capital and grow successfully. Be prepared to tell your story and conservatively predict your business future.

This 7-week course provides foundational knowledge of the entrepreneurial process and its applications in new ventures and other aspects of business management.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of a good business plan
  • Effectively build new venture teams and secure financial support
  • Recognize and evaluate new business opportunities
  • Employ basic strategies for enterprise growth and development

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