UM Management Fundamentals Program

Those in supervisory roles have a huge potential for positive impact regarding productivity and morale. Conversely, poor supervisory practices can have a very negative impact. This comprehensive program addresses best practices for supervisory excellence.

To register for the UM Management Fundamentals Program please fill out the application form and send it to the LOD Program Coordinator.

Registration forms can be found here.
Program outline forms can be found here.

For more information please contact:

Sandra Woloschuk
Associate Director
Learning & Organizational Development
Ph: 204-474-8279



    Program Requirements

    • Program begins with Introduction to Management
    • Program ends with Capstone
    • To be completed within a 2 year period
    • Two peer coaching modules completed per term: 
      Term 1: September - December       Term 2: January - May

    Workload Expectations

    • In session time (36 hours out of office)
    • 90 minutes of peer coaching per term
    • Culminating presentation during captstone, participants will be assessed based on demonstration of learning through presentation of learning portfolio

    Learning Portfolio

    • Created in session during program orientation, learning portfolio consists of self-identified learning goals
    • Learning portfolio will be updated after each completed session
    • Learning portfolios are the focus of peer coaching sessions, you will practice coaching others as well as receive coaching focused on self-identified learning goals
    Final Presentation of your Learning Portfolio
    10-15 minute presentation of your learning goals, focusing on your developmental journey highlighting:
    • Your Goals
    • Strategies implemented and progress towards goals
    • Lessons learned
    • Future goals

    Participants will complete the program based on ability to demonstrate engagement in peer coaching, effort in trying new strategies learned in program, and thoughtful reflection of successes/lessons learned.

    You can register for sessions via LODReg.


Introduction to Management (Required Start of program)    

  • Program Orientation and review of Key Skills that will be developed through the program.
  •  Learning portfolio: Introduction of learning portfolio, document they will be creating through UMLearn to track progress related to self-identified supervisory development goals.
  •  Coaching: Basic coaching strategies, helping participants understand how to hold development conversations and provide effective guidance.

Safety for Supervisors    

  • This “Safety for Supervisors” course assists supervisors in understanding their responsibilities under Manitoba’s Workplace Safety and Health Act.
  • Completion includes a short multiple choice test on the duties of supervisors under Manitoba Health and Safety legislation.

RESPECT in the Workplace: Tips for Supervisors    

  • Refresh your understanding of your rights and responsibilities, and learn the MEET model to help you deal with respect-related supervisory challenges.
  • This workshop includes the updated (Sept. 2016) Respectful Work and Learning Environment policy, Sexual Assault policy and the Respectful Work and Learning Environment and Sexual Assault procedure.

Annual Review and Development Plan Training    

  • Learn how performance development functions as a continuous process to assist staff in performing to the best of their abilities.
  • Discuss how to integrate individual performance goals and strategies with the unit and university’s strategic plans.
  • Understand how to plan and prepare for annual performance reviews.

Managing Workstyles and Personalities Part 1 and 2

  • Learn about common workstyle and personality types present in the workplace.
  • Discuss strategies to address individual needs, shape work environment, manage conflict, and communicate.
  • Work in groups to identify strategies to integrate concepts from session into the workplace.

UM Collective Agreements    

  • Supervisors at the University of Manitoba have some particular responsibilities and resources available to assist them in fulfilling those responsibilities.
  • This session focuses on policies, collective agreements, best hiring practices, performance management, discipline, managing sick leave and other supervisory practices.

Supervisory  Communication    

  • Learn best practice behaviours for communicating direction/strategy, focusing on improving outcomes.
  • Practice techniques that drive employee engagement.
  • Understand the impact of “power cues” that influence communication.
  • Learn strategies to improve presentation skills.

Motivating and Leading Teams    

  • A summary of key motivation theories and how they influence the workplace.
  • Key ideas and takeaways from the “Science of High Performance Teams” and Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Functions of Teams.
  • Behaviours that enable managers to shape workplace culture, identifying strategies to implement in work environment.

Capstone Day: Presentation of Learning Portfolios [Required end of program]    

  • Participants present on development and growth towards self-identified learning goals from Learning Portfolios.
  • Content from peer coaching sessions, self-reflection, and personal experience will inform presentation from participants.
  • Participants will be assessed on demonstration of thoughtful effort towards self-development through peer coaching and engagement in the learning cycle (reflection, learning, active experimentation, and experience).

Peer Coaching (2 minimum per term until completion of program)

  • 45 minute lunch hour sessions where participants will practice coaching skills with peers in the program.
  • Participants will coach each other on learning goals from the program, progress will be tracked in learning portfolios.
  • Peer coaching sessions will provide opportunity for participants to discuss what they have been learning in the program and prepare participants for capstone presentations.

Learning Portfolio    

  • Participants will update learning portfolio based on Day 1 coaching and peer coaching sessions.
  • Portfolio will highlight self-identified developmental goals, strategies to achieve goals, lessons learned, and future plans/considerations.
  • Portfolio will be captured in UMLearn.