Managing for Excellence

Learn about Essentials of Managing, HR's program for new managers

Program Components

Managing for Excellence includes four primary components:


The program is structured around ten workshops, spaced approximately one or weeks apart, where participants focus on a specific area of management. The workshops include theory, practice, and preparation for applying key management skills to the job.

360 assessment and development goals

Following the program orientation, program participants take part in a 360 assessment, a confidential process that gathers feedback about each participant's management competencies from peers, managers, direct reports, and others.

Participants will meet with a 360 coach to interpret the results of their 360 assessment and create individual development goals that they revisit on a regular basis throughout the program.

Individual project

Participants identify an individual project that serves as a framework for applying the skills and strategies that they learn throughout the program. This project provides participants with an opportunity to work toward their development goals and transfer learning, in real time, to their areas/departments.

Project Criteria:

  • Will have a positive impact on the participant’s area/department
  • Is relevant strategically to the work of the participant’s area/department
  • The participant has some influence on decision making related to the project
  • Involves people other than the participant, requiring working with others
  • The project has recently started, or is about to start
  • The project will give participants the opportunity to work on their individual development goals

Participants apply what they learn in each workshop to their projects. They also share a summary of their project with other participants at the end of the program.

Manager Support

Participants are asked to communicate with their managers on an ongoing basis about the program to increase the likelihood of applying what they learn to their work at MIT. These conversations focus on:

  • Strategies, tools and frameworks that they learn in the program
  • Ideas for how the participant can apply these learnings at work
  • Identifying obstacles to applying the learning
  • Strategizing about how to overcome these obstacles
  • Identifying ways in which the participant can share results of in-class work with other staff from the area/department

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