In response to COVID-19, this Executive Education course has been developed according to our emergency teaching protocol framework which includes a blend of synchronous (online face to face) and asynchronous (in your own time) teaching methods.

Maximise your management potential

Acquire new competencies and move your career to the next level

The UCT GSB Programme for Management Development is a dynamic online short course designed to equip middle managers with the key competencies and skills to manage themselves and others more effectively both remotely and face-to-face, and to solve complex problems creatively and sustainably

The challenges facing managers in the current environment are unprecedented. PMD in 2020 will give delegates the opportunity to develop the skills, mindset and networks necessary for sustainable success. 

QUICK FACTS
COURSE DATES

Four blocks
Starting 14 September 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE

24 August 2020

TUITION FEE

R54 000

STUDY WITH THE BEST

The Programme for Management Development blends theory and practice in an easy-paced way – there are plenty of spaces in the curriculum to give you time to assimilate what you learn. You will also be challenged and stimulated by group learning and discussions. The goal is to deliver actionable knowledge. You will leave with a commitment to work on a real organisational challenge in your workplace, ensuring a return on investment.

The content and delivery of the programme have been adapted to the current situation.  PMD will be delivered remotely over four short blocks.  During these blocks, delegates will be fully engaged with the programme and with interacting with other delegates.  Between the blocks there will be structures in place to ensure engagement and learning continue.  

The UCT GSB is a globally-ranked business school with a world-class reputation and is one of just 89 business schools in the world to be triple-crown accredited. Established in 1967, the PMD is the oldest continually running short course in South Africa and has graduated over 5 000 well-rounded managers who have gone on to make an impact in their organisation.

COURSE STRUCTURE

It is an immersive experience of intense study, blending theory and practice to allow participants to assimilate what they learn.

COURSE DATES: 2020

Block 1: 14 – 16 September
Block 2: 12 – 14 October
Block 3: 9 – 11 November
Block 4: 30 November – 2 December

LEARN TO MANAGE IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

Leadership is not a state - it's a journey, and at the UCT GSB, it's a journey we understand. We know that each leadership stage requires not only a different skill-set, but also a different mind-set and the matching value-set that will help you transition with clarity and confidence. 

On the Programme for Management Development you will explore the 5 key mindsets: self, organisation, context, relationships, change. Find out more.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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This course is designed to support middle and senior managers working across all industries and sectors and give them the skills they need to maximise their effectiveness and move to the next level. Middle management is a critical component of any business and it deserves a very specific focus. In belt tightening times, middle managers are often squeezed with increasing responsibility from the top and less support from below. The Programme for Management Development will build your confidence and give you the skills boost you need to navigate this terrain successfully.

Students on the Programme for Management Development will gain:

  • An opportunity to network and debate with delegates from different industries and functional areas from across sub-Saharan Africa
  • Practical on-the-ground experience with a post-programme assignment which ensures that learning is implemented back in the workplace
  • Key competencies in managing self, managing others and managing relationships within and beyond the organisation through a combination of experiential and interactive learning
  • Access to the UCT GSB’s global alumni community

The Programme for Management Development has been designed to equip managers with competencies that align to five critical focus areas: 

  • Managing self (Reflection)
  • Managing organisation (Analytical skills)
  • Managing context (Beyond global)
  • Managing relationships (Collaboration)
  • Managing change (Action)
MEET THE FACULTY
JENNY BOXALL
Cape Town Course Convenor

Jenny has designed and facilitated professional development programmes, on behalf of the UCT GSB, for various organisations in South Africa and neighbouring countries, such as Old Mutual, NIPC, Rainbow Farms, Pam Golding Properties, Richards Bay Coal Terminal, and Southern African Customs Union. She is course convenor for The New Manager and for Programme for Management Development – both are UCT GSB flagship Executive Education short courses. She has also codesigned and is co-facilitator of the UCT GSB’s Developing Women in Leadership short course.

Jenny has a BA (Hons) and an MBA from the University of Cape Town. Specialising in marketing and strategy, before joining the UCT GSB she worked in a variety of environments such as a research unit at the University of Cape Town, the motor car industry, the clothing industry in Cape Town, and financial services, where she gained valuable corporate experience at Old Mutual, Southern Life, and Woolworths Financial Services.

BRIAN SIMELANE
Johannesburg Course Convenor

Brian has worked in a number of companies and industries as an accountant and later on as a consultant. He did his articles at Deloitte and worked in finance at various roles within the finance and accounting departments of Motorola and the CentraTel Group. He also ran his own accounting firm (SwitchMark CC) for 7 years. As a consultant he has worked with corporate giants like Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, AutoDesk, Tiffany & Co and many others around the world. He has also done work within the public sector through his lecturing at the business schools for entities like Rand Water, Legal Aid, COJ and Transnet.

Brian also spent some time working in the US as a consultant from 2007-2009. He specialises in business simulation development and facilitation, game-based learning and Entrepreneurship Development.

He is the Managing Director of Learning and Simulations (Pty) Ltd – a company that develops innovative learning solutions and business simulations. 

CUSTOMISE THIS PROGRAMME FOR YOUR TEAM

The Programme for Management Development can be customised to suit your organisation’s learning and development needs and can be delivered anywhere in the world, wherever it is convenient.

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