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Leadership Microcourses

Short bursts of learning on essential skills and topics

Looking for "short bursts" of learning?

DDI's online learning library includes microcourses or "short bursts" of learning focused on a single topic or skill. Our learner-driven microcourses provide individuals with just the right information to address common workplace challenges. The microcourses address Change, Coaching, Collaborating, Conflict, Decision Making, Delegation, Diversity, Essential Interpersonal Skills, Teams, and more.

Microcourses are designed to meet the various learning preferences of today's modern learner. Microcourses vary in length from seven to twenty minutes, and include short videos as well as more in-depth learning experiences with quick tips, pitfalls, self-assessments, and a variety of learning tools.

Here are some of the topics from our library of microcourses. Complete the form to preview two microcourses.

Authenticity and Transparency
The trust you build with your direct reports can pay dividends in times of stress. Follow a leader who learns to appropriately disclose feelings and share information to build trust during an organizational change. Neuroscience principles explain the impact of such authenticity and transparency. You’ll also learn tips for developing good judgment.

Cultivating Effective Business Networks
Do you know everything you need to know to succeed in your job? Is it becoming more complex? Are you struggling to keep up with technology? Your job probably demands more of you than ever before. Maybe you're working cross-functionally or in settings that require a broader skill set than was required in a more traditional role. Even though you have more information than people doing similar jobs did 5 or 10 years ago, you probably have a smaller portion of the information you need to be successful.

Embracing Change
Change is universal. However, it manifests itself in very different ways, depending on the situation, the environment, the people, and the timing. You can test this theory by looking around your organization. What's happening in it now? What about in the last six months? What's expected to change in the near future? Understanding the recent past, the present, and the near future will prepare you to address important issues connected with a change. And it will surface the fears, concerns, challenges, and opportunities that you need to discuss and confront.

Giving Positive Feedback
Research makes a compelling case for praise as a driver of employee performance. Yet, giving praise can be harder than you might think, thanks to some common hidden biases. In the example a leader who intends to deliver praise finds that his approach is falling flat. You’ll learn why. And you’ll learn how to make your positive feedback sincere and meaningful.

Handling Emotion and Upset
Some of a leaders most difficult interactions are with employees who suddenly become emotional. Leaders learn about the neuroscience behind emotions and three common approaches that make negative feelings worse. They also learn about how to use empathy to help an upset employee return to a calm, productive state.

Helping Your Team Achieve High Performance
When team members have skill and experience, they're likely to produce acceptable results. In today's business environment, however, teams often are under pressure to produce more than just acceptable results. As the leader, you can proactively create conditions that allow your team to reach peak performance quickly and without undue strain on any individuals.

Letting Go and Delegating More
You're reluctant to delegate; in fact, you sometimes avoid it altogether. Why? Perhaps you don't want to let go of tasks and activities you enjoy. Maybe it's the idea of investing time and effort in getting people up to speed. Or maybe you think it'll be less stress and rework if you do it yourself. Whatever your reason for not delegating, you'll miss opportunities to take on new, more challenging responsibilities that can grow your skills and boost job satisfaction. However, if you know how to allocate the right work to the right people, you, your team, and the organization will experience the benefits.

Leveraging Diversity
Do you value the unique qualities you and your coworkers bring to the workplace? Did you know that people expressing their differences actually enhances an organization's growth? Valuing differences is the right thing to do from both an interpersonal and a business perspective. By leveraging diverse styles, abilities, and motivations (SAMs), you encourage creative solutions and unique approaches that enable your organization to achieve improved results.

Managing Millennials
Attracting and retaining millennials in the workplace is a must. To do that, get the "real story" and gain fresh insights on who millennials are and what they need and value most. Pick up tips to begin and continue conversations with eager team members interested in development and getting their ideas heard. Also, put a plan in motion to bring out the best in your millennial workforce.

Unleashing Employee Initiative
An engaged, committed group is one of the most powerful assets you have when it comes to achieving your team’s goals. You’ll see a leader apply an involvement technique that yields great results with a team that seems to be hanging back. Along with the technique, you’ll learn about pitfalls to avoid as well as the neuroscience behind encouraging employee initiative.

Unconscious Bias
Everyone has unconscious biases—they’re the result of the way the brain handles the millions of bits of information bombarding us daily. But our biases can get in the way of our good intentions, limit our own successes, and cause us to deny development opportunities to others. The Unconscious Bias microcourse helps learners become aware of their own biases. An introductory video shows how the brain influences our reactions to the world around us. A quick review of common biases and a short activity help learners gain insight into their own behavior in the workplace. A list of ideas for interrupting bias and some tools for putting those ideas into action wrap up the course.

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