The ability to make effective and timely decisions is an essential skill for successful executives. Mastery of this skill influences all aspects of day-to-day operations as well as strategic planning. In this course, developed by Professor Robert Bloomfield, Ph.D. of Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, you will hone your decision-making skills by following a methodology based on tested actions and sound organizational approaches. You will leave this course better equipped to confidently tackle any decision large or small, and you’ll do so in a way that creates the optimal conditions for success.

All leadership is change leadership. Good leadership isn’t about stagnation; it’s about moving ahead. In this course, Cornell University's Professor Samuel Bacharach, Ph.D., explores the fundamental, practical skills that effective leaders have mastered.

Effective change leaders do three things; they anticipate where things are moving, they facilitate the implementation of change, and they sustain momentum by taking charge and moving things ahead. Great change leaders know how to be both proactive and reactive, as Professor Bacharach explains. Students in this course will examine their own leadership styles and practice skills that will help them translate ideas into organizational results, find ways to overcome organizational inertia, and examine strategies for overcoming individual resistance to change.

Choosing the Right Performance Measures for Your Organization introduces managers to the basics of measuring and reporting on the performance of your organization, whether it's a for-profit business, not-for profit, or governmental organization. You will learn about the different types of reporting systems these organizations use, with a focus on performance reporting systems: the systems that lay out an organization's strategy and report on how well that strategy is being executed. You will also take a detailed look at one of the most important tools for performance reporting, the Balanced Scorecard. The ultimate goal for this course is for you to be able to implement the Balanced Scorecard in your own organization.

Healthcare professionals often approach management like a service provider might approach a patient: identify a symptom or problem, make a diagnosis or analysis, and recommend a treatment plan. This is suitable for short-term initiatives and projects but not for executing long-term strategies for sustainability or growth.

This course introduces students to strategic planning for healthcare organizations, encouraging modern business approaches. Participants learn to gauge their organization's readiness; how to develop strategies that align with their organization's core values; and how to involve both internal and external stakeholders in the planning process.

Participants will also learn how to collect and analyze data to identify areas in need of improvement. Strategic planning training is highly valued and essential at all levels of healthcare administration.

Strategic plans should align with an organization's overall mission and vision. They also require assessment and revision from time to time to ensure that they embody core values and meet projected goals. Building or revising a strategic plan requires the ability to manage debate and collaboration among peers, who often have conflicting agendas.

Learn how to gain the buy-in of important stakeholders and decision makers; explore how internal and external environments affect strategic plans; and develop the skills to evaluate and refine them based on changes to these environments. This course shows how to conduct a group retreat where a team can set organizational goals and construct a plan for achieving them.