The course will begin with a mandatory videoconference in which you will have a chance to:
- learn more about the EB course structure, content, and assessment requirements
- find out how to prepare for the residential workshop
- clarify what will be involved in the Learning Review assessment conducted at the beginning of the residential workshop
- complete and receive feedback on a written, sample Learning Review question during the videoconference.
The structure of the course content is described below.
Part 1 - Managing Yourself and Your Learning (Units 1-2): These units will help you optimise your learning and development throughout and beyond your MBA studies.
In Unit 1 - Proactive Learning, you will discover what is involved in being 'in learning mode' and applying the action learning cycle. The unit will equip you with learning methods for progressively enhancing your professional and managerial effectiveness by deliberately applying course concepts and systematically learning from your experiences in doing so.
Unit 2 - Self-management addresses how to set and pursue your academic and career goals, and how to handle challenges such as receiving 'negative' feedback, building and sustaining your confidence, having the resilience to handle setbacks, and balancing your life, study, and work commitments. You will learn how to increase your resilience, positivity, self-efficacy, and psychological flexibility, so as to productively work through your academic and career challenges.
Part 2 - Bringing out the Best in Others (Units 3-5): Management development often happens through interactions with others including fellow students, employees, peers, clients, bosses, and your AGSM facilitators. These units will enable you to identify and enact a range of strategies to enhance the learning, engagement, and performance of such people via how you communicate, coach, and generally interact with them.
In Unit 3 - Communication, you will learn a range of communication skills such as how to: (a) engage in active listening, (b) craft and deliver messages in a manner that is compelling to your targeted audiences, (c) give and receive feedback in a constructive manner, and (d) engage in productive conversations and minimise unproductive conversations.
In Unit 4 - Peer Coaching, you will learn about the potential benefits and perils of peer coaching, as well as how to help someone reflect on their concerns, problem-solve, and plan actions to attain their goals. The unit will thus enable you to build your peer-coaching toolkit and repertoire so you can effectively help others to clarify and work towards realising their academic, career, and other life goals.
Unit 5 - Utilising 360 degree Feedback, will help you reflect on the feedback that you receive in your 360-degree profile, which focuses on your effectiveness within the four broad domains of: (i) doing things, (ii) getting things done, (iii) enabling yourself, and (iv) enabling others. Reflecting on this data will enable you to appraise your strengths in bringing out the best in others and make plans for being even better at enabling others to be at their best.
Part 3 - Choosing Your Direction (Units 6-7): These units will enable you to reflect upon a range of values and perspectives relevant to guiding professional, managerial, and career decisions.
Unit 6 - Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility will assist you to recognise ethical issues, clarify your values, and use relevant ethical principles. You will learn to anticipate and tackle obstacles and objections to acting ethically. Finally, you will learn how to apply seven CSR principles that could enable your organisation to simultaneously achieve its corporate and 'social' objectives (i.e. those that enhance human and/or environmental sustainability).
Unit 7 - Career Preferences will enable you to grasp the fundamental elements involved in defining your 'place under the sun' (your ideal career) and to reflect upon and surface your career preferences, including your life goals, career anchors, career values, and your CareerLeader profile. Doing so will help you to understand the essential ingredients for experiencing career success.
Part 4 - Managing Your Career (Units 8-10): These units will guide you in how to identify your career opportunities and realise your career aspirations.
Unit 8 - Career Opportunities will equip you to investigate the requirements for the career roles that may interest you, and the trends in demand for these roles. The unit will enable you to evaluate the career culture of organisations in which you are considering working, and explore how employees experience working in different organisations. You will also learn how to conduct information interviews to test your nascent insights and to find out more about specific career opportunities that appeal to you.
Unit 9 - Career Enactment addresses how to negotiate flexible, sustainable employment arrangements that cater to your career preferences; identify and undertake wise proactive initiatives in light of various stakeholder considerations; foster high-quality mentoring relationships - as both a mentor and a mentee; and evaluate and fine-tune your work-life flexstyle and boundary-management strategies.
Unit 10 - Career Presentation addresses the extent to which you frame and describe your career objectives in a manner that inspires you and inspires others to support you in realising your career aspirations. You will learn to craft a coherent story linking your past, present, and future career, as well as how to use a range of charismatic leadership and other presentation techniques to present a compelling depiction of your targeted future career.