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Management Essentials

The clarity you need
to make better decisions.


This course will help you acquire or strengthen the skills, tools, methods and approaches you need to be an effective manager within an organization in a constant state of change. Learn how to play your role more decisively and contribute to the success of your organization by developing a more nuanced understanding of your managerial responsibilities in a context of innovation and diversity.

Facilitated by 6 experts


  • Better fulfill your managerial duties.
  • Familiarize yourself with concepts, approaches, methods and management tools to interact with people more productively and manage processes with greater aplomb.
  • Optimize your analytical and decision-making capabilities in a management context.


  • Professionals.
  • Aspiring managers.
  • Managers.

This program is for you if:

  • You are interested in refreshing or updating your management-related knowledge.
  • You are gearing up to take on a management role.


  • An intensive four-day (non-consecutive) program.
  • In-depth discussions with high-level experts in tune with the realities of today’s business.
  • Focus on organizational decision-making in a context of innovation and diversity.


Day 1 - The Heart of the Management Profession: Decision-Making and the Art of Leadership

Spend the day exploring what it is to be a manager and the role that leadership has in the equation. Discover solutions and tools for understanding the interplay between decision-making and leadership in all its complexities so you can lead with more clarity and confidence.

  • The manager’s craft
  • Leadership: What exactly does it mean?
  • The “head, heart and gut” leadership model
  • Leadership in action: What can we learn from great leaders?
  • Carving out your own leadership style: Answers to key questions

Day 2 - Generating Ideas to Create Value

Before making a decision, you have to come up with a set of alternatives to choose from. This involves thinking of new and different options so that the decisions you make will enhance your organization’s value in one way or another. And having a solid grasp of the processes of innovation and creation is instrumental to generating added value. This session will give you more insight into these processes.

  • Methods and tools to spark innovation and creativity in your team
  • New practices for adopting an innovation-based approach to workflow organization
  • Best practices for managing innovative, creative teams

Day 3 - A Detailed Look at Identity, Diversity and Inclusion

This session will help you get a better handle on your decision-making profile and the profiles of other people. You will also gain a clearer understanding of the concept of diversity as it pertains to individual interests and values. Organizational decision-making involves an array of social, cognitive, emotional and moral factors. The more attuned you are to each factor, the more effective you will be in integrating them into your decision-making framework. Identity is an important anchor when navigating a constantly shifting and increasingly complex business world. What are some of the key identities and identity dynamics that a manager should be aware of? What are their impacts? What questions should you ask to be able to assess them? How can you work them into your management practices?

  • Identity-related challenges and issues that impact your daily management
  • Identity assessment
  • Best practices

Day 4 - From Idea to Action

Effective decision-making is contingent on an understanding of personal, group and organizational biases. Armed with this knowledge, you can tweak your approach and improve your outcomes. The key lies in being able to act on ideas and engage other stakeholders in the process, thereby honing your influence and power.

  • Cognitive biases and how they can undermine your decisions
  • Improving your communication skills: Arguing, negotiating and persuading
  • Say what you mean, mean what you say: The manager’s credo
  • Motivating and engaging your teams


  • Introduction to key themes.
  • Case studies and discussions about participants’ own experiences.
  • Recap and reflection.


Coordinator and instructor:


Marine Agogué

MSc (Ingénieur); MsC (sciences de gestion); PhD (sciences de gestion)
Professor, HEC Montréal


Sébastien Arcand

Sébastien Arcand

MA (Sociology), PhD (Sociology)
Professor and director of the Department of Management, HEC Montréal

Luciano Barin Cruz

Luciano Barin Cruz

MSc, PhD (Management Sciances)
Professor and director of the IDEOS hub, HEC Montréal

Louis-Étienne Dubois

Louis-Étienne Dubois

MSc (Organizational Development), PhD (Management)
Associate Professor

Raymonde Lévesque

Raymonde Lévesque

B.Ps., DESS (Management), MSc (Management)
Lecturer, HEC Montréal

Estelle M. Morin

Estelle M. Morin

MPs, PhD (Psychology)
Professor, HEC Montréal




$2,995 + taxes


Four days - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Offered at HEC Montréal

Summer 2024
May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 2024

Networking cocktail on the first day, in the evening.


Make an appointment with:

Émilie Mazet

Émilie Mazet
Program Manager

By Email or Phone

This course is part of the following categorie(s):

Management, change and innovation
HEC Montréal Essentials

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