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Developing Managerial Proficiency

A Self-Directed Learning Approach, 1st Edition

By Deb Cohen


192 pages

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Developing Management Proficiency: A Self-Directed Learning Approach is a pragmatic, easy-to-follow roadmap for managers to help develop the behaviors and skills necessary for success.

Strong behavioral competencies are essential for any manager today. Emphasizing a self-directed learning approach, this book is designed to transform passive learners into active learners by helping to develop behavioral skills, based on individual needs. By providing the reader with the tools for self-directed learning, Deb Cohen provides an unending mechanism to learn, improve, and grow, helping develop the proficiencies needed to be successful in doing their job or advancing in their career. With features such as practical examples, worksheets, tables, and figures, the book is packed full of self-directed learning activities including role play, observation, networking, journaling, and questioning, all powerful drivers of learning and development.

With expert guidance on how to approach personal development in day-to-day activities rather than in a formal course setting, this book is an essential resource for managers at all levels, as well as anyone training or interested in a managerial role.


"Debra Cohen provides a powerful, practical framework that can help any manager to reach their true potential!" -Marc Effron, President, The Talent Strategy Group, USA

"As SVP at the Future Talent Council I had the privilege to work with Deb Cohen. My own career spans over 30 years in global HR roles and I have long been a fan of self-directed learning. This self-help book proves there is always something new to learn. It clearly explains concepts, gives practical examples, and challenges you to organize and record your approach to your own learning. Whatever stage you are at in your management career it inspires you try something new and do what you do better. A book worth keeping to hand when you need to energise your next steps and those of others around you." - Caroline Brent, Senior Vice President, Future Talent Council, Stockholm, Sweden

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Section One

Chapter 2: Management Competencies

Chapter 3: Self-directed Learning

Chapter 4: Self-assessment

Section Two

Chapter 5: The Art of Networking

Chapter 6: The Art of Role Playing

Chapter 7: The Art of Observation

Chapter 8: The Art of Questioning

Chapter 9: The Art of Journaling

Section Three

Chapter 10: The Path Forward

Appendix: Case Illustration – Ben


About the Author

Deb Cohen, Ph.D., is a management and HR expert. She is a writer, speaker, trainer, and consultant. Deb has 30 years’ experience as an association executive and business school professor.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology