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Strategic Management & Leadership System(TM)

(available on a flash drive)

  

 

What you’ll ever really need to know about management, leadership, and

organization development―and then some.
"It's "the next best thing to an MBA"

 

An Organization-Wide

Development and Performance Enhancement System

   or integrated package of . . .

 

Do-it-yourself materials and tools for

management and leadership training, organization development,

and internal management (functional areas) consulting,

including...

Many management and leadership concepts, models, methods,

and instructional materials that are more insightful and advanced

than those of other management training companies.

 

Powerpoint description of Management/Leadership Education/Training Materials (click)

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Powerpoint description of Strategic Planning and Knowledge Management Tools and Materials (click)

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1.  Management and Leadership: Major Elements and Beyond (texts + 380 figures & tables)

 

2.  Management, Leadership, & Organization Development

Materials and Tools

 

3.  Management Consulting Tools (250) and Methods

 

  4.  Innovative Concepts, Models, Methods, and Tools

 

 

          These are comments made by several academicians and practicing managers and leaders: 

·     “. . . powerful tools to help train managers to be better leaders.” (a Harvard B-school professor)

·      No one has ever written [developed] anything even close to this.” (a Harvard B-school professor)

·     (Several of your) “management models are ahead of what we’re doing . . . and better than anything we’ve ever seen . . .” (another B-school professor, commenting on our managerial/leadership style model and Unified Practice of Management™ model)

·     “. . . the closest to being a comprehensive bible on general management that I’ve ever seen.”  (a very successful executive and chairman of various corporate Boards)

·     “. . . a treasure chest of training materials.”  (an associate dean of executive education)

·     “For over forty years I’ve participated in, reviewed, selected, used, and applied many of the best management training courses and programs available. In my opinion, R. D. Cecil’s One-Disc™ Strategic Management & Leadership CD-ROM contains a program that is miles beyond anything I’ve ever seen in terms of its comprehensiveness and depth, its many innovative perspectives and models, and its full integration with both organization development and strategic management.” (an executive and management consultant and trainer)

See the full quotes and who made them in this document (.doc).

  

 

 

               *   Basic Description of Contents of the System  (Now available on a flash drive!)

 

               *   Table of System Contents    (click here for more printable pdf version)

                 

               *   Purchasing the System 

  

 

Copyright © 2018 by R.D. Cecil and Company

 

If you would like more information,

 there's far more descriptive detail below.

 

 

Basic Description of the System's Contents

    

     This exceptionally comprehensive and integrated management, leadership, and organization development system contains approxi- mately 1,300 document, spreadsheet, and pdf files totalling about 612 Mb. It is the culmination of 35 full-time years of pains-taking research and development.

 

      For:

 

     The materials described below have been used to train hundreds of management educators, management and leadership trainers, training program developers, organization development consultants, management and organization development managers from organizations such as IBM's Executive Development Center, AT&T, Sears, Walgreens, Kraft, Baxter, Caterpillar, Illinois Bell, the State of Illinois, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Center for Naval Leadership, the Navy Human Resources Management School, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

 

The materials have also been used in classes, seminars, and entire on-site, top-down programs involving thousands of students, managers, supervisors, and leaders for or from organizations such as Caterpillar, Dekalb AgResearch, the Civil Service Commission, the American Management Association, the U.S. Commander-in-Chief Pacific Staff, the U.S. Navy, Warner-Lambert, Weyerhauser, and several colleges and large hospitals.

 

    Click to see the pdf version of the client list

 

 

1.  Management and Leadership: Major Elements and Beyond an entire, comprehensive, 30-booklet, 2,400-page, fully integrated Managerial and Leadership Development (education/training) Program that has earned students and seminar participants college and MBA credits (over two semesters or three quarters). In addition to covering all of the most important MBA level management and leadership concepts, principles, and practices, the booklets (texts/manuals) in this program . . .

a.  present many remarkably advanced and innovative concepts, models, methods, and tools (described below) that deal with general management, strategic planning, managerial and leadership styles, time management, knowledge management, interpersonal relations, individual and team problem solving and decision making, individual and organizational learning, and organization development;

b.  contain 387 instructional figures and tables (all projectable);

c.  integrate general and strategic management, strategic planning, knowledge management, managerial and leadership development, and organization development into a fully integrated, synergistic management system;

d.  describe how one basic but flexible methodology and associated skills apply to the management and leadership process, learning, communicating, problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning―so you can use, and train in, one methodology instead of a different one for each process;

e.  emphasize participative management, participative strategic planning, and participative management/leadership and organization development;

f.  emphasize performing the think-work functions of management and leadership well, and then going on to implement plans for carrying out operating strategies, programs/projects, and plans for organizing, staffing, etc.; 

g.  discuss the “what” and “why” of management―as texts do; but also, as manuals, go on to provide practical, step by step “how to” methods and tools for analyzing, goal setting, planning, budgeting, decision making, organizing, staffing, guiding activities, and controlling—many of which most MBAs have never received from their B-schools either before or upon graduation;

h.  cover a number of new concepts, models, methods, and tools that few if any business schools cover—such as personal traits' influences on managers' and leaders' styles;

i.   provide expert, detailed checklists of variables that help MBA students (and practicing managers) analyze situations in greater depth and breadth than the relatively limited and superficial factors dealt with in hundreds of B-school marketing, finance, production/operations, and organizational behavior cases, thereby giving an MBA several advantages over classmates—such as performing more in-depth and insightful analyses of case situations and thereby impressing both classmates and professors;

j.   omit or skim over certain areas and many details that MBAs very quickly forget or seldom if ever use;

k.   help develop the managerial, leadership, interpersonal, and group process facilitation skills that employers wish that B-schools would develop in their MBAs―but most often don’t; and

 l.  provide all the materials necessary for an organization’s own trainers and facilitators (preferably with an MBA background and training experience) to do the following: conduct in-house seminar or training sessions; facilitate participative organization development sessions (without using any outside assistance); and facilitate powerful, computer-assisted strategic planning processes.

     An organization―and even its individual managers or leaders themselves―might consider how these materials could (a) help make “Junior (or better) MBAs” out of personnel with underdeveloped potentials, and (b) save much of the time and money that many individuals and organizations devote to “getting a piece of paper” (after two years of studying hundreds of cases that won’t directly apply to their industry or job).

 

      

See the Original Series Entire Table of Contents.doc for the

original Management and Leadership Education/Training Series.

 

 

2.  Organization Development Materials and Tools  (for do-it-yourself use):

 

    The management/leadership training course/seminar described above can be conducted on its own. But it can be used most powerfully as the core of a fully integrated, in-house, top-down management, leadership and organization development project. When we have called this a “fully integrated MD/OD program,” people have usually assumed that we simply meant “comprehensive.” It actually means far more than that:

     A. While it is comprehensive, it presents topics in a building-block sequence—not in ad hoc, disjointed, 1-to-2-day courses or modules.  For example,  (a) what is learned in early chapters/modules is used to explain more complex concepts and models in later chapters/modules, and (b) what is learned in later chapters/modules uses and reinforces the learning that took place earlier.

 

B. Equally if not more important, it does things that no other book or system has ever done (or is even capable of doing). It interrelates and integrates all the following:  more than five distinctive managerial and leadership styles; nine distinctive interpersonal styles; managerial and leadership functions; thinking, learning, and communication processes and styles; a number of “I’m OK, you’re OK”  ego states and  related life positions; thirteen types of relationship “approachers” and “maintainers”; various approaches for manipulating others; many specific personal traits (needs/drives, values, personality traits, knowledge factors, mental skills, and specialized skills); and much, much more.

The CD contains everything necessary:

 

    a.  manuals for students or participants;

    b.  materials and tools for the organization's own instructors; and

    c.  the materials and guidance that an organization's OD facilitators

         would need to conduct top-down, "linking pin" OD sessions.

 

         Click to see the results of past integrated MD/OD projects.

 

3.  Internal Management Consulting Methods, Tools, & Materials  (for do-it-yourself use):

 

     These approximately 260 management consulting methods and tools (checklists, fill-in templates, etc.) include:

     a.  Detailed analytic indices/checklists of marketing, finance, operations or production, and organizational behavior factors/variables. Several checklists―especially on marketing and organizational behavior―are equivalent to, and in several ways surpass, the hundreds of cases covered in most two-year MBA programs. (All cases revolve around general and very specific factors and variables.) These exceptionally comprehensive and detailed checklists provide handy, computerized references that help managers identify and analyze many possible sources of opportunities, problems, and conflicts.  In fact, because MBAs will quickly forget what they covered in countless cases and texts, their business schools should be providing these kinds of “take away” analytic tools to their MBA students―at least upon graduation if not before.

 

b.  Checklists of steps for more effective strategic planning (goal setting, planning, budgeting), problem solving, decision making, communicating and (individual and organizational) learning. Few MBA programs provide these practical, application-oriented tools to their students. And few if any consulting firms ever share these kinds of tools with their clients. Over forty years we have facilitated companies’ first use of these tools (for strategic planning purposes and to identify previously unrecognized problems and opportunities), licensed their continued use of them, and, as a result, have multiplied the value of our services and materials to those clients.

 

     One way in which the system's contents constitute an integrated or “Unified Practice of Management™ System” is that the education/training materials mentioned above describe (a) how to fill in and use the many templates provided, (b) how to perform various methods or processes step by step, and (c) how to use the many other types of practical, computerized tools provided.

 

     The above tools can be used to design (or upgrade) and facilitate participative strategic analysis, planning, and decision-making processes that are computer-assisted from beginning to end. 

 

     The value we place on the full version of the system is at least $1,495. It covers:

 

          12 + days of eduation and training materials for class or seminar sessions.

      +   7 days of organization development materials for analysis & planning

               sessions.

      + 15 days (at least) to cover all the management methods and tools on the disc.

      = 34 +

     34 days is almost 7 work weeks. Many 5-day seminars charge around $800. Multiply 7 five-day weeks times $800 per week and get $5,600.

 

    You might also keep in mind that individuals can pay an annual subscription fee of $1,500 or more to access just a handful of materials and tools somewhat similar to these at some online sources. Companies can pay from $5,000 to $15,000 per year for the same privilege.

 

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Innovative Concepts, Models, Methods, and Tools

  

1.  Managerial/Leadership (Integrative) Process Model A newer and better model of integrative functions (in process sequence). It is many steps beyond the old POSDCORE modelsespecially in terms of all the fresh insights and innovative practices it introduces.

 

2.  The Managerial Target®:  Back in 1976, this was the very first circular rather than grid-based managerial/leadership style model. Today it is the only four- (rather than two-) dimensional (or aspect) model that is descriptive, explanatory, and prescriptive all at the same time. It has two major advantages over other managerial/leadership style models:

 

        First, it is the only model that describes and largely explains styles in terms of levels of four groups of specific personal traits or inputs: (a) task-oriented motive/attitudinal traits; (b) task-related capabilities or competencies; (c) people-oriented motive/attitudinal traits; and (d) people-related capabilities/competencies. (Non-personal influences on managerial and leadership behavior are also discussed in the training materials.)

 

        Second, it is an outstanding tool for (1) outlining what traits are desirable in an organization, and then (2) prescribing what traits or inputs it should strive to develop in particular units and individuals.

 

3 The Unified Practice of Management (UPoM) Model:  One academician called this a true “field theory of management.” As mentioned above, another academician said that “no one has ever developed anything even close to this.” The reason: It interrelates, and then integrates within one (two-page) model, more than one hundred major management and leadership concepts, processes, models, methods, and practices. It  shows how they all fit together, how they are all directly or indirectly related to each other, how they complement or supplement each other, how they can be used in logical sequences, and how they can all be used together more synergistically and powerfully than ever before to help maximize organization development and performance.

 

4.  Zero-Base (Meta-) Systems Analysis  (methodology, tools, materials, and facilities):  This methodology uses tools such as factor checklists to develop Qualitative Information Bases or QIBs (of essentially unstructured tacit information in people’s heads) and a TeamThink Wall™ (as large as 256 square feet) to develop Diagrammatic Knowledge Bases or DKBs (of both qualitative and quantitative information) when conducting comprehensive and in-depth analyses of primarily marketing and organizational behavior situations (or meta-systems of factors). The method and tools described help managers and leaders handle 50 to 100 times more (strategic) information during analysis, planning, decision-making, and problem-solving processes than ever before.

  

 

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TABLE OF System CONTENTS

 

 

0-0  You Should (Print &) Read These INSTRUCTIONS Soon - Package's Contents & Their Use

0-0­  NEVER  ALTER  FILE or FOLDER NAMES in Folders 0-1, 0-2, 0-3, or 0-4

 

0-1  LAUNCH Presentations, Courses, Programs, Tools (UIs have hyperlinks to booklets,

                                                                                                   figures, tables, & managerial tools)

             1_LAUNCH Managerial-Leadership Process and Tools UI.xls

             2_LAUNCH Management Knowledge Base UI.xls

             3_LAUNCH Books and Tools UI.xls               

 

             4_LAUNCH Full Course or Seminar UI – All 387 Figures and Tables by Chapters 

 

A knowledgeable and experienced management/leadership instructor can deliver an entire education/training program using only this one interface to the 380 instructional figures and tables in the folders. It is essentially a full course or seminar topical/chapter outline that provides hyperlinks to all the figures, tables, and exhibits in a building-block sequence.

 

             5_LAUNCH MD/OD Project UI – uses N-GMD chapters in PDF files.xls

             5_LAUNCH MD/OD Project UI – uses original series booklets in spreadsheets.xls

 

First, the two graphic interfaces above illustrate the design of an integrated MD/OD Project. Second, they provide hyperlinks to the topical booklets or chapters in the entire general management/leadership training series (in either spreadsheet or pdf formats).

 

             6_LAUNCH (Strategic) Planning Process Materials & Tools UI.xls

 

This is a diagram of a strategic/long-range (and annual) analysis and planning process's phases and major steps. It contains hyperlinks to (a) manuals that explain the what, why, and "how to" of managerial and leadership functions and strategic planning steps, methods, and tools, and (b) analytic checklists and analysis, goal-setting, planning, budgeting, and decision-making tools that aid strategic and annual planning. This graphic interface is special because it enables users to conduct or facilitate a strategic planning process that is computer-assisted from beginning to end.

 

                 LAUNCH Briefing/Presentation UI.xls   

                 LAUNCH System Program and Tools Briefing (Overhead Projection).xls   

 

0-2  Knowledge Base – Main      (100 spreadsheet files with booklets, tools, & templates)

 

0-3  Management-Leadership Training - All Figures & Tables     (387 spreadsheet files

                                                                                                               with a figure or table)

0-4  LINKS to All Figures & Tables - by Topic & Course-Book Sequence

 

0-5  Articles and White Papers  (Check out these downloads on the site's "Downloads" page.)

        1_Qualitative & Diagrammatic Knowledge Bases [click to view PDF]

        2_0-Base (Meta-)Systems Analysis

(Methods and tools for maximizing the power and benefits of a stratetgic planning process.)

        3_HT,HP vs. Situationalism

(Forty pages describing the many problems with situational leadership and ways in which

a "High Task, High People" approach produces better task- and people-related results.)

 

0-6  TOOLS for Management Processes & Activities  (14 folders with 254 spreadsheet

                                                                                        checklists, tools, & fill-in templates)

        1_Analyzing                                                                                                    21 files

        2_Planning Phase - general                                                                          12 files

        3_Goal Setting                                                                                                 5 files

        4_Planning (Strategies-Tactics, Programs-Projects, Action Plans)            11 files

        5_Budgeting                                                                                                  22 files

        6_Decision Making                                                                                        24 files

        7_Organizing                                                                                                   9 files

        8_Staffing                                                                                                        4 files

        9_Guiding Activities                                                                                         6 files

      10_Controlling                                                                                                 10 files

      11_Evaluating Performance                                                                             3 files

      Organization Development                                                                           105 files

      Problem Solving & Decision Making                                                               15 files

      Time Management                                                                                            6 files

 

0-7  TOOLS for Functional/Departmental Areas      (5 folders with 265 spreadsheet

                                                                                        checklists, tools, templates)

        Finance                                                                                                        44 files

        Human Resources                                                                                       91 files

        Marketing                                                                                                      54 files

        Production/Operations                                                                                 42 files

        Strategic Planning (all departments)                                                           34 files

 

0-8  TOOLS for Course & Seminar Instructors        (6 folders with 67 spreadsheet or

                                                                                         document files)

        1_Course Syllabus & Schedule (samples)                                                   9 files

        2_lntro Materials                                                                                            7 files

        3_Student-Participant Preparation or Study Guides                                   19 files

        4_Quizzes (by Chapter)                                                                              20 files

        Module 2 Preparation                                                                                     4 files

        Quotations                                                                                                     7 files

 

0-9  TOOLS for MD & OD Mgrs & Internal Consultants  (22 spreadsheets & documents) 

 

0-10  RD Cecil's original MD-OD Booklets in spreadsheets  (19 folders, 31 spreadsheet

                                                                                            booklets w/ figures & tables)

                                         (See detailed booklets list in the MS-Word version list below.)

 

          0_Series Introduction                                                                                 2 booklets

          1_Management-Leadership Think-Work Functions booklets - original     9 booklets

          2_Management-Leadership Implementation Functions materials            4 booklets

            2a_Delegation booklet - original                                                              1 booklet

          3_Time Management booklet - original                                                     1 booklet

          4_The Individual: A System of Characteristics booklet - original              1 booklet

          5_0rganizational Behavior booklet - original                                              1 booklet

          6_Managerial & Leadershp Behavior booklets - original                           5 booklets

          7_(Individual) Problem Solving & Decision Making booklet - original        1 booklet

          8_lnterpersonal Relations booklets - original                                             2 booklets

          9_Communication booklet - original                                                          1 booklet

       10_(Team) Think-Work in Organizations - original                                      1 booklet

       11_lndividual & Organizational Learning booklet - original                           1 booklet

       12_Summary, Synthesis & UPoM                                                                1 booklet

 

0-11  RD Cecil's original MD-OD Booklets in documents  (41 folders, 247 document

                                                                                                     and spreadsheet files)

               All of the following 28 booklets may be printed out for your use.

 

         1_Management and Leadership Think-Work Functions

               1_lntroduction – original     __________________________________ 6 pages

               2_Analyzing booklet – original_______________________________ 35 pages

                   2a_Analyzing: Addendum________________________________  14 pages

               3_Planning Phase booklet – original _________________________  23 pages

               4_Goal Setting booklet – original_____________________________ 23 pages

               5_Planning booklet – original________________________________ 23 pages

               6_Budgeting booklet – original_______________________________ 61 pages

               7_Formulating Policies, Procedures, Rules booklet – original______  11 pages

               8_Decision Making booklet (Parts 1 and 2) – original ___________  118 pages

                   Strategic & Annual Planning Steps manual – original __________  72 pages

                   Time Management booklet – original________________________ 23 pages

         2_Management and Leadership Implementation Functions

               9_0rganizing booklet – original_______________________________10 pages

             10 & 11_Staffing; and Guiding Activity booklet – original ____________  8 pages

                   Delegating booklet – original______________________________  13 pages

             12_Controlling; and Evaluating Performance booklet – original _______ 5 pages

         3_Individual & Organizational Behavior booklets

              The Individual: A System of Characteristics booklet – original_______ 57 pages

              Organizational Behavior: An Analytic Frame of Reference booklet –  _ 27 pages

                 original

         4_Managerial & Leadership Behavior

              M&LB - Part I - Styles booklet – original_________________________82 pages

              M&LB - Part II - Nonpersonal lnfluences booklet – original _________  63 pages

              M&LB - Part III - Personal Influences booklet – original____________  62 pages

              M&LB - Part IV - HT,HP and Situationalism booklet – original_______  40 pages

              M&LB - Part V - OD Implications (Integrated MD-OD Project)_______   8 pages

         5_(Individual) Problem Solving & Decision Making booklet – original 16 pages

         6_lnterpersonal Relations

              Part 1: Personal Characteristics booklet – original_______________  54 pages

               Part 2: Patterns of Behavior booklet – original___________________ 73 pages

              Effective Communication booklet – original_____________________ 25 pages

        7_Effective (Team) Think-Work in Organizations booklet – original _____30 pages

        8_Individual and Organizational Learning booklet – original ___________ 23 pages

        9_Summary, Synthesis & UPoM (Model)__________________________37 pages

 

See the entire 46-page Table of Contents for the

original Management and Leadership Education/Training Series above.

 

 

0-12  Next-Generation Management, Leadership, & Organization Development

          (500-page John Wiley & Sons/Pfeiffer book with 18 chapters, each in a

            separate PDF file; 100 figures and tables)

 

           All of the chapters may be printed out for your use.

 

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Purchasing the System

   

You should have a recent version of Microsoft Office®

(with Excel® and Word®) and a PDF reader to use the CD-ROM.

    

* Microsoft Office, MS-Excel, and MS-Word are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

   

Contents:

 

The 624 Mb package contains all the folders and files listed in the Table of Contents above. In other words, it contains all the

booklets and tools listed on the following pages of this website:

 

      Management Toolbox  (factors and processes checklists)

      Other Books by R.D. Cecil  (except on Manipulation and Personal Development)

      Next-Generation Management Development  (the Pfeiffer/Wiley book)

 

The management system in this package is exceptionally comprehensive and integrated. For example: Models and information used in the booklets or chapters on the Think-Work Functions of Management are also used in the booklets/chapters on Time Management, Managerial and Leadership Styles, Individual Problem Solving and Decision Making, Team Think-Work in Organizations, Individual and Organizational Learning, and the final booklet or chapter that summarizes the entire management and leadership education/training series or program (and in the final “Unified Practice of Management™ model”). Similarly, many concepts and models covered in the booklets/chapters on Managerial and Leadership Behavior are also used in the booklets/chapters on Interpersonal Relations.

 

 

 

    To receive pricing and ordering information, call 1-815-312-2571. 

 

           Just by itself, the 186-page Checklist of (3,500) Industry, Marketplace, and Marketing Mix Factors

 is worth more than $185 !!   It lists more factors or variables than analyzed in hundreds of marketing cases

 studied at a well-known business school. 

   

     For the time being we are taking orders only from customers in the U.S.A. (in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. Bank).

 

     We ask that corporate or other organizational customers call us for a quote.

 

     Note:  These materials have been used in college and MBA courses for more than 20 years, so if a professor wishes his or her students to have copies for a course entitled, for example, "General Managerial and Leadership Concepts, Methods, and Skills," we will provide disks for students at a significantly discounted, student rate. The cost per disc will largely depend upon the total number of students in the professor's course(s).

 

 

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