Benedictine College Offers Comprehensive Executive Education Course

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Benedictine College, near Kansas City, MO, is now offering a 4-day comprehensive executive training seminar entitled "Planning with Vision; Executing with Precision." The course includes subjects such as finance, marketing and production management and, through a computer simulation program, allows participants to run a business using the tools required in the “real world” without encountering the risks.

Benedictine College, near Kansas City, MO, is now offering an intensive business leadership development course entitled “Planning with Vision; Executing with Precision.” The 4-day seminar, with dates available in May, July, and August, is geared to benefit senior level managers with experience in one or two functional areas, middle level managers with high potential, and small business owners.

The course includes subjects such as finance, marketing and production management and it will be led by Dr. Joseph L. Brickner, a member of the Executive MBA faculty at Benedictine College and former Assistant Treasurer at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (now known as AT&T). The course is designed to allow participants to discover how disparate business functions must work together. Dr. Brickner uses a computer business simulation program (Capstone Business Strategy Simulation) that bridges the gap between theoretical class work and the real world. The simulation allows his students to run a business using the tools required in the “real world” without encountering the risks.

“The Capstone Business Simulation makes learning fun while the student gets to test management theories in a surprisingly ‘real life’ simulation,” said Jeff Caudle, Vice President of Bank of Atchison and a former student. “Seeing how the cumulative effects of multiple decisions result in positive, or negative, bottom line outcomes is invaluable.”

The stated goals of the course are to develop competence in strategic planning, implementation, and execution; increase the understanding of the relationship between the functional areas of a business; develop the ability to view the business from the “big picture” perspective; develop the ability to execute an operational plan from a detailed perspective; and develop stronger interpersonal and communication skills in a team-oriented environment.

Dr. Brickner states, “In my years of managing, teaching and coaching, I have found that the best way to learn is to “do” and that is exactly what happens in this computer simulation. Participants first learn a concept, then they and their fellow team members must implement what they’ve learned in a competitive simulated business game. Results of their decisions are known literally within minutes.”

Each 4-day seminar will be conducted on the wooded campus of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan, about 30 minutes from Kansas City International Airport. The course will begin with a Sunday night dinner and orientation, followed by classroom instruction and the business simulation competition throughout the rest of the week. The seminar ends on Thursday morning with mock stockholder’s debriefing presentations and a luncheon. Scheduled dates are May 21-25, July 16-20, and August 6-10.

The complete cost for the seminar is $1995 per participant and includes all materials, meals, and housing. It is also available as a “suitcased” course. To enroll, or for more information, contact the Benedictine College Executive MBA office at 913.360.7426 or check the website at http://www.benedictine.edu.

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