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If you could send your manager (or yourself) away for training, what topics would you want him or her to learn?

Some of the topics might include:

  • Hiring
  • Staff Training
  • Time Management
  • Scheduling
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Website development
  • Sales
  • Buying
  • Inventory Management
  • Bookkeeping
  • Reading Financial Statements
  • Merchandising

What are your top three or four? What would you add to that list?


PS I had a request from someone who wanted to apprentice with me which got me thinking… What would I teach? What would they want to learn? Yeah, the second question is the key, isn’t it?


  1. Anonymous says:

    Sales, merchandising, and inventory management would be my top three. If I had to add another category, it would be employee management. I have the problem that my manager is great at managing herself but she never ever manages the other employees. I do not suppose that I am the only one with this problem.

  2. Tricia says:

    Employee evaluations (setting expectations, praise, disciplinary action)

    Personality types and how to recognize them and communicate to them

    Goal setting

  3. Terry says:

    How to manage employees as well as I manage myself. I hate conflict and my employees take advantage of that.Would like to develope better skills in getting employees to do what I want them to do, when I want them to do it, without being told or reminded.

  4. Yeah, managing people is a HUGE part of the success (or failure) of a manager. One way to handle that is to make sure you have hired the right people (yeah shameless plug for my book:-). Another way to handle that is to train your manager how to handle conflict. The best book ever on that topic is the classic by Dale Carnegie – "How to Win Friends and Influence People."

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