Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
The objective of this course is to make credit professionals better aware of the information contained in a firm's annual report and how to analyze it. An improved awareness equates to improved knowledge about credit risk. An emphasis will be placed on the examination of the annual report's statement of cash flows, the management discussion and analysis section, disclosure notes explaining accounting policy and other significant factors. Through a combination of lectures and case analyses, the course will emphasize analysis and interpretation of cash flows, discovery of off-balance sheet financing, and indicators to assess a firm's liquidity. Problems with some traditional financial ratios will be examined.
Strategic management refers to a growing body of knowledge concerning the effective management of organizations in competitive environments. This particular course will provide a perspective of this field by focusing on three broad themes: one, competitive positioning; two, leveraging capabilities; three, harnessing relationships and networks. The course is designed to emphasize the special role of the General Manager – an individual who has risen in an organization beyond his or her functional base and has assumed broader responsibilities for the coordination of different functional activities and the development and implementation of a vision and strategy for the organization. Through carefully selected cases, this course will offer various cutting edge frameworks that shape the students' thinking on managing the strategic challenges of the modern corporation.
Financial Warnings: Detecting Creative Accounting Practices
Generally accepted accounting principles provide wide latitude in the selection of accounting techniques. Their aggressive and sometimes fraudulent application can cause misleading results, even permitting the reporting of profits where losses may have been more realistic. Whether earnings are overstated due to the aggressive application of accepted standards or because of fraud, economic fundamentals will eventually expose the charade. The end result will be a negative earnings adjustment, a likely net loss for the period and often several reporting periods, and a requisite reduction in forecast cash flow. Through a series of short exercises and case assignments, participants in this course are taught to detect and question potential earnings overstatements, the objective of which is to provide sufficient lead-time to permit corrective action.
Credit Scoring Models
Professor Altman will be discussing two major themes during his seminars. They are:
(1) Current Conditions and Outlook for Global Corporate and Sovereign Credit Markets. This is a new bubble building in the credit markets. (2) The evolution and current status of the Altman Family of Credit Scoring Models and their applications for accounts receivable management, debt and stock investing and managing a financial turnaround, including for credit officers of industrial companies.
Becoming Masterful Influencers
Whit Mitchell and Ron Price return to help 2nd year participants maximize influence. Their sessions will include dynamic communications, the business case for emotional intelligence, strategies for building strategic influence and building a road map for your professional success. By the end of this session, you'll build confidence in dealing with negotiations often required with senior leadership and boardroom executives!
Successful Presentation Skills
Whether you're making impromptu comments during a meeting or giving a formal presentation, there are specific techniques to use that will ensure your success. Learn how to overcome nerves, read your audience, project confidence, use visual aids, and recover if your mind goes blank. Every speaking situation will be addressed from handling Q&A to being persuasive. Participants will receive individual coaching, videotaped examples, and group feedback in a supportive, learning environment.
Legal Environment of Credit
Comprehensive knowledge of business laws specific to the field of credit is critically important to each decision today's credit executive makes on a daily basis. This intensive course will focus on a broad range of advanced legal issues affecting the credit decision. This course will encompass a combination of lectures, readings, case studies and interactive discussions to enable participants to increase their knowledge of the complex issues in corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, contracts, bankruptcies, antitrust and negotiable instruments as they impact credit decisions.
All business dealings and transactions, whether small in dollar amount or in the number of products purchased and sold, result from underlying negotiations which are generally memorialized in written agreements between the parties. To create effective agreements, a mastery of negotiation skills is essential, and is attained through practice. This course, through the use of class lectures and negotiation problem solving exercises, will help participants better understand and master negotiation skills.
The purpose of this course is to allow business leaders to understand how to evaluate the performance of the U.S. economy both over the long-run and during short-run fluctuations (business cycle).
Students will be exposed to the major economic statistics that business leaders use to analyze the economy and the potential impacts they may have on their own businesses. Beyond just knowing the definitions and how these statistics are constructed, Mr. Strauss will teach the relative importance of specific statistics and how you can use them to help understand and explain changes in the growth path for the U.S. economy and businesses.
The topics covered will include: Growth economics and how business cycles are determined; Key Indicators for the Business Cycle including: GDP, industrial production, financial markets, prices, capital spending, inventories, labor markets, consumer demand, housing markets; Monetary policy and the Federal Reserve's dual mandate (full employment and stable Inflation); Fiscal policy and how important are deficits and debt to the U.S. economy; International trade and will the U.S. dollar remain as the world's reserve currency?; Leading economic indicators; and the importance of bankruptcy and unemployment to the evolution of the U.S. economy.
Interpreting Body Language
Body language expert and former federal law enforcement officer, Janine Driver, is joining us to teach non-verbal and verbal communication techniques that we can use in our everyday and business life. She shows us how to become a powerful leader as well as how to read and fix a situation in five minutes or less.
Power Of Professional Protocol
Business is based upon establishing and maintaining relationships. During this program, we will review and practice the social skills and good graces on which relationships rely. This program will convey to you the basic skills to persuade clients, impress your boss and win over your co-workers. The lessons learned through this etiquette program will provide you with knowledge that will place you above your competition. This program is designed for business professionals seeking to improve their savvy in the working world. We will cover such topics as:
- Appropriate Attire
- Posture & Body Language
- Handshakes & Business Cards
- Electronic Etiquette
- Meeting Management
- Interactions with Others
- Thank You Notes
While commonly considered a superficial frill of a bygone era, professional networking is an essential professional skill. Come learn how to handle business situations, from conferences to cocktail parties, with poise and confidence. This is an interactive program designed to be both educational and entertaining. You will have the opportunity to practice what you learn in class. We will cover such topics as:
- What to Know Before You Go
- Nametags: Where They Go and Why
- Handshakes: Lessons from Goldilocks
- Introductions: What They Say About You
- Body Language: What You Are Really Saying
- Conversation: Business versus Social
- Connecting With Clients and Customers
- Building Business Relationships