Supervision I Essential Skills

Workshop Overview

Truly, times have changed for those who lead others, yet the solutions in dealing
with such changes can be found in the fundamental principles of basic supervision
– the roles, skills and functions required of a supervisor. This workshop is designed
to help individuals build competencies in basic supervision practices. It works to
define supervision, explains the competencies required of supervisors and describes
the supervisor’s position from an operational perspective.

Available Dates:

  • Custom training available on-site or via Zoom Livestream – On your schedule!


  • Pricing information available upon request. Contact Mary Patterson for details.

Workshop Outline

Title Overview
Day 1
  • The Changing Role of Supervision
  • Plotting the Future: Planning
  • Translating Plans into Actions: Organizing
  • Implementing Plans: Directing
  • Tracking Plans with Actions: Controlling
  • Managing the Critical Intangibles: Decision-Making, Problem-Solving and Creativity
  • Helping People Understand: Communicating
  • Encouraging Results: Motivating People
  • Building Human Resources: Staffing
  • Managing Finance and Resources: Budgeting
  • Tracking the Results of Human Efforts: Evaluating

Unique workshop offerings

An overview and in-depth discussion of supervisory techniques for facing modern-day
organizational challenges and leading a diverse workforce.

Workshop Leads

Dr. Prescott

Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Dr. Robert K. Prescott has spent twenty years in industry and as many years teaching in academic positions. He is currently Director-Corporate Engagement for The University of Alabama and has most recently served for sixteen years as Graduate Faculty of Management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His personal teaching expertise and research focuses on all aspects of human resource management, leadership, organization behavior, training & development and enterprise consulting. He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, holds a B.S. in Marketing from The University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from The Pennsylvania State University.

Program Manager

Mary Patterson's PhotoMary Patterson, CPA, SHRM-CP
Phone Number: 205-348-7049

Questions about this program? Contact Mary Patterson today! Mary Patterson works in the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education at The University of Alabama as a Program Manager, where she assists the OTIDE team in designing and implementing professional development and training programs, industrial training programs, and executive education programs that are offered on-campus, online or onsite at the workplace.  Ms. Patterson has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business with a major in accounting.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and stays abreast of current developments relevant to business owners, including management, human resources, economics, accounting, taxation, and marketing.  Additionally, Ms. Patterson is a Certified Professional in the Society for Human Resource Management. She works closely with HR departments to design custom training to enhance work objectives, increase productivity, and build a positive culture.  She worked previously as Director of the Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network (AERN) in the Culverhouse College of Business to bring the resources from the University of Alabama down to the community level.  She is a member of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the Alabama Society of CPAs, the Society of Human Resource Management, the Culverhouse Commerce Executives Society, and the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum.