Strategic Leader Certification Support
Everything you need to successfully complete your Strategic Leader Certification.
Welcome to the Manufacturers Alliance Strategic Leader Certification program! Your commitment to learning and handling important leadership issues and improvement techniques in the workplace will benefit both your employer and your own professional development and identify you as a leader of these efforts. You can expect to participate in an interactive workshop format – taught by experienced practitioners.
This site is intended to guide you through your certification process.
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- Complete the 6 required workshops
- Attend the Learning to Solve Problems online Project Coaching Workshop
- Complete 1 Strategic Leadership Application Project
- Schedule and attend a 1 on 1 Presentation Coaching session
- Complete a Project Presentation to a Peer Group
Your Online Account
To log into your online account, go to www.mfrall.com
- If you already had a login, we have not changed it
- If we set up a new account for you, your username is
your email and your default password is 123456
- If you have forgotten your password, select “Forgot your password?” and follow the prompts
Use your online account to:
- Track your Certification Progress & Workshop Schedule
- Access tools and templates
As part of the certification process, applicants must provide suitable evidence of their ability to apply principles and techniques learned throughout the workshops via one (1) practical application project in their workplace and to show at least one (1) positive measurable result. After project approval, applicant must schedule 1 Presentation Coaching session, and present their project to a Manufacturers Alliance Peer Group.
Each requirement has resources to assist you listed below it. If you have questions regarding a step, or how to utilize a resource, contact Leadership & Development Coach Jeremy Blake at email@example.com
You may also schedule a live coaching session with Jeremy here: Certification Project Coaching
Download your Project Template here: MA Project Template
Download a Sample Project here: StLC Sample Project
Select your Project Topic prior to attending the Learning to Solve Problems workshop
The Project needs to afford you the opportunity to apply skills and tools from the workshops; select a problem you would like to solve, not a “task” you need to complete
Some questions to ask when identifying a project topic are:
- What are your company’s “Pain Points?”
- What metrics are off track?
- What communication opportunities are there?
- What training needs are there?
- What is the current state of your company’s Professional Development process? Do you have one?
“Selecting Your Project” eCoaching:
The 11 Project Requirements:
1: ( ) Project Introduction/Title/Signature Page
- Company name
- Applicant’s name and title
- Project name
- Team participants’ names/titles
- Company business description – 100 word max.
- Company sign-offs: names of applicant’s manager
2: ( ) Problem Statement – Define the problem without providing solutions or root cause speculation. What is the gap? What process isn’t working? Why is it worth the time and resources to solve this problem?
You will craft your problem statement during the Learning to Solve Problems Workshop. Your Problem Statement must be reviewed and approved by the Manufacturers Alliance Leadership & Development Coach before you can move forward with your project.
“Writing Problem Statements” eCoaching:
3: ( ) Project timeline – What needs to be done, by whom and by when to meet project objectives and timeline
4: ( ) Current state – Describe current conditions, starting point, etc. include quantifiable measurements
- Describe the starting point or current condition
- Challenges anticipated
5: ( ) Goals – The goals we plan to achieve
- Must be measurable
6: ( ) Major project activities and challenges
- What took place? By whom?
- What barriers or challenges did the team face?
- How were they overcome?
7: ( ) List Workshop Skills, Tools and Techniques used
- Reference your Workshop Workbooks
8: ( ) Results & final conditions
- What were the results compared to the goals?
- What was the after effect of the project?
- TBD should not be used to show results
- Avoid words like improved, implemented, updated, enhanced, increased etc. without a concrete measurable unit
“Results Vs. Actions” eCoaching:
9: ( ) Sustainment
- Think about this during the project
- How it will be perpetuated or maintained without your involvement?
- Who owns the process?
- Aim for more than “auditing” for sustainment
10: ( ) Conclusion/Lessons Learned
- What was learned?
- Challenges? How were they addressed
- How it can be leveraged elsewhere
- Suggestions for further improvements
11: ( ) Appendices
Supporting photos, notes, graphics or data charts. For example:
- Peer surveys
- Meeting notes/manager’s comments
- Charts of metrics: quality, engagement or financial trends
- Standard work, procedure updates
Manufacturers Alliance Evaluation Review:
Submission of Project
Email project to Jeremy Blake at Manufacturers Alliance, firstname.lastname@example.org with contact info.
Allow up to 5 business days for the review as outlined below.
Project Reviewer’s Criteria
- Was the project signed off as credible by the applicant’s manager?
- Is the project in an acceptable format with all requirements met, including at least one positive measurable result?
- Does the project demonstrate the applicant’s effective application of skills and tools from the certification?
- Is the applicant following up or measuring the right things to reach the stated objectives to solve the problem and sustain the results?
Reviewer’s Feedback & Certification Completion
Successful submission is followed by:
- A letter of completion with comments
- Updated online records on Manufacturers Alliance website
- A framed certificate of completion
- Unsuccessful projects will be returned for improvement and re-submission
certification project report out
As part of the certification process, applicants must must stand and present how they have implemented leadership and improvement systems and strategies in the workplace. The applicant will deliver a presentation and optional tour for a group of Manufacturers Alliance association peers to demonstrate to them evidence of their::
- Prior background and experience in Strategic Leadership tools
- Assessments, goal setting, or planning that establish improvement expectations
- Leading, training, coaching, or change management that transfers knowledge and promotes team actions
- Audits or metrics that effectively measure and sustain outcomes against goals
- Planning for follow up or new systems that intend to sustain results
NOTE: This presentation is NOT intended to simply review a Strategic Leadership project but rather to demonstrate the applicant’s role, knowledge, and experience in implementing leadership, improvements and strategies.
project report out evaluation
- Was the presentation clear and well organized?
- Did the applicant demonstrate their knowledge and ability to train and/or provide leadership in the
application of improvements and strategies??
- Were improvement goals clearly defined and communicated?
- Were the improvement efforts measurably a success, i.e. did final conditions sufficiently meet the stated objectives?
- Did the presentation show the applicant’s organizational and Strategic leadership skills??
- Did the work have the support of the applicant’s manager and those impacted?