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Managing Performance

This course provides the understanding, skills, tools, and practice to implement a performance improvement system that will increase performance and enhance the job satisfaction of the people you supervise.

Managing Performance is a six-week online course delivered through Moodle. Instruction includes a combination of prerecorded lectures, reading assignments, written activities, and a weekly quiz. Every week students have the option to participate in an online session with instructors and classmates to discuss the weekly activities and learning topics. To get the most out of the course, students should plan to spend 2-3 hours each week on combined course activities. Cornell Agricultural Workforce Developmentā€™s supervisory leadership program consists of six courses. An Agricultural Supervisory Leadership certificate is available to those completing all six courses and achieving 70 percent or better on all weekly quizzes.

Learning objectives

  • Performance management
  • Motivation theory
  • Setting expectations and goals
  • Importance of feedback
  • Giving feedback
  • Addressing unsatisfactory performance
  • Termination
  • Developing and retaining high performers
  • Coaching
  • Career planning


Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development leadership courses are appropriate for both new and experienced farm supervisors and managers, as well as those preparing to become supervisors. All participants will learn leadership concepts and practice skills that will improve their ability to build a positive workplace and get results through leading others.

Course details

  • Moodle
  • Six weeks


Richard Stup, Agricultural Workforce Specialist, Horticulture Section Cornell Cooperative Extension


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Rachel McCarthy

Extension Support Specialist

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Rachel McCarthy
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