Leadership Development Seminars and ecq-based Readings

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University of Virginia

Leading Teams for Growth and Change

Prepare to lead in any situation. Engage in an experiential learning process and problem-solving framework that includes in-class case analysis, team application and hands-on rowing. Participants will: 

  • Develop strong sustainable leadership and teambuilding capabilities.

  • Experience the not-so-secret steps of taking a team to the highest level.

  • Learn to harness individual and team strengths with the strengths of others across the enterprise.

  • Understand the interaction between leadership and team performance.

Gain insight into:

Team Culture

  • Build a culture that promotes change and growth.

  • Help team members develop creative solutions and view workplace challenges as opportunities.

  • Create a culture for paramount team functioning.

Team Leadership

  • Visualize and communicate goals.

  • Generate commitment, loyalty and pride.

  • Inspire teams using leadership secrets.

  • Use collaboration and teamwork effectively.

Hands-On Rowing

  • Examine leadership and team building.

  • Realize how coaching works and builds teams.

  • Understand methods of listening and offering feedback.

  • Bridging differences in teams.

  • Blend individual strengths into team high performance.

Dates: May 13-17, 2013; October 7-11, 2013

Fee: $7,750 per person. The fee includes tuition, course materials, lodging, meals and certificate of participation. We accept payment by check, American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Payment is due upon receipt of invoice and/or acceptance into the program. Companies that send more than one participant to a single program offering will receive 10% off the full fee for any additional participants.

Rebecca Yancey

Phone +1 877.833.3974 U.S./Canada

+1 434.924.3000 Worldwide

Fax +1 434.924.4402

Email: Darden_Exed@darden.virginia.edu

Web: www.darden.virginia.edu/exed
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University of Wisconsin - Madison

Leadership: Inspire the Best in Your People

Develop your business leadership thinking! During this advanced course for managers, you will observe and analyze what leaders do to get the best performance from their people in a variety of circumstances. Learn how leaders build and sustain credibility. Discover how to create and communicate a powerful vision that that sets a clear direction and inspires others to follow. Plus, you’ll receive helpful peer and instructor feedback on your leadership style.
With the powerful knowledge gained during this course, you will be able to:

  • Decide which leader approach to use in different situations

  • Clarify the differences between critical leadership behaviors that drive peak performance

  • Understand your leader strengths and areas of opportunity

  • Draft your own personal leadership credo and vision

  • Improve your team leadership skills

Program Dates: May 15-17, 2013; November 11-13, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,895 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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Success Under Duress: Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Management, and Negotiations

In this course, we will investigate a range of methods for alleviating sources of conflict and successfully addressing the underlying interests of all concerned. We will also examine a process for facilitating and resolving conflict between two parties.
With the powerful knowledge gained during this course, you will be able to:

Understand Emotional Intelligence

  • Achieve a better understanding of your emotions

  • Identify effective strategies for managing your emotions

  • Establish emotional boundaries

Establish effective working relationships

  • Recognize your options for conflict resolution

  • Give people “a way out”

  • Develop respectful responses to disrespectful behavior

Develop effective negotiation skills

  • Negotiate with strength and confidence

  • Understand the intent behind the other party’s position

  • Achieve negotiated results that work for both parties

Program Dates: June 10-12, 2013; September 23-25, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,895 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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The Manager’s Role As Leader

Great managers have excellent processes in place, build collaborative relationships, and understand their role in the company’s strategy. Outstanding managers recognize when to step beyond that role and lead—they know how to distinguish management from leadership. This course will enable you to confidently lead your team by understanding each situation, its context, and the people involved.
With the powerful knowledge gained during this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and practice facilitative leadership

  • Develop a situational leadership plan

  • Balance advocacy and inquiry skills to achieve effective situation analysis

  • Recognize your most productive leadership style and your weaknesses

  • Make decisions based on each situation, its context, and the people involved

  • Decode complex people issues

  • Enhance managerial tools and processes to improve the performance of others

Program Dates: April 3-5, 2013; September 18-20, 2013

Program Tuition: $1,895 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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Transition to Manager: A One-Week Boot Camp

The transition from individual contributor to people manager is one of the most difficult and risky transitions in anyone’s career. This course focuses on the process and principles that characterize excellence in people management and how to successfully make the transition from contributor to manager. Participants explore six essential conversations managers must master to get the best from their people, as well as foundational skills that separate great managers from good managers.
With the powerful knowledge gained during this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the transition from individual contributor to the role of people manager

  • Set performance and development goals for others

  • Provide usable and constructive performance feedback

  • Motivate others to achieve desired results

  • Sharpen your decision-making and communication skills

  • Resolve conflict in a way that promotes performance and personal dignity

  • Build team alignment, relationships, and processes

  • Recognize and leverage the unique talents on work teams

  • Guide others successfully through organizational and professional change

  • Counsel others on career goals and career choices

Can't dedicate five days in a row to completing this course? You're busy, and we understand five full days is a long time to be out of the office. Call the program coordinator (information at right) to discuss the possibility of splitting this five-day course into one three-day course and one two-day course.
Program Dates: February 25-March 1, 2013; April 15-19, 2013; October 7-11, 2013

Program Tuition: $2,995 USD

Contact Number: 608-441-7357
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Vanderbilt University

Leadership Coaching

Effective coaching builds employee skills, addresses shortcomings, develops leadership capability and enhances executive performance. Surveys show that employees at all levels of organizations find coaching very useful—and they want more and better coaching.

Whether you manage entry-level employees or executives, this program will help you build the distinctive set of competencies necessary to coach effectively and enhance leadership and performance with your team and organization.  

In this intensely focused, two-day program, you’ll learn best practices for coaching, observe a variety of coaching styles and techniques and gain firsthand experience with the coaching process.

What You Will Learn:

  • Methods to enhance your leadership capabilities through effective coaching

  • How to use coaching to develop, attract and retain talented employees

  • Understand how to identify employees’ key needs, set goals for their development, establish action plans and provide ongoing assessment

  • Ways to positively motivate employees in ways that improve individual and team performance

Date: March 18-19, 2013

Location: Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, Nashville, TN

Costs: $1,980
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Managing Teams in Organizations


Management skills and the ability to lead high-performance teams are greatly prized by top companies and executives. In this dynamic, two-day course, you’ll be able to develop and practice these skills—and in the process become more valuable to your organization.

Through a combination of case studies, simulations, discussion and role-playing, you’ll improve your ability to motivate employees, work within diverse groups, apply human resource management tools to build effective teams, and lead change.

This two-day program is for any level manager to learn key strategies for managing people and teams that achieve success.

What You Will Learn

You’ll learn ideas and techniques you can apply right away, including:

  • How to build your skills as a leader

  • Defining and analyzing problems and developing viable action plans

  • Creating and sustaining successful teams through a better understanding of how teams function and how you work in team settings

  • Decision tactics for when it’s appropriate to use a team

  • Aligning organizational structures to make teams more successful

  • Methods for structuring incentives and motivating team members

Date: September 30 – October 1, 2013

Location: Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management

Costs: $1,980
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