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Upcoming One-Day Seminars
Human Error: Engineering it Away (February 24, 2017)
Working Successfully with Your Client (March 3, 2017)
Maximizing Mental Agility (March 9, 2017)
Ethics, Culture, and Leadership (April 28, 2017)
Behavior Change & Influence (September 7, 2017)

 

I’ve been in Executive Management for over 20 years. The courses I took in the HDO program helped me to gain a fresh perspective on management; specifically, on how people work. I highly recommend taking a seminar or obtaining a certification in this program.

– Dorothy A. Benavidez, Executive Vice President, CRAssociates, Inc.

 
 


 

About HDO One-Day Seminars

 

HDO Seminars allow individuals, teams, and organizations the opportunity to train with UT Austin’s top faculty members in a professional-friendly format.

These courses provide practical and immediately applicable tools for solving key organizational problems, ranging from personal motivation and growth to strategic organizational leadership.

Businesses and nonprofits often have to bring in outside specialists to provide employees with training and information aimed at improving overall efficiency, creativity, and productivity. 

HDO Seminars train individuals and groups to function as “internal consultants,” equipped with new skills augmented by their existing institutional knowledge. 

By exploring specific human, cultural, and communicatory aspects of organizations with some of UT Austin’s most distinguished faculty members, participants leave HDO Seminars more well-rounded employees.

Participants will learn to:

• Evaluate like a sociologist in order to influence decision-making and the flow of information in an organization.

• Examine like an historian, uncovering the real events underlying an organization’s past successes and failures.

• Think like a psychologist to promote innovative thinking and increase the level of job satisfaction of employees.

• Persuade like a rhetorician to create accurate, cohesive business proposals and messaging that succeed in achieving necessary organizational change.

• Analyze like a linguist the corporate language they encounter in official communications, from the lowly memo to the lofty mission statement.

Deepen enjoyment in work, leading to an increase in job productivity and higher levels of success.

 

 


 

As a professional, I don’t always have time for continuing education, and frankly, much of it goes ‘in one ear and out the other.’ HDO seminars are different. Not only do they provide an invigorating and inspiring experience, you learn tangible, applicable, and very relevant tools and techniques to apply to your everyday life.

– Rachel Fox, Senior IT Manager, Hewlett-Packard (HP)

 
 


 
 

HDO One-Day Seminar Catalog

 

Behavior Change & Influence

 
Tags Change Management, Influence, Productivity
Description Behavior Change and Influence is led by Psychology Professor and HDO Director Dr. Art Markman. Drawing on research that was the basis for his latest book, Smart Change (each participant receives a copy), Dr. Markman provides insights from cognitive science to help you achieve your goals in fostering behavioral change and exerting greater influence.
Course Leader Art Markman, PhD
Next Run Date September 7, 2017. Click here to be notified when registration for this course is open.
Course Page Behavior Change & Influence
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Anyone tasked with promoting behavior/culture change at their organization

Ethics, Culture, and Leadership

 
Tags Ethical Leadership, Decision-Making, Cultural Awareness
Description This course focuses on how awareness of culture can contribute to ethical leadership and good decision-making in organizations. Participants will use case studies to think about ethical issues in organizations related to topics such as compliance, technology use, health and illness, and sustainability.

These topics are considered from a global perspective emphasizing how cultural values inform ethical decision-making and how different ethical and cultural systems address and define moral issues that arise in organizations.
Course Leader John Traphagan, PhD
Next Run Date April 28, 2017. Click here to learn more and register.
Course Page Ethics, Culture, and Leadership
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Managers and Directors
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • International Recruiters & Human Resources Managers
  • Anyone tasked with solving team cohesion and/or leadership problems

Flourishing in the Workplace

 
Tags Effective Thinking, Positive Emotion, Strengths Training, Flow
Description This course presents practical strategies for optimizing individual and organizational performance by identifying and utilizing character strengths, regularly achieving a state of immersed involvement or flow, and creatively conceptualizing issues and solving problems.

Participants will identify personally relevant areas for improvement or growth and work individually and in small groups to apply practical strategies presented in the course to enhance personal satisfaction and success both professionally and personally.
Course Leaders Caryn Carlson, PhD & Michael Starbird, PhD
Next Run Date TBD. Click here to be notified when registration for this course is open.
Course Page Flourishing in the Workplace
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Creative Professionals

Fulfillment in the Workplace

 
Tags Leadership, Responsibility, Workplace Satisfaction
Description Conventional notions of leadership hold that leaders are powerful, famous, and charismatic persons who not only present grand visions of change for their organizations but also persuade or subjugate others to follow these visions.

This course takes an alternative perspective, arguing that a true leader is someone who: (1) has identified inherent interests and strengths and devotes considerable time, attention, and resources in pursuing them, and (2) has taken (or is willing to take) personal responsibility for manifesting the traits that he/she would like to see in others.
Course Leader Raj Raghunathan, PhD
Next Run Date September 15, 2017. Click here to be notified when registration for this course is open.
Course Page Fulfillment in the Workplace
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Individuals or teams working for organizations that already emphasize the “triple bottom-line” (profits, customer welfare, and employee welfare)

Human Error: Engineering it Away

 
Tags Organizational Culture, Resiliency, Leadership
Description This course provides participants with core scientific principles from psychology and engineering to help better understand what human error is, and ways of building barriers to keep errors from turning into major events. This seminar is helpful for people at all organizational levels and positions. The tools provided will empower participants to reduce error, both in their organizations and their personal lives.
Course Leaders Marlone Henderson, PhD & Mike Legatt, PhD
Next Run Date February 24, 2017. Click here to learn more and register.
Course Page Human Error: Engineering it Away
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • New or First-Time Managers
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Quality Assurance and Risk Management Professionals

Maximizing Mental Agility

 
Tags Productivity, Creativity, Critical Thinking
Description The course focuses on six areas of thinking that provide easy-to-learn strategies rooted in Cognitive Science that will help people to be more productive, efficient, creative, motivated, and satisfied in their working lives, and beyond.
Course Leader Art Markman, PhD
Next Run Date March 9, 2017. Click here to learn more and register.
Course Page Maximizing Mental Agility
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Creative Professionals

Making Meetings Matter

 
Tags Meeting Management, Productivity, Decision Making
Description Meetings are held in nearly every workplace and organization yet they are dreaded by nearly everyone who has to lead and/or attend them. Meetings waste time and energy if they are poorly planned or filled with people who don’t stay engaged or move toward decisions. This seminar offers practical steps for making your meetings more productive, no matter whether you are a leader or attendee, whether you’ve been at it a while or are just getting started.
Course Leaders Davida H Charney, PhD & AJ Josefowitz, PhD
Next Run Date November 3, 2017. Click here to be notified when registration for this course is open.
Course Page Making Meetings Matter
Suggested Audiences
  • Mid- to top-level executives at for-profit firms
  • Managers and directors of nonprofit organizations
  • Staff and employees at for-profit and nonprofit organizations
  • Members of advocacy groups and Board members of community organizations
  • Public officials (elected and appointed)
  • Anyone who regularly runs and participates in meetings and wants to get more out of them

Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times

 
Tags Strategic Thinking, Leadership, Change Management
Description As a participant in this seminar, you will learn how to: (1) leverage historical thinking for effective leadership; (2) become a better strategic thinker; (3) define and guide change, even in a resistant environment; (4) anticipate future changes in your field; and (5) define your self-image as a leader.
Course Leader Jeremi Suri, PhD
Next Run Date October 6, 2017. Click here to be notified when registration for this course is open.
Course Page Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Managers and Directors
  • Public and private sector employees who have recently transitioned to executive roles or aspire to do so
  • Federal and state agency heads and deputies

Understanding & Balancing Motivations

 
Tags Leadership, Ethics, Management Strategy
Description Literature, especially drama, provides concrete and practical cases that help us to understand how ethical decisions are made and to see how ethics and leadership intersect. This course will use dramatic texts to question the nature of ethical challenges and to explore ideas behind human motivation.
Course Leader Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, PhD
Next Run Date October 20, 2017. Click here to be notified when registration for this course is open.
Course Page Understanding & Balancing Motivations
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Consultants tasked with identifying organizational and/or leadership challenges
  • Any individual or team that faces daily decisions about personnel and information management, decisions that rely upon balancing personal convictions, identity politics, and institutional demands

Working Successfully with Your Client

 
Tags Communication, Goal Setting, Project Management
Description Successful communication can make or break provider-client relationships in the worlds of business, government, and non-profits. This seminar will examine in detail the experience of leading a project employing communication skills derived from the psychoanalytic relationship between therapist and patient.
Course Leaders Stephen Sonnenberg, MD & Elizabeth Danze, M.Arch.
Next Run Date March 3, 2017. Click here to learn more and register.
Course Page Working Successfully with Your Client
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Consultants
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Program Managers
  • Project Managers

Writing Persuasive Business Proposals

 
Tags Business Writing, Persuasion, Engagement
Description In this course, participants will examine business proposals as persuasive arguments. Through a guided process, participants will take existing proposals apart, examine their underlying components, and learn how to reconstruct them in ways that make the proposals more effective.
Course Leader Clay Spinuzzi, PhD
Next Run Date TBD. Click here to be notified when registration for this course is open.
Course Page Writing Persuasive Business Proposals
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Fundraising and Development Professionals
  • Proposal and/or Grant Writers
  • Report Authors/Editors
 

 
 


 
 


 
 

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