In the Loop: The HDO Blog

HDO Professional Training Open House

June 5, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

Are you looking for high-impact professional development opportunities for yourself or your team?

Join us on June 22 at the HDO Professional Training Open House to learn more about our programs and receive exclusive attendee-only registration discounts.

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HDO Spotlight: Mary Rose

May 1, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

In this edition of the HDO Spotlight, Mary Rose discusses the role HDO plays in highlighting the ongoing relevance of the liberal arts and her goal of teaching HDO students think rigorously about data.

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Mayor Adler Visits HDO Undergraduate Students

April 2, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

On March 28, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, and Austin’s Chief Innovation Officer Kerry O’Connor visited with upper-division students in the Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) undergraduate program at The University of Texas at Austin.

Students in HDO 379 (Applying the Human Dimensions of Organizations), currently led by Steve Sonnenberg, MD, and Amy Ware, PhD, have been working with various organizations in the city to develop recommendation reports aimed at tackling key challenges they’re facing.

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HDO Spotlight: Lisa Cox

February 7, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

In this edition of the HDO Spotlight, Lisa Cox (HDO Master’s Class of 2016) discusses how HDO helped her better understand human behavior, and, through her Capstone Project research, how she learned to manage change more effectively.

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Congratulations HDO Class of 2017!

December 15, 2017
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

The Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) Master’s Class of 2017 graduated last Friday, December 7, adding nineteen new members to the distinguished Longhorn alumni community.

HDO’s faculty, staff, and advisors—not to mention the students’ families and friends—are incredibly proud of the hard work these graduates have put in over the past 15 months!

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Practical Applications of the Humanities for Modern Organizations

November 1, 2017
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

  • Is the idea of “corporate culture” a farce?
  • How should organizations prepare for generational differences in approaches to leadership?
  • What can managers learn from sports coaches about achieving and maintaining excellence in an increasingly free-market recruitment environment?
  • How can nonprofit organizations maintain a focus on their core mission in periods of growth and success?
  • How can overly agreeable leaders use their personality characteristics to their advantage?

These intriguing questions and many others have been addressed at previous editions of Practical Applications of the Humanities for Modern Organizations.

You are invited to join us for the 2017 edition of this event, which features exciting research by Master’s degree candidates in the Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) program at UT Austin.

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HDO Spotlight: Mike King

October 24, 2017
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

In this edition of the HDO Spotlight, Mike King (HDO External Advisory Board member) discusses why he was initially intrigued by the HDO program and how its innovative curriculum prepares students to be successful organizational leaders.

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HDO Spotlight: Michael Larson

July 25, 2017
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

In this edition of the HDO Spotlight, Michael Larson (HDO Master’s Class of 2015) discusses how HDO boosted his professional competencies, helped him realize a new career path, and how awareness can help us tackle complex problems.

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Make Meetings Matter

January 17, 2017, Updated: June 7, 2017
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

Meetings often provoke a sense of dread among employees. And they’re a nearly universal fact of work life. How can you make meetings more effective (and enjoyable)?

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Maximizing Mental Agility

March 22, 2017
Pratik Mhatre, PhD, Data & Research Administrator, Texas GEAR UP State Grant, UT Austin’s Institute for Public School Initiatives

One of the advantages of working for a Tier 1 public university in the U.S. is the access to excellent (and inexpensive) professional development opportunities. I’ve been attending seminars offered by the Human Dimensions of Organizations program at UT Austin. I’m usually skeptical of any self-help seminars or talks but these are led by top UT faculty and all the material is backed by solid field-tested academic research.

Anyway, this post is mostly for my reference in transcribing and collating my handwritten notes from the latest seminar I attended, Maximizing Mental Agility led by Dr. Art Markman. This may be long, but here goes:

It’s surprising that given how many of us work in the knowledge economy and essentially work exclusively with our minds, we know so little about it. Research has shown that to be smarter, it helps to first know how your mind works. But being smart is unlike Nero plugging into the matrix to learn kung fu; in fact, getting there takes lots of time and effort. If you start with learning how thinking works, it will eventually make you better at knowledge building and thus, enable you to “maximize” your “mental agility.”

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