Human Dimensions of Organizations

Communication & Leadership

HDO Courses Running September 14-17, 2021


Faculty and staff from UT Austin’s HDO Program are excited to welcome you to our upcoming Professional Training programs. 

This page provides key logistical information for your upcoming courses(s) with HDO. Whether you are joining us for one class or the entire week, please review the information below prior to your course(s).

We look forward to working with you!

General Information

Time: Each course runs from 9:00 am to 4:00. You may arrive as early as 8:30 am to enjoy breakfast and meet your fellow participants. 

Pre-Training Survey: Please complete a brief survey by September 9. The survey provides your instructors with key insights into your training goals and professional background.

Daily Schedule:

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast & Networking
  • 9:00 am – Noon: Seminar Morning Session
  • Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break (Catered)
  • 1:00 pm – 3:55 pm: Seminar Afternoon Session
  • 3:55 pm – 4:00 pm: Wrap Up & Evaluation

Recommended Attire: There is no dress code for our training programs; however, most participants opt for business casual attire.

Contact Information

If you have any questions leading up to or during your program, please contact Alyx Dykema


All of this week’s courses will take place at UT Austin’s IC2 Institute. IC2 is located at 2815 San Gabriel St., Austin, TX 78705. Free parking is available on-site. HDO is located on the third floor of the Institute. 

What We Provide

  • Coffee, tea, and refreshments
  • Light breakfast
  • Catered lunch
  • Wifi access
  • Pens and notepads
  • Parking validation
  • Course materials as designated by the faculty

What to Bring

  • Tablet or laptop (optional)
  • Additional note-taking materials (optional)
  • Business cards (optional)
  • Light jacket or sweater (optional)
  • Enthusiasm!

COVID-19 Precautions

If you feel ill prior to or on the day of your course(s), please do not come to campus! We will transfer your registration to a future program or semester free of charge.

We strongly recommend that all participants complete COVID-19 vaccination before participating in our programs. In addition, we are taking the following steps to provide a safe teaching and learning environment:

  • Requiring social distancing
  • Reducing participant maximums from 25 persons to 16 persons per course
  • Enhancing safety precautions (providing sanitation stations and individually packaged lunches, for example)
  • Encouraging all participants to wear masks as much as possible

Course-Specific Information

Please note that some courses include optional pre-work to help you prepare for the day.

The Art & Science of Negotiation (September 14, 2021)

Pre-Course Reading/Assignments: Please bring an upcoming or anticipated negotiation scenario with you on the day of your course. 

Other Information: None

Slide Deck: View/download the course slide deck. 

Ethics, Culture, and Leadership (September 15, 2021)

Pre-Course Reading/Assignments: Dr. Traphagan would like you to complete this Moral Self Assessment prior to your course. There are also two articles Dr. Traphagan would like you to read prior to your course: We’re Thinking About Organizational Culture All Wrong and Why “Company Culture” Is a Misleading Term.

Other Information: All participants will receive a copy of Dr. Traphagan’s new book, Embracing Uncertainty: Future Jazz, That 13th Century Buddist Monk, and the Invention of Cultures via mail. In addition, Dr. Traphagan has a new article on Fast Company regarding the downside of hyper-positivity in the workplace

Slide Deck: View/download the course slide deck.

Communicating for Impact (September 16, 2021)

Pre-Course Reading/Assignments: Please bring a recent, upcoming, or anticipated communication you would like to work on with you on the day of your course. 

Other Information: 

Slide Deck: View/download the course slide deck. 

Understanding and Managing Motivations: Uncovering Potentials (September 17, 2021)

Pre-Course Reading/Assignments: Dr. Richmond-Garza would like you to watch this TedTalk prior to your course.

Other Information: None

Slide Deck: View/download slide deck used during the course.

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