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Transforming your organization is our top priority.

 
 

High-impact training led by UT Austin’s top faculty. 

Our collaborative approach to developing custom programs is designed to deliver strategic, lasting value to your organization. Our Curriculum Development Team will help you identify the core challenges your organization is confronting and construct an immediately relevant and rewarding program.

Each custom training program is built on a combination of academic theory and practical application to provide participants with new skills, knowledge, and problem solving strategies they can apply at your organization.

Whether your needs are broad and thematic or centered around specific key issues, HDO’s distinguished faculty have the expertise and experience to help you reach your goals.

HDO Custom Programs are flexible and full service:

Program content, length, and location are fully customizable. Every Custom Program includes pre-program meetings and content discussions with HDO faculty and staff, participant materials, a custom website for your program, post-training materials for continued learning, and membership in HDO’s Professional Training Alumni Network.

Meeting space, parking, lunch, refreshments, and WiFi access are also included for on-campus programs.

 
 

What can HDO Custom Training Programs do for your organization?  

By applying leading-edge research and expertise from UT Austin’s top faculty to your unique challenges and opportunities, our Custom Training Programs are designed to:

  • Enhance leadership skills at all levels, from first-time managers to executives and senior leaders.
  • Develop understanding of the personality traits and motivations that cause the key components of your organization—people—to behave and work the way they do.
  • Build a dynamic organizational culture that fosters innovative thinking and embraces change.
  • Strengthen organizational cohesion around existing and/or aspirational goals.
  • Cultivate engaging, persuasive, and trust building communication strategies for interacting with internal and external audiences.
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    Curriculum Design Process:
    After your initial inquiry, our curriculum design team will begin by examining your overall training objectives and matching them with our faculty members’ areas of expertise. After this review, we will follow up with you to discuss additional details regarding course content, desired program length, budget, etc.

     


     
     

    Previous & Sample Custom Programs

     
    The programs listed below were developed for previous Custom Program clients and/or are sample programs developed by HDO faculty and staff based upon discussions with organizational leaders regarding key issues they regularly confront.

    The list of programs below is not exhaustive; these examples are only meant to serve as ideas for prospective clients. Your program’s overall structure and the content of individual modules will be determined based upon your organization’s needs.

    Click here to view the programs listed below in PDF format. More information about HDO’s development process for Custom Programs can be found below the list of previous and sample programs.

     

    Leadership Principles for New Managers

    Tags Management, Leadership, Communication, Problem Solving
    Description This training program is designed for organizations which have recently experienced or will soon experience a generational shift among management and/or which have recently brought on several first-time managers.

    Participants will explore a wide range of management principles, with a focus on the specific challenges of transitioning from employee to manager.

    Note: For organizations seeking a more extensive management-focused training beyond first-time managers, see “Organizational Management & Strategy.”
    Potential Modules • Leadership versus Management
    • How (and When) to Delegate
    • Understanding Team Dynamics
    • Types of Relationships in the Workplace
    • Identifying Emerging Problems & Challenges
    • Effective Negotiation Tactics & Strategy
    • Improving Organizational Culture
    • Using Data to Understand Organizations
    Suggested Length Three to Five Days
    Suggested Audiences • First-Time Managers
    • Rising or New Managers/Supervisors

    Organizational Management & Strategy

    Tags Leadership, Management, Strategy, Organizational Culture
    Description This training program is designed for organizations seeking to overhaul or enhance their approach to management and leadership.

    The program is envisioned as a comprehensive examination of management principles, with a strong focus on change management, strategic leadership, and effective communication.
    Potential Modules • Behavior Change & Influence
    • Mastering Difficult Conversations
    • Identifying Emerging Problems & Challenges
    • Leading During Uncertainty
    • Understanding Personal & Group Motivations
    • Organizational Culture Change
    • Unlocking Individual & Team Creativity
    • Using Data to Understand Organizations
    Suggested Length Three to Six Days
    Suggested Audiences • Senior/Executive Leadership
    • Middle Management
    • Rising or New Managers/Supervisors

    Innovative Thinking & Culture Change

    Tags Innovation, Organizational Culture Change, Strategic Thinking, Leadership
    Description This training program is designed for organizations that are either: 1) In the process of reorienting the purpose and focus of their work, 2) Seeking to avoid complacency while enjoying a period of success, and/or 3) Recently founded and seeking to build a strong organizational culture from the start.
    Potential Modules • Confronting & Reducing Change Apprehension
    • Idea Generation & Embracing Failure
    • Strengthening the Innovation Evaluation Process
    • Innovation Management & Leadership
    • Innovative Thinking & Fostering Culture Change
    Suggested Length Two to Five Days
    Suggested Audiences • Senior/Executive Leadership
    • Middle Management
    • Organization-Wide

    Developing Effective Mentorship Programs

    Tags Mentorship, Program Evaluation, Engagement, Leadership
    Description This training program is designed for organizations, both new and well established, that seek to build or improve a mentorship program.

    In addition to exploring methods for creating and evaluating mentorship programs, participants will learn strategies for achieving organizational buy-in, encouraging cross-generational partnerships, and enabling participation of remote employees.
    Potential Modules • From the Start: Mentorship and Onboarding
    • Cross-Generational Mentorship Programs
    • Achieving Organization-Wide Buy-In & Participation
    • Ensuring Mentorship Participation for Remote Employees
    • Program Implementation & Evaluation Strategies
    Suggested Length Two to Four Days
    Suggested Audiences • Senior/Executive Leadership
    • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors
    • Human Resources/Recruiting Teams
    • Anyone involved in employee engagement and/or human capital management in your organization

    Building & Retaining Human Capital

    Tags Talent Recruitment, Talent Retention, Problem Solving, Organizational Culture
    Description This training program is designed to help Human Resources and Recruiting teams improve and/or overhaul their employee engagement, employee satisfaction, and recruitment and retention strategies.
    Potential Modules • Hiring for Creativity
    • Onboarding for Long-Term Success
    • Effective Negotiation Tactics & Strategy
    • Early Warning Methods for Identifying and Responding to Problems
    • Organizational Culture as a Tool for Retention
    • Promoting Employee Fulfillment
    Suggested Length Two to Five Days
    Suggested Audiences • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors
    • Human Resources/Recruiting Teams
    • Anyone involved in employee engagement and/or human capital management in your organization

    Creating & Delivering Effective Presentations

    Tags Presentation Concepts and Structure, Engagement; Data-Driven vs. Narrative-Based Presentations
    Description The training program is designed as a hands-on overhaul of the ways in which the participants approach presentation creation and delivery.

    Participants will explore key aspects of developing and delivering successful presentations, with a focus on industry-specific demands.
    Potential Modules • Persuasive Presentations: Content, Structure, and Design
    • Tactics for Increasing Audience Engagement
    • Presenting & Translating Data
    • The Art and Power of Storytelling
    • Active Review Session (participants give sample presentations based on the skills and techniques developed during the program; highly recommended)
    Suggested Length Two to Four Days
    Suggested Audiences • Senior/Executive Leadership
    • Middle Management
    • Public Affairs/Marketing/Public Relations/Communications Teams
    • Human Resources/Recruiting Teams
    • Organization-Wide

    Crafting an Organizational Narrative

    Tags Organizational History, Storytelling, Data-Driven Narrative
    Description In this training program, participants will explore their organization’s history and learn effective storytelling techniques. Participants will then use this information to craft an engaging organizational narrative, true to the organization’s past while also incorporating its future goals and ambitions.

    Participants will also learn how to present this new organizational narrative to various audiences, ranging from one-on-one meetings to large conferences.
    Potential Modules • Exploring Your Organization’s Origin Story
    • Understanding and Leveraging Organizational History
    • The Art and Power of Storytelling
    • Crafting an Honest, Effective Organizational Narrative
    • Describing Your Organization: Meetings, Conversations, Conferences
    • Using Data to Understand Organizations (for data-heavy organizations)
    Suggested Length Two to Five Days
    Suggested Audiences • Senior/Executive Leadership
    • Middle Management
    • Public Affairs/Marketing/Public Relations/Communications Teams
    • Human Resources/Recruiting Teams
     



     

    Custom Training Program Development

     

    Overview & Introductory Exercises Sessions:

    An optional, but recommended two-to-three hour introductory exercises module will provide participants with an overview of the training program’s objectives and provide a chance for participants to address any individual goals or apprehensions prior to the start of the primary modules.


    Training at Multiple Levels

    For clients who opt for organization-wide training or who wish to have different levels of employees participate in the training, HDO faculty can run the training multiple times with a focus on each employee level’s specific needs.

    HDO Custom Programming is flexible and full service:

    The content, length, and location (on-site or on-campus) are flexible, based on your needs and availability. Each custom program includes:
     
    • Pre-program meetings and content discussions with HDO staff and faculty
    • Materials for your participants (as designated by faculty leading the program)
    • A custom website for your program
    • Post-program materials and information for continued learning
    • Meeting space rental, parking, lunch, refreshments, and wifi access (for on-campus programs)

     

     
     
     
     
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