Seminar Instructors: Caryn Carlson, PhD & Michael Starbird, PhD
Next Run: TBD; 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Click here to be notified when registration is open.
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.
Flourishing in the Workplace
Participants will become more successful and effective professionally and personally. They will:
- Identify personal strengths;
- Identify the flow activities in which they are currently engaged and develop methods for bringing increased flow to their current work activities;
- Increase positive emotion in the workplace;
- Improve their effective thinking strategies, especially to augment innovation;
- Learn to identify the real questions on which they should work;
- Learn how to find the essential issues from among the clutter;
- Learn to use mistakes to guide discovery and reveal issues at the heart of work challenges; and
- Generate specific action plans to improve ongoing challenges faced by the participants and their organizations.
One of the basic lessons of this course is that many positive character traits are accessible and available to anyone who takes practical steps to attain them. For example, creativity is not an inborn trait. Everyone can learn to apply strategies of effective thinking to become a creative problem-solver. These strategies include techniques for using mistakes to guide discovery, for asking questions that reveal the core issues of a situation or problem, and for focusing on fundamental components at a deep level as a means to develop expertise at a high level.
Participants exercises and activities designed to help them with their individual challenges and situations. Exercises are designed to help participants to develop the satisfying habit of concentrated focus or flow, to generate specific methods to increase positive emotion in the workplace, and to provide practical strategies for how to create innovative ideas that can be used to see opportunities and solve problems creatively. Participants will be asked to take an issue or problem in their own world and generate specific action plans based on these techniques.
Flourishing in the WorkplaceLocation: UT Austin Campus
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Michael Starbird is a professor of Mathematics at UT Austin. He has received numerous teaching awards, including membership in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, the UT Regent's Teaching Award, and the Mathematical Association of America's National Teaching Award. He has given more than 20 workshops since 2000 ranging in length from 4 hours to 5 days. He has given more than 100 invited lectures since 2000, many pertaining to teaching effective thinking. His video courses in the Great Courses Series have reached hundreds of thousands of people outside of academia. He has also given many presentations to general audiences and some presentations business groups, including the Financial Planning Association and Rotary Clubs.
While all HDO Seminars are developed with wide-ranging applicability in mind, the following individuals and groups will likely find Flourishing in the Workplace most directly relevant to their work:
- Senior/Executive Leadership
- Middle Management
- Team Leaders & Supervisors
- Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
- Creative Professionals
- Project Managers
- AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center (On-Campus)
1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
- Hampton Inn & Suites (10-minute walk to campus)
1701 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701
- Hotel Ella (12-minute walk to campus)
1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
- DoubleTree Suites (15-minute walk to campus)
303 W. 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701
On-campus parking is covered for all participants for the day of their seminar. For transit information, please visit Capital Metro's website.
Additional HDO One-Day Seminars:
I found the seminar extremely worthwhile, and I’m recommending it to co-workers. Drs. Carlson and Starbird were very knowledgeable and helped us apply concepts to real world situations, which was extremely useful.
– Jeannine Vater, Analyst, Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)
I really appreciated Dr. Starbird’s approach to effective thinking. The course really opened my mind to making sure I’m setting the right goals and asking the right questions. I’m still thinking about his talk and I was very happy with the topics covered.
– Stephen Jannise, Film Programmer, The Paramount & Stateside Theatres
Drs. Carlson and Starbird used examples, metaphors and experiences from their own lives to fully explain every concept and made a priority to translate these concepts into very useful strategies for professional success.
– Denise McCutcheon Grace, Vice President and General Manager at Converges