One-Day Professional Seminars

Our seminars combine cutting-edge research with real-world application to provide practical and immediately relevant tools for solving key organizational problems, ranging from personal motivation and growth to strategic leadership.

Businesses and nonprofits often bring outside specialists on board to improve their organization’s overall efficiency, creativity, and productivity. Participants in our seminars learn to function as “internal consultants,” equipped with new skills and insights to enhance their existing expertise and institutional knowledge.

By exploring specific human, cultural, and communicatory aspects of organizations alongside professionals from a diverse range of industries, participants leave HDO seminars more effective, well-rounded employees.

“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.



As an HDO seminar participant, you will learn to:

» Influence decision making and the flow of information in your organization.

» Discover why certain events and decisions led to your organization’s past successes and failures.

» Promote innovative thinking at all levels of your organization.

» Build an inclusive, rewarding organizational culture.

» Develop tools and strategies to drive organizational change.

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

HDO seminars may be taken individually or as part of a four-course Certificate Program.

“Dr. Richmond-Garza was highly engaging and able to transmit an incredible amount of material to us in only a day’s time. The organization of the material and use of theater techniques was very interesting and useful. This seminar will enable me to pursue a more cognizant and consistent approach to understanding motivation.”

Francis Tsang, Site Lead, Clinical Transformation at University Medical Center Brackenridge
Understanding & Balancing Motivations participant


“The instructors were personable, knowledgeable and flexible. Leveraging the expertise of two seemingly divergent professional tracks (psychiatry and architecture) to address the universal challenge of working with clients of all types was a wonderful and innovative approach that truly hit the bullseye.”

Paula Miles, Utility Executive at CPS Energy
Working Successfully with Your Client participant

One-Day Seminars Course Catalog


Achieving Balance: Time Management for Modern Professionals
Course Leader(s): Clay Spinuzzi, PhD

Course Tags: Time Management, Productivity, Project Management

Description: Due to changes in work and technology, people’s personal and professional lives are more connected than ever before—and more fragmented, more busy, more crammed with tasks and obligations. How can we regain work-life balance? How can we achieve confidence, clarity, and the ability to plan? In this one-day seminar, Dr. Clay Spinuzzi will use a mix of research, theory, and experience to discuss the challenges we face in planning our time and projects.

Upcoming Course Dates: September 26, 2018

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Addressing Change-o-Phobia Up and Down the Org Chart
Course Leader(s): Davida Charney, PhD

Course Tags: Reducing Change Apprehension, Navigating Organizational Hierarchy, Leadership

Description: Changing an organization’s policies, culture, or operating procedures requires the utmost in persuasive strategies. Drawing on rhetorical theory and organizational psychology, this workshop will help you understand why people resist change, plan out steps for introducing changes, and design communications promoting change directing at different kinds of audiences.

Upcoming Course Dates: November 9, 2018

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The Art & Science of Negotiation
Course Leader(s): Mary Faria, FACHE, PhD & Zachary Elkins, PhD

Course Tags: Negotiation, Communication

Description: This seminar explores the central concepts, strategies, and scripts of successful negotiation. Negotiation, understood broadly, is an element of nearly every relationship and enterprise. Our premise is that successful negotiators employ interpersonal skills characterized by an artful deployment of both empathy and cunning — that is, heart and mind.

Upcoming Course Dates: October 23, 2018

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Behavior Change & Influence
Course Leader(s): Art Markman, PhD

Course Tags: Change Management, Influence, Productivity, Creativity

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.

Upcoming Course Dates: October 10, 2018; November 6, 2018

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Ethics, Culture, and Leadership
Course Leader(s): John Traphagan, PhD

Course 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.

Upcoming Course Dates: October 9, 2018

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Flourishing in the Workplace
Course Leader(s): Caryn Carlson, PhD & Michael Starbird, PhD

Course Tags: Effective Thinking, Positive Emotion, Strengths Training, Flow

Description: This course presents practical strategies for optimizing personal and employee performance via identifying and utilizing character strengths, increasing positive emotion and flow, and creatively conceptualizing issues and solving problems.

Participants 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 satisfaction and success both professionally and personally.

Upcoming Course Dates: September 28, 2018

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Fulfillment in the Workplace
Course Leader(s): Raj Raghunathan, PhD

Course Tags: Leadership, Fulfillment, Productivity

Description: This seminar will provide participants with valuable insights into: 1) why employee well-being is such a powerful driver of firm profits and performance, and 2) what employees and managers can do to enhance employee well-being. Both of these questions will be explored from the lens of science, particularly positive psychology and behavioral economics.

Upcoming Course Dates: October 12, 2018

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The Heart of Leadership: Moving Forward Through Change
Course Leader(s): Paul Woodruff, PhD & AJ Josefowitz, PhD

Course Tags: Leadership, Change Management, Resiliency

Description: This seminar draws on the disciplines of psychology and ethics to examine the various behaviors and strategies that enable leaders to build resilient teams and organizations. Participants will emerge with confidence that they know how to lead others through change successfully.

Upcoming Course Dates: October 25, 2018

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Human Error: Engineering it Away
Course Leader(s): Mike Legatt, PhD

Course 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.

Upcoming Course Dates: November 7, 2018

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Maximizing Mental Agility
Course Leader(s): Art Markman, PhD

Course 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.

Upcoming Course Dates: September 25, 2018

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Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times
Course Leader(s): Jeremi Suri, PhD

Course 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.

Upcoming Course Dates: September 27, 2018; November 8, 2018

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Telling Your Story: Crafting an Honest, Effective Organizational Narrative
Course Leader(s): David Beaver, PhD & Danny Gutknecht

Course Tags: Leadership, Employee & Customer Engagement, Communication

Description: A strong and honest organizational narrative is the way that we communicate meaning to stakeholders. However, it is crucial that an organization’s narrative can be naturally interweaved with the personal stories and values of employees and customers, and that it evolves along with the personal journeys of those stakeholders as well as the wider cultural and business environment.

Upcoming Course Dates: October 26, 2018

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Understanding & Balancing Motivations
Course Leader(s): Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, PhD

Course 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.

Upcoming Course Dates: October 11, 2018

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Writing Persuasive Business Proposals
Course Leader(s): Clay Spinuzzi, PhD

Course 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.

Upcoming Course Dates: October 24, 2018

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Teams and individuals from over 300 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations have participated in HDO Professional Training, including:

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