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Upcoming One-Day Seminars

Behavior Change & Influence (September 7, 2017)
Fulfillment in the Workplace (September 15, 2017)
Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times (October 6, 2017)
Understanding & Balancing Motivations (October 20, 2017)
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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.

 
 


 

About HDO One-Day Seminars

 
HDO Seminars allow individuals, teams, and organizations the opportunity to train with UT Austin’s top faculty members in a professional-friendly format.

These courses provide practical and immediately applicable tools for solving key organizational problems, ranging from personal motivation and growth to strategic organizational leadership.

Businesses and nonprofits often have to bring in outside specialists to provide employees with training and information aimed at improving overall efficiency, creativity, and productivity. 

HDO Seminars train individuals and groups to function as “internal consultants,” equipped with new skills augmented by their existing institutional knowledge. 

By exploring specific human, cultural, and communicatory aspects of organizations with some of UT Austin’s most distinguished faculty members, participants leave HDO Seminars more well-rounded employees.

All seminar participants are eligible to join the HDO Professional Training Alumni Network upon completion of their course(s).

Participants will learn to:

• Evaluate like a sociologist in order to influence decision-making and the flow of information in an organization.

• Examine like an historian, uncovering the real events underlying an organization’s past successes and failures.

• Think like a psychologist to promote innovative thinking and increase the level of job satisfaction of employees.

• Persuade like a rhetorician to create accurate, cohesive business proposals and messaging that succeed in achieving necessary organizational change.

• Analyze like a linguist the corporate language they encounter in official communications, from the lowly memo to the lofty mission statement.

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

 

 


 

As a professional, I don’t always have time for continuing education, and frankly, much of it goes ‘in one ear and out the other.’ HDO seminars are different. Not only do they provide an invigorating and inspiring experience, you learn tangible, applicable, and very relevant tools and techniques to apply to your everyday life.

– Rachel Fox, Senior IT Manager, Hewlett-Packard (HP)

  


 
 
 

HDO One-Day Seminar Catalog

 
 

Achieving Balance: Time Management for Modern Professionals

 
TagsTime Management, Productivity, Project Management
DescriptionDue 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.
Course LeaderClay Spinuzzi, PhD
Next Run DateTBD. Fill out the short form below to be notified when registration for this course is open:
Course PageAchieving Balance: Time Management for Modern Professionals
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Individuals and groups who struggle to manage their time and projects and/or have gotten into reaction loops
  • Individuals and groups who know how to plan, but struggle with follow through
  • Managers who seek to understand why their teams can't effectively align their planning

Behavior Change & Influence

 
TagsChange Management, Influence, Productivity, Creativity
DescriptionBehavior 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.
Course LeaderArt Markman, PhD
Next Run DateSeptember 7, 2017. Register via the Course Page below.
Course PageBehavior Change & Influence
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Anyone tasked with promoting behavior/culture change at their organization

Ethics, Culture, and Leadership

 
TagsEthical Leadership, Decision-Making, Cultural Awareness
DescriptionThis 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.
Course LeaderJohn Traphagan, PhD
Next Run DateTBD. Fill out the short form below to be notified when registration for this course is open:
Course PageEthics, Culture, and Leadership
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Managers and Directors
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • International Recruiters & Human Resources Managers
  • Anyone tasked with solving team cohesion and/or leadership problems

Flourishing in the Workplace

 
TagsEffective Thinking, Positive Emotion, Strengths Training, Flow
DescriptionThis 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.
Course LeadersCaryn Carlson, PhD & Michael Starbird, PhD
Next Run DateOctober 27, 2017. Register via the Course Page below.
Course PageFlourishing in the Workplace
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Creative Professionals

Fulfillment in the Workplace

 
TagsLeadership, Responsibility, Workplace Satisfaction
DescriptionConventional notions of leadership hold that leaders are powerful, famous, and charismatic persons who not only present grand visions of change for their organizations but also persuade or subjugate others to follow these visions.

This course takes an alternative perspective, arguing that a true leader is someone who: (1) has identified inherent interests and strengths and devotes considerable time, attention, and resources in pursuing them, and (2) has taken (or is willing to take) personal responsibility for manifesting the traits that he/she would like to see in others.
Course LeaderRaj Raghunathan, PhD
Next Run DateSeptember 15, 2017. Register via the Course Page below.
Course PageFulfillment in the Workplace
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Individuals or teams working for organizations that already emphasize the “triple bottom-line” (profits, customer welfare, and employee welfare)

Human Error: Engineering it Away

 
TagsOrganizational Culture, Resiliency, Leadership
DescriptionThis 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.
Course LeadersMarlone Henderson, PhD & Mike Legatt, PhD
Next Run DateTBD. Fill out the short form below to be notified when registration for this course is open:
Course PageHuman Error: Engineering it Away
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • New or First-Time Managers
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Quality Assurance and Risk Management Professionals

Making Meetings Matter

 
TagsMeeting Management, Productivity, Decision Making
DescriptionMeetings are held in nearly every workplace and organization yet they are dreaded by nearly everyone who has to lead and/or attend them. Meetings waste time and energy if they are poorly planned or filled with people who don’t stay engaged or move toward decisions. This seminar offers practical steps for making your meetings more productive, no matter whether you are a leader or attendee, whether you’ve been at it a while or are just getting started.
Course Leaders Davida H Charney, PhD & AJ Josefowitz, PhD
Next Run DateNovember 3, 2017. Register via the Course Page below.
Course PageMaking Meetings Matter
Suggested Audiences
  • Mid- to top-level executives at for-profit firms
  • Managers and directors of nonprofit organizations
  • Staff and employees at for-profit and nonprofit organizations
  • Members of advocacy groups and Board members of community organizations
  • Public officials (elected and appointed)
  • Anyone who regularly runs and participates in meetings and wants to get more out of them

Maximizing Mental Agility

 
TagsProductivity, 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.
Course LeaderArt Markman, PhD
Next Run DateNovember 16, 2017. Register via the Course Page below.
Course PageMaximizing Mental Agility
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Creative Professionals

Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times

 
TagsStrategic Thinking, Leadership, Change Management
DescriptionAs 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.
Course LeaderJeremi Suri, PhD
Next Run DateOctober 6, 2017. Register via the Course Page below.
Course PageOrganizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Managers and Directors
  • Public and private sector employees who have recently transitioned to executive roles or aspire to do so
  • Federal and state agency heads and deputies

Understanding & Balancing Motivations

 
TagsLeadership, Ethics, Management Strategy
DescriptionLiterature, 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.
Course Leader Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, PhD
Next Run DateOctober 20, 2017. Register via the Course Page below.
Course PageUnderstanding & Balancing Motivations
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Consultants tasked with identifying organizational and/or leadership challenges
  • Any individual or team that faces daily decisions about personnel and information management, decisions that rely upon balancing personal convictions, identity politics, and institutional demands

Working Successfully with Your Client

 
TagsCommunication, Goal Setting, Project Management
DescriptionSuccessful communication can make or break provider-client relationships in the worlds of business, government, and non-profits. This seminar will examine in detail the experience of leading a project employing communication skills derived from the psychoanalytic relationship between therapist and patient.
Course Leaders Stephen Sonnenberg, MD & Elizabeth Danze, M.Arch.
Next Run DateTBD. Fill out the short form below to be notified when registration for this course is open:
Course PageWorking Successfully with Your Client
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Consultants
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Program Managers
  • Project Managers

Writing Persuasive Business Proposals

 
TagsBusiness Writing, Persuasion, Engagement
DescriptionIn 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.
Course LeaderClay Spinuzzi, PhD
Next Run DateTBD. Fill out the short form below to be notified when registration for this course is open:
Course PageWriting Persuasive Business Proposals
Suggested Audiences
  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Fundraising and Development Professionals
  • Proposal and/or Grant Writers
  • Report Authors/Editors
 

 
 

 

 


 
 

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