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Flourishing in the Workplace (October 27, 2017)
Making Meetings Matter (November 3, 2017)
Maximizing Mental Agility (November 16, 2017)
Understanding & Balancing Motivations (November 17, 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.

 
 


 

HDO One-Day Seminars

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

Our courses 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.

HDO seminars may be taken individually or as part of a four-course Certificate Program. 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 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
Upcoming Course Dates
  • March 2, 2018

  • Register via the Course Page below.
    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
    Certificate Program Applicability Achieving Balance: Time Management for Modern Professionals is applicable to participants pursuing the Personal Leadership (PL) and Language & Leadership (LL) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    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
    Upcoming Course Dates
  • January 25, 2018

  • 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
    Certificate Program Applicability Behavior Change & Influence is applicable to participants pursuing the Organizational Improvement (OI) and Strategic Thinking (ST) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    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
    Upcoming Course Dates
  • February 2, 2018

  • Register via the Course Page below.
    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
    Certificate Program Applicability Ethics, Culture, and Leadership is applicable to participants pursuing the Organizational Improvement (OI) and Language & Leadership (LL) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    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
    Upcoming Course Dates
  • October 27, 2017
  • February 23, 2018

  • 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
    Certificate Program Applicability Flourishing in the Workplace is applicable to participants pursuing the Personal Leadership (PL) and Strategic Thinking (ST) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    Fulfillment in the Workplace

     
    TagsLeadership, Fulfillment, Productivity
    DescriptionThis 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.
    Course LeaderRaj Raghunathan, PhD
    Upcoming Course DatesTBD. Fill out the short form below to be notified when registration for this course is open:
    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)
    Certificate Program Applicability Fulfillment in the Workplace is applicable to participants pursuing the Organizational Improvement (OI), Personal Leadership (PL), and Language & Leadership (LL) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    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
    Certificate Program Applicability Human Error: Engineering it Away is applicable to participants pursuing the Organizational Improvement (OI) and Strategic Thinking (ST) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    Human Performance Improvement — Practical Techniques to Manage Workplace Errors

     
    TagsOrganizational Culture, Human Error, Leadership
    DescriptionWorkplace errors, which cost organizations over $37 billion each year, can have massive financial, mental, and emotional ramifications. Some industries, companies and teams manage workplace errors much better than others. In this course, you will learn practical concepts and proven techniques for managing workplace errors. You will also draft an Action Plan that applies course content directly to your job.

    Content is designed for leaders at all levels and is adaptable to virtually any industry. The seminar includes a 50 page HPI Handbook with 24 practical concepts and techniques.

    This course is designed to complement and dovetail with its companion HDO seminar, Human Error: Engineering it Away. While both courses focus on the same overall problem, Engineering it Away focuses primarily on understanding relevant research and the psychology that drives human error, while this course focuses primarily on implementing practical solutions.
    Course LeadersRobert Abzug, PhD & Jake Mazulewicz, PhD
    Upcoming Course Dates
  • December 1, 2017

  • Register via the Course Page below.
    Course PageHuman Performance Improvement — Practical Techniques to Manage Workplace Errors
    Suggested Audiences
    • Senior/Executive Leadership
    • Middle Management
    • Team Leaders & Supervisors
    • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
    • New or First-Time Managers
    • Quality Assurance and Risk Management Professionals
    Certificate Program Applicability Human Performance Improvement is applicable to participants pursuing the Organizational Improvement (OI) and Strategic Thinking (ST) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    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
    Upcoming Course Dates
  • November 3, 2017
  • March 23, 2018

  • 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
    Certificate Program Applicability Making Meetings Matter is applicable to participants pursuing the Organizational Improvement (OI) and Personal Leadership (PL) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    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
    Upcoming Course Dates
  • November 16, 2017
  • April 27, 2018

  • 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
    Certificate Program Applicability Maximizing Mental Agility is applicable to participants pursuing the Personal Leadership (PL) and Strategic Thinking (ST) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    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
    Upcoming Course Dates
  • April 6, 2018

  • 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
    Certificate Program Applicability Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times is applicable to participants pursuing the Organizational Improvement (OI), Strategic Thinking (ST), and Language & Leadership (PL) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    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
    Upcoming Course Dates
  • November 17, 2017
  • April 20, 2018

  • 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
    Certificate Program Applicability Understanding & Balancing Motivations is applicable to participants pursuing the Organizational Improvement (OI) and Strategic Thinking (ST) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    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.
    Upcoming Course Dates
  • February 9, 2018

  • Register via the Course Page below.
    Course PageWorking Successfully with Your Client
    Suggested Audiences
    • Senior/Executive Leadership
    • Middle Management
    • Consultants
    • Team Leaders & Supervisors
    • Program Managers
    • Project Managers
    Certificate Program Applicability Working Successfully with Your Client is applicable to participants pursuing the Personal Leadership (PL) and Language & Leadership (LL) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.

    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 Date
  • June 15, 2018

  • Register via the Course Page below.
    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
    Certificate Program Applicability Writing Persuasive Business Proposals is applicable to participants pursuing the Personal Leadership (PL) and Language & Leadership (LL) Certificate Programs.

    Learn more about HDO's Four-Day Certificate Programs here.
     

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