Human Dimensions of Organizations

Organizational Improvement

HDO Courses Running October 5-8, 2021


Faculty and staff from UT Austin’s HDO Program are excited to welcome you to our upcoming Professional Training programs. 

This page provides key logistical information for your upcoming courses(s) with HDO. Whether you are joining us for one class or the entire week, please review the information below prior to your course(s).

We look forward to working with you!

General Information

Time: Each course runs from 9:00 am to 4:00. You may arrive as early as 8:30 am to enjoy breakfast and meet your fellow participants. 

Pre-Training Survey: Please complete a brief survey by October 1. The survey provides your instructors with key insights into your training goals and professional background.

Daily Schedule:

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast & Networking
  • 9:00 am – Noon: Seminar Morning Session
  • Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break (Catered)
  • 1:00 pm – 3:55 pm: Seminar Afternoon Session
  • 3:55 pm – 4:00 pm: Wrap Up & Evaluation

Recommended Attire: There is no dress code for our training programs; however, most participants opt for business casual attire.

Contact Information

If you have any questions leading up to or during your program, please contact Alyx Dykema


All of this week’s courses will take place at UT Austin’s IC2 Institute. IC2 is located at 2815 San Gabriel St., Austin, TX 78705. Free parking is available on-site. HDO is located on the third floor of the Institute. 

What We Provide

  • Coffee, tea, and refreshments
  • Light breakfast
  • Catered lunch
  • Wifi access
  • Pens and notepads
  • Course materials as designated by the faculty

What to Bring

  • Tablet or laptop (optional)
  • Additional note-taking materials (optional)
  • Business cards (optional)
  • Light jacket or sweater (optional)
  • Enthusiasm!

COVID-19 Precautions

If you feel ill prior to or on the day of your course(s), please do not come to campus! We will transfer your registration to a future program or semester free of charge.

We strongly recommend that all participants complete COVID-19 vaccination before participating in our programs. In addition, we are taking the following steps to provide a safe teaching and learning environment:

  • Requiring social distancing
  • Reducing participant maximums from 25 persons to 16 persons per course
  • Enhancing safety precautions (providing sanitation stations and individually packaged lunches, for example)
  • Encouraging all participants to wear masks as much as possible

Course-Specific Information

Please note that some courses include optional pre-work to help you prepare for the day.

Addressing Change-o-Phobia: Leading Change Up and Down the Org Chart (October 5, 2021)

Pre-Course Reading/Assignments: Please complete this additional survey prior to your course. 

Other Information: None

Slide Deck: View/download the course slide deck. 

Risky Business: Human Error & Organizational Resiliency (October 6, 2021)

Pre-Course Reading/Assignments: Please complete this additional survey prior to your course date.

Other Information: TBD

Slide Deck: View/download the course slide deck. 

Organizational Leadership and Strategy in Uncertain Times (October 7, 2021)

Pre-Course Reading/Assignments: Dr. Suri would like all participants to read this selection from his book, The Impossible Presidency, as well as this brief article, prior to the course.

Other Information: All participants will receive a copy of The Impossible Presidency on the day of their course.

Slide Deck: View/download the course slide decks: Part 1 and Part 2

Telling Your Story: Crafting an Honest, Effective Organizational Narrative (October 8, 2021)

Pre-Course Reading/Assignments: None 

Other Information: All participants will receive a copy of Danny Gutknecht’s book, Meaning at Work: And Its Hidden Language, on the day of the course. All participants are also invited to join your instructors at a happy hour (location TBD) upon the conclusion of the course.

Slide Deck: Deck will be posted upon completion of the course.

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