Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times

Strategic Thinking • Leadership • Change Management


Seminar Instructor: Jeremi Suri, PhD
Upcoming Course Dates: April 17, 2020

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.

Course Description

How vital is strategic thinking to your success as a leader?

How can adding a historical perspective to your leadership approach enable you to better anticipate and manage change?

When facing a critical situation, leaders are pressured to act quickly, often without sufficient time to fully identify and understand the context and background issues influencing the situation. Leaders who embrace history may use it in the wrong way, but those who embrace historical thinking are better prepared to foresee and strategically respond to challenges.

In this seminar, you will learn “Leadership Thinking,” an immersive, experiential process of redefining your role as a leader generally, and your approach to decision-making in particular.

Additionally, you and your fellow seminar participants will examine how incorporating historical thinking improves strategic leadership and agility, drawing inspiration and possible models from historical figures who practiced these techniques.

Through in-class exercises and discussion, you will also define the key strategic questions and objectives necessary to help your organization overcome the mental and cultural elements that are constraining strategic thinking and fostering resistance to change.

Details & Registration

Location: UT Austin Campus
Upcoming Courses: April 17, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 0.7 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this course (seven hours of instruction)

Seminar Pricing

Seminar Fee Includes:

  • Course Registration
  • Parking
  • WiFi Access
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Course Materials

If you have questions prior to registering, please see our Professional Training FAQ or contact Miles Husid, HDO’s Marketing Coordinator, at miles.husid@utexas.edu.


Spring 2020


Course Leader(s)

Jeremi Suri is is the author of five books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. He has taught this and a number of other leadership seminars for over decade to a variety of audiences, including state and federal government leaders, non-profit executives, and business leaders.

In September 2011, he published a book on the past and future of nation-building: Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama. Professor Suri’s research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media. Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs. In 2017, Dr. Suri published The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office, in which he argues that the successful presidents of the past created unrealistic expectations for every president since JFK, with enormously problematic implications for American politics.

Who Should Participate?

The majority of participants in our Seminars and Certificate Programs are mid- and upper-level professionals working in the business, nonprofit, government, or military sectors; however, professionals at all levels of experience are welcome to participate. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in an HDO Professional Seminar.

While all HDO Seminars are developed with wide-ranging applicability in mind, the following individuals and groups will likely find Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times most directly relevant to their work:

  • 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
  • Project Managers

To learn more about this course and to see if it is right for you, check out Jeremi’s blog post!

Out-of-Town Participants

For participants coming in for seminars from outside the Austin area, there are several hotels near campus, many within walking distance.

HDO recommends the following hotels:

HDO works with these many of these venues on a regular basis. If you need assistance selecting a hotel, please contact Jessica Crawford, HDO’s Senior Administrative Associate at jessica.crawford@austin.utexas.edu.

On-campus parking is covered for all participants for the day of their seminar. For transit information, please visit Capital Metro’s website.

 

Phenomenal course. Great discussions. Great storytelling. I gained valuable skills in strategic planning and I will be recommending it to others.

– Carlos Meza, MD, Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine, Dell Medical School

 

Dr. Suri is an excellent, unorthodox instructor. He worked to make sure that the seminar participants had meaningful discussions. Overall, it was a very compelling seminar to take!

– Erika S. Corbell, Senior Program Coordinator, Construction Industry Institute

 

Dr. Suri is an outstanding speaker as well as a subject matter expert on the topic. The blending in of a historical analysis approach really worked well for this subject.

– Jay T. Norcross, President, Kiewit OGC Engineering

 

This seminar inspired me. I was feeling stuck and unheard, but now I’m motivated to communicate more clearly with empathy and purpose.

– Bethaney Watson, Senior Research Program Coordinator, Neurology, Dell Medical School

 

Jerimi Suri utilizes his knowledge of presidency and history to explain the real and ever-changing landscape of work life as a modern executive. I am walking away from this course with applicable skills and mindsets from the past to apply to the future.

– Andrew Chong, Technical Director, Canadian General Tower

 

The strategies that Jeremi provided will be extremely useful. He gave real examples and context to the topic presented.

– Jeff Hoskins, Director of Business and Financial Services, Financial and Administrative services at UT Austin

 
 

 

 
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