Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times
This certificate program consists of three required courses (listed below) and one elective course option.
This certificate is comprised of four single-day courses.
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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.
As a participant in this seminar, you will learn how to:
- Leverage historical thinking for effective leadership.
- Become a better strategic thinker.
- Define and guide change, even in a resistant environment.
- Anticipate future changes in your field.
- Define your self-image as a leader.
Details & Registration
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 0.6 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this program (six hours of instruction)
One-Day Seminar Pricing:
Registration fee includes all course materials, catering (lunch and refreshments), WiFi access, and parking.
- Standard Registration: $1,000
- UT System Staff/Alumni Registration: $750
- Educator, Nonprofit, Government, Military Registration: $750
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Jeremi Suri 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 a 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
- Senior/Executive Leadership
- Managers and Directors
- Team Leaders & Supervisors
- New or First-Time Managers
- Team Leaders & Supervisors
- Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
- Quality Assurance and Risk Management Professionals
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!
From Certificate Seeker to Competitive Advantage in Just Four Days
Built on strong academic fundamentals and real-world relevance, HDO Certificate Programs are designed to enhance the portfolios of mid- and upper-level professionals.
Over the course of your program, you will gain immediately-applicable tools and skills to accelerate your career, whether your goal is advancing in your current organization, deepening your capacities to excel in your existing role, or developing additional skills for a transition to a new position. In the process, you will learn alongside and network with experienced professionals from a wide range of industries.
Courses Led by Top Faculty
“My favorite part of the Certificate Program was, hands down, the cross-disciplinary faculty. What remarkable minds! I gained multiple new lenses through which to view workplace challenges. I felt so lucky to have exposure and access to these extraordinary educators. The HDO faculty is world class. I can’t stop raving.”
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By applying cutting-edge research and expertise from UT Austin’s top faculty to your organization’s unique challenges, our training programs are designed to:
- Build a dynamic organizational culture that fosters innovative thinking and embraces change.
- Strengthen team cohesion around existing or aspirational goals.
- Enhance leadership skills at all levels, from first-time managers to senior leaders and executives.