Programs for Groups

“HDO created a custom program on innovation and culture change for our senior management team. The faculty and staff listened to our needs and delivered a series of engaging courses that provided useful and insightful information on how to instill and reinforce innovative thinking in the workplace.”

Richard J. Gergasko, President & CEO, Texas Mutual Insurance Company

“Our group’s session with HDO gave me a different perspective on many areas of my job. It made me think about how I can bring additional knowledge and new ways of thinking to my team and the departments we service. Excellent presentation!”

Michelle Tanksley, Manager of Operating Accounts, Financial and Administrative Services, UT Austin

Are You Ready to Transform Your Organization?

By applying cutting-edge research and expertise from UT Austin’s top faculty to your unique challenges, our training programs are designed to:


  • Enhance leadership skills at all levels, from first-time managers to senior leaders and executives.
  • Develop an understanding of the personality traits and motivations that cause the key components of your organization—people—to behave and work the way they do.
  • Build a dynamic organizational culture that fosters innovative thinking and embraces change.
  • Strengthen team cohesion around existing or aspirational goals.
  • Cultivate engaging, persuasive, and trust-building communication strategies for interacting with internal and external audiences.

Our Programs

HDO offers training programs for groups of all sizes and types. Whether you represent a large multinational or a local non-profit, our staff and faculty will work with your team to create an impactful, unique, and enjoyable learning experience.

Designed to deliver lasting, strategic, and transformative value to your organization, our programs range from one-off workshops to intensive multi-month training engagements.

Getting Started

The program examples below are based on previous engagements and are simply meant to serve as idea generators. Our team has the expertise to develop programs to tackle an array of human-centered organizational challenges. To see additional topic ideas, view our Programs for Individuals page.

Organizational Management & Strategy

Themes: Leadership, Management, Strategy, Communication

This program is designed for organizations seeking to overhaul or enhance their approach to management and leadership. The program provides a comprehensive examination of management principles, with a significant focus on change management, strategic decision-making, and effective communication.

Suggested Length: Three to Seven Days

Leadership Principles for New Managers

Themes: Management, Leadership, Communication, Problem Solving

This program is designed for organizations that are experiencing or expecting a generational shift among management. Participants will explore a wide range of management principles, with a focus on the specific challenges of transitioning from employee to manager.

Suggested Length: Two to Five Days

Innovative Thinking & Culture Change

Themes: Innovation, Organizational Culture, Strategic Thinking, Leadership 

This program is designed for organizations that are in the process of reorienting the purpose and focus of their work or seeking to avoid complacency while enjoying a period of success. Recently founded organizations aiming to build a strong organizational culture from the start will also benefit from this program, which covers issues like reducing change apprehension, idea generation, innovation management, and fostering culture change.

Suggested Length: Three to Five Days

Crafting an Organizational Narrative

Themes: Organizational History, Storytelling, Branding

In this program, participants will explore their organization’s history and develop effective storytelling techniques. Participants will use this information to craft an engaging organizational narrative, true to the organization’s past while also incorporating its future goals and ambitions. Participants will also learn how to present this new organizational narrative to various audiences.

Suggested Length: Two to Four Days

Our Process

Our curriculum development team, composed of HDO faculty and staff, will work with you to construct a relevant and rewarding learning journey to address your core challenges.

After an initial consultation, we will assemble a team of UT Austin faculty with expertise in your areas of need. Then, in a collaborative process with representatives of your organization, we will design a program tailored to address your goals. 

Upon completion of your program, we will conduct an evaluation with all participants to measure the program’s impact on individuals and the organization as a whole.

Benefits of HDO Group Programs

Flexible Structure: We work with you to ensure that your program’s length, format, and delivery modality align with your needs and budget. Previous programs have ranged from two-hour introductory sessions on specific topics to multi-day immersive experiences covering a set of related challenges.

Maximum Impact and Relevance: Your program’s curriculum, case studies, simulations, and activities are designed to ensure that content resonates with your team members.

Adaptability: Today’s global marketplace often requires organizations to change priorities at a rapid pace. If your needs shift during your engagement with HDO, we will work with you to modify your program to match your present goals.

In Good Company

Teams and individuals from over 750 organizations have participated in HDO’s Professional Training programs. Our programs can be designed for all types of organizations: large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit.

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