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Oklahoma State University
Center for Executive and Professional Development

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership

Certificate of Effective Managment and Leadership

August – November 2018 | Oklahoma City, OK

Earn a Business Management Certificate

Sessions available for CPE and CEU credit

This Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership program will help you learn how to build and work effectively with teams, communicate effectively with individuals inside and outside your organization, and learn to resolve various types of conflict in the workplace. You will gain practical skills in managing projects while making agile decisions on behalf of your team and organization.

Who should attend?

Individuals in a front-line manager position or individual leaders that are in a management position.

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Growth Mindset: The Key to Strategic Development

Abbey Davis, MBA

It’s time to challenge the status quo when it comes to development. Research over the past 10-plus years is confronting long-standing beliefs around learning, performance and development. In this session, we’ll explore the research of Dr. Carol Dweck, Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, and Dr. Angela Duckworth to discuss new perspectives that will help you succeed in your own development efforts and support those that you lead. We’ll take a deep dive to understand how a Growth Mindset can help us be better leaders and how a specific process called Deliberate Practice can take our abilities to the next level. You’ll leave this session with tools, resources and an action plan to help you incorporate these lessons around mindset, practice and resilience into your daily leadership activities.

October 17, 2018

1 – 4 pm

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Leadership Skills for the Emerging Manager

Dr. Matt Bowler

Transitioning to management can be super rewarding, but it is not without challenges. This session will introduce you to the intricacies of being a manager and a leader. Participants will explore the various sources of interpersonal power and how to properly use them. You will also learn about transitioning to a management role, how to manage workplace politics and effective leadership techniques. Attendees will participate in discussions, cases and self-discovery assessments in order to learn to be effective leaders rather than just managers.

November 14, 2018

1 – 4 pm

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Raj Basu, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

Matt Bowler, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

Abbey Davis, MBA, is an Adjunct Instructor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

Ken Eastman, Ph.D., is Dean and holds the Norman & Suzanne Myers Endowed Chair for Excellence in Business Administration in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D., is the Joe Synar Chair and an Associate Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

Lee Manzer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Marketing in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

Andrew Urich, J.D., holds the Eastin Center Chair for Career Readiness at Oklahoma State University and is an Associate Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

Lex Smith-Washington, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

  • Register for 8 or more sessions: $225 per session per person
  • Participants will attend a minimum of 8 out of 10 sessions in order to receive the OSU Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership. Participants may attend all 10 sessions, and are encouraged to do so.
  • Participants will earn .3 CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) for each session. Earn 3 CPE credit in personal development upon request.
  • Individual (noncertificate track) participants are also encouraged to attend any session in which he or she desires to improve their professional development skills.

Superstar! Put Your Team and Company First: An Employee's Guide to Advancement and Success

Dr. Raj Basu, Ph.D.

This highly engaging and informative session, peppered with stories and anecdotes, underscores that success and advancement in organizations are largely a function of purposefully engaging in good citizenship behaviors, being good team players, understanding what is important to our bosses, and helping co-workers. While individual performance matters, real superstars focus on others, not just themselves.

March 27, 2018

1 – 4 pm

Stories from the Past: Managing the Future

Dr. Lee Manzer

There has never been a society that did not use the telling of stories to establish its culture. Within organizations, storytelling is also a valuable technique to create and maintain “culture” while motivating employees. Additionally stories are used to resolve conflict and to generate customer “evangelists.” How do corporate “stories” impact culture and therefore the employee? How do stories motivate the individual employee? Can corporate stories be “captured” and directed? Can managers improve their ability to relate ideas through stories? These and other interesting concepts of storytelling are the focus of this seminar.

April 19, 2018

1 – 4 pm

Performance Management

Dr. Bryan Edwards

The effective leader knows how to motivate followers with quantitative and qualitative rewards. Although when thinking of rewards we often only think of monetary compensation, recognition can be a very effective motivational tool. In this session, we will discuss rewards and several approaches to motivation including goal setting, reinforcement theory, and equity. We will examine the situations in which each of these approaches is most effective. Participants also will learn how to reward people efficiently and to help employees motivate themselves.

May 16, 2018

1 – 4 pm

Achieving Inclusion Amidst Unconscious Bias (Webinar*)

Dr. Lex Smith-Washington

The purpose of this talk is to give language to the underpinnings of these divisions. In this session, we will explore the ongoing challenge of constructing an inclusive workplace. We focus specifically on fundamental psychological processes of unconscious bias, as well as how they give rise to behavioral microaggressions (alienating acts of subtle bias) that further encourages dissension. The goal is to identify the tools that leaders, managers and individuals may use to overcome these many automatic processes to achieve greater inclusion and cooperation in their workplaces.

*This Webinar session consists of two webinars held on June 6 and 7. If selecting this session the attendee is registering for both webinars which is considered one program session.

Part 1

June 6, 2018

1 – 2:30 pm

Part 2

June 7, 2018

1 – 2:30 pm

Groupthink and Other Decision Pitfalls

Dr. Matt Bowler

One of the biggest myths about groups is that they make “better” decisions. Sometimes they do. But often groups make poor decisions because of the many potential pitfalls of group decision making. This seminar will help you understand and avoid those pitfalls in order to make better quality decisions in a team setting. We will introduce and discuss ways to overcome both individual and group biases to improve decisions processes and outcomes. Dr. Bowler uses discussion, videos, cases and individual and group assessments to cover topics including causes and strategies for Groupthink, The Abilene Paradox, Group Shift, The Asch Effect, Sunk Costs, and Escalation of Commitment.

June 13, 2018

1 – 4 pm

Creating and Developing High Performance Teams

Dr. Raj Basu

High-performance teams don’t just happen. They are carefully built and well managed, and this is not always a smooth process. A key to strong, performance-oriented teams is building strong interpersonal relationships prior to the formation of teams. This seminar covers issues across the life span of teams, from deciding when to use them, to understanding their stages of development, to moving them toward high performance. Special attention will be given to the various challenges teams face in moving toward high performance (conflict, turning individuals into team players, motivation problems, team decision-making problems, etc.) and ways that teams can successfully navigate these obstacles.

July 18, 2018

1 – 4 pm

From Traditionals to Generation Z: Leading Generations at Work

Dean Ken Eastman

Ever wonder how new hires could be so impatient or how your boss could never have heard of Snapchat? The answer largely lies here: For the first time, five generations are converging in the workplace. Examine how the different life experiences of Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z create challenges in communicating and collaborating. You will also consider ways to bridge the generational divide.

August 29, 2018

1 – 4 pm

The Power of Influence

Professor Andrew Urich

This seminar will help participants develop the skills necessary to establish and maintain productive working relationships through lecture, discussion, and exercises for practical application of the concepts. This program focuses on the science and practice of persuasive communication skills as it applies to your need to “get your point across” or “get things done” while maintaining positive relationships.

September 11, 2018

1 – 4 pm