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Center for Executive and Professional Development

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Certificate for Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing

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July – November 2019 | Tulsa, OK

Sessions available for CPE and CEU credit

As an emerging leader, you are transitioning from an individual contributor to a managerial role with more responsibility. This is a challenging career step. New managers are eager to face these challenges and this multiday certificate program, offered over several months, will help you reflect on the leadership style that works best for you and your employees.

As you grow as a leader it is important to have self-awareness and build your individual business skills in addition to your leadership skills. You will also focus on developing, managing, and communicating within your team. The organizational development sessions will integrate elements to help you achieve your professional and organization’s goals.

Who Should Attend

High potential employees moving into a supervisory/management role and managers with less than five years of management experience.

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Certificate for Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing

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Project Management Part 1

Ted Washington

Business leaders operate in an inherently a fast-paced world. Projects of all sizes – from routine changes in standard operating procedures to formal multi-million dollar innovation implementations – occur continuously. As a result, project management (formal and informal) has become a critical pillar that helps enterprises execute their processes flawlessly. Agile project management is the newest, fastest and most customer-centric project management strategy in the industry today.

Competencies met: Manages ambiguity | Manages complexity | Optimizes work processes

August 14, 2019

9 am – 12 pm

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Project Management Part 2

Ted Washington

Are you a leader of people? Are you a project manager? Are you a change manager? Are you involved in finding ways to help improve the way your team or department works? Are you interested in learning about project management and the associated tools? If so, understanding Agile Project Management tools can ensure your projects, both large and small, flow smoothly. This class teaches you to understand and effectively address team workflow, customer collaboration, and project flexibility, while ensuring you meet your project goals. Agile Project Management is a class you do not want to miss!

Competencies met: Manages ambiguity | Manages complexity | Optimizes work processes

August 28, 2019

9 am – 12 pm

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Persuasive Communication

James Stapp

The majority of people spend a large portion of their work day trying to get others to make an exchange with us whether that be time, attention, effort, ideas, or skills. This program focuses on how you can positively transform your interactions and communication with colleagues, clients, superiors and subordinates.

Competencies met: Collaborates | Communicates effectively | Persuades

September 4, 2019

9 am – 12 pm

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Managing Confrontations

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D.

This session on managing confrontations addresses gaps between expectations and performance with a model that ensures individual and team effectiveness. Learn to hold people accountable, master face-to-face performance discussions, motivate without using power, enable without taking over, and move to action. It will make you a more effective leader and thereby improve the bottom line of your business. It will also improve the quality of your life, of your relationships, and of your organization.

Competencies met: Ensures accountability | Manages conflict | Persuades

September 17, 2019

9 am – 12 pm

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Creating and Developing High Performance Teams

Raj Basu, Ph.D.

High-performance teams do not 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. Both management and team members share responsibility for moving a team toward high- performance, and we will focus on both of these roles throughout the seminar. In addition to material delivery, we will make use of experiential exercises to demonstrate important team principles.

Competencies met: Drives engagement | Builds effective teams | Manages conflict

October 2, 2019

9 am – 12 pm

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Leading with Fairness

Lindsey Greco, Ph.D.

The “Leading with Fairness” presentation reviews four types of fairness that are important to employees: (1) outcome fairness; (2) process fairness; (3) interpersonal fairness; and (4) informational fairness. Additionally, the presentation discusses why employees care about each form of (un)fairness. The presentation concludes by providing leaders with recommendations on leading with fairness and also points out that employees tend to respond unfavorably when they observe their leaders treating third-parties unfairly; thus, it is in a leader’s best interest to monitor the level of fairness he or she exhibits to all constituents.

Competencies met: Collaborates | Values differences | Instills trust

October 23, 2019

9 am – 12 pm

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Accountability at Work: Eliminate Mediocrity – Increase Productivity

Kyle Eastham

Mediocrity or just getting by or “good enough” doesn’t cut it in the business world. Your organization cannot settle for good enough. Find out the difficult, but critical steps you must take in order to get the job done. Begin by learning 7 steps to stamp out mediocrity and promote excellence in order to be more profitable, more productive and have better employee retention.

Competencies met: Ensures accountability | Attracts top talent | Develops talent

November 6, 2019

9 am – 12 pm

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Dave Carter, Ph.D.

Competencies met: Decision quality | Financial acumen | Plans and aligns

November 20, 2019

9 am – 12 pm

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Raj Basu, Ph.D., is on the Management faculty in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He researches and teaches in the areas of leadership, employee performance, team building and change management.

Matt Bowler, Ph.D., is an associate professor of management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University and teaches management topics, including leading change, building social capital, leadership, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations and management skills.

Dave Carter, Ph.D., is the Greg Massey Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business where he teaches corporate finance. Dave has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from BYU, an MBA from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Prior to entering academia, Dave worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Questar Pipeline Company.

Kyle Eastham is a lecturer in the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has more than 20 years of experience in state government. Kyle has spoken to groups all over the U.S. including the United States Navy, Social Security Administration and at various national conferences. He has masters’ degrees in entrepreneurship and public administration.

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D., is the Joe Synar chair and associate professor of management in the Spears School of Business. He is an expert in selection, training, performance management, leadership, organizational development, and team effectiveness.

Lindsey Greco, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Management Department of Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Her interests include counterproductive work behavior, social identity at work, and research methods.

Lee Manzer, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor of marketing in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has several years of practical experience as a chemist, sales representative and marketing research assistant for Dow Chemical Company. Dr. Manzer is a national recognized expert on service implementation. In addition, he has presented hundreds of seminars on topics such as attitude change, accountability and creating a service culture for a variety of national organizations and associations.

James Stapp is a lecturer in the Department of Management in the Spears School of Business. He teaches Business Communication courses. His research interests include persuasive communication and the science of influence and decision making. He is passionate about helping current and future business leaders find their voice and master the communication skills necessary to overcome challenges and meet objectives.

Ted Washington is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Management and is the Director of Supply Chain, TJ Maxx E-Commerce. He has established a reputation as an operational expert and superb turn-around leader. He is currently an Executive Ph.D. student in the OSU Spears School of Business.

  • Program format – series of 10 sessions, each lasting one day, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • LocationOSU-Tulsa, 700 North Greenwood Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74106. Specific room locations will be noted upon registration.
  • Price – $250 per session per person or a discounted fee of $2,000 for all 10 sessions per person (20% discount). For 3 or more attendees from the same company registered for all 10 sessions, $1,800 per person (28% discount). Fee includes assessments, case studies, instruction, materials, and refreshments each day.
  • Certificate – Participants will earn an Emerging Leader in Manufacturing Certificate after completion of 8 of the 10 sessions.
  • Cancellation Policy – If a participant would like to cancel her/his registration less than 10 days prior to the program, you are welcome to send a substitute. A refund is available given notification no later than 11 days prior to the program. If you are transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208 or

Shifting Gears from Managing to Leading

Matt Bowler, Ph.D.

Many experts are calling for the greater use of leadership skills in organizations. The problem is that while these skills sound great, do managers really have time to perform them? Managers have to deal with many immediate problems and issues and this leaves them little time to lead. One big reason that managers have no time for leadership is that they spend time directing and controlling employees. This program is designed to help managers “break the cycle” by providing them with tools needed to become leaders. The key is for managers to shift most of their management responsibilities to their employees, thus leaving them more time to lead. Contrary to what some people believe, empowerment enhances a manager’s power by shifting the source of the power from command and control to leadership. This seminar is designed to help employees move more into self-leadership.

Competencies met: Communicates effectively | Interpersonal savvy | Persuades

July 16, 2019

9 am – 12 pm

Creating Value Through Relationships

Lee Manzer, Ph.D.

The intensity of the global marketplace is forcing organizations to search for a structure and strategy to obtain a competitive advantage. Numerous management philosophies have risen in an attempt to assist organizations to be on the cutting edge. In analyzing these philosophies, it is evident that each is striving to return to the basics of business. This seminar is designed to enhance awareness of the principles and techniques of reestablishing and maintaining a focus on relationships—external and internal—as a customer competitive edge. Topics include the identification of the forces driving change, the logic of a compelling reason, the specifics of relationship principles, and the mechanisms and motivations needed in the implementation of relationship bonding.

Competencies met: Manages complexity | Manages conflict | Communicates effectively

July 31, 2019

9 am – 12 pm