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Oklahoma State University
Center for Executive and Professional Development

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

OSU Leadership Development Certificate Series in OKC

HOSTED BY CHESAPEAKE ENERGY
January - November 2018
January - November 2019

Practical and relevant experts deliver timely and powerful seminars to business professionals and innovators.

These leadership development programs are offered by Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business faculty. The seminars are designed to prepare, motivate, and build business leaders. These programs are “open-enrollment” programs offered in Oklahoma City in cooperation with Chesapeake Energy. We invite you to register and join us for these sessions.

The format of the seminars includes discussion, assessments and/or case studies so concepts are put into practice during sessions and participants return to the workplace better able to implement the information presented.

Who Should Attend

This series is designed for business professionals and innovators.

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2018

Increasing Productivity through Accountability

Lee Manzer, Ph.D.

Entitlement is a severe threat to productivity and individual initiative. This program explores what can be done to reduce entitlement and increase accountability in your organization.

Learn:

  • How entitlement cultures are created in an organization
  • How to stem the growth of entitlement

November 13, 2018

9 am - 12 pm

Chesapeake Energy

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Leading an Energetic Culture

Lee Manzer, Ph.D.

This program helps organizations create a more interesting, productive and playful workplace. By utilizing the ideas of FISH! it brings the concept of organizational culture to a practical level.

Learn:

  • The importance of “being there”
  • How to consciously choose your attitude every day

November 13, 2018

1 pm - 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

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2019

Creating and Developing High Performance Teams

Raj Basu, Ph.D.

A high performance team has to be carefully built and well managed. This program covers issues across the life span of teams from deciding when to use it, to understanding the stages of development, to moving it toward high performance.

Learn:

  • Various challenges teams face and how to successfully navigate these obstacles
  • How management and team members can help move a team toward higher performance

January 22, 2019

9 am - 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Growth Mindset: The Key to Strategic Development

Abbey Davis

It’s time to challenge the status quo when it comes to development. This program will discuss new perspectives to help you succeed in your own development efforts and also to support those that you lead.

Learn:

  • How a specific process, “Deliberate Practice” can take your leadership abilities to the next level
  • The tools, resources and action plan to help you incorporate a growth mindset into your daily leadership activities

April 16, 2019

9 am - 12 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Persuasive Communication: Skills for Navigating the Workplace

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.

Learn:

  • How to make your message clearer and more persuasive

April 16, 2019

1 pm - 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Crafting Authentic Identities: Understanding and Appreciating our Differences

Lex Smith Washington, Ph.D.

This session will focus on helping leaders build bridges with others by first understanding themselves. It is only by recognizing the differences present in your work group that you are then able to learn from each other and truly engage employees in order to encourage the group to move forward.

Learn:

  • How to be intentional about crafting an image that is authentic to yourself and also meets the demands of the team/environment

August 27, 2019

9 am - 12 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Accountability at Work: How to Eliminate Mediocrity and Increase Productivity

Kyle Eastham

Mediocrity or just getting by or “good enough” doesn’t cut it in the business world; your organization can’t settle for good enough. This program will discuss the difficult, but critical steps you must take to create an environment that will be more profitable, more productive and have better employee retention.

Learn:

  • 7 steps to help stop mediocrity and promote excellence

August 27, 2019

1 pm - 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Strategic Thinking: Leading Innovation and Value Creation

Andrew Urich, J.D.

Both organizations and individuals profit from the ability to create value. This program focuses on the vital role that mindset and thinking play in the development of being a high-value individual for your organization.

Learn:

  • Tools and ideas to improve the way you think
  • The enemies of critical thinking

November 5, 2019

9 am - 12 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Ethics Awareness: Character and Culture

Andrew Urich, J.D.

Awareness is the key to making ethical decisions and ethical behavior. This program focuses on helping you increase your consciousness of factors that impact ethical behavior.

Learn:

  • Specific management practices to reduce or eliminate ethical problems
  • The impact of power and willful blindness in ethical decision making and behavior

January 22, 2019

9 am - 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

2018 Speakers

Raj Basu

Raj Basu, Ph.D., is the Vice-President for Student Affairs for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and Associate Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business. Dr. Basu researches and teaches in the areas of leadership, employee performance, team building, and change management. He also speaks nationally and internationally to firms in the aerospace, energy, financial services, technology, manufacturing, government, and non-profit sectors. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association. Dr. Basu received his MBA from Duke University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Durand Crosby

Durand Crosby, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University and is the chief of staff and chief operating officer with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He has published articles and given presentations on numerous topics including employee engagement, professional ethics, customer service, and creativity and innovation.

Lindsey Greco

Lindsey Greco, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. She specializes in various aspects of human resource management including organizational training and development, leadership and fair workplace practices, negative employee behavior, compensation and benefits, and research methodology. Dr. Greco received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Toby Joplin

Toby Joplin, CPA, Ph.D., is the director of executive doctoral programs and clinical assistant professor in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He is the former vice president and chief financial officer at R L Hudson & Company. Dr. Joplin has helped many organizations on a variety of management topics including strategic planning.

Lee Manzer

Lee Manzer, Ph.D., is a 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.

Andrew Urich

Andrew L. Urich, J.D., is an interesting and enthusiastic communicator who helps people get what they want. He is an Associate Professor o f Management and director of student development, Eastin Center for Talent Development in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. In addition, he served as a member of the Executive MBA faculty of Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) from 2004 until 2012. He is the recipient of university and regional Faculty Outreach Excellence Awards as well as Outstanding Teacher Awards.

2019 Speakers

Raj Basu

Raj Basu, Ph.D., is associate professor of management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Basu researches and teaches in the areas of leadership, employee performance, team building, and change management. He also speaks nationally and internationally to firms in the aerospace, energy, financial services, technology, manufacturing, government, and non-profit sectors. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association. Dr. Basu received his MBA from Duke University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Abbey Davis

Abbey Davis is currently the director of the Eastin Center for Career Readiness and an adjunct management instructor in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Before joining OSU, Abbey worked as a fulltime corporate HR professional specializing in the areas of talent development, organizational development, performance management and compensation. She has supported internal business clients with these specializations in both energy and manufacturing industries. Abbey received her bachelor’s degree in human resources and MBA from OSU. In 2016, Abbey was recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumni for the Spears School of Business. Outside of the Eastin Center and teaching, Abbey also stays connected with students through the Spears mentoring program and serving on the OSU MBA Advisory Board.

Kyle Eastham

Kyle Eastham is a lecturer in the School of Entrepreneurship at 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.

Les Smith Washington

Lex Smith Washington, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of management at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Smith Washington received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior at the A. B. Freeman School of Business of Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University. Dr. Smith Washington’s focal research areas span workplace issues such as gender and diversity, as well as bias and discrimination. Currently, Dr. Smith Washington is working on projects that examine the impact of social identities such as gender, race and sexual orientation on the ways individuals manage their professional image at work, as well as bias and discrimination. Dr. Smith Washington has immense experience in working with many companies in delivering information and assisting managers with their assessment of emotional intelligence to help individuals improve their work interactions to guide thinking and behavior, adapt to their environment, and achieve their goals.

James Stapp

James Stapp is a lecturer in business communication at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. For nearly a decade, James held multiple management positions in both the music and hospitality industries. His research interests include persuasive communication and the science of influence and decision making. James is passionate about helping current and future business leaders find their voice and master the communication skills necessary to overcome any challenge and meet any object.

Andrew Urich

Andrew L. Urich, J.D., is an interesting and enthusiastic communicator who helps people get what they want. He is an associate professor of management and director of student development, Eastin Center for Talent Development in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. In addition, he served as a member of the Executive MBA faculty of Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) from 2004 until 2012. He is the recipient of university and regional faculty outreach excellence awards as well as outstanding teacher awards.
  • Program format
    Series of seven sessions.
  • Certificate/Credit
    Those attending all 7 sessions will receive a Leadership Development Certificate. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion for CEU credit for each completed program.
  • Location
    All sessions will be held at Chesapeake Energy, 6100 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Map)
  • Earn up to 26.4 hours of CPE Personal Development.

  • This series is designed for all business professionals.  

  • Handouts for the presentations will be provided at the program. No advance preparation is required and there are no prerequisites required to attend this series. If you should have any concerns, please contact the Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208.

  • Experts share their knowledge with participants through live presentation and question and answer sessions.

  • The Center for Executive and Professional Development, Oklahoma State University, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

  • 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 conference. If you are transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208 or cepd@okstate.edu.

Critical Thinking: Leading Innovation and Value Creation

Andrew Urich, J.D.

Both organizations and individuals profit from the ability to create value. High-value individuals have the ability to solve problems, make good decisions, and to create profitable ideas. This program focuses on the vital role that mindset and thinking play in the development of these skills. For the purpose of this program, critical thinking refers to thinking that is disciplined, objective, purpose driven and goal directed. With a practical emphasis, the definition is further defined to “using your brain to create value for you and your organization”. Participants will be encouraged to challenge the status quo and question conventional wisdom. In doing so, they will question core beliefs and world view and entertain the notion that we may never “have it all figured out”. In short, the goal is to help participants become conscious of their thought processes and to give them tools and ideas to improve the way they think.

Feb. 22, 2017

9 am – 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Accessing and Engaging Employees

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D.

This framework is based upon ‘High Involvement Leadership’. HIL focuses on communication, participation, and empowerment. It does so by examining four attributes of the workplace: (a) power; (b) information; (c) rewards; and (d) knowledge. These four attributes work together, and all four are needed to claim that the workforce is truly engaged. High involvement leadership is a very effective platform for guiding discussion and keeping individuals focused on the primary issues within their particular workplace. It also provides a mechanism for long-term improvement because it opens up channels of communication between employees and all levels of management.

May 23, 2017

9 am – 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Good to Great: What’s a Leader to Do?

Ken Eastman, Ph.D.

Leadership: The stuff of legends and a legion of popular books. With so much being written on the topic, it is hard for us to know what works and what doesn’t. One common complaint readers have of such literature is that these books always make leadership sound so easy and simple. Unfortunately, people interested in leading others find that the task is much more complex than it appears to be. We are partly to blame, as we often go from book to book looking for the quick solution to our problems. In this session, we will explore the Good to Great principles and how you can begin to move your organizations from good to great. After all, being great does not take much more effort than being good, and who doesn’t want to make their organization great?

Aug. 29, 2017

9 am – 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Put Your Team and Company First: An Employees Guide to Advancement and Success

Raj Basu, Ph.D.

This highly engaging and informative session is peppered with stories and anecdotes. It underscores that success and advancement in organizations is 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 just not themselves.

November 28, 2017

9 am – 12 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Enhancing Employee Motivation through Coaching

Raj Basu, Ph.D.

This session is designed to help employees make the transition to first-line management. As organizations empower employees in greater numbers, managers need to focus more on coaching skills rather than on controlling and directing. Dr. Basu will discuss how leaders can enhance their skills in dealing with employee problems and opportunities.

November 28, 2017

1 pm – 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Profitable Relationships: Overcoming Fear and Building Confidence

Andrew Urich, J.D.

Everyone agrees that people with excellent interpersonal skills rise to the top in their organizations and careers. This program will help you undertake the process of cultivating your people skills so that you can get ahead and go further in your career.

Learn:

  • How to overcome your fear and build confidence
  • The essence of networking

January 24, 2018

9 am - 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

The Manager as the Conflict Resolver

(Program is at capacity and a wait list has been started. For other Professional Development programs, please see Management Series Certificate or High Potential Certificate Series)

Raj Basu, Ph.D.

As a manager it can be difficult to know the best way to reduce conflict in your team. This program discusses how to cultivate your personal and organizational power to effectively manage conflict.

Learn:

  • Your sources of personal and organizational power
  • How to effectively use different types of power depending on the conflict situation

April 24, 2018

9 am - 12 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Six Keys to Empowering Employees to Take Ownership 

(Program is at capacity and a wait list has been started. For other Professional Development programs, please see Management Series Certificate or High Potential Certificate Series)

Toby Joplin, Ph.D.

When management and employees have vastly different goals it can lead to stress and conflict for the employees and management. This program will help managers and supervisors align the interests of the employees with the goals of the organization.

Learn:

  • How to teach employees to think like owners
  • How to motivate employees to better assist the organization reach its goals

April 24, 2018

1 pm - 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Communication in Collaborative Groups

Durand Crosby, Ph.D.

By pooling together different backgrounds, education, and experience, teams have the potential to solve a variety of problems better than a single person. However, they often fail to reach the optimal solution. This program simulates the challenges employees face when they are part of a cross-functional team through a hands-on scenario.

Learn:

  • How to develop effective processes to improve team communication
  • How to increase group decision making performance

August 21, 2018

9 am - 12 pm

Chesapeake Energy

Leading with Fairness

Lindsey Greco, Ph.D.

When employees perceive they are being treated unfairly by leaders, they are likely to respond in ways that are unfavorable for the leader and organization. This program discusses what is important to employees in terms of fairness and how leaders can lead with fairness.

Learn:

  • The four types of fairness that are important to employees and why
  • How to lead with fairness at all times to improve employee performance and satisfaction

August 21, 2018

1 pm - 4 pm

Chesapeake Energy