Excellence in Leadership Series

Are you looking to develop your management and leadership skills?  Check out the courses below.

These programs will be offered virtually via Zoom.

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Ethics, honesty, integrity

***NEW*** Ethics for Executives

Better prepare for real world challenges of ethical decision-making.  Examine ethical dilemmas and practice the implementation of business ethics.  Learn how to create an ethical culture throughout your organization.  Prework will be required.  Taught by Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs and Craig Pederson the founding director of the LBJ School’s EMPL program and state of Texas government executive administrator.

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Building Effective Teams

What makes a high performing team? What is the difference between a true team and a work group? In this program, participants will learn what makes both an effective team leader as well as the stages of developing an effective team to achieve an organization's missions and goals. Through discussions and exercises, participants will also explore how to manage the most common dysfunctions of a team and how to reinforce a team's strengths while learning their own leadership and preferred team styles.

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Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Effective Leaders typically have high IQ's, extensive education, years of experience, and deep knowledge in their fields.  As valuable as these skills and abilities are, none of these factors predict who will be successful as leader and who won't.  What more is needed? The answer is emotional intelligence, or EQ as it's commonly called.  Research in the EQ field has found that it is the single biggest predictor of performance in the workplace and the strongest driver of leadership and personal excellence. This interactive class will help you understand what emotional intelligence is, learn specific strategies for enhancing and managing your EQ, and offer practical applications for leveraging EQ in a leadership role.

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Facilitation Strategies

Managers are realizing the value of keeping a group energized, focused on task, and producing effective results. Whether you lead a problem-solving team, work with executives in strategic planning, or just want to assist in moving your own group through the collaborative process more effectively, facilitation is a critical skill. This session teaches the fundamentals of facilitation and provides opportunities for participants to practice the techniques they learn.

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Managing Personal and Organizational Change

The only thing that is truly constant in today’s world is change.  In this program, we will go over the various phases of changes and how they affect an organization.  What are some strategies to help facilitate change and deal with resistance within a team or a structure?  How can you measure an organizational change to ensure it is carried through fully? Through a series of discussions an exercises, we will explore different approaches and strategies to both facilitating and personally reacting to changes in the professional environment.

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Problem Solving and Decision Making

Solving problems and making decisions have always been two tough functions of management. In this session you will learn how to handle the tough issues effectively by developing your ability to utilize a variety of decision-making styles. You will also learn and have an opportunity to practice a systematic process to help you identify and successfully implement solutions to complex problems you experience in the rapidly changing environment of organizations.

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Project Management

Effective project management is a core competency for managers. For those responsible for organizing projects of all sizes, this course provides the knowledge, skills, and tools that lead to successful project results.
 

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Strategic Planning and Performance Measures

Using a case study, this session provides an opportunity for hands-on application of the strategic planning and performance measurement process that is required of Texas state agencies.

 

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Strategies for High Impact Presentations

Today's managers and leaders frequently find themselves in forums where they must formally present information clearly, accurately, and often in a limited time frame. This session will provide strategies for planning, preparing, and delivering effective presentations. Participants will identify their personal presentation challenges and participate in practice sessions which will include giving and receiving feedback.

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Conflict Resolution

No organization is immune to internal conflict. There will always be personality clashes, misunderstandings, petty irritations and turf battles. People may battle openly over an issue or refuse to communicate at all. This session will not attempt to help managers avoid conflict, but will provide a toolbox for working out differences and using conflict as an opportunity for personal and organizational growth and change.

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Effective Communications

Do you want to be more effective at influencing the outcomes you want from your leadership?  This half day session teaches tips and tricks to be a better communicator.  Prior to your session, you will complete a Situation Analysis, which will be used for an email lesson and later to develop a presentation to put to practice your new skills.

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Leading in a Multigenerational Work Environment

Today’s workplace is dynamic and challenging with four generations in the workplace, each with unique perspectives, values, and communication styles. This course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and strategies necessary to effectively navigate and increase understanding, collaboration and performance of the multigenerational workforce. 

Upcoming Courses in Excellence in Leadership


Conflict Resolution     Online     Jun 20, 2024 to Jun 21, 2024     Register >

Building Effective Teams     Online     Jul 02, 2024     Register >

Project Management     Online     Jul 09, 2024 to Jul 10, 2024     Register >

Effective Communications     Online     Jul 17, 2024     Register >

Facilitation Strategies     Online     Jul 23, 2024 to Jul 24, 2024     Register >

Managing Personal and Organizational Change     Online     Jul 31, 2024 to Aug 01, 2024     Register >

Problem Solving and Decision Making     Online     Aug 06, 2024 to Aug 07, 2024     Register >

Strategic Planning and Performance Measures - Austin     In person     Aug 08, 2024 to Aug 09, 2024     Register >

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership     Online     Aug 21, 2024     Register >

Conflict Resolution     Online     Aug 27, 2024 to Aug 28, 2024     Register >

Managing Personal and Organizational Change     Online     Sep 17, 2024 to Sep 18, 2024     Register >

Project Management     Online     Sep 18, 2024 to Sep 19, 2024     Register >

Problem Solving and Decision Making     Online     Oct 01, 2024 to Oct 02, 2024     Register >

Conflict Resolution     Online     Oct 08, 2024 to Oct 09, 2024     Register >

Building Effective Teams     Online     Oct 10, 2024     Register >

Leading in a Multigenerational Work Environment     Online     Oct 22, 2024 to Oct 23, 2024     Register >

Facilitation Strategies      Online     Oct 29, 2024 to Oct 30, 2024     Register >

Effective Communications     Online     Oct 31, 2024     Register >

Strategic Planning and Performance Measures      Online     Nov 05, 2024 to Nov 06, 2024     Register >

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership      Online     Nov 07, 2024     Register >

Strategies for High Impact Presentations      Online     Nov 13, 2024 to Nov 14, 2024     Register >

***NEW*** Ethics for Executives     In person     Nov 14, 2024     Register >

Managing Personal and Organizational Change      Online     Jan 07, 2025 to Jan 08, 2025     Register >

Conflict Resolution      Online     Jan 22, 2025 to Jan 23, 2025     Register >

Building Effective Teams      Online     Jan 28, 2025     Register >

Effective Communications      Online     Feb 04, 2025     Register >

Facilitation Strategies      Online     Feb 05, 2025 to Feb 06, 2025     Register >

Strategies for High Impact Presentations      Online     Feb 19, 2025 to Feb 20, 2025     Register >

Managing Personal and Organizational Change      Online     Mar 04, 2025 to Mar 05, 2025     Register >

Strategic Planning and Performance Measures      Online     Mar 25, 2025 to Mar 26, 2025     Register >

Leading in a Multigenerational Work Environment      Online     Mar 26, 2025 to Mar 27, 2025     Register >

Effective Communications      Online     Apr 01, 2025     Register >

Project Management      Online     Apr 15, 2025 to Apr 16, 2025     Register >

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership      Online     Apr 17, 2025     Register >

Problem Solving and Decision Making      Online     Apr 22, 2025 to Apr 23, 2025     Register >

Conflict Resolution      Online     May 07, 2025 to May 08, 2025     Register >

Strategies for High Impact Presentations      Online     May 20, 2025 to May 21, 2025     Register >

Facilitation Strategies      Online     Jun 04, 2025 to Jun 05, 2025     Register >

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership      Online     Jul 01, 2025     Register >

Problem Solving and Decision Making      Online     Jul 09, 2025 to Jul 10, 2025     Register >

Leading in a Multigenerational Work Environment      Online     Aug 06, 2025 to Aug 07, 2025     Register >

Project Management      Online     Aug 19, 2025 to Aug 20, 2025     Register >

Building Effective Teams      Online     Aug 26, 2025     Register >

Strategic Planning and Performance Measures      Online     Aug 27, 2025 to Aug 28, 2025     Register >