Managment Development Workshop

Time Session Description NSU 310 Session Description NSU 312
7:30 8:00 Pre-program Reception (NSU 310)
8:00 - 9:45

Job Crafting: Creating Meaningful Work

Dr. Daniel Chaffin

Unleashing Creativity

Dr. Susan Jensen

10:00 - 11:45

Effective Performance Evaluations

Dr. Noel Palmer

Developing Focused Management

Mr. Dusting Favinger

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch (NSU 310)
12:30 - 2:15

Strategic Analysis: from Data to Insight

Dr. Daniel Chaffin

Strengths-Based Managment

Dr. Susan Jensen

2:30 - 4:15

Ethical Leadership and Decision-Making

Dr. Noel Palmer

Managerial Communication

Lisa Tschauner

4:30 - 4:45 Workshop Closing

Program Overview

Date and Time: 
Friday, June 9th from 7:30 am to 4:45 pm

Location: 
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Nebraska Student Union, Room 310

Program: 
The Management Development Workshop is an intensive one-day program where business managers receive training to improve performance in areas such as conflict management, leadership, and strategic analysis. Training is conducted by Professors of Management from the UNK College of Business and Technology. Each session within the program is developed to educate managers in a way that allows for both learning and practical application back in their organization. The immersive one-day program takes place on the UNK campus in two classrooms overlooking the Lopers’ Cope Stadium. The day begins with a pre-program reception at 7:30am and includes breakfast and lunch.

Cost: 
Early Registration- $185
Registration after April 14th- $200 

Registration

Note: 
When registering, choose one session from each time block for a total of four sessions. Registration is for the full workshop, so you must choose one session for each timeframe. 

8:00 am: Select Job Crafting OR Unleashing Creativity

10:00 am: Select Effective Performance Evaluation OR Developing Focused Management

12:30 pm: Select Strategic Analysis OR Strengths Based Management

2:30 pm: Select Ethical Leadership and Decision Making OR Managerial Communication  

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Session Details


Dr. Susan Jensen
Professor of Management
College of Business & Technology
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Unleashing Creativity
Rather than a mystical gift bestowed to a select few, creativity is a skill that can be developed and an organizational process that can be managed. Creativity is essential for an individual or organization's ability to thrive in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing environment. This session begins by exploring ways to cultivate creativity and avoid the common barriers that get in our way. Participants will learn practical techniques for improving the flexibility and originality of their own creative problem solving process. Next, the session will focus on how group dynamics, environmental conditions, and organization practices can server to foster or limit creativity and innovation. 

Strengths-Based Management
Research shows a clear link between engagement and performance...employees who are engaged in their work are more productive, loyal, and committed to their organization's success. Sadly, research also shows that only 30% of U.S. employees and less than 15% of employees worldwide are engaged in their work. Using the Clifton Strengthsfinder framework, this session highlights how managers can have a profound impact on employee engagement by understanding and leveraging the natural strengths and ability of each employee. Participants will also learn the basics of building strengths-based teams and how a focus on strengths is an essential business strategy to drive improved performance. 


Dr. Daniel Chaffin
Assistant Professor of Management
College of Business & Technology
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Job Crafting: Creating Meaningful Work
Job descriptions are often viewed as static, solid structures directing employees toward or away from certain activities. Job crafting challenges this belief by arguing that individuals can redefine their jobs to incorporate their own motives, strengths and passions. The process involves mapping the tasks, relationships and perceptions of a given role to give individuals a greater sense of control at work. Job crafting enhances job satisfaction and productivity by providing tools to help people shape their jobs rather than being shaped by them.

Strategic Analysis: from Data to Insight
In an information age, managers can either capitalize on data or be paralyzed by it. Some organizations have more information than they can effectively process, interpret and act on, other organizations struggle to recognize the value of collecting information in their day-to-day operations. In this workshop, we work through different strategic management theories and processes that help managers decide what information matters and what can be effectively ignored. We will cover data visualization techniques, analytic frameworks and processes by which data can be converted into persuasive, actionable insights. 


Dr. Noel Palmer
Associate Professor
College of Business & Technology
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Effective Performance Evaluations
Managers understand the importance of employee evaluations...maybe. Some value them as a means of avoiding a lawsuit, others a way to hold employees accountable for goals, and others use them to provide structure around professional development. This session starts by reviewing some of the primary means, pitfalls, and purposes of performance evaluations. Next, two particular approaches to performance evaluations are discussed. First, performance evaluations are discussed within the context of goal-setting. Next, performance evaluations are discussed as a tool for professional development.

Ethical Leadership: Equipping Leaders for Ethical Decision-Making
Ethical is an essential feature of the definition of leadership. This session starts by defining ethical leadership. Next, the ethical implications of filling the role of leader are discussed: noting the responsibilities incumbent on those in the role of leader, highlighting ethics pitfalls relevant to those in the leadership role, and presenting methods of avoiding those pitfalls. The session is intended to increase awareness of ethics issues in leadership and introduce a process to follow for making ethical decisions. 


Mr. Dustin Favinger
Director, Career Center
College of Business & Technology
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Developing Focused Management
Drawing from the best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the session focuses on the first three habits: (1) Be proactive; (2) Begin with the end in mind; and, (3) Put first things first. Managers will learn these steps to develop a deeper understanding of concepts of priority, proactivity, and influence. From these concepts, participants will then learn methods for effective prioritization to promote better time management. 


Lisa Tschauner
Assistant Director, CERD
College of Business & Technology
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Managerial Communication
This session examines the application of principles of communication to the managerial setting. Specifically, the influence of organizational climate, manager's style and se of motivation are presented as important factors that influence the communication process. Participants will study methods for improving managerial communication through these various factors.