OSU Leadership Development Certificate Series in OKC

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February – November 2017

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.

Good to Great: What’s a Leader to Do?
Aug. 29, 2017
9 am – 4 pm
Chesapeake Energy
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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?

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

Nov. 28, 2017
9 am – 12 pm
Chesapeake Energy
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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.

Enhancing Employee Motivation through Coaching
Nov. 28, 2017
1 pm – 4 pm
Chesapeake Energy
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Raj Basu, Ph.D.
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. 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.

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Andrew Urich, J.D.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.

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D.Bryan Edwards, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Edwards is an expert in the areas of human resources, performance management, communication, conflict resolution, organizational training and development, research methodology, and statistical methods. Dr. Edwards earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and is an active member of Academy of Management, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Ken Eastman, Ph.D.Ken Eastman, Ph.D., is Dean of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University and holds the Norman and Suzanne Myers Chair and Richard W. Poole Professorship. His research interests are mainly in the areas of leadership and organizational politics. He has received the Chandler-Frates & Reitz (1994), Greiner (1995), Regents Distinguished Teaching (1995), University Outreach Faculty Excellence, the Richard W. Poole Faculty Outreach Excellence (2009), the OSU Faculty Outreach Excellence (2009), and the UCEA Great Plains Region Excellence in Teaching (2009) Awards.

Raj Basu, Ph.D.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.

This series is designed for business professionals and innovators.

  • Program format
    Series of five sessions.
  • Certificate/Credit
    Those attending all 5 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)
  • Price
    Please see program brochure for price.

Critical Thinking: Leading Innovation and Value Creation
Feb. 22, 2017
9 am – 4 pm
Chesapeake Energy
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.

Accessing and Engaging Employees
May 23, 2017
9 am – 4 pm
Chesapeake Energy
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.