OSU Leadership Development Certificate Series in OKC

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March – December 2016

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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.

Emotional Intelligence
June 2, 2016
9 am – 4 pm
Chesapeake Energy
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Lex Smith, Ph.D.
Nearly three hundred different company sponsored studies have demonstrated that the secret to excellent performance at work is emotional intelligence (EI). In this session, participants will learn a validated framework for emotional intelligence. Through a series of exercises, participants will build a personal vision and make a plan to increase their El in order to achieve that vision and move toward excellent performance.

Creating and Developing High Performance Teams
Sept. 1, 2016
9 – Noon
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.

Lessons from Mount Everest: A Manager’s Guide to Agile Decision – Making in a High Stakes Environment
Sept. 1, 2016
1 – 4 pm
Chesapeake Energy
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Raj Basu, Ph.D.
This seminar uses lessons from a tragic expedition to Mt. Everest to study decision-making in high-stakes, dynamic environments. This highly interactive seminar provides a framework for 1) understanding behaviors that lead to poor decision-making; 2) distinguishing between less and more relevant information; and 3) diagnosing and preventing serious failures. Managers learn decision-making tools that allow them to balance the competing forces of quality and timeliness, nurture and dissent, and over, and under-confidence.

Networking and Building Profitable Relationships
Dec. 1, 2016
9 am – 4 pm
Chesapeake Energy
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Andrew Urich, J.D.
Everyone agrees that individuals with excellent interpersonal skills rise to the top in their organizations and careers–but how much effort does the typical professional expend developing this vital skill set? In hiring, promotions and selling (whether it’s products, services or ideas) it almost always comes down to the ability to connect with and relate to others. There is no question that the ability to be comfortable and confident in business settings and to make a memorable impression is an acquired skill. This intense program will help you undertake the process of cultivating your people skills so that you can get ahead and go farther in your career.

Raj Basu, Ph.D.Raj Basu, Ph.D.is the vice-president for academic affairs for Oklahoma State University, Tulsa and an Associate Professor of Management in the OSU Spears School of Business. As the chief academic officer of OSU-Tulsa, he has overall responsibility for operations, development, and promotion of all academic programs. Dr. Basu researches and teaches in the areas of leadership, employee performance, team building, and change management. He also consults with organizations in the aerospace, energy, financial services, technology, government, and non-profit sectors.

Lee Manzer, Ph.D.Lee Manzer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Marketing 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 nationally-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, including energy and petrochemical companies, manufacturing firms, financial institutions, and public service agencies. He is the recipient of several Outreach Faculty Excellence Awards and was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.

Lex Smith, Ph.D.Lex Smith, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Smith 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. Her areas of expertise span workplace issues such as gender, diversity and status, politics and influence, as well as the design and utility of health and safety training interventions. Dr. Smith is a member of and has presented research at the Academy of Management, the Southern Management Association, the Gender, Work & Organizations Conference, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Lex Smith, Ph.D.Tracy Suter, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Jordan Chair in Entrepreneuship in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has published over 20 journal articles and his work has been presented over 50 times at regional, national, and international conferences. Beyond OSU, Dr. Suter is a two-time past Vice-President of Member Services for the Society for Marketing Advances and past Vice-President for Chapter Excellence for the Tulsa Professional Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Dr. Suter received his MBA and Ph.D. in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

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 of Management and director of student development, Eastin Center for Talent Development in the Spears School 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.

This series is designed for business professionals and innovators.

  • Program format
    Series of five sessions.
  • Certificate/Credit
    Those attending all 6 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.