The Executive Development Program for State Officials

The Executive Development Program for State Officials
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July 18–22, 2016 | Oklahoma City Enroll Now

Improve your knowledge and skills and broaden your perspective in your role as a leader.

Leaders from all public agencies are under increased pressure to produce results. With limited resources and flexibility, how can public executives achieve such improvements?

You are invited to attend The Executive Development Program for State Officials, uniquely designed for top executives in Oklahoma State Government. The program is a collaboration of Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma. This extensive four-and-a-half-day residence program is designed around five Executive Leadership Competencies: Business Acumen, Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, and Building Coalitions/Communication.

The Executive Development Program offers the following benefits:

  • An educational experience designed to improve the way you think and make decisions
  • An opportunity for you to exchange ideas and learn new skills in an interactive setting
  • A pooling of resources from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma to deliver a top-quality program

This program is designed around the Executive Leadership Competencies:

  • Business Acumen
  • Leading Change
  • Leading People
  • Results Driven
  • Building Coalitions/Communication

Please also see program agenda.


The “State” of the Public Sector Leadership Challenge
Leadership challenges occur at all levels in government: local, state and federal. But what unique challenges do states face? Aside from recurring budgetary and political pressures, states are dealing with increasing expectations from the public, unions, interest groups and their own employees. In order to succeed, state leaders must understand the unique and complex web of pressures they confront on a daily basis. This session outlines these challenges and places them in a practical framework from which to hone effective leadership skills.


DiSCover Your Leadership Strengths
Personality aside, individuals have their own styles of responding and adapting to work settings and other people. The best leaders understand why and how people act the way they do. Use the DiSC model to gain this crucial knowledge. You will discern how to lead successfully by appropriately handling individual behaviors. DiSC is a widely used self-discovery tool and model of human behavior that people use to understand why and how they and others say and do things based on their style tendencies. Once people understand these behavioral styles, they can gain new and valuable S.O.S. insights — awareness of Self, Others, and Situations they encounter.

Emotional Intelligence: Competencies of Star Performers
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain relationships, cope with challenges and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way. During this EI session, you will learn how these competencies affect behavior, motivation and conflict management. You will be provided with precise feedback from the EQ-I 2.0, an emotional intelligence assessment that can be used to understand and design development plans for your EI.

From Traditionals to Millennials: Leading Generations at Work
Ever wonder how new hires could be so impatient or how your boss could never have heard of “IM-ing”? The answer largely lies here: For the first time, four generations are converging in the workplace. Examine how the different life experiences of Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials create challenges in communicating and collaborating. You will also consider ways to bridge the generational divide.

Improving Interactions and Professionalism in the Workplace
Working relationships become stronger when employees trust their coworkers and feel comfortable voicing their thoughts and opinions. The path to this trust and comfort is paved with civil discourse, mutual respect, and a sensitivity to those with whom we work. Said differently, the path is one of professionalism. This session addresses the way to interact professionally to build mutual respect and enhance employee engagement. We will highlight behaviors determined to be both professional and unprofessional. We will investigate trends and patterns of workplace behaviors to help determine how to maintain or build a work team or organization where people can disagree without being disagreeable and agree that the organization’s shared purpose is the ultimate goal.


Ethical Decision-Making in Government
This session focuses on ethical decision making in government. Why often decent individuals make choices to do objectively unethical things is both an apt question and an area about which scholars have discovered important answers. The purpose of our session is to help you identify and resolve ethical issues, even in those cases where potentially powerful forces tempt you and your colleagues to make the wrong decision.

The Rise and Fall of Entitlement
Entitlement may be defined as “receiving a reward based on who you are not what you do.” Entitlement is a severe threat to productivity and individual initiative. This session investigates how such cultures are specifically created within organizations, how to recognize such creation variables, and what may be done to stem the growth of entitlement.


Developing Influence in Public-Sector Organizations
The process of bringing about incremental or radical change in public-sector organizations is very different from the process in the private-sector. Unlike the private sector where executives can rely on tangible incentives, public-sector executives have to rely on intangible rewards, shared values, and personal influence tactics to bring about change. This session helps participants identify their sources of power, learn how to develop influence, and use that influence to help bring about change in governmental organizations.

Leading Change
At various times, management in organizations perceive a need for change. This program addresses what drives change, as well as how to create a sense of urgency, alignment and support among management groups. In addition, participants will learn how to create a network for change by establishing a system that solicits involvement and ownership of key stakeholders. This session also will provide you with guidelines on how an organization can plan, implement, and evaluate to benefit both the organization and the individual employee.

Organizational Dynamics in Government Bureaucracies: Pressure, Politics, and the Public
Bureaucracies, by their very nature, are historically known as easy to build and difficult to breakdown. Bureaucracies in the public sector are even more challenging. Consider the desires of the average citizen: more services, now, and at no cost. Couple these demands with organizational barriers to common changes in state governments (threats to power relationships, threats to expertise, structural inertia, threats to established resources, and group inertia), and a troubling picture emerges. This interactive session explores these organizational dynamics in the state context and examines successful change efforts in similar organizations.


Accessing and Engaging Employees
This session will address four attributes that can help executives in the organization better engage their employees: a) power; b) information; c) rewards and d) knowledge. High involvement leadership is a very effective platform for guiding discussion and keeping individuals focused on primary issues in the workplace

Building Powerful Communication Skills
This session explores leadership communication from the perspectives of crafting effective messages and listening with intensity. First, the session reveals two key strategies for giving corrective feedback to employees—feedback which can encourage cultural development and reinforcement in powerful ways. Then, the session explores how the supervisor-subordinate relationship slows the transmission of bad news upward. Recommendations and techniques for listening through employees’ indirect messaging are discussed so that you can get the bad news you need to lead.

Storytelling to Enhance Organizational Performance
There has never been a society that did not use the telling of stories to establish its culture. Within organizations, storytelling is also a valuable technique to create and maintain “culture” while motivating employees. Additionally, stories are used to resolve conflict and to generate customer “evangelists.” This session provides you with ideas regarding storytelling in your organization as a valuable management tool.

Raj Basu, Vice President for Academic Affairs, OSU-Tulsa, and Associate Professor of Management, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University
Ryan Bisel, Associate Professor of Organizational Communication, Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma
Matt Bowler, Associate Professor, Department of Management, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University
Ken Eastman, Dean, Norman & Suzanne Myers Endowed Chair For Excellence in Business Administration, and Richard W. Poole Professorship for Excellence, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University
Bryan Edwards, Associate Professor of Management and Joe Synar Chair, Director of the Eastin Center for Talent Development, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University
Patrick Malone, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University, Washington, D.C.
L. Lee Manzer, Professor of Marketing, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University
Nim Razook, Professor of Legal Studies, Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma
Alexis Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University
Tracy Suter, Associate Professor and Jordan Chair in Entrepreneurship, School of Entrepreneurship, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University


The program is designed for cabinet secretaries, agency directors, and top-level executives within state government.


Within the five core competencies, participants will be able to develop and enhance the following:

  • Understand the scope of the executive
  • Be able to develop and implement decisions and understand the potential impact of decision-making
  • Understand organizational change and how it affects others
  • Identify a sense of strengths and development areas in specific behaviors, which can help you achieve goals
  • Become aware of cultural and environmental changes that will affect the future of the agency
  • Identify the keys to relationships, communication and interpersonal team building, and inter-organizational cooperation to implement programs effectively

  • Program format – Four-and-a-half-day residence program.
  • Date – July 18–22, 2016
  • PriceEnroll Now
    • Early Bird Registration received by June 20, 2016
      $2,650 per person, which includes instruction, refreshments, two lunches, an opening night reception and all electronic program materials.
    • Registrations received between June 21 and July 7, 2016
      $2,850 per person, which includes instruction, refreshments, two lunches, an opening night reception and all electronic program materials.

    The program fee includes the materials in electronic format. If you would prefer a hard copy of conference materials in a binder, there is a $50 additional fee.

  • Location – The program will be held at The Tower Hotel, 3233 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City, Okla. The registration fee does not include hotel rooms. Parking is free at the hotel.
  • Cancellation Policy – All cancellations must be received in writing from the sponsoring organization. A full refund will be made for cancellations received by June 15, 2016. Cancellations received after that date may be charged fees based on expenses already paid in the participant’s behalf. Substitutions may be made until July 7, 2016.