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Training Workshops: Emerging Business Leaders Series

Organizations of all types need leaders who possess strong interpersonal skills. Designed for business leaders at any level, this series will help participants gain practical skills in making cases for change, communication and negotiation that can be immediately applied in the workplace. The workshops in this series will emphasize practice and feedback through self-assessments, hands-on exercises and activities, group discussions, and roleplays. These short courses are offered online in 4-hour blocks. You may register for any or all of these courses.


decorative elementMaking a Case for Change

It’s often lamented but true that the only constant is change. COVID-19 reinforced the need for organizations to not only be reactive to change but be proactive in preparing for, planning for, and instituting change. A critical skill-set for emergent business leaders is to effectively present the business case for change. This broad skill set includes competencies such as understanding the nature of change, assessing readiness for change, identifying champions and sponsors, creating and communicating a vision for success, and building and presenting the business case. Note: this is a 2-day workshop (4-hour block each day).
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decorative elementCommunication for Business Leaders, Part I: Communicate with Impact and Create an Inclusive Workplace

Successful business leaders can skillfully communicate in any situation. Discover your personal communication style and strengthen essential relationships through participating in this interactive class that will help you gain an impactful presence and lead team members to action. Designed for business leaders at any level, you will learn how to engage team members across diverse groups to reach consensus, practice active listening skills, uncover unconscious and implicit biases, and use power words to enhance inclusivity in the workplace. Experience a hands-on approach through role-plays and group discussions and refine your communication skill set.
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decorative elementCommunication for Business Leaders, Part II: Strategies for a
more Engaged, Cooperative Workplace

Effective business leaders need to be able to adapt their communication style, depending on what type of communication is required. Whether you engage in face-to-face communication or computer-mediated discussions ... whether you are trying to influence your team to achieve a goal or have a difficult conversation with an employee who needs feedback, there are evidence-based techniques that can improve your ability to communicate, no matter the situation. This program is designed for emerging business leaders across levels who want to learn strategies to improve across all communication situations. You will learn practical approaches and key skills for eliciting information, engaging agile teams through effective debriefs and feedback, improving executive presence, and communicating more effectively with their peers, teams, superiors, and customers to accelerate positive outcomes.
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decorative elementNegotiation for Business Leaders, Part I: Master the Basics of Negotiation

Negotiation is a valued skill for leaders. In the workplace, negotiation is more than just about “winning” or achieving victory in a business transaction. Negotiation helps resolve conflict, build productive relationships, and reach organizational goals. Leaders who only get things done through the exercise of authority are less effective than those who seek to understand others’ interests and influence people through skillful negotiation. In this interactive class, you will explore your assumptions about negotiation, identify various negotiation styles, assess your approach to negotiation, learn proven steps in negotiation, and practice negotiating in various workplace situations.
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decorative elementNegotiation for Business Leaders, Part II: Application 
Strategies for Improved Effectiveness

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