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Leadership

Research has revealed effective and ineffective communication practices for effective teamwork. Learn about them and reach personal and organizational goals while becoming the leader you want to be.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) and a strong commitment to personal values are integral to effective leadership. Leaders with these skills are keenly aware of their emotions and the emotions of others, and they use those insights to lead, engage, and empower those around them. This program will help you hone your EI and ethical decision-making skills to make a bigger impact in your organization and become a stronger leader.

Millennials are today’s largest working generation, yet they are increasingly misunderstood. Companies who understand and successfully harness the competencies of their younger employees enjoy an engaged, empowered workforce that drives growth and innovation. Leave this program with a plan to foster a culture that attracts, motivates, and develops the next generation of business leaders.

Get the strategic guidance you need to exceed your sales and performance goals. In this practical program, you’ll learn frameworks for motivating desired behavior, developing realistic goals, incentivizing teams to rally around goals, troubleshooting and solving relevant problems, and balancing risks and rewards.

Change often proves to be quite difficult both on the personal employee level and at the organizational level. Understanding and applying proven change-management models and techniques can help your organization deliver on promises, reduce employee and managerial frustration, and decrease the chance of change initiative failure.

Gain tools and tactics to increase your influence as a negotiator. In this program, you will learn effective strategies for negotiating business deals and resolving disruptions while identifying your strengths and weaknesses as a negotiator. Faculty will provide guidance on how to manage negotiations to optimize outcomes while mitigating risks.

Communication excellence is an essential leadership tool. As a leader ascends in their organization, they are required to speak in public more often as they shape the organization’s mission, vision, and values. Become a more persuasive and confident speaker that creates a powerful, emotional audience connection.

Business leaders are under pressure to drive innovation while meeting the everyday demands of business operations. This program provides a four-phase framework to help you manage this challenge and lead breakthrough innovation at your organization.

Build on your leadership strengths and learn how to apply the latest research to manage today’s toughest challenges. In this five-part series for experienced executives, you’ll meet with your cohort on a monthly basis and take a deep dive into fundamental leadership topics, including competitive advantage, collaborative negotiations, team dynamics, innovation, and business turnarounds.

Business Fundamentals

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Harness the power of financial data to make better decisions for your organization. Designed for the non-financial leader, this program provides foundational principles in accounting and finance and teaches how to effectively use financial information to make a meaningful impact.

Make your digital marketing plan work harder for your organization. This online program will guide you through the process of evaluating your current digital marketing plan and initiating changes that lead to more effective marketing.

The success of any organization depends on the strength of its business strategy — especially when that organization wants to compete abroad. This distance-learning program outlines the key components of business strategy in the context of growing and competing on a global level.

In this distance-learning program for the non-financial leader, you will discover how to harness the power of financial data to make better decisions for your organization. While learning foundational principles in accounting and finance, you will discover how to use financial information effectively to make a meaningful impact.

Women’s Leadership

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Join the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business top faculty and some of Utah’s most influential women for a day of research-driven content and engaging dialogue. Academic sessions will be combined with thoughtful panel discussions and a powerful keynote address. This year’s theme is “Building Your Personal Brand.” Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to energize your career and network with inspirational women who are making a difference and shaping Utah’s business landscape.

This session examines how female managers can climb the corporate ladder and secure the corner office as well as the issues facing women in leadership positions by offering effective strategies for handling them. Dr. Abe Bakhsheshy balances academic research and practical work experiences regarding social norms and expectations with practical leadership strategies for operating effectively within the workplace.

Change often proves to be quite difficult both on the personal employee level and at the organizational level. Understanding and applying proven change management models and techniques can help your organization deliver on promises, reduce employee and managerial frustration, and decrease the chance of change initiative failure.

Gain tools and tactics to increase your influence as a negotiator. In this program, you will learn effective strategies for negotiating business deals and resolving disruptions while identifying your strengths and weaknesses as a negotiator. Faculty will provide guidance on how to manage negotiations to optimize outcomes while mitigating risks.

Research has revealed effective and ineffective communication practices for effective teamwork. Learn about them and reach personal and organizational goals while becoming the leader you want to be.

Communication excellence is an essential leadership tool.  As a leader ascends in their organization, they are required to speak in public more often as they shape the organization’s mission, vision, and values. Become a more persuasive and confident speaker that creates a powerful, emotional audience connection.

Interpersonal communication skills and emotional intelligence as a woman in the workplace are critical components to gaining success as a leader. In this two-day workshop, leaders will improve their interpersonal communication skills by using mindfulness strategies to work through a variety of challenging workplace communication interactions.

Goff Strategic Leadership

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You may be an experienced leader, but have you mastered Strategic Leadership? The challenges of setting strategic direction while leading others require both solid analytic capabilities and strong interpersonal skills. Yet, acquiring these hard and soft skills is still no guarantee of success. Only practical knowledge of how to apply those skills to existing frameworks, the ability to identify opportunities for change/growth, and a constant vigilance for challenges on the horizon will set you and your organization on the right course.

Growth requires changes in approaches, perspectives, processes, and routines. This program provides proven frameworks to determine where and how to focus for effective change leadership. We demonstrate how you can tailor proven successful approaches to your own domain and provide support as you test the concepts. Agility is ineffective without strategic guidelines and leadership.

Insight combines both intuition and analysis to find sources of value appropriate to your team. Foresight enables you to take a position about future events using current information and strategic leadership skills. Cross-sight breaks out of the confines of your industry to find new sources of value and collaborative partners. Taken together, these three types of vision ensure effective and competitive growth.

Just like a master craftsman, every successful strategic leader relies on a set of specialized tools. But are you going back to your basic analyses and approaches over and over, unaware that a new tool might enable you and your team to work more efficiently and/or effectively? Tools by themselves don’t create value, but they have almost limitless possibilities in the hands of experienced users, especially in the area of Strategic Leadership.

Lean Operations

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Increase productivity and boost the bottom line by applying principles of Lean Six Sigma to your organization. In this program for executives in non-manufacturing industries, you will learn the foundational principles of Six Sigma and earn a Green Belt Certification following completion of a process-improvement project.

Gain a competitive advantage by applying the principles of Lean Six Sigma to your organization. Blending simulation exercises with lectures and group work sessions, this program goes in-depth for leaders in manufacturing industries. You will gain proven frameworks for allocating resources more strategically to grow the bottom line.

Increase productivity and boost the bottom line by applying principles of Lean Six Sigma to your organization. In this online program for executives in non-manufacturing industries, you will study the foundational principles of Six Sigma while enjoying the convenience of distance learning.

Designed for leaders who have completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Non-Manufacturing Industries, this program provides advanced training in technical process-improvement techniques. You’ll learn how to increase productivity, process flow, and customer satisfaction while also decreasing total defects, cycle time, and work-in-progress delays.

Designed for leaders who have completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Manufacturing Industries, this program provides advanced training in technical process-improvement techniques. You’ll learn how to increase productivity, process flow, and customer satisfaction while also decreasing total defects, cycle time, and work-in-progress delays.

Healthcare Innovation

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This project-based program is uniquely designed to help health care professionals drive growth and success in their organizations. Learn from both University of Utah Health leaders and David Eccles School of Business top-ranked faculty to gain a deeper understanding of health care solutions and essential business practices.

Designed for business leaders, Bioventures is a detailed guide to the complex life-science product development process, from conception to commercialization.

Sorenson Impact

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The Early Childhood Innovation Lab (ECIL) is a collaboration between the National Head Start Association (NHSA), the Sorenson Impact Center, and the David Eccles School of Business (DESB). The mission of the Early Childhood Innovation Lab is to identify, disseminate, and test innovative best practices for providers of early childhood services.