Executive Leadership Series

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, strategic thought, innovation and business turnarounds.

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Program Description

The Executive Leadership Series is designed for individuals who are currently in leadership positions or those who are preparing to assume greater leadership responsibilities. Taught by Eccles’ top-ranked faculty, the program attracts executives from a broad range of backgrounds and industries and encourages vibrant classroom discussion and interactive learning. Intellectually rewarding and personally fulfilling, this program will challenge you to think deeply about the leader you are — and the leader you want to become.

This series consists of 5 courses:

  • Leadership & Competitive Advantage
  • Collaborative Negotiations
  • Business Turnarounds
  • Business Strategy
  • Leadership II & Capstone Learning Experience

SHRM Recertification Provider 2017

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 30 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

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Upcoming Dates

Leadership & Competitive Advantage

7 September 2017 8:30 am – 7 September 2017 4:00 pm

A strong and impactful leader generates energy and commitment among people within an organization and drives success in an ethical and responsible way. This course demonstrates that the proper management of human resources has the potential to be a source of sustainable competitive advantage for high performance organizations. This session will examine companies that have successfully managed their people to create not only revenues, profits and growth, but also committed team members and dedicated customers who are true advocates of the enterprise.

Dr. Abe Bakhsheshy

Dr. Abe is the David Eccles School of Business Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Director and Professor (Lecturer) of Organizational Behavior in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Along with his academic qualifications, he has more than 35 years of management and leadership experience including seven years of executive level position in overseas working with multinational corporations.

Areas of Expertise
HealthcareHuman ResourcesLeadership
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Collaborative Negotiations

5 October 2017 8:30 am – 5 October 2017 4:00 pm

The tools required to be a confident and successful negotiator become increasingly important as careers evolve. This session will focus on key negotiation and conflict resolution skills needed to impact organizations. Participants will learn how to negotiate with others upon whom they depend for results or resources, mediate disagreements and conflicts among colleagues, and conduct and prepare for high-level business negotiations both within and outside the organization.

Dr. Kristina Diekmann

Dr. Kristina ‘Tina’ Diekmann is Chair of the Department of Management, Professor of Management and David Eccles Professor of Business Ethics at The University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Dr. Diekmann’s research investigates how individuals behave in organizations, with a focus on fairness and ethics, negotiation, social perception and impression management.

Areas of Expertise
EthicsImpression ManagementNegotiationSocial Perception
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Business Turnarounds

2 November 2017 8:30 am – 2 November 2017 2:00 pm

In today’s business environment, even young organizations are often faced with the need to change course quickly. This session explores various companies that have implemented different turnaround strategies and the outcomes. Thoughtful discussion of these cases and the strategies used will enable participants to identify and tackle turnaround opportunities with confidence.

Bonita Austin

Bonita Austin has a background in securities analysis and teaches strategy in the DESB. She received 4 teaching awards and serves as the Asst. Department Chair of Entrepreneurship & Strategy.

Areas of Expertise
Business TurnaroundsEntrepreneurshipStrategy
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Business Strategy

30 November 2017 8:30 am – 30 November 2017 4:00 pm

Gain the strategic tools and frameworks you need to lead the global expansion of your organization. In this program, we will explore the cultural, administrative, economic and geographic considerations of taking a company global. We’ll also discuss what factors can influence your organization’s performance and use case studies to demonstrate the practical application of different models and frameworks.

Dr. Bill Hesterly

Dr. Bill Hesterly is the Dumke Family Presidential Chair in Management at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah where he also serves as Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. His most recent research focuses on appropriation and the locus of value creation.

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Leadership II & Capstone Learning Experience

14 December 2017 8:30 am – 14 December 2017 4:00 pm

The entire program will conclude with a capstone session aimed to integrate the unique learning modules with the individual experiences of participants and the dynamics of the rapidly changing, global business environment.

Joe Horton

Mr. Horton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Utah and holds a Masters degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota. He spent 21 years at Primary Children’s Hospital, first as Chief Operating Officer, and 15 years as CEO.

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Program Tuition: $3,200

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In This Program

Prepare to tackle the difficult challenges faced in a business turnaround
Learn to consistently generate valuable ideas using proven innovation methods
Practice negotiations skills that will enable you to positively impact your organization
Complete a capstone experience that integrates what you have learned with your own experience
Gain the leadership strengths and human resource management skills needed to create effective and committed teams
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“I encounter a lot of negotiations and don't think I prepared as well as I should have. This has opened my eyes to the importance of preparation.“

– Jerry North, Director of Planning & Construction, University Healthcare Facilities & Engineering
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