Course Descriptions

 

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND INVESTOR RELATIONS
William Cunningham

The first objective of the course will be to help prepare future corporate and non-profit Directors to fulfill their fiduciary duties of care and loyalty to the organizations that they will serve. We will do this by examining a wide variety of issues that Directors must deal with on a regular basis. The second objective will be to understand the nature and scope of corporate Boards from the perspective of society, social and economic interest and what can be done to prevent some of the more publicized corporate governance failures. Professor Cunningham will help provide all of the participants with a fundamental knowledge of how Boards of Directors function in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He will also focus on the different roles the Boards play in both large and small organizations.


CORPORATE LAW AND M&A
Andrew Calder
John D. Pitts

Participants in this session will develop the skills and strategies to analyze asset and estate planning issues, structure the deal to minimize tax consequences, understand how to value a company, learn about how companies are marketed for sale, understand the sell-side process from start to finish, evaluate various monetization alternatives, understand key management and retention issues, prepare for a smooth integration and learn how to negotiate a transaction.


FINANCIAL ANALYTICS AND CAPITAL MARKETS/TRANSFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGY
Michael Sury

Sury will present on analytics, markets, and technology.


HUMAN BIASES IN DECISION MAKING: AVOIDING THE TRAPS
Eric Bickel
Bruce Judd

The human mind isn’t wired to make high-quality decisions. Because of how our minds work, errors and pitfalls keep us and our colleagues from making decisions that add the most value. Understand how natural behavioral processes lead to biases, distortion, and mistakes. Explore the preventive measures and techniques you can use to reduce these biases, improve individual decisions and enrich organizational decision processes.


LEADING HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAMS
John Daly

In today’s business world, you must become a creative leader who can inspire productivity and motivate employees to achieve organizational goals and objectives. You are faced with ever-increasing demands and are being asked to perform functions once in the realm of human resources and other departments. Be an effective leader. Generate group cohesiveness, mutual respect and support, and company loyalty. Construct a comprehensive toolkit of the major functions effective leaders perform: hiring, communicating, motivating, negotiating, teaming, evaluating, rewarding and creating a high performance culture. Examine and discuss the critical path to motivating and leading others.


MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS: DECISION EXECUTIVES WORKSHOP
Eric Bickel
Bruce Judd

Designed for those senior executives who drive the strategic decisions that shape the organization’s future. The workshop is designed to help them guide complex decision-making in their organization and to get the most value from the Decision Quality (DQ) framework and the Dialogue Decision Process (DDP). The program is a blend of discussions regarding the organization’s decision-making challenges, the principles and tools for good strategic decision-making, and multiple hands-on decision-making exercises. The one-day version of the program offers the ability to further tailor the workshop and incorporate a deeper discussion of the challenges facing the organization and how DQ can address these needs. Participants will gain the language, knowledge, and skills they need to face the most complex decisions and to make consistently high-quality strategic decisions.


MANAGING PEOPLE
Kristie Loescher

The purpose of this advanced-level session is to help participants understand their role in the human resource management (HRM) process as well as the relationship that exists between leaders and HR professionals. The class will experientially explore some of the major challenges in the field of human resource management, emphasizing development of the ability to analyze problems and to apply management fundamentals to the human resources arena. The goal for building this session is to improve each participant’s ability to support and develop employees in a manner that contributes to the organization's mission, goals, and business strategies based on a participative implementation philosophy between employees and management.


SCENARIOS AND EFFECTIVE FORECASTING
Eric Bickel
Bruce Judd

Selecting the appropriate sources and methodology for forecasts is paramount to the success of your strategy. Systematic scenario planning can be an effective tool to improve the reliability of forecasts. We define a “scenario” as a coherent sequence of events and decisions that create a vivid, compelling vision of what the future could look like. We define “scenario planning” as harnessing the power of scenarios to make better strategic choices. With the right tools participants can design and develop effective forecasts that dramatically improve long-term decisions. Making such decisions requires forward-looking information that is relevant and reliable. Only looking backward or ignoring uncertainty about the future will lead to flawed decisions. Effective forecasts will include both future possibilities (scenarios) and probabilities.


STRATEGIC CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Ray Thompson

The goal of this course is to help participants develop a sophisticated understanding of the concerns and perspectives that drive communities (stakeholders) who interact with their companies, and how to anticipate those concerns. Participants will discuss the context (cultural, legal, political) in which they interact with communities (stakeholders) on issues related to corporate citizenship, the kinds of inquiries and challenges their companies are likely to face from media, the public and governments representatives concerned with corporate citizenship issues, and prepare for those challenges.


THINKING AND ACTING STRATEGICALLY
Mike Peterson
Rodney Northern

Participants in this session will develop the skills and strategies to make strategic decisions and execute with confidence company-wide. The course will help them establish a solid foundation in managing strategically by reviewing current industry, corporate, divisional and product strategy frameworks. They will learn to apply these techniques through a series of in class simulations, case studies and current scenarios. They will gain an in-depth knowledge of contemporary strategic frameworks and tools along with the skill to apply them immediately in the current work environment.
 

Dinner Speakers

GLOBAL HOT SPOTS: BUSINESS THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Bob Inman

As the former director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of Central Intelligence, Admiral Bobby Inman will share his unique insights on nuclear proliferation, terrorism, cyber threats, international narcotics, pandemics/epidemics, and climate change. He will conclude with thoughts on the business opportunities that exist within the changing nature of economic competition.


HAPPYSMARTS: HOW TO TURN CAREER SUCCESS INTO LIFE SUCCESS
Raj Raghunathan

If intelligence helps with decision-making, smart people should naturally make better life choices. So why are so many of the smartest, brightest, most successful people profoundly unhappy? Through extensive research, this session takes you on a fun and meaningful tour of the best research available on how some of the very determinants of success may also come to deflate happiness. Raghunathan explores the seven most common inclinations that successful people need to overcome, and the seven habits they should adopt instead. The correlation between wealth and happiness is much smaller than you’d expect it to be. Generosity is not only a key to happiness, but a determining factor of long term success. Appreciating uncertainty, rather than seeking full control of outcomes, is necessary for happiness.