Upcoming Programs

Innovative Supplier Relationship Management Practices

August 21, 2019 
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Supplier relationship management (SMR) and supplier enabled innovation (SEI) can enable your organization to maximize the value of your organization’s interaction with its key suppliers. SRM is a procurement approach that challenges you to manage your key suppliers to unlock value and stay competitive. Based upon our research and experience we have developed a roadmap and a toolkit for moving to best in class. This course unpacks the toolkit and supports participants in the development of their own roadmap towards the frontier of best practices.

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Who should attend: Procurement professionals or key stakeholders who interface with or mange suppliers in some way.

Benefits: In this program we will unpack lessons learned as well as discuss and develop your personal plan for progress to drive next-level returns on procurement with an actionable and achievable approach.

Learning objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of SRM and SEI best practices
  • Increased skills set in supply management
  • Benefits of improving the supplier relationship
  • Explore a toolkit for making demonstrable progress to drive and mange supplier improvements
  • Develop an action plan and roadmap for your organization

Price: $750

The Power of Leadership

October 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Leaders are expected to be both leaders and managers, which means they need to clearly understand the difference between management authority and leadership influence. Based on the West Point model of leader development, we’ve seen how great leaders develop influence based on their character, their competence and their behavior as a leader.These inputs, in turn, create organizational outcomes such as trust, positive emotional energy and extraordinary performance – all of which are hallmarks of a great organization. Light snacks will be served.

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Who Should Attend:
Those interested in developing themselves into great leaders. 

Benefits:
No one ever became a great leader by reading a book but sitting and thinking about leadership principles provides an invaluable roadmap to the leader development journey. Without a clear mental model of the concept of leadership, it is not possible to craft an individual leadership development path.

Learning Objectives:
• Distinguish management authority from leadership influence. Authority and influence are valuable tools for anyone with organizational responsibility. The challenge is that they are very different concepts and they require very different competencies.
• Understand how to develop your own leadership influence. Organizations cannot give influence to leaders, they must develop it for themselves. This requires leaders to understand the significance of the competence, character and behavior of great leaders.
• Understand the components of the leader development journey. It is one thing to craft an individual leadership journey. It is a very different thing to effectively serve as a coach or mentor for others who are embarking on this journey. This requires an understanding of the distinct components of leadership development.

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Special Note:
If you are registering more than 4 people, contact execed@walton.uark.edu for additional registration options.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

October 10, 2019
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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 course will aid in developing EI skills to make a more significant impact on the participant’s organization and become a stronger leader.

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Who Should Attend:
Managers, team leaders, and professionals who are seeking to understand and improve their emotional intelligence to improve their effectiveness as managers and leaders. 

Benefits:
Leaders will be more self-aware and better able to lead teams. Increase empathy for your staff and become more self-motivated. 

Learning Objectives:
• Use your knowledge to adapt your style to influence others
• Enhance your emotional intelligence to inspire and coach others through the uncertainty of change initiatives
• Utilize concepts of emotional intelligence as they relate to leadership capabilities and effectiveness
• Develop personal and company values in building and sustaining relationships with employees and customers
• Gain tools to develop an emotionally intelligent and ethical workforce
• Promote collaboration through high empathy, thought leadership, and thorough decision-making

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Special Note:
If you are registering more than 4 people, contact execed@walton.uark.edu for additional registration options.

Introduction to Continuous Improvement

October 17, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This course will introduce you to continuous improvement program practices and teach you how to manage the process using the following tools: strategy development and deployment, loss identification, value stream mapping, process improvement, problem solving, action planning, score carding and monthly results reviews.

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Who should attend: Executives, operation vice presidents, managers and leaders considering deploying continuous improvement strategies in their organization.

Benefits: This course provides an overview of the action leaders must take to assure the effective implementation of the latest developments in business process improvement. Other benefits include: results improvement, total employee engagement and capability development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the strategies for a successful implementation of business process improvement in your organization.
  • Understand the importance of resources and capability dedicated to process improvement
  • Learn business process improvement methodology to optimize workflow and achieve growth
  • Engage your entire workforce in continuous improvement
  • Understand real-world examples and size of the prize

Price: $325

The Power of Effective Storytelling

October 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Whether you’re trying to communicate a vision, sell an idea, or inspire commitment, storytelling is a powerful business tool that can mean the difference between lackluster enthusiasm and a rallying cry. This course will teach participants the art and science of utilizing compelling storytelling as a strategic benefit for the organization and a leadership technique in business and personal conversations and presentations.

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Who Should Attend:
Leaders who want their business presentations and conversations to become more inspirational and memorable. The course is an excellent opportunity for those in sales, marketing, communications, fundraising, or journalism to perfect their storytelling ability. 

Benefits:
The use of storytelling in presentations and conversations does more than entertain. Stories inspire the audience by creating an emotional experience they will remember and an ability to engage at a higher level that will ideally lead to action. 

Learning Objectives:
• Learn how compelling stories can help define culture and values, engender creativity and innovation, foster collaboration, build relationships, provide coaching and feedback, and lead change.
• Learn how to prepare, formulate, and deliver a story. 
• Learn to address a wide variety of business challenges, including specific stories to help you overcome difficult situations. 
• Practice and deliver your own story by the end of this session.
• Learn how to develop a portfolio of stories. 

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Cost Includes:
Course instruction, materials, and lunch 

Creating Value-Based Healthcare in a Patient-Centered World

November 6, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The healthcare delivery system is a large, complex, and sophisticated value creation chain. Successfully changing this highly interconnected system is difficult and time-consuming because the underlying problems are challenging to comprehend, the root causes are many, the solution is unclear, and the relationships among issues, objectives, and resolution are multifaceted. The terms patient-centered and value-based have become buzz words for payment and delivery reform in health care. The process of healthcare measures and patient safety indicators can be challenging, given the unique nuances of the healthcare delivery system. This course will examine the underlying healthcare problems using information, data, and logic. Participants will become aware of critical challenges in streamlining healthcare and provided with tools to improve outcomes in business performance for their healthcare organizations.

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Who Should Attend:
Physicians, clinical professionals, healthcare administrators, front line caregivers, managers, and directors.

Benefits:
Participants will benefit from instruction and discussion on frameworks and application tools organizations can use in the transformation toward value-based models, patient-centered care, and effective resource management. Participants will become aware of critical challenges in streamlining healthcare and provided with tools to improve outcomes in business performance for their healthcare organizations. 

Learning Objectives:
• Be aware of significant value-based reimbursement trends facing healthcare providers.
• Understand inherent challenges in improving quality in healthcare. 
• Be able to use quality improvement tools to improve patient outcomes.

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Cost includes:
Course instruction, materials, and lunch.

Captivating Audiences

November 14, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Your professional reputation is reflected in your communications. This course will improve your interpersonal communications, business writing and public speaking skills and is designed for managers, directors and rising leaders who want to polish communication abilities to showcase leadership skills.

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Who Should Attend:
This course is designed for managers, directors and rising leaders who want to polish communication abilities to showcase leadership skills.

Benefits:
Engage your audience, build your brand, and convey the right message. 

Learning Objectives:
• Learn the basics of public speaking
• Develop an action plan to become a more confident, compelling and capable public speaker
• Develop powerful presentations that support your ideas and draw in your audience
• Contribute ideas in an appealing and succinct manner
• Connect with your audience and be more engaging using nonverbal cues
• Write the perfect email that is clean, to the point, and uses appropriate tone
• Write with signposts to main ideas, clearly and concisely for maximum effect

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Special Note:
If you are registering more than 4 people, contact execed@walton.uark.edu for additional registration options.

Ethical Leadership

December 5, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

We expect leaders to do things right, but we also expect them to do the right thing. This is an expectation held by employees as well as customers and other stakeholders. Instructor, Michael Hennelly, uses his West Point ethical leadership teaching experience, detailing leaders who show ethical awareness, understand ethical reasoning and display ethical courage, are stronger more effective leaders. The course concludes with examples of real-world ethical challenges that attendees are invited to discuss, debate and resolve. Light snacks will be served.

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Who Should Attend:
Professionals at all levels of experience and within business, nonprofit, government or military sectors are encouraged to participate. 

Benefits:
This unique course incorporates ethical leader development and provides specific and actionable guidelines that can be used by leaders in any industry to develop ethical awareness, ethical judgement and ethical courage. 

Learning Objectives:
• Recognize the ethical components of situations and problems
• Develop the ability to engage in ethical reasoning by evaluating different ethical perspectives and concepts
• Develop the ability to apply and sustain ethical decisions

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Special Note:
If you are registering more than 4 people, contact execed@walton.uark.edu for additional registration options.

Strategic Leadership

January 30, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Strategic leadership is a unique model of leadership. Leaders of organizations have different jobs than leaders in organizations. We expect team leaders to win the day-to-day battles, but we hope strategic leaders will win the long-term war. Strategic leaders need to understand leadership, but they also need to understand strategy. The strategic leadership course uses examples from the world of military and corporate strategy to identify the essential tasks of strategic leaders. We have seen how great leaders develop influence based on their character, their competence, and their behavior. These inputs, in turn, generate organizational outcomes such as trust, positive emotional energy, and extraordinary performance- all of which are hallmarks of great organizations.

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Who Should Attend:
Professionals interested in developing themselves or others as strategic leaders. 

Benefits:
Great strategic leaders don’t wait to learn about strategic leadership. They prepare ahead of time, they reflect on leadership challenges ahead of time, and they seek out leadership mentors ahead of time. Spending time thinking about leadership provides an invaluable roadmap for the leadership development journey. Without a transparent mental model of the concept of strategic direction, it is not possible to craft an individual leadership development path.

Learning Objectives:
• Distinguish team leadership from strategic leadership.
• Understand the unique competencies of strategic leaders. 
• Understand that leaders don’t just interact with followers; they interact with other leaders. 

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Cost includes:
Course instruction, materials, breakfast, snacks and drinks

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