Upcoming Programs

The Power of Effective Storytelling

January 21, 2020
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 

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

The Power of Leadership

February 27, 2020
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. 

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Program Description:
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.

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.

Captivating Audiences

April 2, 2020
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

April 9, 2020
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.

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