Class Starts June 6th, 2022
This class meets via Zoom on Mondays from 6:00PM – 7:30PM CST.
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This course is led by University of Texas at Dallas adjunct professors Caylin Blockley and Megan Harrison.
The global pandemic has changed how we communicate in the workplace. With five distinct generations in the workplace and an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion, management is now about leading and motivating people to maximize your business performance.
This course discusses how successful leaders use communication as a tool to connect with a variety of stakeholders, using their strengths to engage with team members, superiors, direct reports, as well as external stakeholders to achieve their goals.
Topics will include communication strategies for leading based on skills and strengths, managing conflict, and addressing ethics and avoiding destructive leadership communication practices.
Who should take this course:
- Team leaders looking to improve their communication skills
- Leaders charged with addressing diversity in their workplace
- Candidates moving into a new position or leadership role
- Candidates considering an MBA/EMBA program
Week 1: Understanding your Strengths as a Leader
The most effective leaders understand and invest in their strengths, surround themselves with people who compliment these strengths, and aim to understand their follower’s needs. In this session we’ll discuss tools to identify your leadership strengths and style, discuss the importance of followers and how to connect with them, and review strategies for managing others with different leadership styles.
Week 2: Creating a Climate for Teamwork
Research shows that “People in positive work environments outperform those who work in negative work climates by 10 to 30 percent.” (Murphy, 2015, p. 9…The Optimistic Workplace). In this session, we’ll discuss your role as a leader in establishing a climate for teamwork.
Week 3: Leading Diverse Groups
What is DE&I, and how does it affect the workplace? In this session, we’ll briefly discuss the history of diversity in the workplace, and its impact on business. We’ll also examine how each of the give generations may view DE&I differently, and how you, as a leader, can influence how diversity is perceived and practice in your workplace.
Week 4: Rising above Destructive Leadership
“With great power, comes great responsibility.” Whether you credit Voltaire or Spider Man, this session will examine the darker side of leadership. We’ll discuss tips and tricks for addressing conflict in the workplace, managing up, overcoming obstacles, and delivering bad news.
You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class meets weekly via Zoom.
- Instructor: Caylin Blockley & Megan Harrison
- Starts June 6th, 2022
- Course is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom on Mondays from 6:00PM CST - 7:30PM CST.
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Instructor Caylin Blockley serves as an adjunct professor at UT Dallas in Advanced Business Communications and has also taught public speaking. He holds a bachelor's and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Southern Indiana and is pursuing his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. Caylin is the Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Texas at Dallas. He manages a team whose goals are to establish and build relationships with Texas alumni working in a variety of different career areas and connect them back to their university. Caylin holds several awards and honors for his work in student, volunteer, and alumni engagement as well as communication.
Instructor Megan Harrison serves as an adjunct professor at UT Dallas in Advanced Business Communications and has previously taught courses on grant writing. Megan holds a Bachelors in Marketing and Management from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, is a 2019 graduate of the Executive MBA program at the University of Texas at Dallas, and is also a graduate of Leadership Dallas. Megan is the of Director of Corporate Relations for the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is responsible for building comprehensive relationships with companies for the school. Megan has many years of experience serving as a frontline fundraiser, leading fundraising strategy and developing new initiatives for organizations such as The Perot Museum of Nature & Science, the Dallas Zoo, and Klyde Warren Park.