The certificate program includes four core courses and the choice of one additional elective course—all taught by instructors who are experts in their fields. Participants can also choose to take any individual courses of
interest. Continuing Educational Credits (1.1 per course) are available.
The time commitment for each is course is approximately 1.5 consecutive days and held at the Pyle Center, Madison, Wisconsin.
2018-2019 Course Schedule
The Innovative Leader (Core) REGISTRATION IS OPEN
March 19 -20, 2019
Instructor: Sarah Young, Founder of Zing Collaborative
Innovation is a word we hear often, but what does it really mean to be an Innovative Leader? Is it possible to be innovative in environments that have historically embraced stability and order over risk, change, and uncertainty? This course will encourage you to build a new mindset for approaching challenges in our organizations. Learn to identify possibilities and create the conditions in your work teams that make innovation a way of being, versus a one-time initiative. During this interactive session, we will explore:
- What it means to be an Innovative Leader – and ways to stretch your skills and capacity in this area
- Innovation as a way of being, versus an initiative or a program
- Innovative approaches to problem-solving
- Intrapreneurship: bringing an entrepreneurial mindset and perspective to your team and organization
- Tools, technologies, and processes that support innovative leadership
- The challenges with “innovation” and how to navigate them
Negotiation Skills: Resolving Disputes and Moving Forward (Elective) REGISTRATION IS OPEN
May 21-22, 2019
Instructor: Allison Cooley, MEd, CEC, BCC, Founder and CEO of Effectability, LLC
A hallmark of a great leader is the ability to resolve disputes and move things forward in a way that leaves relationships stronger. This involves a deep level of self-understanding – recognizing your tendencies when under stress or conflict and knowing how and when to appropriately leverage your strengths and personal power. It also requires the skillful and disciplined use of a negotiation framework that is rooted in the desire to reach a wise agreement, not just to win. In this session, we’ll examine the factors that improve your chances for success, lay out a negotiation and dispute resolution framework, and take time to practice your skills and develop your own negotiation style.
After participating in this session, you will be able to:
- Identify the types of situations that can hold back leaders and team members from achieving a higher level of productivity, success and satisfaction.
- Understand your natural communication, negotiation and problem solving style and identify how these tendencies might affect your ability to successfully resolve a dispute or negotiate a fair outcome.
- Recognize and leverage factors that will improve your chances of success in a negotiation, like engaging in active listening, managing your emotions and leveraging your personal power.
- Apply a framework that increases the likelihood of successfully resolving a dispute or engaging in a negotiation.
Change Management (Elective) REGISTRATION IS OPEN
June 18 -19, 2019
Instructor: Dan Krueger, Organizational Development Program Manager
Even though change is a constant in our lives, many of us feel ill prepared to deal with it effectively. Workplace transitions are happening throughout our institutions, and while this can be challenging, it offers new opportunities to succeed if met with the right approach.
In this interactive workshop, we will focus on the ways in which organizations can prepare and evaluate change as well as methods to produce it. Participants will explore:
- Why so many change initiatives fail, and methods to assess whether a given change will be successful
- A four-stage process by which we all deal with change, and how to succeed in every stage
- How to develop messages about change so that recipients can hear them clearly
The Influential Leader (Core) REGISTRATION IS ClOSED
September 18 – 19, 2018
Instructor: Sarah Young, Zing Collaborative
Simply put, leadership matters. Institutions that systematically build the leadership capacity of their teams outperform those who don’t. Creating time for leadership takes effort – there are people to manage, reports to write, meetings to attend, deadlines to meet, and of course making time for a personal life. This thought-provoking workshop is designed for managers and leaders who want to increase their positive impact in a meaningful way.
- We have partnered with Zing Collaborative and The Culture Works to provide The Motivators Assessment at no additional cost. Offered with registration for this course only.
You will explore:
- Your leadership values
- Your individual motivators
- Your leadership purpose statement
- The role of presence and mindfulness in influential and impactful leadership
- Ways to build and develop meaningful relationships and connections
- The role of gratitude and generosity in influential leadership
Key Activities: Complete The Motivators Assessment to identify your core drivers, articulate leadership values, and build relationships with higher education leaders. Assessment to be taken prior to course start date.
The High Engagement Leader (Core) REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
October 16 – 17, 2018
Instructor: Christine J. Quinn
Today’s universities and colleges are faced with challenges unlike before. Solutions to maximize efficiency or grow revenues are not working; leaders must develop new approaches.One of the most untapped resources in higher education is the power and creativity of employees. Deep engagement is critical to transforming our institutions and developing models that last. How do leaders build their skills and mindsets and seize this transformational opportunity?
This workshop will help leaders connect with their authentic purpose and create environments that support success through highly engaging collaborative work environments.
You will learn to:
- Rediscover your authentic communication style, strengths, values, and passions
- Develop inclusive processes to create shared vision that strategically positions the university/college/department and engages diverse stakeholders
- Develop plans to create a rich environment that advances creativity and builds collaboration and productivity
- Build strategies to increase employee engagement
- Hone your skills to build diverse high-performing teams
- Leave with a plan and the skills to create a more highly engaged workplace
Key Activities: Assess your preferred communication style, practice your teamwork in multiple settings, and leave with a plan for creating engagement.
The Strategic Leader (Core) REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
January 15 -16, 2019
Instructor: Kathleen A. Paris, Ph.D., UW-Madison Emeritus
The people in any postsecondary organization are interdependent, but it can be difficult to see this given our prevailing “silo” organizational structures. Learn techniques of systems thinking that will enhance your ability to make effective decisions and acknowledge the living systems in which we work. We will focus on:
- Developing a systems thinking mind-set
- Questions leaders need to ask themselves to guide decision-making
- Creating and executing strategic plans with measurable outcomes
- Advantages and limitations of an interest-based approach to problem-solving
- The keys to effective decision-making in a higher education environment
Using a case study, we will examine the “interest-based” approach, a simple, yet effective process for problem-solving that was identified in the Harvard Negotiation Project and is described in Getting to Yes (Fisher, Ury and Patton, 2011). Using an interest-based approach gives an academic leader the opportunity to move a group of people from a mindset of competition and zero-sum thinking to new levels of collaboration and cooperation.