Executive Education Programs Alex Offers
The idea behind this program is empirical. Based on theory development and research, it is now known that most managers start as transactional and then some but not all move to the transformational leadership style, which is more effective.
The purpose of this program is to assess your leadership style, discuss transition from management to leadership, discuss the idea of transformational leadership, and consider its strategic viability, applicability, and effectiveness in organizations.
Alex designed this program as a set of integrated leadership themes. The three key learning objectives of this Transformational Leadership program are discussing:
- Philosophy and nature of leadership
- The progression from management to leadership
- How to win the employees’ hearts and minds by Transformational Leadership
It is common knowledge that organizations are over managed and under led. Why? Because the psychology of leadership is not straightaway clear – else, organizations would have more leaders than managers, and leaders would be easy to come by.
Why is confidence important in today’s workplace? New demands of the rapidly changing workplace may easily translate into employee worries over the possibility of job loss, job changes, and dealing with new technology. Important for building confidence, such employee concerns over their work are typically linked to a perceived lack of confidence to handle work demands rather than to the objective difficulty of such demands. In this program Alex developed, he discusses how in a rapidly changing workplace, employees may become demotivated if they are not confident to handle changing work conditions. There are two approaches to understanding can-do beliefs: self-efficacy and confidence.
Self-efficacy is one of the most studied constructs in psychology and management. Self-efficacy generated over 10,000 studies, and Google returns about eight million hits. It is also one of the most empirically supported constructs in the entire social sciences.
This program details how to build self-efficacy for performance improvement, and how to juxtapose it with confidence. The key learning outcomes include discussing:
- Techniques for building self-efficacy: enacted mastery, vicarious learning, and verbal persuasion
- Understanding how physiological state, psychological arousal, and emotional arousal influence self-efficacy, and how the conception of one’s ability and controllability of the task contribute to self-efficacy after experiencing failure
- Is self-efficacy different from confidence, what is confidence, and can we change either one?
- In the final analysis, what approach can one take to address self-doubt?
Literature on teams points out that for every one effective team there is one that is dysfunctional. There is a reasonable level of agreement in this field that team learning and development is needed for teams to function effectively. Teams left on their own devices usually display dysfunction.
The three key learning objectives are discussing:
- Approaches to leading high-performing teams
- Issues of asymmetric team goals, social conformity, and personality mismatches
- How to practically help teams function cohesively and effectively
Alex developed this program to include practical engagement of participants through performing a simulation, discussion of case video clips, and development of action recommendations for leading high-performance teams in organizations.
This program was developed to discuss all elements in the goal setting process. If applied correctly, goal-setting is considered one of the strongest predictors of performance in any setting. Key learning objectives of this program include:
- Identifying goal attributes
- Obtaining goal commitment with attention, effort, and persistence
- Providing the necessary support elements to achieve the goal
Alex is a co-author on several articles with Professor Locke, who is considered the founder of goal theory.
Effective leadership in many professions requires creativity for timely adaptation. This is the sin-qua-non of business today. There has always been change in business, but never at the pace and curvilinear trajectories of today’s business world. Creative leaders are constantly asking questions that challenge established ways and push new boundaries through creative thinking.
Major topics of this program on goal-setting include:
- Conceptual Foundations of Creativity: Where does creativity come from?
- Creativity Killers: What about your work environment could be killing your creativity?
- Creativity Enhancers: Are there things organizations can do to enhance creativity?
- Application: All content tied together in a set of recommendations for practice