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University of Virginia

Leading Organizational Effectiveness


As business landscapes transform and evolve, efficiency strategies and the ability to smartly manage effective organizations also advance. Creating and sustaining a culture of high performance, and leading organizational effectiveness across the enterprise, are a few of the most complex challenges facing leaders. A proven best practice for making a workforce a success stems from a participative design process that includes a strategic, intertwined focus on people, process, and perspective. Through the program Leading Organizational Effectiveness, managers will understand the systems thinking necessary to integrate disciplines of performance improvement, customer focus, learning, and change. For more information, click here.
Date: TBA

Location: Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, Virginia

Cost: $9,100 per person.

Contact Number: 434-924-3000

Management Development Program: Driving Vision, Action, and Results


Ambitious professionals and their organizations understand that management in today’s environment does not mean doing more of the same. These growth and global minded businesses prepare middle management executives to become more effective leaders who possess broad, strong business knowledge. Providing an enterprise-wide, performance-driven perspective, the Management Development Program (MDP) examines key business issues and solutions that are necessary to be successful in an increasingly dynamic business environment. By developing a broad understanding of the enterprise and the connectivity of business activity, MDP provides an opportunity for participants to focus on and drive actions that will enhance organizational effectiveness and drive superior bottom-line results. For more information, click here.
Dates: May 12-23, 2014

Location: The Inn at Darden located on the North Grounds of the University of Virginia

Cost: $19,500 per person.

Contact Number: 434-924-3000

Servant Leadership: A Path to High Performance


All organizations strive for consistent high performance. Realistically, few achieve it. Many of the successful companies operate under a leadership principle known as “servant leadership.” These organizations and their leaders enable high employee engagement that results in extraordinary performance. The behaviors of these leaders, including the harmonious consistency among their attitudes, words, and actions, help create an organizational family that is highly accountable to each other in the pursuit of daily excellence—excellence that is both meaningful and value-creating. For more information, click here.
Dates: November 10-15, 2013

Location: Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, Virginia

Fee: $8,900 per person.

Contact Number: 434-924-3000

Strategic Thinking and Action


Strategic Thinking and Action focuses on strategic thinking for competitive response in a world of uncertainty and constant industry transformation. Particular attention is given to competing effectively in today’s connected world. Throughout the program, the themes are applied to firms in a variety of industries that face growth and profit pressures, and run the risk of being challenged or threatened by new competitors with evolving business models. For more information, click here.
Date: March 24-28, 2014

Location: Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, Virginia

Cost: $7,750 per person.

Contact Number: 434-924-3000

Power and Leadership: Getting Below the Surface


Are you ready to stretch your leadership thinking and capabilities? Through Power and Leadership: Getting Below the Surface, you will explore the differences between coercive, power-based leadership and deeper “level three” leadership. Integrated themes incorporate a powerful leadership model that includes personal characteristics, strategic thinking, abilities in influencing others, creating inspiring organizational designs, and principles of leading change to provoke your thoughts about leadership. You will see how to build trust, influence face-to-face, lead change, and how to become a more influential manager. The program includes a half-day of experiential learning exercises and a day-long simulation on managing change, blending fresh learning techniques with practical business, and some theory. This course will help transform your view of leadership, your influence capabilities, and elevate your contribution in your current and future roles. For more information, click here.
Dates: April 6-11, 2014

Location: Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, Virginia

Cost: $9,100 per person.

Contact Number: 434-924-3000

Strategic Decision Making


Executives who excel at strategic decision making possess a thorough understanding of the tools available for analyzing problems, especially those involving risk and uncertainty. They are also able to overcome hurdles for analysis, examine methods for structuring and model decision dilemmas and an understanding of how to apply these methods to a variety of challenges. For more information, click here.
Date: March 24-28, 2014

Location: Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, Virginia

Fee: $7,750 per person.

Contact Number: 434-924-3000
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University of Wisconsin - Madison

Business Process Improvement Using Lean Six Sigma and Performance Metrics


Are complex problems bogging down your business? Are redundant and inaccurate data systems making life miserable for you and your customers? Take the first step toward an integrated approach to complex business problem solving. This foundation course in Six Sigma uses a data-driven, scientific method-based, step-by-step approach that can create dramatic performance improvements for your organization. After completing this course and its exam, you will be Six Sigma Yellow Belt certified. For more information, click here.
Date: March 10-12, 2014; June 2-4, 2014; September 10-12, 2014

Cost: $1,995

Contact Number: 608-441-7308

Creating a Culture of Innovation


Adapt to changing realities in order to thrive! This course defines skills required for diagnosing individual and organizational responsiveness to change, and explores innovativeness in product development and customer value delivery. The course takes a unique layered approach to innovation. It starts with a personal self-examination of your own creativity and leadership as inputs into a culture of innovation. Next, it progresses to tools for innovating customer value. Finally, it ends with insights into building and sustaining organizational innovation. For more information, click here.
Date: March 24-16, 2014

Cost: $1,995

Contact Number: 608-441-7314

Defining and Managing Business Requirements


This course focuses on a requirements management process that contributes to project success. Using a real case for a workshop exercise, you will practice defining the real problem, assessing the impact on the business, and identifying and managing stakeholders’ expectations. We will practice using various elicitation tools and techniques to discover real requirements that contribute to deliverable solutions, solutions that produce desired business outcomes. You will learn how to develop itemized deliverable lists and how to discover overlooked requirements. We will discuss requirements verification, traceability, and change management. Finally, you will realize how to prioritize and select the best requirements solutions and present those solutions in a business case format. For more information, click here.
Date: February 17-19, 2014; May 5-7, 2014; September 15-17, 2014

Cost: $1,995

Contact Number: 608-441-7308

Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, and Control


This project management course teaches techniques that will help you plan, implement, and complete projects with desired results…on time and within budget. Learn how to use project management systems and tools to create clear project missions and goals. Learn to accurately estimate project time and costs, employ project quality management, schedule and allocate time-critical resources, and establish feedback systems for project control. For more information, click here.
Date: February 10-12, 2014; March 17-19, 2014; April 28-30, 2014

Cost: $1,995

Contact Number: 608-441-7308

Project Portfolio Management


During the course, you will learn about using appropriate project selection criteria, prioritizing projects, preventing "problem projects" from making it into a program or portfolio and determining when to terminate an existing project from either a program or a portfolio. You will learn about managing stakeholder expectations, coordinating multiple project managers working within a program or portfolio and manage resource conflicts among projects. You will learn how to prepare and communicate executive briefs on the performance of projects at the program or portfolio level and to define, track and report benefits for deliverables. For more information, click here.
Date: March 6-7, 2014

Cost: $1,495

Contact Number: 608-441-7308


Quantitative Methods for Process Improvement
Analysis of quantitative information is important to any business problem, and especially so for Six Sigma projects. This online course gives participants the knowledge and the tools to dissect complicated business problems and provide quantitative analysis to problems instead of relying on intuition and instincts. Part of the course involves role play in which the learner is assigned to be a consultant to a multifaceted resort hotel business. Step by step, this multimedia program gives the participant the knowledge and tools needed to satisfy the hotel manager's demands for information and analysis. Most learners complete the program in approximately 20 to 30 hours, depending on the number of problems performed and previous experience with the topics discussed. For more information, click here.

Date: Self-paced

Cost: $895

Contact Number: 608-441-7308


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