U-M Executive Education and the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship Aim to Build Positive Leadership Through New Webinar Series

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University extends lessons for managing change beyond the classroom.

Through this three-part webinar series, we will be providing business leaders easy access to new positive approaches that lead to proven solutions through the downturn and beyond.

For the first time, the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Executive Education will present a Fall webinar series aimed at helping business leaders markedly improve their firm's performance in trying economic times by implementing positive solutions for organizational change.

"In these difficult times, positive leadership is in short supply, and yet it is more crucial than ever," said Melanie Barnett, chief executive of Executive Education at the Ross School of Business. "Through this three-part webinar series, we will be providing business leaders easy access to new positive approaches that lead to proven solutions through the downturn and beyond."

These webinars, led by U-M's distinguished faculty at the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, are designed to help individuals excel in positive leadership, unlock latent human potential in their employees, and flourish even in difficult economic circumstances. Participants can register to participate in all sessions for $150, or individual sessions for $75 each. All webinars begin at 1 p.m. Eastern time. To register online, click on the title of each individual Positive Leadership Webinar.

Webinar sessions include:

  •     Positive Leadership in Times of High Anxiety; Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation - October 15, 2009: Presented by Professor Robert E. Quinn, this webinar focuses on newly discovered techniques for overcoming anxiety and resistance to change as well as the principles used to lift leaders and create a high performance culture in their organizations.
  •     Implementing Strategies that Lead to Extraordinary Performance in Trying Times - November 11, 2009: Conducted by Professor Kim S. Cameron, this webinar will introduce four strategies that lay a foundation for not just meeting organizational expectations, but also creating extraordinary performance. Practical ideas for implementing these strategies in the current economic downturn will also be presented.
  •     Competitive Strategy from a Strength-Based Perspective - December 10, 2009: Taught by Professor Lynn Perry Wooten, this webinar presents strategy as the art of envisioning a future that guides an organization's behavior. Wooten will share techniques to help leaders develop the ability to understand their organization's environment and create strategic stories that lead to high performance in the future.

"This is the most severe recession in recent history. This series of webinars addresses current business needs by outlining positive guidelines for atypical leadership strategies that can help leaders navigate through these hard times," said Kim Cameron, the William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School. "Participation in these sessions will help provide business leaders with a fresh perspective on how to lead positive change in their organizations."

Through its unique model of thought leadership and action-based learning, Executive Education at University of Michigan Ross School of Business partners with leaders to co-create personalized learning experiences to help them realize meaningful results. Ross faculty includes some of the world's best known and most respected thought leaders, expert at integrating knowledge with competitive insights and practical application. A unique, results-driven approach is one reason that thousands of executives from more than 70 countries around the globe have chosen Ross for Executive Education. The University of Michigan's worldwide presence includes offices in Hong Kong, Dubai and India. Learn more about Ross Executive Education programs at http://execed.bus.umich.edu.


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