Being a Change Agent: Applying the Principles of Adaptive Leadership

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Adaptive Leadership Executive Certificate Course

Being a Change Agent: Applying the Principles of Adaptive Leadership

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Friday, April 3, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Howard L. Hawks Hall at 14th and Vine, Lincoln, Nebraska

Program Cost: $345

Includes all program materials

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Being a “leader” is not about a position or a title. Leadership is something that you exercise, that you practice, that you do. In fact, the most critical organizational challenges are those that cannot be resolved by dictate from the boss or fixed through technical proficiency. Critical challenges require adaptation, experimentation and change. Critical challenges require leaders from within all areas of the organization to carefully assess and identify the ways that organizational habits, routines, norms and culture are inhibiting the mission.

This workshop will be a hands-on effort to identify and grapple with the adaptive challenges your organization is facing. Participants will be given the opportunity to work towards diagnosing their most critical organizational challenges and will be provided with tools and techniques to experiment with solutions, regardless of formal authority or position.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for anybody who wants to learn more about being an adaptive leader. You do not need to be in a position of formal authority or high up in the organizational hierarchy to attend. Every organization faces adaptive challenges. The principles studied and applied will be helpful to anyone looking to learn more about the frameworks and tools that help individuals, teams and organizations adapt to dynamic environments.

Upon the completion of this program, you will receive an Executive Certificate in Adaptive Leadership from the College of Business.

Program Facilitator

Jake Messersmith

Jake Messersmith

Jake’s research is focused on human capital management issues within the strategic human resource management domain. His work has been published in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. Jake is also an Associate Editor at Human Resource Management and serves on several editorial boards within the discipline. Prior to joining UNL in 2015, Jake served as an Assistant Professor of Management at George Washington University and an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He completed his doctoral studies in management at the University of Kansas. Jake also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked as a consultant at Accenture prior to pursuing his graduate degree.


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