You will learn to identify and hone the instincts necessary to differentiate yourself and thrive in a competitive executive labor market environment. This module seeds the development of future leaders by going beyond the traditional curricular offerings to explore personality structure and common challenges that inhibit optimal effectiveness in dense social settings. We will together with you explore and seek to understand the cognitive and emotional processes at the core of the exercise of leadership, and to see and practice the self command, self control and self regulation skills and techniques required to master the organizational dynamics you create.
• Duration: 8H
Written communication is a critical and pervasive form of interaction in the business world. Crafting an effective e-mail, proposal, request, or memo requires an ability to make an accurate mental model of the others’ experience and create written materials that are clear, articulate, and persuasive. In this workshop you will learn about psychological principles that underlie effective written interactions and practice creating, receiving, and revising written work.
• Duration: 2H
You will get individualized feedback on your performance during a class-presentation, including body language, tone, eye contact, verbal habits, and overall rapport and connectedness with the audience. You will receive precise, timely, individualized feedback guided by a framework that challenges you to consider the impact that everything you say and do in public has on the effectiveness and efficacy of your communication, and the persuasiveness of your presentation. You will leave the session in possession of a communication compass – a set of structured questions that will help you model and understand your intent and purpose in making a presentation, and the degree to which the presentation itself achieves your purpose.
• Material: a video of your team presentation
• Duration: 1H
When making strategic presentations to boards, executive teams and teams of peers, it is often how you answer questions and respond to challenges that determines how persuasive you are – and how effective at establishing the trust of the group or the team in your competence and integrity. In this one-hour module we will help you evaluate the degree to which the ‘discussion’ – or, question-and-answer - portion of your presentation fulfilled the basic goals of demonstrating competence and an ability to think on one's feet, in a way that is connected to the substance of the presentation. Students will receive individualized feedback on the degree to which their answers were responsive, relevant and informative, the degree of connection established with the substance of the question and the intent of the questioner, and the degree to which the answers provided added or subtracted from the overall mission of the presentation.
• Material: As requested
• Duration: 1H
Rotman School of Management,
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6