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Professional Development

Looking for professional development in the area of leadership?  Augsburg has workshops that can enhance productivity in your workplace.

Contact or 612-330-1101 to set up the leadership studies that would be beneficial for your work team or managers.  Lead times for workshops vary so please call for more detailed information.

Choose from a variety of workshops

1. iOpt Leadership Styles

iOpt, which is short for Input Output Processing Template, analyzes how people take in information and how they act on it.  A 5-minute survey is used to create a greater understanding and awareness of information filtering and processing.  Co-workers and team members may have different styles but each adds an important aspect to strategy development and decision-making. Through analysis and discussion, individuals and teams can improve their leadership effectiveness.

Format: One 1-2 hour session preceded by completion of the iOpt survey.

2. Whole Leaders See Things Whole

This workshop introduces a framework for thinking about our lives as a set of relationships among three dimensions—identity, purpose, and stewardship—each with its own needs, desires, and preoccupations. While these dimensions can pull us indifferent directions, when we are at our best they offer us complementary perspectives that allow us to see things whole.

 Format: One 2-3 hour session preceded by completion of the Whole Leaders See Things Whole profile.

3. Strengths Based Leadership

There is no single right way to lead. As people develop their leadership skills, it is essential that they understand, use, develop, and leverage their own unique set of strengths to become the leaders they are meant to be. People perform better and are more fulfilled when they are able to use their strengths every day. In this two-part workshop, based on Tom Rath and Barry Conche’s book Strength Based Leadership, participants complete Gallup’s online StrengthFinder to discover their strengths, collaborate with others to explore their strengths more deeply, and devise strategies for using and developing their strengths. In the second part of this workshop, participants will explore how to manage teams in a way that fully uses and develops the strengths of members.

Format: Two 2-3 hour sessions preceded by completion of the StrengthFinder and readings from the book.

4. Consistently Delivering Outstanding Value

Consistency depends on discipline – the extent to which employees repeatedly deliver on their company’s brand promise.  In this three-part workshop, participants will read and explore Jim Collins’ Good to Great research on what it takes to transform from a good company to a great company: disciplined people, disciplined thought, disciplined action, and built to last. They will complete an online organizational diagnostic to assess what is doing well and what they can do better. Finally, they will participate in a Value House Meeting to identify what they value in the way their company fulfills its mission, what concerns they have, and what specific actions they will take to help ensure the consistent delivery of outstanding value.

Format: Three 2-3 hour sessions with reading and diagnostic work proceeding each session.

5. Coaching Individuals to Succeed

One of the primary functions of leadership is the development of employees to perform their current jobs, prepare for increased responsibility, and achieve their own goals. Coaching is most effective when it focuses on specific behaviors that make a difference for performance, when the employee understands how the behaviors affect performance, and when they participate in developing a plan for success. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to an appreciative coaching framework and tools for coaching. They will learn and practice powerful questioning and deep listening skills. They will apply the framework to plan a specific coaching session.

Format: One 2-3 hour session with a follow-up assignment.

6. Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Today’s workplace is increasingly diverse; both customers and employees come from different cultural backgrounds. While this makes for an environment which has the potential to produce creative, innovative solutions and enrich the lives of its members; it also has the potential to produce conflict and create work dissatisfaction. In this workshop, participants will complete the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory and apply it to better understand their own and others’ approaches to resolving conflict, how their differences can impede or facilitate effective decision-making, and how they can create an environment in which everyone has a voice.

Format: One 2-3 hour session preceded by completion of the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory.

7. Test-drive a Leadership Course at Augsburg!

Use Augsburg’s “student-at-large” status to take up to 2 courses or 8 credits in one term without being officially in a master’s program. This option offers leadership/professional development in a specific area and course offerings will vary by term. Participants should have a bachelor’s degree and be able to handle graduate level work. An online application and official transcripts for all previous institutions are required.  Call 612-330-1101 for more information.

About the Facilitators

Tom Morgan is the Executive Director of the Christensen Center for Vocation. As a business and leadership faculty member, he has shaped both undergraduate and graduate programs at the University.  As a Vice President, he manages the University’s relationships with a number of external organizations and initiatives. Tom currently teaches in several leadership courses including Authentic Leadership and Responsible Leadership for the 21st Century.

Velma Lashbrook teaches in the Master of Arts in Leadership program and directs the Center for Teaching and Learning at Augsburg University. After 20 years in research and development at Wilson Learning Worldwide, she joined the leadership faculty. She currently teaches Self-Identity, Values, and Personal Growth, Positive Psychology and Leadership, Coaching and Consulting, and Organization Theory and Leadership.