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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Administrative Management Institute

August 6-9, 2018

Program sessions

Sessions are subject to change.

Creating a Culture of Innovation and Creativity

Howard Teibel

How do you build a culture of creativity and innovation? It starts with recognizing there are big ideas to be realized and encouraging a new set of competencies and skills. These new skills require uncovering the unseen forces that keep a team from excelling, including fear of failure, lack of candor, and unwillingness to put aside individual needs.

Workplace Scenarios: An Interactive Session

Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble

Featuring professional actors from the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble, this session will give you the chance to explore opportunities for constructive dialogue as we work to create inclusive work environments.

Sponsored Programs Compliance: What You Should Know

Ann M. Holmes

Many unit managers already have grants and funded projects as a part of their responsibilities. As academic institutions and departments increasingly pursue multiple sources of funding, even more managers will become involved in these areas. This session is designed to be valuable to all managers, whether or not they currently oversee sponsored programs.

Strategies for Managing Operational Risk

Mark Perry and Glen Mueller

Managers are responsible for balancing the benefits of organizational initiatives and improvements against the associated risks. Today’s dynamic operating environments require managers to implement risk management strategies for effectively carrying out their responsibilities. This session will explore how to develop an operational risk management approach in the university setting, including the adoption of a risk framework, developing an operational risk inventory, prioritizing inherent risk areas, and assessing risk oversight maturity levels.

Current Topics in Employment Law

Wendy Tarlow

In an era of expanding legal requirements and shrinking budgets, managers are under increasing pressure to make sound employment decisions that will withstand possible legal challenge. This interactive seminar includes a discussion of videotaped scenarios developed to address current topics in employment law, with a focus on identifying those "red flag" issues that should prompt a call to counsel.

Navigating the New Normal: Financial Imperatives for MSI Effectiveness

Gerald Hector

In this session, we'll look at some of the challenges of financing a small to medium-sized institution in the light of shrinking tuition revenue, lackluster fundraising, and increasing expenses. We will also look at ways that institutions are focusing on the changing demographics in the high school population.

Facilitated Reflections

Kathryn Burkgren

The purpose of this session is to reflect on learnings during the first two days. Reflection is critical and the first step towards making sense of information. It helps us process information, and puts what we have learned into context as well as gives us space to determine what actions to take when returning to our institutions.

People: Difficult or Different

George Myers

Learn how more effective communication can lead to increased engagement, collaboration, and ability to meet common goals and objectives for organizational success. Discover how understanding and honoring differences is the foundation for building trus, respect, and a commitment to common goals. See how using individual strengths and tapping into the knowledge and skills of others yield positive results for everyone.

Making Difficult Conversations Easy

George Myers

Every day, we step into or away from difficult conversations. But we often find out later that what we thought was making us uncomfortable was based on assumptions. Directing our energy on blame when things go wrong rather than communicating what we need or want simply leaves us unfulfilled or resentful. Conflict can be a great ally for creating new and better solutions when we avoid the typical “fight” or “flight” response. When approached thoughtfully, difficult conversations with colleagues have potential to yield greater levels of trust, respect, cooperation, and collaboration in the workplace. Discover how integrating conflict and thinking differently about difficult conversations may lead to better collaboration, cooperation and strengthened relationships.

Negotiation in Organizations: Rethinking the Way We Manage the Process

Stephen Sauer

This seminar will expose participants to essential theories and concepts for analyzing and managing the process of negotiation as it is practiced in a variety of settings. It will introduce a framework for planning and conducting negotiations and give participants an opportunity to develop skills through simulation exercises and role-plays.