Developing Business Talent
To advance in today’s competitive job market, you need more than technical skills and expertise, but also essential soft skills. Employers are looking for self-awareness, communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively among many others.
The Business Workshop Series will help you develop strong leadership and business acumen necessary across all industries. Through engaging webinars and workshops, you will be able to implement your learning immediately upon completion.
Why should you join?
These half-day leadership workshops are designed to give your career a competitive edge. Understanding various skills - from self-awareness, to communication style, to presentation skills – enhances your business acumen and helps you gain a competitive edge. Use discount code "Buy1Get1HalfOff" if you sign up for two or more workshops.
- Convenient half-day sessions
- Highly interactive and practical content
- Tools and knowledge to apply to the workplace
- Speakers who are respected industry practitioners
- Online delivery
- A verifiable digital credential
August 4, 2023
Influence with Purpose: Successful Techniques for Leaders
When leadership opportunities arise, there isn’t necessarily a group of people who are ready to follow your lead. They must mobilize people around a vision and inspire them. This requires a variety of influencing approaches, including social and emotional. In this half-day workshop, attendees will learn how to develop an influencing plan and use effective techniques. You will then have the opportunity to practice these techniques and apply them to various scenarios.
October 6, 2023
Lean Six Sigma White Belt
The Lean Six Sigma methodology is a structured approach to process improvement, benefiting organizations by reducing waste, enhancing efficiency, and increasing customer satisfaction. The White Belt workshop offers individuals a foundational understanding of Lean Six Sigma and its application in process improvement across industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and services. The workshop aims to equip participants with problem-solving techniques, process improvement tools, and the ability to identify areas for improvement within their organization. By the end of the workshop, attendees will have a grasp of how to utilize Lean Six Sigma tools to enhance process efficiency and effectiveness, providing them with the knowledge and skills to apply this methodology to their work.
To Be Scheduled
Artful Negotiation to Build Valuable Partnerships
Proficient negotiation skills are one of the most valuable attributes a business professional can have. It’s necessary to learn different tactics to execute throughout various settings in order to build valuable partnerships in which both parties are satisfied with the final outcome. In this half-day workshop, the key to negotiation will be revealed through examples of the most proven techniques and demonstrated throughout engaging exercises. The core elements of negotiation will be put into practice, covering winning strategies and bargaining techniques to overcome barriers.
Effective and Strategic Goal Planning: Achieving the Extraordinary
This interactive workshop will help you discover your "Why," your values and aspirations. Before learning about strategic goal setting, participants will have an opportunity to assess the areas they want to work on and determine what success would look like. This session will have an overview of how to plan for success, how to track your time and ways to build new positive habits to maintain traction toward your goals.
Interpersonal Communication Skills: Building Strong Relationships
This workshop will give you an overview of interpersonal communication skills essential to success. You'll learn about the importance of effective communications and review models of and barriers to communication in a diverse work force. You'll will also get insight into non-verbal messages and practice active listening.
Team Inspiration Techniques: Creating the Collaborative Spirit
Think you know how to lead your team? True leaders can often be hidden gems quietly fulfilling a variety of roles that keep processes running smoothly while also building up other team members to achieve goals. Mining out these qualities in order for the business to shine brighter is key and something that can be accomplished by learning the proven leadership and facilitation methods offered within this half-day workshop. Topics include everything from effective leadership styles to ways to become the “ideal” leader.
The Power of Emotional Intelligence: Improving your Professional Relationships
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is an important skillset for anyone who wants to maximize his or her potential as an excellent leader. A strong EQ is vital for individual and group success in today’s work environment. EQ is proven to be a key indicator of success in group or team environments. In this half-day workshop, you will understand the various elements of EQ and discover the blind spots that may be preventing you from being an effective leader.
Impactful Presentations: From Preparation to Delivery
Being able to deliver a presentation that captures the audience’s attention and clearly conveys the speaker’s intended message is a valuable and critical skill in today’s workplace. Success depends on taking key steps to design a presentation that engages and connects people with ideas, concepts, products, services, or solutions. This training explores and addresses the challenges of planning, designing and providing “Impactful Presentations”; introduces strategies to authentically connect and engage customers, clients, employees, staffs, and teams whether presenting live or in a virtual setting; and offers strategies, tips, and tactics to enhance and design presentations that deliver.
March 10, 2023
Dealing with Conflict: Fostering Cooperation Despite Adversity
Breaking through conflict is necessary in order for leaders to keep team members on track. This half-day workshop invites professionals to learn how to power through disagreements by getting to the root of the real issues and turn negative energy into action to successfully help players work together to accomplish goals. You will uncover reaction to adversaries and how to modify personal or team behaviors to align more with the vision of the organization, creating an authentic and compassionate culture.
April 7, 2023
Recognizing and Managing Unconscious Bias
Unconscious biases (also called implicit biases) are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. In English, that means that all humans are wired to function on auto-pilot when needed, and as a result we sometimes make judgments and decisions based on faulty assumptions. While these assumptions are usually harmless, if they go unchecked they can wreak havoc in our decision-making at work. This workshop will not only teach students to identify unconscious biases, but will also provide practical tools to keep those biases from negatively affecting our decisions at work. A number of case studies will be utilized to set the stage for gaining a deeper understanding of how unconscious biases most often taint our decision-making, and they will also be used as a roadmap for implementing practical and easy-to-implement solutions to keep bias out of our decision-making processes.
May 5, 2023
Effective Business Writing
Business leaders today are short on time more than ever. Their days consist of meetings, emails, presentations, text messages, instant messages, and more. With their attention being drawn in many directions, strategic writing and communication is a must. In this workshop, participants will learn the foundations of effective business writing with a focus on clear, concise, and direct content. From emails to proposals, participants will improve their writing and communication in the context of today’s business environment.
June 2, 2023
Building an Innovative Culture: The Competitive Advantage
What do innovation, possibility thinking and culture have in common? They are critical to success in today’s complex work environment. In this interactive half-day workshop, understand the personal and organization change process required to proactively build a highly desired innovative culture. Discover how to capture and implement ideas to contribute to this type of environment through various tools and tips. Case studies will emphasize how this works in various organizations.
Additional Leadership & Management Programs
Essentials in Leadership and Management (ELM)
For entry- to mid-level professionals.
In today’s rapidly changing global business environment, effective and skilled leadership is in high demand. ELM is a highly interactive and practice-based program that will help mid-level professionals build exceptional leadership, communication, teamwork, project management and presentation skills. The instructional approach emphasizes team interaction, problem solving, personal reflection and peer coaching.
- Discover best practices in managing and leading teams
- Learn how to get the most out of yourself and your team
- Longer course format allows for multiple topics to be covered
- Implement what is learned in class directly into the workplace
- Case studies and simulations illuminate best practices
- Team exercises promotes exchange of ideas with individuals representing multiple companies and industries
Leadership and Management Program (LAMP)
For entry- to mid- level professionals.
UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies' Leadership and Management Program has been helping prospective managers move their companies into the future for over 30 years!
The five-month program is designed to help promising employees develop a comprehensive management skill set. Participants can expect to learn core skills in:
- Individual & workgroup leadership
- Business management fundamentals
- Personal skill building
LAMP is designed for entry to mid-level professionals who are taking on leadership and management roles and need to enhance their skills. Participants in LAMP have either a Bachelors degree or equivalent experience in an engineering, science, business, or a related field.
Executive Perspective for Scientists and Engineers (EPSE)
For senior-level professionals.
For over 30 years, EPSE has provided senior-level professionals with an Executive Perspective on the business and management challenges facing today's technology industries. The program's team-oriented and fast-paced format introduces participants to a whole new arena of knowledge and perspective about science and technology-based business. During this program, participants:
Gain a greater understanding of all the functions necessary to operate a technical business
Build cross functional relationships
Think strategically, implement with tactics
Communicate more effectively
Develop and implement a business plan
Effective Leadership and Teamwork in the Workplace
For entry- to mid- level professionals.
Learn the various approaches of effective organizational leadership and teamwork. You will develop exceptional leadership, communication, team dynamics, strategy/project management, presentation and professional development skills. Time will be spent utilizing personality assessment tools to provide you with a comprehensive picture of your leadership and team strengths, preferences, styles, and areas for development. Throughout the course, participants will have time for reflection to self-assess and improve their leadership skills. In addition, practice and experiential application will help you develop a strong sense of self, solid communication skills, and effective teamwork strategies.
For entry- to mid- level IT professionals.
The Technology Leadership certificate addresses a broad perspective with emphasis on practical leadership skills necessary for leading and transforming organizations. The certificate will focus on the enterprise-level strategic, operational, and technological aspects of current and emerging technologies. The program will also provide the opportunity to network with other professionals in the field and can be completed in as short as 6 months.
Corporate Education & Custom Training
Corporate education and custom training from UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies helps businesses identify organizational skills gaps and create a tactical training plan to fill them. Our training programs can accelerate organizational change by bringing new skills, knowledge and acumen to your existing employees.
By partnering with UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies, you will receive quality, customized training that spurs innovation, enhances your organization's performance, and makes a lasting impact. Our training specialists will listen to your needs and manage all the details for you.