Texas Executive Education recently hosted the Disney Institute for a one-day workshop, The Disney Keys to Excellence. The program offered a behind the scenes look at the “Disney approach” to business and management issues. The program was high-energy, entertaining and challenged participants to consider how Disney best-practices, philosophies, strategies, concepts and tactics could be applied in their organizations. Here is some Disney wisdom regarding Leadership Excellence:
As a leader, you must ask yourself: What is important to me? How do others know this?
- Every leader is on stage and is telling a story about what he or she values.ng>
- Since we judge ourselves by our intentions and others judge us by our behaviors, leaders must decide which values are most important to them and exemplify those values in their behavior
- Every action sends a message.
- Through our actions we tell a story about what’s important to us.
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Original Post by Tracy Mueller
From McCombs TODAY blog
On Sept. 17, Texas Executive Education hosted a faculty panel addressing Strategies for Growth in Trying Times. We captured a few of the highlights on video:
What country is poised to be the next global economic powerhouse?
Senior Lecturer of Management John Doggett spoke about the future of the global marketplace. “We in this country right now are undergoing a navel-gazing exercise of amazing proportions,” he said. “We’re moving into a time where more and more economic activity is going on outside of the United States.” He added “Whether you’re small, medium or large, you’re going to face more competition from countries that you never thought of as competitors.” Doggett said in the next 15-20 years, China will be the largest economy in the world, and India will be “neck and neck” with the U.S. for the second largest economy.
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Our 2nd Annual Open House and Symposium last Thursday, September 17th catered to pack and diverse crowd that consisted of corporate officers, small business owners and professionals attracted to the panel discussions on business growth and how to build brand share overseas. Dave Wenger, director of communications for the McCombs School, blogged from the event, which featured panel discussions from McCombs faculty and industry experts.
A few highlights:
- On National Instruments’ long-term approach to business: “Traditionally we’ve had a lot of cash on hand, and were criticized by some on Wall Street for doing that,” said John Hanks, VP of industrial embedded marketing. “I can tell you that cash has been very helpful now.”
- “Feed the pipeline with interns and new hires, even in tough times. Identify the leaders of tomorrow, you can’t put that on idle just because times are tough.” -Advice on how to manage growth in a down economy from Emerson Process Management Chairman John Berra.
- “Recession can be a time of opportunity. Think about growing brands, channels and markets. There are supply side efficiencies, costs go down, so it is a time to think about investing.” -Associate Professor of Marketing Raji Srinivasan.
- “Regardless of where it comes from you will be facing new competitors from overseas. In the next 20 years China will be the largest economy in the world. India will be neck-and-neck with the U.S. for number two economy.” -Management Senior Lecturer John Doggett, on the changing global marketplace.
I’d like to thank those in attendance and invite you to share your thoughts in our comments section. And for those who missed this event, we have a full review of the discussions, visit Dave’s blog IDUniversity.
UPDATE (10.13.2009): Full length videos from the panel discussion are now posted.
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If you’re unable to attend our 2nd Annual Open House and Symposium tonight, we have you covered with live tweets. Follow the TWITTER conversation at #EXECEDOHS. We’ll also post select transcripts here afterwards.
PANEL ONE – STRATEGIES FOR GROWTH: SUCCEEDING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
INDUSTRY PANEL – Senior company officers share their best practices on how they prepare their organization to grow and compete in a highly-volatile market.
RE: JOHN HANKS, VICE PRESIDENT, INDUSTRIAL EMBEDDED MARKETING, NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS
Texas Executive Education hosted an open house at the new AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center Sept. 9. The event showcased the depth of Texas Executive Education’s capabilities and resources to an enthusiastic audience of current and future clients.
A forum on best practices in talent management kicked off the event. McCombs Management Professor Doug Dierking moderated the panel, which featured Mark Finger, vice president of human resources, National Instruments; Matthew Jones, vice president of leadership development and training, Essilor of America; Patricia Miller, executive vice president of human resources, AIG American General Domestic Life Companies; and Hans Wierda, director, Shell Project Academy, Royal Dutch Shell. The panelists addressed succession planning, training, performance management, culture and retention.
The panel was followed by presentations from McCombs faculty members Michael Brandl, John Daly, Vijay Mahajan and Ehud Ronn. Attendees also were treated to tours of the new facility, highlighting the sophisticated learning environment and advanced technological features that are now an integral part of the Texas Executive Education experience. Live music, delicious food and a convivial atmosphere rounded out a very successful celebration!
Written by Carolina Sanders
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The Austin Business Journal invited Lynn Slattery, assistant director of executive development programs for Texas Executive Education, to moderate a panel at its 14th annual Profiles in Power awards celebration July 24.
The panel, titled “Women’s Leadership Institute, Education and Training,” included executive education alumna Dannielle O’Donnell, current student Hema Reddy and continuing education advocate Norma Dorst. Slattery and the panelists discussed the role education has played in the development and direction of each of their careers. The panel also addressed tools for growing a career, such as mentoring and networking opportunities, both of which are available through Texas Executive Education programs.
The Profiles in Power awards honor successful female business owners or managers who have given back to the community.