Business Seminars offer advice on strategy and employee motivation

LOGAN ‒ Business leaders who want to learn to think strategically and act decisively, as well as company executives searching for the holy grail of employee motivation, may want to spend some time on the Utah State University campus on March 23 and 24.The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business’s student-led Partners In Business program is hosting its Leadership Seminar on March 23 and its Human Resources Seminar on March 24. The seminars are open to the public and will be held at the Eccles Conference Center. Each seminar costs $185. More information about the seminars is available at the program’s Web site ( Leadership Seminar will feature a hands-on workshop conducted by Michael Useem, director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, according to Brian Francom, the coordinator for both seminars.Francom said Useem will talk about developing leaders who know how to “think strategically and act decisively.””Professor Michael Useem is an absolutely first-rate talent, whose teaching and research approach is highly engaging and experiential,” said Douglas D. Anderson, dean of the Huntsman School of Business. “This will be a great opportunity for students and business professionals alike to get exposed to one of the most interesting teachers of leadership I know. You owe it to yourself to attend.” Useem is the co-author and editor of “Learning from Catastrophes” and the author of “The Go Point: When it is Time to Decide.”Ken Shelton, the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Executive Excellence, a 26-year-old leadership and publishing firm, is also on the program for March 23. His presentation is called “Discovering the 3 ‘M’ (Mission, Motive and Means) test of leadership.” Shelton was a writer-editor for Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and several other books, including “Catch People Doing Something Right” with Ken Blanchard.The Human Resources seminar on March 24 will open with Ed Ford, the president of Ed Ford and Associates. His presentation is called “The Holy Grail of Employee Motivation.” Other speakers include Ken Spencer, the president of HR Services, Inc., who will be talking about “The Top 10 Employer Mistakes,” and Jim Simpson, a senior instructor with Prosci, whose presentation is called “Best Practices in Change Management – Leading the People Side of Change.” Prosci is an independent research company in the fields of change management, business process reengineering and call center management.The seminars are organized to cover current and compelling issues of business and to provide in-depth training and education for those who attend, Francom said. Continuing professional education (CPE) credits are available for all of the Partners In Business seminars. The events offer participants the opportunity to network with industry leaders, faculty and students.Partners In Business holds a series of professional business seminars each year that feature such topics as accounting, marketing and information technology.

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