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The Leadership Growth Program (LGP) develops current and future leaders at The University of Texas. Participants undergo extensive professional development based on an evolving curriculum of leadership principles, theory, and concepts.
This program is currently limited to the Financial and Administrative Services portfolio. All participants must be full-time employees for at least 12 months within FAS.
Brought you by UT Learning & Development, Make Me Love What You Do is a peek behind the scene of The University of Texas at Austin. You might hear about things you know about or things you never even imagined. The diversity of contributions and people are the foundation of the UT community. Hear the heart warming and hilarious stories right from the people who make UT great.”
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Every month the director of Learning and Development, Emil Kresl, sits down with a leader in the UT community to talk about a specific area of leadership. The objective of the series is to add to an ongoing community conversation about leadership so that viewers can continuously learn and grow. The interviews are streamed live on the HR Facebook page, and links to recorded versions with closed captioning and transcripts can be found on our YouTube channel.
Send recommendations for a guest speaker for UT Leadership Talks to UT Learning & Development.
Community is powerful. In times of crisis, we need a strong community to help us learn and move forward.
UT Reads is a Learning & Development campaign to encourage The University of Texas at Austin community to read the same book and discuss our experience. Our aim is to make this a recurring event.
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Burnout and work fatigue are not new. But right now, we are experiencing a unique strain of burnout. A prolonged period of hyper disruptive events has given rise to a high number of people experiencing mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion. Explore this page to learn more about this serious issue and what you can do to help mitigate the effects.
This is a recording of a livestream panel discussion, in which panelists discussed L&D in Higher Education from very different perspectives. Leaders and managers sometimes feel like creating a learning culture is a wonderful idea but out of reach for them. There is good news for you. Creating a vibrant learning culture for you and your team can become a reality. In this panel discussion, hosted by Emil Kresl, learn how the College of Liberal Arts and University Housing and Dining executed their learning & development strategy in different cultures and using a variety of different ideas.
How misinformation and contagious behavior shape who we are and what we could become. This webinar panel discussion focuses on the role of social behavior in society. We will look at what influences our behavior, what control we have over those influences, and the overall impact social behavior has on our society.
This two-part course looks at the productive thinking process and provide tools you can use immediately to improve your focus and be more engaged with your work in progress. The first video diagrams the productive thinking process and explains why you may sometimes lose focus quickly and when many people have a fixed mindset, inhibiting their ability to problem solve and learn effectively. It also explains why externalizing your memory is so essential to productivity. The second short video provides tools that help you prioritize and organize your workload, and be deliberate about your decision-making process. You will learn about practical concepts and tools that can use on a regular basis that will help you learn and maintain your productivity.
In this 2 1/2-minute video, Emil Kresl, Director of L&D for The University of Texas at Austin talks about the relationship that learning has to crises and why it is critically important that organizations continuously learn.
Leading with Decency is a three-part series of 10-minute videos by Emil Kresl, director of Learning & Development.
- Leading with Decency: Common Pitfalls
In the first video, Emil discusses common pitfalls and missteps of new and experienced leaders. From defaulting to common and control to justifiable reasons for micromanaging, He breaks down what to look out for in your own leadership style and others.
Leading with Decency: Common Pitfalls
- Leading with Decency: Leadership Types
In the second video, Emil talks about the wide variety of leadership types, both good and bad. In the first episode we looked at common leadership missteps. Now get a better understanding of how they happen to avoid them with the right approach to leadership. Whether you need to examine your own approach to leadership, or better understand other leaders you work with, you will find enlightening and powerful information in this 10-minute video pod.
Leading with Decency: Leadership Types
- Leading with Decency: Strong Leadership Strategies
In the third and final episode of Leading with Decency, Emil provides strong leadership strategies and tools. After learning about leadership pitfalls in the first episodes and types in the second, you will learn about specific actions you can take to improve your leadership.
Leading with Decency: Strong Leadership Strategies
In this 60-minute webinar, Taylor Brown, Associate Director at the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, explores some of the challenges in defining and utilizing a concept like empathy. From basic definitions and distinctions to empathy in practice, Taylor will paint a brief yet complex picture of this celebrated psychological concept, and what role it can play during our current crisis.
Perspectives on Empathy is a six-part video series collaboration with UT Learning and Development and Taylor Brown, Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation.
- Perspectives on Empathy: Coach Dave O’Neill
In this first episode, Taylor Brown chats with Coach O'Neill about the team's response to COVID-19, the importance of being a global citizen, and how we can make a simple change in our view of others to relate to them more empathetically. In five short seasons as head coach, Dave O’Neill has elevated Texas Rowing into a perennial national contender. The Longhorns have placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Championship in each of his five years on the Forty Acres, culminating in a program-best second-place finish in 2018-19.
Perspectives on Empathy: Coach Dave O’Neill
- Perspectives on Empathy: David Pierce
In this segment, Taylor and David explore the role of trust in empathy, the importance of building a strong cultural foundation, and the mechanics of fostering a team-driven organization.
Perspectives on Empathy: David Pierce
- Perspectives on Empathy: Carol Capitani
Our guest today is Carol Capitani, head coach of the UT Women's Swimming and Diving team. Carol's teams have placed in the top 10 nationally in seven of her eight years as head coach. In this episode, Carol gives an honest look at her experience leading her team through our current challenge, continuing team connection remotely, and sharpening her skill of empathy over the course of her career.
Perspectives on Empathy: Carol Capitani
- Perspectives on Empathy: Dr. Ryan Sutton
Our guest today is Dr. Ryan Sutton, Director of the Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males and the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. Ryan also runs the Black Student Athlete Summit, which attracts athletes from across the country. In this episode Ryan delivers very actionable strategies for building empathy, connection, and engagement during a time of the pandemic.
Perspectives on Empathy: Dr. Ryan Sutton
- Perspectives in Empathy: Dr. Suneet Singh
In this segment Taylor and Suneet discuss the role of empathy in medicine, how to be empathetic to those who hold different opinions and what trusting our leadership means in times of crisis. Dr. Suneet Singh is an Assistant Professor in Dell Medical School's Department of Surgery and Perioperative care where he is a medical education and leadership development instructor. Dr. Singh is also an emergency physician at US Acute Care Solutions and a motorsports physician at Circuit of the Americas.
Perspectives in Empathy: Dr. Suneet Singh
- Perspectives on Empathy: Tony Cucolo
In this last segment Taylor and Tony discuss empathy across contexts, teaching empathy to younger colleagues and what we can take away from this crisis moving forward. US Army retired Major General Tony Cucolo served in many capacities including as the Army's Chief of Public Affairs, Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, and the Commandant of the Army War College. After his military service, Tony served as UT System's Vice Chancellor of Leadership and Veteran's Programs from 2015-2019. He is currently the Executive Director of the National Security Innovation Council which is a statewide business, academic and entrepreneur consortium.
Perspectives on Empathy: Tony Cucolo
Performance management is a complex issue that is always evolving. In this discussion with HR professionals at UT who also happen to be managers themselves, we discuss what's new, what's old, and how you can help your direct reports thrive.
Panel: Karen Chawner, Kevin Crook, Jeff Evelyn, and Elizabeth Steinour.
Moderator: Emil Kresl