Book by Dr. Michael Roberto
Book by Dr. Michael Roberto

DR. MICHAEL ROBERTO

 
Prof. Michael Roberto is the Trustee Professor of Management at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He joined the tenured faculty at Bryant after serving for six years on the faculty at Harvard Business School. He has also has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Management at New York University`s Stern School of Business. Professor Roberto's research focuses on decision making, teamwork, and leadership. He has published three books, the latest of which is titled Unlocking Creativity (Wiley, 2019). He also has developed three Great Courses lecture series, the best-selling Everest Leadership and Team Simulation, and the award-winning Columbia’s Final Mission multi-media case study about the 2003 space shuttle accident.

CRITICAL DECISION MAKING:
THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSTRUCTIVE CONFLICT

 
Leaders hear 'yes' far too often. They don't hear bad news until it's too late. It's an enormous problem for leaders, for teams, for the entire organization. But is it inevitable? Absolutely not. In this workshop, Professor Michael Roberto shows you how to stimulate dissent and debate to improve your decision making; he also shows how to keep that conflict constructive. Of course, conflict alone does not produce better decisions and improved results. Leaders need to cultivate debate and simultaneously build consensus. Through fascinating examples from history, including the Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the tragedy on Mount Everest, the workshop will explore each of the following: the five myths of executive decision making; how to foster open debate that actually builds long-term consensus; how to achieve "diversity in counsel, unity in command"; how to move to closure: overcoming the inability to decide; avoiding "analysis paralysis" and other pitfalls; how to gain the whole-hearted commitment to act; and how to address hidden doubts that could undermine your final decision. Whether you're a senior executive or a project team member, this workshop will help you leverage your team's immense untapped wisdom to make better decisions—and get better results.
Saint Louis - March 25, 2020
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Dallas-Ft. Worth - May 21, 2020
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UNLOCKING CREATIVITY:
SHIFTING MINDSETS TO SOLVE CHALLENGES AND LET TALENT FLOURISH

 
Design thinking is a powerful methodology that many companies are using to develop creative and innovative solutions to very challenging problems. In this seminar, you will engage in a series of hands-on activities to learn about the five-stage design thinking process and to practice the techniques. You will learn about how to conduct empathy-based user research, synthesize insights from your fieldwork, brainstorm creative solutions, prototype effectively, and test your proposed solutions. This workshop will embrace a learning-by-doing approach in which you will work on a mock project with others as you learn about the design thinking process.
New Jersey - June 04, 2020
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