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Developing High Performing People

Managing Talent and Mobilizing Teams

Successful nonprofit organizations have strong leaders who develop those within the organization leading to greater success. This program will teach nonprofit executives the key concepts they need to attract, retain and develop high performing people committed to the mission of their organizations. At the individual level, this program will examine personal leadership values and integrity as the cornerstone of effective leadership. At the organizational level, participants will explore how to build solid practices in human resources, how to understand emotional intelligence and the role it plays in having difficult yet effective conversations, and how to prepare the organization for a leadership transition.

Upcoming Sessions

  • Apply Online
    March 14-15, 2016
This program is designed for middle, upper and senior-level executives of nonprofit organizations who must motivate and energize others in an organizational setting.

During this course, you will learn to:

  1. Think strategically about the people resources of your organization
  2. Learn to communicate your values to all stakeholders
  3. Understand the importance of a leadership succession plan for the paid and volunteer leaders of your organization

Brave Leadership

  1. Challenge participants to deeply examine their values, their sense of vocation, and their integrity as the backbone of brave leadership
  2. Participants will be inspired and equipped to lead bravely -- to make an even more profoundly positive impact on the people they lead, the people they serve, and the ability of the organization to advance its mission

Aligning People with Strategy

  1. Understand a comprehensive model of how HR links to success in your organization
  2. Practice how to define and develop legally defensible competencies and motivations
  3. Understand and practice elements of behavioral interviewing
  4. Understand and apply components of rewards and recognition
  5. How do teams work together – behavior, teamwork, processes
  6. What is trainable and what is not trainable

Leadership Succession

  1. Understand why nonprofit leaders should prepare for successful transitions of board and staff
  2. Learn how to create the processes and culture that will make these transitions successful
  3. Understand successful strategies for ensuring transition of both paid and volunteer leadership on all levels
  4. Diagnose a case study of a real nonprofit organization during a time of leadership transition that will enable participants to apply the learning, not only to the case but to their own organizations

The Art of Difficult Conversations

  1. Understand confrontations in the workplace; what they are, what makes them difficult, why do we avoid them, why should we care
  2. Learn practical strategies to approach these conversations – ideas paired with tools
  3. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop their own difficult conversations and debrief the exercise with the entire class
Liz Livingston Howard - Clinical Associate Professor of Management; Director of Non-Profit Executive Education

Kevin Murnane - Adjunct Lecturer of Leadership Coaching

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations

Brooke Vuckovic - Adjunct Lecturer of Leadership Coaching

Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall

Kellogg Conference Center
340 East Superior Street
Maps and Directions

Programs typically start promptly at 8:30 am and end by 5:00 pm each day. Once you have registered and paid for a program, you will receive a detailed schedule which includes daily start/end times, session titles, and faculty names.

Program Fees
All two and three-day programs cost $950.00 each. Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations.

Application Deadline
The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.

Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.
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