Energizing People for Performance

Develop people-engagement strategies

Whether you are a leader of a small team or a large business unit, you know that motivating and energizing people to perform is one of the most critical aspects of your role. Engaging individuals can also be one of the most difficult tasks if you do not have the tactics and approaches in your toolkit to encourage and inspire people. Our expert faculty will help you discover the people-focused strategies that will enable you to succeed by energizing and supporting the people who work with you.

In a collaborative learning environment, you’ll participate in lively sessions and interactive exercises, self-assessments and case studies designed to help you identify your strengths and communication style as you master the processes and tools required to motivate your team to higher levels of performance. You’ll also receive personalized coaching focused on helping you become a more effective manager and leave with a personal action plan for engaging, energizing and empowering your people.

This program will be offered in a live virtual format for fall 2020. Our live virtual programs are built to deliver a rich experience that’s comparable to our in-person programs. In this highly interactive format, you will have the opportunity to engage with our faculty and your peers in live discussions and lecture sessions. You will come away with the tools to navigate and succeed in the new business landscape.

Brenda Ellington Booth / Academic Director

Information Session

Thursday, October 8 at 9am CT

Learn more about Energizing People for Performance at our upcoming Information Session. During this live one-hour session, you’ll meet with faculty and staff who will be on-hand to answer all your questions.

Who Should Attend

  • Middle-, upper- and senior-level executives
  • Human resources professionals
  • High-potential employees who have (or will soon have) significant responsibility for managing and leading others
  • Federal Government managers who have responsibility for motivating employees and fostering their individual growth

Key Benefits

  • Identify strategies to motivate and energize individuals to produce superior bottom-line results
  • Assess your leadership capabilities, communications style and approach to relationships at work to identify areas of strength and opportunity
  • Increase your personal effectiveness as a manager of people through experiential learning focused on practical application
  • Engage in small group discussion with a professional coach and develop a personal action plan you can implement immediately

Program Content

The Energizing Leader

  • Learn the personal and situational facets of leadership that build trust and engagement in the workforce
  • Improve your ability to diagnose performance, communicate expectations and motivate people for results
  • Build awareness of your approach to leading others and of your people’s approach to work, and develop strategies to bridge the gap

Strategies for Energizing Individuals and Teams 

  • Identify the multifaceted forces that contribute to the success or failure of individual employees and effective tools to manage these forces
  • Acquire core coaching skills for grooming others for leadership and practice them with peers in class
  • Develop strategies for communicating with employees to optimize relationships and elevate performance
  • Learn about job-crafting as a strategy to help employees shape their own work environments and make them more engaging

Special Feature:

  • During the program, you will join a faculty-facilitated small group coaching session to address your specific people-related challenges and opportunities. This is a chance to draw on the wisdom and experiences of expert faculty members and other seasoned professionals in an intimate, highly personalized setting.


Gail Berger - Academic Director; Assistant Professor of Instruction, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences; Assistant Professor of Executive Education

Ann Zastrow - Senior Director, Executive Education Programs

Shana Carroll - Clinical Associate Professor of Management Communications; Faculty Director, Management Communications Program

Brenda Ellington Booth - Clinical Professor of Leadership

Fred Harburg - Clinical Professor of Executive Education

CPE Credits

Continuing Education Credit
This program is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and is recommended for 25.0 CPE credits.

Continuing Professional Education Information
The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

All Kellogg programs that qualify for CPE credits do not have pre-requisites. Advanced readings and case preparation is required. A packet of course materials is emailed to all participants before the program begins.

All Kellogg programs are group-live or internet-based. Program level: Advanced. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact our office at 847-467-6018.

What Participants Say

“I learned in an immersive four days...to appreciate that everyone has an individual style of interacting in the workplace and how to better communicate, learn from, and utilize these styles to motivate people.”
Head of School, Catherine Cook School

“Excellent overview of a number of leadership and people management topics. This program provided a great source of techniques, topics and templates that will help improve our communication and coaching success.”
Partner, PwC

“This program gave me such a broad set of tools for navigating my role within my organization at a higher level of expertise. I am leaving with skills I can apply to impact my team right away.”
National Sales Director, Merz

Personal Consultation

Please contact us to schedule an advising session

2020 Session

November 8-17, 2020

Start: November 8 at 4:00 PM

End: November 17 at 12:00 PM

Live Virtual Program

Download the Program Topic Overview


2021 Sessions

November 8-10, 2021

Start: November 8 at 8:00 AM

End: November 10 at 5:00 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208