Conference Program

June 8
Intro ATD / Yale ACCEL
Intro to the program

Speaker: George Newman and Ryan Changcoco
Dynamics of Team Synergy
Live Programming

Understand the key processes and structures that lead some teams to perform better than others. You’ll pay close attention to the interpersonal skills that allow leaders to identify and leverage the hidden expertise in their teams, such as building trust. By participating in a team simulation exercise, you’ll receive individualized and team-based feedback, and leave with specific actions you can take to improve your performance as a team member and team leader.

Speaker: Heidi Brooks/Marissa King
June 9
Leading High Performance teams
On-Demand

In this session, you will examine the importance and utility of communicating intent two levels up, two levels down, and across lateral units. You’ll apply the steps for creating and communicating the “leaders intent,” and the related confirmation and back-briefing techniques, for one of your own leadership situations. Finish this session in small-group discussions about how to create alignment and initiative in your organization, while preventing micromanagement.

Speaker: David Fivecoat
June 10
Leadership Mindset: How to Avoid Overconfidence
Live Programming

Overconfidence and self-deception cause people to fall short of their own standards and values. Such biases are common mental traps that cause good people to do bad things and smart people to do dumb things. We will discuss what causes overconfidence and how to avoid it. We will end by discussing how to engage in perspective-taking and how to properly calibrate confidence in ourselves and those we lead.

Speaker: Daylian Cain
Data Driven Decisions / Moneyball
Live Programming

In this session, participants will go through several exercise in utilizing data and circumstances to make the most informed decision for tough scenarios. Professor Cain will implement the money ball strategy as an example for this process

Speaker: Daylian Cain
June 11
Being an Accountable Manager
Live Programming

Thriving as an organization in the 21st century marketplace demands an unprecedented level of leadership capacity and execution. This requires personal accountability with a focus on learning and leading by example. In this session, you will reflect on the week’s lessons to distill what you've learned into your own approach for holding yourself accountable in your managerial approach. You’ll share your ideas, and solicit and deliver feedback with fellow participants.

Speaker: David Tate
June 14
Accountability Everywhere
On-Demand

Take a deeper dive into Professor Tate's framework on accountability.

Speaker: David Tate
June 15
Developing Team Strategies
Live Programming

In this session, you will learn about the structures and norms that allow teams to achieve process gains and avoid process losses. Specifically, you’ll analyze how teams can use planning and coordination to avoid common problems that result from overspecialization and conceptual blocking. By taking part in a team exercise where you experience these dynamics playing out, you will have the opportunity to analyze your strengths and weaknesses in implementing such group norms.

Speaker: George Newman
Enhancing Employee Motivation
Live Programming

In this session, we will consider the strengths and weaknesses of different ways of measuring and rewarding performance, and we will discuss non-monetary compensation as an important lever in HR management. You’ll also examine the psychological research on incentives and motivation. Specifically, we will focus on the circumstances under which monetary reward systems can have unanticipated and dysfunctional effects, the underlying psychological factors that may lead monetary incentives to reduce performance, and the strategies that managers can utilize to increase intrinsic motivation.

Speaker: George Newman
June 16
Leading Hard Conversations
On-Demand

Learn the army's After-Action Review method of team feedback to encourage and sustain the voices of those with diverse experiences, and how to communicate in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environments. You’ll conclude with an exercise about assessing and discussing individual, team, and organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT).

Speaker: David Fivecoat
June 18
Emotional Intelligence: Intro to RULER
On-Demand

RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where Marc Brackett is the founding Director.

Speaker: Marc Brackett