Fall power lunches begin in Lincoln Sept. 23

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Fall power lunches begin in Lincoln Sept. 23

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Dr. Samantha Fairclough, assistant professor of practice in management and associate director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, presents one of the eight Power Lunch opportunities available this fall in Lincoln and Omaha.

Fall power lunch offerings kick off in Lincoln at Howard L. Hawks Hall on Sept. 23.

Additional sessions take place in Omaha in October. Hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Executive and Professional Development, the 90-minute sessions feature Nebraska faculty and staff delivering presentations on a vast range of topics including improving workplace productivity, leadership skills and job fulfillment.

Although all participants attend in-person, safety measures adopted by the College of Business ensure attendees a safe environment by adhering to six feet distance between individuals, requiring face masks and providing hand sanitizer stations. Additionally, facilities are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each day. Food served during Power Lunches will be individually packaged and wrapped to further ensure safety.

All Power Lunch sessions cost $49 ($44 for University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty and staff), including lunch and parking. Each Lincoln session will be located in Room 202 of Howard L. Hawks Hall. Sponsored by Footprints Asset Management and Research, each Omaha session will be located at Champions Run Country Club at 13800 Eagle Run Drive.

Register for any of the Power Lunches here. Other questions about the Power Lunches may be addressed via email to execed@unl.edu.

Fall 2020 Power Lunches in Lincoln

Body Language and Communication with Dr. Kathy Castle and Dr. Aaron Duncan, Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Good communication skills are essential to success in our personal, professional and public lives. As a result, when we seek to improve our communication skills, our focus is often on our verbal communication, even though most of our communication happens without saying a word. Nonverbal communication comprises 70-85% of the messages we send, and these messages are powerful. Despite this, we are often oblivious to what we are saying through our body language. This Power Lunch features tips and tactics for better understanding and leveraging the power of your body language in helping you strengthen your skills and maximize your effectiveness as a communicator.

Managing Creativity with Dr. Samantha Fairclough, Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The need to be creative at work has never been more urgent. Yet creativity is often seen as an elusive talent possessed by only a few gifted people. The truth is that we can all be creative, and there are practical ways to develop individual and organizational creativity. Fairclough, assistant professor of practice of management and associate director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, helps you identify your specific creative strengths, select the most effective practices to produce innovations and add value and build the teams you need for the successful implementation of new ideas.

The Productive Employee: Improve Your Well-Being by Managing Your Email, To-Do List and Time Better with Dr. Celeste Spier, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

With high demands, reduced resources, and continuous new initiatives, our email inboxes, to-do lists, and time commitments can be overwhelming and anxiety-provoking. Does your day consist of a hamster-wheel-like process of answering emails as they arrive in your inbox? Do you end your day or week and question what you actually got done? Do you use your email inbox as your to-do list? This session, facilitated by Spier, associate director for career and professional development at the College of Business, gives you concrete, actionable steps you can implement today to get organized, reduce distraction and increase productivity – with the ultimate goal of improving your well-being.

Fall 2020 Power Lunches in Omaha

Being a Change Agent: Applying the Principles of Adaptive Leadership with Dr. Jake Messersmith, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Adaptive leadership has helped many good leaders become great, and helped great leaders learn new ways to bring out the brilliance in others. Messersmith, associate professor of management, discusses the principles of adaptive leadership that help you distinguish technical problems from adaptive challenges and separate leadership from authority. Join us to gain a deeper understanding of these leadership principles and how you can use the fundamentals of adaptive leadership to tackle tough organizational challenges.

The A-B-Cs of Investing: Do You Know Where to Start? with Zach Houston, Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Unless you specifically took an investment class or majored in finance, the basics of investing are not taught nor are they intuitive. Asking Google might not be the best option given the wealth of information available online. A more relevant question is where to begin. Most of us just default through this subject by limiting ourselves to our employer’s 401k plan. Our goal is to provide you with the basics of investing and help you ask the next set of questions. Please join Zach Houston, MBA, MIMFA from Footprints Asset Management for an engaging presentation that will cover basics of investing with some insights into the current environment and what history has taught us going into October of this year.

Managing Communication and Culture in the Five-Generation Workforce with Rik Barrera, Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Typically there are three generations in the workforce at any given time. However, currently we have five generations in the workforce. What effect does that have on the culture of your company? Research shows that the most critical element of a positive and productive organization is…the Manager. This session, facilitated by Barrera, associate dean of student services, inclusion and chief operating officer at the College of Business, focuses on the five generations and how they think and can work together. What are these employees looking for in a job or organization? How can we effectively “manage” them? How can you build a culture that makes your company an attractive place to work?

Leadership Lessons for Today and Tomorrow with Dr. Kim Russel, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Turnaround is one of the large-scale changes that an organization has to implement, requiring thoughtful planning, execution and effective leadership. Russel, CEO of Russel Advisors, shares insights from her leadership of successful organizational turnarounds. Russel has served as a health care executive for more than 38 years. For the past 25 years, she devoted her energy and talents to serving as a health care CEO at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa and at Bryan Health in Lincoln, Nebraska. Throughout her career, Russel has been an active member of over 20 boards. Join us to discuss how these leadership learnings can be applied to your own personal career journey.

Leadership and Well-Being with Dr. Timothy Hodges, Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

People are most open to development during times of change. Needless to say, the COVID-19 crisis has forced change on us all. But our natural way of thinking (i.e. our strengths) is still with us, even when we work remotely and lead through the challenges facing us in these difficult times. Strengths are the tendencies that come naturally to us, where we find work to be easier, more enjoyable, and more rewarding. Effective leaders are focused on outcomes that matter, including the well-being of their teams. This session, facilitated by Hodges, director of the Clifton Strengths Institute, will help you learn how to leverage your strengths and create a culture of well-being for yourself and for those who look to you for leadership.

Find more information or register for Power Lunches online.

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