Keeping business doors open through the last decade of this
century likely will pose some management challenges never before
encountered by business executives.
Developing the leadership skills necessary to take businesses
through the '90s into the 21st century is the key focal point of
a new leadership and executive development program planned to
begin Jan. 14 by the Business and Industry Services Department of
Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech Center.
A Leadership and Executive Development Center has been
established in the vocational school to offer the program on a
continuing basis. The first session of the program series,
"Leadership Focus for Tomorrow's Opportunities," is scheduled to
run 11 weeks and conclude March 25. It will be presented in
four-hour segments one day each week.
"Business leaders came to us with the need for a leadership
and executive development course," said Kurt Loeffelholz.
Loeffelholz is a management development specialist at the
center who coordinated development of the program.
"We had some people say, `I am going to be retiring in about
five years and I need some people to take over the top management
ranks of the company and be a little bit more of a well-balanced
leader.' These are some things we have been hearing," he said.
"This program has been on our minds for a couple of years. We
talk about a leadership shortage and it is not so much a shortage
of top people as it is a shortage of leadership through all ranks
of the company. This program hinges on the fact that as leaders
of companies, we have got to develop leadership in all levels."
The Leadership and Executive Development Center program will
be presented in eight sequential segments that could cover a
two-year period. It is not expected that all businessmen who
enter the program will complete all of the segments, although
they could at their option, Loeffelholz said.
"We pulled out eight essential areas in which development
needs to take place to have a well-rounded upper management," he
said. "Our advisory board has helped us in determining the
"One of the things that sets us apart from some of the other
leadership development programs is that we want this to be a very
practical experiential approach, rather than a lecture approach.
This is something that we felt was very needed.
"It has been proven that we forget 98 percent of what we hear
in 30 days, but we only forget 15 percent of what we do in 30
days. On that assumption, we want this to be a real hands-on
approach. We will be working with different examples. We will
have different exercises in real life situations. They will
actually be doing some of the exercises involving their own
"Another thing that sets us apart is that the sessions will be
facilitated by experts in business in each of these areas. We are
going to have different people that have expertise in the
Noted professional people from both inside and outside
Oklahoma are planned to be used in the program. Francis Tuttle
instructors will present some parts of the program, but will
spend more of their efforts in coordinating the presentations of
the working professionals, he said.
"Emphasis is on the quality of learning, not just completing
the programs," Loeffelholz said.
The eight areas of the program, in order of presentation,
Individual and Organizational Development _ Outline of this
course includes: Creating a dynamic learning organization,
breaking paradigms which limit goals and success, business values
and ethics, corporate culture and organizational change,
strategic management, and corporate innovation and agility.
Leadership _ This course deals with teamwork, interpersonal
communications, priority management, problem solving decision
making, presenting, organizational goals and visions, meeting
facilitation, and leadership assessment. …