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Cultivating Resilience

Summer 2019


Program Overview

Change is a constant in our field, making resilience more important than ever. Resilience means adapting and growing in spite of the challenges that change often brings. How can you overcome and succeed in the midst of change and continue to come out on top and thrive?

Cultivating Resilience brings tools to managers and supervisors to bring out the resilience in themselves and their teams. Managers will leave with a better understanding of their own strengths and the tools to empower their teams to be resilient, as well.

Key Benefits

At this seminar, you will:

  • Learn about the behaviors managers can measure to track progress toward profit goals.
  • Discover your internal strengths and how they impact your approach to external situations. You will identify priorities for developing yourself and discover how your vision of the workplace sets up the way you manage people.
  • Understand how an organization's culture is formed, measured and defined, draft your own culture statement, and continue to develop it with colleagues, considering the stories and artifacts of your organization.
  • Learn and practice principles for developling trusted relationships with those who report to you.
  • Gain greater awareness of psychological traps and their impact on decision making in your business.

Program Content

The profit case for developing people

Developing people means helping them utilize their strengths to be successful. More specifically, it means learning to develop an individual's skills to encourage the success of the company. In this session, you will learn about the service profit chain and the behaviors managers can measure to track progress toward profit goals.

Understanding your developmental strengths

Coaching and developing are two different ways to manage teams. Coaching tends to be transactional - used in situations where specific tasks must be accomplished. Developing is a broad, strategic activity helping others to reach their full potential. In this session, we will look at the categories of personal strengths used by leaders to help develop themselves and their teams. Each participant will receive an assessment of their own strengths.


Enculturation is the process by which people absorb and then reflect the culture of their organization. We'll look at the process and indicators of culture. Participants will discuss ways in which real world instances of organizational culture arise in agribusiness and the leader's role in influencing the culture. 

Developmental relationships and conversations

While organizational development is important, the real opportunity for managers to excel comes from helping people reach their potential. Developmental strengths are modeled and formed through conversations. We will learn and practice these conversational tools so that participants can help others develop on their own teams.

Understanding and identifying psychological traps

Even in circumstances where the analysis has been completed and the answers are seemingly obvious, we often struggle with decision making. Often the fault for "bad decisions" lies not in the decision making process, the intel gathered or the analysis completed, but rather in the mind of the decision maker. We explore a series of commonly recognized psychological decision traps in the context of business decision making in order to improve our recognition of common traps and mitigate the impact on our own decision making.

Who should attend?

If you're interested in getting the most out of your team, this is the program for you. Typical participants are:

  • New and mid-level managers.
  • Human resource managers, operations managers and financial managers.
  • Anyone with at least one direct report.


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Program Dates

Summer 2019


Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Registration Fee

Registration opening soon.

Is this workshop for you

For questions about registration fees and more information about the program, contact:
Emily Hoeing, Key Account Program Manager
(765) 496-3099

Educational Credit

You can earn CEU and CCA credit at this program.

Registration fees include all program materials, refreshments and some meals. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the program is full, names will be added to a waiting list in the order in which they are received. Regsitration fees are due upon receipt of registration. Read the cancellation policy.