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Cultivating Resilience

July 27-28, 2017


Program Overview

Resilience is the ability to overcome and succeed in the midst of change, coming out on top and continuing to thrive. Being a resilient business means adapting to adversity and growing in spite of challenges. 

This program brings tools to managers and supervisors to grow both themselves and their teams beyond the basics of leadership. Participants will leave with a better understanding of their own strengths and the tools to empower their teams to be resilient, as well.

Purdue associate professors Scott Downey and Nicole Widmar partner with Tom Dukes, assistant professor in developmental psychology and counseling at Rhode Island College, to demonstrate how resilience gives you the best position for positive outcomes with your people.

Key Benefits

At this seminar, you will:

  • Understand the difference between coaching and developing staff
  • Discover your internal strengths and how they impact your approach to external situations
  • Redefine and establish an organization's culture, especially in times of change and growth
  • Improving communication while developing trusted relationships with those who report to you
  • Gain greater awareness and ability to identify psychological traps

Program Content

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.

  • Managers keen on developing themselves and their teammates or direct reports.
  • Human resource managers looking for tools to develop people in all levels.
  • Anyone with at least one direct report.

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Program Dates

July 27-28, 2017


Beck's Learning Center, Krannert Building
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Registration Fee


Is this workshop for you

For more information and team rates, 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.