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UNH Hosts Seminar on Leading Strategic Initiatives

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10/3/2013 9:00 PM

October 3, 2013

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NEW LONDON, CONN. -- The University of New Haven is hosting a professional development seminar entitled, “When YOU are on the Hot-Seat: Four Skillsets for Leading Strategic Initiatives” for regional business professionals. 

The event will take place on Oct. 25th, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Mitchell College’s Weller Center.  The seminar is hosted by the University of New Haven’s New London Campus.

Maurice “Mo” Cayer, a professor in the Master of Arts in industrial organizational psychology and MBA programs at the university, will l discuss how managers can use new evidenced-based approaches to successfully implement strategic initiatives.

“Although strategic initiatives are crucial to realizing the executive’s vision within an organization, research has typically shown that 60-75 percent of strategic initiatives fail to meet the goals set when they are launched”, explains Cayer.  Cayer will briefly introduce four skillsets and tools for today’s manager.

 “Organizations use strategic Initiatives to make change happen,” said Cayer. “But the odds of successful implementation are not high in normal situations and especially when managers are unprepared for how to approach and implement the initiative.”

The hour-long seminar will arm professionals with practical tips and proven approaches to help leaders understand what the major contributors to program failure and success are and how to use alignment and linkage analysis tools.  He will also discuss how to hold effective conversations with key stakeholders to both learn and influence.

The seminar will also discuss forming and managing the right team, including how to use progress reviews to help a team accomplish challenging goals.

Interested local business professionals must RSVP for the event at or call (860)701-5454.  The event is open to the public. The cost for the seminar is $10 and includes a continental breakfast.