Are you looking for ways to boost morale in your office? Improve communication skills? Become a better leader? Then consider the upcoming Greehey Executive Education sessions at St. Mary’s University.

Gregory Pool, Ph.D., Director of the University’s Industrial Organizational Psychology Graduate Program, will teach “Managing Difficult Conversations” on May 30 and “How to Create and Sustain Employee Engagement” on June 27.

Executive Education at the Bill Greehey School of Business equips executives and corporate leaders with the knowledge, tools and relationships to produce quality and effective outcomes.

Managing Difficult Conversations
Instructor: Gregory Pool, Ph.D.
When: Friday, May 30, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 pm
Where: St. Mary’s University, Alkek Building, Room 107
Cost: $230 (discounts available for St. Mary’s alumni, students and faculty)
Description: Whether delivering a poor performance review to an employee, asking for additional resources from a leader, breaking bad news to a team, or changing the nature of a business relationship, difficult conversations are an unavoidable part of life. Learn how to manage these conversations, achieve your communication objectives and nurture important relationships.

How to Create and Sustain Employee Engagement
Instructor: Gregory Pool, Ph.D.
When: Friday, June 27, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: St. Mary’s University, Alkek Building, Room 107
Cost: $275 (discounts available for St. Mary’s alumni, students and faculty)
Description: Employee Engagement is related to a broad array of desired business outcomes, from higher productivity, lower absenteeism and turnover, to greater customer engagement and satisfaction. In this applied workshop you will learn about the importance of employee engagement for organizational success and strategies for building and maintaining it.

In his 15 years as a scientist, educator, and consultant, Pool has published eight peer-reviewed empirical papers, has given 35 presentations at national professional conferences, and has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for his research on social norms, motivation and behavior prediction. He also has served as a member of the editorial board for the journal Social Influence.

His current research interests are in the motivational reasons people hold for conforming to social norms and social undermining, aggression, and other forms of misbehavior in the workplace. Pool is an active participant in the San Antonio Association for Organizational Development, and he was also one of the founding members of the San Antonio Area Industrial Organizational Psychology Association.

Pool’s consulting expertise includes management assessment, development, and coaching; training development, evaluation, and assessment; identifying the causes of organizational concerns; measuring challenging constructs; and developing science-based solutions that lead to meaningful organizational results. Pool has worked with many organizations, including the San Antonio Fire Department, H-E-B, City of Schertz, Twist Education, Bexar County Drug Court, St. Mary’s Greehey MBA Program, the Texas Youth Commission and SecureLogix.

St. Mary’s University is committed to educating the whole person. In accord with that mission, the Greehey Executive Education program offers a broad range of courses that address the physical, spiritual and work-related needs – lifelong learning that helps to develop an individual’s physical, psychological, intellectual, moral, social and creative qualities.

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