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Online Course Descriptions

Adaptive Leadership Principles (ALP-101)

4-week Online Course

Required Text: O’Malley, E., & Cebula, A. (2015). Your Leadership Edge. Kansas City, KS: Kansas Leadership Center.

This course is based upon the five leadership principles and four leadership core competencies outlined in Kansas Leadership Center’s Your Leadership Edge. During the four weeks of this course, you will learn about, experiment with, and reflect upon these principles and competencies.

Specific Course Learning Objectives Include:

  • Observe, explore and diagnose an issue from multiple perspectives
  • Increase self-awareness and the ability to do things differently in order to make progress on vital issues
  • Engage and motivate stakeholders with conflicting perspectives to work together with a shared purpose
  • Intervene purposefully and skillfully to advance adaptive work

Conservation Communication Strategies (CSS-101)

6-week Online Course

Required Text: An Overview of the Public Relations Function by Shannon A. Bowen, Brad Rawlins and Thomas Martin, Business Expert Press, 2010.

This course is designed to help you gain an understanding and proficiency in using a standard planning approach to communication to ensure more positive results for your program and projects.

Participants will learn the necessary steps in this approach, from research and problem definition to expected outcomes and strategy development to evaluation and stewardship of communication results. This methodology works equally well for one person as it does for group use in addressing many types of opportunities and challenges. Students will apply principles of communication planning to a real problem of their choice, leaving the course with a completed draft communication plan.

Specific Course Learning Objectives Include:

  • Become familiar with a basic communication planning approach and understand how communication can help a State Fish and Wildlife Agency be successful in various initiatives.
  • Learn and apply the 5 steps by writing the relevant section of the communication plan that applies to an agency project through the weekly assignments.
  • Take away a completed communication plan outline that can be shared internally and implemented.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ-101)

4-week Online Course

Optional Text: The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights D. Goleman, More Than Sound LLC, 2011.

Required Materials: There is an additional student-paid cost associated with an online component of this course.

This MAT course will help fish and wildlife agency participants understand what emotional intelligence is and help them start the process of increasing their Emotional IQ’s. Students will gain a better understanding of how our brains work and how they are built to interact with the brains of others. They will also gain a better understanding of themselves while learning to appreciate the unique talents that every person in their organization brings to the table. Students will also learn skills for managing emotions and moods and will learn how to be more effective inter-personally. Finally, the course will help participants set up a plan for future interpersonal growth.

Specific Course Learning Objectives Include:

  • Understand the Human Brain and Define Emotional Intelligence
  • Increase Self-Awareness via the DiSC profile
  • Learn new ways to think about and manage thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
  • Understand the power of empathy in managing relationships
  • Explore methods for making personal life changes and maintaining motivation

Leader as Communicator (LAC-101)

4-week Online Course

Required Text: Say It Right the First Time by Loretta A. Malandro, Ph.D., McGraw Hill Books, 2003.

The MAT course entitled Leader as Communicator will help state fish and wildlife agency participants understand and value communication as a tool of leadership. Students completing this course will have a greater awareness of the role of communication in getting things done. Applying the techniques in this course can help to create a culture of communication in their organization that changes how people talk with one another, develop presentations, gather input, address challenges and make commitments that get results in changing times. From staff meetings to public meetings, leaders must have the skill to create clear, persuasive messages.

Specific Course Learning Objectives Include:

  • Understand communication as a leadership necessity
  • Learn skills for improving your personal communication ability
  • Explore the role that credibility and values play in effective communication
  • Learn how you can contribute to a culture of communication at work

Reflections on Agency Management (RAM-101)

6-week Online Course

Required Text: Guynn, D. (2017). Beyond the Critters. Considerations for Managing and Leading State Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Helena, MT: Far Country Press.

Reflections on Agency Management is based upon the work of Dr. Dwight Guynn as captured in his book Beyond the Critters. Over a six-week period, you will get a glimpse into the real world of management life in state fish & wildlife agencies, learn how to be successful, and avoid known pitfalls.

This course is divided into six lessons. The lessons are arranged like a funnel, starting with the narrowly detailed specifics of managing a state fish and wildlife agency, such as how to use work plans to manage for accountability, build a defensible budget, and provide direction for a large agency. The course then expands to the broader subjects of changing the organization, leadership, and a look at the future of fish and wildlife management. The course is pragmatic and purpose-driven. Each week’s forums and assignments enable you to apply the concepts presented to real challenges back in your organization.

Specific Course Learning Objectives Include:

  • Illustrate how to develop work plans and leverage them as a management tool to achieve agency objectives and align budget decisions with agency priorities.
  • Describe the framework and its six components for managing the interdependencies of a state fish and wildlife agency.
  • Define principles and strategies for commissions and agencies that promote a positive system of governance.
  • Explain the process for successfully implementing change within an agency.
  • Describe how adaptive leadership helps individuals and organizations adapt and thrive while facing complex challenges.
  • Identify ineffective and effective practices for communicating with the media and the public.
  • Characterize changes to land use and outdoor recreation that are impacting State Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

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