“Participants are asked to ‘try on’ concepts of strategic thinking with a discussion of how scenarios apply to how they live and work,” said Dave O’Connell, DBA, Professor of Management, St. Ambrose College of Business.
The ultimate test of the program’s success is to see these research-based tools playing out in the workplace. “We had in-class conversations related to negotiations, and later that same week, I was able to apply those negotiation skills with an external vendor in negotiating our contract,” said Gleason.
Creating an environment rooted in active, lifelong learning and development is key to the future success of all businesses, big or small. The SAU Professional Development Center has had the pleasure of meeting unique challenges and offering training solutions to a diverse group of Quad City participants, including programs designed in partnership with Modern Woodmen of America, Genesis Health Group, Cobham Mission Systems, Rock Island Arsenal, and the City of Davenport.
In order to ensure high-quality, impactful learning experiences, SAU instructors have adapted learning experiences to incorporate a variety of formats and modalities to accommodate learners throughout the pandemic. One additional benefit of partnership with St. Ambrose is the ability to stack programs that qualify for academic credit, creating a pathway for learners who are interested in continuing on to earn a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership or Business Administration at St. Ambrose University.