MGT 537A - The Executive Mind I: The Power of Attention


Many managerial theories and practices assume that people use rational, dispassionate and objective processes to arrive at decisions.  Real-life experience demonstrates that this is hardly the case.  Emotional reactions can cause crippling problems in organizations, problems that rarely show up on a balance sheet, but may incur significant costs to the organization in terms of lost opportunities, low morale, and weak performance. 

Current research has shown that many emotional reactions are based on neurological structures that evolved from primitive survival imperatives.  The power of these reactions can and do override rational, clear decision-making and implementation that characterizes effective management. 

Fortunately, these reactions can be addressed through systematic training.  In The Practice of Self-Management, students learn a framework and tools to better manage their emotional reactions and cultivate a calmer, more stable mind, which forms the basis for more effective professional and personal action. 

Course content includes:
· How emotional reactions cause personal and professional problems.
· The relationship between emotional reactions and human neurology.
· Systematic methods for managing destructive emotional reactions, and cultivating positive, more effective responses.
· Application of methods in personal and organizational life.

Commonly experienced benefits from the course include:
· Enhanced workplace effectiveness and professionalism.
· Improved communication skills.
· Enhanced interpersonal relationships.
· Increased quality time with family.
· Decrease in stress-related problems.
· Overall improvement in quality of life.


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