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This virtual seminar is split between two consecutive days. Participants must attend both sessions to complete the seminar. Registration covers both sections.

Part 1: August 18 | 8:30am – 12:00pm
Part 2: August 19 | 8:30am – 12:00pm

The only constant in the world is change.  Technological advancements, unpredictable business landscapes, and shifting cultural norms are impacting work environments like never before.  As such, leaders and the organizations they represent must constantly reinvent themselves or risk becoming obsolete.  Doing so is not easy as changing individual behavior is difficult.  Changing organizational behaviors that lead to real business results feels impossible.  Today, the vast majority of individual and organizational change efforts fail.  And yet, there are leaders who truly make a difference and positively impact their personal and professional surroundings.  They often understand the “science” around influencing others.


What You Will Learn

Attendees will explore the concepts of adaptive and technical change and discover why we often default to applying technical solutions to adaptive problems.  In a multi-media driven environment, leaders will learn how better influence others by harnessing proven behavior science techniques and models.  They will be challenged to think critically about their organization’s power dynamics and better comprehend what truly inspires those around us to take action.  Leaders will consider their own “change challenges” as they learn how to connect personal, social, and structural factors to results.


Key Topics

  • Learn why most change efforts fail
  • Explore best practices for engaging and leading others through change, on an ethical foundation, to achieve desired results
  • Understand why people do not truly transition without an emotional connection being made
  • Explore best practice change management models which help enable measurable results
  • Go over the “Top 7” ways leaders must get out in front of change efforts if they are to be successful


About the Instructor

Mike Allison teaches the Talent Management course in the Bloch Executive MBA and presents and instructs on diverse topics such as change management, emotional intelligence, holding difficult conversations, building a culture of feedback, advanced presentation techniques, cultivating trust, and executive presence. He regularly carries out public speaking engagements and provides coaching to business leaders across the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Outside of the classroom, Mike heads Talent and Leadership Development at Spotlight AR (Analyst Relations). Prior to his role at Spotlight, Mike enjoyed over 22 years of healthcare IT leadership experience working at Cerner Corporation. His award-winning learning teams, many of which were internationally based, provided practical and effective end-to-end learning solutions to Cerner clients and associates around the world. Mike’s teams were instrumental in seeing Cerner be named atop the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) BEST list which awards companies that are best at demonstrating enterprise-wide success through talent development. Cerner was also a Training Magazine Training Top 125 Award winner for fourteen consecutive years.


Program Details

Online Seminars All online seminars are hosted in real-time via. Zoom. Be prepared to participate with your class in discussion with your instructor. If you have not used Zoom or would like to learn more, please visit Getting Started with Zoom.

Scheduling All online seminars will be held across two-consecutive days from either 8:30-12:00 or 1:00-4:00 CST. 

Pre-Course Communication Once registration is completed, you will be emailed a confirmation of enrollment. Two weeks before the session, you will receive an email with login details and additional details including any pre-work assignments (such as short readings or videos that instructors may ask you to complete prior to the session).

Course Recording Each online seminar is recorded and you will be given online access to these recordings. By attending the event, you are giving the Bloch School of Management permission to use your image should we create promotional or instructional material from the recorded session.

Cancellation & Transfer Policy Seminar participants (or their organizational representative) should call or email Bloch Executive Education in order to change or cancel registrations. Cancellations made prior to 7 days from the seminar date are eligible for credit towards a future seminar, but are ineligible for refund. Credit for future seminar is valid through the following seminar year. Seminar registrations may be transferred from one individual to another up to 7 days before any elected seminar. Cancellations made within 7 days from the seminar date are non-transferable and non-refundable. Bloch Executive Education reserves the right to make changes to the cancellation policy and transfer policy. The current policies will be posted on our website and will be observed regardless of previous policies or standards. “No-shows” are non-refundable and non-transferrable.


Available Discounts

UMKC and Bloch Executive Education Alumni, Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS members, CX Central Exchange members, Saint Luke’s Health System employees, Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce members – you qualify for discounted seminar registration.

If any of the above categories apply to you, please contact us at umkcexeced@umkc.edu or 816-235-2892 to take advantage of discounted rates.

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