Pre-program modules focus on the intra-personal aspect of personality development, and their timing during August would allow students to spend the necessary time to address the obstacles that may inhibit their peak performance during the year. They are offered only during the summer, in order to allow the time necessary for making meaningful changes. All pre-program modules are lecture-based (70 students/ section), offered as a pre-program course (3-10 hr per section).
The modules are:
Self-Management I (8hr)
In a series of four lectures, students learn to hone the instincts necessary to differentiate themselves in a competitive environment. This class develops leaders by going beyond the traditional MBA curriculum to explore personality structure and common challenges that inhibit optimum effectiveness. Techniques explored to overcome faulty instincts include understanding the structure of the mind, emotions, and self-regulation. Ultimately, students can learn the processes through which habitual ways of being can change.
Voicing Yourself I (10hr)
In Voicing Yourself, students are challenged to develop their full expressive capacity, focusing on vocal performance and embodied presence. This is done through a series of five 2h sessions that include breathing, vocal, and physical exercises. Participants report improvement in their quality of sound, physical expression, confidence, power, and effectiveness in formal presentations and in their everyday lives.
Business Writing (3hr)
Written communication is a critical and pervasive form of interaction in the business world. Crafting an effective e-mail, proposal, request, or memo requires an ability to make an accurate mental model of the others’ experience and create written materials that are clear, articulate, and persuasive. In this class students will learn about psychological principles that underlie effective written interactions and have practice creating, receiving, and revising written work.
Core Modules (Sept-May)
There are 4 core modules, one per each term. Each module will focus on a different aspect of inter-personal communication or interaction. In a Communicative Blueprints I, II, & IV, a team (4-5 students) would participate in a 1h module during which personalized feedback will be given on the videotaped material that has been done as either as a homework in one of the core curriculum classes or independently made. In Communicative Blueprint III, lasting 1.5h the process would be the same (team-based), except with the write-up of their cases rather than video.
Communicative Blueprint I: Presentations (Foundations Term) 1hr
In this one-hour module, students get individualized feedback on their performance during a class-presentation, including body language, tone, eye contact, verbal habits, and overall psychological contact with the audience. Students are given a framework which aids them in understanding psychology of presenter-audience interaction, and tools for addressing individual challenges they experience while presenting. The questions posed in this module will help students model and understand their intent and purpose in making a presentation, and the degree to which the presentation itself achieves their purpose.
Material used: video of each student presenting before a class.
Communicative Blueprint II: Presence (Term 1) 1hr
In this one-hour module, students are provided with individualized feedback regarding the non-verbal cues they exhibit during videotaped team meeting session. This module encourages students to witness and compare their own perceptions regarding their presence with those with whom they interact. Students are given framework to help them understand the psychological underpinnings of trustworthiness, rapport, and conveying competence in dyadic and group situations.
Material used: 15 minute video of an interview.
Communicative Blueprint III: Integrative Dialogues (Term 2) 1.5hr
This one-hour module is aimed at helping students understand and, where applicable, re-design and re-engineer how they communicate and relate to others in difficult interpersonal situations. It is structured as a personal laboratory experience where students will, in real-time, practice achieving an integrative outcome involving differences of perspectives, perceptions and beliefs in situations where a collaborative outcome is essential. The module is meant to give students the opportunity to practice ‘change through understanding.’
Material used: Write-up of a ‘Case’ describing a conversation that did not turn out well.
Communicative Blueprint IV: Interactive Presentations (Q&A) (Capstone Term) 1hr
In this one-hour module students are helped in evaluating the degree to which the Q&A portion of their presentation fulfilled the basic goals of demonstrating competence and an ability to think on one's feet, in a way that is connected to the substance of the presentation. Students will receive individualized feedback on the degree to which their answers were responsive, relevant and informative, the degree of connection established with the substance of the question and the intent of the questioner, and the degree to which the answers provided added or subtracted from the overall mission of the presentation.
Material used: Video of each student’s presentation and post-presentation Q&A.