3 Instructional Hours

Mindset and Self Awareness

Challenge your perspective. Commit to future growth.

About the program

It is often said that everyone is wired differently. Over the course of a lifetime, a unique collection of lived experiences ultimately shapes the default settings for how you view and engage with the world. But your outlook is never set in stone. You can always change your mind.

This program will challenge you to evaluate your current perspective and how it aligns with your goals for future growth. And where tune-ups are needed, this is your chance to re-wire the system.

Expert session leaders will lead you through a DiSC personality assessment and explain the concepts associated with a Growth Mindset. Then, through an exploration of the origins of motivation (hint: it's neuroscience), you'll discover how your mind impacts your future behaviour as a manager. You'll leave with practical strategies to control your emotions and employ self-awareness in common business settings. 

In this program you will:

  • Learn how a fixed mindset inhibits your ability to grow and develop new skills
  • Explore strategies to take more risks, learn from your mistakes, and accept challenges that come your way
  • Work towards developing agile competencies that are essential for the post-COVID workforce

Who should attend:

This program is designed for senior executive and mid-level managers.

Personal Benefits

  • Breaking automatic tendencies to unleash a growth mindset towards learning opportunities will result in greater career success
  • Increase your capability to build new neural connections (neuroplasticity) through exercising a growth mindset and reflecting on your own emotions
  • Adopt a more trustworthy, motivational leadership style

Organizational Benefits

  • Improved organizational effectivenes through more self-aware leaders
  • Better decision-making, as leaders learn to look beyond learned behaviours and past experiences
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning through the adoption of a growth mindset

Program content:

Through a combination of live online instruction, group discussion and personal assessment exercises, you will learn:

  • Explore how personal experiences shape your unique predispositions and "automatic settings"
  • Discover your own tendencies and mindset through the use of the DiSC personal assessment
  • Learn the neuroscience behind motivation
  • Learn the concepts and attributes of a Growth Mindset, and its ability to unlock limitless potential
  • Discuss the benefits of self-aware leadership, including improved trustworthiness, perceived wisdom, motivation and more
Continued Access to Online Materials

Assessment and online course that can be accessed for 30 days upon completion of the curriculum.

Session Leaders

Session leaders include senior professors from Smith School of Business and knowledgeable experts from industry. These outstanding teachers are constantly in touch with today's business world through real-world business experience, Board memberships and their own consulting practices.

As President and CEO of APA Solutions, a human capital consulting firm, Joan has made it her mission to bridge the communication gap between leadership and the people they employ by disrupting human capital norms. She has successfully applied the data and research from her three decades in the recruiting space to defy traditional beliefs as it relates to the mindset of the workforce. For the past five years Joan has pursued further education in neuroscience, and through recent advancements in this field, can validate that everyone has access to the development of new ways of thinking. As part of the neuro-leadership team at APA, Joan has utilized her knowledge to unpack how this innovative brain-based methodology helps leaders, teams and organizations benefit from self-awareness.

As a result, companies that are bold enough to use math and science to align their people strategy to their business goals have successfully experienced exponential revenue growth, retention and engagement rates. This science puts the "BEST" in places to work.

Joan received a brain-based certification from the NeuroLeadership Institute and completed the Women's Leadership Development Program at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. She is a graduate and former president of the University of Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Alumni Association, and remains an active member of the UB community. She also received a 2015 Woman of Influence award, issued by Buffalo Business First, which honors female entrepreneurs who have grown their business by making outstanding contributions to society.

Erikson Neilans received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He specialized in sensory perception and the impact on decision making. Currently, he is researching and providing his expertise in neuroscience to organizational development of human capital. He is also an expert in both psychophysical and neurophysiological techniques, which have been used to study perception as well as consumer response to various marketing techniques.

Dr. Neilans is published in numerous peer-reviewed scholarly journals including PLoS One and the Journal of Comparative Psychology. At the 2013 Acoustical Society of America in Montreal, Canada he was awarded the Best Student Paper Award for his work and has also been fortunate to receive numerous awards including the UB College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, the UB Psychology Department Bugelski Dissertation Award, the Mark Diamond Research Foundation Award, as well as the UB Graduate School's Excellence in Teaching Award while at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. During his tenure at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, he also organized and lead his fellow graduate students in a business competition in which they were two-year winners for the Panasci Technology Entrepreneurial Competition (2012-2013).

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Upcoming Sessions

    Remote Learning

  • Oct 8    1:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT


$500 CAD (plus applicable taxes)
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    Remote Learning

  • Jan 28    1:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST


$500 CAD (plus applicable taxes)
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