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Leadership Institute | Module 4: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Sep 09 9:00 AM - Sep 09, 2020 4:30 PM
Sep 09, 2020 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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The League’s Leadership Institute is designed to help emerging and mid-level managers build their leadership skills to more effectively prepare for succession planning and promotion. This program includes six workshop-style classroom sessions on a variety of topics and the development of an action plan to extend the experience beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to partner with their supervisor to tailor the plan to fit their professional growth plan.

Registration will be coming soon. For additional details, contact Jennifer Esser.


Module 4: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Everyone likes to think that they’re critical thinkers and good problems solvers, but are you really? Take a careful look at what critical thinking truly entails, get strategies for stimulating critical thinking not only in yourself, but your team. Learn how to properly structure a problem and get to the root of an issue. Practice using tools like mind mapping, fishbone diagrams, SWOT analysis, decision trees and more. Learn how to evaluate situations and make better decisions. Through multiple classroom activities, discover the pros and cons of various decision-making methods. (.7 CEUs)


Mark Brewer | Senior Consultant, The CARA Group, Inc.

Mark is an expert in management and leadership development with over 25 years experience financial services, engineering, manufacturing, telecommunications and retail industries at companies like Kohl’s, Arthur Andersen and Motorola. He specializes in helping business leaders master talent development best practices to drive performance and engagement in their teams and in their organizations.

Mark has extensive experience with performance management processes, leadership development programs, talent management and succession planning systems, executive coaching and management training.


Pyle Center at the University of Wisconsin
702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706
p: (608) 262-1122


$3,195 regular | $2,995 early bird, by July 24, 2020

What’s included:

  • 4.2 total continuing education units (CEUs) from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
  • Certificate of completion from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of 
    Continuing Education
  • Earn a designation of Certified Wisconsin Credit Union Leader (CWCUL) designation from The League [must complete at least 5 of the 6 sessions]
  • Six hands-on classroom sessions taught by leaders in their field with years of expertise putting theory into practice in the real world
  • Lunch at all six full-day classroom sessions
  • Continental breakfast at all six classroom sessions
  • Top 5 CliftonStengths assessment included  in registration fee. Access to the assessment will be provided prior to the first class.
  • The book Crucial Conversations: Tools for When the Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson,  Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan & Al Switzler
  • Orientation materials provided for the Blue Sky Strategy module ahead of course.
  • A personalized action plan following each module that includes 1-2 measurable items to be practiced on the job
  • Small class size limited to 20 students

This type of leadership training is valued at over $5,500.

Additional Info

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Topics Covered

  • Leadership
  • In-Person

Sponsored By

Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago