The Duke MBA
Engage, Motivate, Inspire.
Whether it's balancing individual priorities or driving corporate strategy, every day you are faced with making decisions that influence the course of your organization. Yet, time pressure, resource constraints and the fear of failure may leave you feeling paralyzed. To succeed in today's complex, ever-changing business environment you need to be creative and innovate. Building Dynamic Teams will help you develop the skills to overcome your obstacles so you can accelerate and improve individual decision making, foster a collaborative group environment, effectively manage change, and learn to take risks.
With firm academic grounding in psychology, behavioral economics, and organizational theory, this course teaches you how to react effectively in unpredictable situations by combining proven behavioral theories with improvisational learning exercises. At the start, co-creators Dr. Craig Fox and Bob Kulhan provide a comfortable environment where you begin to see that through failure comes success and that any idea is the first step to developing a winning idea. You'll practice opening up on a personal and professional level and become more comfortable taking creative risks, then bring these techniques to your organization to build a team culture that stimulates leadership, innovation and success.
Retrain Your Brain
Building Dynamic Teams gets you to think in new ways. By changing your technique, you'll have the power to alter team dynamics, open up lines of communication, and nimbly manage in unpredictable situations—lifelong skills you can build upon throughout your career.
First, Get Comfortable
Life is unscripted—so without thinking about it, you're forced to improvise throughout the day, every day. It's only when you get out of your comfort zone that you're less likely to put yourself on the line to make necessary decisions. During Building Dynamic Teams, you'll experience new situations in a safe environment so you can learn to open up, feel free to take risks, and use improvisational skills to help you innovate in business situations.
Next, Think Quick
Over the 3-day course, you'll practice thinking on your feet and exercising your decision making skills in both a dynamic team environment and different business simulations. You'll become better at reacting, adapting, and communicating to the best of your ability in unexpected situations.
Finally, Try It at Work
You can immediately apply what you learn at work. For example, you can accept and advance other's suggestions to bring the best ideas forward. Or use the "yes and…" technique that trains you to think more positively and increase intrinsic motivation and loyalty. Lastly, just by slowing down your process, you will learn to see that opportunities always exist, even in a chaotic environment.
Building Dynamic Teams will impact all levels of your organization by:
- Promoting creativity and innovation within your team and organization
- Refining group dynamics, communication and presentation skills
- Accelerating and improving individual decision making
- Fostering collaborative group decision making
- Managing change and conflict resolution with ease
- Embracing transitions and learning to take risks
"I was given useful tools to improve my creativity and to elicit it from others. It [improv] enabled me to innovate by putting me in unexpected situations where I could articulate crazy ideas without fear of criticism. It was an excellent method to practice real-time decision making, with the flexibility to make mistakes without negative consequences."
VP, Database Manager
Building Dynamic Teams blends academic research with practical insights and applies improvisation techniques to give you the tools to react and adapt IN THE MOMENT. Learning methodologies include lectures, discussions, case studies and demonstrations drawn on disciplines of cognitive and social psychology, organizational theory, behavioral economics, and strategy. Theory is supplemented with experiential learning exercises that are adapted from theatrical improvisation.
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The program kicks off with a reception on Sunday night, with instruction occurring Monday through Wednesday.
"I learned some simple, but effective techniques to keep conversations moving in a positive direction and I developed skills to leverage everyone's strengths and foster a climate where we build on each other's ideas."
Steve Lach, Chief, Congressional Affairs
United States Air Force
This class improves team dynamics in all types of business situations. It's perfect for managers who lead and team members who are being led.
Example titles include:
- Vice President
- Sales Representative
- Project Manager
- Customer Service Representative
- Technical Specialist
Dr. Craig Fox
Dr. Craig Fox is Professor of Strategy and Policy at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is Professor of Psychology at the College of Letters and Sciences at UCLA. He is also co-director of the UCLA Behavioral Decision Making Research Group.
Areas of Interest: Fox's research investigates how people make judgments and decisions under conditions of risk, uncertainty, and ambiguity. His research has been published in leading journals of management, psychology, economics, neuroscience, and law.
Fuqua Experience: After more than six years on the faculty at The Fuqua School of Business, where he was named the Outstanding Faculty Member in 2001, Fox joined the UCLA faculty in 2003. He remains an adjunct faculty member at Duke and continues to teach Fuqua's Executive Education, Building Dynamic Teams.
Other Experience: Fox currently teaches courses in leadership and decision making at UCLA and has also taught courses in strategy, negotiation and dynamic management. Fox previously taught at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Columbia Business School, and Stanford University. He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Mannheim, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Fox is a former Associate Editor of Management Science, co-editor of a special issue of the Strategic Management Journal, and he serves on the editorial boards of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, and Judgment and Decision Making.
Education: Fox earned undergraduate degrees in economics and psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, where he completed his thesis work with Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Stanford University under the supervision of the late Amos Tversky.
Bob Kulhan is CEO and Co-Owner of Business Improvisations , which creates workshops that blend conceptual and experiential learning with improvisation exercises that are applied to business simulations.
Areas of Interest: Kulhan's leadership and managerial improvisation workshops emphasize team skills, including collaboration, active listening, and adaptive problem solving. He also focuses on crisis management, dyadic relationships, and fostering creative work cultures. Since 1998, his customized business improvisation programs have benefited many leading companies including Pepsi, Capital One, and Procter & Gamble.
Fuqua Experience: Kulhan co-introduced improvisation to The Fuqua School of Business in a unique collaboration with Dr. Craig Fox. Their Workshop in Managerial Improvisation (a 2-credit elective course) blends experiential exercises, adapted from traditional improv, with classroom lectures, case studies and discussion. It has consistently ranked among Duke University's highest rated Daytime MBA electives. Kulhan has also designed workshops for Fuqua faculty, staff, and PhD students, as well as for Duke Law School. He regularly teaches Building Dynamic Teams within Fuqua's Executive Education program.
Other Experience: Kulhan has been sought world-wide, facilitating business improvisation workshops in the United States, England, Scotland, Singapore, Australia, and Canada. He has also taught at Columbia College, UCLA Anderson School of Management, The Australian Graduate School of Management, and Columbia Business School. His performing credits include:
- The Second City (core faculty and artist in residence)
- Baby Wants Candy (founding member)
- The Banff Centre
Education: Kulhan received a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1995, he was recognized by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley with the Bank of America Small Business Award for Creative Marketing.