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Becoming T-Shaped: A Professionals Development Boot Camp

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ASPE is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider of business analysis training. Select Project Delivery courses offer IIBA continuing development units (CDU) in accordance with IIBA standards.


Select courses offer Leadership (PDU-L), Strategic (PDU-S) and Technical PMI professional development units that vary according to certification. Technical PDUs are available in the following types: ACP, PBA, PfMP, PMP/PgMP, RMP, and SP.


T-Shaped professional development consists of three competencies, developing the whole self, building the "five-stack" of professional/business skills and defining and managing your professional expertise. The "top of the T" consists of the whole self and professional/business skills. The "bottom of the T" is your professional expertise.

For the past three decades we've consistently focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skill development, putting a great deal of energy around "bottom of the T" development. This model is failing us in the face of rapid change and disruption. A professional can no longer base their entire career on a "bottom of the T" skill set which may be disrupted in six years. Disruption breeds complexity which introduces chaos if an organization doesn't have the skills to work through the complexity as a team. In this two-day training, you will dive deep into the concepts necessary for moving from an I-shaped to a T-shaped professional.

How to recognize, understand, define and determine T-Shapeness in yourself and others
Evaluate and learn the essential skills and competencies of a T-Shaped leader / knowledge worker
Experience the value T-Shaped skills and competencies bring to your work
The three main components of a T-Shaped leader / knowledge worker and how to utilize them
Learn the whole self-concepts like brain development, cognitive biases, negative self-talk and stress management
How to build new neuropathways and become a cognitively diverse thinker
The 5 Core Professional Skills Competencies
Baseline, Assess and Rank Current State Expertise in Whole Self and Professional Skills
Discover, Learn and Interact with peers on Business Skills Competencies
Explore how to better plan and adapt your technical expertise in the face of chaotic change, so you are prepared when disruption hits your selected technical fields
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Course Outline
  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Team Building
    • Accepting Change
    • Your Personality Profile
  3. Bootcamp Overview
    • Goals – Expectations - Objectives
    • What do you want out of the bootcamp
    • Personal Career Development Goal(s)
    • T-Shaped Overview
  4. Whole Self Module (left side of "the top of the T")
    • Brain Chemistry
      • Nueroplasticity
        1. How to stay sharp as you Age
        2. NPR Audio
        3. Sentis video clip
      • The Chemical Mind (Crash Course video)
    • Mental Health
      • Self Talk – Brain Management
        1. EXERCISE: Individual positive affirmations
        2. EXERCISE: Techniques to control the "monkey mind"
    • Affective Forecasting
      • Time Discounting
      • Impact Bias (emotional)
      • Immune Neglect (getting use to bad)
    • Cognitive Bias
      • Cognition Video: Crash Course
        1. How Your Mind Can Amaze and Betray You
      • The Endowment Effect
      • Loss / Regret Aversion
      • Social Proof
      • Reciprocity
      • Confirmation Bias
        1. EXERCISE: TED TALK 30 Day Challenge
    • Stress Management
        1. EXERCISE: Meditation "Dan Harris"
        2. EXERCISE: Breath Management
    • Metabolism & Nutrition
      • Metabolism & Nutrition Video: Crash Course
    • Physical Exercise
      • Effects of Exercise on the Mind
      • Just DO IT!
    • Service Mindset
      • What is your true contribution to the world?
        1. EXERCISE: Breath Management
  5. Professional/Business Skills (right side of the "top of the T")
    • Emotional Intelligence (EQ) refers to our abilities to recognize, control and assess emotions. While research suggests that many individuals are born with many innate EQ traits, there is ample evidence that they can be learned and strengthened. We introduce EQ and its four core skills:
      • Self-Awareness
      • Self-Management
      • Social Management
      • Relationship Management
    • Conflict Management & Dealing with Difficult People: This module combines two of the most passionate topics related to working with others.
      • The first portion of this section focuses on the good, the bad and the ugly of conflict management.
        1. Preferred conflict management styles
        2. A step-by-step conflict resolution process
        3. Strategies for handling conflict
      • The second part emphasizes identifying the different types of difficult behavior and effective tactics for dealing with difficult behavior.
    • Facilitation & Negotiation
      • An overview of two specialized communications issues: a discussion of the techniques of group decision-making with special emphasis on group dynamics and mastering the tools of facilitation; and the essentials of the negotiation process and the application of those elements in practice.
      • The concept of facilitation and how it differs from traditional methods
      • Facilitation tools and techniques; handling difficult facilitating situations
      • Preparing for a negotiation session
      • The moving forward negotiated outcome
      • Negotiation strategies and tactics
    • Change Management
      • This module helps identify personal reactions to change, provides a process for dealing with change and guidance for handling emotions related to change. Additional emphasis is placed on topics such as:
        1. Readying the team/organization for change
        2. Leading others through any type of change
    • Art and Science of Influence
      • Learn why organizations have started to flatten and how professionals can successfully navigate any organization type. We will compare matrix, command and control, and bottom up influence. Then we will look at the psychology of organizational behavior in order to highlight the key skills required to be an influencer who get to execution Things you will learn in this module:
        1. Professionals skills required to be a strong influencer
        2. Basics of matrix organizations
        3. Basics of command and control organizations
        4. Basics of self-organized management style
        5. High level look at organizational psychology
        6. What happens to "bad" or manipulative Influencers, staying away from the "strategy person" trap
        7. Tips and techniques to be an executing Influencer
  6. Your Expertise and the Future ("bottom of the T" planning)
    • T-Shaped Model Template
      • Fill out the T-Shaped Model
      • Recommended learning paths and resources
      • What are certifications
      • What are certificates
    • Owning your career path
      • Plan for disruption / realignment every 6 to 8 years
    • Action Plans and Critical Takeaways
Who should attend
  • IT Professionals
  • Developers
  • IT Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • SDLC Practitioners
  • Project Team Members

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