Start Date: 10/6/2021 9:00 AM CDT
End Date: 10/6/2021 4:00 PM CDT
Venue Name: Comfort Inn & Suites Location:
N6295 Holiday Dr
Black River Falls, WI United States 54615
Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
Location: Comfort Inn & Suites
Room Block Name: WECA or Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
Rate: $ +tax/night Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Technology Planning & Decision-Making: Enhancing Core Competencies Across the Cooperative Organization (#5115.1) 1-1/2 Skill Builder Credits
Technology has become the "invisible hand" that enables every aspect of the utility business. This two-day course develops an understanding of, and offers hands-on practice in, the core competencies now required of everyone in a cooperative organization to insure the effective use of technology.
Participation in technology planning and decision making has become a prerequisite for virtually every leadership position in the electric cooperative. Successful careers increasingly depend on an individual's ability to participate effectively in conversations about business process improvements and how technology can enable them.
This course introduces a proven technology planning process, best management practices, analytical tools, and resources crucial for effective technology planning, decision making and leadership. It is equally valuable to business and technology analysts, supervisors, and managers. The course is taught using business language, and participants need not be versed in technical solutions.
Organizational awareness: Enhance awareness of how organizational dynamics influence technology decisions.
Technology management: Provide real-world examples of how technology can be managed and the odds of success on projects can be maximized.
Interpersonal awareness: Use active-learning techniques such as role playing and facilitated brainstorming to directly experience challenges inherent in technology planning and decision making, including organizational resistance to change.
Collaboration and teamwork: Discuss how business functions and employees interact with their technology counterparts and explore factors critical to the success of these working relationships.
Flexibility and Innovation: Provide opportunities to "think outside the box" about how technology can change the way we think about the business of serving members.
Influence and negotiation: Provide exposure to best practices for constructive engagement and consensus building.
Critical thinking and decision making: Learn how to make informed business decisions and plan for the introduction of technologies that enable them.