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ISM-New Jersey Leadership in a Galaxy Far Far Away, in Your Job, and Beyond!

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May 4, 2023

Add To Calendar 5/4/2023 2:00:00 PM 5/4/2023 3:00:00 PM ET ISM-New Jersey Leadership in a Galaxy Far Far Away, in Your Job, and Beyond!


2 PM - 3 PM ET

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Michael J. Urick, PhD, MBA, MS, SSGB, SHRM-CP is Graduate Director of the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence and Professor of Management and Operational Excellence at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, PA USA). Urick has authored or co-authored over fifty publications, many of which are related to linking pop culture to theories, leadership, and generational issues at work. He is an Associate Editor for Measuring Business Excellence and the Journal of Leadership and Management as well as the Series Editor for “Exploring Effective Leadership Practices through Popular Culture”. He is the 2015 Education/Learning Person of the Year from ISM and a former President of ISM-Pittsburgh.


Not that long ago, in organizations very very close by, there was a great disturbance. As many leaders struggled to improve their decision-making practices and ability to influence others, they were met with a variety of challenges and crisis situations. Having turned to publications, blogs, and other traditional resources on leadership, some of these individuals realized that this was not the help they were looking for. Using elements of the “Star Wars” franchise, Dr. Mike Urick presents a resource for leaders that seek to become Jedi in their organizations. Based on the bestselling book “A Manager’s Guide to Using the Force: Leadership Lessons from a Galaxy Far Far Away”, this presentation takes leadership theories and provides related examples drawn from the struggles of a distant galaxy so that readers can then reflect on how these concepts might play out in their own workplace.

The following topics will be explored:

• The purposes of and approaches to mentorship

• Building a cohesive alliance

• Becoming more influential

• Proper communication techniques

• Finding the balance between adaptability and resilience during a crisis

• And others…

Whether you oversee purchasing operations, manage a cantina band, influence a portion of your supply chain, organize a resistance against an empire, or coordinate a team, you will find value in learning how research-based leadership best practices evident in “Star Wars” can help you in your daily decision making and influence activities.