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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #292
CE Offered: BACB
The Impact of a Leadership Training Package on Organizational Measures
Sunday, May 27, 2018
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom E
Area: OBM/AUT; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Alyssa Kavner, M.A.
Chair: Alyssa Kavner (Easterseals Southern California)
JENNIE MYHRA (Easterseals Southern California)
KIMBERLEY ANDREA ENLOE (Easterseals Southern California)
JACQUELINE B. GANLEY (Easterseals Southern California)

Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) is an area of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which uses behavior analytic principles to improve employee performance, staff training, and management strategies (Reid & Parsons, 2000). The field of OBM is moving towards taking on a systems perspective when analyzing possible solutions to organizational problems (Abernathy, 2008, 2014; Brethower, 2001; Diener, McGee, & Miguel, 2009; Methot et al., 1996; Tosti & Herbst, 2009) including when attempting to improve employee performance. This approach emphasizes aligning leader behavior to organizational goals to improve organizational outcomes. Additionally, use of OBM strategies included in training procedures have been shown to effectively produce overall changes in employee behaviors (Langeland et al., 1997; Methot et al., 1996; Shapiro & Kazemi 2017). Panelists will discuss an intervention to train organizational leaders in departments consisting of several levels of management to improve outcomes on measures related to service line strategic goals. Similar to the study conducted by Szabo et al. (2012), the intervention consisted of didactic training paired with modeling and role-play with feedback, regularly scheduled meetings and use of performance scorecards. Specifically, panelists will discuss an overview of the scorecard system implemented in a human services organization and the leadership training package designed to increase associates use of that scorecard system. Additional discussion will include how performance assessment tools were used to further evaluate regional needs in implementing interventions to improve management strategies related to targeted organizational measures on the scorecard system.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Managers Supervisors Company Owners

Learning Objectives: Identify effective components of a Leadership Training Package for their Supervisors Identify and execute the steps for leading others in aligning staff to organizational priorities Identify the necessary components of assessing an organization's need for specific interventions
Keyword(s): Leadership, OBM, Scorecards, Training



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