Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W21
CE Offered: BACB
Become the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Leader Your Team Deserves: 7 Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Strategies That Can Immediately Level-Up Your Leadership
Thursday, May 25, 2023
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2C
Area: OBM/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: John Austin, Ph.D.
JOHN AUSTIN (Reaching Results), JONATHAN MUELLER (Ascend Behavior Partners)
Description: Leadership is a verb not a noun. It’s not merely a title. In fact power and influence derived from your designated job title or description is the weakest form. Nor is leadership a bag of tricks to pull out when the team needs a pick-me-up….although there are techniques which can boost happiness, optimism, performance, and even retention. A sneak peek at the things you’ll learn during this highly interactive workshop: • “Leadership” is a set of behaviors (governed by the same laws as all behavior) that you can learn, practice, master, and use for good. We will share the most impactful behaviors we’ve learned from our careers (+ handouts, worksheets, learning aids that you can immediately put into practice). • Effective leaders are self-managers as well as task- and people managers. Our observation is that self-less ABA leaders are the last to put on their mask, not the first (as airlines recommend), and this has a detrimental effect on their effectiveness, their teams, and their health. We’ll help you look in the mirror on your self-management strategies. • Effective leaders create follower-ship: through strong relationships with their peers, maintaining high standards of performance, and coaching/mentoring to bring out the best in their teams. We will discuss elements of these response classes plus key behavioral and financial metrics that can keep you focused on the right actions. “Oh is that ALL”, you ask? Your facilitators will endeavor to coach and present with fun and humor (because if we’re not all having fun, what’s the point??!?!). With John's 30 years of OBM research and coaching and Jonathan’s 10+ years experience as an ABA executive and cofounder of two successful autism-service organizations, the facilitators will bring together their real world experiences and knowledge & passion of the science of OBM. Evidence-based does not have to mean BORING. Not in our book, anyway. We will seek to engage the audience and learn together while discussing real world applications of techniques that you can immediately implement to rapid improvement.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to describe at least one tactic each they could apply at work for 1) self management; 2) people management; and 3) performance management.
Activities: The format of this workshop will include lecture, facilitated discussion, small group exercises, anonymous polling, and some surprises.
Audience: This workshop will be especially relevant to anyone who leads a team at any level in any organization, especially executives and Sr managers. However, our examples will be tailored to ABA service organization leaders. Individual contributors in such organizations will also benefit from attending.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Leader behaviors, Leadership, OBM, Performance improvement



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