Leadership ItsOwnSelf

Opportunity Knocks and Oregon State University Cascades

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Leadership ItsOwnSelf with Dr. Rod Ray

One Day Workshop at OSU Cascades

Join Dr. Rod Ray for an interactive course on Leadership ItsOwnSelf. Dr. Ray will share what he learned during 34 years at Bend Research—the last seven as CEO. Bend Research is easily one of Bend’s most iconic and successful businesses, a leader in the pharmaceutical development technology industry. The company was recently acquired by Capsugel in one of Bend’s largest acquisitions ever.

About the course: 

This is a course in “practical leadership,” which draws on the experiences of Dr. Rod Ray.  During Rod’s career, he had the honor of helping to build, and then interacting with a very high-performing staff at Bend Research.  The rich breadth- and depth-of-knowledge and skills of the Bend Research Engineers and Scientists, and other staff, lead to fascinating and valuable leadership lessons–including learning from mistakes, as well as the lesson of “not taking yourself too seriously.”

In the first half of this seminar, the “Foundations of Leadership” will be studied, debated and practiced by the participants.  It will include a discussion of Vision, Principles, and Values, and how to use them in day-to-day, and strategic, leadership.  Additionally, various “tools” for leadership will be discussed, along with Leadership best-practices, and the topic of “Servant Leadership”

In the second half of the seminar, these Foundations will be applied to topics such as Motivation, Relationships, Delegation, Prioritization (and Stewardship of your Time), along with Decision Making.  Finally, the application of all of this to Leading through Change, with some additional comments on Culture will be used to summarize and close out the day.

The participant will have fun, build relationships with Rod and the seminar participants, and engage on a rich base of practical leadership approaches and tools for immediate and direct use in their busy lives.

About Dr. Ray:  Dr. Ray is a member of Capsugel and Bend Research’s Scientific and Business Advisory Board. He worked at Bend Research from 1983 to 2014, and continues as a consultant. He joined the company when they had 4 employees, became CEO when they had 135 employees and was CEO at the time of acquisition when they had 250 employees. Dr. Ray played the key leadership role in Bend Research over those years, forging the strategy and execution of a company that includes about 25 PhD’s among its team.

Dr. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado – Boulder.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado and Oregon, holds 21 U.S. patents and has 41 scientific publications. Dr. Ray is also a community leader and, as an OSU grad, has played an important role in bringing OSU Cascades to Bend.

Here’s what former students say about the class:

“I perceived the topic of leadership as an abstract subject. Dr. Ray’s thoughtful approach provided the essential elements and characteristics that support good leadership. I’d recommend the course to anyone who aspires to become a leader or those who find themselves in a leadership role.”

“Rod’s personal business experience and style delivered through the course helped me connect many dots for myself in terms of the type of leader I am and strive to be. Many things about leadership that I didn’t have the confidence to simply engrain into my belief system were discussed in the course and reinforced my personal experience. It has given me peace of mind, going forward on how I lead.”

“I used information from each class with my team the very next day. Rod had a way of knowing what I needed to learn and helped me apply it to my business.”

“I’ve read a lot on leadership and attended a lot of training, but Rod’s class brought the critical elements of leadership–the emotional intelligence of the leader, the vision and the tools–all together in story form from his own fascinating experience. Exceptionally helpful!”

Tuition: $495

Contact info@opp-knocks.org for information about upcoming courses.