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2018 DTA Leadership Institute

Key Takeaways from DTA’s Leadership Institute

Recently, employees from 9 DTA member companies traveled to Chicago to attend the 2018 DTA Leadership Institute. The Institute is modeled after the best practices of leading business school’s executive management programs and offered exclusively to DTA member companies as a professional development opportunity for their employees. The program focused on providing the participants with practical learning experiences and skills in areas critical to their leading a successful business and was taught by N. Karl Haden Ph.D., James Walling Ph.D., and Tom Smith Ph.D., who have vast experience working with leaders from various industries and organizations.

While the Institute was tailored for the dental industry, there were important lessons provided from other business sectors related to strategy, innovation, negotiation, team building, and execution. “The content was fantastic, and I truly found the perspective and contributions of all the attendees throughout the workshop extremely beneficial,” noted Burke Spielmann, Zone General Manager at Henry Schein Dental.

The Institute made use of case studies, role playing, team building and planning activities to ensure immediate applicability. Class days were long, and the participants worked hard and embraced every second of it as reflected in the feedback provided by Justin Reber, Digital Media Specialist at Septodont, “I typically don’t do well in courses where I’m receiving information for extended periods of time, but this was structured in such a great way that the time flew by and I was engaged 100% of the time.”

Watch the video below for a sneak peek into the Leadership Institute: