CEE - Courses - High Performance Inclusion for Leading a Modern Force

High Performance Inclusion for Leading a Modern Force (HPI)

The Course

This intensive three-day workshop is tailored for managers who want to successfully navigate culture and bias, to make diversity a force multiplier. The HPI course is designed to help managers know themselves better and give them skills to better understand and navigate their teams, as well as to better understand the often unspoken challenges facing managers of diverse teams. By the end of the course, participants will have a deep understanding of communicative and social challenges facing leaders of diverse teams, as well as a robust toolkit for effectively defusing diversity challenges and supercharging cohesion, performance, and mission readiness. We will focus on unspoken cultural assumptions and communication styles, implicit cognitive processes, and the drivers of conflict, as well as how to use data-driven analytics to pinpoint and defuse latent conflict drivers before workplace conflict occurs.

What you’ll learn during this course

  • Foundations: The Relationship between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and high performance.We will also discuss how DEI can be a potential driver of workplace conflict, which other DEI programs ignore or minimize.
  • Culture: The role of cultural and sub-cultural knowledge, and skills for communicating across culture.
  • Bias: The role of Implicit Cognitive Processes (“Unconscious Bias”) in creating challenges to Inclusion and command climate.
  • Organizational patterns of behavior: How Culture and Bias work in organization(instead of individuals)
  • Conflict: How culture, bias, and organizational patterns create the potential for workplace conflict that drains performance, and how to assess conflict styles, analyze conflict drivers, and preemptively defuse conflict to drive high performance.
  • Metrics and strategy: How to use data and metrics effectively to perform barrier analysis and create a DEI strategy, and how to successfully implement effective organizational best practices.

Program Manager

Dr. Jones

Dr. Taylor Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. His doctoral research was on regional variation in African American English, but he also has published work on Mandarin, Persian, and Zulu. He is an expert on the intersection of race, language, and bias, and has published research on cross-dialect comprehension and conflict, and on how speakers and listeners think strategically about speech acts. Read full bio...

Who should enroll?

This pilot course is designed for people managers at the GS12-14, O4-O5, E7-E9 levels.

Date and Location:

September 17-19, 2024 | Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.


Eligible Navy personnel can enroll in this pilot course at no cost. Travel expenses are not covered. Participants must be on orders, and are responsible for their own travel costs (flight, meals, lodging, incidentals).


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