The Difference Between a Boss and an Leader

Many people have worked under managers who although might have had the knowledge to be in such a position, did not have the skills to lead an organization or department effectively. Leaders are often promoted because they succeed in a specific area or industry. Excelling at the next level, however, requires different skills essential to an organization’s reputation – relationship-building, conflict management, strategic thinking, and media and presentation skills, to name a few.

“Each session exceeded my expectations. It’s the best leadership program I’ve been involved in!”

Sara Freeman | Manager, Business Development, Truity Credit Union | Bartlesville, OK


The Schnake Turnbo Frank and Tri County Tech Leadership & Reputation Academy is an intense, eight-part Executive Education course aimed at new and emerging leaders. This world-class experience is limited to 30 participants with select sessions hosted at exclusive venues. The thought-provoking sessions include lectures, group presentations, role-playing, and draw on materials from a variety of respected sources, including the Harvard Business Review, best-selling authors, successful corporate executives and STF’s own time-tested, proprietary content.

Join us for this individualized experience to take your leadership skills to the next level.

Improve Performance Quality & Get World-Class Results

Tri County Tech, one of 29 public technology centers in the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education System, serves the residents of three counties and has a vision of inspiring success through life-changing learning experiences. Tri County Tech provides scholarships and funding for student expenses such as medication, gasoline, clothing, and food with a goal that no student should be denied an education due to inability to pay. TCT has sustained top 25% nationally rankings for student completion/retention and placement for eight fiscal years. The institution also increased graduate wages to well above the national average while growing its own revenues 34 percent since 2009–without federal funding and despite a sizable reduction in state funding.

“This achievement has inspired Tri County Tech to help other organizations to become great places to work and achieve world-class results.”

– Lindel Fields, Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer


This past November, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross named Tri County Tech as one of five recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Celebrating its 31st anniversary this year, the Baldrige Award is a Presidential-level honor, recognizing exemplary practices among American organizations and businesses including an unceasing drive for radical innovation, thoughtful leadership, and organizational improvement. Last year Tri County Tech earned recognition as a Baldrige Best Practice Organization for Leadership and Workforce Outcomes. For Tri County Tech, using the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence is about challenging themselves to live up to their potential as an organization. Learn More about the Baldrige Award.

Tri County Tech’s forward-thinking focus, not only on customers but also their workforce has created a high-performing, grace-filled culture of excellence. Tri County Tech added another year of being a Great Place to Work® to its locker of accolades after being named to Fortune magazine’s top-50 best small/medium workplace in the nation for four straight years.

We are committed to continuous improvement for its communities, students, parents, & workforce.

Benefits to Participants

Not only is the Leadership & Reputation Academy beneficial to participants, it also brings extraordinary value to participants’ companies and organizations as a whole.

  • Development: You will be exposed to an intense, multi-track development in executive coaching, leadership and reputation management, unavailable anywhere else in Oklahoma.
  • Problem-Solving: Amplify your problem-solving skills for challenges unique to leadership roles using quick thinking and real-life scenarios.
  • Connections: Expand your network of peers facing similar leadership issues and behind the scenes access to industry leaders.

Benefits to Companies or Organizations

  • Leadership: Prepares new, emerging and established leaders for their roles in your organization.
  • Talent Development: Sends the message that you value your employees by investing in their professional and leadership development.
  • Value: Fraction of the cost of retaining a firm or sending executives to out-of-state business school and leadership development programs.
“I highly recommend LRA, it clearly defines leadership vs management. LRA has inspired me to be a better leader in my department!”

Vann Bighorse | Director Osage Language Department | Pawhuska, OK


Sessions for Spring 2019

SESSION 1:  Tuesday, January 15

Orientation – Leadership vs. Management
Get a preview of the training, meet the instructors and network with others in the class. Dive into your first session focusing on the difference between leadership and management and how to recognize and excel at both.

SESSION 2: Tuesday, January 29

Personal & Professional Values
One definition of a core value is something from which you won’t budge – even if it means losing business. What are your organization’s core values? How do you articulate them? This exercise helps you find the answers.

SESSION 3:  Tuesday, February 12

Humility & Grace | Community
During the morning session, learn how to stay grounded and avoid the pitfalls of success. The second session will provide the framework for developing a community outreach plan that ensures when you give, your company will receive.

SESSION 4: Tuesday, February 26

Etiquette & Presence
You may be the smartest, hardest working leader in your company. But, in the wrong setting, poor etiquette can set you back. Our experts will help assure that you represent your organization with professionalism, sharpness, and grace.

SESSION 5: Tuesday, March 12

Crisis – Internal & External
During a crisis, people are watching, and the stakes are high. As a leader, you’re entrusted to perform under pressure. A mishandled crisis can cost you, but acting decisively and keeping emotions in check can improve your credibility.

SESSION 6: Tuesday, March 26

Written & Verbal Communication
One of the greatest downfalls of business communication is that we often try to sound too detailed and too “corporate.” In our zeal to impress, we fail to communicate. Learn how to communicate both in writing and in person with clarity, simplicity, and power.

SESSION 7:  Tuesday, April 2

Inclusion | Reputation
With our nation becoming more diverse, it’s imperative for organizations to understand inclusion in the workplace. Learn how an inclusive environment affects key stakeholders. The afternoon session will discuss how reputations are formed, changed and sometimes damaged because of specific behaviors. We’ll discuss how reputations develop and shift, and how to recognize when danger lies ahead.

SESSION 8: Thursday, April 18

Balance & Wholeness | Graduation
In this closing session, you’ll learn how to succeed in business but maintain your sanity, health, sense of humor and relationships. We will end the session with a graduation ceremony.

“LRA is a leadership program that truly challenges you individually to attain personal growth without limitation. Our community is blessed that Tri County invests so deeply in its residents.”

Vann Bighorse | Director Osage Language Department | Pawhuska, OK



The registration fee of $3,500 per participant covers program content, food and beverage, facilities, books and other materials. After you enroll, you will receive confirmed locations for each of the sessions, additional instructions and a list of all class members two to three weeks before the first session. Select sessions will be hosted at exclusive venues. You will also receive an invoice for your registration.

Join us for this individualized experience to take your leadership skills to the next level.
Find out more about Schnake Turnbo Frank.
ADVISORY COUNCIL: Alison Anthony, President, Williams Foundation | Dr. Don Betz, President, University of Central Oklahoma | Carl Edwards, Partner, Price Edwards & Company | Lindel Fields, Superintendent/CEO, Tri County Tech | Mark Graham, President & CEO, Tulsa Area United Way | Ted Haynes, President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma | Secretary Lisa John, Secretary of Culture and Humanities, Chickasaw Nation | Dave Lopez, Associate, Schnake Turnbo Frank | Bill Major, Executive Director, Zarrow Family Foundations | Mike Mears, President & CEO, Magellan Midstream | Sanjay Meshri, Executive Vice President, Advanced Research Chemicals | Pierce Norton, President & CEO, ONE Gas | Beth Pauchnik, Chief Administrative Officer, INTEGRIS | Commissioner Mike Thompson, Commissioner, Okla. Dept. of Public Safety | Roy Williams, President & CEO, Greater OKC Chamber | STF Partners: Becky J. Frank, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer | Russ Florence, President & Chief Operating Officer | Aaron Fulkerson, Chief Development Officer | David Wagner, Chief Financial Officer
“LRA was engaging and inspiring! I feel honored to have had the opportunity to participate and highly recommend LRA to anyone seeking to further advance their leadership skills.”

Michael Howze   |   Manager-Outpatient Physical Medicine and Wound Center, Jane Phillips Medical Center   |   Bartlesville, OK


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