Highly Qualified Faculty & Staff
Title/s: Senior Lecturer
Office #: Lewis Towers 401
Karolus Smejda, M.A., is a consultant, facilitator, producer, and playwright who has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, NBC, CNN, The Chicago Tribune, and Future. He is an expert and thought-leader in individual and organizational communication.
He has consulted with corporations, government, privately-held firms, and professional partnerships to improve leadership, management, sales, and communication since 1974. Using his PowerSuasive approach to understanding and improving communication, he applies his practical strategy to on-the-job communications as a consultant and learning professional when custom-designing and delivering individual and group seminars. In addition, executives, managers, and salespeople consult with Karolus one-on-one to improve the effectiveness of both themselves and their organizations.
Karolus has created and produced, using professional actors, plays ("live cases") for the business community. In addition, he has developed an online writing assessment process to evaluate business writing.
He has consulted to organizations such as Northern Trust Bank, Harris Bank, Abbot Laboratories, U.S. Gypsum Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank, Baxter-Travenol, Walgreens, BP, Shell, CBOT, CME, and many privately held firms and partnerships. Karolus learns constantly from his 32 year practice of Lui Ha Ba Fa, an arcane Chinese martial art. He focuses more on the art than the martial.
- MA, DePaul University School for New Learning (Master's Project: Assessment of Business Writing), 2003
- Second City, Improvisation Training, 1983
- Chicago Dramatist Workshop, Co-founder & Board Member, 1978-1982
- Alfred Adler Institute in Psychology (Now Adler Institute), Counseling Psychology program 1974-1977
- BA, Roosevelt University, History with minor in Economics, 1970
- University of Illinois, Navy Pier 1962-1963
ENGL 310 - Advanced Writing: Business/Professional Writing
Professional & Community Affiliations
Board of Trustees, Chicago Chapter, American Society of Training & Development, VP of Membership
Individual Psychology Society of Chicago
American Association of Training and Development
The Technology Executives
Human Resource Management Association of Chicago
Organizational Development Network
MIT Entrepreneurial Forum
The Writer's Decisions: A Systematic Guide to Effective Writing
This was self-published as the text/manual for The Writer's Decisions seminar.
The PowerSuasion Assessment
The PowerSuasion Assessment (TM) provides feedback to business-persons and organizations on what to improve in their communications. A professional assessment of business communication, The PowerSuasion Assessment™, uses on-the-job business writing as its data-set. Professional editors use a content-analysis methodology to provide data to PowerSuasion's proprietary algorithms. The output of the algorithms provides business people feedback on how to improve their communication online, in seminars, or in one-on-one consultation
|1979||Squeeze Play||Poor management practices, poor communication|
|1981||Personal Touch||Change, leadership, and succession in a family business|
|1982||Wasn’t Easy||Customer Service/Sales|
|1985||Future Shock Now||Managing Change toward Customer Orientation|
|1987||Customer First||Creating Strong Customer Service|
|1990||Leadership Nightmare||Adapting leadership styles to follower needs/requirements|
|1993||Question of Style||Sales & Sales Management, Buying & selling styles|
|1995||Better…Faster… Cheaper||Managing and leading the organization through hyper-change to adapt to a new reality|
|1996||Until||Creating safe work environments by eliminating various types of harassment|
|1997||Trickster||In and out group behavior and its impact on the management of diversity|
|2002||Crossroads||Family business, transition between generations, modernization of plant/office|
|2004||Matrix-Management Dilemmas||Dealing with how international matrix management creates dilemmas for the various departments: sales, manufacturing, and marketing|
|2005||Hyper-Change Blues||Hyper-change, adapting to new environment, working through emotional blocks impeding change|