An Irresistible Power – Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool
Presenter: Matthew Taylor

C level management is buzzing with the significance of storytelling. But why?

Since the beginning of time we’ve been telling stories and we’ll continue until the end of time. Story is the cornerstone of our consciousness; it’s in our DNA.

During our time together we will discover the irresistible power of story and how it influences perceptions, connects you with others, moves people to action, and cultivates change agents and great leaders. Matthew teaches you the brain science of storytelling, and how that affects the design of a story suitable for a specific audience and the problem they are trying to solve.
Matthew masterfully curates stories and the art of storytelling for individuals and teams, his compassionate style is steeped in experience having worked with entry-level employees to the C suite. This transformative journey leverages your awareness and offers new ideas and tools to inspire you to tap into the powerful phenomenon that surrounds us all – story.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover why and how stories work
  • Ways to seamlessly incorporate story into your business environment
  • How to identify which story to tell and when
  • Spotting the moment of interest, and how exposition can kill

Tips and tools you can implement immediately to improve your business storytelling

An Undeniable Link Exists Between Leadership and Storytelling
Presenter: Matthew Taylor

What do Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, and Winston Churchill have in common?

Correct! They’re all great leaders. But, also great storytellers.
Is it luck that great leaders happen to be remarkable storytellers too? I don’t think so.

The most common tread that exists between great leaders, past and present, is simple – an understanding of the irresistible power of story and how to utilize it to connect with people, generate loyal followers, and move people to action.

Leadership has little to do with position and everything to do with behavior. Storytelling is the critical component that, if enhanced, can instantly affect the behavioral performance and success of leaders.

During our time together we will explore what people look for in a leader, and how you can effortlessly illustrate those qualities within you. Combining the ancient wisdom of Aristotle with the insight of modern day thought leaders, participants will gain new awareness, propelling them to think and do differently.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand why story and leadership are so interconnected
  • Understand the science and fundamentals of story
  • Know what people look for in a leader
  • Identify which stories to tell and why
  • Learn how to comfortably reveal the real you, and why it’s critical to do so

Tips and tools you can implement immediately to improve your business storytelling

Are You Prepared for the Future of Work?
Presenter: Tara Powers

Virtual teams cut across the boundaries of time, space, culture and sometimes organizations – and chances are, you work on one. It is also likely that you, your teammates and your team leader have been given little to no preparation to work in this complex environment. Our year-long research study on virtual teams uncovered significant challenges and opportunities for both newly formed teams and virtual teams that have been together for a year or more.

Key Learning Takeaways

  • Learn how the frequency of in-person meetings effects a remote team’s success
  • Discover the biggest opportunities for leaders of virtual teams
  • Understand the best predictors of virtual team effectiveness
  • Identify why some virtual teams are accomplishing amazing results

Becoming an Employer of Choice

Presenter: Holly Green

Finding, managing, rewarding & engaging employees to become a ‘Best Place to Work’ organization –

It is getting tougher and tougher to recruit, retain and engage the best continuously. Millennials dominate the workforce, employees are retiring in record numbers, distractions have increased significantly, and just keeping up is a daily challenge for most of us. Don’t just survive. Thrive! Today you must be the best leader or manager possible. Making sure you do it at every stage of the employee lifecycle and learning how to constantly re-recruit your high achievers is crucial.

In this interactive session, you will receive: 

  • Tools, tips and guidance on all aspects of managing and leading the employee lifecycle (recruiting, retaining, rewarding and engaging employees) including the criteria used for the annual Best Places to Work survey
  • You will develop an action plan for yourself and your organization to become even better at what you do and how you do it
  • You’ll walk away with ideas and techniques you can put into place immediately to more effectively achieve your goals and objectives

90 minute to 2 hour keynote up to all day working session

Webinar Description:

The Secrets to Becoming an Employer of Choice

Do you have challenges recruiting the best employees?  Are you struggling to hold on to top talent and keep them fully engaged in your business?  As the pool of available talent continues to decrease, learn what companies rated “The Best” do to attract and retain high performers.

In this session you’ll learn more about finding, managing, rewarding & engaging employees to become a ‘Best Place to Work’ organization.

  • You will explore the employee lifecycle (recruiting, retaining, rewarding and engaging employees) and key actions you can take at each stage to be even more successful
  • You will receive tools, tips and guidance on managing and leading including the criteria used for the annual Best Places to Work survey
  • You will develop an action plan for yourself and your organization to become even better at what you do and how you do it

Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life – Phase I: Setting the Stage
Presenter: Holly Green

Webinar Presentation Only

Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life – Phase I: Setting the Stage
You’ve got a strategic plan or a set of goals. Now how do you bring them to life every day? How do you create the employee touchpoints that will align and focus your organization on achieving the right things in the right way?

This session covers:

  • What to share
  • Who to share it with in what order
  • How to set yourself up to be more successful
  • Demonstrating a winning mindset
  • Embedding strategic thinking in your ways of working
  • How to expose your thinking to align others in making decisions effectively

Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life – Phase II: Communicating with Intention
Presenter: Holly Green

Webinar Presentation Only

You’ve got a strategic plan or a set of goals. Now how do you bring them to life every day? How do you communicate what is most important and what criteria are critical for decision making? How do you keep everyone focused on what needs to happen and how to achieve your goals?

This session covers:

  • How to communicate successfully (including unsuccessful practices)
  • What to communicate when
  • How to use language to shift mindsets
  • How to measure the progress and effectiveness of your communications

Building Unstoppable Teams
Presenter: Meredith Masse

There’s a lot of talk around needing to build productive, high-performing teams who can achieve great results… but how in the world do leaders actually accomplish creating teams that outperform the competition over and over again? Are teams in your organization missing their goals, producing lackluster results, maybe even holding the entire organization back? Want to turn that around and watch outcomes soar?

In this interactive session, learn what it takes to build truly cohesive, effective teams that:

  • Make better and quicker decisions
  • Tap into all members skills/strengths for better results
  • Avoid the pitfalls of politics and confusion
  • Don’t waste time talking about the wrong things or the same topic over and over again
  • Actually create a competitive advantage 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Understand:

  • Biggest barriers to building teamwork in the workplace
  • The five characteristics of dysfunctional teams – the characteristics to avoid!
  • The five characteristics of cohesive teams – and strategies for building a cohesive and productive team in your organizationAnd walk away with practical exercises you can take back to help teams in trouble in your workplace.

Building Winning Teams
Presenter: Bud Bilanich

All winning teams have three things in common. They have a clear charter. They manage their internal processes well. They manage their external relationships well. In this session, you’ll learn a model of effective teamwork that will allow you to assess and improve the effectiveness of an existing team. You’ll also learn the steps to take to get a new team off to a good start and keep it on track. The ideas in the workshop are based on Dr. Bilanich’ book Common Sense Ideas for Building a Dream Team.

Catalytic Vision Crafting for Organizations
Presenter: Amy Simpkins

A comprehensive vision provides the structure within which your team can make magic. Without the structure of the walls, the art would fall to the ground — so it is with vision. A collective vision gets everyone pulling in the same direction and provides a clear roadmap for how to get where you want to go. And visions evolve along with the organization, so it’s important to take a step back and recraft them periodically. Let’s do this together!

This program is perfect for:

  • Project teams and team leaders
  • Executive management
  • Entrepreneurs and small businesses

The audience will leave with:

  • A comprehensive, values-based vision for your team or organization
  • The potential revenue streams that provide value
  • The foundations of messaging and marketing to communicate your solutions with clarity
  • Immediate action steps for implementing the vision

Format: Half to full day live workshop

Change Management – How Effectively Managing Change Produces Better Business Results
Presenter: Karen Brown

This program will teach participants the most effective models for change facilitation, employee engagement, retention, and achieving corporate targets, from the newest human behavior research and scientifically proven unconscious mind methodologies. For background, methodologies that engage the conscious mind only comprise 20% of possible results. When unconscious mind methodologies are used, 80% of possible results are achieved.

Value to Audience

  • Identify negative emotions and limiting beliefs about the change
  • Integrate and resolve unconscious conflicts
  • Tap into the change through individual values alignment and cause
  • How to ask effective questions to facilitate all of the above for leverage and velocity through the change

Change the Workplace, Change the World: Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Presenter: Renelle Darr

Renelle reviews emotional intelligence (EI), its importance in work and life, and the business case for EI as a threshold competence. Discover how to improve and maintain your own EI so that you can inspire, motivate, and connect with those around you in this engaging and interactive session.

Conflict Dynamics Profile™
Presenter: Evan Roth

Conflict is inevitable. It is said that 20-40% of all supervisory time is spent in some form of conflict management.

In work with senior executives and executive teams, The Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP) is a superior instrument for both coaching and workshop use. By focusing on the behavioral elements of conflict responses, the instrument effectively identifies specific skills to maintain or develop to enhance both individual and team effectiveness. Rather than focusing on conflict “style”, the CDP offers behavioral descriptions, which provide a much better working surface for development.

Using the CDP will change the way one thinks about and deals with conflict. This tool offers much more than perspective, it provides concrete suggestions to dramatically change the conflict conversation. The CDP provides reliable feedback that can be quickly grasped for immediate action along with the impetus for sustainable change that can be life and career enriching.

In addition to an individual assessment for each participant, workshop attendees will learn about conflict intensity levels, constructive and destructive conflict behaviors, overlaid by active and passive behaviors. Participants also learn about hot buttons or “triggers” for conflict for themselves. They learn pragmatic, applicable steps to de-escalate and shorten conflict situations.

Creating a Conscious Culture
Presenter: Marla Riegel

We’ve all experienced a company that’s unconscious and focused only on the single bottom line. The culture is toxic, people don’t want to work there, teams are squabbling and customers are complaining. Your culture is Conscious when your “mission has a business,” you know and live your purpose, operate from strong values, and engage your employees through their strengths and an aligned vision. You have a holistic, high performing organizations!

A simple definition: culture is how people act and make decisions when nobody is looking!

Discover 4 “R’s” to creating a Conscious Culture:

  • Refocusing on the reason your company exists.
  • Reclaiming the passion you all had when you started it.
  • Remembering the unique way you serve your customers, your employees, and your community.
  • Recognizing how your products and services make a difference.

Imagine the impact you can have on the lives of each of your employees and their families, the success of your customers, and the growth of your vendor partners!

Creating a High-Performance Organization
Presenter: Bud Bilanich

All high performing organizations have four things in common. They are clear on their purpose and direction. They have the sincere commitment and engagement of everyone involved. They skillfully execute the things that matter. They build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with important outside constituencies. In this session you’ll learn how to apply these four principles in order to create a high performing organization by using case studies from Fortune 100 companies, small businesses, and not for profit organizations. The ideas in this workshop are based on Dr. Bilanich’s book 4 Secrets of High Performing Organizations.

Crucial Accountability
Presenter: Beth Wolfson

Learn how to close your accountability gaps or help others close their gaps by addressing the issue and identifying strategies to keep the commitments. 

Crucial Conversations
Presenter: Beth Wolfson

Discover how to influence your results and relationships by holding candid yet respectful conversations in situations where there are opposing opinions, high stakes and strong emotions. 

Develop a Positive Work Culture for the iY Generation
Presenter: Lowell Wightman

Discussion about the cultural components needed to reduce the impact of enabling and entitled behavior while sharing examples of how positive mindset development increases productivity and efficiency.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Discover strategies for increasing productivity and efficiencies while reducing the impact of enabling and entitlement behavior

MAJOR TOPICS

  • Define how to overcome employee behaviors that alienate or restrict positive performance
  • Discuss strategies and methods for managing employee population known as the iY generation
  • List the characteristics needed in a business culture to promote Positivity
    Participants will be given methods to use Positivity and positive mindset development tools

Developing a Strategic Vision within Your Workplace
Presenter: Bob Heavers

  • Learn about the six strategic lenses through which most organizations are viewed.
  • Develop a Vision of the very best organization you can imagine.
  • Evaluate your ʺcurrent realityʺ against the ideal Vision to surface ʺtension for change.ʺ
  • Establish key initiatives that will move the team forward.

Developing Your EQ
Presenter: Holly Green

What is emotional intelligence, why should we constantly be developing it, and how do we do it?  We’ll explore the elements of emotional intelligence – self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills as well as how to develop in all of these areas.  You’ll conduct a self-evaluation and learn more about the power of team intelligence.  You’ll enhance your abilities to be an observing participant, setting the stage to take advantage of your brain and your abilities to develop stronger pathways to success.

Emergenetics® – Meetings of the Minds
Presenter: Evan Roth

Few assessments can combine thinking preferences with behavioral preferences while keeping it simple and understandable.  Emergenetics is one of those assessments.  Based on high reliability and validity, Emergenetics takes advantage of emerging neuroscience to provide an assessment and meeting framework that facilitates business outcomes:  better teaming, collaboration, communication, and self-understanding. The Meetings of the Minds workshop is a talent development workshop that introduces participants to the instrument after they take a confidential assessment that provides them with four thinking and three behavioral preferences.  The “workshop in a box” is one of the best laid out workshops to provide both theory, practice, and relevance all in one half day.  It is a strengths based instrument that helps participants to value their natural preferences while learning to appreciate those who differ from them.

 

The workshop has been delivered around the world in multiple languages and works effectively across cultures due to the easy to understand topics and graphics that transcend local language.

Energy Leadership™
Presenter: Evan Roth

Many leaders have realized all of the productivity gains they can achieve through effective time management. However, time is finite and we all have the same amount of it. The next wave for productivity gains is to better manage our energy. Many equate energy management with physical conditioning. While that is an important part of energy management, this presentation is focused on our brain’s ability to furnish us with increased energy. This translates to increased individual and team productivity, and enhanced morale and employee engagement.

The purpose of this workshop is to offer alternative ways to view difficult challenges and stress; to effectively lead teams and oneself through these challenges to achieve goals. Behavioral science has proven that our thoughts and self-talk have a high correlation to the outcomes we desire. They drive the energy that we expend or invest in the workplace. This energy serves and propels us and those we work with, or it inhibits goal attainment, creating dysfunction, blame, and rework. Workshop participants receive a report of their energetics levels, indicating where their choices enable or deplete their capacity to lead themselves (and therefore others) effectively.

Enabling Strategic Agility
Presenter: Holly Green

Are you swift? Can you move fast with focus & flexibility in today’s rapidly changing environment? Have you learned when and how to slow down so you can go fast? And with the almost limitless opportunities surrounding you, do you know what to focus on? It is the greatest paradox of our times. Everything in our world says run! Go fast! But have you ever considered how often you run just to have to do it over? Holly can teach you how and when to slow down so you do it right the first time, getting where you want to go first. It’s not rocket science. It’s harder! What are you waiting for?
In today’s chaotic business climate, strategic agility is your #1 competitive advantage. You will learn and practice how to:

  • Get clear on winning
  • Define, with specificity, what it looks like
  • Determine what you need to do to get there
  • Pause and focus on the right things
  • Move fast with focus and flexibility in rapidly changing markets

This is a hands on session! You will walk away with the insight and drafts you need to complete your strategic framework as well as the guidance and tools for finishing it. You will draft your destination model (your detailed version of success) and get clear on your stakeholders and your value to them.

3 hour to full day working session appropriate at the organizational and/or team levels

Fascinating Truths About Employee Loyalty
Presenter: Heather Younger

This is an interactive speech that mirrors the 7 Laws found in Heather’s best-selling book, The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty. This is meant for supervisors or above, and/or human resources professionals who serve as the coaches to many in management positions. Attendees can expect to be energized by Heather’s talk about what it takes to create truly loyal and engaged employees.

Forget IQ. It’s EQ That Matters (Emotional Intelligence Quotient)
Presenter: Tara Powers

Research shows a strong correlation between success at work and a well-developed Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is widely recognized as a key factor in professional—as well as personal—success. Emotional skills are integral to decision making, empathizing with co- workers and friends, communicating vision to staff, overcoming challenging workplace situations, and staying resilient.

Key Learning Takeaways:

  • Discover the key aspects of emotional intelligence
  • Recognize the behaviors and characteristics of emotionally intelligent people
  • Identify areas where they can apply emotional intelligence
  • Evaluate their own emotional strengths and opportunities for growth
  • Generate action steps for improving emotional and social abilities

Group Styles Inventory®
Presenter: Tricia Downing

Why do some groups perform better than others? What kinds of behaviors tend to characterize effective groups? And—perhaps most importantly—how can group members improve the way they work together to maximize the results of their efforts? The Group Styles Inventory enables you to assess the particular style or styles of your group following a simulated or real problem-solving session. Through combining results of each team members’ results, you obtain a reflection of the group’s perception of how effectively members worked together as a team.

This workshop is based on research and reporting tools by Human Synergistics

Hands-On Career Strategy Sessions
Presenter: Krystal Covington

Whiteboards and sticky notes aren’t just for project management. Work with a team to develop strategies for career progression, navigating challenging projects, and building succession plans.

  • Discover innovative ideas and strategies directly from work peers.
  • Create a plan with tangible action steps and a measurable stretch goal.
  • Develop new collaborative relationships with cross-functional teams.

Harness Accountability: Stop Being “Stuck” and Get Where You Want to Go
Presenter: Sarah Krivel

In your busy work life, juggling multiple priorities, sometimes your best-laid ideas never make it to fruition. You may have every intention of launching an industry-changing product or writing a life-changing book, yet it doesn’t happen. Follow-through on your commitments to yourself and others without working around the clock!

In this focused program, you will learn:

  • The essential elements of maintaining accountability
  • How to avoid staying “stuck,” or worse yet, sliding backwards
  • How to overcome procrastination and perfectionism to stay on track
  • How to prioritize what matters and say “no” to what doesn’t
  • A simple system to follow-through, each and every time

 

How We Connect at Work: Masculine and Feminine Strengths in How We View Relationships, Motivate Others and Make Decisions

Presenter: Caroline Turner

One of the key differences in the prototypical male and female is the feminine value of close relationships. One of the important differences in how the prototypical male and female get results is the feminine preference for collaboration over competition. Another is how the typical man and woman arrive at decisions. All of these are valuable – if we understand them.

Participants will develop appreciation of feminine as well as masculine ways of viewing workplace relationship, motivating other and making decisions. These differences in styles of working and leading work in men and women. Understanding and appreciating these differences gives participants more tools – and an appreciation of those who influence differently than they do. Appreciating the styles of others increases engagement – and therefore improves results.

Learning Outcomes:

  • An understanding of masculine vs. feminine ways of making decisions, viewing workplace relationships and motivating others.
  • A fact-based review of how leveraging the strengths of both masculine and feminine approaches can increase engagement and business results.
  • Skills to employ both feminine and masculine ways of making decisions, leveraging relationships and motivating others — for greater effectiveness.
  • Tools to appreciate both styles to create teams and organizations of inclusion.

Innovation Tournaments

Presenter: Jeannie Clinkenbeard

How to lead the energizing process that results in exceptional solutions

Today’s leaders are under pressure to both support the day to day operations AND innovate for the future. Yet we often lack a specific process to do so.  We know we need to stay competitive and valuable – yet we aren’t sure where to start. Learn a process that can jumpstart innovation AND help you and your team focus on the right ideas.

Used by Deloitte and Touche, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and DOW to generate exceptional ideas, INNOVATION TOURNAMENTS are a fun, energizing process that gives voice to the whole team.  They increase employee engagement AND result in great ideas that move the business forward.

In this exciting, hands-on session, you’ll:

  • Identify which type of innovation is the best fit for your company.
  • Participate in an energetic mini Innovation Tournament and see how to generate and evaluate the best ideas.
  • Learn how to quickly draw out and pitch your best ideas

Inspiring Your Team to Act Like Owners

Presenter: Janelle Coleman

In today’s business climate, leaders can’t afford to be coddling employees or trying to convince them to step up and do what’s best for the business. We will help you cut to the heart of employee ownership and free you up to focus on strategy and growth.
In the session, you will:

  • Explore your team (or organization’s) culture and learn how to diagnose why your employees aren’t stepping up
  • Identify if and how you undermine your team’s efforts to own it
  • Understand how to encourage employee ownership and empower your employees (even when the stakes are high)

Just Getting It Done – Driving Execution
Presenter: Holly Green

Are you incredibly busy? Is everyone in your organization feeling the same? Forget frantic acceleration. Measuring the clock of business is about choosing when to be fast and when to be slow. Distractions have increased, access to data has exploded and the possibility of instant connection looms constantly. These forces have created a belief that speed is more important than just about anything else leading us to behaviors that revolve around Busy-ness: a self-imposed mental model underlying dysfunctional, irrational and illogical behaviors in most areas of our lives.
In this interactive, hands-on session, you’ll learn methods, tips & tools to get the right things done every day.

The session focuses on:

  • Constantly gaining self-awareness and developing an action and decision orientation
  • Creating clarity throughout the organization
    • Determining mission, guiding principles & destination points
    • Establishing and refining priorities
    • Integrating and aligning efforts
  • Staging yourself and your organization for success
    • Focusing on targets
    • Building a breakthrough model
  • Getting conscious on how you split your attention
    • Establishing priorities
    • Clarifying performance goals
    • Giving great feedback
    • Measuring progress
  • Intensifying accountability
    • Your own behaviors
    • Increasing organizational accountability
    • Constantly informing, inspiring and engaging

Key Distinctions for the Committed Leader
Presenter: Greg Aden

We all learn in different ways and lead according to beliefs we learned along the way. One irrefutable approach is to compare what is not serving you and others and a comparable to what is good for self, team and organization. Greg will walk through a group of leadership distinctions that he has been coaching with for years.

Explore the following with Greg’s unique process:

  • Process vs. Immediacy
  • Effort vs. Result (Outcome of the effort)
  • Reasonable vs. Unreasonable
  • Appease vs. Serving

Leadership – Social Media Influence on Decision Making and Time Management
Presenter: Lowell Wightman

Outline strategies, methods and tools that show how to use social media and technology in the management of your time and decision making.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • be able to identify effective social media tools while they list the strategies for communicating
  • be able to define and practice empathetic listening skills
  • be able to recall behaviors that hinder effective communication, decision making and time management.

MAJOR TOPICS

  • Empathetic Listening Skills
  • Define what is effective communication
  • List methods and strategies for effective use of social media
  • Define the popular reasons for communicating

Leading and Managing in a Virtual World
Presenter: Tara Powers

The proverbial virtual team train has left the station and there’s no going back. The use of virtual teams will continue to grow so organizations must recognize the unique challenges of virtual teams and invest in ongoing training and support to realize the benefits of virtual teams.

Tara will deliver an engaging and insightful data-driven presentation that provides an overview of virtual team success factors and key takeaways such as:

  • Identify the top 10 predictors of virtual team success and which factor your company should focus on
  • Understand and learn strategies to address the unique issues facing virtual teams:
    • How to instill a sense of team, rapport and corporate culture
    • How to implement training across oceans, cultures and languages
    • How to prepare managers to lead a team they’ve never met face-to-face
    • How to create continuous feedback tools to ensure all team members are accountable, responsive and actively working to support the team and its goals
  • Learn the warning signs that signals your organization is not ready for virtual teams
  • Identify the qualities to look for in a virtual team member and 5 key traits of a great virtual team leader

Mentoring Matters: Make it Work
Presenter: Lori Bachman

Have you ever had that funny knot in your tummy when your boss asked you to mentor someone at work? Did you want to hide in the nearest restroom?

Business culture requires that we mentor others but mentoring need not be scary, awkward or a ‘check the box’ chore. Lori Bachman’s unique workshop provides a way to make game-changing mentoring possible for you and your team. Inspired from her book, MentorShift – Four Steps to Improve Leadership Development, Engagement and Knowledge Transfer,  Lori crafts a dynamic path to effective mentoring – one that creates bottom line results for your company and a strategic win for you.

Millennials – Why They are Your Best Friend, Not the Lazy, Entitled Enemy
Presenter: Karen Brown

Millennials are the future workforce, taking hold in today’s business-world. We are all touched by them and tend to categorize as lazy and entitled. This program takes a deeper look at this highly maligned group, providing factual data and how to utilize them for maximum value in an organization, regardless of size. Millennials are your new best friend.

Value to Audience

  • Learn how millennials really work and what drives them (and stops them)
  • How to harness and leverage this incredible group for maximum, mutual benefit
  • The vast benefits of and how shift your mindset and leadership of millennials

Put a Fork In It: Employee Engagement is Dead.
It’s Time to Focus on Employee Passion

Presenter: Tara Powers

What is the difference between an engaged employee and a passionate one?

Engaged employees are switched on: conscientious about their work, do everything that is expected of them and comply with policies and procedures to the letter. Then there are passionate employees. These people don’t just stick to the rulebook – they do whatever it takes to delight customers. These emotionally committed employees are passionate about their work, and the organization they work for. Employee engagement is just the starting point. Passionate employees take your organization to the next level.

Key Learning Takeaways:

  • Discover how well your organization is doing at creating a passionate team
  • Learn about The Passion Index and the five employee needs that ignite passion. Assess how well the organization satisfies these needs.
  • Identify the eight Values that Build Trust and how important they are to employees personally

Resilience Rx: Boldly Push Beyond Challenges & Thrive
Presenter: Nancy Sharp

What’s the cost to you and your business of diminished resilience? Imagine fostering bold and empowered teams who tackle challenges small and large. No matter where your people stand on the spectrum of resilience, they will leave this program with the awareness, confidence, and concrete tools to move past obstacles in business and life. Simply put, they will gain the clarity to embrace change by acting with resilience and boldness.

Participants discover:

  • What it means to be resilient
  • The Resilience Framework™
  • How to ask and answer the three driving questions needed to summon resilience from “The Framework”
  • The ability to use resilient language to break through barriers
  • How to apply the four foundational pillars of resilience from “The Framework”: self-awareness, empathy, reasoned decision-making, and the willingness to grow and change
  • Specific steps to put into action to rise above challenges

SHIFT HAPPENS! Leading Compassionately Through Times of Turbulent Change
Presenter: Meredith Masse

An organization’s sustainability is rooted in its capacity to transform. Do your organization leaders pay attention only to the process and systems side of change? Do individuals in your organization simply react to change or proactively plow paths through times of transition to promote a fruitful competitive edge? In this engaging session, we’ll tackle understanding the people side of change! Change will continue to the be new normal and the rate of change will only continue to speed up as technological and other advances influence the world around us. As employee experience leaders who are perfectly poised to plant and water the seeds of the people side of change, participants learn how to influence change, and the people involved, more effectively and to minimize the collateral damage inevitable with any new internal initiative.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the difference between change and transition and how to drive and influence both for positive fruitful results.
  • Understand the neuroscience of change in order to guide and lead people successfully through change process.
  • Take away the essential elements in a successful change management strategy that you can apply immediately to improve internal results.
  • Learn the most common barriers to accepting change to support leaders, managers and employees embrace change positively to produce better business outcomes.

Spiral Product Innovation Workshop
Presenter: Amy Simpkins

When you are in the middle of product development, it can be hard to see the forest for the trees. I will act as facilitator to draw out and integrate your team’s ideas so that you can start moving forward with confidence. I bring over 14 years of experience in the design and development of complex systems and 5 years experience as an entrepreneur to the table. Nothing brings me more joy than to see all the pieces click into place and the light bulbs come on. (I will be happy to sign an NDA/non-compete.)

This program is perfect for:

  • Project Teams
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Small business

The audience will leave with:

  • A sustainable roadmap for the development of your product, with opportunities to drive revenue along the way
  • An immediate plan of action to build and test the first iteration of your product
  • The foundation of your core messaging around the problem, the solution, and the value of your product

Format: 1-2 day live workshop

Story Telling is What Brings Authenticity to Leadership
Presenter: Kathy Lawless

Sharing stories, real, meaningful, and impactful stories, builds trust, confidence and connections. Most people are more open to hearing stories that are relevant to what they are going through then listening to advice about what they should do. Hearing someone else’s real life experience (aka story) about what worked or didn’t work is far more useful then hearing what someone else thinks you should do. Someone who may never have gone through what you’re going through or even tried their own advice.

Learn how powerful and inspiring your stories can be. When they are most impactful and which ones seem to connect the most (you might be surprised!).

This session is based on Kathy’s experience over two decades as a leader in corporate, non-profit and consulting roles. She shares stories that impacted her career, decision making and various ah ha moments, while infusing learnings from Dr. Brene Brown, research professor, author and speaker on vulnerability, and Patrick Lencioni, author and speaker on overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

Valuable Take Aways:

  • Why story telling makes you more authentic as a leader
  • How and when to tell your stories
  • Which stories are most impactful
  • Techniques for using story telling to build trust within your teams and relationships

Talking with Type
Presenter: Chris Castillo

Using Myers-Briggs Personality Type as a framework, we’ll discuss the differences between those with a preference for introversion and extraversion. All offices are made up of a mix of both, so in this 90-minute collaborative workshop, we’ll be focusing the key differences in type and how they can better work together to foster an environment of communication.

The 3Cs of Leadership
Presenter: Victoria Gaulrapp

Leadership has a variety of meanings depending who you ask. Regardless of the lens through which you choose to view it, leadership must encompass three things – connection, communication and compassion. This seminar takes an in-depth look at these core components of leadership and asks – How are you connecting to your teams, or are you connecting at all? What is your communication style and does it resonate with those around you? How do you define compassion in the workplace in order to have an engaged, productive team and work environment?

We will work these questions to ensure you can confidently establish those connections, communicate impactfully with associates and customers, and be a compassionate leader worth following.

The ART of Advanced Facilitation – Creating Collaborative Meetings that ROCK
Presenter: Hilary Blair

No one wants to be talked to and everyone wants to be heard. Dynamic meetings are essential, and that means participants share and really hear each other. Sound too good to be true? It is possible.

In this interactive program, you will learn and practice the techniques of the master facilitator so you can become comfortable running everything from small standup to large sessions. The ARTiculate approach will empower you to be the facilitator whose teams are eager to have you at the helm, because you’re clear, efficient, compelling, and get results.

The Call of the Wild: Awakening Your Pack Leader DNA
Presenter: Lori Hanson

What does it take to be comfortable in your own skin and be a successful female leader? Examples are plentiful of what not to do, being overly competitive, wearing your insecurities on your sleeve and being too emotional. This inspirational and fun keynote explores what it takes to be a successful alpha female and lead your pack with confidence and courage.

Your audience will learn:

  • Myths about strong female leaders
  • Why taking cues from nature breads authentic leadership
  • 3 Tools for dealing with Bitches in Business

The Evolution of the Workplace: Creating a Culture of Meaning & Purpose
Presenter: Renelle Darr

Renelle will bring you up to speed on human development paradigms, conscious leadership, and “Teal” (next-generation) organizational models. you’ll gain ideas on how to help your people bring their whole selves to work and as a result, improve your organization’s performance.

The Guiding Write – How to Direct and Navigate Your Readers Every Time
Presenter: Dee Dukehart

Writing is still an art. With the invasion of e-mails, Twitter and text messages, writing complete, comprehensive, concrete and clear sentences make your points stand out above your competition.

Dee highlights back-to-basics tools on writing sentences that both your internal and external readers understand and gain from your information. Good grammar, punctuation and syntax are your guides to getting your readers to appreciate your information in both business and technical writing. Save time, save money and boost your bottom line with well-written and well-received written documents from e-mails to proposals, from memos to newsletters, or from instructional documents to cover letters: good writing is your readers’ and your best friend.

The Innovation Advantage: The Ultimate Key to Meaningful Business Growth
Presenter: Amy Simpkins

Innovation is for tech geeks, for venture-backed startups with millions of dollars at their disposal, and for a select few gifted visionaries, right? Wrong. If you are solving problems for people, you are an innovator, no matter your job title or industry. If you can embrace that title, you can access a whole innovation skill set already latent within you in order to more deeply serve your clients, differentiate yourself, make a stronger pitch, drive more business, make sure you are nourished as a person or team, and yes, change the world.

This program is perfect for:

  • Executive leadership
  • Product teams
  • Microbusinesses and solopreneurs

The audience will leave with:

  • An innovator’s mindset, enabling them to approach work with curiosity and confidence
  • The innovation method that links the individual to the team to the technology, enabling whole-person involvement in the business building process
  • A renewed connection to clients, so they can provide truly valuable products and services
  • A sense of peace in the present moment, while still maintaining the drive to move forward.

Format: 45-60 Minute Keynote, available as a webinar

The Power of Mentoring to Create Diversity and Inclusion
Presenter: Lori Bachman

Look around your workplace. Does everyone look and act the same? Do those climbing up the corporate ladder have to “fit the mold?” 

Or… is your workplace a beautiful array of color, talent, and imaginative skill sets? 

If not, it’s time to mentor intentionally. You can be part of losing those glass ceilings and invisible barriers that still exist in many organizations. 

Diversity training is often not enough. Employees leave those sessions knowing more about diversity, but lacking tools to create a more intriguing culture. Lori Bachman uses principles from her MentorShift process to help you and your team: 

  • Mine talent you might not have been aware of before
  • Create effective one-to-one mentoring relationships with individuals you’ve never imagined
  • Talk about the “real stuff”
  • Grow diversity from within
  • Sustain that diversity through “mentoring that multiplies”

The Power of Partnerships
Presenter: Carol Alm

Are your partnerships powerful? In work, play and relationships we all have partnerships. Do you make the most of your partnerships? As a skilled executive coach, Carol Alm brings to light the work of the Gallup Organization with authors Wagner and Muller in The Power of 2. Effective partnerships are our greatest advantage; ineffective partnerships, our worst nightmare. Through the mastery of eight key factors, you can maximize your partnerships toward profitability, well being, and fun. Find out how effective your partnerships are and how you can make the most of them.

The Purpose Advantage: Inspire Lasting Results Through The Power of “Why”
Presenter: Zach Mercurio

Description: Through vivid storytelling, powerful case studies, and cutting-edge research, Zach shows how individuals, teams, and organizations in any industry can transform when purpose is discovered, clarified, and instilled.

In this compelling session, participants will learn…

1. The science of purpose and its business case
2. The key research-backed practices to build an organizational culture that cultivates mattering and significance
3. How to craft a compelling organizational purpose and infuse it in everyday work to produce results.

The Secrets to Becoming an Employer of Choice
Presenter: Holly Green

Webinar Presentation Only
Do you have challenges recruiting the best employees? Are you struggling to hold on to top talent and keep them fully engaged in your business? As the pool of available talent continues to decrease, learn what companies rated “The Best” do to attract and retain high performers.

In this session you’ll learn more about finding, managing, rewarding & engaging employees to become a ‘Best Place to Work’ organization.

  • You will explore the employee lifecycle (recruiting, retaining, rewarding and engaging employees) and key actions you can take at each stage to be even more successful
  • You will receive tools, tips and guidance on managing and leading including the criteria used for the annual Best Places to Work survey
  • You will develop an action plan for yourself and your organization to become even better at what you do and how you do it

Time Management: How Preferences Affect the Way You Work
Presenter: Sandra Ford Walston

In this program participants will gain awareness and skills about their innate approach to one of the two time management preferences. These skills include how their approach to time management and the lens they use affects the way they do their work, how they connect with peers and clients, and how this knowledge improves productivity and diminishes frustrations. In this fun and interactive program, these discerning skill sets can be applied the next day (this is not a Franklin Covey class)

Learning Objectives:

  • What’s the significance to identify the two distinct time management preferences that are worlds apart in their approaches?
  • How do specific workplace time management scenarios affect morale, team effectiveness and efficiency?

Tongue Fu® — Get Along Better with Just About Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere
Presenter: Lori Bachman

If you’ve ever been tongue-tied — or given a tongue-lashing (and regretted it), Tongue Fu® offers constructive alternatives that turn hostility into harmony and help you avoid a mental breakdown in the face of aggression.

With straightforward strategies and proven techniques, Lori Bachman teaches the Tongue Fu® tools that examine almost every kind of verbal conflict — from fights with your co-worker, complaints from a customer, bullying by your boss (or a stalemate with your kids!) — and shows how to use martial arts for the mind and mouth to deflect attacks, disarm disputes, and defuse any explosive situation.

With Tongue Fu® you will learn:

  • words to use (and words to lose) in tense situations
  • the power of the phrase, “You’re right”
  • what to do when people push your “hot buttons”
  • how to handle a verbal bully who enjoys blaming and shaming
  • how to use silence to your advantage

Lori offers either a one-hour presentation format or a two-hour interactive workshop.

Trust Wanted: Five Essential Behaviors for Building a Cohesive Team
Presenter: Tara Powers

Building an effective team is difficult. Team members must be willing to being honest with one another, open to constructive debate, supportive of decisions, and persistently hold one another accountable for results. A productive, high-functioning team makes better decisions, taps into the skills of all members, avoids wasting time and energy on destructive conflict, wrong issues and revisiting the same topics because of a lack of buy-in and creates a competitive advantage.

Key Learning Takeaways:

  • Understand the key components that build a cohesive team including trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results.
  • Assess the team’s performance
  • Identify strategies to improve the team’s overall success.

Using Your Brain to Get Great at Feedback
Presenter: Holly Green

Webinar Presentation Only

Feedback is the breakfast of champions and you are giving feedback each and every day in a multitude of ways. Are you communicating the messages you want to communicate or hoping people will figure it out on their own? What is effective feedback? When do you give it? Should you always combine constructive with positive? What are the most common pitfalls and how do you steer clear? How do we initiate a feedback conversation? What games get played in feedback conversations and how do I avoid them? How do we do it well?

This session explores these ongoing management challenges and offers tools, tips and guidelines to get great at feedback.

Feedback is the breakfast of champions and you are giving feedback each and every day in a multitude of ways. Are you communicating the messages you want to communicate or hoping people will figure it out on their own? What is effective feedback? When do you give it? Should you always combine constructive with positive? What are the most common pitfalls and how do you steer clear? How do we initiate a feedback conversation? What games get played in feedback conversations and how do I avoid them? How do we do it well?

This session explores these ongoing challenges and offers tools, tips and guidelines to get great at feedback.

Designed for both managers and individual contributors, you’ll learn:

  • The basics of how and why we think and behave the way we do at work
  • Why feedback is typically awkward and how we can get great at it
  • How to define excellence with specificity
  • When and how to provide both positive and constructive feedback
  • The difference between ‘how’ and ‘what’ and why it’s critical
  • Games that get played by both givers and receivers of feedback and how to manage them effectively
  • For managers, when to direct, delegate and develop

Victors without Victims: Managing Conflict for a Productive Outcome
Presenter: Audrey Nelson

Conflict is inevitable. Anger, blame, grudges are not. Conflict is normal and occurs in every arena of life. We can’t avoid conflict, but the way we deal with it will determine whether it is a destructive or constructive force. Guidelines and techniques for opening the lines of communication, boosting morale and fostering teamwork in conflict situations will be offered.

  1. Understand the strategic importance of building coalitions and maintaining r-e-s-p-e-c-t in a conflict.
  2. Increase awareness of how our attitude toward conflict impacts how we do conflict.
  3. Identify ways to approach a relationship problem and the targets for change.
  4. Suggest behavioral modification principles that can be employed with difficult people.
  5. How women’s conflict mantra, “Harmony is normal and conflict is abnormal,” impacts conflict outcomes.
  6. How men’s conflict mantra, “Winning at any costs is the name of the game,” impacts conflict outcomes.
  7. Identify communication strategies to manage conflict: I versus You, anticipation, self-interest, meta-talk,      limit setting and the importance of consequences.
  8. Analyze the appropriate use of five conflict styles: competition, compromise, collaboration,                            accommodation and avoidance.
  9. Suggest the power of a positive “no” with the yes-no-yes strategy to maintain  relationships in a conflict.
  10. Identify critical ground rules for managing a conflict.

Why Do They Do That: Understanding Human Behavior
Presenter: Victoria Gaulrapp

In order for businesses to thrive in today’s economy, they have to be productive, efficient, and employ the best people to get the job done. While having best-in-class products, technology and services are key components to making this happen, how we communicate with our internal and external teams as well as our customers and clients is crucial to drive business forward.

In Why Do They Do That: Understanding Human Behavior Using DISC we will take a deep dive into the DISC model of behavior to understand what it really is, what each style means and what each style is perceived to be. We will review strategies you can implement when working with others to ensure effective communication occurs, preventing conflict and promoting greater productivity. Understanding this model will also provide greater insight into how we currently behave, and how to carry those behaviors over into our everyday work lives or adjust them to guarantee we are presenting our best at all times.

After our time together you will be able to understand your DISC style and recognize the different styles in others, develop a keen awareness of individual strengths and development opportunities, and communicate effectively with others to foster productivity and reduce tension.

Winning the Talent War – Acquisition, Engagement, Retention, Management, Succession
Presenter: Karen Brown

Fact: The #1 issue plaguing 6 out of 10 companies today is talent. Finding, hiring, engaging, retaining, managing and setting up succession are all on the menu of business needs today. With unemployment at an all-time low, this is no longer a talent contest, it’s a talent war.

Value to Audience

  • What are and how to use the new fundamentals in talent acquisition, and engagement
  • Applying new skills for talent retention and management
  • The keys to successful succession

Women Leading Women: Leveraging the Feminine Strengths of Collaboration and Connection
Presenter: Caroline Turner

One of the key differences in the prototypical male and female is the feminine value of connection. One of the important differences in how the prototypical male and female get results is the feminine preference for collaboration over giving orders. In this workshop, we explore these and other differences in the masculine and feminine styles of working and leading.

Gender diversity in business leadership is still a dream. Why, then, are women sometimes the worst obstacles that women face? Why do women sabotage each other rather than supporting one another? This workshop is an honest and realistic look at how some women sometimes fall short in connecting and collaborating with other women—and how they must appreciate and encourage one another if our workplaces are to achieve gender diversity. In this session, particularly designed for women, participants will review the wonderful things that women offer each other—closeness, support and collaboration. And they will look at the “dark side”—lack of support, cattiness and even sabotage. The workshop sheds light on what underlies the dark side and promotes a commitment to moving from sabotage to strengthening connection and collaboration among women

Learning Outcomes:

  • An understanding of differences in how men and women tend to make decisions, motivate others, and view relationships at work.
  • Clarity on ways women do and don’t support one another – and why.
  • An appreciation for the importance of women supporting other women.
  • Ideas and tools for supporting the success of other women.

Writing Effective E-mails
Presenter: Dee Dukehart

How many e-mails did you receive today? How many did you have an opportunity to read and respond to? Did you understand what your writers were saying or asking? Did your readers understand your e-mail?

E-mail is a major way we communicate. Dee gives you tools and tips on the importance of your subject line and how often to change it.  She’ll cite the importance of when to send and when not to send an e-mail. (Telephones work too.)  She’ll also impress upon you the importance of good grammar, punctuation and syntax.

E-mails can be overwhelming; gain insight to Dee’s Six Flow tools to manage your inbox. This fast-paced and information-driven workshop is full of tools and techniques you can implement immediately for better and more comprehensive e-mails, no matter who reads them.

When you write clearly, conversationally and concretely your readers gain the information you want them to and they are able to respond in kind. This valuable tool is a win/win. Write for the reader: give them what they need in a comprehensive and professional style.