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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT



Leaders have a tremendous impact on your organization, for better or worse.

Effectively equipped, they engage employees and set the stage for greater morale, collaboration, creativity, and productivity. In fact, decades of research show that skilled management is essential to the overall health and vitality of an organization.

Unfortunately, the opposite is also true — untrained managers can do damage. In a phenomenon known as the Peter Principle, “people get promoted until they reach their level of incompetence.” Typically, these managers have their hearts in the right place but simply lack basic leadership skills, and as a result, your people aren't motivated to truly succeed and your organization fails to thrive.  

So, how to avoid this Peter Principle?  

An intentional process of management development is crucial if managers, both new and seasoned, are to have the ability to sustain morale, engage employees and increase productivity. We offer a highly practical and engaging approach to bringing out the awesome in managers through our many leadership training workshops (listed below).
 

We are happy to tailor our workshops to fit your needs, budget and time frame. We can offer the entire range of workshops to manager groups over several months or deliver them a la carte in a combination and quantity that best suits your needs.  

 

 

 

Workshop 1

THE LEADERSHIP MINDSET


This workshop is the foundation upon which everything else is built. In it we explore the manager’s role in cultivating trust and respect, empowering employees and creating a healthy workplace. We also introduce and begin learning to practice the Top 15 Management Skills, both individually and collaboratively as a leadership team. And finally, we begin the journey of developing and practicing a set of specific adaptive skills, such as the ability to receive feedback non-defensively, listen so others feel heard, cope with negativity and stress and many more.

Topics and Skill-Building: 

  • The Top 15 Management Skills
  • Create a positive and professional workplace environment (Part I)
  • Understand the importance of employee morale (and why it isn't "touchy-feely") and how to get more of it
  • Learn crucial adaptive skills (a.k.a. relationship skills) for managers
  • Discuss and practice the art of personal growth
  • Learn to proactively connect with and engage employees
  • Action planning for success

 

 

 

Workshop 2

THE LEADERSHIP TOOL BELT

 

Here we explore essential tools that are helpful to both new and experienced managers. From giving and receiving feedback to dealing with destructive gossip and negativity, this workshop provides leaders with the skills necessary for increased employee buy-in and morale.

Topics and Skill-Building: 

  • Create a positive and professional workplace environment (Part II)
  • Provide feedback (without sounding like a jerk)
  • Receive feedback (without being defensive)
  • Combat gossip and negativity among employees
  • The 6 decision-making styles that increase employee buy-in and ownership
  • Action planning for success

 

 

 

Workshop 3

BEHAVIOR STYLES:
MANAGING OTHERS WITH TRUST & RESPECT

 

This fun, interactive workshop explores the four spectrums of human behavior and reveals how administrators, supervisors and managers can use the Behavior Styles Theory to increase trust, respect and morale in the workplace...as well as improve their own effectiveness as leaders.

Topics and Skill-Building: 

  • Discover and gain appreciation for your own behavior style (i.e. why you're so awesome)
  • Understand your impact on others as a manager and/or co-worker (i.e. when others don't recognize our awesomeness)
  • Learn the importance of adjusting your style to better meet the needs of others
  • Identifying different behavior styles among employees
  • Recognize signs of stress and burnout by noticing an individual's behavior style cues
  • Use Behavior Styles theory to enhance meetings, decision-making and communication
  • Action planning for success

 

 

 

Workshop 4

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT:
GETTING MORE OF WHAT YOU WANT
& LESS OF WHAT YOU DON'T

 

Managers provide feedback in hopes of getting employees to do more of what's working and less of what's not. But let's be honest: that doesn't always happen. And let's be even more honest: it's not always the employee's fault that it doesn't happen. Efforts to provide feedback, even if well-intentioned, can easily backfire and cause hurt, confusion and apathy among employees. This workshop equips managers with techniques that maximize the effectiveness of workplace feedback and coaching.

Topics and Skill-Building: 

  • Why we bother: the manager's role as mentor and coach
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Tools for mentoring and setting goals with employees
  • "What are you going to do about it?" Six strategies for dealing with employee issues
  • Performance management: correcting and coaching toward success
  • The power of appreciation, recognition and reward
  • Action planning for success

 

 

 

Workshop 5

THIRD PARTY CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS

 

If leadership means bringing people together to work toward a common goal, then the ability to effectively manage and resolve conflict is crucial for success. People naturally show up in the workplace with different ideas, perspectives and goals.  A successful leader needs a solid set of skills to keep those differences from distracting from the goal. This seminar introduces the basic concepts relating to conflict management and resolution.

Topics and Skill-Building: 

  • Understand the dynamics of conflict
  • Learn and practice guiding conflict from destructive to constructive
  • Effectively deal with personality types that can provoke conflict
  • Develop third party resolution skills
  • Action planning for success

 

 

 

Workshop 6

COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION

 

Sometimes it’s the small missteps as managers that create the biggest problems. The simple mistake of not communicating a piece of information effectively can lead to breakdowns in morale, role clarity, effectiveness and cohesion. Here we focus on the how’s, the what’s and the when’s of information distribution.

Topics and Skill-Building:    

  • How to use proactive communication versus reactive conflict resolution (i.e. how to prevent problems from becoming problems)
  • Create effective and enjoyable staff meetings that really work
  • "How come nobody told me?" – Communicating information to the right people, in the right way
  • Develop tools in how (and how not) to use e-mail
  • Practice organizational empathy – the ability to predict the results and reactions of information distribution strategies
  • Action planning for success

 

 

 

Workshop 7

INTERDEPARTMENTAL COLLABORATION:
BREAKING DOWN THE SILOS

 

Organizational success and positive workplace culture depend on the ability of managers and departments to collaborate, communicate and have each other’s backs. This workshop leads participants through the development of action plans to improve cooperation between managers and departments, as well as discover ways to ensure that our employees work collaboratively with other departments within the organization. 

Topics and Skill-Building:    

  • How to go from coworkers to collaborators
  • Having each others’ backs:  interdepartmental teamwork and conflict resolution
  • Learn change-management skills such as sponsorship, proactive communication and more
  • Action planning for success

 

 

 

Workshop 8

PHASE 2 LEADERSHIP TRAINING

For clients who have completed our series of workshops, this customized and highly interactive seminar assesses your progress in learning and applying the skills and behaviors that were taught. We focus on sustainability, resistance and buy-in, then spend time revisiting previously learned skills and troubleshooting current roadblocks, choosing areas of growth and improvement that are most applicable to the client.

Topics and Skill-Building: 

  • Check-in and assess current management skills/practices
  • Construct strategies for sustainability, buy-in and commitment
  • Revisit previous training topics and troubleshoot current problems
  • Learn important principles for change management, sponsorship and proactive communication
  • Action planning for success

 

 

 
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