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Leadership Training Topics

 

Stuck in the Middle – Leading From Where You Stand

Leadership is influence – not position. According to research presented in his book, 360 Degree Leadership, John Maxwell identifies that 99.8% of people will never reach the very top leadership positions in their companies. This unerlines the need to consider effective ways to lead "from the middle". This session explores the key concepts necessary to influence outcomes from your place in the middle of an organization.

Style Matters – Style Assessment as a Roadmap to Effective Leadership and Management

How many times have you said to yourself, "If I could just understand how this guy thinks"? You can! Style assessments can be used to understand how and why people think, view, prioritize, and respond. This session focuses on a simple but powerful tool to help managers not only understand the people they supervise, but also gain an understanding of how knowing your own style can help you inspire and lead others.

Defining Leadership

Dozens of researchers, consultants, practitioners, and autobiographers have written about leadership in the last 10 years. This session seeks to compare and contrast the noted authorities on this topic and develop a viewpoint of history to identify the "essence" of leadership.

Leader v. Manager – Is There A Difference?

Over the past ten years, the term "leader" has risen to prominence as the defining quality of excellence, while, in many organizations, the term "manager" has become a lesser-status role. This session defines leadership and management through the eyes of applied research into the best practices of organizational performance and gives new meaning to the leadership role managers play in building organizational excellence.

Conflict is a Good Thing?!?

Shocking, but true. Conflict is the most powerful ingredient in successful workplace performance. On an intellectual level, we can all agree about this issue, yet our actions betray us. This session defines effective, positive, productive conflict and ways to build team trust to achieve quality decision-making. The session also provides tools to measure how the actions of a leader can dampen the effectiveness of a team and how to change this performance-robbing behavior.

Personal Values, Vision, Roles and Goals – How Personal Reflection Results in Effective Leadership

One standard measure of organizational excellence is the presence of a clear mission, vision, values, roles, goals, and measures of success. These elements comprise a quality strategic plan. What is less often articulated is the need for one's own "strategic plan." For leaders to be truly effective, they must undergo the soul-searching necessary to craft a personal mission, vision, values, roles, goals, and measures of success. This session identifies the process for leaders and managers to look inside themselves and craft the language that defines their personal essence. With these tools to act as a rudder in their lives, they will be better equipped to lead others to their own personal measures of success.

Coaching Trolls and Ogres

People behaving badly. All too often the very talents that make highly technically competent people good at what they do, makes them less talented in dealing with the "soft skills" needed to meet the needs of people. This session explores key strategies needed to help these "socially challenged" or unaware people to be more comfortable and effective in their work place.

Shortening Your Work Day to Get More Done – And Other Strategies to Take Control of Life at Work

Work-life resilience is the newest key phrase to describe the delicate balance between work and rest of your life. This session explores a dozen strategies to gain a firm hold of work-life balance. Much of what this session promotes, at first blush, will seem counter-intuitive, but surprisingly, the strategies can be put to effective use to get more done, build greater self-confidence, and demonstrate to others that you truly have your act together.

Teams that Work – And Fixing Those That Don't

The nightmare scenario for a team – "We are all in this together – alone." There is magic in a truly effective working team. They laugh, they quarrel, they poke fun, and they get GOOD work done FAST. This session explores the elements of an effective work team, how to assess a team, and how to build the capacity of team to move toward excellence.

Tough Talks – Effective Communication When the Outcome REALLY Matters

For most people, it's easy to see that someone isn't doing their job correctly, but it's very difficult to tell them how to do it better. This session explores the key strategies leaders can use to address sensitive issues in the workplace. Creating a zone of safety, crafting language and phrasing, using active listening, and other elements of communication success will be explored.

The Pinnacle of Effective Leadership – Defining and Articulating Measures of Success

If you want to surprise someone when you are presented with a task, as this question: "What does success look like?" Most leaders convey requests to their people without answering this fundamental question. And, as often, managers often don't describe measures of success when they task employees with important assignments. This session explores measures of success; how to fashion them, how to articulate them to others, and how to hold people accountable for results.

Leading Yourself Well – Personal Accountability as Leadership

Don't expect accountability from others if you are not accountable for your actions and responsibilities. This sessions explores the critical elements of personal accountability in the workplace and how to convey accountability messages to others and gain effective results