Won’t You Be My Leader?

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Abstract

    

Managers are often never properly trained for the responsibility of becoming a leader. True leadership is a never ending experience of personal and professional evolution and does not happen overnight. Even when the desire to lead and help others exists, it can take decades to develop methodology that works for you and those you lead. Employees are really counting on you to lead them not “Manage” them.


To set the stage I will share some of my experiences and insight through real-world challenges and pitfalls stemming from the shortcomings of poor leadership in my own experience as a manager. Then as a group we will share ideas around: having tough conversations with struggling team members and learn how to keep it positive, helping create the professional “rock star” by harnessing their individuality, and helping employees advance by creating a unique career plan.


Finally I will share some tools, tips, and techniques I use on a daily basis. The focus will be around helping individuals grow their career no matter where they are now. How to keep them engaged in their work, their team, and their career. 

Take Aways

  How to have difficult conversations in a positive way.

Tools and techniques to help improve employee performance and productivity.

Help everyone on your team from struggler to rock star.

Format

 Presentation

This is a standard 45 minute presentation utilizing PowerPoint slides.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Managing Struggling Employees

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Abstract

  

Have you ever wanted to manage someone out of your team, someone who did not pull their weight? So why not just fire them? There are many disadvantages to terminating someone especially if they have been on the team for some time. Whether you acquired this person or just didn’t know how to handle them there has to be a better way right?


Take Away

I will share with you my journey how I learned to work with struggling employees. Not all my stories ended in success but I learned from each one and want to share the good, the bad, and the ugly experiences. Hopefully this will help you create better teams by developing your employees to success. 

Format

 

Presentation

This is a standard 45 minute presentation utilizing PowerPoint slides.


It can be modified to a 2 hour interactive presentation.

The “I” in team: How developing individual strength, builds

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Abstract

  

Join me as I walk through my journey to becoming an effective leader of individuals and building better teams. Being a manager does not mean you can lead a team. Managers are often never properly trained for the responsibility of becoming a leader. True leadership is a never ending experience of personal and professional evolution and does not happen overnight. Even when the desire to lead and help others exists, it can take decades to develop methodology that works for you and those you lead. In this session, I share my experiences and insight through real-world challenges, pitfalls stemming from the shortcomings of poor leadership and then share the realizations, renewed perspectives and profound changes I embraced that eventually led me to improvement and success in my own experience as a manager. We will share honestly about ways to help struggling members of your team, how to have tough conversations with a positive focus, helping create the professional “rock star” by harnessing their individuality, and helping employees advance by creating a unique career plan. We will discuss the SMART method and how to customize and implement it to create solid individual goals that will complement the team. Finally, we will discuss ways individuals can truly become part of a collective, moving forward as a team and not just people who work together. In sharing my own experiences and having an honest conversation about how to re-approach who we are as leaders, you can walk away with new tools and a perspective on individual development as the essential foundation of a great team.

Take Away

The contextual walk-through of my experience as a manager will set the stage for helpful specifics including some of the tools that I employ in my own day-to-day management of teams which include resources such as template forms I use when working with employees for performance improvement, goals and expectations setting and professional development. Other technologies, online resources as well as methods and tools will be touched upon in the session. 

Format

Presentation

This is a standard 45 minute presentation utilizing PowerPoint slides.


It can be modified to a 2 hour interactive presentation.


Workshop

I am working on a half to full day workshop for this topic. If you are interested please contact me for more information.

Building Great Teams One Person at a Time!

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Abstract

  

In this presentation I walk you through my journey of how I evolved as a leader in performance management. After I briefly talk about several different leadership styles we will discuss characteristics of good leadership. Things you can add to your own leadership style.

My story will start with my categorization of employees from a performance management perspective. The journey will outline the different characters I encountered and how they all taught me to be a better leader. The journey was not always a pleasant one and I will share my errors, where I faltered, and what I learned from each type of employee.

Take Away

  

The contextual walk-through of my experience as a manager will set the stage for helpful specifics including some of the tools that I employ in my own day-to-day management of teams which include resources such as template forms I use when working with employees for performance improvement, goals and expectations setting and professional development. Other technologies, online resources as well as methods and tools will be touched upon in the session.

Format

Presentation

This is a 2 hour presentation utilizing breakout groups for discussions.


It can be modified to a 1 hour standard  presentation.


Workshop

I am working on a half to full day workshop for this topic. If you are interested please contact me for more information.

Star Wars & Leadership

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Abstract

Defining your leadership style can be a daunting exercise, and figuring out the styles of those around you is like trying traverse the pod races on Tatooine. This workshop will review the common leadership styles and apply them to the world of Star Wars. Well known characters from the movies, books, and animations will be referenced.

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – Shakespeare. 

We don’t always get a choice to become a leader and when the opportunity presents itself, leadership can be thrust upon us. The Star Wars workshop takes a light-hearted approach to understanding and identifying some of the common leadership styles. Several activities will illustrate the differing styles of leadership and how to use best practices to become the best leader possible. If you aren’t a leader, the workshop will still help you work with the leaders and managers that are guiding you and your team. 

Take Away

Small breakout groups will be used to identify leadership styles in the room and other smaller activities will be included to further expand on concepts.  

Format

Workshop

This is an interactive 2 hour workshop that can be modified for a half or full day workshop. It must be onsite or in person to be most effective.


Presentation

This can be modified for a 2 hour presentation utilizing breakout groups for discussions. This presentation works best when I am onsite with the audience.