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Authentic Leadership Level 1: Leadership in Action

by Kari Knutson, MA

This introductory class analyzes what we think we know about leadership, challenges our assumptions, and takes our knowledge of what leadership is to a new level. This presentation covers the various theories people have used over the years to explain leadership as well as numerous definitions of leadership. Participants use these theories, definitions, and ideas to assess what leadership really means to them and to craft their own personal definition of leadership.

Participants also learn more about positional and personal leadership and the Six Styles of Leadership by Daniel Goleman to analyze how utilizing this model can positively impact their outcomes as a leader. In addition, participants learn how management differs from leadership and the most important distinctions to consider in order for them to be effective in either role.

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Authentic Leadership Level 2: Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

by Kari Knutson, MA

Building on the foundational learning gathered from level 1, participants will dive deeper into developing effective leadership skills and learn how to apply their new knowledge to everyday workplace situations.

Participants will focus on identifying their own leadership style as well as analyzing its effectiveness and possible drawbacks. We will also discuss how to build personal leadership skills by using emotional intelligence (EQ) to help people improve communication, enhance problem solving skills, effectively lead teams and complete projects, as well as improve engagement of employees.

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Building Accountability

by David D. Knapp, PhD

Personal accountability – from the CEO down to frontline employees – is a must for any organization to be successful. However, it remains an elusive characteristic for most individuals and organizations, given the ever-increasing pressure to succeed with fewer resources. Consequently, stress, burnout, lack of commitment, and turnover increase – while individual and organizational productivity decrease.

To help address this accountability challenge, this highly interactive course is designed to give individuals at all levels the skills, tools, and strategies they need to strengthen their commitment to accountability.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental components of – and barriers to – personal accountability
  • Understand the differences between “Responsibility,” “Self-Empowerment,” and “Accountability”
  • Recognize their own levels of personal accountability, based on the results of The Accountability Experience Self-Assessment
  • Apply the skills, tools, and strategies necessary to strengthen personal accountability in themselves and others

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Dare To Lead: Building Brave Leaders and Courageous Cultures

by Tara Powers, MS

Building Brave Leaders and Courageous Cultures is a 16-hour course (two-day workshop, four half days, or five weekly sessions) designed to help you discover the heart of daring leadership and imperative mindset shifts that are required to live into your values. Based on the research from Dr. Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead best selling leadership book, this course explores the four key skill sets of daring leadership:

  • Rumbling With Vulnerability
  • Living Into Your Values
  • Braving Trust
  • Learning to Rise

Tara is a Dare to Lead™ Certified Facilitator and this program incorporates Dr. Brené Brown’s 20 years of research and exclusive videos. Facilitated activities will encourage you to rumble with vulnerability and learn tools to combat shame and build courageous skill sets. You’ll complete a self-assessment to recognize armored vs. daring leadership traits, identify your most defining values, and learn communication tools that will help you choose courage over comfort in the most difficult situations.

Leaders who successfully complete the full 16-hour Dare to Lead program will receive a certificate of completion and are able to put a Dare to Lead Trained badge on their LinkedIn account.

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Lead Yourself First to Get What You Truly Want

by Denise Liebetrau, MBA

Think of a really great leader that you've met. Is it someone in your community, church, or at work? Often, we think of people other than ourselves as great leaders. To lead others successfully, you first need to lead yourself. And that takes focus and the ability to manage your emotions. Learn how to lead yourself first to get what you want.

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Leadership Boot Camp

by Tara Powers, MS

Short timeline. Big impact. Our Leadership Boot Camp offers a fresh approach to help new and emerging leaders learn the “brass tacks” of managing and leading fast. The 12-week program includes measurable progress data and is carefully designed to provide new leaders with tools to:

  • Build strong interpersonal relationships
  • Have effective one-on-one meetings and development conversations
  • Leverage strengths and adapt to various communication styles
  • Use delegation as an opportunity to develop, grow and mentor their team
  • Understand what a strong talent management process looks like including setting clear expectations and collaborative goals, having strong accountability, providing healthy feedback and coaching

We’ll work with you to customize a boot camp that builds your pipeline of next level leaders ready to move up in your organization.

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Leading Across Generations

by David D. Knapp, PhD

Most change-management experts agree that traditional, executive-led change initiatives are not as effective as those led and implemented by the individuals most affected by the proposed changes. To that end, this program is designed to help supervisors, managers, and directors implement workplace change more effectively. Created in a highly interactive format, the session gives participants the opportunity to learn, practice, and apply effective communication and employee-engagement techniques and strategies to generate support for – and improve implementation of – change initiatives.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the five dimensions of change, the stages of dealing with change, and how and why people struggle with change
  • Leverage their individual change-leadership strengths, while compensating for their individual change-leadership weaknesses, as identified by the Leading Change at Every Level assessment
  • Identify and engage the four key stakeholders in change initiatives
  • Anticipate and overcome the challenges of leading change in living systems
  • Apply effective communication and employee-engagement strategies and techniques to generate support for – and improve implementation of – change initiatives

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Leading Change

by David D. Knapp, PhD

Most change-management experts agree that traditional, executive-led change initiatives are not as effective as those led and implemented by the individuals most affected by the proposed changes. To that end, this program is designed to help supervisors, managers, and directors implement workplace change more effectively. Created in a highly interactive format, the session gives participants the opportunity to learn, practice, and apply effective communication and employee-engagement techniques and strategies to generate support for – and improve implementation of – change initiatives.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the five dimensions of change, the stages of dealing with change, and how and why people struggle with change
  • Leverage their individual change-leadership strengths, while compensating for their individual change-leadership weaknesses, as identified by the Leading Change at Every Level assessment
  • Identify and engage the four key stakeholders in change initiatives
  • Anticipate and overcome the challenges of leading change in living systems
  • Apply effective communication and employee-engagement strategies and techniques to generate support for – and improve implementation of – change initiatives

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Marathon Leadership®

by David D. Knapp, PhD

Modern leaders face a host of challenges: a volatile global economy, significant changes in workplace demographics, increased shareholder expectations, and an accelerated rate of technological change that is unparalleled in world history. To overcome these challenges, today’s leaders must be visionary, disciplined, hardworking, driven to succeed, and inspirational – the same traits that all great marathon runners possess.

To that end, this highly interactive and entertaining course will help participants overcome the leadership challenges they face every day by introducing them to “The 26.2 Lessons Every Leader Must Learn and Live.” Through self-analysis, case studies, and group exercises, participants will learn how to apply these lessons for becoming better leaders.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Incorporate the "26.2 Lessons Every Leader Must Learn and Live" into their daily leadership behaviors
  • Understand the key differences between effective leadership and management
  • Leverage their individual leadership strengths, while compensating for their individual leadership weaknesses, as identified by the R.A.N.™ Model of Performance Management assessment
  • Assess the performance needs of their followers by applying the R.A.N.™ Model of Performance Management
  • Address the performance needs of their followers by applying the R.A.N.™ Model of Performance Management
  • Execute an effective performance-management conversation

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Marathon Self-Leadership™

by David D. Knapp, PhD

Most organizations offer some type of training for their supervisors and managers to help them develop their leadership and management skills. But few organizations offer training sessions that teach individual contributors how to help their supervisors and managers lead them more effectively.

To that end, this half-day course is designed either as a stand-alone session or as a complementary session to our Marathon Leadership® course. Created in a highly interactive, informative, and entertaining format, this course will provide specific communication strategies and techniques to help participants partner with their supervisors and managers in the performance-management process.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand their current followership style based on the Followership Styles assessment
  • Demonstrate the critical-thinking and actively engaged behaviors of an Effective Follower
  • Assess their own performance quickly and accurately based on the R.A.N.® Model of Performance Management
  • Identify the appropriate performance-management role for their current stage of performance based on the R.A.N.™ Model of Performance Management
  • Apply effective communication strategies and techniques to help their supervisor or manager execute a successful performance-management conversation

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Power, Politics, and Partnership

by Christine Kopec, MA

If your organization is struggling with misunderstandings between departments, organizational silos, finger-pointing, apathy, or dissatisfied customers, this program is guaranteed to provide new possibilities and practical leadership solutions.

This highly-requested program teaches “systems thinking” in an engaging experiential format. The core of the on-site program is a simulation where you are assigned a role as an executive, manager, team member or customer. You then interact in a chaotic, fast-paced project environment and experience the reality of what makes productive partnerships so critical, what gets in the way of them developing, and what role(s) we play in making them happen. Throughout the interaction, you’ll learn proven strategies to increase the understanding of your organization’s culture while learning how to adjust your personal behavior for more effective and authentic relationships at work.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understanding the organizational system patterns that interfere with success
  • Using concrete strategies for working more constructively across organizational silos
  • Seeing issues systemically rather than personally
  • Understanding the multiplicity of roles each of us play and how to approach each role with more effective behavior

Format:

One-day onsite training session (Can be customized with an additional 1/2 day of content relevant to an organization’s specific issues and key learning objectives)

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Servant Leadership

by David D. Knapp, PhD

Robert K. Greenleaf introduced “Servant Leadership” in his seminal 1970 essay “The Servant as Leader.” Both a broad leadership philosophy and specific set of leadership skills and practices, servant leadership is based on a service-first – not a leader-first – mentality.

This means servant-leaders focus first and foremost on sharing power, developing people, and meeting the needs of others, rather than initially focusing on gaining power, prestige, and material wealth. It also means servant-leaders see others as partners in a transformational process that develops both leader and followers – with the ultimate goal of creating more servant-leaders, who will repeat the process.

In this highly interactive course, participants will learn how to become servant-leaders themselves – as well as how to create other servant-leaders – through self-reflection, case studies, and group exercises.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the philosophy of servant leadership
  • Recognize the key differences between servant leadership, other types of leadership philosophies, and traditional management
  • Learn the personal traits and behaviors that strengthen servant leadership
  • Implement actions that nurture the growth and development of other servant-leaders
  • Discover effective ways to motivate individuals by creating autonomy, mastery, and purpose in the workplace

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Virtual Leader Effectiveness

by Tara Powers, MS

Remote work – or virtual work – has been called the biggest driver of transformation in the workplace. If you have taken on the leadership role of a virtual team, you probably agree! How do you lead a team you’ve never met face-to-face? How do you motivate and engage people who are across the globe? Clearly, virtual team leaders need different skills than managers of teams who work in the same location.

In order to realize the many benefits of virtual teams – a nimble, highly productive work environment, great flexibility, lower operational costs, increased diversity, global reach – you need a leader who understands the challenges and solutions unique to virtual teams.

Instructor Tara Powers is the foremost thought leader on virtual team best practices and she has been training virtual teams for many years. She is the author of the book ‘Virtual Teams for Dummies’ published by Wiley in 2018.

This course is typically offered as multiple virtual sessions over several weeks in webinar format.

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