Leading People

Being A Successful Supervisor

A supervisor is a critical player in an organization's success. Here is where the most valuable resources, particularly the workforce, are either maximized or wasted. This course details the most important elements of successful supervision, with attention to both people and organizational skills. There are tools and techniques for making the most of the talents of the work group, personal skill assessments, and methods for organizing and managing the workflow.

Change Management

Effective leaders know how to develop change-friendly companies. It’s the only way to survive.

Communicating Cross Culturally

Because most companies employ people from a variety of different cultures, miscommunication and miscues can occur at an alarming rate. These miscues and poor communication negatively impact performance, relationships and teamwork. This course helps you understand the communication styles of co-workers and offers information vital to successful cross-cultural workplace communication.

Communicating Persuasively

This course presents techniques in the art of persuading others. It shows you how to use the 3 x 3 Writing Plan to organize and compose messages. It also presents a toolbox of new techniques for writing persuasive internal messages, sales messages, news releases, claims and adjustments, and action requests.

Communicating Proactively

This course presents three proactive communication models and provides multiple examples that will help you identify the components of each. The three models—the explanation model, agreement model and closure model—will teach you how to become a stronger, more positive communicator.

Communicating Reactively

This course discusses techniques to use when communicating with someone who questions what you are saying, or doubts that the information you are providing is correct. Our instinctive reaction is to become defensive in this type of situation—preventing any hope of a positive outcome. This course explains why people question or doubt. You will learn to use non-confrontational methods to clarify information and participate in constructive, positive communication.

Conflict Management

Conflict is an inevitable part of any organization. Traditionally, managers view conflict negatively, but recent research has shown that conflict can have positive effects on an organization if managed effectively. This course will help you understand the difference between functional and dysfunctional conflict. It will provide a useful model of conflict development to diagnose and treat conflicts in the workplace. Common causes of conflict are discussed and strategies for resolving conflict are presented. You will also learn how to use functional conflict to increase innovation, change, and creativity in your organization.

Delegating I

When delegating is successful, everyone wins: you have more time to dedicate to what you need to be doing, and your employees develop new skills as well as self-confidence and a heightened sense of responsibility to the company. In this module, you will learn about the components of delegating, and ways of delegating successfully.

Delegating II

It has been said that the achievements of an organization are the results of the combined efforts of each individual. If you as a manager have been able to delegate tasks effectively, the results will likely be the successful completion of many projects. As a result, the achievements of the organization will be greater. In Delegating I, we looked at the fundamentals of delegating. In this module, we will give you strategies to delegate effectively, and explore ways to handle delegated tasks that get stalled or that are successfully completed.

Delegation

Effective delegation is a strategic tool that leaders use to save time, enhance the morale of workers, and develop junior employees by placing authority in their hands. In this course, you will explore the delegation process, learn to overcome barriers to delegation and give effective feedback. You will learn to apply this powerful tool for the benefit of your organization.

Delivering Effective Feedback

Do you wonder how you can provide effective feedback to someone? Do you hope that it's not taken the wrong way or misunderstood? Learn how to provide feedback that serves as a tool to enhance performance and morale.

Developing A Strong Leadership Team

This course delivers the key elements of how to create a leadership team that is a model for the rest of the organization. The Strategies and Tips are practical tools and methods to create and maintain a shared vision, define roles and responsibilities, and determine mutual goals and priorities. Key Points also include techniques for avoiding power struggles and resolving issues to keep leaders focused and aligned.

Developing Diverse Teams

Simply putting a group of people together to accomplish a collective task does not make a team. This course will help you understand the impact of cultural factors when you attempt to build harmonious and productive work units. You will learn to build a team that encourages mutual accountability, trust, problem solving, conflict management, and an appreciation for the unique contributions by all. You will also learn to foster enthusiasm about the collective purpose of the team and each person's role in accomplishing that purpose.

Effective Leadership

In today's workplace, it's not enough just to manage. Organizations are looking for leaders. Becoming an effective leader takes insight into the things that motivate employees to give their best. It also takes skill in handling the challenges of interpersonal conflict and negativity. It takes coaching skills too. An effective leader knows how to mentor employees as they take on new projects and strive to grow professionally. In this module you'll have an opportunity to explore these essential leadership skills.

Effective Staff Meetings

In the corporate world, it's estimated most individuals spend at least five to six hours a week in meetings. Calculate those hours in dollars and you can see that meetings are a significant investment. To make the most of our time, we all want the meetings we attend to be productive. In this module, you will explore why meetings are often not as productive as they could or should be, and you will learn some techniques for improving them. If you can incorporate these suggestions into your meetings, it will help your staff stay focused and ensure that they feel appreciated and energized.

Employee Motivation

The difference between a business just surviving and a thriving one is the energy and commitment of its people. A motivated and dedicated workforce is the formula for long term success. This course gives practical suggestions for identifying group and individual motivating factors and mobilizing them to energize employees. There are tools, techniques, and methods for revitalizing the workplace and encouraging initiative in each person in order to move everyone forward.

Individual Leadership Power

This course is designed to help you unleash your leadership potential. You will learn how to take a stand, achieve a goal, and motivate others. The course explains how most leaders are made rather than born and teaches you to develop your personal leadership power (PLP). This includes using the five principles to increase and effectively use PLP.

Meeting Effectiveness

Employees at all levels are involved in group decisions and problem solving more than ever before. This course teaches the skills needed to lead and participate in meetings effectively and efficiently. Companies that fail to train employees in these skills can find meetings frustrating and time consuming.

Negotiating Skills For The Professional

An effective sales professional knows how to meet customer needs while assuring reasonable terms and profit for his or her own company. This course has techniques for identifying customer expectations and determining how to meet them in a way that both parties are satisfied by the results. There are checklists and discussion guidelines to help a sales professional master this essential communication skill.

Running Effective Meetings

Meetings, meetings, meetings. You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. Make sure that the meetings you lead are organized, focused, and productive.

Running Effective Teams

Teams can provide wonderful opportunities for collaboration and innovation. But sometimes, as a leader of a team, you encounter frustrations and roadblocks and just want to pull your hair out! Overcome the hurdles that get in the way of your team reaching its goals by leading your team to success with these strategies.

Team Problem Solving

Problem-solving as a team can lead to exceptional results - or it can be a disaster! As a team leader, you have the responsibility to make sure your team finds the best solution. Learn the strategies and tips that will get you there.

Using Leadership Basics

Using Leadership Basics provides the fundamental skills for leading a group: defining the task, establishing a vision, gaining commitment, and building relationships. It tells you how and when to use various leadership styles and gives smart techniques to help leaders direct the efforts of others. The Strategies and Tips in this module teach you how to foster innovation, provide appropriate direction, and develop and maintain positive relationships.

Valuing Diversity

This course provides an excellent base for the manager to learn about his or her own beliefs and to see the potential of a diverse workplace. There are tools and techniques to help a supervisor learn to recognize the positive contributions all employees make in achieving the goals of the organization. There are suggestions for modeling and promoting organizational values and methods to gain involvement from diverse populations. The course also provides guidance on developing important organizational processes that support diversity, and methods for soliciting participation from non-traditional contributors.

Working Well with Others

This module looks at workplace relationships from the employee's perspective. We'll examine how to understand a manager's style in order to build and maintain a positive relationship with this individual. We'll also look the relationships between co-workers. Recognizing our differences as well as our strengths can go a long way to building an effective team and a sense of shared achievement.