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Elevate Training Solutions

Training to address your workforce needs. Elevate helps you choose the right training and instructors in three critical areas:

  • Resources for HR Leaders: Up-to-date employment practices and information for HR professionals and Owners/CEOs.  
  • Skill-Building for Team Leaders: For managers and supervisors committed to strengthening their organizational culture and productivity. 
  • Professional Growth for CEOs and Senior Leaders: Leadership development at the executive level for business owners and the leaders of their organizations. 

Contact Elevate today to discuss core skills training solutions for your workforce challenges. Training available virtually and in-person with adherence to COVID guidelines.

Some training solutions are available at no charge, while some require accessible fees to reserve instructor training time. Please click the Contact Form in each offering to discuss fees and scheduling arrangements.  

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Workforce Diversity and Inclusion  

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Generational Diversity: Benefits of an Age-Diverse Workforce

Intergenerational job candidates - including age 50+ - strengthen the workforce through diverse life experiences. In particular, the 50+ candidates - 

  • Have honed their essential people skills. 
  • Bring work ethic and reliability to the table. 
  • Onboard rapidly and make swift impact on productivity and profitability.

They also create opportunities for "reciprocal mentoring" throughout the workplace. This briefing makes the business case for "hiring up." 

Learning Objectives 

  • Change mindset and increase knowledge about the benefits of hiring experienced job candidates age 50+
  • Receive easy-to-use, practical tools for identifying and hiring those candidates
  • Link to an overlooked candidate field with superior skills and experience

Available as a 1-hr briefing/dialogue at no charge

Instructors: Age-Friendly Workplace Initiative 

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Schedule This TrainingInclusion In Action  (creating a more inclusive and diverse culture) 

Words matter. Actions matter more. And how we make people feel matters most. 

Inclusion is the "action" word in today's vital Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Inclusion is a leadership skill that we all can strengthen in ourselves and develop in others. And the good news is that we can accomplish a lot with a grass roots effort that has virtually zero financial impact on today's tight budgets. 

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

  • A four-part formula for enlisting the workforce as champions for inclusion. 
  • How trust and transparency promotes a more inclusive culture 
  • A "communication cascade" that earns buy-in and support from top leadership 

Available as a training workshop or direct consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Staff  


Skillful Talent Series: Competency-based recruitment and hiring practices  

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Skillful 101: Create Easier, More Attractive Job Postings

The most talented job candidates evaluate job postings that match their interests. This workshop gives employers strategies to attract top talent. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discover overlooked talent pools and methods of attracting them
  • Learn how to update job postings to attract the best candidates
  • Receive tips, templates and tools that improve the recruitment process

Available as 45-minute micro-session or 1.5-hr workshop that may be eligible for SHRM PDCs (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

Instructor: Contact Elevate Training Staff  

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Schedule This TrainingSkillful 102: Bias-Free Screening and Interviewing 

Are your applicant tracking systems too efficient? Stop screening out highly qualified candidates for wrong reasons. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Develop criteria for identifying the “right fit” through skills-based resumes
  • Explore the tools that will enhance your candidate assessment
  • Learn the recipe for crafting assessments tailored to each job posting

Available as 45-minute micro-session or 1.5-hr workshop that may be eligible for SHRM PDCs (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

Instructor:  Contact Elevate Training Staff  

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Schedule This TrainingSkillful 103: Selecting and Onboarding Top Talent

Employers and job seekers are seeking the same thing - the right fit. Make well-reasoned hiring decisions and acculturate new hires in a way that ensures they’ll stay with you for the long term. 

Learning Objectives 

  • How to review your scoring guidelines throughout the interview process
  • Checklist templates from HR experts providing onboarding legal and administrative details
  • Best practices from outstanding companies who do the best job of adding new team members

Available as 45-minute micro-session or 1.5-hr workshop that may be eligible for SHRM PDCs (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

Instructor: Contact Elevate Training Staff  

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Schedule This TrainingSkillful 104: How to Grow and Keep Great Employees

You’ve accomplished your hiring goals of bringing smart, engaging people onto your team. This workshop demonstrates how trust and transparency keep them on board.

Learning Objectives 

  • Safeguard your invested time and money in hiring by investing in the growth of all employees
  • Greater engagement and loyalty from purpose-driven employees who value meaningful work

Available as 45-minute micro-session or 1.5-hr workshop that may be eligible for SHRM PDCs (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

Instructor: Elevate Training Staff  


HR Operations and Business Management 

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Foundations of HR: Building Your Company's HR Department 

How to ensure that your business has all the essential elements of a robust HR program in place. 

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Available as a training workshop or direct consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

Instructors: Amanda Ericson and Jeannie Valliere, HRx Services 

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Schedule This TrainingProtect Your Business with HR Essential Documents 

The #1 reason managers should love having HR documents handy: They keep you out of trouble, minimize your risk, and can save you huge amounts of money! During this session, participants examine their own policies and procedures to see if they are protected from legal liability.

Learning Objectives 

  • Which documents are their most important reference tools.
  • The forms and documents that every employer needs to know and implement in their workplace.
  • A streamlined way to establish and maintain good recordkeeping.

Available as a training workshop or direct consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

Instructor: Tina Todd, simplyHR 

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Schedule This TrainingAn HR Seat at the Table: Strategic Overview for Today's HR Professional 

Human Resources professionals have been working to obtain a "seat at the leadership table" for years. In recent events in our country, leadership - now more than ever - is looking to the HR team to provide guidance, direction, and strategies to navigate the new workplace dynamics. This session reviews what it means to be a strategic HR business partner and provides ideas for strategies that HR professionals can use in their HR toolbox to help their organizations continue to thrive. 

Learning Objectives 

  • What it means to be a strategic HR business partner
  • Areas HR should be leveraging to successfully integrate and connect remote workers 
  • Areas in which HR can discover diversity in your workforce and determine where the equity and inclusion practice areas may need review or enhancement and how to establish process in those areas 

Available as a training workshop or direct consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

Instructor: Amanda Ericson, HRx Services 


Talent Acquisition and Planning 

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Talent Development and Performance Management Strategies 

In today's labor market, finding and retaining employees who align with your business culture has become a strategic mission for many organizations. In this session we will look at recruitment strategies, talent development, and performance management best practices as well as how to work through employee relations challenges.  

Learning Objectives 

  • Review the organization's talent acquisition model and understand how to hire people who are enthusiastically support your team 
  • Understanding performance management techniques, performance improvement plans, and when to use them, and simple investigation and documentation processes. 
  • Crafting a strategic plan for how to assess, develop, and implement a company talent development process 

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

Instructor: Amanda Ericson, HRx Services  

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Effective Recruitment Strategies 

In a competitive employment market, businesses must explore overlooked talent pools and know where to find them. 

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Available as a Training Workshop only (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

Instructor: Elevate Staff 

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Schedule This TrainingTours to Grow Your Talent Pool

Instructor: Elevate Staff       Class Time: 1.5 hours

Whether you are looking to develop a pipeline of enthusiastic employees or build exposure of your company and your products, this workshop will provide tools and strategies for developing an effective program of tours.   

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Schedule This TrainingEstablishing a Funded Internship Program 

Instructor: Elevate Staff      Class Time: 1.5 hours

This workshop will provide steps for building a practical internship program. Learn how to identify positions and mentors, pursue and secure management approval, discover and address legalities, and create a plan for finding interns. Ask questions of local business leaders about how they worked through this process to make their internship programs successful.

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Schedule This TrainingRegistered Apprenticeships 

Instructor: Elevate Staff     Class Time: 1.5 hours

This workshop will outline the nuts and bolts of establishing a Registered Apprenticeship and lay out next steps for building a program while sharing resources and connecting your business to ideas and best practices that allow you to make use of this powerful workforce tool.

 


Total Rewards (Compensation and Benefits)  

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Total Rewards 

What does Total Rewards mean in an organization? What is your philosophy as a business leader? 

This session will navigate the basic information around what is encompassed in a Total Rewards Package and identify for employers how to navigate putting incentives and employee rewards into their own company structures. 

Learning Objectives In this session, HRx experts will review and provide direction in the following areas: 

  • Compensation basics 
  • An overview of payroll practices 
  • Health and welfare benefits 
  • Retirement benefits 
  • Fringe benefits (PTO, vacation and sick time, flex time/schedule) 
  • Voluntary and ancillary benefits 
  • An understanding of the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Available as a training workshop or direct consultation

Instructor: Amanda Ericson and Jeannie Valliere, HRx Services | 

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Schedule This TrainingBenefits Administration Description pending 

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Available as a training workshop or direct consultation

Instructor: Pending 


Employee Relations and Compliance  

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New Colorado HR Laws Description pending 

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Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Pending  

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Define the Line: Harassment Training for Today's Workplace 

With an increased awareness of harassment in the workplace, businesses of all sizes should review, update, or create policies and procedures to protect their organization and employees. In this presentation, we'll discuss what employers need to do if they receive a complaint, what a harassment investigation process looks like, and how to create a culture that is harassment free.

Learning Objectives 

  • Understanding of policies and procedures to have in place
  • How to complete an investigation
  • Steps to help create a culture that is harassment free

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Nikki Larchar, Define the Line 

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Schedule This TrainingNew Requirements in Pay Equity Description pending 

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Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Pending  

  

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Schedule This TrainingFeedback That Sticks (available Fridays only) 
This experiential session gives supervisors and managers the skills to manage employee performance as an ongoing process. Participants learn the essential skills needed to set clear expectations, document key performance behaviors and results, as well as provide ongoing coaching and feedback to employees.

Learning Objectives 

  • Setting and communicating expectations from day one
  • Developing documentation based on facts and observable behaviors
  • Planning and delivering feedback and coaching employees toward success
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Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Paulette Hansen, Neenan Archistructure 


Training and Organizational Development 

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Inclusion In Action 

Words matter. Actions matter more. And how we make people feel matters most. 

Inclusion is the "action" word in today's vital Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Inclusion is a leadership skill that we all can strengthen in ourselves and develop in others. And the good news is that we can accomplish a lot with a grass roots effort that has virtually zero financial impact on today's tight budgets. 

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

  • A four-part formula for enlisting the workforce as champions for inclusion. 
  • How trust and transparency promotes a more inclusive culture 
  • A "communication cascade" that earns buy-in and support from top leadership 

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Training 

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Becoming a Highly Successful Manager – Essential Skills for Supervisors (4-part series)  

Building effective management and supervisor skills that help you and your organization succeed starts with training.  This series provides the expertise you need to develop and refine your ability to thrive in your career. 

The experiential sessions provide the tools needed to successfully interview and hire top people, manage the performance of your team, set professional boundaries, build trust, control your network of commitments, and navigate conflict.  You also receive an introduction to the critical elements of employment law all supervisors must know.  You'll benefit from practical skills that can be applied with confidence.  Give yourself and your staff the performance management advantage this series offers.

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

Performance Management - Delivering and documenting feedback to coach employees toward success based on facts and observable behaviors

The Law - Understand your legal responsibilities; gain deeper understanding of critical employment laws and smart employment practices

Trust - Identify intentional actions that build or re-build trust through competence and character

Manage Commitments - Manage your time impeccably by making and securing reliable commitments and recommitments through actionable complaints and apologies when necessary

Authentic Communication - Acquire tools for saying what’s on your mind effectively, while creating safety in critical conversations

Navigate Conflict - Identify patterns of predictable responses to conflict and gain tools to navigate toward meaningful resolution

Continuous Learning – Continue your progress with a customized learning plan to take action on your most needed skills

Interviewing - Learn behavioral-based interviewing techniques to hire staff that fit your organization’s culture


The series includes one half-day session per week presented over four weeks.

Available as a Training Workshop (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Paulette Hansen, Neenan Archistructure  


Safety and Risk Management 

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Define the Line: Harassment Training for Today's Workplace 

With an increased awareness of harassment in the workplace, businesses of all sizes should review, update, or create policies and procedures to protect their organization and employees. In this presentation, we'll discuss what employers need to do if they receive a complaint, what a harassment investigation process looks like, and how to create a culture that is harassment free.

Learning Objectives 

  • Understanding of policies and procedures to have in place
  • How to complete an investigation
  • Steps to help create a culture that is harassment free

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Nikki Larchar, Define the Line 

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Schedule This TrainingBe a Leader in Inclusion and Parental Support 

Organizations struggle with consistent, organized responses to parents needing parental leave. That mismanagement often leads to a variety of other risks to both employee and employer. The TiLT solution teaches actionable, easy-to-use tools to manage parental leave to reduce productivity disruption. And you’ll retain 70% of parents that would otherwise go on leave and not return.

Learning Objectives 

  • To effectively respond to employees who announce they’re expecting
  • The most common dos and don’ts for employers to be aware of when managing parental leaves
  • Plan for success before, during and after parental leave for employees and supervisors

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Jennifer Henderson, TiLT 

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Schedule This TrainingProtect Your Business with HR Essential Documents 

The #1 reason managers should love having HR documents handy: They keep you out of trouble, minimize your risk, and can save you huge amounts of money! During this session, participants examine their own policies and procedures to see if they are protected from legal liability.

Learning Objectives 

  • Which documents are their most important reference tools.
  • The forms and documents that every employer needs to know and implement in their workplace.
  • A streamlined way to establish and maintain good recordkeeping.

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Tina Todd, simplyHR 

 



 

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Manager and Supervisor Skill-Building  

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Avoiding the Drama Triangle: Diffuse drama in the workplace  

Drama can drain the energy of a team or organization. Learning to diffuse drama with easy practices will liberate energy and agency.  Learn a simple-but-valuable framework for human interaction under stress. Understand how you may be contributing to drama in your workplace and  actionable steps you can take to diffuse drama. You’ll practice the skills with guided coaching and will leave with takeaway tools.  Skills can be applied immediately and across professional and personal contexts. 

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

  • Familiarize yourself with the three roles that arise under stress
  • Learn shift tools to remove yourself from drama
  • Gain firsthand experience working through drama

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Nancy Kepner and Julianna Christie, Crafted Leadership

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A Collaborative Approach to Conflict:  A proven method to resolve conflict quickly and effectively while maintaining relationships 

Unresolved conflict is like a river seeking a channel to the sea. WIthout a channel to express feelings and thoughts, a backlog of withheld expressions will eventually flood or leak out indirect ways, damaging a team’s effectiveness.  Our 5-step conflict resolution process provides leaders and teams with a proven method to address conflicts quickly and effectively while preserving relationships. We'll walk you through the process and provide opportunity to practice with guided coaching. Many organizations and leaders have adopted our conflict resolution process as part of their standard operating procedure.

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

  • Learn to distinguish facts vs. stories
  • Prepare and practice a 5 step conflict resolution process with guided coaching
  • Learn to turn complaints into powerful requests

​​Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Nancy Kepner and Julianna Christie, Crafted Leadership   

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Schedule This TrainingInclusion In Action  (creating an inclusive and diverse culture) 

Words matter. Actions matter more. And how we make people feel matters most. 

Inclusion is the "action" word in today's vital Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Inclusion is a leadership skill that we all can strengthen in ourselves and develop in others. And the good news is that we can accomplish a lot with a grass roots effort that has virtually zero financial impact on today's tight budgets. 

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

  • A four-part formula for enlisting the workforce as champions for inclusion. 
  • How trust and transparency promotes a more inclusive culture 
  • A "communication cascade" that earns buy-in and support from top leadership 

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Training 

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Schedule This TrainingGiving Feedback  

Learn to deliver feedback effectively to accelerate learning while maintaining relationships. We'll walk you through a simple-but-effective process for  preparing and delivering feedback.  You’ll practice the skills with guided coaching and will leave with takeaway tools.  Skills can be applied immediately. 

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

  • Familiarize yourself with the three modes and purposes for feedback
  • Learn how to prepare the feedback before delivering
  • Gain experience preparing and delivering real feedback with guided coaching

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Nancy Kepner and Julianna Christie, Crafted Leadership 

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Schedule This TrainingReceiving Feedback  

Drama can drain the energy of a team or organization. Learning to diffuse drama with easy practices will liberate energy and agency.  Learn a simple-but-valuable framework for human interaction under stress. Understand how you may be contributing to drama in your workplace and  actionable steps you can take to diffuse drama. You’ll practice the skills with guided coaching and will leave with takeaway tools.  Skills can be applied immediately and across professional and personal contexts. 

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

  • Learn the three mindsets of receiving feedback
  • Learn a context for embracing feedback with openness and without defensiveness
  • Learn and practice steps for receiving feedback
  • Increase your capacity to absorb feedback in any form

​​​​​Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Nancy Kepner and Julianna Christie, Crafted Leadership   

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Schedule This TrainingFeedback That Sticks (available Fridays only) 

This experiential session gives supervisors and managers the skills to manage employee performance as an ongoing process. Participants learn the essential skills needed to set clear expectations, document key performance behaviors and results, as well as provide ongoing coaching and feedback to employees.

Learning Objectives 

  • Connecting the supervisor role to employee retention and engagement
  • Setting and communicating expectations from day one
  • Developing documentation based on facts and observable behaviors
  • Planning and delivering feedback and coaching employees toward success

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Paulette Hansen, Neenan Archistructure 

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Schedule This TrainingLead Without Authority 

Do you want to a create positive change at work or in your community, but aren’t in a position of authority? This introductory workshop is for anyone that sees opportunities for making improvements yet struggles to have the impact you desire. You are in a better position to influence change than you realize. It’s just a matter of developing your abilities to lead.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop your capacity to lead
  • Learn the core principles for managing change
  • Leave with tools & resources to get started

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Ariana Friedlander, Rosabella Consulting 

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Schedule This TrainingBecoming a Highly Successful Manager – Essential Skills for Supervisors (4-part series)  

Building effective management and supervisor skills that help you and your organization succeed starts with training.  This series provides the expertise you need to develop and refine your ability to thrive in your career. 

The experiential sessions provide the tools needed to successfully interview and hire top people, manage the performance of your team, set professional boundaries, build trust, control your network of commitments, and navigate conflict.  You also receive an introduction to the critical elements of employment law all supervisors must know.  You'll benefit from practical skills that can be applied with confidence.  Give yourself and your staff the performance management advantage this series offers.

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

Performance Management - Delivering and documenting feedback to coach employees toward success based on facts and observable behaviors

The Law - Understand your legal responsibilities; gain deeper understanding of critical employment laws and smart employment practices

Trust - Identify intentional actions that build or re-build trust through competence and character

Manage Commitments - Manage your time impeccably by making and securing reliable commitments and recommitments through actionable complaints and apologies when necessary

Authentic Communication - Acquire tools for saying what’s on your mind effectively, while creating safety in critical conversations

Navigate Conflict - Identify patterns of predictable responses to conflict and gain tools to navigate toward meaningful resolution

Continuous Learning – Continue your progress with a customized learning plan to take action on your most needed skills

Interviewing - Learn behavioral-based interviewing techniques to hire staff that fit your organization’s culture


The series includes one half-day session per week presented over four weeks.

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Paulette Hansen, Neenan Archistructure 

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Schedule This TrainingBuilding Better Bosses: Supervisor Basics  Description pending  

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Available as a Training Workshop only (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Elevate Staff  


Employee Engagement and Retention  

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Business 101 for Employees: Engaging Your Workforce in Profit Growth 

A limitless source of ideas for business growth is closer than you think – your team. Shared knowledge is a two-way street.  Your employees want to help you improve profits. All you have to do is ask them! 

Learning Objectives

  • Easy tools for educating and exciting your people about your business plans
  • Why your people are highly interested in helping you improve profits
  • How to tap your employees' interests and include them in business planning and  improvements

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Training 

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Schedule This TrainingEnlisting Employees as Your Brand Champions 

People do business with people they like … and trust. That’s why you want your best employees to stay with you. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number one reason people leave their jobs is that they “don’t feel appreciated.” Numerous other studies have polled employees and found that recognition and “feeling valued” often rank above pay. 

Learning Objectives

  • Simple tools and techniques for motivating employees stay with you as a purpose-driven business. 
  • How to shape your employee relations with easy, budget-friendly practices.
  • Ways to project your business to customers as a “provider of choice” and to employees as an “employer of choice.”

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Training 

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Schedule This TrainingLeveraging the Power of Transparency Description pending 

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Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Training 


Organizational Communication 

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Communication Cascade: Communicate So That Everyone is in the Loop Description pending 

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Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Training 

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The Listening Advantage in Leadership 

For leaders who aspire to grow their influence and executive presence by enhancing their ability to communicate powerfully and effectively. We will focus on listening as the often "under-looked" 50% of the communication equation. By gaining awareness of our own unique listening habits, we can learn to leverage listening to influence the framework of conversation. That drives high-value communication and improves team performance and productivity. 

Participants will complete The ECHO Listening Profile, a scientifically validated assessment that identifies an individual's unique listening preferences and habits, meaning what they might be listening to and for and what they may be unintentionally filtering out.

Learning Objectives

  • Excel in high stakes work scenarios that require clear communication.
  • Develop the skill and agility to adapt your listening to meet the needs of any given communication scenario.
  • Identify listening habits of your peers so that you can communicate and collaborate more effectively.

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Allison O'Brien, Peak Impact Consulting 

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Schedule This TrainingCrisis Communication Plans: Be Prepared for Anything 

When do many organizations think about developing a crisis communication plan? Immediately after they’ve had a crisis. The best time to prepare for worst-case scenarios is right now.

Learning Objectives

  • The fundamental policies and procedures to have in place for any kind of disaster situation.
  • How to address loss of business … and even loss of life.
  • What your entire workforce expects from leadership in a crisis and what it takes to meet those expectations.

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Training 

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Power Presentations: Creating and Delivering Presentations that Work

From your script to your slides to your delivery, you need to ensure your presentation or speech is clear and effective. Whether you're presenting to a crowd or to a small group in a conference room, this workshop will help you plan and create presentations that work - and deliver them with confidence. 

Learning Objectives

  • How to plan a presentation that will engage your audience 
  • Best practices for creating PowerPoint slides and decks 
  • To deliver your presentation masterfully, whether in person or virtually 

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Michael Piperno, Michael Piperno Coaching 

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Schedule This TrainingYour Brain at Work in Conversation: What Every Leader Needs to Know 

We're all changing jobs and even changing careers with greater frequency. Are you where you thought you'd be today? Understand the neuroscience of conversation and position yourself now for where you want to be.

Learning Objectives

  • Why some leaders succeed and why some leaders fail
  • How to move from an I-centric workplace to a We-centric work culture
  • “6 Conversational Essentials” that help leaders successfully navigate change in their organizations

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Ariana Friedlander, Rosabella Consulting 

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Schedule This TrainingHow to Create and Run Online Meetings that Really Work - The Basics 

How do you feel about your team meetings? A lot of team members - and leaders - are suffering silently because they don’t know there may be a better way. Say good-bye to Zoom fatigue and hello to meetings people actually are excited to participate in.

Ready your team to be heard, seen, and contribute real time without the awkward silence and wondering why this meeting wasn’t an email.

Learning Objectives

  • Minimize overwhelm by doing  work up front to make meetings successful
  • Design a structure and use online tools to allow everyone to contribute
  • Create an environment where leader can support the business and the team
  • Use the 8 essential steps to make any online meeting effective
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Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Chris Hutchinson, Trebuchet Group 

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Schedule This TrainingHow to Create and Run Online Meetings that Really Work - Advanced 

Strong meetings start with clear agendas, people receive and do the pre-work, and everyone happily follows the rules of engagement. You have done the work to map out and plan your meetings to meet your goals. Yet people tune out, don’t really engage, and just go through the motions. 

Get the confidence to use online tools and involve everyone to inspire commitment and action. Create a supportive structure that allows you to focus on successful outcomes, rather than figuring out how to wake someone up.

Bring the challenges you're having with meetings. We’ll unpack them as a group. Note - To get the most from this workshop, we recommend you attend - The Basics - first.

Learning Objectives

  • The basics of setting up and tweaking GroupMap work spaces and maps
  • Open-ended questions and ideas for breaking people out of their yes/no reveries
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  • Unleash the synergy of using GroupMap and Zoom together
  • Tips and ideas to keep people engaged and participating
  • Troubleshoot - because something will go wrong
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Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Chris Hutchinson, Trebuchet Group 

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Public Speaking When You Hate Public Speaking: How to Manage Anxiety and Make Speaking a More Positive Experience 

Most people get nervous when they have to speak in public. However, some people have so much anxiety and reservations about it that they truly, honestly fear it. The truth is that there is no quick fix for a fear of public speaking, but this workshop will help you get on the path to feeling less nervous or anxious in front of an audience. 

Learning Objectives

  • To identify the triggers that lead to nervousness when speaking in public  
  • Tools for reducing anxiety and nervousness before and during a presentation

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Michael Piperno, Michael Piperno Coaching 

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Critical Thinking Skills  

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Thinking Like a Leader 

True leadership demands critical thinking skills for “gray area” situations, the dilemmas with no cut-and-dried answers. Now you can adopt a flexible framework for "thinking like a leader." Using this framework, and with real-world examples and hands-on exercises, participants will develop a whole new perspective on leadership.

Learning Objectives: Participants in this workshop will achieve these outcomes:

  • New approaches to team and organizational success
  • The attributes of an effective and inspiring leader
  • How to approach “right vs. right” decision making

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Michael Clingan, The Claymore Group 

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Schedule This TrainingFour Steps to Successful Problem-Solving Description pending 

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Schedule This TrainingNavigating Workplace Conflict (available Fridays only) 

People most often avoid workplace conflict. Then resentment or resignation builds or harsh words are spoken.  The outcomes are destructive, as relationships are damaged and nothing gets resolved. During this session, participants will examine their own conflict management patterns and recognize how to use constructive responses to conflict. And they’ll explore a variety of conflict resolution strategies.

Learning Objectives 

  • To identify patterns of predictable responses to conflict
  • How to create safety in crucial conversations
  • The necessary steps for effectively saying what’s on your mind

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Paulette Hansen, Neenan Archistructure 

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Schedule This TrainingWhy Your Success Depends on Creating MORE Conflict 

In today’s fast-paced environment, organizations must quickly find optimal solutions to the challenges they face. It’s up to leaders to create an environment where their teams can discuss conflicting ideas, values, and outcomes to uncover the best possible solutions. This can be daunting—if discussions take a confrontational turn, productivity and morale can deteriorate and lead to poor team performance. It may be counter-intuitive to think that to achieve a high-performance organizational culture we need to increase organizational conflict. How can you and your team be sure your discussions will improve team dynamics? Jana Sanchez explores ways of encouraging positive, healthy, and productive conflict—allowing organizations to achieve their fullest potential.

Learning Objectives

  • An understanding of typical ways that individuals & teams deal with conflict
  • What to look for that indicates a team may be stuck in false harmony
  • Proven strategies for moving to and maintaining positive, healthy conflict
  • A commitment to implement one change to increase productive conflict

Instructor: Jana Sanchez, Alchemy With Words Workshop Available (workshop scheduling fee may apply)

 


 

 

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Organizational Culture/Inclusion and Diversity   

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The Practices of Purposeful Leadership: How to Inspire Meaning, Motivation, and Fulfillment

Research finds that people who work with or for a Purposeful Leader are more resilient and higher-performing. When people are connected to a bigger contribution, they are four times more likely to be engaged, are more motivated, learn faster, and are more fulfilled. Yet while 79 percent of leaders think purpose is critical to success, only a third say they enact purpose regularly when making decisions when working with their teams. 

In this mind-shifting program that redefines leadership, Zach Mercurio, Ph.D. provides clarity about what purpose is and how it scientifically works to compel people and organizations, with researched-backed practices of Purposeful Leadership cultivating fulfilled and resilient lives, teams, and organizations. 

Learning Objectives

  • The science of human fulfillment
  • What purpose is and how it works
  • How to shift to a purpose-first leadership approach to inspire results 
  • How to design and cultivate a culture of significance and meaningfulness 

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Zach Mercurio, ZM Consulting and Colorado State University 

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Inclusion In Action (creating an inclusive and diverse culture) 

Words matter. Actions matter more. And how we make people feel matters most. 

Inclusion is the "action" word in today's vital Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Inclusion is a leadership skill that we all can strengthen in ourselves and develop in others. And the good news is that we can accomplish a lot with a grass roots effort that has virtually zero financial impact on today's tight budgets. 

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

  • A four-part formula for enlisting the workforce as champions for inclusion. 
  • How trust and transparency promotes a more inclusive culture 
  • A "communication cascade" that earns buy-in and support from top leadership 

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Training 

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Generational Diversity: Benefits of an Age-Diverse Workforce

Intergenerational job candidates - including age 50+ - strengthen the workforce through diverse life experiences. In particular, the 50+ candidates - 

  • Have honed their essential people skills. 
  • Bring work ethic and reliability to the table. 
  • Onboard rapidly and make swift impact on productivity and profitability.

They also create opportunities for "reciprocal mentoring" throughout the workplace. This briefing makes the business case for "hiring up." 

Learning Objectives 

  • Change mindset and increase knowledge about the benefits of hiring experienced job candidates age 50+
  • Receive easy-to-use, practical tools for identifying and hiring those candidates
  • Link to an overlooked candidate field with superior skills and experience

Instructors: Age-Friendly Workplace Initiative Available as a 1-hr workshop at no charge

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Design and Activate a Positive and Purposeful Culture 

As a leader, you know that culture is the glue that bonds your organization and is the invisible force that determines how well you deliver your purpose. But in organizations large and small, it can be difficult to put your current or desired culture into words, find the time and tools to diagnose deeper cultural issues, and strategically change and optimize culture. 

Based on vetted research, the "Active a Positive Organizational and Team Culture" program demystifies team and organizational culture and provides you with proven, actionable tools to help you cultivate a positive culture that endures. And as a leader, when you make culture a strategic priority, overwhelming research finds that people are more fulfilled, collaborate better, and are more productive in delivering your important purpose. 

Learning Objectives

  • What culture is and how beliefs, values, and symbols form culture 
  • The four ingredients of a positive culture 
  • How to activate Meaningfulness, Positivity, and High-Quality Connections in a Fear-Free Climate 
  • How to design leadership and team habits that sustain a positive culture

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Zach Mercurio, ZM Consulting and Colorado State University 

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Create a Fear-Free Work Climate 

Psychological safety is the belief that one will not be published or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes. If present on a team, psychological safety facilitates organizational learning, innovation, and meaningfulness through the willing contribution of ideas and actions to a shared purpose. 

Psychological safety is everyone's responsibility. All individuals in the organization must know how to create a space for others to share their feedback, ideas, and perspectives free of fear. While everyone is responsible for creating the space, positional team leaders have the most influence in maintaining the space because of their unique power. Cultivating psychological safety is a skill that can be learned and is a set of habits that must be consistently enacted. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what psychological safety is and what contributes to it
  • Know how to implement key practices for creating a space that encourages vulnerability, team learning, and innovation 
  • Learn the high-impact leadership skills for maintaining a psychologically safe climate 
  • Learn how to assess psychological safety  

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Zach Mercurio, ZM Consulting and Colorado State University 

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Building Your Leadership Strength   

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Thinking Like a Leader 

True leadership demands critical thinking skills for “gray area” situations, the dilemmas with no cut-and-dried answers. Now you can adopt a flexible framework for "thinking like a leader." Using this framework, and with real-world examples and hands-on exercises, participants will develop a whole new perspective on leadership.

Learning Objectives: Participants in this workshop will achieve these outcomes:

  • New approaches to team and organizational success
  • The attributes of an effective and inspiring leader
  • How to approach “right vs. right” decision making

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Michael Clingan, The Claymore Group 

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Conscious Leadership  

Conscious leadership is a set of principles and practices that accelerates self-awareness and growth. We ground these practices in a simple but effective leadership framework, which works equally well with government,  startups, education, corporate and other sectors.  In this session, you’ll learn a leadership framework and a practice to help you to operate as a leader who is open, aware and curious - in order to build trust and influence with teams and clients.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn a simple leadership operating context that teams and organizations use
  • Familiarize yourself with a self-awareness tool
  • Locate yourself on the defensiveness/openness scale
  • Recognize your signature defensive behaviors
  • Learn to apply key questions effectively

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Nancy Kepner and Julianna Christie, Crafted Leadership 

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Schedule This TrainingMoving from Burnout to Healthy Responsibility

Leaders generally quickly learn that blaming others is poor leadership. However, they often go to the other extreme and end up blaming themselves and modeling self-blame.  Letting go of blame in any form will liberate a tremendous amount of energy in leaders and teams. We teach leaders how to reduce burnout, resentment, and blame in the workplace with a principle to lean on and a practice to follow. We teach leaders how to move from the traditional model of outsourcing responsibility to an innovative model of 100% responsibility. 

Learning Objectives

  • Work with current professional issues using an innovative model that reduces burnout and builds collaboration
  • Explore taking ‘more than’ or ‘less than’ 100% responsibility 
  • Use well-crafted questions to invite responsibility within and among co-workers (rather than finger pointing)
  • Understand blame versus responsibility

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Nancy Kepner and Julianna Christie, Crafted Leadership 

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Different Perspectives, New Possibilities 

These coaching sessions intend to create a space for you to bring your most urgent and frustrating leadership or organization challenge and work through a process of intentional conversation so that you leave the session knowing what to do to solve, change, or optimize your situation. 

Each session is up to two hours in duration, time enough to explore the current situation, understand its causes, identify solutions, and commit to action. Each session is preceded by a short questionnaire which allows you to give the background and context of your challenge so that we can "hit the ground running" in our session. I will also follow up with a short written report capturing the key themes of our discussions and agreed actions. 

Ideal for business owners or senior leaders in larger companies. 

Available as Direct Consultation only

Instructor: David Firth, David Firth Consulting  

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Leading in Times of Uncertainty                                                                     Schedule This Training

In the last 100 years there have only been 6-7 major economic tipping points in US history like the one we face today due to COVID-19. This one is unprecedented in its reach and impact. As a leader of an organization, business, team, community group, or a family, two things are certain - 1. People want and need your leadership, and 2. People will remember how you showed up in this time of great uncertainty. Be the best you can be and help others do the same.

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

  • What we know about how people behave in times of great uncertainty
  • Armed with that knowledge, what can you do? Learn science-based, practical tools to lead effectively
  • Lessons from 9/11: Key leadership skills in an ongoing crisis. 

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Bob Nedbal, Think2Perform 

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Schedule This TrainingArmored vs Daring Leadership: Finding the Courage to Lead 

Are you a leader who wants to help your team reach its potential, particularly when uncertainty and challenges are plentiful? Are you a coach who wants to help leaders - and yourself - be courageous, effective, and adaptable during uncertain times? Participants will learn the difference between armored vs. daring leadership and develop professionals goals and leadership strategies based on the research of Dr. Brene Brown. 

In this session, participants will learn and discuss:

  • The difference between armored and daring leadership through a self-assessment based on the research of the Brene Brown Research Group 
  • The videos of Dr. Brene Brown, best-selling author of Dare to Lead™️ and Research Professor from the University of Houston 
  • How to craft, refine, and get support on your self-selected personal call to courage that you can implement at work, immediately, upon completion of the workshop

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Jolene Lockwood, Cognitive Consultancy 

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Schedule This TrainingThe Power of Trust and Transparency Description pending.                 

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Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Training 


Executive Level Skills 

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Negotiation Strategies in Business 

Negotiations should produce outcomes to which all parties are committed.  The human skills that are required for successful negotiation will be discussed and examined in this 90 minute course.  Learn how to uniquely navigate and approach each deal for best outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the pillars of negotiation 
  • Understand the alternatives to a negotiated agreement 
  • Examine how persuasion can be used 

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Susan Schell, CSU Executive Education 

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Conversational Agility: Using Healthy Conflict to Maximize Team Performance  

This three-session program is designed to help individuals and teams appreciate and leverage different viewpoints to make better decisions in high-stakes conversations that require innovation and collaboration. When teams can’t manage conflict effectively, resources are wasted costing the company time, money and stress. 

Participants will complete two assessments: The ECHO Listening Profile and The Conflict Dynamics Profile. The results will be used to consider how each individual's unique listening habits and behavioral responses to conflict contribute to the overall team dynamic and work outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to excel in high stakes work scenarios that require clear communication
  • Gain insights into their own unique listening habits that impact the quality of workplace conversations
  • Identify listening habits of peers so that they can communicate and collaborate more effectively
  • Understand the typical constructive and destructive behavioral responses to conflict
  • Gain insights into their individual hot buttons that lead to conflict
  • Leverage positive, healthy conflict to improve team performance and produce better outcomes

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Allison O'Brien, Peak Impact Consulting 

6.5 hours of group training .. 2 assessment instruments: The ECHO Listening Profile and The CONFLICT DYNAMICS PROFILE® (CDP) .. 2 hours of individual coaching per participant

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Open Book Management  Description pending 

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Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Pending 

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Schedule This TrainingBuilding Workplace Trust Intentionally (available Fridays only) 

Trust is the one thing that can destroy careers and organizations. On the other hand, trust has the potential to create incredible success and prosperity. It builds influence. Trust is a function of character and competence. It is doing the right thing for the right reasons and bringing excellence to your work. Participants will learn deliberate actions that build or re-build trust through competence and character in the workplace.

Learning Objectives

  • The basics of intent, integrity, results and capabilities
  • Behaviors that create trust
  • Specific ways to build and rebuild trust

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Paulette Hansen, Neenan Archistructure


Strategic Thinking 

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ABCs and 123s of Lean

Every manager and owner wants to take their business to the next level. The question is “How?” A Lean framework for focusing improvement activities will be presented - one that’s flexible enough for any business process, yet robust enough to deliver outstanding results where they’ll make the most difference. And while making one improvement stick is great, participants will also learn about creating a culture of ongoing improvement.

Learning Objectives

  • Determining the highest ROI improvements for any business
  • Three immediately actionable steps to take
  • How to develop a process and culture of ongoing improvement

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Michael Clingan, The Claymore Group 

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Schedule This TrainingIntroduction to the Theory of Constraints  

The Theory of Constraints is one of the most effective paths for organizational improvement with studies reporting median throughput increases of 68% across numerous industries. If you’ve read the business bestseller The Goal, you’ve got a taste of what TOC can do for companies that feel stuck, or worse. TOC provides an easily implemented and consistent approach for leaders at all levels and includes operational, planning, problem solving, and project management tools. 

This workshop will introduce you to TOC basics, allowing you to identify, prioritize, and manage constraints in your organization. It includes hands-on examples, which with prior notice, could include your business!

Learning Objectives

  • An introduction to the Theory of Constraints
  • Use of TOC in operations and planning
  • Understanding how TOC supports methods such as Lean and PMI approaches that you may be using
  • Learn how to prioritize improvement efforts across your company to avoid conflicts

Available as a Training Workshop or Direct Consultation (workshop scheduling fee may apply)  

Instructor: Michael Clingan, The Claymore Group 

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