Houston Seminars

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Robert Webster
+1 (281) 913-3348
houston@ims-online.com

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The Unspoken Language of Business:
Workplace Politics, Power and Influence
December 5, 2017 with Ms. Margaret Morford
Accomplishing the goals of any organization requires savvy employees who know how to forge alliances and avoid animosities.  In this session, participants will identify which of the rules of “positive politics” they are most likely to violate; obtain guidelines for their own conduct and for managing relationships with co-workers and their own manager; learn to avoid pitfalls in business communication, both oral and written; become adept at tapping into the power structure within an organization; explore a real-world case study that involves numerous political issues; learn how to network in order to expand their influence and recruit...
The Resilient Leader:
Seven Skills to Boost Your Leadership Abilities and Strengths
January 23, 2018 with Dr. Andrew Shatte
In this session you will learn 7 skills to boost your leadership abilities and to foster an atmosphere of your resilience for and in those you lead. You will receive a personal profile of your strengths and weaknesses across the 5 strengths that make an excellent and resilient leader - Integrity, Mentoring, Aligned Values, Results, & Connection to the job. This profile will direct your customized learning as you practice the leadership skills. In this fun and interactive session, what you learn about yourself as a leader will be revealing.
Becoming a Great Listener:
A Critical Skill for Managers and Executives
February 27, 2018 with Dr. Kittie Watson
This program focuses on a critical skill for managers and executives: listening.  While the most admired managers are good listeners, others take short cuts by faking attention, making assumptions, using rehearsed responses, fading in and out of conversations, and failing to retain pertinent information. Effective leaders are the ones who understand the power of listening strategically to build key relationships and influence others. In this workshop, you will diagnose your own listening skills and learn practical listening techniques for becoming an authentic leader. Participants will learn the secret to better listening, how to reduce...
Optimizing Your Time and Focus to Make Your Best Even Better
March 21, 2018 with Mr. Jason Womack
This session is designed to engage, inform and equip participants with the tools, mindset and practices to improve their productivity by 20% or more every day. Managing email, attending meetings, planning projects…these are all the types of work our clients say they need to do more effectively and more efficiently. This program is designed to help get more of the right things done, faster and easier, using the tools and systems we all have access to. Learn what top performers know about productivity and effective leadership. Learn specific time management and productivity insights that you can implement immediately at your office and with...
Authentic Leadership:
Build Trust, Communicate With Impact, and Inspire Others
April 17, 2018 with Dr. Todd Dewett
This workshop addresses professional success from a practical perspective. Building on scholarship and real world experience, Dr. Dewett uses funny and emotional stories to discuss how to take your team and your career to the next level. Leadership is explored through aspects of communication, decision-making, motivation, managing change, and creating a culture of accountability. Dr. Dewett addresses your core personal and people-related challenges at work using the lens of authenticity. Following thought provoking discussion and activities, you will leave with several useful takeaways you can put to use immediately. Join Dr. Dewett for...
Critical Success Factors for Women Leaders
May 8, 2018 with Ms. Sara King
In this session, women leaders will examine their own profile of success and areas for development. They will also focus on the key ingredients that continue to hold women back: not developing and articulating a leadership vision, not paying attention to the political landscape, and not strengthening the breadth and depth of relationships. They will leave this session with practical tools and individual insights to apply in their current roles.
Critical Thinking:
A Key Element Necessary to Reach the Best Decisions
May 22, 2018 with Dr. John Austin
High quality decisions have always been essential for strong business performance. Yet with the increasing speed, complexity and data availability in today's competitive environment, superior decision skills are more important than ever. This workshop will help you improve your decision-making skills by offering behavioral insights into how people actually think and make decisions. It then teaches the advanced critical thinking skills and creative strategies needed to manage unfamiliar, highly complex problems or decisions that involve significant uncertainty.
The Art of Diagnosis:
Solving the Right Problem the First Time
June 12, 2018 with Dr. Jackson Nickerson
The Art of Diagnosis provides new insights into how individuals and teams can solve the right problem the first time. The critical challenge is that all too often when tackling problems, individuals and teams suffer from a set of biases and impediments that cause them to focus prematurely on problem solving and "jump to solutions". In contrast, this program focuses on the art of comprehensively formulating problems before solving them. Participants will learn a variety of specific and proven processes to help them and their teams solve the right problem the first time.
Tools and Techniques for the Five Most Common Coaching Situations
July 17, 2018 with Mr. Bill Hawkins
The two areas in which coaching has the most dramatic impact at work are: (1) coaching to engage and develop the high potential people on your team (2) coaching to influence your boss to increase your personal credibility and effectiveness. In this session participants will learn how to connect developmental experiences to needs and position twelve challenges required to develop and engage the high potentials for current and future success. We'll also examine coaching from a perspective of influencing or "coaching up" in the organization.
Become a Persuasive Negotiator:
Best Negotiating Practices
August 14, 2018 with Ms Leslie Mulligan
In this highly engaging workshop, participants explore how to effectively respond to offers, turn your counterpart’s no to a yes, overcome the two greatest obstacles to success, and manage concessions to create and capture value at the bargaining table.  With your own negotiation challenges addressed and equipped to use negotiation tools on the job, participants leave this workshop as more competent and confident negotiators.
Powerful Communication:
How to Craft and Deliver your Message with Authority and Authenticity
September 13, 2018 with Dr. Debbye Turner Bell
Effective communication can impress people but powerful communication can move people to action.  This course identifies the elements of powerful communication and teaches the participants how to harness and utilize their own individual skills to become a communicator that persuades, inspires, and transforms.  The course will be highly interactive with group exercises, skills assessment, demonstrations, critiquing and opportunity for on-site application.  
Building Workplace Trust:
Optimizing Relationships, Teamwork, and Performance
October 2, 2018 with Dr. Michelle Reina
Optimal relationships - relationships that fuel exceptional teamwork and performance - are built on a foundation of trust. Do you have relationships at work that suffer from compromised trust? In this interactive session, you’ll learn the only real way to repair those relationships - and even optimize them – through trust building. You’ll learn the sixteen behaviors driving the Dimensions of Trust: The Three Cs™. You’ll get a language to talk about trust-related issues constructively. You’ll gain pragmatic trust building skills and proven, practical steps to rebuild trust when it has been broken. You’ll be positioned to shift...
Breakthrough Ideas:
How to Become a More Strategic Thinker
November 7, 2018 with Dr. Julia Sloan
Intended for leaders who currently work with strategy, the focus of this session is on the learning aspect of strategic thinking: what it is and how to strengthen your own strategic thinking and energize the strategic capability of your organization. Being strategically competitive in today’s chaotic and complex global environment requires a different way of looking at how we approach strategic thinking. Leaders who are tasked with strategic responsibility must be attentive, agile, adaptive and innovative thinkers. Four key issues are addressed in this session: Why do organizations need strategic thinkers? What is strategic...
Nobody Wins the Blame Game:
Building an Accountable Workplace
December 5, 2018 with Dr. Michael Brenner
Business author and consultant Tom Peters once claimed that the most exercised part of the human body in corporate America is the index finger.  This shouldn’t be surprising given the amount of blaming, accusing and finger-pointing that occurs in workplaces every day.  Why aren’t employees more accountable, i.e. willing to answer for the outcomes of their choices, actions, and behaviors?  The answer is simple: they fear punishment when things go wrong.  But research shows organizations that encourage learning from mistakes and discourage finger-pointing tend to be more successful.  When constant threat of rebuke...


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