Chicago Seminars

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Melissa Thornley
+1 (312) 752-5369
chicago@ims-online.com

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How Innovative Thinking Leads to Extraordinary Outcomes
January 17, 2019 with Dr. Iris Firstenberg
Successful organizations operate on the edge of chaos and embrace risk, error, and ambiguity, while practicing strategies that reduce the need for doing, undoing, and redoing. You will learn key strategies and practical tools to give you the adaptive capacity to work creatively with change and uncertainty. We will discuss strategies for tapping the human potential for creative thinking, from the inception of ideas to their transformation into practical business strategies and innovations. Learn how effective leaders infuse all levels of the organization with the creative capacity to achieve extraordinary outcomes.
Speak to be Heard:
Influencing Others to Take Action
February 21, 2019 with Stacey Hanke
Stacey Hanke will help you eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery - to persuade, sell your ideas, motivate and influence others to act on what you have to say.  She will explain the positive actions you can take to increase your impact and value to your peers, clients and teams. This highly interactive session will show you how to immediately implement the influence skills and techniques you learn to your day-to-day conversations. (NOTE: Participants should bring a smartphone or iPad with them to the session.)
Breakthrough Ideas:
How to Become a More Strategic Thinker
March 20, 2019 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 thinking? Who...
Powerful Communication:
Craft and Deliver your Message with Authority and Authenticity
April 17, 2019 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.  
Boosting Productivity:
Gaining Back Time for Yourself and Your Team
May 15, 2019 with Helene Segura
Do you have employees or colleagues with access to your schedule who turn your calendar into a circus? Do you or your team ever have to put in frantic hours to finish projects at the last minute? Have you ever muttered a phrase like, “I didn’t get anything done today” or “I wish I had more time”? Busy professionals lose up to three hours per day from time leaks. Interruptions, procrastination, distractions, putting out fires, and battling overwhelm are all slow leaks that steal your time when you’re not looking. In the business world, this adds up to over ten thousand dollars of lost time per employee each year. In your personal...
Authentic Leadership:
Build Trust, Communicate With Impact, and Inspire Others
June 4, 2019 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...
Take Your High-Performance Leadership Thinking to the Next Level.
July 17, 2019 with Dr. Daniel Friedland
High-Performance Leaders are achievement oriented. They are visionary, purposeful, decisive and they get results. At the same time, they relate well to people. They are compassionate, authentic and courageous. But what sets them apart is they have great self awareness and systems awareness. This enables them to effectively navigate stress and change. As High Performance Conscious Leaders, they have the capacity to create highly engaged cultures that drive greater business performance and thriving enterprises. Through a mix of groundbreaking science, story, and experiential learning, you’ll learn a powerful neuroscience and...
Executive Presence:
Convey Confidence and Command Respect as a Leader
August 20, 2019 with Joel Garfinkle
Executive presence means conveying confidence as a business leader, commanding respect, and having a professional magnetism that influences others. Executive presence trades passivity and self-doubt for self-assurance, decisiveness, and bold decision making. With this program, leaders will gain the tools to develop their executive presence and become the elite performers who influence outcomes, contribute to major decisions, and drive change for the betterment of the company. They will create a consistent view of themselves as a compelling force inside an organization. They will learn how to utilize executive presence to shape and positively...
The Manager as Coach:
Critical Skills for Achieving High Performance.
September 17, 2019 with Bill Hawkins
Mr. Hawkins will provide tools, introduce techniques, and discuss strategies to help you take performance to the next level. In this workshop participants will examine the latest techniques in coaching designed to improve performance, change behavior, increase engagement, support development, and build teamwork....
High-Impact Inspirational Leadership
October 9, 2019 with Dr. Sean Hannah
Effective leaders possess a broad set of leadership skills and competencies - the science of leadership - and they know when, where, and under what conditions to use each - the art of leadership. Dr. Hannah will combine cutting-edge research with lessons-learned from his three decades of personal leadership experience, spanning from a front line to a strategic leader, to advance attendees' capabilities and development as inspirational leaders. This seminar will cover various forms of leader style, power and influence, and focus on the more effective forms of transformational, inspirational, and authentic leadership behaviors.
The Hidden Language of Business:
Workplace Politics, Power and Influence
November 13, 2019 with 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...
Leading from the Middle:
A Practical Approach to Achieving Extraordinary Results
December 4, 2019 with Dr. Jackson Nickerson
In this seminar you will learn why change is so difficult and be introduced to a new, commitment-based approach to leading change that is designed for leaders who are not at the apex of an organization. By successfully leading change you will build capabilities that are extraordinary because competitors are likely to fail in their attempts to duplicate your success....


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