Chicago Seminars

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Melissa Thornley
(312) 752-5369

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Essential Tools for Adaptive Leadership
May 9, 2017 with Ms. Irma Tyler-Wood
When Marshall Goldsmith wrote, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, he was telling leaders that 20th century skills and styles of leadership, which rely heavily on technical knowledge and skills, are insufficient for 21st century workplaces. What is required of leaders is strong adaptive skills. Adaptive skills are the skills leaders need when the problems they are facing are complex and the solutions to those problems are not clear or easily arrived at and the leader must engage the people with the problems in order to solve the problems. Using research by Daniel Goleman and The Hay Group, participants will learn the six leadership...
Critical Decision Making:
The Role of Constructive Conflict
June 7, 2017 with Prof. Michael Roberto
Through fascinating examples from history, including the Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the tragedy on Mount Everest, this workshop will explore the following: the five myths of executive decision making; how to foster open debate; how to achieve "diversity in counsel, unity in command"; how to move to closure: overcoming the inability to decide; avoiding "analysis paralysis" and other pitfalls; how to gain the whole-hearted commitment to act; and how to address hidden doubts that could undermine your final decision.
Listen Up! How to Increase Productivity, Build Engagement and Avoid Misunderstandings
July 18, 2017 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...
How Innovative Thinking Leads to Extraordinary Outcomes
August 31, 2017 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.
Becoming the Leader that Others Want to Follow:
Essential Skills for Building Engagement, Teamwork, and Results
September 21, 2017 with Dr. Jan Ferri-Reed
Leaders are challenged to not only recruit and select top talent but also to retain their best in an environment of uncertainty and change. As A players search for the best companies - and continually hone their resumes - a key strategy to retain them is to fully engage them. This session will share the state of engagement in today`s workplaces including how each generation views work and their place in it. Strategies and techniques will include enhancing your leadership acumen, building effective and trusting teams, engaging all generations of employees by understanding their needs and maintaining your personal resilience to be the very...
Strategic Intelligence:
A Key Skill For Ensuring Future Success
October 18, 2017 with Dr. Graeme Codrington
Based on detailed research into macro-economic, political and social trends, this program will improve your understanding of the forces that are reshaping your industry's landscape and your personal world. We shall focus on five key disruptive forces that are going to change the way we live and work in the next decade. As an attendee you will also gain confidence in your ability to identify key areas of change in your own world and career, and be equipped to contribute to the strategic success of your team and your organization.
The Art of Listening, The Power of Speaking:
Sharpening Your Communication Edge
October 26, 2017 with Dr. Terry Paulson
In the age of empowerment, teamwork and constant change, there is no more valuable skill for leaders to develop than effective communication. In this workshop you will learn how to quickly connect with an audience, how to sell people on listening, how to keep your presentation from sounding rehearsed even when it is, and how to craft a message that gets results. You'll learn how to deal with tough audiences and how to use humor, participation and stories effectively.
Effective Coaching Skills for Busy Managers
November 8, 2017 with Dr. Tim Ursiny
In this highly interactive program participants will: (1) Learn how to create ownership and urgency from those they lead; (2) practice specific coaching skills and tools to bring out the best in others; (3) learn keys and a format to managing their coaching time; (4) explore a 12-minute coaching model that creates positive accountability and results; (5) coach each other on real issues that impact their business; (6) work with specific tools to help blocked or stuck employees; and (7) learn how to coach different personalities on their team....
The Leader's Role and Responsibility as Mentor
December 5, 2017 with Dr. Chip Bell
The only sustainable competitive advantage of tomorrow will be the capacity to outlearn your competition. Future leaders will be those who focus on cornering unique talent and nurturing portable wisdom. This means managers must become mentors to all the employees they influence. The winners of tomorrow will be those who build powerful partnerships for learning. They will be those who can effectively transfer relevant experience, communicate cutting-edge competence and foster insight-producing discovery.

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