Kansas City Seminars

Local Contact Information:
Brendan Dowd
(816) 399-4720
kansascity@ims-online.com

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The Power of Innovative and Strategic Thinking
April 20, 2017 with Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff
Dr. Krippendorff presents his proven approach to developing innovative strategies to drive organizational and personal growth and success. This program will blend innovative techniques and strategic concepts with cognitive science to present a practical set of tools and best practices. Participants will learn three key strategies for strengthening their competitive advantage and five key strategies for generating new and innovative growth, Dr. Krippendorff will introduce the role that “strategic narratives” play in the design of a strategy. Participants will leave with a set of tools to help them consistently identify and seize...
The SUMO Principles of Leadership
May 25, 2017 with Mr. Paul McGee
In this highly interactive and practical workshop, Mr. McGee will explore his main SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) principles and how they impact our ability to inspire others. His principles relate to any leader whose organization would benefit from taking a fresh look at the following five key areas; Change, Relationships, Attitude, Motivation and Stress. Building on his background in behavioral and social psychology, he will give us time to reflect upon our behavior and that of others and identify what hinders our effectiveness.
Proven Communication Techniques that Enhance Performance
June 13, 2017 with Ms Shari Harley
Many of us remain passive against broken, indirect communication habits or lack confidence in our business communication skills, hoping that things will miraculously improve—but they won’t. Not without skills and effort. The people you work with can work with you, around you, or against you. How people work with you depends on the business relationships you cultivate. Do your colleagues trust you? Can they speak openly with you when projects and tasks go awry? Communication is at the heart of building successful and candid business relationships. Learn how to improve your business communication skills from one of the leading authorities,...
Increasing Your Personal Impact:
Maximize Your Power to Influence Others
July 14, 2017 with Mr. Ty Bennett
Regardless of the type of organization you`re in, or the role you play in it, you are in the business of people. Because of that, great leadership is the driving force behind growing your business. Based on his highly-rated book, The Power of Influence, Ty Bennett shares his philosophies and tools for increasing your influence and impact as a leader. How do you become a good leader? Through influence. How do you become a great leader? By using influence and integrity to engage and inspire others.
Straight Talk:
Using Candor and Constructive Confrontation to get Better Results
August 10, 2017 with Dr. Rick Brandon
This practical seminar develops skills for planning, leading, and following up on Candor Conversations about expectations and agreements. We tackle both the smoother, preventive discussions around clear upfront Agreements, as well as the most stressful of work discussions - Constructive Confrontations. We`ll provide antidotes for someone repeatedly breaking an agreement - instead of giving up, blowing up at the person, or burying the issue.
Leading AND Managing:
7 Strategies to Help You Excel at Both
September 20, 2017 with Ms. Ann Tardy
This session will explore the essential strategies and techniques required to powerfully lead and manage simultaneously from the same role. Being a manager is one of the most arduous and yet most valuable roles in any organization. The challenge lies in dealing with the expectations of those above and below you while also contributing to people's success around you. When you master this, you will discover how to impact any organization from the middle. You will leave this class with the skills needed to powerfully evolve into a successful Manager. 
Next Level Leadership:
Six Key Skills for Success
October 17, 2017 with Mr. Bob Treadway
This practical and engaging session will teach participants techniques that allow them to see around corners, anticipate the next big things, and make wise decisions that hold up in situations of uncertainty and volatility. Participants will sharpen skills in forecasting, learn how to pick key issues and early signals from a flood of information, reduce uncertainty to manageable levels, think in the future tense, and multiply intelligence through structured collaboration. Participants will build their own executive scanning system, learn the best questions to ask in uncertainty, and practice making wise decisions with incomplete information....
Critical Thinking:
A Model for Achieving Superior Decisions
November 16, 2017 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 Unspoken Language of Business:
Workplace Politics, Power and Influence
December 7, 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...

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