Productivity Management Series

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Personal Empowerment

Strategies for Effective Living

  • Purpose of the program

  • Being the best one can be is an ideal that has become the focus over the past decade. Slogans such as “Be all that you can be” and “Just Do It” epitomize this emphasis on achieving one’s personal and professional best. We try to be effective workers, friends, spouses and parents all at the same time. This push toward achieving full potential has prompted many of us to reexamine the different roles of our lives in order to make each one as rewarding as possible.

    This program is designed to enable participants to learn and apply concepts and techniques related to becoming more effective in various aspects of their lives. The principles and skills taught by this program can be used by people trying to improve their effectiveness at work, within their families, within any important relationships, or in any other areas of their lives. Although the program focuses on individual assessment, group problem-solving approaches are integral to the program’s success.

    The number of participants in this program should be limited to twenty for optimized results.

Taking Initiative

How to be more of a leader in your own job

  • Purpose of the program

  • Leaders are born not made.

    I could never be a leader because you have to be really great, like Martin Luther King.

    These quotes represent a very traditional viewpoint about leadership; that leadership is a mysterious quality granted to only a few privileged people, and if one is not born with that quality, one cannot acquire it. Contemporary viewpoints hold that leadership is more than an invisible quality acquired in the womb. Today’s theories of leadership are based on the belief that leadership is a composite of behaviors that can be learned, developed, and used by anyone in working with others to carry out a task. In other words, leadership often may mean taking initiative, seeing a need or a job to be done, and taking the lead to get it done, regardless of whether or not one is called a leader.

    In today’s “work smarter, not harder, “ highly competitive work arena, it is essential that all members of the work force, at all level, take the lead in improving productivity. When workers take initiative, speak up, share ideas, and make input into how a job can be done most effectively and efficiently, the entire organization benefits. This program, developed specifically for administrative support staff and others who do not have the title leader or manager, is designed to broaden participants’ understanding of what leadership is and to raise their awareness of how they can take the lead in their own jobs.

Making Meetings Work

How to plan, organize, and conduct productive meetings

  • Purpose of the program

  • We live in a meeting society – a world made up of groups of people who come together for various lengths of time to solve problems, make decisions, get information, plan events, create policies and procedures, develop budgets, hire and fire, and for many other purposes. The reasons for holding meetings are almost as numerous as the number of hours spent in meetings. Research shows that the average individual in our society will sit through nine thousand hours of meetings in a lifetime – 365 days – and that organizations spend thousands, sometimes millions, of dollars on meetings. Yet most people groan at the thought of attending another meeting! Why?

    Because meetings are often mismanaged – they get off track, are interrupted, take too much time, have unclear agendas, and lack effective leadership. While most of us spend a great deal of time preparing for the work we do, we spend almost no time learning how to attend or conduct all of the meetings that accompany the process of getting our work done. In this one-day program, participants will learn how to plan, organize, and conduct productive meetings, including steps for preparation of a meeting, developing an agenda, encouraging participation, handling counterproductive behaviors, and planning action for follow up.

The Time of Your Life

Getting What You Want Through Time Management

  • Purpose of the program

  • The time in any given day is one of the few things that are given to us equally. Yet it feels totally different when we are using time in a way we choose for ourselves than it feels when our time seems to loom out of our control. We must ask the larger question of what is valuable in our lives, integrating personal and professional goals. Without a strong desire to live out certain values, time management goes unused. A strong motivation to use one’s time to accomplish what one truly wants is necessary to bring about behavioral changes. This program is for anyone who wants more out of life, at work and at home.

    A study of a thousand business people reported that 89 percent take work home, 65 percent work more than one weekend per month, and 53 percent spend less than two hours per week looking after their children. It is not likely that these people are happy with these choices. Time management is a process of constantly asking what are more important and arranging priorities to reflect each choice.

Improvisational Skills

Achieving Workplace Success

  • Purpose of the program

  • Many professionals at some time or another have been in a sticky interpersonal interaction in the workplace and wished for some skills that could move the situation forward with a win for both parties. Some of these same professionals have been in problem-solving situations in the workplace in which they themselves or someone else reacted negatively toward suggestions offered by a colleague and realized that the message being sent was, “Don’t offer a suggestion that has not been thought of already.” Some have even been accused of not being good listeners, lacking the ability to stay focused, not being team players, or not being able to delegate important tasks to direct reports because of a lack of trust. Some people think that Improv is just saying anything or winging it. That could not be further from the truth. It is a set of agreements between improvisers to practice the skills that allow improvisers to share the stage and keep the dialogue moving forward. When done well, the audience cannot tell that the improvisers did not plan or script the whole scene.

    This active and experiential training program will teach participants the basic Improv skills of accepting offers, building on offers, being in the moment, listening for offers, and endowing. Upon completion of the program, participants will be aware of a set of skills that can be used to calmly navigate a crisis, encourage a direct report’s ability to make independent decisions, and to take a mediocre idea and turn it into great one.

Stress for Success

Understanding and Managing the Stress in Your Life

  • Purpose of the program

  • Stress is a universal and naturally occurring phenomenon in humans. Recent epidemiological research indicates marked increases in stress-related diseases as a result of life styles saturated with excessive stress and chronic tension. Burnout, heart attacks, ulcers, decreased productivity; relational problems, depression, loneliness, and cynicism are frequent symptoms of chronic stress that adversely affect us personally, professionally, and physically.

360 Degree Feedback

Developing an Effective System

  • Purpose of the program

  • During recent years, organization have sought new ways to develop performance management systems that help employees become more effective and organizations is the use of 360 degree feedback: providing employees with performance feedback from multiple sources. While there are several good programs on the market, many organizations choose to design their own, thus making the system more reflective of the organization’s true values and culture.

    This program is designed for participants from the same organization who want to design and implement a company-specific 360 degree feedback program that is uniquely their own. During this one-day program, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to develop an effective 360-degree feedback program and to actually begin to plan and design their own process.