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Sometimes an organization's budget, size or existing training program doesn't allow for a customized approach. We've developed our walk-on programs with this in mind. These series are open to participants at any level from any company or organization. With interactive and entertaining sessions, participants will learn relevant skills they can use in their professional lives.

Participants have the option to attend one session at a time or the full program lineup, all while working toward a Leadership Excellence Certification. Click on the program below for more information.

In business, as senior employees retire, you must constantly think in terms of establishing bench depth and grooming the key players of tomorrow, rather than getting caught without star performers when they're needed. Developing talent ensures that vital positions in an organization have qualified internal candidates ready to step into key roles, reducing the risk of business disruption from talent loss.

How Deep is Your Bench is designed to help develop your front-line, emerging and first-time leaders so they're ready when you need them! This 10-session program covers sessions to promote self-awareness, take responsibility for actions and be what a leader should be.

All 2020 sessions will be held from 8:30 am-12 pm, on the third Friday of each month. Choose one or attend them all. Individual sessions start at $159 each. The full program and Leadership Excellence Certification is $1,199, a savings of $469 versus purchasing individual sessions.

Register for How Deep is Your Bench 2020 today!

  • The Purpose, Power and Position of Leadership – January 17
    • Leadership can be a very broad and sometimes confusing space, especially for new and emerging leaders. In this session, participants will learn their default leadership style, the purpose, power and position of leadership and set the vision for the leadership legacy they want to leave.
  • Not Right or Wrong, Just Different: Understanding Behavior and Personality Through DiSC – February 21
    • Did you know that people are influenced and motivated differently? Have you ever wondered why you can say one thing to one person, and get a certain response, then say exactly the same thing to another person, and get a different response? The reason is people have different personality styles, and each personality has a different priority. Knowing personality styles helps you to understand yourself and others! This session will introduce attendees to DISC ("D" is the Dominant type; "I" is the Inspiring type; "S" is the Supportive type; "C" is the Cautious type). This information will help you to better understand yourself and others as a first step towards better communication and understanding in the workplace and at home.
  • Setting Priorities – March 20
    • You can't manage time – time just is! You can only manage yourself and how you make the most of your time. Using your time effectively includes the principles and systems that people utilize to make a conscious decision on priorities that will occupy their time. These core activities include managing activity and energy, defining desired outcomes, and determining actions that must be completed in a specific time frame.
  • Presence in the Workplace – April 17
    • The stronger and more effectively you manage that brand, the more value you convey to your colleagues, and to your company as a whole. Those who are unable to harness the power of presence will soon be outpaced in their professional lives by their peers. This session will highlight the components of establishing presence, to include dynamic behavior, poise, self-confidence, and non-verbal communication that underscores competency.
  • 5 Characteristics of a Great Team – May 15
    • Trust, agility, communication and systematic encouragement are hallmarks of a high-performance team. Participants will have the opportunity to diagnose and rate the qualities that make their team effective. Participants will identify the qualities that make for a high performance team, learn effective team building techniques, reaffirm the value and effectiveness of the team process and understand the leader as a team builder.
  • Working With you is Killing me: Conflict Resolution – June 19
    • The toughest part of any job is dealing with the people around you. In this session, you will learn the process of conflict and its resolution. Conflict is not fun for most of us, but avoiding it can cause irreparable damage to you and your team. Clarifying the facts, the players and the positions in the conflict are key to the start of a real discussion on the most workable options to move to the most positive outcome.
  • Customer Focused Leadership – July 17
    • A strong customer focus is the key to performance excellence. Participants will focus on improved reaction to customer concerns and complaints to gain a deeper appreciation for quality service. They will learn to use encounters as opportunities to enhance your company's image and the motivation to create a culture of customer-focused leadership.
  • How to be a Coach – September 18
    • Effective coaching empowers others by agreeing on challenging goals, discovering responsibilities that bring out the best and discovering new ways to creatively develop the potential of team members. Participants will learn how to reinforce behavior and motivation of peak performers; how to anticipate and confidently handle difficult responses to coaching; how to achieve agreement on areas of poor performance and developmental and action plans to improve them; and how to recognize and reward employees based on their needs as individual.
  • Leading Change – October 16
    • You will focus on the impact of change and review the eight steps in the change process. Participants will be equipped to be proactive rather than reactive to change, enabled to better lead an organization in a rapidly changing environment and understand the skills necessary to take charge of change.
  • Graduation and Presentations from Full Program Participants – November 20

Next Level Leadership Excellence Certification

Once leaders have a good foundation of self-awareness and know what a leader should be, they need to be equipped to tackle some of the more difficult leadership topics, such as building a collaborative environment, communicating for clear understanding and creating an inclusive workplace.

In the Game is designed to develop your team leads and managers so they can help make those around them more successful. This 6-session program covers new competencies necessary to lead at the next level.

Sessions will be held from 8:30 am-12 pm, every other month. Sessions are $199 each. If you sign up for the full program at $1,699, you'll also receive a 360 assessment and 1 hour of executive coaching.

Register for In the Game 2020 today!

  • The Leadership Challenge – January 17
    • This session allows participants to examine sources of credibility, logical argument and emotional appeal. The focus is on the real-world applications of the practices of leadership that have been developed by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.
  • Creating a Winning Mindset – March 20
    • We are addicted to being busy. And not just, "I have no time" busy but the, "Let me check my phone for the 1,000 time this hour" busy. This race is unlike any other we've run: even the finish line is moving. But it's not the pace that's killing us: it's our inability to be resilient and train our minds to deal with stress, especially emotional stress. Participants will learn how to cancel out the noise, focus, and crush goals by adopting techniques to care not only for their emotional wellness, but physical health, too. They will leave with strategies to use immediately in the face of non-stop stress so they can perform at a higher level at work and home.
  • Difficult Conversations – May 15
    • Your first step in managing a difficult conversation (even if it happens suddenly) is to consider the potential outcomes and decide whether or not the conversation has enough value for you. This session will show participants ways to consider the consequences, as well as how to explore their frame of reference, establish positive intent, and identify what they want from the conversation. Participants will explore a seven-step framework for difficult conversations. They will also create a template to help them plan future conversations.
  • Leading Different Generations in a Common Workplace – July 17
    • Is the new workforce different from the retiring workforce? A focus on generational differences presumes that each generation is fundamentally different, thus, leading to frustration and stress, especially in the workplace. The recognition of values that bridge generational gaps, within the context of a healthy organizational culture, can instead strengthen the organization from the inside out.
  • Climate and Culture – September 18
    • The climate and culture of an organization is determined by a variety of factors, including individual character, established policies and practices, actions of leaders, and environmental mission issues. Participants will discuss and identify characteristics of a healthy climate and culture and complete a brief assessment.
  • Strategic Thinking and Graduation – November 20
    • Top-level leaders have to think differently about how they lead, from business operations to personnel and resource challenges. It is your role to ensure that your team is fulfilling the company's mission to its fullest potential, while taking deliberate steps towards realizing the envisioned future - and taking care to honor shared organizational values along the way.
    • There will also be a reception for participants and their guests where certificates will be awarded for those individuals who complete the entire program.