Special Topics & Webinars

Special Topics are held on a demand basis and may be canceled due to low enrollment.

Special Topics Registration
Call Mona Zink at 330-244-3508 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


SPECIAL TOPIC: NEW HABITS FOR THE NEW YEAR
Facilitator - Tamsin Astor, Ph.D.

Friday, January 24, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
$20.00

Many people are thinking about resolutions for the coming new year. These resolutions often involve some kind of change that is needed but hard to make and hard to maintain. Behavioral change can be challenging even when it is positive and is rarely a “once and done” action. Enter current neuroscience and brain research…

This two-hour micro-training looks at the power of establishing routines and reducing the brain power expended. The program helps busy people transform their mindset, create and maintain personal and business habits that allow time for what they need and want in their lives. Participants will learn how to:

  • Prune unnecessary neural connections and grow the important ones
  • Automate brain processes to save time and energy
  • Align your habits and your vision

SPECIAL TOPIC: TIME MANAGEMENT
Facilitator - Diane Helbig

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$195.00

Time management and prioritizing are issues that most people face when trying to juggle workload, client interests, and the unforeseen. How do we create processes and plans so what we are trying to accomplish isn’t derailed? It’s important to be able to meet the client needs regardless of what comes up. And there are days when priorities change or challenges are included in the mix. How we handle these things will determine how successful we are, and how satisfied we will be with our work. Participants will:

  • Consider what it looks like when everything goes according to plan
  • Identify obstacles that get in their way
  • Determine which obstacles are significantly impacting their time
  • Create their own decision process for addressing those obstacles
  • Embrace communication strategies that increase cooperation and understanding

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: BUILDING AN ENGAGED WORKFORCE
Facilitator – Hugh Littleton

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$195.00

This course is for managers or supervisors who want to develop their employee engagement and performance. Employee engagement is the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and put intentional effort into their performance at work. Participants will:

Identify what employee engagement is and why it is essential to organizations
Discover best practices of engaging employees
Recognize actions for building an engaged workforce


SPECIAL TOPIC: HANDS-ON DIGITAL MARKETING BOOT CAMP: A PLAN FOR SUCCESS
Facilitator - Karen Leonard

Friday, April 10, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$195.00

Marketing online is no longer an option; it is essential to a successful results-driven marketing plan. If you are starting an online business, or you are not seeing results with your current online marketing strategies, it is time to implement a new digital marketing plan that will create tangible results!

This hands-on Digital Marketing Boot Camp will cover the essential five elements for a strong online presence. You will learn how to formulate an effective digital marketing plan along with tips for increased conversion and traffic. You will also learn how to plan conversion-focused emails and social media content. Participants will learn how to:

  • Get found online with Google
  • Convert more leads with their Website
  • Convert interest to leads with Email Marketing
  • Increase their effectiveness on Social Media
  • Understand their reports for better results

If you are tired of wasting time, money, and energy on tactics that are not driving new business or repeat customers, this workshop will provide a fresh start. 


SPECIAL TOPIC: CRUCIAL SKILLS FOR CREW LEADERS
Facilitator – Diane Helbig

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$195.00

Crew leaders succeed when they have a system they can implement on a consistent basis to ensure performance and productivity are realized. Three aspects of crew leadership – goals, empowerment, and communication – work in harmony to ensure not only shift success, but company success. Crew Leaders will learn how the goals of the company and the goals of the workers intersect as well as how to communicate in ways that engage commitment of the crew. Participants will:

  • Learn how company, department and individual goals support each other
  • Discover the impact of communication styles including tone, words, and intention
  • Determine the best way to get the crew to buy-in to a performance plan on a daily basis
  • Leave with a plan they can implement and monitor for effectiveness

SPECIAL TOPIC: LEADERSHIP ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATE
Facilitators – Dr. Phil Kim, Dr. Kay Potetz, Kristy Frieden

Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 pm.
$690.00

Have you completed foundational skills and are now asking: what next? Elevate from a management mind-set to one of a true leader by obtaining higher level skills that transfer immediately to the workplace. After just two days, participants emerge with fresh insights into leadership best practices, new research on motivating people and groups, and tips on managing organizational change. This certificate program is continuously updated as leadership needs evolve with the changing marketplace. The four topics below will be covered during this two day certificate program.

DAY 1
THE EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT LEADER (DR. PHIL KIM) 

Emotional intelligence (EI) has become a popular topic within organization development. However, there has been limited practice in how this relates practically to a company and specifically how to develop leaders within the organization. Understanding EI is vital in developing critical competencies such as self-awareness, intrinsic motivation, empathy and social skills.

Upon completion of this training, participants will learn how to incorporate Emotional Intelligence skills to improve performance in:

  • Personal Development
  • Building Relationships
  • Change Management
  • Decision-Making
  • Participative Management
  • Work-Life Balance


MOTIVATING STAFF THROUGH APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY (DR. KAY POTETZ)       

Many times, we find that demands on our energy exceed our capacity to deliver quality results. This session will introduce you to leadership insights discovered in sports psychology and brain research. You will leave with the foundation of an energy plan for increasing energy reserves and building your capacity to handle stress. During this session, participants will:

  • Learn innovative strategies for handling stress that can actually improve performance when under pressure
  • Identify tips for managing energy verses managing time 
  • Learn energy management methods borrowed from the world of psychology, nutrition and exercise physiology 


DAY 2
EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP: ENGAGE AND EXECUTE (KRISTY FRIEDEN)


This leadership training course is uniquely designed to help leaders prepare for new challenges and responsibilities. You'll discover the heart, soul and mind of true leadership. Through a variety of leadership training activities, you'll explore leadership roles as change agent, coach, manager, communicator, and strategist. Plus, you'll learn how to develop your unique leadership style for maximum impact.

  • Define the characteristics of great leadership
  • Identify the key elements of leadership, how they differ from management, and how to make the transition
  • Understand the essentials of communication to effectively influence others
  • Determine how to engage and inspire colleagues and employees
  • Understand the importance of adaptability and what behaviors are required
  • Define sustainability as it relates to employee performance and results
  • Identify strengths and opportunities in your current leadership approach