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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.


 

COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR: BE A BETTER COMMUNICATOR
Facilitator – Ron Smith

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Complimentary

How well do you communicate? What factors influence how you communicate in different situations? Join Ron Smith, HR Training and Development at Kent State University, to explore models and competencies that develop us into better communicators. You will gain a deeper understanding of how different communication styles affect our personal communication style and create the best possible climate for communicating.

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SPECIAL TOPIC: DELIVERING TOUGH MESSAGES
Facilitator - Ned Parks

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$195

Although managers can delegate a variety of responsibilities, providing feedback is not one of them. A critical skill for leaders and managers is the ability to deliver difficult information to employees and staff in a graceful, courageous and honest way. This session will focus on how to build this skill with clear, real examples and in class practice. Participants will:

  • Understand what is a tough message?
  • Learn the characteristics of a well delivered tough message.
  • Develop a plan to deliver a tough message. 

SPECIAL TOPIC: STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0 - Discovering Who I Am and Making a Difference in the Workplace!
Facilitator - Hugh Littleton

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$345

Prior to attending this session, PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE AND READ THE BOOK STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0 (ISBN: 13:978-1595620156, Publishing Date: February 1, 2007, Author: Tom Rath). PARTICIPANTS SHOULD ALSO COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT AND BRING A PRINTED COPY TO THE SESSION.

This workshop is based on the best-selling "Strengths Finder 2.0" by Tom Rath and the accompanying assessment developed by psychologist Donald O. Clifton. Called “the father of strengths-based psychology,” Clifton developed an assessment program that allowed individuals to identify their strengths, then build on them and integrate them into their daily lives. Participants have the opportunity to identify and learn about personal strengths, how their unique talents can best be used and how these strengths work together in the workplace. Participants will:

  • Discover personal and professional strengths.
  • Explore strengths of others.
  • Identify and understand strengths in your team.
  • Enhance communication and teamwork.
  • Complete online assessment. 

SPECIAL TOPIC: SOCIAL MEDIA CERTIFICATE - 2 days
Facilitator – Karen Leonard

Friday, April 12 and Friday, April 26, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$690.00

SPACE IS LIMITED

NOTE: A Facebook page for your business must be opened and activated prior to participating in this certificate program. For a charge of $95.00, the facilitator can work with you to create one. Please contact Karen Leonard directly at Innovative Global Vision, Inc. 330-425-0922 or www.igvinc.com.

Discover all of the most important aspects of Social Media and Email Marketing in this hands-on, intimate class.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
You know you should be on social media for your business or non-profit. You know it can help you drive new and repeat business for your organization. But, do you know why? Do you know which social media platform will have the biggest bang for your buck? And when you start your profile, do you know what to say and how to grow your following? This session will answer all those questions and more! Participants will learn how to:

  • Determine the platform that is right for them and their organization
  • Announce their presence and build their network
  • Discover, create and share content that encourages action
  • Organize a content calendar
  • Understand social media advertising and learn their options
  • Create visual content to post on social media platforms
  • Get a hands-on session with content creation and scheduling tools

MASTERING YOUR EMAIL MARKETING
First impressions matter - how are YOU doing with your emails? In this session we will cover:

  • Designing a new Master Template which is mobile-responsive and organized
  • Teaser Text - Add this to your next campaign to enhance your subject line
  • Buttons - Create a great Call-to-Action with buttons that stand out in your emails
  • Welcome Email and Autoresponders - How these automated campaigns are set up and what they can do for your business
  • Social Share Tool - A time-saving tool to launch your email campaigns into social media
  • "Text to Join" - Get prospects to join your list by using their smartphones to text in their email address. This is a quick, easy way to grow your list.
  • Contact Management - List growth strategies and tagging your contacts for better segmentation.

SPECIAL TOPIC: PMP EXAM PREPARATION
Facilitator - Loretta Harland, PMP
Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$1,725.00

Participants are required to purchase "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 6th Edition" on their own prior to the first day of class.

The PMP Exam Preparation Course provides students with all the knowledge they need to pass the Project Management Institute (PMI)® - Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam. This course includes five days of instructor led, intense focus as well as practice exams, quizzes, quick reference guides, and all the necessary materials and post-class support for passing the exam. Participants will:

  • Learn about the PMP exam and what it takes to apply
  • Save time by studying only the material necessary to pass the exam
  • Utilize quick reference materials to enable learning
  • Acquire tools and techniques they can apply in the real world
  • Test their knowledge throughout the course with practice exams

COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR: RESILIENCE-THE SCIENCE OF BOUNCING BACK
Facilitator – Renee Romine

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Complimentary

Heartmath Institute defines resilience as the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, adversity, trauma or challenge. Does any of this describe you? Join Renee Romine, Director of Training and Organizational Development at Kent State University, to explore ways to manage emotions to sustain good health, optimal function and resilience.

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SPECIAL TOPIC: LEADERSHIP ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATE - 2 days
Facilitators – Dr. Phil Kim, Dr. Kay Potetz, Kristy Frieden, Lisa Waite

Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$690.00

Have you completed training programs that give you foundational skills and now find yourself asking, “What next?” Obtain higher level skills and gain important credentials that promote leadership excellence in the organization by investing in our Leadership Essentials Certificate. Get top-quality programs with practical content that immediately transfers to the workplace.

THE EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT LEADER
Facilitator - Phillip Kim, Ph.D. 

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
Facilitator – Kay Potetz, Ph.D.

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) emerged from the research of David Cooperrider at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. It is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations around the world. Appreciative Inquiry builds on the best of “what is” and leads to lasting, sustainable change. If your current methods of employee motivation are less than successful or lead to only short-term changes, this program is for you. At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the changes in the workforce and their effect on motivation
  • Recall and analyze traditional approaches to motivation
  • Discuss the mental locks that prevent us from being creative
  • Describe expectancy theory and equity theory
  • Explain Appreciative Inquiry and its relationship to motivation
  • List applications of Appreciative Inquiry in motivating staff
     

WHAT'S PREVENTING YOUR TEAM'S SUCCESS? OVERCOMING CRITICAL DYSFUNCTIONS
Facilitator - Kristy Frieden

Based on Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, this session will help participants build healthy, productive teams by identifying strategies to overcome the critical five dysfunctions- absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify each of the five dysfunctions that prevent team success
  • Apply specific strategies to assist teams in becoming more effective


ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, LEAD
Facilitator - Lisa Waite

How can I follow if you don’t lead?

This program showcases insights, best practices and compelling tools for growth as visionaries, mentors, coaches and stewards from today’s most recognized leaders (Chapman, Cathy, Mayer, Sinek), plus timeless pearls of wisdom from authorities like Drucker, Disney, Maxwell, and Welch. Participants leave with a renewed sense of commitment to clients and employees. Participants will explore:

  • Leading by example to influence and instill success in others
  • Defining ways of building a culture to drive loyalty and productivity
  • Establishing new benchmarks for involvement and accountability
  • Creating communication principles that support a people-centric culture
  • Practicing the benefits of becoming a listening leader

SPECIAL TOPIC: CELEMI PARTNERSTOCK™ - SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Facilitator - Ned Parks

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$295.00

Are you struggling with inventory levels and lead times? Do your colleagues continue cemented behaviors – despite directives, training, and kickoffs? Celemi PartnerStock™ is a competitive and interactive simulation that addresses the concepts of Inventory, Demand, Supply, and Production, and Lead Time. Participants are grouped into teams, and presented with life-like, inventory related dilemmas and challenges. They must prioritize their limited resources to handle the challenges. The goal is to optimize inventory levels while managing customer satisfaction and profit. The most successful team wins the competition.

The discussions and decisions within the teams, the competition between the teams, and the debriefs in plenum create a learning environment which is highly engaging, competitive, interactive, and fun. The participants experience significant peer-to-peer learning, make clear links to their real-life dilemmas, and apply research results and scientific models. Participants will:

  • See the big picture of the value chain and understand how they can contribute to optimizing inventory
  • Become better decision-makers in their daily job and anticipate the consequences of their decisions
  • Know when to build buffers and which type of buffers
  • Break down silos and improve transparency towards key stakeholders through the entire value chain
  • Search for the root cause behind problems
  • Find courage and good arguments to challenge customers, suppliers and colleagues when needed
  • Understand the responsibility that comes with the central position in the supply chain
  • Understand the importance of being proactive and one step ahead
  • Discover opportunities for improvements – and have the desire to make a difference

COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR: COMMUNICATING ACROSS GENERATIONS
Facilitator – Renee Romine

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Complimentary

Do you communicate well with people outside your age group? Join Renee Romine to find out how to manage communication across generations by first learning about the four generations in the workforce. Knowledge about each generation will give you a general understanding about each group's frame of reference and help you interact more effectively.

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COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR: DEALING WITH DIFFICULT BEHAVIORS
Facilitator – Renee Romine

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Complimentary

Do you have a coworker that seems impossible to work with? Ever wonder why that person acts that way….and gets away with it? This webinar focuses on identifying and addressing the most common difficult workplace behaviors. We will explore how we are personally impacted by these behaviors and ways to effectively deal with them. Participants will also:

  • Explore the importance that emotions and stress play in dealing with difficult encounters
  • Identify trigger words
  • Look at how to reframe reactions
  • Learn to address the seven most common difficult behaviors
  • Demonstrate how to give constructive feedback
     

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