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Workshop 1: Building Personal Competencies for Inclusive Leadership

Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 10 AM - 1 PM ET | Lauren Turner

Our workforce continues to become more diverse, representing individuals from many backgrounds and experiences. We are able to best leverage the value of this diversity when we role model inclusive behaviors and foster a workplace climate that encourages all employees to bring their whole best selves to work every day. In turn, this provides employees with the positive workplace experience that they deserve. This session will introduce several relevant models of leadership, and the concept of cultural intelligence, as context for developing your own personal leadership approach.

As leaders, we don't often take time for self-reflection and assessment. Participating in this session will provide a framework for:

  • Recognizing the breadth of diversity and the opportunities & challenges it presents;
  • Understanding your leadership tendencies;
  • Exploring opportunities to develop your leadership capabilities.

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Workshop 2: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 10 AM - 1 PM ET | Deb Casey & Elissa Magnant

Managers are expected to lead by calm example, engage staff and develop resources, including their workforce, under continually challenging circumstances. Sometimes it seems that a crystal ball would help! This seminar helps managers and future managers tune in to the five foundational pillars of emotional intelligence paired with actions that may be immediately employed at work to further success. So that you will be able to:

  • Recognize when you feel emotional at work so that you can manage your own reaction
  • Learn to strategize your encounters instead of reacting without a plan
  • Learn to lead using these strategies so that others learn from and with you

Workshop 3: Breaking Barriers, Building Teams

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 10 AM - 1 PM ET | Eileen Powers-Twichell

People are the greatest asset of any organization, yet how to build a highly functioning team tends to elude many. There is no "magic" to creating a great team, but there are some very practical techniques to understand how a group becomes a unified, high-performing team.

In this session, you will:
  • Gain a clear understanding of how a group becomes a unified, high-performing team
  • Increase buy-in from team members and stakeholders by leveraging the connection between trust, conflict, and accountability
  • Understand how to drive accountability between team members and stakeholders

We will explore Tuckman's Stages of Group Development; Patrick Lencioni's concept of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team; and the best-selling Everything DiSC behavioral assessment.

Workshop 4: Giving and Receiving Feedback as a Leader

Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 10 AM - 1 PM ET | Catherine Rymsha

In this workshop, participants will gain a new appreciation for feedback as it relates to being a strong leader. Wherever you are in your career path--emerging, middle, or senior leader--we will explore ways that you as a leader can use feedback in your day-to-day to drive results, enhance performance and align with team members. Gain actionable tools by examining case studies and participating in exercises.

In attending this workshop, you will:

  • Understand what feedback is and why being able to give feedback is critical to being an influential leader
  • Discover ways to give actionable feedback that drives results and improves performance
  • Learn how use feedback to engage and motivate people through increased alignment, improved understanding and enhanced communication

Workshop 5: Leveraging Power, Politics and Negotiations to Accelerate Performance

Thursday, March 17, 2022 | 10 AM - 1 PM ET | Olga Tines

Evolving societal norms and values ultimately make their way into workplace behaviors and norms. For example, the "shock" of the pandemic and "shift" of relocating workers from the office building to a home office is having a potentially disruptive effect on traditional political and power models in the workplace.

Given this reality, this workshop will provide participants with insights into:
  • Sources of power and strategies to build it when you need a boost to achieve your goals;
  • Recognizing and responding to organizational politics;
  • Negotiating your way to more productive and collaborative outcomes in times of conflict.

The learning plan for these topics will be facilitated with scenario-based discussions and directed small group activities. Participants should also come prepared to share two situations they have observed or experienced at work they believe are examples of power plays or politics.

Workshop 6: Leadership for the Future of Work in Workforce Ecosystems

Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 10 AM - 1 PM ET | Elizabeth J. Altman

Leaders today are increasingly operating in more open and interconnected environments. Whereas leaders traditionally placed most of their emphasis on managing internal employees and operations, modern managerial responsibilities include extensive interactions with external parties including contractors, gig workers, partners, external contributors, professional service firms, and others. These contexts are often structured as workforce ecosystems, encompassing a wide array of worker types and technologies. Accordingly, leaders need to learn to manage across organizational boundaries, influence without authority, and create and respond to new types of management practices.

In this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the importance, relevance, and value of workforce ecosystems and the types of workers that they encompass
  • Understand how workforce ecosystems, encompassing increasingly flexible structures with diverse types of workers, are created and managed
  • Develop new leadership skills aligned with management practices associated with workforce ecosystems