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Workplace Strategies Conference
Breakout Sessions

Erin Daiber
Art of Employee Engagement
We know that employees who are engaged in their work are more productive and likely to remain in their positions for a longer period of time. Recent studies show that engagement in American workers is as low as 32 percent, and that as many as 24 percent are actively disengaged (Gallup). So, how can we address this? Your employees are dynamic, and your engagement initiatives should be, too. Attendees of this program will gain an in-depth understanding of the four stages of the Employee Engagement Cycle. We will explore tools that can be used to engage and empower team members at all stages of development, from new hires to experienced peak performers. Participants will have an opportunity to evaluate the lifecycle of employees in their organization, identify areas for improved employee retention and engagement, and leave with the foundations to build a dynamic program from that fits the needs of the team and the organization.

Sheryl White
What's Personality Got to Do with It
In this interactive session participants will have an opportunity to:  1) Experience how to use personality interaction styles with situational leadership frameworks to coach leaders in advancing their leadership effectiveness; 2) Gain clarity on the four different interaction styles and how each style can support or distract from a leader’s ability to influence, garner commitment, and produce desired outcomes; and 3) Explore strategies for coaching leaders in using this information to effectively manage their “self” to ensure consistent alignment of their intentions, behavior, and impact.

Elizabeth Fried
Executive Presence
Dr. Fried’s presentation assumes you have the technical/business skills to conduct a solid analysis and generate viable alternatives. Thus, the focus of this highly interactive session will be how to develop and improve executive presence by offering a variety of strategies to effectively get the senior team to embrace your ideas. Known for her practical advice and tips grounded in solid neuroscience research, Dr. Fried will provide you with tactics you can implement immediately.

Tamara Furman, MS, PCC, BCC, CPBA/CPMA
The Art of Persuasive and Influential Communication
How often have you walked away from a conversation with a belief that you persuaded another person to do something or influenced the outcome of a situation, only to learn later you did neither of these? As a leader, your ability to persuade and influence is fundamental to getting results that matter. Having these skills allows you to be a exceptional leader at all levels within an organization. Whether you are communicating with your boss, your peers, your internal customers or your direct reports, these skills will support you in making a difference in everything you do and showcase you as a highly effective and collaborative communicator.

Participants will receive the key elements of how to become a persuasive and influential communicator. They will engage in an exercise of self-evaluation, and have the opportunity to examine how they may be sabotaging their efforts to persuade and influence. They will leave with practical tips on how to retool and reframe their efforts to persuade and influence others.

Sharon Griggs, MBA, BCC and Jerald Jellison
Action Based Coaching
More and more managers are expected to provide coaching to their direct reports. In the rare instances in which they receive coaching training, it’s usually based on professional coaching models. These models were designed for professional coaches who work with executives who are highly motivated to change. In contrast, managers often deal with employees whose feelings toward change are at best mixed. It’s more than likely that these employees would prefer to keep doing things the ways they’ve always done them. In this breakout session, Sharon and Jerald will go over Action Based Coaching (ABC) that focuses on simple actions for employees who are resistant to change. 

Jenny Jacobs
Building Trust in the Workplace
Long dismissed as a “soft” skill, trust is now recognized for its power to increase speed and reduce costs. In this sessions, we will teach those in management positions why building a high-trust environment is as essential as any other measurable goal in the organization. In this presentation, participants learn that trust begins with them. They leave with a renewed commitment to become more credible and to extend trust to others. They will learn to do the real work of identifying and closing the trust gaps that exist in the organization.

Danny Kim
Leveraging Your Strengths to Maximize Your Leadership Potential
Most people don’t know what their strengths are. When asked, they give a list of accomplishments, titles, or achievements, which is the wrong answer (Drucker). According to Gallup’s research, individuals who use their strengths every day have 7.8 percent greater productivity, are six times more likely to be engaged and are three times more likely to having an excellent quality of life. In this workshop, we will explore the difference between strengths and talents, give insight on how to leverage them everyday, and help you develop a plan to maximize your leadership potential. Participants are requested to bring their Top 5 Gallup StrengthsFinder Themes.

Alan Landers
Despite the constant refrain proclaiming the importance of accountability, innumerable articles and studies support the claim of Victor Lipman who wrote in Forbes magazine, "One out of every two managers is terrible at accountability." Surprisingly, SHRM's 2017 Body of Competency and Knowledge (a 71-page document) does not include knowledge of accountability systems in its list of HR competencies and knowledge. This session defines accountability, how it works within organizations, what factors influence it, and guidelines for increasing accountability, effectiveness, engagement, and productivity.

Eldona Lewis Fernandez
Think Like a Negotiator
In this highly-charged, content-packed presentation, Eldonna will show you how to find more power, negotiate better deals and create win-win results. You will be energized, empowered and educated to be a better negotiator and understand the art and language of negotiation.

Kim Miller-Hershon
Learn a whole new way to think about time and time management. In this workshop, Kim Miller-Hershon outlines her unique branded system for creating and implementing a customized time management structure based on your strengths. Walk away with confidence that you can use this information, out the door, to improve your results and the results of your team.

Tim Silvera
Simple Reward Practices for the Millennial
In today's competitive business environment, companies need to focus on engaging employees to deliver results. Learn how to engage employees to drive bottom-line results and build a success-driven culture. HUB’s Ultimate Rewards consulting team are experts at designing simple compensation and performance practices for the Millennial Generation.    

Jan Slater and Cyndi Uelen
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team
During this session, you will walk away with insights from assessment data that you can apply to your own teams and organization, as well as terrific ideas for getting started as your work to improve teams inside of your organization. In addition, there will be case-study stories from companies who utilize The Five Behaviors™ framework as their competitive advantage and an overview of The Five Behaviors model and how it can work for you. Lastly, you will walk away with your very own copy of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team eBook!

Phillip Tanzilo
Change Management
The modern workplace is in a state of constant evolution, innovating and changing to remain competitive and relevant is essential. Today, leaders are depending on their people to accept and support changes in leadership, technologies, policies or management approaches essential to sustainable success. The reality is, most employees initially resist workplace changes and defend the status quo. Change is an emotional experience. We have to grieve the loss. Some are able to simply do so faster than others.

Gregg Ward
Coaching for Respect: A 10-Step Process for HR Professionals
One of the most common employee complaints is feeling disrespected by a boss or colleagues. But too often simply admonishing the parties fails to curb disrespectful behavior. A more effective approach is needed. Gregg Ward - expert leadership coach, consultant and author of the award-winning, best-selling book The Respectful Leader (Wiley, 2016) - introduces his practical, proven, 10-step Coaching for Respect process, ideal for HR professionals seeking to effectively increase respect and collaboration within work relationships.

Vernon Webb
Learning Basic Mindfulness, Stress Management, Relaxation and Focus
What is mindfulness? Suffice it to say, “Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to concentrate and focus. Your ability to concentrate and focus is directly proportional to your ability to eliminate distractions”. Mindfulness trains us to be present and to respond skillfully to what is happening right now, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant. Mindfulness skills develop and enhance emotional intelligence, leadership, decision making, team work, communication, innovation and collaboration.

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