Fall 2012 MDC Workshops:

For Women Only: Leadership and Management Skills

Women comprise close to 50% of the U.S. labor force but are faced with many challenges their male peers are not.  Only 15% of women hold senior management positions, which trends indicate, are starting to drop after a decade-long increase.  Today's organizations demand both leadership AND management skills in order to achieve sustainable results and for women, these skills have a more significant impact on one's career than men.  

During this session, the participant will...

  • Examine leadership and management skills and help develop competencies needed to meet the challenges women face in the workplace.  
  • Establish distinction between leading and managing.
  • Identify skills and competencies needed to be effective as both a leader and manager.
  • Develop individual and group actions needed to achieve performance goals.

Targeted Audience:  This workshop is for women currently leading, managing, or supervising or women who aspire to increase their leadership-management skills to be more effective in their current positions.  Sorry men, as the title suggests, women only in this workshop!

Cost: $99.00 

Facilitators Bio:  LeAnn Brown, SPHR currently serves as a faculty member in the Department of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University.  She teaches courses in leadership and team dynamics and serves as a consultant with the FHSU Management Development Center.  Prior to working in higher education, Brown worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors in human resources and organizational development.  She has conducted leadership and management workshops for corporations, universities, churches, and non-profit organizations in Oregon, Washington, and Kansas. Ms. Brown is pursuing her PhD in Global Leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech) specializing in organizational management.

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Communication and Coaching Skills in the Workplace

        

The knowledge gained from this workshop will help participants understand what drives their behavior and the behavior of others when engaged in communication and coaching. Workshop will include two assessments "What's My Communication Style" and "What's My Coaching Style" followed by activities allowing the participant to apply and experiment with reading others communication and coaching simulations. 

During this session, the participant will...

  • Understand how communication impacts our relationship with others.
  • Learn about the different types of communication.
  • Identify your personal communication style.
  • Understand the four communication styles.
  • Discover a quick way to identify the styles of others.
  • Understand how to use style to improve communication.

Targeted Audience:  This workshop is for anyone (men or women) interested in developing their leader-manager-follower skills to be more effective in their current positions.

Cost: $99.00 

Facilitators Bio:  Dr. Kyle B. Stone is the Director of the Management Development Center and an Assistant Professor at Fort Hays State University in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship and currently teaching in the Management and Marketing department. His research interests are human resource development, lean thinking, organizational development, and change management. His industry experience spans twenty years in automotive and utility truck manufacturing and operations management. 

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Manager and Leader Development Workshop Series  

Is your business being overwhelmed by change?  

Is your business able to react to change but it seems chaotic and unorganized? 

Are your managers and leaders experts in their functional area but struggle with change? 

If any of these situations sound like your organization, don’t worry, your not alone.  Organizations are designed to resist change and protect the status quo much like our bodies are designed to resist infection and disease.  Not that we’re suggestion change is a disease, but to an organizational structure built on stability and sustainability, change can be seen as an enemy.

All businesses are confronted with change at some point in their existence and over the past few years, change has been a constant for many. Those that resist change are often left behind or slowly spiral into a small niche market that eventually disappears. Businesses that recognize the need to change and react are able to remain viable but often struggle with becoming healthy and sustainable.  Businesses that proactively anticipate change and remain agile and flexible within their marketplace typically have higher customer satisfaction, more engaged workforce, and are internally equitable and externally competitive resulting in financial stability.

So how do we harness the power of change while at the same time encouraging stability through providing consistent quality products to our customers and offering a stable environment to our workforce?  Its starts and ends with manager and leadership development.  Developing individuals that are skilled in the area of systematic change who can also facilitate and guide your organization through the change process is the first step in being proactive and harnessing the power of change.

This series of workshops builds the foundation for mangers and leaders to better understand the dynamics of the change process, how to be a change agent and successfully facilitate and manage change interventions.

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Leadership Transformation: Understanding your Leadership Style:  

Leadership transformation is a process that changes individuals and organizations. It is focused on values, ethics, standards, and long-term goals and includes understanding of employees and helping them reach their full potential. This interactive session will provide participants with an evaluation of their current leadership style and assist in developing strategies for effective leadership in the workplace. Below is the outline of objectives for the workshop:

During this session, the participant will...

  • Understand effective transformational leadership and how it can contribute to positive organizational outcomes
  • Develop awareness of your transformational Leadership style
  • Create action steps to incorporate transformational Leadership behaviors into your work life

Targeted Audience:  Anyone currently involved in the management or leadership of people within the workplace.  This is also an excellent workshop for those transitioning into middle-management roles such as team leaders or supervisors.

Training Time: 3.5 hours

Each participant will receive Kouzes & Posner (2003) Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) Leadership Development Planner; LPI Self Inventory; and an LPI Quick Reference Card.

Facilitators Bio: Dr. Brent J. Goertzen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University and frequently teaches classes on topics such as leadership in teams, organizational leadership and fieldwork in leadership. His research interests are in evaluation of leadership effectiveness, organizational leadership and leadership in teams.  Dr. Goertzen has provided training for local organizations such as Nex-Tech, the Small Business Development Center, the Kansas Environmental Leadership Program and the Western Kansas Society of Human Resource Managers (WKHRMA).

   


Manager as Change Agent:  TBD: 1- 4:30 pm, FHSU Memorial Union - 

This workshop will help prepare the participant to become a change agent within their organization by using the Change Agent Blueprint.  It takes courage to become a change agent and requires a new mindset toward individual and organizational performance and a willingness to take risks, wrestle with ambiguity, and deal with conflict head-on.

During this session, the participant will learn the following about becoming a change agent:

·      What is a Change Agent?

·      Understanding and Managing Change

·      Change Agent’s Areas of Expertise

·      Integrating Resources, Roles, and Competencies

Targeted Audience:  Anyone currently involved in the management or leadership of people within the workplace. This is also an excellent workshop for those transitioning into middle-management roles such as team leaders or supervisors.

Training Time: 3.5 hours

Each participant will receive Dr. Jerry Gilley’s Manager as Change Agent book packed with practical information and resources for future development.  A workbook will also be given to each participant with resources used throughout the session.

Facilitators Bio:  Dr. Kyle B. Stone is the Director of the Management Development Center and an Assistant Professor at Fort Hays State University in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship and currently teaching in the Management and Marketing department. His research interests are human resource development, lean thinking, organizational development, and change management. His industry experience spans twenty years in automotive and utility truck manufacturing and operations management. 

 


Manager as Politician: TBD: 1- 4:30 pm, FHSU Memorial Union

Politics is a way of life in every organization.  Like it or not, managers must develop political savvy in order to succeed as leaders; every interaction has political undertones that affect a manager’s performance in the workplace.  As politicians, managers are called upon to bring together parties with different (and often competing) agendas, and to demonstrate the experience, capabilities, and qualities necessary to solve problems and make decisions in a timely fashion.  As politicians, managers must be keenly aware of the human and organizational aspects of conflict – along with techniques to resolve it – while successfully balancing individual, group, and organization-wide goals and priorities.

 During this workshop participants will learn the following:   

  • Examine the dynamics of organizational power-plays and interpersonal communication.
  • Show managers how to step over land mines, overcome challenges, and develop skills and instincts necessary for political survival. 
  • Learn key roles and responsibilities to ‘navigate’ political situations.
  • Identify your 'People Styles' based on Bolton & Bolton's (2009) People Styles at Work inventory.

Targeted Audience:  Anyone currently involved in the management or leadership of people within the workplace. This is also an excellent workshop for those transitioning into middle-management roles such as team leaders or supervisors.

Training Time: 3.5 hours

Each participant will receive Dr. Jerry Gilley’s (2006) The Manager as Politician book packed with practical information and resources for future development. A workbook will also be given to each participant with resources used throughout the session.


Facilitators Bio:  Dr. Kyle B. Stone is the Director of the Management Development Center and an Assistant Professor at Fort Hays State University in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship and currently teaching in the Management and Marketing department. His research interests are human resource development, lean thinking, organizational development, and change management. His industry experience spans twenty years in automotive and utility truck manufacturing and operations management. 

 


 Facilitating Change: TBD: 1 - 4:30 pm, FHSU Memorial Union

This workshop will provide the participant with helpful tools and techniques used to facilitate and manage the change process.  Successful change interventions are heavily dependent on how the process is managed and the leadership capabilities of the change agent. Being able to anticipate challenges, confront conflict, encourage participation, manage resistance, and guide the organization through the change process are skills honed through practice. This workshop will provide the participant with the knowledge to build these necessary skills and allow the opportunity to practice a number of the techniques learned during the workshop.

During this session, the participant will learn the following about facilitating change:

  • History and Concepts of Change Management
  • Levels of Organizational Change
  •  Understanding and Managing the Change Curve
  •  How to Facilitate Organizational Change

 Targeted Audience:  Anyone currently involved in the management or leadership of people within the workplace. This is also an excellent workshop for those transitioning into middle-management roles such as team leaders or supervisors.

Training Time: 3.5 hours

Facilitator Bio:  Dr. Kyle B. Stone is the Director of the Management Development Center and an Assistant Professor at Fort Hays State University in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship and currently teaching in the Management and Marketing department.  His research interests are human resource development, lean thinking, organizational development, and change management.  His industry experience spans twenty years in automotive and utility truck manufacturing and operations management. 

 


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