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bloomsburg university

Management and Leadership Certificate (Virtual Training) Evening

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** New Evening Program ** This Management and Leadership Certificate program is being brought to you by a special partnership between Bloomsburg University and the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce.

Dennis Gilbert, is serving as the instructor/facilitator for this series.

This five-module series is designed to help participants develop and sharpen skills that relate to leading in today’s workplace environment. It is appropriate for existing workplace leaders, managers, and supervisors; or those who are new or emerging.

Throughout the series, each module will provide specific learning objectives and will be delivered by a subject matter expert who will utilize a pleasing combination of lecture, experiential learning activities and exercises, and real-world examples.

Professional course materials will be provided and will include assessments, activities, and other learning enhancement components to help each participant individualize their learning experience.

The five, three-hour modules are:

  1. Supervisor Effectiveness
  2. Effective Communication for Managers
  3. Conflict Management
  4. Navigating a Multi-generational Workforce
  5. Being a Great Mentor or Coach

Sharpening management skills and your leadership presence are valuable for navigating today’s workforce. This series will help you prepare and improve your role as a leader.

This program is scheduled as follows:

October 22nd

November 5th

November 19th

December 3rd

December 17th

All sessions will be virtual training via the Zoom platform. They will start promptly at 7 PM (sign-in 6:50 PM) and conclude at 10 PM.

To submit an application to participate or to get more information please contact:  Jennifer Williams at Bloomsburg University by calling 570-389-4004.

This program qualifies for WEDnetPA grant funding (for eligible businesses). For additional information please contact: Jennifer Williams at Bloomsburg University by calling 570-389-4004.

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Columbia Montour Chamber

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LHU Leadership Institute

LHU Leadership Institute Certificate (Virtual Training)

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Employers within the greater Lock Haven University area have expressed a need for employee training in basic management and team leadership. Based upon input from area employers, the University is working with Appreciative Strategies, LLC., to bring forward this important leadership training program. Registration is open to all individuals and employers, including those who are within the region and those outside of the immediate area.

Dennis Gilbert is serving as the instructor/facilitator for this series.

This five-module series is designed to help participants develop and sharpen skills that relate to leading in today’s workplace environment. It is appropriate for existing workplace leaders, managers, and supervisors; or those who are new or emerging.

Throughout the series, each module will provide specific learning objectives and will be delivered by a subject matter expert who will utilize a pleasing combination of lecture, experiential learning activities and exercises, and real-world examples.

Professional course materials will be provided and will include assessments, activities, and other learning enhancement components to help each participant individualize their learning experience.

The five, three-hour modules are:

  1. Leadership Effectiveness
  2. Effective Communication for Managers
  3. Conflict Management
  4. Navigating a Multi-generational Workforce
  5. Being a Great Mentor or Coach

Sharpening management skills and your leadership presence are valuable for navigating today’s workforce. This series will help you prepare and improve your role as a leader.

This program is scheduled as follows:

October 22nd

November 5th

November 19th

December 3rd

December 17th

All sessions will be virtual training via the Zoom platform. They will start promptly at 9 AM (sign-in 8:50 AM) and conclude at 12 PM (noon).

To submit an application to participate or to get more information please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/wdace 

This program qualifies for WEDnetPA grant funding (for eligible businesses). For additional information please contact: Angelic Hardy, Lock Haven University by calling 570-484-3131.

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bloomsburg university

Management and Leadership Certificate (Virtual Training)

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** FULL ** (This offering is full. Please contact us for additional options.) This Management and Leadership Certificate program is being brought to you by a special partnership between Bloomsburg University and the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce.

Dennis Gilbert, is serving as the instructor/facilitator for this series.

This five-module series is designed to help participants develop and sharpen skills that relate to leading in today’s workplace environment. It is appropriate for existing workplace leaders, managers, and supervisors; or those who are new or emerging.

Throughout the series, each module will provide specific learning objectives and will be delivered by a subject matter expert who will utilize a pleasing combination of lecture, experiential learning activities and exercises, and real-world examples.

Professional course materials will be provided and will include assessments, activities, and other learning enhancement components to help each participant individualize their learning experience.

The five, three-hour modules are:

  1. Supervisor Effectiveness
  2. Effective Communication for Managers
  3. Conflict Management
  4. Navigating a Multi-generational Workforce
  5. Being a Great Mentor or Coach

Sharpening management skills and your leadership presence are valuable for navigating today’s workforce. This series will help you prepare and improve your role as a leader.

This program is scheduled as follows:

September 22nd

October 6th

October 20th

November 3rd

November 17th

All sessions will be virtual training via the Zoom platform. They will start promptly at 9 AM (sign-in 8:50 AM) and conclude at 12 Noon.

To submit an application to participate or to get more information please contact:  Jennifer Williams at Bloomsburg University by calling 570-389-4004.

This program qualifies for WEDnetPA grant funding (for eligible businesses). For additional information please contact: Jennifer Williams at Bloomsburg University by calling 570-389-4004.

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Columbia Montour Chamber

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box checkers

Box Checkers Don’t Get the Value of Expertise

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Task masters like to check the box. Box checkers often forget or fail to understand one important thing.

The value of expertise.

People sometimes view education as a box checked. Get the certificate, get the degree, check the box.

In your workplace boxes are often checked. Did the data get entered, the messages sent, responses provided, and the calendar updated? Yup, boxes checked.

It can go much deeper.

What do you have a budget for? Office supplies? OK, great let’s spend some money. Budget spent; box checked.

There are boxes checked everywhere.

When it comes to employee growth, development, and career success you may want to pay closer attention before you just check the box.

Box Checkers

Expertise has value.

If it didn’t, anyone could fix their car. Anyone could build a house, fix their computer, or understand what is wrong when they feel ill.

They could solve their own legal problems, repair a dental cavity, and cut their own hair.

It is true for workplace culture development, employee training and coaching, and for the technical aspects of every job.

That free webinar? Not much with real value is free. Someone is paying or it is a sales pitch. Is there some value? Sure maybe, but it is likely very limited.

You can probably learn how to make a smoothie, change a setting in your software, or refinish an old wooden cabinet by watching quick video or reading a blog post. Yet, you probably haven’t mastered the craft.

People can stand in front of a room, or get on a Zoom session, and talk about a PowerPoint to the audience. Are they an expert?

If your goal is to check the box, you can consider it is already done.

If the anticipated outcome is a change in the results, a gain in knowledge or skill, or the timely production of an error free product, you may need an expert.

Skills and expertise are built by learning and practicing across time.

If you’re going to skydive would you want your parachute packed by someone who just watched a video titled, “How to pack a parachute”?

Can it be done?

Yes, box checked.

You’re now good to go.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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training time

We Can’t Afford Training Time

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Does your company provide or encourage continuous learning? Is training time viewed as an investment or only an expense?

There are many small businesses with organizational leaders who scoff at the idea of training. One of the best excuses that leaders say, create, or allow, is that there is not enough time for training.

Certainly, the dollars spent for training can be a stumbling block, yet organization leaders may blame it on time.

Stuck, Stalled, or Stopped

Small businesses (and leaders) grow to the size or capability of management and then get stuck. They often get stuck because the theories and concepts they’ve grown accustom to only work up to a certain size.

The small business with fewer than ten people has a different dynamic from the business that employs one hundred and ten thousand. Leadership principles in these organizations are similar, yet strategic and tactical deployment may be different.

Examining costs for training in any business should not be based only on dollars spent or time made available for training. There are many other intangible costs that should be considered.

The list is long but here are a few:

  • Rework
  • Drama
  • Customer Experiences
  • Technology
  • Employee turnover

Some organizations that get stalled, stuck, or stopped, never recover. They stay there and slowly decline.

Training Time

I remember a rather successful CEO saying to me, “If we suggested people go to training right now, they would say they don’t have time and they wouldn’t be able to focus on the training because they would be too worried about the operation.”

On the surface it is hard to argue with that statement, yet, underneath the surface you have to question the culture (leadership) that drives that mindset.

Of course, there are times when every operation (especially small ones) need every hand on deck. The challenge may be determining when these times are real and when they become an excuse.

The real story here is that untrained employees are always more expensive than trained employees.

Trained employees will make decisions, they will make better decisions, quality will improve, commitment, engagement, and loyalty will all be better.

Training time may be the smallest price to pay.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Penn State Smeal

Management Essentials – Lewistown, PA

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Dennis is headed to Lewistown, PA with PennState Smeal College of Business and Penn State Executive Programs to deliver this valuable professional development program.

 

This five-module series is designed to help participants develop and sharpen skills that relate to managing in today’s workplace environment. Throughout the series, each module will provide specific learning objectives, experiential learning activities and exercises, and real-world examples.

This program is appropriate for new first-level supervisors, individual contributors, or team leads who are considering the transition into supervision, as well as experienced supervisors who would like to refresh their skills.

Sample job titles include manager, supervisor, coordinator, superintendent, and team lead.

Five Modules all (8:30 AM arrival) 9:00 AM – 12 Noon

May 23, 2019 – Supervisor Effectiveness

May 30, 2019 – Effective Communication for Managers

June 5, 2019 – Conflict Management for Managers

June 12, 2019 – Navigating a Multigenerational Workforce

June 19, 2019 – Being a Great Mentor or Coach

$495.00 (for the 5 module series)

Register Now!

Or Call: 800-311-6364

Penn State Smeal


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immersive training

Is Immersive Training Really Hyperbolic Clickbait?

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Buzzwords keep things interesting. Many of the same concepts rebrand themselves across time. Have you ever participated in immersive training?

People spend hours scrolling their smartphone while browsing pictures, meme’s, and little innuendo’s that are otherwise known as clickbait. “See what this gorilla does with a banana.” and how can you resist?

Distraction or Learning

All the time people spend watching, listening, and reading you would think intelligence would abound. Yet we still can’t resist the temptation to be distracted. Just one more time, just another few seconds on the video, and one more listen.

Instead we could spend time to read a non-fiction book, really get immersed in it, engage and grow. We could also sign up for the seminar, the workshop, or the two-day retreat. Open our minds, dig deep, get a plan, let go of wasteful thinking and actions, improve.

Buzzword Bingo

Peter Drucker taught us about management by objectives (MBO’s) in 1954. In the late 1980’s it was TQM, then ISO 9000, and into the late 1990’s and early 2000’s more about Lean, Six Sigma, and Kaizen.

We can’t forget to thank W. Edwards Deming, Joseph M. Juran, and even Jack Welch for their contributions. Good stuff, all of it. What does it all mean?

While there are differences, largely the concepts behind all these acronyms and buzzwords are similar. Reduce waste, be efficient, have very high quality, keep expenses low, and have inventory just-in-time, or perhaps not at all.

What does all of this have to do with immersive training?

Immersive Training

Shouldn’t all training be immersive? Some may argue that lecture is not immersive, yet I guess that depends on if the lecturer can get you to take a deep dive.

If you are interested enough to engage. It’s immersive.

Don’t be surprised if your next workplace initiative to clean out the supply closet appears on the board report as a Kaizen blitz. Also don’t be surprised that when you register for the conference you’ll be signing up for immersive training.

You would think we are, “reinventing the wheel.”

-DEG

[PS: Marketing lingo works.]

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553. 


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Training cost

Training Cost And Other Expenses

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Have you evaluated the training cost? Have you evaluated the cost of not training? What about the time commitment, is that stopping you?

There are plenty of excuses why organizations shy away from training. Some popular excuses relate to budget, time commitments, and occasionally someone will mention a lack of need.

Measure Costs

What are the true costs associated with a lost customer? What are the costs of poor decisions made by supervisors, managers, and other workplace leaders? Employee turnover, what does that cost?

I’ve been told, “When we have a choice to ship the product or sit in training. We’re always going to ship the product.”

It is a statement that is hard to work with, yet it is a mindset that is associated with higher costs of doing business.

Shipping the product today matters. Conceptually it matters more than training. I should say, “More than training today.” Shipping the product without training is a short run game. It works while it works, until it doesn’t.

Training Cost

Most organizations deepest interest is to grow. Increase revenue, share the mission objective, touch more people, change lives, impress investors, and build, grow, build, grow.

In most businesses or even the non-profit, the long game matters more. A three-person company can ship the product efficiently, a three-hundred-person company may be different.

The infrastructure costs could be a few million, or rent or lease, is multiple tens of thousands per month. Salary and benefits, they are likely the largest item on the income statement.

Marketing and advertising, they are often paid months in advance of the collection of the accounts receivable from a possible sale.

Will you do all of that without training? That is just on the surface, dig deeper and you’ll discover more. What will shape your culture?

Every dollar invested in training accounts for many more dollars you’ll save somewhere else.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Penn State Smeal

Developing Middle Managers – PSU

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Developing Middle Managers

Learn key managerial competencies in planning, communication, decision making, and more in five full days of this highly interactive classroom experience complemented with online resources. Completion awards a Professional Certificate in Functional Management, 3.6 CEUs, and 35 SHRM PDCs.

Dennis Gilbert and Mary Kay Williams will be serving as faculty for the Penn State Smeal College of Business, Executive Programs.

This is a 5-day program starting on April 8, and concluding on April 12, 2019.

For additional information please contact Sue Greene:

Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University
484 Business Building

University Park, PA  16801

Telephone: 814-865-6341


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great value

Great Value Is More Meaningful Than Price

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We know better, but we still do it. Every time we are about to make a big purchase we excruciatingly get stuck on the price. Great value is what we should really be assessing.

We may grab a snack from the convenience store, a coffee at the trendy shop, or feed a dollar or two into the vending machine and think nothing of it. Bigger ticket items often cause us to pause.

Value In Action

Yesterday, I joked with some friends on social media about buying a new Range Rover. The most consistent part of several threads across a couple of days was price.

Price can be an easy way of saying “no.” Why is that so easy? Often because no one is considering the value.

What are you or your organization buying? What are the big-ticket items that have your attention? How will you prepare your personal or departmental budget for the coming year?

Price, although often negotiable, is very apparent. We see the numbers and analyze the fit. Is it affordable? Will it work?

The CFO or your CPA may choose some deeper analysis. What is the anticipated life, the costs associated with ownership, and what will it do, if anything, to the balance sheet? Smart people.

Great Value

All these things matter, but many of them are more connected with price than value. Is value important?

Truly the Range Rover should be about value. The purchase of a personal computing device should be about value. Our home, our furniture, about value.

In the workplace when we bring on a new employee, about value. When we invest in employee training and development, about value. That large capital equipment purchase, it should be about value.

Beyond the technical or mechanical evaluation of price, there is often the intangible part of value.

One thing is certain. Be cautious of low price, it is often not connected with great value.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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