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Strategic Leadership – Little Rock

September 3, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Strategic leadership is a unique model of leadership. Leaders of organizations have different jobs than leaders in organizations. We expect team leaders to win the day-to-day battles, but we hope strategic leaders will win the long-term war. Strategic leaders need to understand leadership, but they also need to understand strategy. This seminar uses examples from the world of military and corporate strategy to identify the essential tasks of strategic leaders. We have seen how great leaders develop influence based on their character, their competence, and their behavior. These inputs, in turn, generate organizational outcomes such as trust, positive emotional energy, and extraordinary performance- all of which are hallmarks of great organizations.

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Program Description:
Strategic leadership is a unique model of leadership. Leaders of organizations have different jobs than leaders in organizations. We expect team leaders to win the day-to-day battles, but we hope strategic leaders will win the long-term war. Strategic leaders need to understand leadership, but they also need to understand strategy. This seminar uses examples from the world of military and corporate strategy to identify the essential tasks of strategic leaders. We have seen how great leaders develop influence based on their character, their competence, and their behavior. These inputs, in turn, generate organizational outcomes such as trust, positive emotional energy, and extraordinary performance- all of which are hallmarks of great organizations.

Benefits:
Great strategic leaders don’t wait to learn about strategic leadership. They prepare ahead of time, they reflect on leadership challenges ahead of time, and they seek out leadership mentors ahead of time. Spending time thinking about leadership provides an invaluable roadmap for the leadership development journey. Without a transparent mental model of the concept of strategic direction, it is not possible to craft an individual leadership development path.

Learning Objectives:
– Distinguish team leadership from strategic leadership
– Understand the unique competencies of strategic leaders
– Understand that leaders don’t just interact with followers; they interact with other leaders

Who Should Attend:
Professionals interested in developing themselves or others as strategic leaders.

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Captivating Audiences – Northwest Arkansas

September 4, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Your professional reputation is reflected in your communications. This course will improve your interpersonal communications, business writing, and public speaking skills.

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Program Description:
Your professional reputation is reflected in your communications. This course will improve your interpersonal communications, business writing, and public speaking skills. 

Benefits:
Engage your audience, build your brand, and convey the right message.

Learning Objectives:
– Learn the basics of public speaking
– Develop an action plan to become a more confident, compelling and capable public speaker
– Develop powerful presentations that support your ideas and draw in your audience
– Contribute ideas in an appealing and succinct manner
– Connect with your audience and be more engaging using nonverbal cues
– Write the perfect email that is clean, to the point, and uses appropriate tone
– Write with signposts to main ideas, clearly and concisely for maximum effect

Who Should Attend:
This course is designed for managers, directors and rising leaders who want to polish communication abilities to showcase leadership skills.

Location:
Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food
801 SE 8th St #71
Bentonville, AR 72712

Innovative Mindset – Northwest Arkansas

September 16, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exploring four Innovative principles through discussion/improv/debrief and application/reframing. The course explores the innovative process and steps within it practically and participants apply this process through improv techniques. 

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Program Description:
Exploring four Innovative principles through discussion/improv/debrief and application/reframing. The course explores the innovative process and steps within it practically and participants apply this process through improv techniques. 

Benefits:
Apply the innovative process to the workplace to create new and more effective methods.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the idea of disruption
– Learn the importance of failure
– Apply agility and fluidity
– Understand freedom within a framework

Who Should Attend:
Professionals at all levels of experience and within business, nonprofit, government who desire to develop their innovative creativeness within the workplace.

Location:
123 S. Main Street Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Leading with Emotional Intelligence – Little Rock

September 24, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) and a strong commitment to personal values are integral to effective leadership. Leaders with these skills are keenly aware of their emotions and the emotions of others, and they use those insights to lead, engage, and empower those around them. This course will aid in developing EI skills to make a bigger impact in the participant’s organization and become a stronger leader.

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Program Description:
Emotional Intelligence (EI) and a strong commitment to personal values are integral to effective leadership. Leaders with these skills are keenly aware of their emotions and the emotions of others, and they use those insights to lead, engage, and empower those around them. This course will aid in developing EI skills to make a bigger impact in the participant’s organization and become a stronger leader.

Benefits:
Leaders will be more self-aware and better able to lead teams. Increase empathy for your staff and become more self-motivated.

Learning Objectives:
– Use your knowledge to adapt your style to influence others
– Enhance your emotional intelligence to inspire and coach others through the uncertainty of change initiatives
– Utilize concepts of emotional intelligence as they relate to leadership capabilities and effectiveness
– Develop personal and company values in building and sustaining relationships with employees and customers
– Gain tools to develop an emotionally intelligent and ethical workforce
– Promote collaboration through high empathy, thought leadership, and thorough decision-making

Who Should Attend:
Managers, team leaders, and professionals who are seeking to understand and improve their emotional intelligence to improve their effectiveness as managers and leaders.

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Captivating Audiences – Little Rock

September 25, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Your professional reputation is reflected in your communications. This course will improve your interpersonal communications, business writing, and public speaking skills.

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Program Description:
Your professional reputation is reflected in your communications. This course will improve your interpersonal communications, business writing, and public speaking skills. 

Benefits:
Engage your audience, build your brand, and convey the right message.

Learning Objectives:
– Learn the basics of public speaking
– Develop an action plan to become a more confident, compelling and capable public speaker
– Develop powerful presentations that support your ideas and draw in your audience
– Contribute ideas in an appealing and succinct manner
– Connect with your audience and be more engaging using nonverbal cues
– Write the perfect email that is clean, to the point, and uses appropriate tone
– Write with signposts to main ideas, clearly and concisely for maximum effect

Who Should Attend:
This course is designed for managers, directors and rising leaders who want to polish communication abilities to showcase leadership skills.

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course – Little Rock

September 21-25 and October 19-23
8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a problem-solving methodology that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation.

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Program Description:
Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a problem-solving methodology that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation.

Benefits:
University-based, business-minded curriculum covers: International Association of Six Sigma Certification (IASSC), LSS Green Belt Body of Knowledge, American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge and Reference materials for leading projects.

Learning Objectives:
– Connect the improvement projects to the business strategy
– Evaluate processes to reduce waste
– Identify sources impacting production
– Conducting basic statistics and creating graphs 
– Calculating six sigma metrics
– Reviewing sources of variation
– Conducting hypothesis tests and regression analysis
– Analyzing control charts
– Eliminate costly duplications in workflows
– Communicate effectively with stakeholders

Who Should Attend:
Quality Control personnel, process engineers, industrial engineers, analysts, continuous improvement team members, project managers and operations managers.

Requirements for this program:
SigmaXL (Excel add-on) $299 at sigmaXL.com
Current version of Microsoft Office 365

Project assignment from workplace to develop during the course 

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

The Power of Effective Storytelling – Northwest Arkansas

October 29, 2020 (one day)
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Whether you’re trying to communicate a vision, sell an idea, or inspire commitment, storytelling is a powerful business tool that can mean the difference between lackluster enthusiasm and a rallying cry. This course will teach participants the art and science of utilizing compelling storytelling as a strategic benefit for the organization and a leadership technique in business and personal conversations and presentations.

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Program Description:
Whether you’re trying to communicate a vision, sell an idea, or inspire commitment, storytelling is a powerful business tool that can mean the difference between lackluster enthusiasm and a rallying cry. This course will teach participants the art and science of utilizing compelling storytelling as a strategic benefit for the organization and a leadership technique in business and personal conversations and presentations.

Benefits:
The use of storytelling in presentations and conversations does more than entertain. Stories inspire the audience by creating an emotional experience they will remember and an ability to engage at a higher level that will ideally lead to action.

Learning Objectives:
– Learn how compelling stories can help define culture and values, engender creativity and innovation, foster collaboration, build relationships, provide coaching/feedback and lead change
– Learn how to prepare, formulate and deliver a story
– Learn to address a wide variety of business challenges including specific stories to help you overcome difficult situations
– Practice and deliver your own story by the end of this session
– Learn how to develop a portfolio of stories

Who Should Attend:
Leaders who want their business presentations and conversations to become more inspirational and memorable. The course is an excellent opportunity for those in sales, marketing, communications, fundraising or journalism to perfect their storytelling ability.

Location:
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Oak Room, One College Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712

Ethical Leadership – Little Rock

November 2, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

We expect leaders to do things right, but we also expect them to do the right thing. This is an expectation held by employees as well as customers and other stakeholders. Instructor, Michael Hennelly, uses his West Point ethical leadership teaching experience, detailing leaders who show ethical awareness, understand ethical reasoning and display ethical courage, are stronger more effective leaders. The course concludes with examples of real-world ethical challenges that attendees are invited to discuss, debate and resolve. 

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Program Description:
We expect leaders to do things right, but we also expect them to do the right thing. This is an expectation held by employees as well as customers and other stakeholders. Instructor, Michael Hennelly, uses his West Point ethical leadership teaching experience, detailing leaders who show ethical awareness, understand ethical reasoning and display ethical courage, are stronger more effective leaders. The course concludes with examples of real-world ethical challenges that attendees are invited to discuss, debate and resolve.

Benefits:
This unique course incorporates ethical leader development and provides specific and actionable guidelines that can be used by leaders in any industry to develop ethical awareness, ethical judgement and ethical courage.

Learning Objectives:
– Recognize the ethical components of situations and problems
– Develop the ability to engage in ethical reasoning by evaluating different ethical perspectives and concepts
– Develop the ability to apply and sustain ethical decisions

Who Should Attend:
Professionals at all levels of experience and within business, nonprofit, government or military sectors who desire to incorporate more ethical leadership practices in their work.

Location:
Walton College at 2nd and Main, 119 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Presence – Northwest Arkansas

November 5, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Executive Presence. We all want it, right? But what is it really? We’ve all witnessed that moment when a leader walks into a room and instantly attracts intense, positive attention. The air shifts. Heads turn. People gravitate toward them in the conversation circle. In short, they have a “wow” factor. So, while “executive presence” is a soft skill, it is hard to explain. Presence is the ability to be present. How as a leader can you be present and what does it require? What am I doing or not doing?

So, while “executive presence” is a soft skill, it is hard to explain. Presence is the ability to be present. How as a leader can you be present and what does it require? What am I doing or not doing?

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Program Description:
Executive Presence. We all want it, right? But what is it really? We’ve all witnessed that moment when a leader walks into a room and instantly attracts intense, positive attention. The air shifts. Heads turn. People gravitate toward them in the conversation circle. In short, they have a “wow” factor. So, while “executive presence” is a soft skill, it is hard to explain. Presence is the ability to be present. How as a leader can you be present and what does it require? What am I doing or not doing?

Benefits:
Present leadership awareness that builds respect and a comprehensive understanding of how to create this with a team.

Learning Objectives:
-Understand the importance of present awareness
-Practice the way executive leadership is demonstrated in verbal methods
-Learn how body language conveys leadership

Who Should Attend:
Leaders, new or long term, who want to better lead teams and become more present.

Location:
Exchange Bentonville, 409 SW A St, Bentonville, AR 72712

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