Upcoming events

    • 08/03/2021
    • 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • 08/04/2021
    • 4:30 PM (CDT)

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT ESSENTIALS


    Leading projects is a great way to showcase your talents. It is an opportunity to hone your leadership skills. And it is a critical platform to prove how you add value to the organization.

    Which means you need to excel. You need to be a great project manager.

    That sounds daunting. Let’s just add a little more anxiety into our work life. Yes, and… It doesn’t take weeks of on-learning and months of studying to be a great project manager. In fact, in you think about – you probably already manage projects.

    •  A holiday family dinner
    •  Your last vacation
    •  Transitioning your eldest from middle school to high school
    •  Getting the garden ready after a long winter
    •  Remodeling the living room

    ALL of these are projects! There is a goal. There are a variety of milestones along the way. There is an end date. And – you need help and support from a variety of people who have different and/or competing priorities.

    You CAN manage projects. And it won’t take a complex system or set of rigid rules for you to be successful. At this interactive and practical workshop you’ll bring one of your own projects and use it to:

    · Learn the phases of a project

    · Recognize that projects are as much about people as they are about process

    · Identify and apply simple tools to support project planning and execution

    · Discover facilitative techniques to ensure team alignment

    · Uncover the secrets of keeping the project scope and timeline on track

    This double-dipping learning methodology allows participants to learn and set up a real work project for success at the same time! Most Reluctant Project Manager participants leave the workshop confident and fully prepared to facilitate their kick-off meetings. And, graduates have the benefit of two follow-up coaching sessions with their facilitator (a project management guru) to provide additional guidance as their projects progress.



    • 08/10/2021
    • (CDT)
    • 08/14/2021
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual
    • 14
    Register

    LEVEL UP LEADERSHIP



    Not your typical workshop!

    If you're looking for a passive, stare at a PowerPoint presentation while you multi-task webinar -- This is NOT the workshop for you!

    If you want to get real, figure out how you're getting in your own way and truly become the kind of boss that people look up to, trust and want to work for -- then keep reading!

    This one-of-a-kind program immerses participants in activities & conversations that:

    · Enhance Self-Awareness

    · Identify Must-Have Leadership Skills

    · Apply Practical Models to Everyday Leadership Issues

    · Build Dream Teams

    · Deliver Results

    Level Up Leadership spans 3 days. You'll attend the workshop in the morning where you'll delve into some pretty meaty subjects. We'll send you back to work in the afternoon -- so that you have the opportunity to try on what you've been learning. And that evening there will be a little bit of homework -- so that you're prepped and ready to go the next day.

    We purposefully keep our class sizes small. You'll get the personal attention you want and need. You'll be able to learn from and support your peers. And you'll build the foundation to be a member of the Level Up Tribe -- a group of leaders who continue to connect with and learn from one another, long after the workshop is over.

    One more thing. We know that's it's tough to break old habits. So your Level Up Leadership investment includes two 1:1 follow up coaching sessions. Graduates can schedule these sessions any time after the workshop is over. So, if you want a little 1:1 time right away -- we'll get that on the calendar. Or if you'd prefer a pick-me-up six months down the road -- we'll be there for you then as well. Our goal is to provide you with the support you'll need to ensure that the lessons "heard" at the workshop become your new habits -- tried, refined and applied.


    • 08/17/2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82386355446 (Pwd: 589508)
    Register

    Leadership, Learning & Libations

    a virtual book club for leaders

    This months book is: 

    No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

    Organizations cannot grow beyond their leaders.  That's why Leadership, Learning and Libations was formed.  Every other month, leaders from all across the country come together to discuss a book.

    Yes.  Leaders read! 

    In fact, 

    • Warren Buffett attributes his success to reading.   
    •  Author Michael Puck says that "Every book you read is like a warrior in your army.  The more you read, the stronger your army."

    That's why we started Leadership, Learning & Libations.  When we read together we challenge one another, inspire one another, push one another -- and grow together in ways we never thought possible.

    So every 60 days, plan on shutting your door, grabbing a drink, putting your feet up on your desk and getting together with other successful business leaders to talk through one author's point of view.  We'll agree, disagree, bring other data to the table and talk about how the book impacts you and your organization. 


    • 08/24/2021
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Tapping Into Talent 


    Leading in a way that connects and inspires the team feels like an art. Setting direction and inspiring leadership while you're experiencing other challenges isn't always easy.  What if we told you there is actually a science to it that you can master using science and data. Use this to inspire your talent and build a team that trusts each other and you're headed in the right direction. 

    Join us to discover:

    • How to coach your team to greatness 
    • Unlock strategies to motivate and manage your employees based on their individual working style
    • Become a better leader by building your emotional intelligence and facilitating more effective conversation
    • Discover how to use people data to maximize the team.
    • Understand team dynamics and how you contribute to them (good and not-so-good)
    • Identify how to build a dream team of your own
    • 08/25/2021
    • (CDT)
    • 09/02/2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Workshop
    Register


    Have you always wanted to learn process improvement, Lean, Six Sigma?  This is your opportunity!!

    The DMAIC Way® is a developed methodology where people become improvement focused to support the organization to become more efficient, effective and productive. 

    This facilitated method provides the skills needed to find the most practical and sustainable way to improve the way every-day work is done.  The process builds a culture of quality and continuous improvement.  When you have the opportunity to use data to identify root causes and develop solutions that leadership says yes to – that’s when you can make a difference at work! 

    During the sessions individuals will learn the 9-steps of The DMAIC Way® while working through an improvement project for their organization.  This is a learn-by-doing type of course that includes a break between sessions to apply the learning and coaching after the class for support through the project to obtain certification. 


    • 09/14/2021
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
    Register

    Maximizing your Employee's Discretionary Effort

    Every day your employees make a choice. Are they going to do just what they HAVE to do or are they going to do what they are CAPABLE of doing? That decision -- whether it is conscious or not -- can change the trajectory of a career, project, team, department, or organization.  


    During this workshop leaders will:

    • Identify the cost of untapped potential
    • Uncover why most employee engagement programs do not work
    • Discover the barriers the keep employees from giving their all
    • Determine how they (and their organizations) can tap into discretionary effort


    • 09/15/2021
    • 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • 09/18/2021
    • 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • virtual
    Register


    Organization Mastery Series 


    Many leaders and organizations are biding their time... waiting for the world to slow down and return to some semblance of normal. 


    And those leaders and organization that are going to be left behind! 


    There is opportunity in the midst of change. Discovering new ways to lead and grow is a sound investment for today. And if you want to be part of molding and shaping the organization of tomorrow - it is a necessity! 


    This workshop series includes: 

    Self-awareness: Strengths and Blind Spots (details)

    Team Awareness: Strengths and Blind Spots (details)


    Tapping into Discretionary Efforts (details)

    Having Difficult Conversations (details)


    Getting Organizational Alignment (details)

    Aligning Talent with Strategy (details)


    Customer Mapping (details)

    Getting into the Mindset of Your Customer (details)


    Wasted Excellence (details)

    Maximizing Improvements (details)


    • 10/04/2021
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • 10/08/2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • 507 Elm St. West Des Moines IA

    EXTREME FACILITATION


    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Facilitation is a role that demands exceptional interpersonal skills, keen observation, insight and tact.  The facilitator is a director, coach and catalyst. They must create a safe environment even as they push people out of their comfort zone.  Facilitators must drive for results even as they allow participants to find their own answers. And they must lead the effort even as they give control to others.  

    This five-day program provides participants with the opportunity to learn master facilitation techniques, develop relevant exercises and practice in front of a group of discerning peers.  Daily individualized feedback sessions enable the participants to improve their skills rapidly.

    OUTCOMES

    After completing this course participants will be able to:

    • Create a safe environment

    • Initiate active learning 

    • Use effective facilitation techniques

    • Involve and engage participants

    • Expand learning styles

    • Harness the power of questions

    • Manage disruptive behaviors

    LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 5 Days

    AUDIENCEAnyone with training, meeting or facilitation responsibilities.  

    CERTIFICATION: Attendees who successfully complete Extreme Facilitation are eligible to facilitation DMAIC Way programs and Creative Solutions Group and Aveea Partner development programs.




    • 10/04/2021
    • (CDT)
    • 10/22/2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Workshop
    Register


    The DMAIC Way® is a developed methodology where people become improvement focused to support the organization to become more efficient, effective and productive. 

    This course builds on The DMAIC Way® Green Belt providing advanced skills, tools and data analysis.  You will also develop your ability to coach green and yellow belts and build/refine your continuous improvement program to yield the most impact.  

    During the sessions individuals will dive deeper into the the 9-steps of The DMAIC Way® while working through an improvement project for their organization.  This is a learn-by-doing type of course that includes a break between sessions to apply the learning and coaching after the class for support through the project to obtain certification. 

    **A statistical software license is included to all participants.

    • 10/12/2021
    • (CDT)
    • 10/14/2021
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual
    • 14
    Register

    LEVEL UP LEADERSHIP



    Not your typical workshop!

    If you're looking for a passive, stare at a PowerPoint presentation while you multi-task webinar -- This is NOT the workshop for you!

    If you want to get real, figure out how you're getting in your own way and truly become the kind of boss that people look up to, trust and want to work for -- then keep reading!

    This one-of-a-kind program immerses participants in activities & conversations that:

    · Enhance Self-Awareness

    · Identify Must-Have Leadership Skills

    · Apply Practical Models to Everyday Leadership Issues

    · Build Dream Teams

    · Deliver Results

    Level Up Leadership spans 3 days. You'll attend the workshop in the morning where you'll delve into some pretty meaty subjects. We'll send you back to work in the afternoon -- so that you have the opportunity to try on what you've been learning. And that evening there will be a little bit of homework -- so that you're prepped and ready to go the next day.

    We purposefully keep our class sizes small. You'll get the personal attention you want and need. You'll be able to learn from and support your peers. And you'll build the foundation

    to be a member of the Level Up Tribe -- a group of leaders who continue to connect with and learn from one another, long after the workshop is over.

    One more thing. We know that's it's tough to break old habits. So your Level Up Leadership investment includes two 1:1 follow up coaching sessions. Graduates can schedule these sessions any time after the workshop is over. So, if you want a little 1:1 time right away -- we'll get that on the calendar. Or if you'd prefer a pick-me-up six months down the road -- we'll be there for you then as well. Our goal is to provide you with the support you'll need to ensure that the lessons "heard" at the workshop become your new habits -- tried, refined and applied.


    • 10/18/2021
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    Register

    Strategy is Not Planning


    Have you ever noticed that the word strategic is almost always followed by the word planning? It is as if they were created to go together – like peanut butter and jelly.

    That, however, is NOT the case!

    Strategy is about tough choices. It is about deciding WHAT the organization is going to do – not HOW. And it does not need to be painful, cost a ton of money or take days of your executive’s time.

    Discover how to:

    · Streamline the strategy process

    · Question assumptions

    · Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

    · Push beyond what’s “do-able”

    · Focus on key choices

    · Achieve more than you dared to dream



    • 10/19/2021
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    Register

    Moving from Strategy to Execution 



    We have been there - strategic planning, creating goals, budgets and then next year, we realize….we didn’t get as much of the strategy done as we wanted.  #%$@#$!!!

    In some instances, Kaplan and Norton identify 60-90% of strategy fails – creating a cycle of developing plans that are not executed or fall short of delivering the anticipated results.

     

    During this workshop participants will:

     

    • Identify the causes of strategy shortcomings
    • Understand tactics to use to move from strategy to execution
    • Create action steps that takes strategy execution to the next level


    • 10/19/2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89625497344 (Pwd: 961570)
    Register

    Leadership, Learning & Libations

    a virtual book club for leaders

    This months book is:

    The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    Organizations cannot grow beyond their leaders.  That's why Leadership, Learning and Libations was formed.  Every other month, leaders from all across the country come together to discuss a book.

    Yes.  Leaders read! 

    In fact, 

    • Warren Buffett attributes his success to reading.   
    •  Author Michael Puck says that "Every book you read is like a warrior in your army.  The more you read, the stronger your army."

    That's why we started Leadership, Learning & Libations.  When we read together we challenge one another, inspire one another, push one another -- and grow together in ways we never thought possible.

    So every 60 days, plan on shutting your door, grabbing a drink, putting your feet up on your desk and getting together with other successful business leaders to talk through one author's point of view.  We'll agree, disagree, bring other data to the table and talk about how the book impacts you and your organization. 


    • 10/28/2021
    • 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • 10/29/2021
    • 4:30 PM (CDT)
    Register

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT ESSENTIALS


    Leading projects is a great way to showcase your talents. It is an opportunity to hone your leadership skills. And it is a critical platform to prove how you add value to the organization.

    Which means you need to excel. You need to be a great project manager.

    That sounds daunting. Let’s just add a little more anxiety into our work life. Yes, and… It doesn’t take weeks of on-learning and months of studying to be a great project manager. In fact, in you think about – you probably already manage projects.

    •  A holiday family dinner
    •  Your last vacation
    •  Transitioning your eldest from middle school to high school
    •  Getting the garden ready after a long winter
    •  Remodeling the living room

    ALL of these are projects! There is a goal. There are a variety of milestones along the way. There is an end date. And – you need help and support from a variety of people who have different and/or competing priorities.

    You CAN manage projects. And it won’t take a complex system or set of rigid rules for you to be successful. At this interactive and practical workshop you’ll bring one of your own projects and use it to:

    · Learn the phases of a project

    · Recognize that projects are as much about people as they are about process

    · Identify and apply simple tools to support project planning and execution

    · Discover facilitative techniques to ensure team alignment

    · Uncover the secrets of keeping the project scope and timeline on track

    This double-dipping learning methodology allows participants to learn and set up a real work project for success at the same time! Most Reluctant Project Manager participants leave the workshop confident and fully prepared to facilitate their kick-off meetings. And, graduates have the benefit of two follow-up coaching sessions with their facilitator (a project management guru) to provide additional guidance as their projects progress.



    • 11/09/2021
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (CST)
    • Virtual
    Register

    How to Make Meetings Not Suck



    Having less meetings are a common ask in organizations.  Meetings take time.  Meetings seem wasteful.  We seem to spend effort and energy and not get benefit from them.  Meetings Suck.  We believe the focus is to have purposeful meetings….”sucky” meetings are preventable.  Through proven methods we can have impactful meetings – and the research suggests we meetings have a purpose and outcome, there are less of them. 

    During this session participants will:

    • Discover the cost of sucky meetings
    • Understand tactics to make meetings more productive
    • Take action to make meetings not suck


    • 11/16/2021
    • 8:30 AM (CST)
    • 11/18/2021
    • 4:30 PM (CST)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Are you ready to Become More? 


    Join us, November 16-18 as we tap into talent, process, leadership and facilitation optimization with experts in a wide variety of industries.


    We'll have speakers on topics surrounding:


    Talent Optimization focuses on ensuring you're achieving the results you want and building high performing teams while you're at it.  Align your people strategy with your business through Talent Optimization.

    Process Optimization ensures information and product flows smoothly within your organization. Optimization usually includes refining, learning and improving process and knowledge. Optimizing your process can help you not only understand your process, but your goals and talent too. 

    Leadership Optimization focuses on, you guessed it, leaders. Leaders are the future of your company. You want the best for them so they can succeed and your company can accomplish their goals – and grow. 

    Facilitation Optimization leverages the art of facilitating, and doing it well. Facilitation, when done correctly, creates a safe environment while still pushing people out of their comfort zone. 


    • 12/14/2021
    • (CST)
    • 12/16/2021
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual
    • 16
    Register

    LEVEL UP LEADERSHIP



    Not your typical workshop!

    If you're looking for a passive, stare at a PowerPoint presentation while you multi-task webinar -- This is NOT the workshop for you!

    If you want to get real, figure out how you're getting in your own way and truly become the kind of boss that people look up to, trust and want to work for -- then keep reading!

    This one-of-a-kind program immerses participants in activities & conversations that:

    · Enhance Self-Awareness

    · Identify Must-Have Leadership Skills

    · Apply Practical Models to Everyday Leadership Issues

    · Build Dream Teams

    · Deliver Results

    Level Up Leadership spans 3 days. You'll attend the workshop in the morning where you'll delve into some pretty meaty subjects. We'll send you back to work in the afternoon -- so that you have the opportunity to try on what you've been learning. And that evening there will be a little bit of homework -- so that you're prepped and ready to go the next day.

    We purposefully keep our class sizes small. You'll get the personal attention you want and need. You'll be able to learn from and support your peers. And you'll build the foundation

    to be a member of the Level Up Tribe -- a group of leaders who continue to connect with and learn from one another, long after the workshop is over.

    One more thing. We know that's it's tough to break old habits. So your Level Up Leadership investment includes two 1:1 follow up coaching sessions. Graduates can schedule these sessions any time after the workshop is over. So, if you want a little 1:1 time right away -- we'll get that on the calendar. Or if you'd prefer a pick-me-up six months down the road -- we'll be there for you then as well. Our goal is to provide you with the support you'll need to ensure that the lessons "heard" at the workshop become your new habits -- tried, refined and applied.


Past events

06/21/2021 Extreme Facilitation
06/15/2021 Level Up Leadership (FULL)
06/10/2021 Maximizing Improvements (FULL)
06/10/2021 Wasted Excellence (FULL)
06/02/2021 The DMAIC Way® Green Belt
05/31/2021 BecomeMore Conference Call for Speakers
05/18/2021 Diagnosing Discretionary Effort (Full)
05/13/2021 Getting into the Mindset of Your Customer (FULL)
05/13/2021 The Power of Customer Mapping (FULL)
05/12/2021 Annual Meeting
04/20/2021 Leadership, Learning & Libations
04/20/2021 Design your Dream Team (Full)
04/08/2021 Aligning Talent with Strategy (FULL)
04/08/2021 Getting Organizational Alignment (FULL)
04/06/2021 The DMAIC Way® Green Belt
03/29/2021 Virtual Extreme Facilitation (CLASS FULL)
03/24/2021 The DMAIC Way® Black Belt
03/11/2021 Having Difficult Conversations (FULL)
03/11/2021 Tapping into Your Employees Discretionary Effort (FULL)
03/09/2021 Inspire Talent to New Heights (Full)
02/16/2021 Hiring Great Talent
02/16/2021 Level Up Leadership (Class Full)
02/11/2021 Team-Awareness: Strengths and Blind Spots (FULL)
02/11/2021 Organizational Mastery Series (FULL)
02/11/2021 Self-Awareness: Strengths and Blind Spots (FULL)
02/09/2021 Leadership, Learning & Libations
02/01/2021 Virtual Extreme Facilitation (CLASS FULL)
01/27/2021 The DMAIC Way® Green Belt
01/25/2021 Extreme Facilitation (CLASS FULL)
01/13/2021 Building a Learning Organization
01/11/2021 The DMAIC Way® Green Belt
12/07/2020 The DMAIC Way® Green Belt
11/20/2020 Leadership, Learning & Libations
11/12/2020 Maximizing Improvements
11/12/2020 Wasted Excellence
11/11/2020 Self-Awareness & Blind Spots
10/14/2020 The DMAIC Way® Green Belt
10/08/2020 Getting into the Mindset of Your Customer
10/08/2020 The Power of Customer Mapping
09/15/2020 Aligning Talent with Strategy
09/15/2020 Getting Organizational Alignment
09/11/2020 Leadership, Learning & Libations
08/20/2020 Having Difficult Conversations
08/20/2020 Organizational Mastery Series
08/20/2020 Tapping into Your Employees Discretionary Effort

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