Work Intelligently


10 Mistakes New Managers Make And How to Avoid Them

First impressions are everything. Nowhere is that more true than for the new manager. Not only are you in a new position with new responsibilities, you are learning on the fly while on stage with your employees watching and analyzing your every move. This talk delves into the most common mistakes made by new managers, examining why they happen and how to avoid them. It is critical that new managers understand the common pitfalls and avoid setting precedents that can come back to haunt them down the road. Too many mistakes too soon and your ship is sunk before you've had a chance to set sail.

4 Secrets to Becoming a S.T.A.R. - How to Attain Success in Your Professional Life

It's amazing to me how uncomfortable individuals get when asked about their greatest strengths, their passions, their dreams. They are unsure how to answer the question. They may stammer, offer up some modest goals, or begin to list off their less-than-desirable qualities. How would you answer that question? Have you considered it before? One of the secrets to professional success hinges on your ability to identify your weaknesses and strengths. Another secret involves tapping into your dreams and discovering your potential to make it a reality. Take a look at the successful people around you and you'll find these four characteristics in all of them.


5 Characteristics of Successful Organizations

Have you ever been guilty of complaining? Of course! Me too. But what I've found is that great organizations don't tolerate complaining unless it is productive...unless there is a commitment to critically examine our complaints, look for solutions, find the facts, and exhibit the courage to question assumptions and have tough conversations. And as I examined successful organizations, it was amazing to see how the presence of a couple characteristics made it that much easier to engage in the others. This topic invites you to examine where your organization is at and offers opportunities for employees to have productive conversations on how they can contribute to a successful culture.

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

The work of a leader is different. The skill set that made you a great individual contributor isn't enough. It's not about what you can individually accomplish, but what you can accomplish through others. And that's where the complexity begins. Success as a leader is directly related to your emotional intelligence - your self-awareness, your ability to regulate your emotions, your ability to empathize and connect with your employees. Intelligence doesn't guarantee your success as a leader, but emotional intelligence will.

Emotionally Intelligent Teams

Emotionally intelligent teams get results. They exhibit self-confidence, they communicate, and they require far less hands-on management. Time is not wasted on politics and personal agendas. Team members are focused on the goals of the organization and how best to achieve it. So, that means there is no conflict? Wrong. Disagreements are commonplace, and are even encouraged, but what is absent is hurt feelings, grudges, and vendettas. Do you have an emotionally intelligent team? Come find out what it takes to build and maintain one.


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Interpreting Your Leadership Personality

International leadership guru, Marcus Buckingham, recently tweeted, "No data shows leaders share the same traits. Data shows only that leaders create the same (few) outcomes in their followers differently." So, what's your leadership style and personality? Here's your chance to explore the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the most utilized personality instrument in the world. You will leave this session with a better understanding of yourself, a better understanding of how to relate and communicate with those around you, and, most importantly, clear insight into your leadership style. We will explore the background and theory of the MBTI. We will look in depth at the four dichotomies that make up your MBTI type (Extraversion-Introversion, Sensing-Intuition, Thinking-Feeling, Judging-Perceiving). And we will help you understand your natural leadership gifts and preferences. Don't miss this dynamic, interactive, and enriching session!

Change, Change Go Away, Come Again Another Day

Organizations like organisms grow through change, however, change (new skills, new surroundings, new processes, etc.) can bring about a feeling of taking a step backward, and many times an organization will lose efficiencies for a season, but once the new skills, new surroundings, new processes are mastered, efficiencies are not only regained, but they surpass the old way of doing things. Organizations experience change in various stages. Administration, management and employees are all at different stages when the changes start rolling out. Employees need answers to five questions to survive and thrive in an ever-changing culture.


It's my privilege...Stories and lessons from Social Service Settings

Ever have one of those days? Ever have one of those clients/families? Undoubtedly. We all have. But if you string enough of those experiences together, you are in danger of losing that bright-eyed optimism that brought you into this helping profession. Having spent over half my career in various Social Services settings, I have learned some valuable lessons in keeping the burnout and cynicism that plagues some Social Service cultures at bay. One of the best lessons I learned was adopting an attitude of privilege. Whenever there was a challenging family, patient, or situation, I adopted (and at times, forced myself...) to consider the circumstance a privilege and to feel honored to serve in a helping role in that moment. We all know attitude can make all the difference in the world, but I was shocked at the power of "It's my privilege..." Join us as we explore this lesson and others through humorous and poignant storytelling.

Beyond Personality...Factors in Employee Motivation, Engagement and Performance

An understanding of employee's personalities and the situations in which they perform best enables a manager to help employees perform at high levels and feel good about the work they are doing. A manager's job is to maximize a team's potential performance. This presentation explores emotional intelligence, motivation, attitudes, job satisfaction, organizational culture, workgroups, situational circumstances and other factors that lead to an employee's and ultimately an organization's success.

Time Management Essentials

I read a great quote recently from H. Jackson Brown, "Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." And yet we still wonder where all our time goes. The truth is, we waste a lot of our time. But the good news is that we can see a dramatic increase in our productivity with just a few simple time management tips. This presentation will discuss numerous practical strategies and tactics to help you immediately increase your productivity.


Lead Intelligently Series

Lead Intelligently is a comprehensive leadership development program that incorporates several or all of the following topics for your organization:

Topics for Individual Success:

  • 5 Essentials of Effective Leaders
  • 10 Mistakes Leaders Make...And How to Avoid Them
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Interpreting Your Leadership Personality
  • Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
  • Time Management Essentials
Topics for Organizational Success:
  • 5 Characteristics of Successful Organizations
  • Setting the Stage for Healthy Conflict
  • Making Meetings Work
  • Emotionally Intelligent Teams
  • The Challenge of Change
  • How to Deal with Difficult People
  • Beyond Personality...Factors in Employee Motivation and Performance
  • Project Management Essentials
  • Hiring, Training and Maintaining 'Right Fit' Employees
  • Mission, Vision, and Values