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  •  Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014



    Change is exhilarating, renewing, and developmental.  Why, then, when we are faced with the opportunity to lead a positive change, is the first inclination is often to slow down, focus on obstacles, and make excuses? Leaders aiming to make their good workplaces into great ones will often talk first about the lack of commitment and resources, the push and pull of organizational demands, the limitations of their industry or functional area, organizational complexity or other legacy issues, and even the employees themselves as difficulties and obstacles to the work they know they can, should, and eventually will do. While excuse making is human, the ability to turn excuses into fuel is a fundamental leadership skill.


    In this talk, author and Great Place to Work® Research Fellow Jennifer Robin will discuss practices from managers and leaders who have done just that: adopting mindsets and overcoming challenges to sustaining their great workplace. Participants will leave with a renewed commitment to moving from a good place to work to a great one, along with some helpful tips for getting (re)started on the journey.


    Jennifer Robin is a management faculty member in the Foster College of Business at Bradley University. She teaches in undergraduate, MBA, and executive programs in the areas of leadership, organizational culture, and strategic human resources management. She has co-authored three books, a forthcoming book entitled, No Excuses: How You Can Turn Any Workplace into a Great One, The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters (2011) and A Life in Balance: Finding Meaning in a Chaotic World (2006). Her many research interests include how employees form productive bonds with their organizations, and the behaviors required by leaders to build trust in their organizations.  You can learn more at

  •  Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

    Trust is a precious resource that needs to be developed and strengthened — continuously. Trust is also fragile, and leaders’ behavior can quickly and easily be scrutinized — making their efforts to build and sustain trust paramount. When leaders and managers are trustworthy, they inspire the confidence and discretionary effort of those around them, which contributes powerfully to organization success.

    Learn how many of the greatest leaders in organizations have developed their own trustworthy leadership practice. Amy will share her findings from research she conducted on trustworthy leadership and from her years studying and consulting with companies seeking to become great places to work. Stories, anecdotes and examples will provide you with a practical as well as philosophical understanding for why trust is the most important leadership quality to cultivate.

    Amy has spent three decades studying organizations and groups, seeking to understand what helps some groups to thrive while others stall or fail. Her findings on how trustworthy leaders create and support thriving organizations will instruct and inspire you.

  •  Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

    Though long overdue, women are increasingly moving into leadership roles. Consequently, women have more opportunities to shape the workplace in a meaningful way. Making the most of those opportunities will take persistence, persuasiveness, and leadership. It will also take courage. This workshop will highlight courage as the most important leadership virtue, and provide strategies that women can apply in workplace settings to broaden their leadership influence. Specific examples about courageous women leaders will be used to illustrate the workshop concepts.

    In this session, you will:

    The session is facilitated by Bill Treasurer - Chief Encouragement Officer for Giant Leap Consulting.

  •  Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

    Leadership is the most overanalyzed, thoroughly dissected, and utterly confused topic in business. In this session, Bill Treasurer helps lighten the leadership load by distilling that leaders are simply creators of opportunity for others. Using personal stories and anecdotes, Bill presents the idea of open-door leadership–that is, the responsibility that leaders have for noticing, identifying, and creating opportunities for the benefit of people, organizations, and society.

    Bill will share useful and specific tips that can immediately be put into practice. Drawing on two decades of consulting experience, Bill introduces six unique opportunity doors:

    1. the proving-ground door
    2. the thought-shifting door
    3. the door to a second chance
    4. the doors you open for others
    5. the door to personal transformation
    6. the door to your open heart

    Bill shares that leadership isn't a complex and abstract concept. It’s a set of practices and ideals passed from one person to another, across organizations and generations. It is a tradition that makes people’s lives better by opening doors of opportunities for them to thrive, achieve, and lead.

  •  Wednesday, May. 22, 2013

    As a leader, are you comfortable with negotiation? We all negotiate, even when it's not a formal negotiation.

    In this Leadership Forum for May, we will focus is on the importance and how-to's of preparation. This is basic preparation for negotiation that will help you gain more value in your next deal, conflict resolution, change management, and technology implementation (yes, all those things!)

    The focus is on assessing the stakeholders and taking a problem solving approach (integration and creativity in the final solution). When you attend this session, you will gain a problem solving approach to negotiation by learning to:

    Requirement: Energy and a willingness practice negotiation in day to day settings

    Prof. Terri Griffith is a professor in the management department and has been leading dynamic workshops for managers and entrepreneurs since the early 1990s. She is the author of The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive -- which uses negotiation as the background for all forms of management.

  •  Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013

    An organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified.  Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave. The Advantage provides readers with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health.

    Organizational health is about making a company function effectively by building a cohesive leadership team, establishing real clarity among those leaders, communicating that clarity to everyone within the organization and putting in place just enough structure to reinforce that clarity going forward.

    The advantage of organizational health is undeniable and massive. Companies get more done in less time. They avoid losing their best people. They identify problems earlier and solve them faster. They beat rivals who waste time, money and energy fighting among themselves, which ultimately drives away good employees and customers.

    Come learn more about Pat's model of four disciplines that will increase your effectiveness, and that of your team, department or organization.

  •  Friday, Mar. 22, 2013

    Do you know what your personal strengths are? Do you know how they inform your leadership? To answer these questions, we invite you to join us for the March Leadership Forum.

    In this session, you will learn more about your talents, skills, and strengths so that you can perform at your best. In addition to discussing Strengths Finder, we will talk about how the assessment can be used with your intact work team or department.

  •  Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

    Barry will share his thoughts on 25 years of The Leadership Challenge as well as more than 30 years of leadership research. Barry will answer your questions about leadership and the five practices of exemplary leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.

    The world and the workplace have changed dramatically since the first edition of The Leadership Challenge went to press 25 years ago. Yet while the context of leadership may have changed, the content of leadership has endured the test of time. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner bring current the research and personal best leadership experiences of ordinary people around the world achieving extraordinary things. The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® remain both relevant and critical to a leader’s success.

    Passionate about leadership and the potential within us all to become exemplary leaders, Jim and Barry have spent over three decades together researching, teaching, and writing about what great leaders do. And they’ve distilled all of that wisdom and experience down to five clear Practices available to all who accept the challenge to lead.

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