Management and Leadership Development
Our programs have been developed based on the analysis we have done for clients all around the world and the latest thinking in management and leadership development.
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Our programs are activity-based to encourage “learning by doing.” We use case studies, roll plays, video taping, 360 feedback, and adult learning principles to engage learners in a fun and interactive process that helps them discover their own strengths and opportunities to maximize effectiveness back on the job.

We strongly believe that effective training should not be seen as a one time event. Because of this, we provide 360 surveys, one-on-one coaching, and follow-up workshops to ensure that participants can better implement training concepts back on the job.

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Other courses we can provide and/or customize for you needs include:

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The Leadership “Pilgrimage” - The Way to Individual, Team and Organizational Excellence
 

A. Session Description + Objectives / Benefits:

There are times when we become so distracted by constant change and daily pressures that we find it difficult to stop and reflect upon our own uniqueness in the world. We could all benefit from time away to focus on maximizing our full potential. In the middle ages, pilgrims believed that through the sacrifice of completing a pilgrimage to distant lands they would achieve new levels of understanding and enlightenment. To achieve our full potential, we must embark on an “inward pilgrimage” of personal development and mastery.

During this workshop, participants embark on their own personal journey of understanding key personal leadership lessons including:

1) Anchor to Core Values
2) Create a Personal Legacy Compass

3) Understanding Personal Strengths and Opportunities

4) Commit to Excellence
5) Abundant Leadership

Participants will “magnify” their own potential, learning how to maximize individual, team and organizational potential.

B. Benefits of Attending:

To add true value to an organization or team, an individual must go beyond just meeting their day-to-day managerial responsibilities to the organization and team and become an inspiration to those in they influence. Great leaders do this by knowing where to focus their time and energy in order to drive the greatest value for all stakeholders; by clearly anchoring themselves to a set of core values that ensure they are not lost in the storm when trials or difficulties are beating down around them; by being guided by a compass leading to a lasting legacy; by committing themselves and those they influence to a life of excellence; and by recognizing their stewardship to serve all stakeholders.

This workshop takes individuals on a virtual journey; a pilgrimage where they explore these key concepts and identify within themselves the key leadership traits that will make them more valuable to the organizations where they work and serve.

During this workshop, the facilitator leads participants on a virtual pilgrimage of personal reflection and understanding of key personal leadership lessons that James Gehrke, the author and facilitator, has learned through a career in leadership development working in 50+ countries (including 7 years in Spain), through his study of management and leadership, and as a modern “pilgrim” on the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) in northern Spain.

The workshop draws on current research and leadership from key authors, uses analogies from the medieval pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), case studies, participant surveys and personal reflection exercises.  They value in the workshop comes from participant self-reflection and introspection as they draw from their own history, education, development and aspirations to create unique and individualized action plans.
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Who Am I as a Leader?

A. Session Description + Objectives / Benefits:

Who Am I as a Leader uses any one of several (depending on the need of the group) management development and leadership style assessments that identifies leadership style and helps current or future supervisors, managers or leaders improve their individual and team performance by becoming more effective leaders.

The assessment tools are validated tools that accurately identifies a preference of leadership behavioral patterns. The most basic assessment evaluates against four behavioral patterns based on measures of assertiveness and expressiveness: Direct, Spirited, Considerate, or Systematic,. More complex 360 assessments will evaluate leader strengths and weaknesses against recognized leadership best practices that drive performance.

Participants receive specific information about how they are perceived by their employees, including an analysis of their strengths and opportunities for improvement. With increased awareness of their personal style and/or behavioral strengths and opportunities, leaders can build on strengths and adjust their behaviors, better interpret the behavior of others, and improve their ability to inspire and motivate others in situations calling for effective leadership.

Learning Outcomes

• Identify personal leadership style
• Learn how to capitalize on style strengths

• Discover how to minimize style trouble spots

• Learn how to “flex” personal style to interact most effectively with others

Who Am I as a Leader is ideal for anyone who would like to learn more about; how they are perceived as an individual; their preferred leadership/communications styles; how to adapt to meet the styles of others. The course is appropriate for individual contributors, new, experienced or potential leaders/managers.

B. Benefits of Attending:

To add true value to an organization or team, an individual must go beyond just meeting their day-to-day managerial responsibilities to the organization and team and become an inspiration to those in they influence. Great leaders do this by knowing where to focus their time and energy in order to drive the greatest value for all stakeholders; by clearly anchoring themselves to a set of core values that ensure they are not lost in the storm when trials or difficulties are beating down around them; by being guided by a compass leading to a lasting legacy; by committing themselves and those they influence to a life of excellence; and by recognizing their stewardship to serve all stakeholders.

This workshop takes individuals on a virtual journey; a pilgrimage where they explore these key concepts and identify within themselves the key leadership traits that will make them more valuable to the organizations where they work and serve.

During this workshop, the facilitator leads participants on a virtual pilgrimage of personal reflection and understanding of key personal leadership lessons that James Gehrke, the author and facilitator, has learned through a career in leadership development working in 50+ countries (including 7 years in Spain), through his study of management and leadership, and as a modern “pilgrim” on the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) in northern Spain.

The workshop draws on current research and leadership from key authors, uses analogies from the medieval pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), case studies, participant surveys and personal reflection exercises.  They value in the workshop comes from participant self-reflection and introspection as they draw from their own history, education, development and aspirations to create unique and individualized action plans.  
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Leadership Anchors: Discovering and Anchoring Individuals, Teams and Organizations to Lasting Core Values that Drive Performance

A. Session Description + Objectives / Benefits:

Anchors are used to secure ships during storms in order to keep them safe from being dashed apart against the rocks! Each of us should also develop a strong anchor that secures us in place, especially in times of storms or difficulties.

Discovering individual, team and organizational lasting core values is an essential part of each leader’s inner leadership journey and is essential for understanding ourselves and others. During times of constant change, and especially in times of difficulty, lasting core values remain constant, unwavering and true. They also are the force that create our beliefs and drive our actions. Successful leaders recognize the driving force values can become for individuals, teams and organizations and strive to build a personal connection between core values and organizational strategy on order to build a healthy organizational culture and to drive individual performance.

Learning Outcomes

• Identify individual core beliefs that drive performance
• Establish a common team/organizational culture

• Inspire performance

• Improve the ability to connect, coach and motivate others

• Motivate and inspire a healthy organizational culture

Leadership Anchors is a motivating experiential workshop for gaining personal insight into ones core beliefs and how those beliefs motivate and inspire actions. Identifying and communicating core values helps leaders motivate team engagement, improves teamwork, create a lasting legacy, align culture and improve coaching. This workshop is appropriate for frontline employees, new or experienced leaders, and/or new or existing teams/organizations.

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Legacy Compass: Creating a Lasting Leadership Legacy

A. Session Description + Objectives / Benefits:

Webster defines legacy as: “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.”

As a leader, what is the legacy you will leave behind your employees, your teams, your organization, your children and community? Legacy is often thought of as the gift we leave others when we are gone, but it can also become a compass that guides and focuses our actions will help us take charge in creating the lasting legacy we desire. In the wilderness, a compass helps to guide us to our desire destination. Likewise, without a legacy compass we unfortunately spend most of our lives focusing on activities that won’t create a lasting legacy. In a very real sense, you have been creating your legacy your whole life and continue to do so this very moment. Your legacy is made of all your actions past, present and future. To leave the legacy we desire, we must act now to identify and create the compass that will keep us on tract to creating the legacy we desire.

This workshop helps you create your lasting legacy through learning activities and a competency inventory tool that spur reflection and action as well as identify individual strengths and opportunities to develop the leadership attitudes, behaviors and values that lead to a lasing individualized lasting legacy.

Learning Outcomes

• Identify your vision linked to core values
• Inspire collaboration
• Stimulate innovation
• Motivate and align teams
• Respect and leverage differences
• Build personal accountability and responsibility

The Legacy Compass workshop is a motivating experiential workshop that uses a competency inventory that helps individuals identify their personal legacy compass and identify the core competencies needed to focus on, create and sustain their personal legacy. Creating a Legacy Compass helps leaders improve team engagement, improves teamwork, anchor teams to core values, align culture and improve coaching. This workshop is appropriate for frontline employees, new or experienced leaders, and/or new or existing teams/organizations.
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Focus: Planning and Achieving Your Desired Legacy

A. Session Description + Objectives / Benefits:

“I just don’t have time to focus on my goals!”

“Work and life just seem to get in the way of the things I really want to accomplish!”

“I always seem to be behind!”

“I know the legacy I would like to create, I just don’t know how to get started!”

How often have you felt that you know what you want to accomplish, you may have even set goals on how to do it, but the demands of life/work seem to get in the way. Does the demand to get what MUST get done prevent you from doing what you SHOULD or WANT to accomplish in order to create your lasting legacy?

We live and work in a world of shorter and shorter deadlines, fewer and fewer resources and constant change and ever increasing complexity! It should be no surprised that you sometimes feel that your life/career goals are more like wishes and less like something you can actually create and achieve! Yet, aligning your day to day actions each and every day is critical for both your short- and long-term success. Developing the skills to manage the day-to-day grind is essential for achieving your long-term dreams.

This workshop will help you to achieve your full potential by helping you align your day-to-day with your career legacy compass, create new habits such as goal setting, delegation and organization that will drive improved performance.

Learning Outcomes

• Identify your vision linked to core values
• Identify and eliminate obstacles that detract you from creating and achieving your legacy
• Manage conflicting priorities
• Prioritize your tasks, activities, and responsibilities
• Better organize yourself for peak efficiency
• Implement techniques for setting and achieving goals
• Identify the right things to be doing and develop plans for doing them.
• Take control of those things that would derail workplace productivity

The Focus workshop is designed to help front-line employees as well as new and experienced managers align their day-to-day actions with their legacy compass, in order to help them improve productivity, create a better work-life balance, minimize stress and align individual and team work with individual, team and organizational strategic goals.
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Magnify Change Leadership: How to Adapt and Persevere in Times of Change

A. Session Description + Objectives / Benefits:

Just when you think you are in a “groove” something changes! Or worse, things are changing so fast, that you never feel like you ever get into a productive rhythm leading to long-term success! Change has almost become a constant and it is difficult to adapt and change fast enough all the while maintaining focus on achieving long-term legacy goals!

While large change efforts may be started by senior executives it is left to the individual front line managers to implement the changes on the front lines. Therefore, much of the success and/or failure of a change process eventually is directly related to the effectiveness of the first line manager to manage the change, for while first line managers are not likely to initiate major change efforts, they are responsible for implementing and coaching change to the majority of employees within a company.


Learning Outcomes

• Identify your vision linked to core values
• Overcome potential obstacles to implementing change and successfully achieving your personal legacy
• Decrease the amount of time to execute change while enhancing performance
• Decrease resistance to change while increasing team trust
• Augment team collaboration by creating a shared team vision linked to lasting values
• Sustain focus on key imperatives
• Create empowerment during times of uncertainty
• Scrutinize and track results more effectively

The Magnify Change Leadership workshop is based on the book Magnify Change Leadership: A Practical Guide for Leading Teams in Times of Change by James Gehrke and provides participants with over 30 tools, activities and templates that will help first line managers and organizations improve team performance during times of change.
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Hallmarks of Effective Coaching:

A. Session Description + Objectives / Benefits:

An excellent coach can add insight, provide feedback, inspire and motivate even the best of the best to achieve higher levels of greatness. This workshop examines the key skills, competencies, and behaviors that research and experience have shown are the hallmarks of great coaches. While most leaders instinctively know that coaching is an essential leadership trait, coaching is still often avoided or mishandled by many managers. By improving their capabilities and behaviors, coaches can better meet the needs of their employees and teams, improve their image and reputation as a leader, and provide a greater return on investment for the individual being coached and to the organization providing the coaching.

Learning Outcomes

• Match personal strengths against the Hallmarks of Coaching Excellence
• Strengthen personal coaching strengths through exercises
• Improve coaching skills in new areas through exercises
• Commit to leadership through coaching

The Hallmarks of Coaching Excellence Workshop uses a customized coaching inventory and case study role plays that help participants identify their personal coaching strengths and areas of focus compared to what research as shown are the hallmarks of effective coaches. The workshop helps potential managers, new or experienced leaders improve individual and team engagement and performance through improved coaching skills.
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“Abundant” Leadership: Becoming the Leader that Inspires, Builds Confidence, Trust, Commitment and Excellence through Service to Others

>A. Session Description + Objectives / Benefits:

One year after arriving in the New World, the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Rock Colony celebrated and gave thanks for the abundant blessings they had received during their first year! They celebrated for three days, and it was attended not only by the 53 surviving Pilgrims, but by about 90 Native Americans, the Pilgrim’s neighbors, who had taught them how to catch eel, grow corn, as well as donate the fledgling colony food during the first winter when the colony discovered that their supplies would not sustain them through the first tragic winter when over half the members of the colony died!

Despite all of the hardship and suffering, the pilgrims celebrated with a three day over-abundant expression of thankfulness to God, the sailors of Mayflower, the Native Americans and everyone in their party who had contributed and would continue to contribute to their short-term success and the long-term legacy they would develop over time. That legacy is still venerated today over 400 years later by their literal and “spiritual” descendants who affirm the Pilgrim’s values of “…piety, humanity, simplicity, prudence, frugality, industry and perseverance…”!

Today wise leaders, “abundant” leaders, take lesson from the Pilgrims. Abundant leaders show the same type of gratitude and service that the Pilgrims showed four centuries ago. Despite challenges, depressions and disappointments, abundant leaders demonstrate appreciation and service to all their stakeholders.

PricewaterhousCoopers (PwC) research of over 19,000 exit interviews have shown that 16% of employees leave companies for what many bosses would expect; in search of better career opportunities and another 12% in search of better compensation. But the same study should be a loud wake-up call to managers who think that they would never be the reason for leaving; a whopping 35% of employees leave for reasons directly related to their boss, reinforcing the old adage that people leave their bosses, not their companies! Boss related reasons for leaving include:

1. No demonstration of support or respect (13%)
2. Lack of leadership skills (9%)
3. Poor interpersonal skills (4%)
4. Showing favoritism (4%)
5. Taking credit and not showing recognition for employees’ contributions (4%)

Learning Outcomes: Participants learn 8 specific roles of “abundant” leadership which leads to a more engaged, empowered, motivated, inspired and productive team, including:

1. Help team members identify and create a career and team “compass” that gives employees a sense of purpose and direction.

2. Anchor their actions and teams to a core set of lasting values that protect the team from ethical challenges.

3. Help employees set realistic but challenging goals aligned to the team “Compass” and anchored to core values that focus the team on achieving a lasting legacy

4. Don’t micromanage! Develop individuals capable of doing the tasks by developing and coaching individuals on the skills, capabilities and behaviors necessary for success, but not doing it for them.

5. Hold individuals accountable for results. Every employee needs to know that he/she is responsible for their decisions and actions and cannot put that blame on others and help them adapt and persevere and lead the team through times of change or difficulty.

6. Communicate to motivate and inspire their team and employees. Saying something once is never enough. They leader maintains focus and motivation by maintaining focus on team values, goals, purpose etc., by communicating in a motivating, inspiring and uplifting way.

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7. Celebrate both small and large victories: Leaders must never forget to offer encouragement for the work employees accomplish. They must always be on the lookout to find ways to help employees feel needed, and values.

The Abundant Leadership workshop is designed to help new and experienced managers solidify their focus and confidence in creating a culture of abundance that is anchored to core values and guided by a legacy compass that will inspire, motivate individuals and teams and create a lasting impact on others.
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Building a Legacy Statement: Communicate to Motivate and Inspire Others

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It has been reported that public speaking is rated among people’s top fears! In fact, some people report that they fear public speaking more than death!

Even if you don’t feel like you’d rather die that speak in front of others; if you are like most people, you still struggle in delivering an effective, motivating message that connects and captivates your target audience. Information alone does not inspire or motivate. All too often speeches are heavy on facts and figures, that while technically correct, fail to engage on an emotional level and do not motivate their audience to action!

Unfortunately, few of us feel confident to deliver even a quick overview (elevator speech) of key imperatives that connect with our audience in such a way.

To truly connect with individuals, teams, clients, organizations and all of our stakeholders, it is imperative that we authentically engage our audience in a way that communicates trust, all the while motivating and inspiring them to action.

Workshop participants create their personalized leadership “credential” that describes the type of leaders they are and the type of leader they aspire to become. This credential includes their personal symbol of leadership and their legacy statement which consolidates their legacy goal and value anchors into a concise 25 word statement that serves as their branded leadership credential.

Learning Outcomes: Participants learn 8 specific roles of “abundant” leadership which leads to a more engaged, empowered, motivated, inspired and productive team, including:

• Identify three key work/project imperatives
• Connect imperatives to values that motivate and inspire
• Unleash the power of a shared vision
• Discover their authentic leadership voice
• Deliver their message with improved confidence and ability

The Communicate to Motivate and Inspire Others Workshop is designed to help front-line employees as well as new and experienced managers to develop the message they need to motivate, align and inspire individuals, teams, customers and other stakeholders to take action, improve productivity, and join them on their “pilgrimage” of personal and professional growth.
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Celebrate Small and Large Victories! – Motivating Individuals, Teams and Organizations

A. Session Description + Objectives / Benefits:

Pilgrims celebrated upon reaching their end journey. However, in a very real sense, they celebrated each and every small step that lead to their final destination, for the real accomplishment of a pilgrim was the struggle in making the journey, not just arriving at the final destination.

Motivation is not something you do to others; real success comes from within, when individuals are motivated to join you in creating and achieving a positive, lasting legacy. While traditional carrot or stick approach may nudge employees to change their behavior based on external factors, it will not motivate and inspire them to be intrinsically motivated on their own. Leaders must learn how to create the appropriate climate that fosters optimism while eliminating barriers to success.

Learning Outcomes: Participants learn 8 specific roles of “abundant” leadership which leads to a more engaged, empowered, motivated, inspired and productive team, including:

• Identify what motivation is

• Learn about common motivational theories and how to apply them

• Learn when to use the carrot, the whip, and the plant

• Discover how fear and desire affect employee motivation

  o Explore ways to create a motivational climate of community, influence and openness

The Celebrate Small and Large Victories Workshop is designed to help front-line employees as well as new and experienced managers to develop a work environment that recognizes the intrinsic worth of each individual while creating the skills and techniques you will need to help groups develop a sense of community, to acquire a sense of influence over their work-related actions, and to profit from the openness that comes from sharing information, goals and feelings.

Additional Workshops Customized for Top Companies Around the World:

In addition to our Leadership “Pilgrimage” workshops Magnify Leadership & Development has dozens of other courses we have developed and customized for clients around the world to best meet their specific needs. If you are looking for customized workshops we can help. Some of our other workshops we can provide for you and your teams include:

• Leading By Example

• You’re a Supervisor Now

• New Employee Development

• Employee Recognition

• Delegating with Confidence

• Mentoring

• Teamwork

• Time Management

• Interviewing Skills

• Coaching

• Disciplining and Terminating

• Employee Law Basics

• Sexual Harassment Avoidance and Diversity Training

• Business Acumen

• Succession Planning

• Resolving Conflict in the Workplace

• Conducting Effective Work Progress Reviews

• Employee Development

• Becoming an Effective Communicator

• Emotional Intelligence

• Working Styles

• Facilitation Skills

• Magnify Personal Leadership: Authentic Values and Vision and Your Ability to Communicate them Effectively

• Magnify Change Leadership: Increasing Performance in Times of Change

• Magnify Coaching Skills: Ten Hallmarks of Coaching Excellence

• Magnify Interviewing Skills

• Magnify Teamwork: Creating a Team Environment

• Magnify Leadership and Management for Administrative Assistants
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Magnify First Line Managers (a series of half to full day courses)

  • Leading By Example
  • You’re a Supervisor Now
  • New Employee Development
  • Employee Recognition
  • Delegating with Confidence
  • Mentoring
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Coaching
  • Disciplining and Terminating
  • Employee Law Basics
  • Sexual Harassment Avoidance and Diversity Training
  • Business Acumen
  • Succession Planning
  • Resolving Conflict in the Workplace
  • Conducting Effective Work Progress Reviews
  • Employee Development
  • Becoming an Effective Communicator
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Working Styles
  • Facilitation Skills
Magnify Leadership and/or Established Management (one to three day courses)

  • Magnify Personal Leadership: Authentic Values and Vision and Your Ability to Communicate them Effectively
  • Magnify Change Leadership: Increasing Performance in Times of Change
  • Magnify Coaching Skills: Ten Hallmarks of Coaching Excellence
  • Magnify Interviewing Skills
  • Magnify Teamwork: Creating a Team Environment
  • Magnify Leadership and Management for Administrative Assistants