Please see the below Workshop Descriptions.

If you are attending Tuesday,
when registering you will need to select an AM and PM session.

Align and empower your project teams with open, collaborative planning tools like: TeamstormingTM and Red Teaming, leveraging the wisdom of teams while eliminating groupthink; remove bias and enhance performance!

This Rapid Planning Workshop challenges your team to put what they have just learned to work. Your teams will develop individual plans leveraging the Six Steps of Mission PlanningSM with the guidance of our Executive Consultants.

During this workshop, your team will learn to create stronger plans using our Mission Planning framework. The Rapid Planning Workshop teaches participants to develop quick, tactical plans using the same proven planning process used by elite military teams.

When you leave, you will have a plan that they can begin executing the very next day. But more than just a plan, participants will walk away equipped with a new planning process that enables them to create strong plans quickly for flawless performance in tight time lines.

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Explore the movement to business Agility through agile portfolio management and planning
This workshop will explore Lean Portfolio management to maximize the ability of businesses to react to change and maximize value. Participants will simulate a fictional portfolio of projects and emerging opportunities to better understand the tools and techniques used in Agile Portfolio Management. We will also explore how organizations will have to modify their practices to facilitate real Business Agility and minimize the time between idea and implementation.

Learning Scrum through simulating product planning and delivery.

Participants in this workshop will learn the basics of Scrum through a combination of lecture and product delivery simulation.  Scrum is a dynamic framework that can adapt to the delivery of products and projects across multiple domains.  We will break up into teams and develop a product from discovery through delivery and trace through the artifacts, events and roles involved in Scrum delivery.  This fun experiential learning workshop will give participants an understanding of the Scrum framework and how it can be utilized by their teams.

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Rick Gillis has been presenting this workshop to sold out rooms for PMI for several years. Updated on a continuing basis, only the very best and most current tactical and technology driven job search techniques are presented. Rick presents this in information with several illustrations from clients and his personal experience.

Your career success depends on your ability to promote yourself correctly. To reach your true potential, you have to “express to impress” to those who matter most: higher-ups and hiring managers.

Yet many people have a blatant inability to suitably self-promote. They can’t express their value in a way that wows without also bragging or being obnoxious. As an employment and job search coach, Rick Gillis has come to consider this skill gap a deadly deficiency. Left unaddressed, it kills careers.

Are you valuable? Of course you are. Here are six points that the PROMOTE! book addresses that will allow you to express your value in a consistent and professional style.

  1. Don’t assume that your boss knows exactly what you do. S/he doesn’t.
  2. Embrace the difference between articulating your value and bragging. 
  3. Adopt an accomplishment mindset and narrative. 
  4. Quantify your worth. 
  5. Source and shape your success stories.

Master the three-part accomplishment statement.

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Organizational success is rooted in successful relationships at all levels. Conflict is a natural part of any work environment and must be addressed in a positive and effective manner.
When improperly handled, conflicts can create barriers to organizational efficiency that can linger and/or spill over to other areas outside of the original situation. When properly handled, conflicts are resolved in a manner that maintains relationships and produces mutually agreeable outcomes.
This course focuses on conflict management and negotiations through prevention and resolution.

After completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Interpret key human behavior elements and their impact on conflict
  • Apply human behavior principles to prevent/minimize conflict through the establishment of strong relationships
  • Resolve conflict in a positive way

Conflict prevention ensures participants know human behavior and relationship building skills that minimize conflict potential and impact. Prevention essentially attacks organizational conflicts at the source. This is especially important for technical personnel that are unaware of and/or discount the importance of human behavior and relationships. Resolution focuses on skill development for negotiations and handling real time conflicts.

Facilitation is a core competency that is frequently taken for granted. It is assumed that a group of smart, dedicated people can meet together and produce great results. Often that is not the case because of a lack of facilitation skills.

Good facilitation involves the integration of process and people through planning and real time guidance. Ever increasing technological and organizational complexity requires project managers to be more adept at bringing divergent groups together to produce high-quality decisions and plans.

After completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Communicate why facilitation skills are required
  • Explain the role of the facilitator
  • Make use of effective facilitation tools
  • Plan and execute a facilitation session
  • Identify group dynamics and apply techniques to maximize positive outcomes
  • Manage challenging group members and situations
  • Create long lasting agreements
  • Avoid the common errors of facilitators

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There is nothing like watching a team that is operating at full capacity; running like a finely tuned machine. When a team “gels” they seem to work together in a synchronized way that produces results greater than the sum total of its parts.  High performance teams do not happen by chance, they are built intentionally.
From this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discover the power of context in an organization
  • Learn the source of effective performance
  • Distinguish the 5 practices of a High Performance Team

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Whether dealing with team members, upper management or key stakeholders, the way you speak and listen plays a critical role in your ability to gain buy-in and get the results you need.  So often leaders skip this critical step, yet it is a simple and key leverage point.  In this session you will learn nine key steps to creating an effective leadership message that moves people to action.
From this session, participants will be able to:
    1. Create a powerful leadership message that moves people to action and creates buy-in
    2. “ACE’ tough issues head on

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