Coaching, Training and Facilitation from a real-life manager, solving real-world problems.

Why Innovators + Influencers Training Workshops?

  1.  Focused. Trainings Developed Especially for Creative Service Firms (Public Relations, Advertising, Design and Communications) by a seasoned veteran who knows how firms work.
  2. Applied Learning. Instead of a “show up and throw up” mentality, these trainings are designed to apply the knowledge in the classroom and on the job, using real-life examples.
  3. Smarter. Each class is designed to solve a specific problem in a short period of time. No more half-day trainings because that’s what everyone else is doing. We teach your employees to solve the problem and let them get back to work.
  4. Track Record. Training developed by an executive coach/trainer with 15 years experience coaching, training and facilitating at hundreds of creative services companies in the Bay Area.
  5. Real-World Experience. A trainer with real-world management experience (most management trainers have never managed anyone!) leading hundreds of people on software development and user experience teams around the world on highly complex projects that came in on time and under budget.
  6. Cost-Effective. So many training programs provide good information, but don’t actually deliver change. Our programs are designed to create change on day one, saving you money.

Training Courses:

The Art of Defining Problems

A Critical Thinking Skill-Building Workshop, 4 Hours

Overview:

The first step in effective problem solving is correctly identifying and assessing the problems themselves... but how is that done? Are you solving the right problems for your clients? Once you’ve properly identified the problems you need to solve, the positive impact you’ll make on an organization will dramatically expand. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the critical thinking skills that will allow you to define problems correctly, how to distinguish between symptoms of problems and the actual problems themselves and how to determine if a problem is worth solving. Appropriate for all employees, including executives, directors, managers and anyone who solves problems on a daily basis.

How You Will Benefit:

You will learn how to get to the core of and define problems properly to avoid wasting time and resources.

You Will Learn:

  • How to identify and define problems using a simple, memorable method.
  • How to distinguish between presenting problems, source problems and consequences
  • How to evaluate if you or your clients are wasting time, money or resources on current activities.
  • How to evaluate whether problems are worth solving or not.
  • How to collaborate with others using the problem definition filter technique.

Who Should Attend:

Executives, directors, managers, team leaders and all employees.

Investment for this workshop is $3000, plus a $10 per participant materials fee.


The Art of Giving & Receiving Feedback

A Management Skill-Building Workshop, 4 Hours

Overview:

The art of giving and receiving feedback is critical to the success of every organization, however, businesses often overlook the importance of teaching their team how it all works. Do your managers know how to give feedback? Are your employees open to hearing that feedback? Without a positive relationship with feedback, your organization can't grow or evolve, but with the right skills, giving and receiving feedback creates a truly transformative work environment. This workshop teaches how to give and receive feedback in a fun, engaging way. Appropriate for all employees, including executives, directors and managers.

How You Will Benefit:

You will learn how to give and receive feedback to improve performance, accelerate development and improve the chances of implementing change.

You Will Learn:

  • How to distinguish between opinions, facts, concerns and feedback.
  • How to articulate actionable feedback.
  • How to request feedback and “filter” it to reduce defensiveness.
  • How to make feedback a positive process and experience.

Who Should Attend:

Executives, directors, managers, team leaders, all employees.

Investment for this workshop is $3000, plus a $10 per participant materials fee.

 


 

The Art of Neuro-Management

A Management Skill-Building Workshop, 4 Hours

Overview:

Most managers have no clue what motivates the people they lead or how to get the best performance out of them. In this workshop, we use neuroscience to identify each of the four “personal operating systems” so you can recognize which types you have on your team. Once you have a sense of who you’re managing you can determine how to best communicate with each individual, based on their motivators, fears, stress responses and conflict styles. Appropriate for all employees, including executives, directors and managers.

How You Will Benefit:

You will learn how to identify and distinguish between different brain types and the specific information needs each type requires to make decisions and progress. You will learn how to trigger motivation, avoid irritating others and how each type responds to stress.

You Will Learn:

  • How to distinguish between the four personal operating systems
  • How to identify the personal operating system of any individual
  • How to adjust communication to each style, based on information needs, motivators, fears, stress response, conflict style and best environment

Who Should Attend:

Executives, directors, managers, team leaders and other business professionals who are required to manage and interact with others.

Investment for this workshop is $3000, plus a $10 per participant materials fee.

 


 

Conducting Effective Performance Conversations

A Management Skill-Building Workshop, 4 Hours

Overview:

In tough economic times, it is more important than ever to communicate about performance and specifically how to improve performance. The pressure is on to do more with less, raise standards to keep clients happy, clean up bad habits to streamline work processes and focus on growing the people you retain. Without the proper focus on growth and development, people often languish in companies, never realizing their full potential and the company never fully realizing the contribution employees are capable of making.

But talking about performance is a sensitive issue that can create bigger problems if handled incorrectly – the wrong approach or a few wrong words could easily derail productive employees. Managers and leaders must skillfully address performance issues in a timely manner to correct problems quickly and keep work flowing. With the right structure and guidance, the Performance Conversation becomes the primary tool for keeping employees focused and productive while keeping clients happy.

The Conducting Effective Performance Conversations Workshop teaches a practical process for acknowledging productive behaviors and clearly requesting specific changes, along with the guidance of our seasoned facilitators to handle sticky issues and avoid legal action. Participants practice using their own real-life situations; their skills are then immediately applied on the job. We cover geographically distributed teams, indirect reports, and a process for documenting frequent conversations as input for your Annual or Semi-Annual Performance Evaluations.

How You Will Benefit:

Communication becomes easy. Feedback and Feedforward become natural and comfortable components of your company culture.

Performance Conversations improve manager-employee relationships, provide on-going challenge and growth opportunities and keep employees informed. Improve workflow, engender innovation and simplify Annual Performance Reviews.

You Will Learn:

  • Guiding Principles of Performance Conversations
  • Helpful Frameworks for Identifying Information and Approaching Employees
  • The Four Types of Performance Conversations
  • Understanding and Triggering Motivation
  • Identifying and Avoiding De-Motivators
  • Understanding Skill Development
  • Preparing for Performance Conversations
  • Documenting Performance Conversations
  • Applied Learning with Real-Life Situations

Who Should Attend:

Executives, directors, managers, team leaders and other business professionals who are required to oversee work.

Investment for this workshop is $3,000 plus a $10 material fee per participant.

 


 

Managing Multi-Generational Teams

A Management Skill-Building Workshop, 4 Hours

Overview:

Today’s workforce is the most diverse in history. With the sheer number of Millennials in the workforce influencing how work is done along with the number of seniors who are continuing to work well past traditional retirement age, managers and leaders today are faced with increasingly complex generational needs and differences. From communications style preferences to expectations of appropriate behavior, each generation has its own perspective and works accordingly.

This workshop explores the generational differences, similarities and expectations important for every manager today. We explore how each generation was shaped and provide insight into their expectations. This powerful workshop addresses many of the challenges managers of multi-generational teams currently face and provide a concrete action plan to leverage each generations’ strengths.

How You Will Benefit:

Adapt your leadership style for each generation and for the common ground that all generations want.

Leverage the unique skills and experiences from each generation.

Facilitate cross-generational dialogue and understanding for more cohesive teams.

You Will Learn:

  • Exploring Current Generational Perceptions
  • Generational Characteristics, Values, Preferences and Rewards
  • Becoming a Multi-Generational Leader
  • Finding Common Ground
  • Developing and Growing the Generations
  • Action Planning for Leveraging Generational Strengths, Influencing Your Multi-Generational Team and Flexing Your Leadership Approach

Who Should Attend:

Executives, directors, managers, team leaders and other business professionals who are required to work with, manage or lead people from different generations.

Investment for this workshop is $3,000 plus a $10 material fee per participant.


Facilitation from one of the best facilitators in the Bay Area.

Why Facilitation from Innovators + Influencers?

  • Track Record. 15 years experience coaching, training and facilitating at hundreds of companies.
  • Real-World Experience. A facilitator with real-world management experience. I've facilitated board meetings, global summits and leadership retreats at companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies.
  • Thoughtful. A facilitator who asks tough questions, makes sure every person gets heard and designs meetings to get your business needs met. Most clients hire me annually or quarterly to make sure they stay on track and relevant.
  • Follow-Through. Most facilitators pack up their bags and go when the meeting is over. I follow-through to make sure the decisions you made, the deadlines you agreed to and the questions you didn't answer are addressed.
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