Events

Upcoming  Events

Communicating Up, Down and Across the Organization January 2018

Recent Events

Communicating Up, Down and Across the Organization, December 2017

Management Skills for New Supervisors, December 2017

Time Management, December 2017

Management Skills for Supervisors, November 2017

The Voice of Leadership, November 2017

Management Skills for New Supervisors, August 2017

How to Communicate with Diplomacy Tact and Credibility, May 2017

Time Management, July 2017

Taking on Greater Responsibility: Skills to Maximize Your Performance, March 2017

Communicating Up Down and Across the Organization, October 2017

Influencing Skills, December 2016

Management Skills for New Supervisors, August, 2016

Managing Today’s IT and Technical Professionals, July 2016

Management Skills for New Supervisors, June 2016

Managing Today’s Technical Professionals, May 2016

Making the Transition from Staff Member to Supervisor, March 2016

Fundamentals of HR Management, February 2016

Management Skills for New Supervisors, December 2016

Platform To Employment (P2E) March 9th through April 10th 2015 Bridgeport, CT

Helping the long term employed get to work through The Workplace. making vision boards

 

 

 

Platform To Employment (P2E) January12th through February 12th 2017 Bridgeport, CT

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Helping the long term employed get to work through The Workplace. 

The WorkPlace developed Platform to Employment (P2E) to address the need for the long-term unemployed to return to work and the employer need to recruit skilled workers. The program is a public-private partnership which gives businesses a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring participants during an eight-week work experience program.

We offer individuals a five-week preparatory program, including skills assessment, career readiness workshops, employee assistance programs, coaching and more. Upon program completion, we assist participants find open positions at local companies. Placements are made on a trial basis, paid for by The WorkPlace. The expectation is that if the company is satisfied with the performance of the candidate, a full-time job will ensue.

HR Basics for Small Businesses  – September 29th, 2014 6:30 to 8:30 pm Stamford Innovation Center 

Congratulations, your business has grown and you’re thinking about hiring your first employee. It logoseems simple enough, tell people you need good employees and look at some resumes. It may appear to be that easy but there are legal and business hurdles to be aware of before making the plunge. We’ll start by thinking about why a “people plan” is as important as a business plan. Employees are one of your most valuable assets but also the hardest to manage.

Join us to learn:
• Thoughts about you organization’s culture and how you will train employees around it
• What is an “employee” How do employees and contractors differ?
• What to do before you hire your first employee
• The life cycle of an employee
• Legal pitfalls
• Some thoughts on

  •  Staffing
  •  Compensation
  •  Managing Performance 
 
Effective Communication – Graduate class at Mahattanville College May 31-July 20th 2014

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Communication is crucial to the success of all leaders, but as you climb within an organization the ability to write and speak effectively is magnified. One needs to be able to talk, write and present effectively to a diverse group of stakeholders, such as customers, supervisors, subordinates, peers, buyers, etc. And while business leaders have marketing strategies, expansion strategies, finance strategies, even exit strategies, successful leaders also have communication strategies. This course explores how individuals can develop and execute effective communication strategies for a variety of business settings. The course emphasizes the essentials of developing personal communication skills, inclusive of persuasive verbal and written communication, influence mapping, and communicating for buy-in.

Making the Transition from Staff Member to Supervisor – Boston 4/17- 4/1 2014

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Here’s your opportunity to establish your presence as a new boss, build credibility and adapt your unique

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style to every situation that comes your way.

This seminar covers the nuts and bolts to prepare you to take your first supervisory role, from setting goals for your team to tackling difficult conflicts. With exercise, feedback and practice, you will return with the tool kit to confidently take on any new task with greater ease and improved confidence.

How to Use LinkedIn as an Internal Resource – Thomson Reuters 4/1/2014

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Lunch and learn. LinkedIn is not just for job seekers. Using LinkedIn can increase the visibility of your organization and its brand. It allows colleagues to get to know each other and engage with current and potential clients. You can even create your own private groams to stay in touch with each other.ups for te

 

Taming Time Management -Live Web Radio Show – 4/3/2014 6 pm Eastern

Do you find yourself overloaded with work? Feel so stretched to the limit you can’t set priorities? Exhaust yourself daily without accomplishing your goals?

Remember, every minute of your day impacts the business. If you answer yes to one or more of the above, it’s time to make real choices about how and when to spend your time.

This seminar will help you identify causes of procrastination and indecision, pinpoint personal time-wasters and increase your concentration and focus. You’ll learn to schedule your time more effectively, stay on track and keep important goals top of mind, so you can stay in balance and be more effective and productive.

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Time Management for The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care – 3/19/2014

Time management audio seminar for two hundred employees in the hospice field across the USA at one of the “Breakfast for Braniacs” event.

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No Fear Presentation Skills for a consulting organization 3/13/2014

Does speaking in front of a group give you the jitters? In this one-day intensive seminar you will develop your presentation skills to transform yourself from inexperienced speaker to skilled presenter. While the content of the presentation is important, the delivery is critical.  You will learn how to use your body with purpose, handle questions with ease and use PowerPoint and other tools to your advantage.

Managing Change – Onsite for a Publishing Company -3/10-2014

This program aims to support managers and employees through organization as well as, personal changes. Managers will learn how to plan for and implement change successfully, recognize the effects of change on employees and tools to help team members manage change. Employees will recognize the impact of change, how to deal with it successfully (including managing stress) and build resilience.

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Dynamic Listening Skills for Successful Communication – December 12th and 13th 2013 New York City 

What are listening skills like in your organization? When was the last time you wanted to scream: “Is anyone listening?” Well, you’re not alone. Although all of us talk and listen to one another, we may not have the best listening skills or be truly communicating. In a working environment defined by diversity, stress and uncertainty, it is not surprising that misunderstandings abound. This two day seminar gives you dynamic listening skills to ensure effective communication is the secret ingredient to your organization’s bottom-line demands!

Taking on Greater Responsibility, Step Up Skills for Non-Managers – November  7th & 8th 2013

Do you have what it takes to step up to the plate to lead, work in teams and juggle new assignments with your current responsibilities? What about having a “can-do” attitude that prepares you for additional growth? Acquire new skills and prepare to make a positive difference at work. In this seminar, you will lay the foundation to achieve good performance now and integrate additional skills to exceed present role expectations. In this two day seminar you will develop a customized approach to think strategically, to solve problems and to make sound decisions so you can adapt to change and grab new opportunities. Contact Laura Jacob at 203 961 0227 for more information.

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Communicating Up, Down and Across the Organization – November 14th & 15th 2013

Gain recognition, build stronger work relationships and deliver high-value results for yourself and your organization!

Real leaders appreciate it when employees practice upward communication—taking the responsibility to communicate new ideas, innovations and better ways to get the work accomplished. This ability is especially crucial during times of economic uncertainty, where responsibilities can change unexpectedly and fresh ideas and input are essential at all organizational levels.This seminar offers practical and adaptive strategies for upward communication—as well as across and downward communication—to inform and influence others no matter where they fit in the organizational chart. Contact Laura Jacob at 203 961 0227 for more information.

Time Management 

Do you find yourself overloaded with work? Feel so stretched to the limit you can’t set priorities? Exhaust yourself daily without accomplishing your goals?

Remember, every minute of your day impacts the business. If you answer yes to one or more of the above, it’s time to make real choices about how and when to spend your time. This seminar will help you identify causes of procrastination and indecision, pinpoint personal time-wasters and increase your concentration and focus. You’ll learn to schedule your time more effectively, stay on track and keep important goals top of mind, so you can stay in balance and be more effective and productive.

No Fear Presentation Skills

Do you have good ideas, but are afraid to voice them? Do you write excellent reports but avoid presenting them orally? Are you afraid that you will embarrass yourself in front of others in small meetings or presenting to large groups? Contrary to what you may think, public speaking is not an innate gift. It is a crucial skill you can learn.  If you missed this seminar click here for our presentation No Fear Presentations and a Presentation Purpose Worksheet  for developing presentations.

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Multi Day Seminars

Communicating Up, Down, and Across the Organization

Real leaders appreciate it when employees practice upward communication—taking the responsibility to communicate new ideas, innovations and better ways to get the work accomplished. This ability is especially crucial during times of economic uncertainty, where responsibilities can change unexpectedly and fresh ideas and input are essential at all organizational levels. This two day seminar offers practical and adaptive strategies for upward communication—as well as across and downward communication—to inform and influence others no matter where they fit in the organizational chart.

Dynamic Listening Skills for Successful Communication

What are listening skills like in your organization? When was the last time you wanted to scream: “Is anyone listening?” Well, you’re not alone. Although all of us talk and listen to one another, we may not have the best listening skills or be truly communicating. In a working environment defined by diversity, stress and uncertainty, it is not surprising that misunderstandings abound. This two day seminar gives you dynamic listening skills to ensure effective communication is the secret ingredient to your organization’s bottom-line demands!

Fundamentals of HR Management

This intensive, hands-on three day seminar will give you a solid overview of all aspects of HR. Whether you’re a recently appointed HR manager, are new to HR or have a non-HR job with HR responsibilities, this course can give you the know-how you need. Understand essential HR functions and learn to develop an action plan to put to work in your organization.

Management Skills for New Supervisors

This seminar will equip you with proven supervisory techniques that you can put into action immediately.  The skills savvy supervisors use to plan, organize, communicate and monitor will become part of your toolkit to effectively manage everyday interactions with greater ease. You will learn to leverage both your hard skills and your people skills to meet your new challenges with increased confidence, respect and power.

Taking on Greater Responsibility Step Up Skills for Non-Managers

Do you have what it takes to step up to the plate to lead, work in teams and juggle new assignments with your current responsibilities? What about having a “can-do” attitude that prepares you for additional growth? Acquire new skills and prepare to make a positive difference at work. In this seminar, you will lay the foundation to achieve good performance now and integrate additional skills to exceed present role expectations. In this two day seminar you will develop a customized approach to think strategically, to solve problems and to make sound decisions so you can adapt to change and grab new opportunities

 

Live Online Programs

Online Live Course

Give half day interactive workshops courses using Adobe Connect for the IT department of FUJIFILM USA on how to build an effective workplace culture across multiple locations. We learned:

  • What is a team? How to “team” effectively
  • What is communication and what is the best communication channel various message.
  • When to meet, tips and tools for effective meetings

 

Academic Programs

Skills for Human Resource Professionals

The key function of Human Resources within an organization is the selection, retention and development of a workforce that supports strategic business goals.  This graduate course, with reference to the changing workplace, provides an introduction to skills involved in: employee selection; career development and coaching, training and counseling employees with personal problems.

laura-jacobLabor Law and Arbitration

This course provides an overview of the US labor union movement within the context of business and organizational development. Historically important events will be discussed through the use of films, documentaries and lecture.  Course will introduce students to the laws governing labor relations and employee rights in the workplace, legal framework in which collective bargaining takes place, including union organizational campaigns, negotiations for and enforcement of  collective bargaining agreements, and the use of economic pressure. Students will examine various aspects of Alternative Dispute Resolution including mediation, negotiation and arbitration.  Students will be expected to participate in “mock” contract negotiations and arbitrations while gaining three credits towards their undergraduate degree.

Management in a Multicultural World

This course introduces students to the basics of organization and management theory, as they apply to the global market place. A cross-cultural approach is used to examine the similarities, differences and application of theory across national boundaries; and to identify those structural constants that permit business to be conducted on a global scale. Organization culture, role structure, coordination and control methods, leadership, and business strategy are the basic theoretical constructs introduced and evaluated in the course.  This course granted students three credits towards their undergraduate degree.

 

Business Workshops

Assertive Communication – 60 minute lunch and learn in Wallingford, CT
“The ability to say no, and generally behave assertively is the result of learning to respect and value ourselves, as well as learning to communicate our needs, wants, and values in direct, honest and respectful ways.”

A lot of us struggle with this. The good news is that Assertive Communication is a skill that can be learned with practice. This event was for a client looking to help their IT team manage their time and communicate more effectively.

Secrets of Great Communicators for Increased Sales

Have you ever observed two people talking at but not really understanding one another?  Do you find that at times your friends, family, co-workers, customers don’t fully understand what you are saying.

Would you like to learn some communication tools to have more:

  • Customers?
  • Sales?
  • Donors?
  • Friends?
  • Visitors?

The Secrets of Great Communicators helps you and your team benefit from better relationships with your customers and increased sales. In this program we learned learn a model of communication focused on active listening and how effective communication is important in building relationships

Managing People as a Strategic Asset

This workshop covered how a business owner can create an environment that allows him or her to maximize the performance of the available talent to develop and execute a winning business strategy.

  • The value of an empowered team.
  • How to evaluate your Human Resource needs.
  • Strategies that will deliver exceptional performance from your team.
  • The best hiring practices.
  • Key Time Management techniques.
  • How to avoid key HR issues.

 

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Multi Day Seminars

Moving Ahead Breaking Behavior Patterns That Hold You Back

What’s your professional image? Do you steamroll over others in a quest for power…constantly rebel against authority…start and spread office gossip…cry at the drop of a hat in stressful situations? These are just a few examples of bad behavior that contribute to a poor professional image resulting in “career suicide”—even for the most capable employees. Overcome and resolve workplace situations where ineffective behavior is at play so that you can improve your professional image to move forward and get the rewards you deserve. This two day seminar will help you change your professional image by overcoming destructive workplace behavior!

Making the Transition from Staff Member

Here’s your opportunity to establish your presence as a new boss, build credibility and adapt your unique style to every situation that comes your way. This two day seminar covers the nuts and bolts to prepare you to take your first supervisory role, from setting goals for your team to tackling difficult conflicts. With exercise, feedback and practice, you will return with the tool kit to confidently take on any new task with greater ease and improved confidence.

Academic Programs

Conflict and Negotiation

The purpose of this course is to increase the basic understanding and implementation of the theories associated with interpersonal conflict. This experiential learning environment will examine the relationship of successful communications and negotiating techniques leading to productive outcomes regardless of the setting.  Students will be afforded the opportunity to understand themselves and others in regards to the need for relationship building conflict resolution resulting in productive outcomes.

 

Business Workshops

Taming Time Management

Get more of the right things done. Do you find yourself overloaded with work? Feel so stretched to the limit you can’t set priorities? Exhaust yourself daily without accomplishing your goals? This seminar will help you identify causes of procrastination and indecision, pinpoint personal time-wasters and increase your concentration and focus. You’ll learn to schedule your time more effectively, stay on track and keep important goals top of mind, so you can stay in balance and be more effective and productive.

 

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