Training

Our seminars and workshops are designed to help organizations build stronger businesses by improving project performance. First, we help you understand how project management connects to organization performance and mission. Then, we turn our attention to improving the knowledge and skills of individual project managers.

If you want to see better performance of your projects and help your teams work better together, there are a variety of ways we can help.

We offer assessments of your training and project management needs so we can prioritize the skills that would be of most benefit. Our training seminars are interactive and engaging and are designed with the “accidental” or “informal” project manager in mind.

Project Management Basics

 

Many people in project management roles got there by accident. They didn’t seek out the role, have had little project management training, and are simply trying to figure things out as they go.

Do you find yourself surprised by delays or unexpected changes initiated by someone else? Do issues “pop up” when you least expect them? Are you constantly fighting fires that could have been prevented with better planning?

In this session, participants will walk away with high-level guidance, tips, checklists, and templates to plan a project. We will explore:

  • Planning the project (includes defining scope, preparing estimates, identifying tasks, creating a schedule, and identifying risks, and more)
  • Working the plan (tracking progress, making adjustments, controlling changes, staying on track)
  • Communicating for project success

Intermediate Project Management

Project management is not restricted to certain industries or to individuals with certification as a project manager. Lots of us are expected to complete assignments that are not a usual part of our job and to get the job done well, within our budget, and on time.

This workshop is intended for participants who understand the conceptual phase of a project’s life cycle. Participants will work through the remaining three stages: planning, execution, and termination.

We’ll cover how to identify the project’s tasks and resources, how to create a work breakdown structure, how to schedule the tasks effectively, how to prepare a project budget, how to identify and manage risks, how to develop and manage a change control process, and how to execute and close out a project.

Improving Workplace Communications with DiSC®

Improving Workplace Communications with DiSC®. Come to this team-building workshop and discover the four basic personality/communication styles and how the styles blend, clash and interact with others. You will identify your own style, participate in individual and group activities and learn to communicate better and appreciate the unique strengths and differences of others.  As a result, you will become a better leader, communicator, or team member and gain key strategies to create highly effective interpersonal relationships with peers, subordinates, clients, family, and friends. This fun and interactive workshop includes a pre-workshop online assessment to generate a personal DiSC® profile to give a more complete understanding of yourself and others.

The workshop helps participants:

  • Learn how and when to adapt behavior and communication styles to work with others more effectively
  • Recognize what motivates themselves and their teams
  • Identify and manage sources of conflict and reduce unproductive conflict
  • Build rapport and connection with colleagues and clients
  • Implement strategies for creating positive, proactive relationships

Stakeholder Management: The Glue that Holds the Project Together

Figuring out who your most influential stakeholders are and engaging with them to understand their interests, needs, and wants is a key challenge for any program. In fact, it can impact whether your program is a major success, barely squeaks by, or fails completely. Yet, involving and communicating with the right key stakeholders is not easy and frequently ends up on a lower priority list, if it even makes the list at all.

Stakeholder management and engagement can be the glue that holds your programs together.

Participants will learn techniques to identify the most influential stakeholders and ways to increase engagement to build support for their important programs. Through open forum and small group discussions, participants will share ideas with each other and learn how to apply the techniques to increase engagement. Attendees will walk away with new tools and ideas that they can apply immediately to their own organizations.

Managing Stakeholder Resistance: Turning Challengers into Champions

Are you struggling to keep your change initiatives moving forward because they are being blocked or slowed down by key stakeholders?

Do you know what is triggering their resistance?

Learn how to recognize signs of resistance, understand why you might be encountering resistance, and explore strategies for getting past it and turning challengers into supporters for your change initiatives.

 

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