Personal Development Topics
(Managers & Employees)
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TAKE THIS JOB & LOVE IT!
George Bernard Shaw said, "A master in the art of living knows no sharp distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body, their education and their recreation . . . They simply pursue their vision of excellence through whatever they are doing and leave others to determine whether they are working or playing."
Because we manufacture ourselves through our work, each time we make a choice on the job, we shape our identities, our inner feelings about who we are, our sense of self-worth, and our relationships with others. This program is about discovering the hidden truths about our life, and how we can move from simply surviving our work to mastering the art of living through our work.
OVERCOMING NEGATIVITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Got the Monday morning blues that don’t disappear until Friday? Dread the drive to work? Dread the thought of the workday routine? Can’t stand the office politics? Can’t stand the negative coworkers? Can’t stand the difficult customers? How can you combat these negative feelings and view work as more than the avenue to paying the lousy bills?
When negativity goes unchecked, communication, teamwork, loyalty, morale, and productivity suffer. This program is about how to stop the negativity in yourself by putting more passion and meaning in your work — which in turn will help you understand and give you the tools for dealing effectively with the negativity in others.
KEEPING COOL, CALM, COLLECTED, & HEALTHY WHEN THE PRESSURE IS ON
Imagine what your life would be like if you could deal with all time pressures and stressful situations in a way that makes you healthier, happier and more effective? Would you be a better parent, boss, worker or friend? And, would you enjoy your family, work and friends more?
The ability to control your time and your reaction to stressful situations is one of the most powerful skills you can develop. This program will identify the causes and effects of stress and assist in developing the skills required to manage stress in their own life.
SURVIVING AND THRIVING DURING TIMES OF GREAT CHANGE
In the wake of unrelenting changes surging through the private, government, and not-for-profit sectors, today’s most urgent challenge has shifted. If you aspire to grow in your organization, you shouldn’t be spending your time convincing yourself and others why change should be happening or why it should not be happening. You should be spending your time specifically designing a plan to address the conditions and challenges of change itself.
This program is about you and what you can do to make positive change happen for yourself and your organization. It focuses on the link between purpose and change, getting you in shape, enlisting people to support you, to perform, help facilitate change, and enjoy the process.
GAINING CONTROL OF YOUR TIME AND YOUR LIFE
The ability to control your time is one of the most powerful skills you can develop. This program is designed on the premise that “it is not lack of time but lack of direction.” The program emphasizes time as an important investment and how this investment can be made more efficient in small ways. This program also helps identify major time robbers, establish goals and priorities, and modify behavior patterns to improve time use.
COMMUNICATION: UP, DOWN, ACROSS, INSIDE & OUT
You communicate interpersonally every time you interact with others. How well you communicate can influence how others view your work and your chance of career success and mobility. This program offers practical strategies to inform and influence others no matter where they are on the organization chart.
TURNING CONFLICT INTO PRODUCTIVITY
Conflict is all around us, but most people try to avoid it. But left alone, conflict wreaks havoc on productivity, morale, motivation, and team effectiveness. This program focuses on how to manage disputes and disagreements as well as the more "challenging" people. These skills work whether you are dealing with bosses, co-workers, employees, or the public.
ENHANCING COMMUNICATION THROUGH UNDERSTANDING STYLES
Individuals approach the world based upon their perceptions of reality, and since each of us is unique, our perceptions of reality may vary greatly. Responses vary greatly depending upon an individual's past successes and failures. This program is designed for participants to gain more understanding of your interaction style and more understanding of how others see them. Such insight should lead to less defensiveness in your interactions, more willingness to accept differences in personal styles, and more effective working relationships.