IMS/Detroit - 2016 Program Schedule  

February 23 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM-4 PM  An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


  Dealing with Difficult People: Bringing Out the Best in Others Dr. Rick Brinkman


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This program is based on the bestselling book Dealing With People You Can't Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst, (McGraw-Hill) co-authored by Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner.   Dr. Brinkman says, “Communication is like a phone number, you need all the correct digits and in the right order.” Dr. Rick will share his proven strategies to handle: Whining, Negativity, Attacks, Tantrums, Snipers, Know-it-Alls, Think-They- Know-it-Alls, as well as Yes, Maybe and Nothing people.   Dr. Brinkman teaches Conscious Communication® which is based on the belief that good communication skills are the foundation of all relationships and the lifeblood of effective leadership, teamwork, and service. 

Dr. Rick Brinkman is the developer of Conscious Communication™ program and the principal of Rick Brinkman Productions, Inc., a training and development company. He is author of numerous books including the international bestseller Dealing With People You Can’t Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst (McGraw Hill), which has been translated into 15 languages. He was one of only 15 people the Tom Peters group approved to do the public excellence seminars.

March 17 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


  A Leader's Guide to Building a High-Performance Workplace – Dr. Clint Longenecker.


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Getting better results on an ongoing basis is becoming a leadership mandate in nearly every organization around the world. This seminar is designed to help business leaders develop a framework with which to systematically increase their personal effectiveness and ability to achieve higher levels of performance. This dynamic, interactive and hands-on learning experience will: provide specific tools to help leaders better understand the causes of managerial failure; equip managers to better focus their people and themselves on desired outcomes; help leaders effectively equip their people to perform at higher levels; demonstrate the importance of creating a working environment that fosters better results; encouraging managers to maximize people power and will make a strong case for developing both people and processes in your quest for better results. Leaders attending this program will walk away knowing how to improve their performance and deliver better results when they go to work the very next day. NO SPECTATORS ALLOWED!

Dr. Clinton Longenecker is an award-winning business educator, researcher, author, motivational speaker, and executive coach who was recently recognized by The Economist as one of the top 15 business professors in the world. A thought leader in rapid performance improvement, Dr. Longenecker has published over 180 journal articles in America's top academic and professional journals. He is also the author of two best-selling books, including Getting Results: Five Absolutes for High Performance and The Two-Minute Drill: Lessons for Rapid Organizational Improvement from America’s Greatest Game. Dr. Longenecker has helped transform the talents of thousands of business leaders in some of America's best companies from coast-to-coast.

April 8 -  Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


                Strategic Intelligence: A Key Skill for Ensuring Future Success

                                – Dr. Graeme Codrington


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We live in turbulent times – that much is obvious. But it’s a lot more than just an economic downturn or political upheaval that’s causing it. We are living at a moment in history when all the forces of change are combining to produce an era-changing period. The political, corporate, social and personal rules for success and failure are all being rewritten. To survive and thrive in these uncertain times, it is essential to develop an understanding of the forces that are reshaping your industry’s landscape and your personal world.

Based on detailed research into macro-economic, political and social trends, this program will help you do just that – by focusing on five key disruptive forces that are going to change the way we live and work in the next decade. You’ll also gain confidence in your own ability to identify key areas of change in your own world and career, and be equipped to contribute to the strategic success of your team and your organization. In an uncertain and turbulent world, developing Strategic Intelligence will give you a clear advantage. The workshop has application for your organization, your department and your personal career development.

Dr. Graeme Codrington is an expert on the new world of work and multi-generational workplaces. He is a keynote presenter, author, futurist, facilitator and strategy consultant working across multiple industries and sectors. He blends cutting-edge research, thought leading insights with humour, a conversational style and multimedia-driven presentations to create unforgettable experiences that add real value. He has a particular interest in trends affecting how people live, work, interact and connect with each other. Speaking internationally to over 100,000 people in about 15 different countries every year, he has shared the platform with the likes of Edward de Bono, Jonas Ridderstrale, Sir Ken Robinson and Neil Armstrong.

April 26 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


                  The Leader as Teacher and Coach – Dr. Ed Betof

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Throughout history, leaders have naturally served as teachers, coaches and mentors. This session will introduce a wide range of teaching, coaching and mentoring methods that are applicable for many types of organizations. This is a highly interactive program with numerous opportunities for participants to adapt the content to their work situations. Participants will learn:

(1) Benefits of and practices of highly effective teachers, coaches and mentors;

(2) The importance of storytelling and how to leverage stories for teachable points;

(3) 12 multi-purpose teaching and facilitating methods;

(4) How to implement a peer coaching process; and

(5) Different forms and best practices of effective mentoring.

Dr. Ed Betof is a Senior Fellow, Human Capital, at The Conference Board (TCB). In addition to serving as a Senior Fellow, he is the Program Director for TCB’s Executive Council on Talent and Organization Development and has been the coach/facilitator for TCB’s Global Executive Program. Dr. Betof is President of Betof Associates LLC, a consulting firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership and career development. From 2007 through 2010, Dr. Betof was a Senior Fellow and an Academic Director of Penn’s Chief Learning Officer doctoral program.

May 18 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


     Building Workplace Trust: Optimizing Relationships, Teamwork, and Performance

                                    – Dr. Michelle Reina 


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Optimal relationships - relationships that fuel exceptional teamwork and performance - are built on a foundation of trust. Do you have relationships at work that suffer from compromised trust? In this interactive session, you’ll learn the only real way to repair those relationships - and even optimize them – through trust building. You’ll learn the sixteen behaviors driving the Dimensions of Trust: The Three Cs™. You’ll get a language to talk about trust-related issues constructively. You’ll gain pragmatic trust building skills and proven, practical steps to rebuild trust when it has been broken. You’ll be positioned to shift behavior and break through to high trust, high performing relationships and teams.

Michelle L. Reina, Ph.D. along with her partner, Dennis S. Reina, Ph.D., are pioneering, preeminent experts on building and rebuilding trust to drive business results. They are co-authors of the award-winning, best-selling books, Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace: Building Effective Relationships in Your Organization and Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace: Seven Steps to Renew Confidence, Commitment and Energy (Berrett-Koehler)Sought-after as thought leaders for over 20 years, they co-founded the Reina Trust Building Institute, a global enterprise specializing in measuring, developing, and restoring workplace trust.

June 8 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM-4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


             Managerial Courage: Five Skills to Increase Your Effectiveness

                           – Ms. Margaret Morford

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Participants are presented with a radically new concept that exceptional managers must possess - "Management Courage."  Management Courage has a long-term focus on the future of an organization that radically changes the way employees are managed in the short-term.  This seminar builds a talent management strategy around five Principles that go far beyond basic management rules.  The developmental emphasis is on engaging employees in order to get them to perform better rather than just disciplining performance issues.  These Principles challenge normal management concepts and require participants to look at each employee they manage and formulate a development plan and/or communication strategy that best fits the individual.  Each of the Principles is discussed in depth and numerous real work situations are used to illustrate how to get a better outcome for the organization and the individual that goes far beyond that one encounter.  Not only do participants get useful day-to-day tools, but leadership strategies to use in numerous other business situations.

Ms. Margaret Morford, J.D. is CEO for The HR Edge, Inc., an international management consulting and training company. Previous to owning her own company, she was Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Consulting for a national consulting firm out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She has a BS degree from the University of Alabama and a JD degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.  She is the author of Management Courage – Having the Heart of a Lion and The Hidden Language of Business – Workplace Politics, Power & Influence.

July 19 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM-4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


     The SUMO Principles of Leadership – Mr. Paul McGee       

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In this highly interactive and practical workshop, Paul McGee will explore his main SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) principles and how they impact our ability to inspire others. His principles relate to any leader whose organization would benefit from taking a fresh look at the following five key areas; Change, Relationships, Attitude, Motivation and Stress. Building on his background in behavioral and social psychology, Paul will give us time to reflect upon our behavior and that of others and identify what hinders our effectiveness. Paul's aim is to provide a memorable, motivational, moving-on experience for delegates, which equips them with 'real world' practical ideas that they can implement immediately. Inspired by the Albert Einstein quote, “The definition of genius is the ability to make the complex simple”, Paul communicates in a clear and simple way, insights and ideas that are profoundly important to us as leaders.

Mr. Paul McGee is one of the UK’s leading speakers on the subject of change, workplace relationships and motivation. His provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became an instant best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the WHSmith’s business book chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. Building on his background in psychology, Paul’s aim is to deliver a practical, relevant message that can make an immediate impact on people’s professional and personal lives. His approach is considered both inspirational and humorous as he seeks to deliver a memorable experience that equips people with insights and ideas to increase their personal effectiveness and impact.

August 17 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


     Leading Change: A Manager's Guide to Inspiring Your Team – Mr. Peter Stark

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Middle and senior managers who are experiencing rapid change within their organizations will find this program to be essential to their success. With survey responses from over 100,000 employees around the world, we'll examine what managers and leaders in the Best-of-the-Best organizations do to inspire their teams. We will explore why some people treat change as a catalyst to higher performance and why others fight it every step of the way. Once you identify the common responses to change and understand the role of personal empowerment in the change process, you can design an action plan guaranteed to help you and your team to welcome and embrace change.

Mr. Peter Stark has been inspiring audiences for the past twenty years. He is president of Peter Barron Stark Companies, and specializes in helping organizations build a culture where employees love to come to work and customers love to do business. Through a variety of services which include training, executive coaching, and employee opinion surveys, Mr. Stark guides hundreds of organizations each year in improving their workplaces. Some of these organizations include the NFL, Aetna, the Phoenix Suns, Lowe’s, the Boston Red Sox, SONY Electronics, MetLife, Qualcomm, WD-40 Company, Farmers Insurance, and over 200 other leading

September 21 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM-4 PM An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


         When Leaders Speak: How to Get Heard, Get Remembered and Get Results

                                       - Mr. Paul Hellman 

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As a leader, everything you say and do sends a message and has impact. Our purpose: sharpen your leadership message. You'll start by completing a self-assessment. Then we'll identify 13 ways to project executive presence. We'll practice focus. We'll also work on stories—one of the best ways to influence & inspire others. Finally, we will examine dialogue and "smart" questions that get others engaged. You’ll leave with powerful & practical communication techniques to inspire performance—whether leading your team, making a presentation, or managing yourself.

Mr. Paul Hellman is the author of Naked at Work: How to Stay Sane When Your Job Drives You Crazy (Penguin) and Ready, Aim, You're Hired! (Amacom). He has taught MBA courses at Northeastern University, and organizational psychology courses at Bentley College, where he was nominated twice by the management department for an outstanding teacher award.

October 5 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


       Critical Thinking: A Model for Achieving Superior Decisions – Dr. John Austin

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High quality decisions have always been essential for strong business performance. Yet with the increasing speed, complexity and data availability in today's competitive environment, superior decision skills are more important than ever. This workshop will help you improve your decision making skills by offering behavioral insights into how people actually think and make decisions. It then teaches the advanced critical thinking skills and creative strategies needed to manage unfamiliar, highly complex problems or decisions that involve significant uncertainty. It offers strategies on how managers and executives can deal more effectively with ambiguous information, loosely structured problems, deep uncertainty, and complex tradeoffs. The focus is on critical thinking, breakthrough problem solving, learning and the effective use of groups.

Dr. John Austin works at the intersection of executive practice and academic insight as President of Three Translation Leadership.  For the past seven years he has also been a Principal at Decision Strategies International and an instructor teaching executives at The Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education, Georgetown University, and Duke Corporate Education.  Prior to that, Dr. Austin was on the faculty at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University and at The University of Washington, Bothell. Dr. Austin has a B.A. in economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in management from Boston College. His research on knowledge-based decision making teams is widely cited in the academic literature, as is his work on the strategic actions of internal change agents.  Dr. Austin is an award-winning teacher and facilitator with experience working with executives, MBA students and practicing managers on six continents.

October 25 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM-4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


  Optimizing Your Time and Focus to Make Your Best Even Better – Mr. Jason Womack


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This session is designed to engage, inform and equip participants with the tools, mindset and practices to improve their productivity by 20% or more every day. Managing email, attending meetings, planning projects…these are all the types of work our clients say they need to do more effectively and more efficiently. This program is designed to help get more of the right things done, faster and easier, using the tools and systems we all have access to. Learn what top performers know about productivity and effective leadership. Learn specific time management and productivity insights that you can implement immediately at your office and with your team.

Mr. Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA sees the world differently. He doesn’t deny there are 24 hours in the day, but he defies low expectations for what can be accomplished in that time. He admits that life is busy, but he won't compromise when it comes to increasing productivity and maximizing time for the things that are his MIT`s (Most Important Things). Jason shows that working longer hours doesn’t have to be your only choice to increase your productivity and performance. He teaches practical solutions to everyday workflow that will free you up to focus on your bigger leadership goals and projects.

November 10 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


       Emotional Engagement for Leaders: How to Shift Resistance into Positive,

                                  Self-Directed Action Cultures

                                     – Dr. Marcia Reynolds

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Leaders often face the challenge of helping employees see things differently. Helping others see their blind spots, gaps in logic, and barriers to change means you have to challenge how they think. You can’t tell them to think differently and expect results. You have to listen in a specific way to know what questions to ask that will breakthrough their mental frames. If done the right way, there is a moment in the conversation that changes everything. The employee sees their blind spots and what they are capable of doing and being more than they thought before. He or she always remembers the leader who had the courage to help them see. This powerful session will help leaders create breakthrough moments in their performance and development conversations, opening the minds of the people they work with.

Dr. Marcia Reynolds works with clients around the world who seek to develop effective leaders. She understands organizational cultures, what blocks communication and innovation, and what is needed to bring people together for better results. She has coached leaders, taught leadership and coaching classes, and spoken at conferences in 34 countries. She has 33 years of experience in organizational training and development, with 18 years as an executive coach. In her last corporate position, Marcia’s greatest success story came as a result of designing the employee development program for a semiconductor manufacturing company facing bankruptcy. Working with the executive staff, the company turned around and became top performing IPO in the United States in 1993. Marcia focused on shifting leaders to engage in more two-way communications and empowering cross-functional teams to become the heart of the organization.

December 7 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM-4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


         Dr. Iris Firstenberg   Innovative Thinking for Extraordinary Outcomes

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Successful organizations operate on the edge of chaos and embrace risk, error, and ambiguity, while practicing strategies that reduce the need for doing, undoing, and redoing. You will learn key strategies and practical tools to give you the adaptive capacity to work creatively with change and uncertainty. We will discuss strategies for tapping the human potential for creative thinking, from the inception of ideas to their transformation into practical business strategies and innovations.

Dr. Iris Firstenberg is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, UCLA and Adjunct Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School. She teaches courses on problem solving, decision making, and innovative thinking in both the psychology department and MBA programs. In UCLA Anderson Executive Education programs, Dr. Firstenberg has taught for many years and is consistently one of the most highly rated instructors.

Since 1994 over 26,000 managers and executives have participated in our Detroit monthly programs. Our “best-in-class” faculty speakers have designed their development workshops to improve your performance as an individual and a leader.  If you can not find what you are looking for, please contact us.

Last Updated 01/26/16