IMS/Detroit - 2016 Program Schedule  

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 05/20/16