IMS/Detroit - 2017 Program Schedule  

April 13 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM-4 PM  An "IMSQuickCoach" Session



      Transformational Teams: Creating an Environment that Fosters Productivity, Cohesion and Resilience- Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper

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Organizations today must understand and leverage 7 critical attributes of cohesive, productive and resilient teams. This interactive session guides participants through a learning experience to develop the seven attributes and behaviors that are critical to high productivity and effectiveness. The seven critical team attributes include: Trust, Appreciation, Communication, Creativity & Ideation, Meeting Management, Behavior Management and Problem Solving & Decision Making. 

Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper is the senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, a firm that provides personal and professional development training, coaching and consultation. Improve works across various industries, and has been featured in Time Magazine, Black Voices, Smart Business Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek. Dr. Burts-Cooper is also an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University in the Weatherhead Executive Education Program.

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


      Critical Decision Making: The Role of Constructive Conflict - Dr. Michael Roberto


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Through fascinating examples from history, this workshop will explore each of the following: the five myths of executive decision making; how to foster open debate that actually builds long-term consensus; how to achieve "diversity in counsel, unity in command"; how to move to closure: overcoming the inability to decide; avoiding "analysis paralysis" and other pitfalls; how to gain the whole-hearted commitment to act; and how to address hidden doubts that could undermine your final decision. Whether you're a senior executive or a project team member, this workshop will help you leverage your team's immense untapped wisdom to make better decisions—and get better results.

Professor Michael Roberto is the Trustee Professor of Management at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, where he teaches leadership, managerial decision-making, and business strategy. He joined the tenured faculty at Bryant after serving for six years on the faculty at Harvard Business School. He has also has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Management at New York University's Stern School of Business. Professor Roberto`s research focuses on strategic decision-making processes and senior management teams.

May 23   -   2014 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


   Creating Your Own Success: The Power of Positive Attitude - Dr. Ed Foreman

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This session is a unique, comprehensive habit-improvement program that mentally, physically, and emotionally improves your sphere of living. The program teaches specific techniques for making this an automatic part of your subconscious mind. It will help you eliminate self-defeating behavior and improve your self-confidence through positive, success-generating habits, putting you on the road to greater achievement and a more rewarding life. This one-day format highlights the popular three-day Successful Life Course featured positively on CBS News' 60 Minutes

Dr. Ed Foreman is the only person to be elected to the United States Congress from two different states in over 150 years and has enjoyed a close working relationship with six U. S. Presidents.  He is a board member, officer, or major stockholder of a dozen successful corporations and is recognized for his remarkable leadership, worldwide, in the special education and counseling of more than 30,000 graduates of his renowned, life- enhancing SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course.

June 16 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


     Increasing Your Personal Impact: Maximize Your Power to Influence Others - Mr. Ty Bennett


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Regardless of the type of organization you’re in, or the role you play in it, you are in the business of people. Because of that, great leadership is the driving force behind growing your business. Based on his highly-rated book, The Power of Influence, Ty Bennett shares his philosophies and tools for increasing your influence and impact as a leader. How do you become a good leader? Through influence. How do you become a great leader? By using influence and integrity to engage and inspire others.

Mr. Ty Bennett and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales when he was 21 years old, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. As a young entrepreneur, Ty continues to engage his team’s focus to grow sales. He uses the power of influence and storytelling to get buy-in to the vision of growing their multimillion-dollar sales organization. With a natural ability to engage and empower others, Ty draws on his experience in the trenches to share real and tangible techniques about the principles of leadership that continue to create his success.

July 20 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM-4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


   The Power of Personal Accountability: Overcoming Obstacles and Owning Your Success - Mr. Mark Samuel


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Increasing personal effectiveness is a requirement for dealing with the demands of our workplace and our desire for work-life balance. During this workshop, you will explore practical applications for increasing personal, team and organizational accountability. Specific skills in asking accountable questions, accountable delegation, and creating accountable agreements will be practiced. Finally, you will apply 3 keys for sustaining accountability during projects and change efforts including the development of "recovery plans", a process for holding others accountable and a technique for overcoming the "wall of fear" for leading change. You will create an inspiring and practical Personal Vision of Excellence for achieving their personal and professional goals.

Mr. Mark Samuel, President and Founder of IMPAQ, is considered a practical visionary by Fortune 500 companies. His Leadership Accountability Systems and training has contributed to achieving breakthrough measurable improvements in organizational performance and rapid culture change. Mr. Samuel is the author of Creating the Accountable Organization and Making Yourself Indispensable: The Power of Personal Accountability.

August 22 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM    An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


     How to Reach, Teach and Engage Various Generations in the Workplace - Dr. Jan Ferri-Reed

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There’s an invasion quietly taking place in organizations around the world with the potential to forever change the way most workplaces function. The Millennial generation (also known as Generation Y) has entered the workforce by the millions.  They are not only settling into cubicles ‘next door’ to their predecessors (GenXers, Boomers and, yes, even Matures), they are managing their cohort and other generations as well.  This presents a quandary for organizations that want to attract, retain and develop leaders from all generations while transitioning the culture to embrace the new regime, perhaps faster and with higher expectations than before. Sheer demographics suggest that, in the very near future, we will feel strain on our generational talent pools and, consequently, organizational productivity.  This seminar will provide leaders with insights and strategies for engaging all generations and for enhancing intergenerational communication, productivity and results.

Dr. Jan Ferri-Reed is a seasoned consultant and President of KEYGroup®, a 28-year Pittsburgh-based speaking, education and assessment firm. She has presented a variety of programs to thousands of managers and employees in a diverse range of organizations across the globe. Her work includes executive consultation to create and support dynamic workplace cultures. She facilitates senior-level planning sessions to help leaders to identify those values and behaviors that make their organizations unique and competitive.

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


     The Power of Collaborative Leadership - Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman


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As more and more organizations move toward a collaborative culture, a new leadership model is emerging – one that replaces command and control with trust and inclusion. The leader’s new role is to encourage team members to see themselves as valued contributors, to help them build their knowledge base and expand their personal networks, and to motivate them to offer their ideas and perspectives in service of a common goal. Collaborative leaders understand how to create an environment in which people choose to participate and contribute. Inspiring, interactive and energizing, this session will give you the insight and skills to build collaborative relationships within your team and throughout the organization.

Ms. Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is an international keynote speaker and leadership presence coach. Carol has been cited as an authority in media such as Industry Week, Investors Business Daily, CNN`s Business Unusual, PBS Marketplace, MarketWatch radio, and the NBC Nightly News. She is a leadership blogger for Forbes and the author of twelve business books, including "The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help - or Hurt - How You Lead. " Carol has published over 300 articles in the fields of organizational change, leadership, innovation, communication, collaboration, employee engagement, and body language in the workplace.


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


       The Art of Diagnosis: Solving the Right Problem the First Time - Dr. Jackson Nickerson

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How often do you walk into a meeting called to tackle a problem and within the first few minutes, participants already are debating about a solution? Jumping to a solution is one of the most prevalent and pernicious maladies in organizations, which leads to delayed problem solving, high costs, and sluggish responsiveness that can demoralize an entire organization. The Art of Diagnosis provides new insights into how individuals and teams can solve the right problem the first time. The critical challenge is that all too often when tackling problems, individuals and teams suffer from a set of biases and impediments that cause them to focus on problem solving. In contrast, this program focuses on the art of comprehensively formulating problems before solving them. Participants will learn a variety of specific and proven processes to help them and their teams solve the right problem the first time.

Dr. Jackson Nickerson is the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School.  He also is the Associate Dean and Director of Brookings Executive Education and a Senior Non-resident Scholar in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.  A prior systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a BSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MSME from U.C. Berkeley, Jackson combines his engineering systems knowledge with and MBA and Ph.D. in Business Strategy both from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  He is a globally recognized expert in organization design and its performance implications as well as in critical thinking for business decisions, for which the Olin Business School won the inaugural MBA Roundtable Innovator’s Award.  

October 24 - 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.

November 14 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


       Leading AND Managing: 7 Strategies to Help You Excel at Both - Dr. Ann Tardy


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This session will explore the essential strategies and techniques required to powerfully lead and manage simultaneously from the same role. Being a manager is one of the most arduous and yet most valuable roles in any organization. The challenge lies in dealing with the expectations of those above and below you while also contributing to people's success around you. When you master this, you will discover how to impact any organization from the middle. You will leave this class with the skills needed to powerfully evolve into a successful Manager. 

Ms. Ann Tardy is a former Silicon Valley corporate attorney and has worked alongside some of the best and brightest lawyers, entrepreneurs, VCs, and business owners. She was honored as an Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association and honored with the Vanguard Award from The McGraw-Hill Companies for her contributions to their employees. She earned a B.S. in Accountancy from University of Illinois, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent Law School, a CPA from Illinois, and license to practice law in Illinois and California.

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


     Ingenious Leadership: Fostering a Climate of Innovation - Mr. Mitch Ditkoff

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Innovation is “in” these days. The word is on the lips of every CEO, CFO, CIO, and anyone else with a three-letter acronym after their name. As a result, many organizations are launching all kinds of "innovation initiatives" -- hoping to stir the creative soup and differentiate themselves from the competition. This is commendable. But it is also, all too often, disappointing. Why? Because too much attention is being paid to process and too little attention is being paid to people and the art of fostering the kind of organizational culture that is the wellspring of innovation. Participants, in this seminar, will have an engaging, hand on opportunity to think deeply about change, creativity, commitment and what they can do, in the next 90 days, to jump start a sustainable culture of innovation within their respective spheres of influence.

Mr. Mitch Ditkoff is the co-founder and President of Idea Champions, a highly acclaimed management consulting and training company, headquartered in Woodstock, NY. He specializes in helping forward thinking organizations go beyond business as usual, originate breakthrough products and services, and establish dynamic, sustainable cultures of innovation. Educated at Lafayette College and Brown University, Mr. Ditkoff has worked with a wide variety of Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies who have realized the need to do something different in order to succeed in today`s rapidly changing marketplace.

Since 1994 over 27,000 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 03/14/17