Strategy & Execution: Helping You Make the Right Decisions Faster

It’s half way into 2008 and times are tough—how is your business performance? If you are similar to the majority of business owners, managers and executive directors, you’d probably like to be further along towards accomplishing the goals in your strategic plan. A strategic plan provides a business with the roadmap it needs to pursue a specific strategic direction and set of performance goals, deliver customer value, and be successful.

Management Coaching Secrets that Enhance Employee Performance

Could the managers in your organization conduct better coaching discussions? Are your managers addressing performance problems often and effectively enough? During the session we will provide answers to the following questions:

  • How do we develop managers who can coach employees to get results? And
  • How can we create a culture where employees are engaged and committed to higher productivity?

We will share with you some of the latest research on this topic, and discuss how our blended learning solutions are getting dramatic results.

Firing Up the Workforce: Lessons Learned from the 2007 Winners of the Wall Street Journal Top Small Workplaces

Savvy business leaders understand that in order to have a truly engaged workforce, they must inspire greater commitment and loyalty. They also understand that this focus is not just a nice thing to do—it has a measurable and lasting impact on their retention, productivity and bottom line.

In this web seminar you will learn about some of the exemplary practices that distinguish the winners of the first annual ranking of the Top Small Workplaces, as selected by Winning Workplaces in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal in late 2007.

Storytelling and Strategy: Accelerating the Success of Your Organization

Excited. Involved. Connected. When employees are engaged in the mission and strategy of your company, then you are ready for success. How can you cultivate this energy and enthusiasm among your entire team?

In this web seminar, you will learn how storytelling inspires your people, bringing clarity and meaning to complex messages, sparking imagination and inspiring solutions. Mickey Connolly, CEO of Conversant, has used these techniques with companies ranging from Hewlett-Packard to The Coca-Cola Company and is ready to share his knowledge with you.

How to Raise Capital to Support Your Business's Growth

Join Chris Onan, Managing Director of Appian Ventures, as he reviews financing options available to your business. What kind of funding is appropriate for your venture? Which investors should you approach? Chris will guide you through a range of funding options available to you. Learn what materials you should bring to approach investors, and how to make them professional in nature. You'll come away with great tips, dos and don'ts when obtaining capital.

Time to Deliver: How Can You Ensure Implementation of Your New Strategic Plan?

A frequent complaint about the strategic planning process is that it produces a document that ends up collecting dust on a shelf—the organization ignores the precious information depicted in the document. How can you make sure that your hard planning work will produce results?

Join Debra Thompson, President of Strategy Solutions, Inc, as she shares twelve practical guidelines for rallying your teams toward strong execution of your new strategic plan.

Creating a Great Place to Work: Lessons Learned from the 2007 "50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America"

How do Best Companies do it?

Join Hal Adler, President of Great Place to Work Institute, to understand the essential ingredients and framework for creating a great place to work and what makes this year's "50 Best Small & Medium Companies" so great.

What will I learn?

Mr. Adler's presentation will:

Taking the Guesswork out of Hiring

Have you ever hired a person who turned out to be a superior performer? Have you ever hired someone who just didn’t meet your expectations? Did you use the same hiring process in both cases? Did you feel you must have done something different when you hired the non-performer? Traditional hiring methods are inherently flawed and do not produce consistent results. Now you can learn proven tactics and receive tools that will significantly improve your ability to compete for, select, promote and retain superior talent.

Web Conferencing for Franchisors: How to Use this Critical Competitive Advantage to Prospect, Manage and Grow your Franchise

How are franchisors using web and audio conferencing to grow their businesses more effectively than ever? What techniques are your colleagues using that you should know about? Join Mike Ligon, conferencing expert and franchisor consultant, as he demonstrates methods and techniques of using web conferencing for prospecting, closing deals, holding training sessions, recording content and managing expenses. Mike has worked with franchisors and franchise suppliers since 2002 and has collected an arsenal of best practices and tips to share.