Professional Development & Training
The Insights staff offers workshops applicable to professional development opportunities.
The topics, length and method of delivery, including Skype and teleconference, can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the organization.
Killing the Tapeworm: Fighting sabotage in the workplace
Deliberate or unintentional sabotage, like a tapeworm, can eat away at the strength of an organization, ultimately deteriorating the structure of the environment. In order to change a climate of sabotage, the "tapeworms" must be identified and then members of the organization must take personal ownership in destroying these tapeworms. Within this workshop, teams will address this sensitive topic and move forward with specific strategies to reduce sabotage within their workplaces.
Did you know that 75% of the reasons people are dissatisfied at work are related to a lack of emotional intelligence? One of the most important jobs as a team member is to take charge of your own energy and then to orchestrate the energy of those around you; this requires an understanding of emotional intelligence. In this workshop, the topic of emotional intelligence (or EQ) is discussed; first, from the perspective of EQ in the workplace and then, from an individual perspective. The incorporation of an EQ assessment for participants can bring the topic to a personal level and offer data to support personal and professional goal-setting.
The Power of 1 Degree
Many people believe that to create great change, individuals must give 110%. But who has the time or energy to give more than 100%? By adopting the idea of 212 Thinking, individuals will learn positive, powerful change can come with one small change in thinking.
The Nautilus of a Team
Within most organizations, teams are formed with little consideration of the team members’ similarities or differences, and a focus on the goal even if it means sacrificing team members. Through this 2-part workshop, supervisors and leaders, along with their teams, will engage in a preliminary assessment to identify individuals’ strengths on the team. The workshop will help teams identify at which stage of team development they are in, and how to successfully move forward in their development. Discussions, in vivo activities and small group coaching sessions of the assessment results will facilitate the workshop objectives. (This workshop can be combined with The Power of 1 Degree).
Geezers, Grungers, and Geeks: Leading the Multigenerational Workforce
For the first time in history, there are four distinct generations within today’s workforce. While this could offer significant advantages to organizations, managers and leaders report the difficulties created when the generations interact. In order to address this issue and capitalize on the power of a multi-generational workforce, it is important to understand the unique characteristics of each generation and how to blend the generations into an effective team.
Female Leadership in the 21st Century
More than 40 years have passed since the start of the feminist movement, but how far have we come? Are women allowed to be women in the workplace? Is femininity valued and valuable in our work environments? This workshop will encourage a frank, interactive discussion of using “feminine wiles” to affect powerful change and transformational leadership in today’s workforce.
"If You Don't Have Something Good to Say": The Power of Praise
It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day actions necessary to function and manage an organization. Often, we focus on “bad” things that need to change to meet deadlines, accomplish goals and make improvements. What if using positive reinforcement strategies could achieve the same, or better, results in a faster way? Knowing and utilizing the practice of praise can transform and motivate in powerful ways for yourself and those you interact within your personal and professional lives.
Feedforward: A Spin on Feedback
Feedback is a commonly used strategy to create change in the workplace. But does it work? What do most people focus on from feedback? Typically, it is the things they did wrong and what they could have done better. Feedforward offers an innovative, effective method to impact future behaviors of others.
MEETING - The workplace's 4-letter word
For most of us, our weeks are filled with meetings. How many of us find ourselves calculating the wasted number of hours spent in ineffective or useless meetings? In this workshop, you will identify and practice strategies to run time efficient and productive meetings. Imagine – people will actually look forward to attending the meetings you schedule and facilitate!
ABD Can't Go on a Resume
More than 30% of doctoral students end up quitting before completing their dissertations, earning the unusable title of ABD (all but dissertation). Beyond knowing what goes into a dissertation and how to write a dissertation in a scholarly, APA-formatted manner, doctoral students need three levels of skill in order to accomplish their ultimate academic goal: 1) time management, 2) self-motivation, and 3) balance in their daily lives. This workshop will focus on strategies within these three areas to help doctoral students plan for success and avoid the dreaded status of ABD.
WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES AND SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS
Abling the Disabled
Educational and vocational goals for individuals with special needs are often considered from the perspective of "weaknesses to overcome". To facilitate these individuals' goals, this workshop will discuss the effectiveness and viability of developing goals from the perspective of the individuals' strengths.
I Want to Know: A program of empowerment
I Want to Know © is a voluntary program which addresses self destructive behaviors in children by facilitating a way for parents to communicate and work together to help and protect the children in their community. The program empowers parents to talk with each other and share information that can save a child from behaviors that negatively and, sometimes tragically, affect their physical and mental well being.
"If You Don't Have Something Good to Say": The Power of Praise
It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day actions necessary to improve the academic and behavioral performance of students. Often, we focus on “bad” things that need to change to meet performance guidelines, IEP goals and school objectives. What if using positive reinforcement strategies could achieve the same, or better, results in a faster way? Knowing and utilizing the practice of praise can transform and motivate in powerful ways for yourself and your students.
FERPA vs. HIPAA: Entering the rabbit hole of the 2 federal privacy laws
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act are often confused by professionals and those who rights the laws are intended to protect. This workshop offers information regarding both laws, including how they overlap and how they function within an educational setting. An interactive review activity is incorporated into the workshop to offer an entertaining way to summarize the learning for participants.