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A leader must be adept at managing people, tasks, priorities and direction. The Piras Group workshops provide the fundamental skill building that leaders need to be successful. Members of the Piras Group have spent many years, both internally and externally, developing these programs. We know what it takes and how to deliver a “wow” experience for participants.
Being a leader means getting things done through others. The best leaders know how to manage the performance of their employees in a way that is constructive and meaningful – to all concerned. That involves understanding and leveraging the organization’s performance management system, creating yearly objectives and development plans, keeping good records, having frequent performance discussions, coaching actively, and involving the employee at every step. This workshop takes participants through the entire performance cycle, from creating objectives to yearly evaluations. It is highly interactive and involves ample time for discussion and practice with new discussion tools.
Every leader today has a team to manage. That’s how work gets done; projects are managed, services are carried out, experiments are conducted, and products are manufactured – through teams. Building and motivating teams, then managing and monitoring them, is a key piece of every leader’s job. This workshop provides a thorough overview and dissection of that process, from chartering through disbanding. This workshop should be part of every new leader’s education.
This highly interactive workshop provides leaders with an understanding of what motivates and enables team success. Participants will be provided a model for diagnosing their team dynamics then choosing effective options for implementing action steps back at work. This program can also be customized as a facilitated team building session.
This highly interactive workshop provides leaders with an understanding of how to develop direct reports. Development can focus over the next year, within an individual’s current job, or in preparation for future career growth in another job (or a combination of both). All steps to prepare and conduct successful development discussions will be covered. Topics may include everything from strategies to development plan options that gets traction and results. Tools, templates and resources can be provided and customized to your organization’s processes.
Interviewing and selecting the best candidates can be a challenging and time-consuming task. Yet, effective selection of top talent is one of the most important decisions leaders make. Performed strategically and efficiently, hiring can take less time, decrease employee turnover and lower costly hiring expenses.
Being able to structure our available hours and use them wisely is a skill everyone can use. Managers and leaders, in particular, can become overwhelmed by the volume of commitments they face. Using an assessment instrument called the Time Mastery Profile, this workshop helps participants understand how they think about and use their time. This understanding is the foundation for changing behaviors and attitudes around their own time management habits.
Although fundamental for successful leadership, problem solving and decision-making skills are often haphazardly acquired and erratically practiced. This workshop will offer participants a disciplined approach, involving a 5-step technique for solving a challenging problem and/or making a rational decision. This workshop involves a ratio of lecture to hands-on practice of about 1:8. The concepts and tools are easy to grasp and the real value is in the opportunity to try them – alone and with a group. Participants have the opportunity to apply the methodology and techniques to real problems and often arrive at real solutions that can be applied on the job.
Facilitation is an important skill for leaders to have in their toolbox. Leaders maximize their teams’ knowledge and commitment by skillfully facilitating the discussions in which great ideas emerge and take root and plans for execution are built. Facilitating is not telling, nor is it selling. It is a way of leading that is inclusive and capitalizes on the intelligence in the group, which is critical for success in todays’ organizations.
This two day introductory program provides a general overview of skills needed to be an effective manager. The focus is on helping managers learn new skills that will be needed to be successful with role plays for practice.
Many times, employees mistake activities and tasks that fall into a normal job description as goals. It is important to be able to clearly articulate your top priorities in any given year. Writing good goal statements allows peers and colleagues to know what you will be working on. Goals are outcomes and deliverables, not tasks per se. Learn what it takes to write effective goals.
Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. As individuals we have different personalities, different ways of seeing the world, and different priorities for our jobs and our lives. Being able to acknowledge these differences and communicate effectively to move beyond them is a key skill for leaders in any organization. This workshop will help participants understand how to distinguish among different conflict styles, defuse volatile situations, and apply new skills and understanding to difficult people and situations.
Though fundamental for successful leadership, problem solving and decision making skills are often haphazardly acquired and erratically practiced. This workshop will offer participants a disciplined approach, involving a 5-step technique for solving a challenging problem and/or making a rational decision. This workshop involves a ratio of lecture to hands-on practice of about 1:8. The concepts and tools are easy to grasp and the real value is in the opportunity to try them – alone and with a group. Participants have the opportunity to apply the methodology and techniques to real problems and often arrive at real solutions that can be applied on the job.
The one thing that ALL leaders employ is communication, whether it be with their teams, peers, customers or boss. If a leader is conscious of his/her intention, language, tone and style, results with others can be highly productive. Active listening is also required to reach success. The more a leader can become aware of the various types of conversations and begin to listen as to whether comments are being made in the past or the present, the more directional that leader can become to help shape conversations for the future. This workshop explores several models and tools to help leaders become more aware of the types of conversations they entertain and skills and tools for ensuring that conversations reach maximum success.
Research findings reveal that those employees whose managers are effective at coaching, express more satisfaction and commitment at their jobs. Coaching is the #1 performance management practice today and is a reliable process for enhancing performance. Managers today are required to take on more coaching roles and learn to communicate like a coach to build engagement and effectively respond to the demand for improved productivity and developing their talent. Participants will learn how to develop a Coaching Mindset, the essential component for entering a coaching relationship. Participants will learn and practice via role playing, The GROW Model, a structured framework for conducting effective coaching conversations. Additionally, participants learn the 3 core skills for deep listening and tips for demonstrating full presence as a leader coach.
This one-day seminar will help managers develop skills to coach employees in formal and informal situations.