Sample Programs

Below are a brief  sampling of some of the programs we have provided for our clients.  Some of these have been used in a management series, others have been part of team building or leadership programs and some are stand alone.



 

QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE IS FOR EVERYONE

Customer Service, we all talk about it and espouse the benefits, but delivering customer
service that delights, requires more than just words. Providing good service requires an understanding of who the customer is both internal and external and what barriers and
biases exist. To be truly effective means more than just saying the words; but looking at
how to handle all types of situations.

Many organizations tout customer service as a valued behavior, the most successful, model appropriate actions and reward excellence.

A consistent approach is used at all levels and delivered to all customers, internal and
external

Quality customer service is interactive, practicing the skills learned and developing
proficiency. The program can be delivered in 1/2 day modules with practice time in between. It focuses on the basics then adds components to address specific organizational needs.

 PUTTING GOALS IN MOTION

Setting goals is one thing. Bringing them to life is quite another. This half-day workshop
focuses on the key elements that make or break a team’s ability to accomplish its goals:

    • focused and aligned efforts
    • realistic planning
    • effective communication
    • tracking progress

This program provides a quick, interactive primer for executives to:

  • Set meaningful, measurable goals
  • Break goals down into manageable steps
  • Ensure actions are assigned and accountable
  • Develop milestones to show progress
  • Create a workable action plan
  • Track progress and identify problem spots
  • Use language and appropriate communication
  • Provide valuable feedback

This is a working session where participants learn techniques for improved goal setting and implementation. Even better, executives walk away with practical tools and progress on goals they are currently working on in their jobs.

Goals to SWOT 

Once goals are set whether business or personal. Learn how to use a SWOT analysis to
achieve the goals and identify opportunities.  Also view external threats and identify ways to
eliminate their disruption

Change Management

Change happens we cant's stop it but there are tools and techniques to learn that can
facilitate the process and make it more effective.

  •  Learn what to do with the various
    behaviors that can impact results. 
  • Learn how to effectively motivate and reward.
  • What is the value and importance of effective communication?
  • When do you look at force fields.
  • What types of decision making is most effective and when?

Steps to Better Presentations

It has been said that for many, giving a presentation is as high on the fear scale as dying. It doesn’t have to be. Using 25 basic steps derived from experience and research, public
speaking becomes easier and far more effective. Steps 1-10 are listed below

  1. Relate to the audience… Bring your passion
  2. Identify barriers you create to limit your credibility… Does your audience feel
    separate?
  3. Name your fears.
  4. Present as you would talk .."one on one" Talk to your group, not at.
  5. Set up presentations in terms of this is the purpose… help them achieve it …then show
    them they did it!!!
  6. Look and Listen.. Step outside yourself do you hold attention? Look at yourself in the mirror as if you are outside yourself
  7. Rehearse as if you are delivering
  8. Reinforce learning with interactive questions keep it simple make it relevant
  9. Do you know why your audience is there and what they need
  10. Get specific feedback from attendees and observers

 

Train the Trainer

 Working with individuals or groups to impart knowledge or skills requires the development
of a specific program that is delivered and measured. Having the knowledge or knowing the
skill does not ensure successful transfer of learning to the end user. To be proficient in this area requires an understanding of how adults learn, the best intervention, and a method for evaluating continuous success

Purpose:

To provide the knowledge and skills through interactive programs to enable each of the participants to be successful trainers/facilitators.

Each participant will:

  • Identify the components needed to enhance adult learning
  • Create needs assessments
  • Write behavioral objectives
  • Create job and task analysis
  • Develop evaluation methods
  • Create a lesson plan/ program module
  • Deliver a presentation

 360º Assessments

"What a wonderful gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us." Robert Burns

Despite how honest we think we are we can not view our actions from the perspective of
others. They see us based on their experience and bias and may not interpret our intent, as
we desire. Equally important is the perception of our customers, do they perceive what we intend? By using the 360º assessment, information is gathered on areas of success and
areas that need strengthening. The next step is learning how to apply the information. This is
 the coaching aspect in which individuals and teams develop action plans and learn resources.

 

Compliance

In our litigious society law suits are prevalent. 

  • Do you know the key questions you can and can not ask  during an interview?
  • Do you know the common laws depending on the size of your company?
  • Are you up to date on EEOC? Sexual harassment?
  • What type of training do you need to do? How often?
  • Do you have a policies manual?  Procedures?
  • Is there a problem with only stating yearly salary in the hire letter?

Win As Much As You Can!

Building Teams & Trust

"Now I get it!" said one senior manager of a quasi-governmental financial institution after participating in Win As Much As You Can. "I know exactly what’s missing from my team and
just why they aren’t acting like a team!!!"

Each individual must make a choice during this highly engaging, always boisterous, and often surprising exercise...and that choice has lasting, real-life personal, team, and trust
implications. People leave with an impression of each other that they never had before.

In this game/ exercise patterned after the 'Prisoner's Dilemma,' participants explore the
force and magnitude of trust to building effective teams. Fun with a punch!

  • The Prisoner’s Dilemma

  • You and a partner decide to embark on a new career -- bank robbery!

  • In your first attempt, however, you are captured. You both are taken to jail and
    isolated. You know that you will spend at least two years in prison for your offense,
     but if you cooperate and "squeal" on your partner, you will spend no time in jail and
    your accomplice will spend five years in prison. The same offer is made to your
    partner. If you squeal on each other, however, both of your prison terms are
     extended.

  •    

    Accomplice

     
      You

    Stays quiet

    Squeals

     
     

    Stay quiet

    -2,-2

    -5,0

     
     

    Squeal

    0,-5

    -4,-4

     

    So, do you remain silent, or squeal?

     

    Lost at Sea!

    A Classic Teamwork Exercise

    Subgroups are put in an awkward situation -- they are in a rubber raft in the middle of
    nowhere, mid-Pacific and given 15 items to help ensure their survival. How will they rank the items? Will they survive? Will it become a sequel to the "Titanic?"

    This exercise gives an experience of effective teamwork, but more -- it results
    in measurable, quantitative proof that team can work!

    (But, there is a "dark side" to teaming. And, that, too, will be explored.)

    The Strength Deployment Inventory

    The Power of Teamwork: Aligning Individual Strengths 

    Strength ... The Strength Deployment Inventory helps team members identify their personal strengths in relating to others under two conditions: when everything is going well, and when they are faced with conflict.

    Deployment...means to move strategically as a team or take positions in support of the
     team for effective action. The SDI suggests that a team member’s personal strengths
     may be used to improve relationships within the team. The SDI measures strengths in three motivational areas:

    • The need to influence others (Assertive-Directing)

    • The need to shape order from chaos (Analytic-Autonomizing)

    • The need to nurture and help others (Altruistic-Nurturing).

    Inventory...the SDI is not a test where there is a "right" or "wrong" answer. It is an
    easy-to-complete 20-item inventory that provides, as one team member expressed it,
    "a flash of insight into myself and others on the team. I know more than I had ever
    hoped about what I need to do to get the team working really effectively."

    The Strength Deployment Inventory is presented in an engaging, insightful, and often
    humorous, way. Through explanation, work-life experiences, and key, memorable points,
    the strengths of each motivational pattern is fully explored, as well as the dynamics and
    power of teaming.

    The “Ladder of Inference” 

    Is it truth or perception?  How does that impact the workplace?

    Participants are told an intricate and engaging story -- one that challenges their values as
    they rank characters in the story. The story also invites participants to compare their
    intrinsic values as they are asked to come up with a consensus ranking. The discussion gets
    wild as they narrow in their rankings.

    As they examine the factors that influenced their rankings, they learn that most of the information they used has been inferred. In the debrief, participants explore Chris Argyris'/Peter Senge's Ladder of Inference

     

    Training Solutions can provide these programs and more to assure your
    business has a solid foundation so you can focus on the purpose of your
    business, and achieve your goals.  Work on your business not in it!





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