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Kent State's Supervision and Management Programs

A skilled supervisory and management team enhances the operation, increases communication and supports a culture that assists an organization to function at peak efficiency and accountability. Consider sending your employees to a program listed below to develop or sharpen their supervisory skills.

Enhancing Interpersonal Communication

Facilitator: Deborah Easton

Effective communication skills give you the power to achieve success in your supervisory role, as well as in all of your relationships. Influencing others to accept change, creating rapport among work teams and handling difficult conversations require choosing the most productive strategy for keeping the conversation on track and the personalities involved in sync. This program provides you the opportunity to assess communication strengths and weaknesses and to learn a variety of practical, powerful communication strategies that can be applied immediately on the job, with peers, subordinates and supervisors.

  • Develop a communication style that generates trust in the workplace
  • Improve listening skills
  • Respond more effectively during difficult conversations
  • Give clear directions to employees

IMAGE: Deborah Easton- Enhancing Interpersonal Communication

Times available:

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Twinsburg - $295
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, Twinsburg - $295

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Motivating Employees

Facilitator: Scott Tackett

Have you found what works to motivate your employees for improved performance?

  • Learn about the many motivational options beyond increased pay
  • Find out what types of rewards work in what types of circumstances
  • Through practical activities and group interaction, you will review the theories of motivation and apply these theories to real-world applications
  • You’ll gain ideas you can use to impact employee performance upon your return to the workplace
  • IMAGE: Scott Tackett- Motivating Employees #2

Times available:

  • Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Turning Conflict into Collaboration

Facilitator: Ned Parks

Conflict is natural within the workplace and a predictable part of working with others. Yet unresolved conflict negatively affects morale, motivation, communication, attitudes and productivity. Handled appropriately your conflict can lead to positive, cooperative situations.

  • Maintain your cool in difficult situations
  • Learn valuable communication skills for conflict resolution
  • Become aware of your conflict style using the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Inventory
  • Utilize five strategies for conflict resolution
  • Learn How to minimize the negative aspect of difficult situations and turn conflict into a positive outcome

IMAGE: Ned Parks Turning Conflict into Collaboration

Times available:

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Crash the Barriers: Build Your Team

Facilitator: Ned Parks

Learn how you REALLY operate within a team and how you set your team up for success or failure. This program is designed to teach you, as a leader how to build teams and group interactions through a totally hands-on experience. Walk away with specific actions to build your current team and integrate new employees into the team.

  • Understanding barriers inside your team
  • The circle of invitation
  • Un-agreed to expectations are resentments waiting to happen
  • Plan, problem solve, process and improve

IMAGE: Ned Parks- Testimonial

Times available:

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Managing Discipline

Facilitator: Scott Tackett

Manage discipline effectively and your organization will observe reduced discord among employees, decreased numbers of grievances and increased productivity. You and your organization will experience increased cooperation among employees and sustained positive employee relations, leading to an enhanced organizational culture where everyone is working together toward the same goals.

  • View effective discipline as an indispensable tool for supervisory effectiveness
  • Handle discipline fairly and consistently to develop and sustain positive employee relations
  • Use discipline to encourage and obtain desired organizational goals
  • Exercise discipline to correct performance, not punish wrongdoing

IMAGE: Scott Tackett Managing Discipline

Times available:

  • Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Thursday, April 23, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Effective Decision Making

Facilitator: Bob Jewell

When was the last time you or your team sat down and evaluated the lessons learned from either a great decision or a bad decision? Managers, employees and teams are constantly making and implementing decisions, but few examine the process and assess the quality of their decisions. In today's business environment, the impact of a poorly made decision can be costly. On the other hand, a great decision can produce results that will move an organization forward. This program focuses on helping you learn and apply a proven process for making effective decisions utilizing group exercises, movie clips, real-world examples and a team case study to analyze and improve decision-making skills.

  • Four styles of decision making and when to use them
  • Six important elements of an effective decision making process
  • The role of intuition in making decisions
  • How to better manage participative decision-making processes
  • Tools and techniques that facilitate decision making
  • Determine the return on a decision
  • How to recognize and avoid common pitfalls in decision making

IMAGE: Bob Jewell Effective Decision Making

Times available:

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Lean for Frontline Supervisors

Facilitator: John Potkalitsky

OPTIONAL ADD-ON PROGRAM

The overall success of a Lean transformation depends on leadership, especially front-line supervision.  Supervisors serve as the critical link between management and individual contributors in the workplace.  They are in a key position to lead and create motivation.  Most importantly,  supervisors are expected to change the current culture into a culture of continuous improvement.

Despite these management expectations, many organizations give supervisors limited attention.  Supervisors often manage more employees than anyone in the company, yet receive the least amount of training. Further, it’s not enough to just include supervisors in training. The Lean training should be designed specifically for supervisors.

This one-day workshop focuses on the fundamental challenges that you as a supervisor face in leading a Lean culture change. Addressed from a supervisor perspective, you will learn how to use practical Lean tools and techniques in enough detail that you can begin immediately to apply them in your everyday work.  Also included is an overview of the “softer skills” needed to create and sustain successful change.

Times available:

  • Tues., Dec. 9, 2014; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295
  • Thurs., May 7, 2015; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twinsburg - $295

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Supervision Essentials

Facilitator: Scott Tackett

A skilled supervisory and management team enhances the operation, increases communication and supports a culture that assists an organization to function at peak efficiency and accountability.

The primary objective of this program is to develop supervisors and managers who can produce measurable bottom-line results. This is achieved by creating, within each participant, several key principles associated with triumphant leadership. Through online instruction and one-on-one coaching you will learn to:

  • Maintain and enhance self-confidence
  • Communicate with, listen to and respond to employees
  • Solicit and expect involvement
  • Build and sustain trust
  • Set expectations and breed accountability

Supervisory Essentials is comprised of 16 hours of online training over eight weeks. In each of the eight modules, Kent State facilitator, Scott Tackett covers various levels of skills-based training. Kent State will provide written supplemental materials for participants to use during the program, review with their direct supervisor and keep for future reference. The program is limited to eight participants.

Times available:

  • Tuesday's, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 14 and 21, 2015, Cleveland - $695

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