Professional Development Institute

Professional Development Institute at Blue Ridge Community College logoLeveraging a wealth of business and leadership experience, the Professional Development Institute at Blue Ridge Community College designs and delivers learning solutions to grow your personal, team and strategic leadership skills. Our instructors are proven. Our content is practical. Our approach is engaging. Sign up today for one of our open enrollment seminars or contact us to tailor a training program to meet your company’s specific needs.

Our instructors are OUTSTANDING.  Our topics are PERTINENT.

Training topics
are based on input from interviews, focus groups and surveys of local leaders.

2018 Seminars

Our 2018 line-up of seminars include the following:

Leading Others

Personal Leadership

Strategic Leadership

Leading From the Inside Out

 

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Seminar Information


SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosBuilding Teams That Work!
Build teams that work. How many times have you seen it? Something goes wrong and everyone on the leadership team quickly tries to deflect blame or worse - throw one another under the proverbial bus. The concept of winning as a team is easy to talk about but hard to incorporate. In his book, "The Advantage," Patrick Lencioni provides the basis for this course where participants will learn to identify positive team traits and those that will surely spell disaster for teams if they fall into old patterns. The course will also incorporate other proven team building techniques to help you build and grow great teams.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosCoaching and Development
Learn to leverage the concept of strengths based leadership development. Explore the importance of emotional intelligence as well as how to leverage EQi for growth and development. Practice developing effective appraisals and learn practical tools and techniques to maximize coaching and development of individuals and organizations.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosConflict Resolution
Improve your problem-solving abilities and gain effective tools to better manage conflict situations as they arise in the workplace. Using the TKI (Thomas Kilmann Instrument) as the basis for discussion, you will be introduced to and then take a TKI assessment. Your primary and secondary conflict management style will be uncovered and discussed. In addition, you will receive a manual entitled “Introduction to Conflict and Teams” to assist in applying what you have learned. Classroom discussion will include ‘real world’ situations and role playing to demonstrate and practice situational application skills.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosEffective Communication
Learn and practice effective and professional communication skills such as active listening, interactive speaking, giving and receiving feedback basics and managing difficult conversations. This course also includes change communication, conflict resolution techniques and developing effective communication plans.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosEffective Teams
Learn key characteristics of effective teams and strategies to build high performance work teams. Understand how to establish clear direction, roles and responsibilities, communication processes, rewards and accountability and decision-making processes that foster teamwork. Learn to cultivate a team culture that promotes collaboration and inspires innovation. Understand the stages of team development and how to help your team progress through each.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosFranklin Covey - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to help you live your life in a truly effective way. Experience a paradigm shift, and get to know the 7 habits as created by Stephan R. Covey.  The 7 habits are: Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood,Synergize and Sharpen the Saw.  Applying the principles of the 7 Habits in your daily life, you will gain more personal and interpersonal growth, helping you to become a more effective person and leader.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosGallup's Finding & Leveraging Your Strengths
Discover your personal strengths and how to leverage them to bring your best to the workplace and deliver results.  In this 8-hour session, we're going to focus on YOU, to discover all of the strengths you can use to be successful. You will also learn how to be most effective at managing your team.  According to the Clifton StrengthsFinder® our talents serve as the basis for our strengths and can be deepened and refined with training, education and skill development. Join us for this experiential learning workshop to deepen your understanding of your personal strengths.  Prior to class, you will need to purchase StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (isbn 978-1595620156) and take the assessment test.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosImportance of Organizational Culture
Learn why, "Culture Eats Strategy for breakfast." Discuss organizational culture and its impact on every other aspect of your company's bottom-line results. Why do some companies have a great culture while others miss the mark? Who drives culture within an organization and who can influence cultural change? Learn the answers to these and many other questions while sharing and learning from class participants.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosLeading Change
Learn to manage the unprecedented demands on organizations to change in today's extraordinarily, dynamic business environment. This course on Change Management planning and execution is fast-paced, interactive and highly relevant. Participants learn proven, proprietary methodology using six "Change Drivers" to initiate and sustain organizational change to build capacity, ensure continuing market relevance and assure financial sustainability.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosMentoring as a Business Strategy
Learn to leverage the experience within your organization to positively impact key performance drivers such as recruitment, diversity, employee engagement, turnover, retention, and company culture. Mentoring is a high-impact; low-cost method of training that can be a "game-changer" for your organization. Develop and implement a mentoring program tailored for your company's goals and objectives including. The selection process, pairing process, the development of training for mentors and protégés, and evaluations to assess the impact to program goals will be covered. Discussed will be strategies on how to present the benefits of mentoring to the "C" suite and gain their buy-in.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosPerformance Management
Be more agile with performance management practices. Ditch the antiquated practice of annual performance reviews in favor of this best practice for your organization. With technology growing exponentially, business has had to adapt and keep up with the times or face irrelevance. And while many business practices and processes have changed to keep up, the annual performance review has remained virtually unchanged for the past 70 years. Learn what your organization can (and must) do to maintain relevancy and even grow your engagement scores (and your market share) by offering more directed, timely feedback and have fun doing it.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosStrategic HR Planning
Gain an understanding of the strategic planning process and the role of the human resource function in the planning process. HR professionals need to become partners in the strategic planning process to ensure alignment between the HR department functions and organizational strategy. Key strategic decisions during the life of an organization and how a cost-benefit analysis can help in making those decisions are discussed. You will also learn how the HR function can support organizational budgeting, brand, culture, and growth by providing staffing plans from recruitment through retirement planning. This class will be taught both in the classroom and online.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosStrategic Management
Learn to successfully engage in strategic planning. Undertaking a new plan or updating your existing plan requires thoughtful preparation. Planning is a formalized, creative and continuous process that involves systematic and objective response to the challenges that result from growth, change and new opportunities. In this course, participants will learn the "do's and don'ts" that are important for producing effective and dynamic plans to guide your organization toward fulfilling your mission.

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2016 HR Certification Institute LogosYour Role in Organizational Change
Explore comprehensive change plans while outlining HR's strategic role as the organizational architect through the change process. Companies that avoid change risk becoming obsolete. Companies that change just for the sake of change or chase after the latest fads and trends, risk change burnout. Participants will learn how to assess the organization's readiness for change, build a culture of trust within the organization, create a culture of change, and how to facilitate the change process. Differences between change management and change leadership and how right-brained thinking versus left-brained thinking contributes to the successful implementation of change within the organization will be covered.

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Instructors

Darlene DasDarlene Das
Business Transformation Coach

Cheryl Jones JanoskiCheryl Jones Janoski
National Baldrige Examiner &
Continuous Improvement Coach

Angela OwenAngela Owen
International Leadership Consultant

Laura MousheyLaura Moushey
Director of Human Resources

Tim Sparks

Tim Sparks, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

 

 

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Contact Us

M.C. Gaylord
m_gaylord@blueridge.edu
(828) 694-1779