Professional Development Institute

Leveraging 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.

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

2019 Seminars

Our 2019 line-up of seminars include the following:

Leading Others

Personal Leadership


Leading From the Inside Out




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 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 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 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 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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