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Dr. Mike Monroe Kiefer

1. Building Positive Workplace Attitudes by Understanding Personality Styles
2. Maintaining Team Motivation in a Remote Work Force
3. Employee Retention- Hiring and On-boarding Skills
4. New Supervisors Complete Tool Kit
5. Caring for the Mental Health of Your Team
6. Hiring the Best- Natural Talent Matching Skills
7. Improving Work Ethic and Personal Accountability
8. Conflict Resolution with the Empathy Method
9. Active Threat Safety Training- Prevent, Prepare, Plan
10. Team Inspiration and Drive with Goal Setting
11. Creating a Healthy Workplace Culture
12. Process Mapping and Workflow Improvement
13. Situational Leadership- The Six Styles
14. Home Office Healthy Improvement Ideas
15. Train the Trainer- Rapid Design with the Modular Method
16. Presentation Skills Using Storytelling and Small Group Activities
17. Stress Reduction and Life Balance
18. Negotiation Skills- Creating the Win-Win Scenario
19. Time Management- Work Smarter, Not Harder
20. Team Spirit and Morale Boosting
21. Natural Talent Matching for High Performance Teams
22. Customer Service Excellence
23. Organizing Workspaces with 5S Six Sigma
24. People Reading for Sales Professionals
25. Storytelling as a Coaching/Training Technique
26. Personality Styles- Practical Management Applications
27. Project Management Tools Anyone Can Use
28. Critical Thinking and Decision Making Skills
29. Safety Training Using the Behavior Based Model
30. Time Mapping- Hourly/Daily/Weekly Planning
31. Motivating Unmotivated People
32. Team Building with Difficult Personalities
33. Change Management- Coping Effectively

Descriptions

1. Building Positive Workplace Attitudes by Understanding Personality Styles

Let personality clashes become a thing of the past with this insightful workshop! Participants will be positively empowered with essential people reading skills. This workshop is foundational knowledge for all managers, supervisors and team members! Participants will learn how to maintain strong cooperative and respectful working relationships. They will learn skills to modify their communications with others to develop "likability". This is a very inspirational, fun session, studded with entertaining real-life experiences to illustrate the concepts along with small group activities. It is based on the four personality types and detailed information on the characteristic traits, communication preferences and strengths of each style will be provided. Bonus! All participants will take a short survey to determine their individual personality style.

2. Maintaining Team Motivation in a Remote Work Force

We all know remote work teams create unique challenges. Many managers struggle with this and find themselves ill equipped to deal with these challenges. Learn how to maintain motivation through team bonding and sharing activities. Keep your team strong by relying on each other's ideas and providing empathetic leadership. Learn how to provide regular feedback stressing the positive while recognizing, but not focusing on the negative. Many ideas will be presented as options to try out and modify with your team to keep them positive, healthy, energized and motivated!

3. Employee Retention and On-Boarding Skills

Does your organization struggle with high turnover? Can't find people to hire? Then this workshop is for you! Many organizations unknowingly drive staff away or have such poor on-boarding methods people leave the first week or sooner. Learn the most common mistakes to avoid such as putting new hires through "hours or weeks of watching training videos" or the "big neon help wanted billboard" posted out front of the building. Organizations can easily be brighter and sharper in attracting quality workers! Learn some new tricks to build a stable workforce.

4. New Supervisors Complete Tool Kit

Many organizations have supervisors in place that have had little to no training on how to be a supervisor. They were good at their job so... one day they were asked to be the supervisor of a group and they said "yes" and magically poof! They are expected to know what to do? This common sink or swim practice usually leads to a lot of problems. New supervisors need a basic understanding of: working with different personality styles, how to delegate, how to care for the mental health of their team, how to not get taken advantage of, how to give positive and corrective feedback, resolve conflict and more! These fundamental leadership topics are all covered in this workshop!

5. Caring for the Mental Health of Your Team

With the current social and economic conditions in our society... new leadership skills are needed to ensure the success of a team. Team leaders must be more open to being empathetic coaches for every team member. They need to be sensitive to financial, time and family needs of those they lead. Critical questions need to be asked with sincerity and a willingness to do all you can to help your team members and families. They need to be aware of red flags and be able to support and guide people in the right direction for professional services when needed. This workshop explores these issues and helps team leaders with both the proper mindset and skills needed to be a successful leader.

6. Hiring the Best- Natural Talent Matching Skills

Most people are not aware of their natural talents. So... how can a manager be expected to match the right person to a particular project or task? This workshop allows participants to take a proprietary natural talent and genetic skills survey to help them discover their latent abilities. Interpretation of the survey results will be provided along with how to match people to tasks and projects. A special module is included to help participants screen new hires for natural talents as well.

7. Improving Work Ethic and Personal Accountability

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) conducts worker surveys of the state workforce and consistently finds at the top of the training needs list is "work ethic". Other nationwide surveys have been conducted with the same exact results. Does your organization struggle with: poor attendance, negative attitudes, entitlement mentality, time theft, poor meeting attendance, dress code issues, e-mail etiquette, internet abuse, cell phone addiction, basic organizational respect, social media problems, etc.? This session covers over twenty common workplace abuses and unethical behaviors and discusses how to make improvements. This session is especially helpful for: new hires, supervisors, leads, students, managers, or as an all employee training retreat. Numerous case studies and eye-opening stories illustrate the principles presented. Help yourself and your organization become ethically healthy!

8. Conflict Resolution with the Empathy Method

Nothing can undermine team productivity like unresolved, festering conflict! It creates undertow in the team and prevents it from high performance. This session provides a proven, multi-step empathy method for resolving individual and team conflict. Through several interactive case studies and thoughtful small group class participation, participants will understand how to get to the root cause of conflict and how to resolve it quickly. Several case studies dealing with: big ego, passive aggressive behavior, sarcasm, apathy, isolationism, and fear of change, highlight this very interactive session. Boost your confidence in handling conflict!

9. Active Threat Safety Training- Prevent, Prepare, Plan

From schools to workplaces to restaurants and shopping malls there seems to be a growing number of incidents occurring in our society. The average person, their kids and most workplaces have had absolutely no training in what to do in case of an incident. This workshop teaches how to keep yourself and family safe, no matter where you are! Learn how to deescalate hot conflict situations at work, learn how to mentally prepare with psychological and physical escape drills, understand how the new pepper sprays and tasers work, learn how to shelter in place, understand the mindset of mass incident perpetrators. Numerous case studies will be analyzed, videos discussed, on-site building and grounds safety surveyed with low cost recommendations for improvement. A special hands on demonstration module is also provided. Just one idea in this session could save your life! Dr. Mike's book: "Surviving an Active Shooter" will be available at the workshop.

10. Team Inspiration and Drive with Goal Setting and Vision Boards

Indecision, lack of focus, and low energy all lead to decreased job performance. This session teaches team motivation strategies through personal and team goal setting. A" balanced life" approach to goal setting is presented. Participants will learn how to: life plan, set job goals, personal goals, and use the wish listing and vision board method. They will also learn a proven eight-step formula for rapid goal achievement. Participants will generate a positive "life plan" for their future in the following critical areas: job, health, relationships, hobbies, vacation, material, family, and FUN! They will learn practical, realistic, life planning, and achievement skills that can be used at work and at home. BONUS: All participants will create a personal and team goal vision board in the session to take with them and display.

11. Creating a Healthy Workplace Culture

How does your organization work together? Do people view each other as "co-workers", do they actually know people in other departments? In order for people to work together effectively they need to; bond with each other, have respect for each other, respect their manager and employer. Does your building present a warm inviting climate? Are there regularly scheduled team activities and recognition for project performance? Are successes celebrated? These factors and more go into creating a positive healthy culture. Ideas will be presented along with plans for implementation in this workshop.

12. Process Mapping and Workflow Improvement

Inefficient processes and important details falling through the cracks lead to wasted time, rework, scrap, and costly quality errors! Healthcare, administration, government agencies, manufacturing, non-profits, schools, law enforcement, and corporations are all searching for ways to streamline their processes. By analyzing processes from start to finish, wasted time and effort are easily exposed. This session is an introduction to process/workflow mapping. Participants will analyze a process or procedure in class and construct a "current state" map of how the process is currently done. They will then compare each step in the process to an efficiency checklist to increase speed, eliminate waste, save money, reduce risk, improve quality and safety, etc. Finally, a "future state" map of the process will be discussed incorporating the improvements. Most organizations do not have their processes well documented anywhere, making learning what is actually going on difficult and increasing the risk of catastrophic mistakes. This session is extremely beneficial and has uncovered dramatic flaws in many organizational processes. Numerous unique case studies will be discussed during this session.

13. Situational Leadership- The Six Styles of Leadership

Most leaders try to make their single dominant leadership style fit all situations. This does not work and leads to disrespect from their team! In this session, through a personal leadership style assessment, participants will learn which of the six leadership styles they rely on most. They will also learn which situations are most appropriate for each of the six common leadership styles. A second assessment will determine if their most used leadership styles match their current job. This session provides essential personal insight for anyone in a leadership or supervisory role to enhance their respect and skill. Class interaction and specific examples are given to show participants exactly when each style is most appropriately applied.

14. Home Office Healthy Improvement Ideas

Almost everyone now has a home office! But... is it motivating and comfortable? This session allows participants to do a detailed survey of their current set-up and then compare that to a new idea checklist covering items like: ergonomics, environment, health conditions, feng-shui mood creation, background, size, location, other people and pet interference issues and more. Gain and share insights from other participants whether you live in a small apartment or a big house, you will get new ideas from this session.

15. Train the Trainer- Rapid Design and Improvement with the Modular Method

Are your trainers just reading power point slides to people and putting them to sleep? In our society today, fast transfer of knowledge is essential. Being able to organize information in a logical, teachable fashion is critical. People learn in different ways. A trainer must be receptive to this and make the training active, fun, and engaging in order for it to stick and be remembered. If certain methods are taught, they need to be demonstrated or illustrated. The trainer needs to share their personal experiences to make an emotional connection with their audience. Participants in this session will get ideas on the use of creating and updating training in the form of mini and macro modules. They will learn the importance of variety in teaching using: physical models, storytelling, engagement methods, YouTube videos, pictures, graphs, charts, etc. They will learn how to organize and enhance existing training materials with their personality and experiences.

16. Presentation Skills Using Storytelling and Small Group Activities

This session covers many methods of audience engagement for training and presentations. Many presenters spend hours making hundreds of "text heavy" power points, then they systematically read these to their audience. They then wonder why everyone is falling asleep. A presenter can engage their audience with many clever tools and activities to keep people paying attention and learning. Experience and discover some of these tools with this interactive session. Also learn how to make an emotional connection to your audience with personal storytelling.

17. Stress Reduction and Life Balance

This session focuses on specific techniques to help you stay physically healthy and mentally balanced by controlling your daily thoughts from the time you get up in the morning to the time you go to bed at night. Medical research studies in the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have clearly demonstrated that your mental attitude has a direct and immediate impact on your energy level, immune system and productivity. Some of this striking research from the Rochester Institute of Technology will be presented along with practical daily techniques. You will learn the dangers of: mental chatter, fake news, keeping up with the Joneses syndrome, negative people and environments, how to use thought substitution, the power of "I Am," positive affirmations, exercise, balanced goal setting/life planning and how to create goal vision boards.

18. Negotiation Skills- Creating the Win-Win Scenario

This session covers many key elements in successful negotiating. Topics covered include: creating the win-win negotiating scenario, preparation using a ranged gambit checklist, key elements of power in any negotiation, specific traits of professional negotiators, common negotiating mistakes and how to people read. Several case studies will be used as examples during the session.

19. Time Management: Work Smarter, Not Harder!

Everyone with a job is being asked to do more with less. This leads to high stress, burnout, and careless errors. This session teaches the techniques required to work smarter, not harder. You will learn how to combat the ten major time wasters, save time on the phone, set realistic goals, develop a short term life plan, organize your workspace with Six Sigma 5s organizing principles, prioritize your work, combat procrastination, use a ten point decision making checklist, save time in meetings, generate creative ideas with the mind mapping tool, and gain a sense of time and life control. Bonus! Each participant will complete a daily personal time management survey including work and home activities to see where they manage their time well and where they can improve.

20. Team Spirit and Morale Boosting

When is the last time you had fun at work? Can't remember? Then you need this session! Right brain/left brain research shows that fun and humor increases productivity and creativity. This session provides over a dozen ideas for low-cost events and on-site activities. A long term systems approach to introducing fun and humor in the workplace to boost marale. As part of the session, participants will experience a number of interactive team games and competitions to illustrate the concepts. If you are looking to energize the team spirit of your workplace, this session has what you need. Real world event examples from: IT, corporate, government, and non-profits will be shared.

21. Natural Talent Matching for High Performance Teams

Do you know what your natural talents and genetic skills are? What about your coworkers, project team, or manager? Most people don't! In this session, participants will take a proprietary 109 question natural talent and genetic skills test to uncover: hidden abilities, reinforce confidence, and reveal genetically inherited skills. Natural talents are both mental and physical. In this session both types are discussed. Analysis will be done to determine job and task matching within a team environment. The goal is always to match a person's talent to tasks, based on natural ability. This is a very unique program using a proprietary natural talent test and will help any team improve overall performance.

22. Customer Service Excellence

Most customer service programs fail because the employees don't understand how to deliver excellent service. This session focuses on service through empowered, knowledgeable employees. In most cases when customer service complaints escalate, they result in big losses and serious public image damage for the organization. This can all be avoided with proper training. This session covers: individual responsibility, the "bucket theorem", organizational public image, exact factors that contribute to poor and excellent service, a formula for dealing with difficult customers, the CPR technique, going the extra mile, speed of service, creating surprise and delight in the customer's mind.

23. Organizing Workspaces with 5s Six Sigma

Is your workplace messy and disorganized? Are people scrambling around searching for things? This session explains how to apply 5s Six Sigma organizing principles of a visual workspace in a wide variety of work settings to save time and improve efficiency. Do you want to visually organize or 5s: a closet, work station, cell, CNC machine, office, fab shop, factory, warehouse, or kitchen? Then this session is for you! The name 5s stands for the following: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain. It is a concept borrowed from Toyota quality manufacturing and is a key principle in Six Sigma that has dozens of practical applications inside and outside of the workplace. Everyone can benefit from 5s organizing training. Interesting class activities demonstrate how 5s can really save time, energy, and money!

24. People Reading for Sales Professionals

Most sales professionals are trained in a one-dimensional "sales pitch" geared for one target audience. This leaves the sales person at a huge disadvantage in our economy! This session teaches how to rapidly "people read" prospects, and quickly customize the sales approach. It teaches how to alter presentation style and customize according to the four most common personality types. During this session, participants will create four different sales campaigns using their organizations materials to illustrate the concepts presented. This session gives an awesome competitive advantage to any sales professional selling products or services. It addresses the "psychology of selling" and the human emotions that drive buying decisions.

25. Storytelling as a Coaching Training Technique

What do you remember from the great coaches or training sessions that you have attended? The stories! This session teaches participants how to craft their life experiences into memorable personal stories and teaching lessons. Participants will have opportunities to craft anecdotes and life experiences into targeted training illustrations, present these to the group, and get feedback on their effectiveness. Trainers need to establish an emotional connection in order to make training stick!

26. Personality Styles- Practical Daily Management Applications

This workshop focuses on practical daily application skills in working with and managing different personality styles. What are the specific inherent advantages and disadvantages of each style, what types of tasks are well suited or not well suited to each style, what temperament do they have under stress, how to delegate, praise, discipline and oversee each style. How to hire and promote the right personality type for the job. This workshop provides immediate application tools. This workshop is also a goldmine for anyone in a supervisory management or team lead role!

27. Project Management Tools Anyone Can Use

An introduction to project management planning tools and techniques anyone can immediately apply for increased efficiency. Everyone working on projects can save time, money, and effort with this session whether they are an official project manager or not. Strategies for: developing accurate plans, milestone charts, work breakdown structures (WBS), tracking tables, quality control tests, managing scope creep and specific project review questions are all covered. This is crash course project management from start to finish; presented in easy to understand language with real case studies. This session has excellent application for 1 month to 1 year projects. It is a tools and techniques based session with immediate application back on the job and at home.

28. Critical Thinking and Decision Making Skills

Most people struggle with important decisions and then spend considerable time second guessing themselves, or worse yet, reversing their decisions. This leads to high stress and a loss of respect in the work group. In this workshop participants will work through a series of small group critical thinking and decision making activities using the "Military Style, ranked grid system" of decision making. They will also learn the power of team consensus decision making with a class wilderness survival small group survey.

29. Safety Training Workshop Series- Using the Behavior Based Model

Each year employers have costly personal injury accidents or fatalities. This can be greatly reduced by training each employee in the psychological concepts of behavior based safety. This is a series of several sessions including the topics of: safety awareness, looking out for each other, being alert to unsafe actions, safeguarding equipment, proper attitudes, communication skills, and more. Enhance your current boring safety program with this interactive series that will actively engage everyone. Group activities and actual organizational analysis highlight this series.

30. Time Mapping- Hourly/Daily/Weekly Planning Skills

How do you "budget your daily time"? Most people waste a lot of time every day and work inefficiently. In this workshop participants will take a personal daily time management survey to determine where they time map well and where they can improve. They will also learn the 10 major time wasters and how to avoid them. Participants will learn mental techniques to combat procrastination, declutter work spaces using 5s Six Sigma organizing principles and how to develop hourly/daily and weekly time maps.

31. Motivating Unmotivated People

Many people in the workplace feel a lack of purpose, undervalued, underutilized, and have no real job/career goals. This first leads to depression and then poor work ethic, negative behaviors and finally, a general, "tuning out". Supervisors and managers are then left stressing about what to do with them! This workforce issue and negative cycle of employee behavior is fairly common and can be corrected with knowledge tools and an understanding of the root causes of this negative cycle. This session provides case study exercises to help managers modify employee behavior from unmotivated to motivated on team goals and fun activities at work. It also provides a proprietary natural talent and genetic skills test enabling them to manage and engage their staff more effectively through talent based team building.

32. Teambuilding with Difficult Personalities

Do you ever find yourself confused on how to react to difficult people at work? This session will help you telegraph and modify their reactions towards you. You can have a much greater influence over the responses you get from others than you think! Most people lack any type of formal training in street-smart office drama communication skills. This session provides specifics on; people reading, giving positive and negative feedback, understanding open and closed personalities in conversations, and assigning tasks based on natural personality fit.

33. Change Management- Coping Effectively

The workplace today is an ever-changing environment. Everyone struggles with change. This session allows participants to gain new insights into change allowing them to view change in a more positive light. It focuses on our internal view of change and contains interesting group activities. This allows participants to discuss and interact to solve case study examples.

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