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Entrepreneurial Mindset Training: The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (WGB037-64)

$359

with Mindy Kole

Calendar Sep 28, 2022 at 5 pm

Gallup reports that only one-third of employees (34%) in the US were engaged with their work in 2021, and 16% were actively disengaged in their work and workplace.*  This is a serious problem for today’s employers as disengaged employees are less productive, less motivated, and often result in short staffing and costly turnover for the organization.

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is an experiential learning program designed to immerse participants in real-world experiences that enables them to develop entrepreneurial attitudes and skills.

Inspired by the life story of Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert, the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program draws on eight fundamental concepts that were distilled from more than ten years of research including hundreds of interviews with successful entrepreneurs.

Throughout the course, participants will examine the underlying beliefs and assumptions that empower entrepreneurs to identify and evaluate new opportunities, overcome obstacles, and create success regardless of where they start.

By investing your time in this course, and committing to learning how to have an entrepreneurial mindset, you will see a life-long return on that investment that will not only benefit you today, but in the weeks, months, and years to come.

*Gallup. (2022, January 7). U.S. employee engagement drops for first year in a decade. Gallup.com. https://www.gallup.com/workplace/388481/employee-engagement-drops-first-year-decade.aspx

Who Should Attend?
This certified facilitator-led 8-week course is designed for business owners, managers, team members, and employees of all types of organizations who want to be more productive and motivated, feel energized by work, be creative and solve problems, achieve goals, and contribute to the mission of the organization.

Course Format:
Take this course from the comfort of your home or office! This course is offered remotely with scheduled (live) Zoom sessions. 

Attention Employers: This Training is Eligible for Reimbursement!

Course ID #1137201. Click here for eligibility and application process information. 

Clearing Productivity Hurdles: Strategies to Feel Accomplished at the End of Your Work Day

$219

with Jen Vondenbrink

Calendar Oct 12, 2022 at 4 pm

The pace of work today has accelerated. With easier ways to communicate, connect, and meet,  work time feels compressed. Add to that potential staff shortage, and it leads to what is called “attention residue,” which develops when the pace of work requires leaving one task for another. Although trying to be present in the new task, the brain keeps the other task alive. With old and new tasks intertwined, leaders and employees alike feel overwhelmed. 

Productivity is also affected as teams become more distributed instead of working in traditional office environments. Distributed teams require individual self-leadership to manage and communicate about their workload in different ways than before. Without these skills, individuals feel unaccomplished at the end of the workday.

Through presentations, group discussions, and small group activities participants will gain a feeling of control over their time. Between sessions, they will be encouraged to use the tools, resources, and supplemental provided during their workday. When they return, they will have opportunities to problem-solve with the group. 

Topics included:

  • Challenges to being productive in today’s workplace
  • Myths of multitasking
  • Prioritizing tools and tactics
  • Leveraging tools already in place 
  • Communicating about workload with others

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the risk of multitasking and what it means to mindfully multitask
  • Learn and practice how to effectively prioritize tasks
  • Learn how to tap into the power of their calendars
  • Understand the limitations of the brain as a productivity tool
  • Learn ways to communicate about workload in today’s workplace
  • How to leverage the time available to get work done 

By investing your time in this session, and committing to use some of the tactics, you will see a life-long return on that investment that will not only benefit you today, but in the weeks, months, and years to come.

Who Should Attend
This virtual, instructor-led course is designed for business owners, managers, team members, and employees struggling to maintain boundaries between professional and personal time. They also may struggle to find the time during the day to get work done because of the increased number of meetings or unplanned interruptions.  

Course Format
Take this course from the comfort of your home or office! This course is offered remotely with scheduled (live) Zoom sessions. 

Attention Employers: This Training is Eligible for Reimbursement!
Course ID #1133676. Click here for eligibility and application process information. 

Advanced Project Management

$359

with Mary Loden

Calendar Oct 24, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

This course provides an in-depth review of the project management lifecycle and includes theory and practice for developing critical project management tools such as communications plans, stakeholder management plans, risk registers, quality management plans, and project execution plans. Budget and schedule tracking concepts including calculation of cost performance index, schedule performance index, and earned value will be reviewed. The course is taught with a combination of lecture, class discussion, and the management of a mock project throughout the course.

Who Should Attend
This is a great program for experienced project managers pursuing mastery of managing multiple and/or complex projects in a demanding environment.

About the Instructor
Mary Loden, PE, PMP, MBA is Principal Consultant of Compass Management Consulting LLC.  With over 30 years of experience in the engineering, architecture, and environmental consulting industry, Mary is an effective leader, trainer, consultant, and project manager. She has trained and developed systems for project managers in firms of all sizes.  Mary also enjoys mentoring the next generation of project managers, teaching project management at several colleges in the region.

Course Format
Take this course from the comfort of your home or office! This course is offered remotely with scheduled (live) Zoom sessions.  

Data Analytics Essentials

$359

with Ken Gould

Calendar Oct 24, 2022 at 9 am

Participants will explore how analytics touches their professional lives in many ways and how an analytic lens enriches our understanding (and enjoyment) of business, economics, science, sports, culture, public policy and current events.

Participants will learn the basic principles of data science and see how the application of those principles improves decision-making within their organization. We will review widely-used analysis methods with an emphasis on concepts and real-world application over mathematical formulae. Students will sharpen their critical eye and instill analytic/quantitative reasoning.

The Data Analytics Essentials program will include a combination of class lecture and group discussion. Content will be reinforced with case studies, workplace experiences and news events.

This program will demystify fancy-sounding terms and prepare business/public sector generalists for more productive collaboration with analytics teams in their workplace. We will also have some fun in the process!

Target Audience
Business/public sector generalists, across industries, who work closely with Analytics teams. Professionals coming from all disciplines – Finance, Sales, Marketing, CRM, Project Management, Product Development, Policy Analysis, etc. If you are analytical and curious and would like a deeper understanding of the foundational concepts and principles behind data analytics, this program is for you. This course also serves aspiring analytics professionals seeking initial exposure through an intro-level course. 

Course Format
Take this course from the comfort of your home or office! This course is offered remotely with scheduled (live) Zoom sessions. 

Attention Employers: This Training is Eligible for Reimbursement!
Course ID 1134702. Click here for eligibility and application process information. 


Leadership Essentials for Project Management Excellence

$219

with Mary Loden

Calendar Dec 5, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 2 weeks

Project managers need the right reports, support, tools, and training to be effective in their roles. Firm leaders are responsible for providing the right environment for PMs to grow, thrive, and succeed. This course gives firm leaders the knowledge and tools they need to create the right structure for success of their PMs. The course will cover the importance of defining the project management role, providing the right monitoring and controlling tools, creating internal support roles, appropriate apprenticing techniques, developing appropriate key performance indicators, and incentivizing the right behaviors. The course is taught with a combination of lecture and class discussions.

Learning Goals

  • Students will be able to describe the appropriate reports that project managers need to effectively manage projects and the difference between project management reports, operations reports, and financial accounting reports.
  • Students will be able to describe methods and techniques that provide the appropriate learning environment for new and emerging PMs in their organization.
  • Students will be able to develop the appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs) for the project managers in their organization.

Who Should Attend
This is a great program for public and private sector leaders responsible for providing, vision, direction and motivation to others in project managment roles in addition to managing their own projects.

About the Instructor
Mary Loden, PE, PMP, MBA is Principal Consultant of Compass Management Consulting LLC.  With over 30 years of experience in the engineering, architecture, and environmental consulting industry, Mary is an effective leader, trainer, consultant, and project manager. She has trained and developed systems for project managers in firms of all sizes.  Mary also enjoys mentoring the next generation of project managers, teaching project management at several colleges in the region.

Course Format
Take this course from the comfort of your home or office! This course is offered remotely with scheduled (live) Zoom sessions. 





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