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  • Cultivating Culture

    Instructor: Dr. Nicole D. Price, Author, Speaker & Educator, Nicole D. Price Consulting, LLC.

    September 8-9, 2022 | 8:30am-Noon

    Challenge: Leaders consistently answer “lack of time” when asked the question “What gets in the way of your leadership effectiveness?” When leading others, the meetings, plethora of decisions, competing priorities, performance reviews (and everything else) chip away at the clock. Falling into this endless routine, passion diminishes and leaders grow tired – ultimately having a negative impact on organizational culture.

    Solution: Instead of thinking of culture on an ominous, global level, impact culture by focusing on climates first. Based on these leader-led microclimates, we can make substantial progress. Lively Paradox believes that all leaders have the ability to be great and that individual leaders are the linchpins of culture. Lack of time and energy do not have to get in the way. Weariness and fatigue can be combated by making sure people are working in areas where they can consistently find energy. Poet David Whyte said, “The antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest. The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.”

    Note: This interactive seminar will meet online via Zoom.

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    Cultivating Culture Includes:

    This two half-day session focuses on two simple things:

    • The importance of passion, purpose and prowess
    • Personal accountability

    What You Will Learn

    Participants will…

    • Challenge some traditional leadership beliefs
    • Learn to create situations for sincerity and commitment to thrive
    • Understand the leadership role in creating the workplace climate
    • Understand how to engage people all people and recognize physical signs of proof

    About the Instructor

    Dr. Nicole Price understands that if leadership is anything, it is personal, and that everyone can be a great leader. She gets personal. Nicole’s transparency allows others to learn from her mistakes and helps them avoid the same pitfalls. She gets real. She will tell you, yes, having differences within a team can be harder, but that hard work can really pay off — both professionally and personally. And she gets wise. She’ll tell you, in a heartbeat, how she’s gotten a few things wrong over the years, but a little grace and some solid coaching saved her. Through leadership development, coaching, consulting, keynotes, and other resources, Nicole encourages and enables others to live their lives in excellence. Her energetic and engaging sessions leave participants with strategies and specific tools that they can apply right away. Nicole received her B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T University, her master’s degree and EdD in adult education from Park University.

  • Leading Others Through Change

    Instructor: Mike Allison, Adjunct Professor for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC

    August 18-19, 2022 | 8:30am-Noon

    The only constant in the world is change. Technological advancements, unpredictable business landscapes, and shifting cultural norms are impacting work environments like never before. As such, leaders and the organizations they represent must constantly reinvent themselves or risk becoming obsolete. Doing so is not easy as changing individual behavior is difficult. Changing organizational behaviors that lead to real business results feels impossible. Today, the vast majority of individual and organizational change efforts fail. And yet, there are leaders who truly make a difference and positively impact their personal and professional surroundings. They often understand the “science” around influencing others.

    Leading Others Through Change attendees will explore the concepts of adaptive and technical change and discover why we often default to applying technical solutions to adaptive problems. In a multi-media driven environment, leaders will learn how better influence others by harnessing proven behavior science techniques and models. They will be challenged to think critically about their organization’s power dynamics and better comprehend what truly inspires those around us to take action. Leaders will consider their own “change challenges” as they learn how to connect personal, social, and structural factors to results.

    Note: This interactive seminar will meet online via Zoom.



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    Key Topics

    Key concepts covered in the two half-day session include:

    • Learn why most change efforts fail
    • Explore best practices for engaging and leading others through change, on an ethical foundation, to achieve desired results
    • Understand why people do not truly transition without an emotional connection being made
    • Explore best practice change management models which help enable measurable results
    • Go over the “Top 7” ways leaders must get out in front of change efforts if they are to be successful

    About the Instructor

    Mike Allison is a professor and Bloch Executive Education instructor within the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC. In that capacity, he teaches EMBA courses on international business, influence and persuasion, and advanced presentation skills. He also instructs business leaders on diverse topics such as change management, emotional intelligence, holding difficult conversations, presentation techniques, building trust, and executive presence. Prior to his current academic focus, Mike accrued nearly 20 years of healthcare IT leadership experience working at Cerner Corporation. While at Cerner, he held executive responsibilities within both the client and associate learning organizations. His award-winning learning teams, many of which were internationally based, provided practical and effective end-to-end learning solutions to Cerner clients and associates around the world. Mike also spent a year as the Vice President of Learning & Development at AMC Theatres. There, he led a team of learning professionals who focused on building, supporting, and retaining talent across multiple guest-facing brands. Mike is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

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