Public Sector - Leadership

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Ignite Your Leadership Style
If you are an experienced supervisor, you already know that there are many different styles of effective leadership. Are you aware of the style you naturally
gravitate towards? This class will explore cutting-edge research on the four most common leadership styles along with the pros and cons of each style. Learn how to maximize your strengths and overcome your weaknesses, as well as set goals for future improvement in your leadership role.
Date:             May 15 & 22, Wednesdays (attend both days)
Time:             9:00am-12:00pm
Instructor:      Holly Hoeksema
Location:       COCC Boyle Education Center Room 154
                      2600 NW College Way, Bend OR 97703

Leading through Appreciative Inquiry: Your Coaching Superpower
This two-session class defines Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and uncovers the tools to apply it in your daily leadership approach. Essential Leader alumni will continue their learning as we explore using AI within the Change Framework, offering a path for supercharging your coaching and results with both individuals and your team. This powerful philosophy focuses on identifying what is working well, analyzing why it is working well and then doing more of it. This class uses The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry by Sue Annis Hammond as the foundation, however it’s your day to day coaching and change challenges that make it real. Application between sessions is a vital part of the learning. Prerequisite: completion of Essential Leader Series.  You’ll receive the book before the first session to complete assigned reading before June 5 (about 50 pages).

Date:                     June 5 & 19, Wednesdays (attend both days)
Time:                     1:00-5:00pm
Instructor:              Wendy Boyer
Location:                COCC Boyle Education Center Room 154
                               2600 NW College Way, Bend OR 97703

* Register by  May 15 to receive your book two weeks before the first session. 

Interviewing Essentials: Find the Best Person for the Job
Most leaders say they didn’t intend to hire a performance disaster or the walking lawsuit, and yet, it seems to happen with startling frequency. So what went wrong? Employees do not spontaneously combust into problem employees. Could it be poor planning, a lack of understanding about the job, job requirements, or something else? Yes to all! Interviewing and selecting the best person for the job is one of the most important functions a leader has, and, unfortunately, the most overlooked. Join us as we explore interviewing and hiring secrets designed to find and select the best person for the job.

Date:                     May 8, Wednesday
Time:                     8:00am-12:00pm
Instructor:              Jennifer Bouman-Steagall
Location:               COCC Boyle Education Center Room 154
                              2600 NW College Way, Bend OR 97703


The Supervisor’s Tool Chest: Get the Right Tools for the Job
This fast-paced, two-session course will help you navigate regulatory considerations of managing people. Supervisors will gain valuable tips and tools for facilitating positive employee contributions to departmental work. The first session will include content facilitated by a Bureau of Labor and Industries’ (BOLI) trainer on employment laws and regulations, followed by topic-specific breakout sessions led by HR representatives to discuss agency-specific considerations. The second session will cover employee relations, engagement, and performance management aspects of supervision. This training is perfect for new supervisors or those with more experience who are seeking up-to-date information. Space is limited and attendance to both sessions is required. If you are interested in participating, please contact your HR Representative.

Date:                     April 23 & May 7, Tuesdays (attend both sessions)
Time:                     8:00am-12:00pm
Instructors:           Joseph Tam & Jennifer Bouman-Steagall
Location:              COCC Boyle Education Center Room 154
                             2600 NW College Way, Bend OR 97703

Lead Worker Series
The Lead Worker Series is designed to increase partnership between Supervisors and Lead Workers to create engaged and successful teams. Supervisors and Leads develop an understanding of their unique roles and identify ways to partner with support of goal set­ting, performance tracking and coaching with their team. This series includes five sessions, each building upon content previously covered in highly interactive, experiential and engaging afternoons facilitated by Organizational Consultant and Professional Coach, Wendy Boyer.

NOTE: Your Human Resources Department selects participants to represent your organization. Space is limited. If you are interested, please contact your organization’s HR department to inquire.

Session #1: Kick-off - Defining the Lead Worker Role
April 4 (1:00-4:00pm)
Note: Participants and their Supervisor attend this session
This session provides an overview of the series and clarifies the scope and responsibilities between a lead worker and their supervisor. You’ll also review current goals and measures of success for your role.

Session #2: Increasing Communication & Collaboration through DiSC 
April 18 (12:30-5:00pm)
This powerful and interactive session challenges participants to increase awareness of how their communication approach helps or hinders their effectiveness as a leader and peer. Explore how to adapt your communication and approach with both internal and external clients based on the situation and person. This session utilizes “DiSC profiles” as a guide and tool for understanding communication styles and adapting strategies for increasing communication and collaboration skills.

Session #3: Thriving Through Change & Into Accountability
May 2 (12:30-4:00pm)
Explore the question “What is accountability and how do we develop it in ourselves and others?” Demystify how people process through change by identifying their specific behavior and language cues, allowing you to proactively coach them from opposition and into personal accountability and engagement.

Session #4: Influencing as a Team Coach
May 16 (12:30-5:00pm)
Note: Supervisors may attend this session to support real-life examples. You’ll focus on ways to build effective work relationships and explore how to coach and provide feedback to team members using two simple and effective tools.

Session #5: Lead Series Integration & Best Practices
June 20 (12:30-5:00pm)
This critical session explores your progress and application from Sessions 1 – 4. Identify peer best practices and support required for continued success and growth as a leader. Bring your success stories, challenges, and ideas to share.

Learning Beyond the Classroom: To deepen the learning and on-the-job application, pre and post-session assignments are included throughout the Series. Example assignments include completing online assessments, reading assignments, meeting with your supervisor to discuss session content, etc. Completing this work before and after each session keeps the learning alive beyond the classroom.


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City of Redmond
Susan Bailey

Deschutes County
Jason Bavuso

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