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September 2021

  • Accountability

    Title: Accountability
    Date: Wednesday, September 22
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman

    Accountability is about taking ownership, showing initiative, and doing what you say you’re going to do — whether it’s you as a leader or one of your team members. When people take ownership of their work and take responsibility for the results, your team becomes much more productive and effective.

    Importantly, when team members consistently demonstrate ownership and accountability, trust is formed. Trust is essential to ensure high-performing teams, particularly in the virtual environment. As well, when individuals are more accountable, they tend to be committed to their work and more motivated, which leads to higher performance.

    During this session, participants will learn how to:

    • Explain what accountability is and the relationship between accountability and productivity
    • Evaluate your team’s current level of accountability
    • Identify techniques for fostering accountability
    • Practice giving and receiving feedforward techniques that help foster accountability

    Facilitator Bio:

    Claire Sookman knows how to work in today’s virtual environment. She has been coaching, training and advising virtual teams to success long before virtual teams were trendy. For more than 30 years she has helped companies stay ahead of the curve by offering solutions to workplace challenges, providing leadership the resources they need to succeed, increasing employee engagement, while allowing for continued connection and enhanced learning experiences.

    Claire is a published author, having written for CIO magazine, Computer World, and the Training Report, as well as having produced a variety of e-books and videos. She holds a BA in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, a Master Trainer Certification from Langevin Learning and a Synchronous Facilitation and Design Certification.

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  • Exceptional Business Writing

    Title: Exceptional Business Writing
    Date: Wednesday, September 29
    Time: 9 a.m. to noon
    Company: The Soft Skills Group
    Facilitator: Diana Kawarsky

    Do you write letters? Email? Memos? Reports? Are you interested in fine-tuning your written communication skills and style? This is an important addition to every professional writing tool kit - continued input and learning over time. Build on your writing skills by learning the fine-tuning techniques of professional writers: how to produce professional writing quickly and craft effective documents. 

    Learn how to refocus on your readers' needs; organize your thinking to approach every document with clarity from the start. Receive valuable feedback on pre-workshop and post-workshop writing samples.

    In this workshop you will learn to:

    • efficiently write whole document drafts quickly and easily 
    • place the document purpose where your readers will find it - every time
    • capitalize on your writing as an ambassador to your business relationships, influencing your success over time

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October 2021

  • PM Basics

    Title: Project Management Basics
    Date: Tuesday, October 19
    Time: 9 a.m. to noon
    Company: AnitaBrisson.com
    Facilitator: Anita Brisson

    This online course covers a basic introduction of project management concepts and methodology along with detailed discussions on how and why to complete a project charter. The content is tailored to new project managers, team and technical leads, team members and those with little or no formal PM training. 

    In the live sessions, participants will engage in polling questions and work in breakout groups where they will apply new project charter skills immediately.  The emphasis throughout the session is on making project management easy to understand and apply in the workplace.

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Define the problem and establish specific and measurable targets
    • Able to complete a project charter based on business strategies and triple constraint
    • Carry out effective project meetings
    • Understand fundamentals of Project Management

    The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) as a defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

    Instructor Name:

    Brisson, Anita

    PMP, CLSSBB, MBA, BBA

    Instructor Bio:

    Anita is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She has over 20 years’ experience in project management, continuous quality improvements, financial analysis, managing new business projects, executing contracts and team development across both the public sector and private corporations. She has a unique talent for breaking problems down into small manageable tasks, identifying goals and measuring performance. Her strong leadership skills bring cohesiveness, clarity, and a mutual sense of purpose to any multi-discipline team, which is imperative for project success.

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  • Working and Leading in Hybrid Teams

    Title: Working and Leading in Hybrid Teams
    Date: Wednesday, October 20 
    Time: 10 a.m. to noon
    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman

    Virtual team leadership is a relatively new experience where most or all members are working remotely. In fact, 65% of experienced leaders have preventable failures in their first attempts at virtual teamwork. That percentage is even higher for new managers. If poor leadership behaviors go unchecked, they become entrenched and grow over time. These are highly preventable failures that negatively impact the entire organization.

    Leaders are operating in an increasingly complex virtual environment. Some are managing multiple goals and priorities on many teams in different time zones. With increased demands to meet business objectives, it’s hard to find the right balance of trust and control with people you’ll never meet face-to-face.

    Take your team beyond technology by learning the specific leadership skills outlined in the Working and Leading in Hybrid Teams session.

    Participants will learn how to:

    • Overcome common limiting beliefs about virtual delegation.
    • Recognize common delegation pitfalls and how to avoid them.
    • Apply strategies to match the right person to the right task.
    • Assign the right amount of authority and autonomy.
    • Describe the 3-step Delegation for Success process.
    • Practice and apply the delegation process.

    Facilitator Bio:

    Claire Sookman knows how to work in today’s virtual environment. She has been coaching, training and advising virtual teams to success long before virtual teams were trendy. For more than 30 years she has helped companies stay ahead of the curve by offering solutions to workplace challenges, providing leadership the resources they need to succeed, increasing employee engagement, while allowing for continued connection and enhanced learning experiences.

    Claire is a published author, having written for CIO magazine, Computer World, and the Training Report, as well as having produced a variety of e-books and videos. She holds a BA in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, a Master Trainer Certification from Langevin Learning and a Synchronous Facilitation and Design Certification.

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  • PM Planning 1

    Title: Project Management Planning 1
    Date: Thursday, October 21
    Time: 9 a.m. to noon
    Company: AnitaBrisson.com
    Facilitator: Anita Brisson

    Purpose or rationale for this subject covers the essentials to planning a project using PMBOK concepts and methodology along with detailed discussions on how and why to complete a project plan. The content is tailored to new project managers, team and technical leads, team members and those with little or no formal PM training. 

    In the live sessions, participants will engage in polling questions and work in breakout groups where they will apply new project charter skills immediately. The emphasis throughout the session is on making project management easy to understand and apply in the workplace.

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Able to complete a project plan based on business strategies and triple constraint
    • Plan Scope and breakdown the work of a project
    • Carry out effective project meetings
    • Understand planning fundamentals of Project Management

    The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) as a defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

    Instructor Name:

    Brisson, Anita

    PMP, CLSSBB, MBA, BBA

    Instructor Bio:

    Anita is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She has over 20 years’ experience in project management, continuous quality improvements, financial analysis, managing new business projects, executing contracts and team development across both the public sector and private corporations. She has a unique talent for breaking problems down into small manageable tasks, identifying goals and measuring performance. Her strong leadership skills bring cohesiveness, clarity, and a mutual sense of purpose to any multi-discipline team, which is imperative for project success.

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  • PM Planning 2

    Title: Project Management Planning 2
    Date: Tuesday, October 26
    Time: 9 a.m. to noon
    Company: AnitaBrisson.com
    Facilitator: Anita Brisson

    Purpose or rationale for this subject a continuation of the essentials to planning a project using PMBOK concepts and methodology along with detailed discussions other parts of the project plan. The content is tailored to new project managers, team and technical leads, team members and those with little or no formal PM training. 

    In the live sessions, participants will engage in polling questions and work in breakout groups where they will apply new project charter skills immediately. The emphasis throughout the session is on making project management easy to understand and apply in the workplace.

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Build on other important elements of the project plan based on business strategies and triple constraint
    • Plan in the budget, evaluate risk, introduce quality criteria as we further breakdown the work of a project
    • Continue to understand the planning fundamentals of Project Management

    The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) as a defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

    Instruct Instructor Name:

    Brisson, Anita

    PMP, CLSSBB, MBA, BBA

    Instructor Bio:

    Anita is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She has over 20 years’ experience in project management, continuous quality improvements, financial analysis, managing new business projects, executing contracts and team development across both the public sector and private corporations. She has a unique talent for breaking problems down into small manageable tasks, identifying goals and measuring performance. Her strong leadership skills bring cohesiveness, clarity, and a mutual sense of purpose to any multi-discipline team, which is imperative for project success.

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November 2021

  • Optimizing Performance

    Title: Optimizing Performance
    Date: Tuesday, November 23
    Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman

    Is your team working optimally, or just working? Sometimes things are getting done virtually but engagement is elusive. When that happens, cohesion and creativity plummet.

    Add the mask of technology and it’s an immense challenge to manage and optimize performance. Evaluations, performance reviews, or friction points all become less comfortable and harder to gauge.

    You need ways to build and sustain engagement. You need strategies to build team creativity and responsiveness. You don’t need to be bogged down in micromanaging.

    In this session, we will guide you in optimizing the performance of your people, not simply managing the metrics of performance.

    In this session, you will learn how to:

    • Discuss challenges to tracking performance form a distance and brainstorm solutions to overcome these challenges
    • Build virtual trust through sharing credit, recognizing quick wins and reading the virtual room
    • Provide feedback to improve your team member’s performance
    • Prepare strategies to recognize and reward performance while improving morale and retention

    Feel more confident about optimizing your virtual teams’ performance at a distance. Use this wealth of practical knowledge, skills, and tips to help you and your team deliver on business objectives and achieve higher goals.

    Facilitator Bio:

    Claire Sookman knows how to work in today’s virtual environment. She has been coaching, training and advising virtual teams to success long before virtual teams were trendy. For more than 30 years she has helped companies stay ahead of the curve by offering solutions to workplace challenges, providing leadership the resources they need to succeed, increasing employee engagement, while allowing for continued connection and enhanced learning experiences.

    Claire is a published author, having written for CIO magazine, Computer World, and the Training Report, as well as having produced a variety of e-books and videos. She holds a BA in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, a Master Trainer Certification from Langevin Learning and a Synchronous Facilitation and Design Certification.

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  • Minute Taking

    Title: Minute Taking
    Date: Thursday, November 25
    Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
    Company: The Soft Skills Group
    Facilitator: Diana Kawarsky

    More and more minute-taking skills are in demand in today’s fast-paced work world. Companies that have individuals with these skills ensure reliable and accurate minutes that outline individual responsibilities and deadlines, provide accountability structures for management follow-up and save time by limiting everyone attending repetitious meetings.

    In this workshop you will learn:

    • to produce professional minutes quickly
    • to prepare for a meeting, conduct yourself as a meeting minute taker and follow-up effectively
    • accountability of the minute taker and successful collaboration with the meeting chairperson

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December 2021

  • Navigating Change

    Title: Navigating Change
    Date: Thursday, December 2
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman

    With rapid technology shifts, continuous improvement programs, and pressure to respond to market demands with agility, today’s leaders must manage a blinding rate of change. Proven organizational change models provide a framework but may not provide a pathway to successful change that sticks for virtual teams.

    In this session, we’ll delve into some pitfalls of virtual change and discuss strategies to manage change in a constantly evolving virtual world:

    In this session the participants will learn to:

    • Demonstrate how to put people first by pre-empting stress and working through pushback
    • Describe strategies to keep your team motivated, positive and resilient
    • Identify strategies to navigate through change
    • Show how to make change stick and reinforce the gains
    • Identify and empower emergent leaders, influencers and change agents on your team
    • Identify effective communication and feedback loops

    Facilitator Bio:

    Claire Sookman knows how to work in today’s virtual environment. She has been coaching, training and advising virtual teams to success long before virtual teams were trendy. For more than 30 years she has helped companies stay ahead of the curve by offering solutions to workplace challenges, providing leadership the resources they need to succeed, increasing employee engagement, while allowing for continued connection and enhanced learning experiences.

    Claire is a published author, having written for CIO magazine, Computer World, and the Training Report, as well as having produced a variety of e-books and videos. She holds a BA in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, a Master Trainer Certification from Langevin Learning and a Synchronous Facilitation and Design Certification.

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February 2022

  • Change Management

    Title: Change Management
    Date: Thursday, February 3
    Time: 9 a.m. to noon
    Company: Gary Slye
    Facilitator: Gary Slye

    This is an online program to introduce managers and leaders to change management and creating the conditions for
    change adoption. The program uses scenarios to illustrate change and a scenario for group work between the two sessions:

    • Understand what is meant by change management and how individuals adopt change
    • Apply impact assessment to determine how individuals are affected by the change
    • Utilize a framework to apply a change approach based on the impact assessment

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March 2022

  • Mindset

    Title: Mindset
    Date: Tuesday, March 1
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman

    A team’s high performance and productivity starts with the right mindset. In general, there are two kinds of mindsets – fixed and growth. Individuals with fixed mindsets are often inflexible, resistant to change and will tend to blame others instead of taking responsibility for their actions. People with a growth mindset eagerly embrace change, are open to opportunities for constant improvement, and will step up to find workable solutions.

    By identifying the mindset of your team members, you can help them develop new ways of thinking. This in turn supports them in becoming more positive, more resilient, and more productive.

    During this session, participants will learn how to:

    • Identify individuals with fixed and growth mindsets
    • Learn techniques to shift mindsets for greater productivity
    • Explain the Time MatrixTM and evaluate how you are spending your time
    • Align your time management with your goals

    Facilitator Bio:

    Claire Sookman knows how to work in today’s virtual environment. She has been coaching, training and advising virtual teams to success long before virtual teams were trendy. For more than 30 years she has helped companies stay ahead of the curve by offering solutions to workplace challenges, providing leadership the resources they need to succeed, increasing employee engagement, while allowing for continued connection and enhanced learning experiences.

    Claire is a published author, having written for CIO magazine, Computer World, and the Training Report, as well as having produced a variety of e-books and videos. She holds a BA in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, a Master Trainer Certification from Langevin Learning and a Synchronous Facilitation and Design Certification.

    Register