Howick Associates
Training & Skill Development

Change and learning are never easy tasks for adults. And yet they are asked daily to do just that as organizations drive to reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction, and innovate with new and improved products and services.

Howick Associates provides engaging, results oriented training services that help leaders, managers, and individual contributors improve their lives and their organizational contribution and performance. The fact that 85% of our work is on a repeat basis with our clients is testimony to the results we help our clients achieve.

When you need highly engaging learning experiences in the following areas, just contact us. We'll help identify the current and desired state of performance, and then provide proven training designs, tools, and methods to close the gap.

Engaging Leader Series (please click here to open)

The Engaging Leader Series (ELS) is an applied learning development program which systematically builds leaders’ competency in engaging others. We have developed this series to support the growing recognition that leaders play a powerful role in influencing employee commitment, satisfaction and high achievement. Our belief is that leaders are either increasing employee engagement, or they are decreasing it. There is no middle ground.

The underlying premise of this program is that new skills are required to lead to a more highly educated workforce that values involvement, job satisfaction, and contributing lasting value to the organization.

The content areas of the ELS series include:

  • Building Trust & Effective Relationships
  • Coaching - leveraging the power of the individual
  • Inclusion - leveraging the power of groups
  • Driving Results through engagement and flawless execution
  • Driving Change for Results.

This content is embedded in a program design that emphasizes:

  • Utilizing Individual assessment information within each learning session
  • Immediate application of learning
  • Individual coaching support
  • Involvement of participants' leaders in supporting new behaviors

Click here to see our more detailed road map of the Engaging Leaders Series.

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Increasing Engagement, Accountability and Results in Virtual Meetings (please click here to open)

In today’s economic environment, virtual meetings have become even more important to achieving results.  To support our clients, we have taken our expertise in meeting design and management out of the classroom and into cyberspace.  We have designed an online learning workshop to help leaders, managers and others who facilitate meetings to be more effective online.

 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be equipped to:

  1. Plan and organize virtual meeting logistics to prepare participants for virtual interactions
  2. Apply core facilitation skills to lead discussions and manage virtual discussions
  3. Use “best practice” facilitation techniques that support balanced participation and create opportunities for engagement.
  4. Identify and utilize resources and tools to engage participants in ideation, decision-making and action planning in virtual meetings

Effective meeting leaders know the importance of having clear objectives, a thoughtful agenda, and carefully selected framing questions for discussion. They also understand how to generate ideas (i.e. brainstorming and affinity process), make decisions (i.e. decision-matrix and consensus) and create action plans (RACI).  What many do NOT know is how to facilitate these processes in a virtual environment. 

Increasing Engagement, Accountability and Results in Virtual Meetings is designed to equip professionals at all levels with confidence, knowledge and tools to manage and facilitate more productive and engaging virtual meetings. 

For more information on this workshop including outlines, registration information, and pricing, please contact Jeff Hanan at jeffhanan@patinasolutions.com or 262.754.2247.

Driving Change for Results (please click here to open)

Driving Change for Results is an applied learning development program which focuses on building leaders’ skills at prioritizing, managing and driving change initiatives. We developed this program in recognition of the fact that managing the dynamics of personal, individual and organizational change in the midst of multiple change efforts is an ever-increasing problem for leaders in today’s organizations.

The underlying premise of this program is for leaders to use a systematic approach in leading change that incorporates promising engagement practices with more effective project management techniques. More highly skilled technical experts want to be involved in the planning and decision-making around change that impacts their work and leaders need the skills and tools to engage and involve stakeholders to build buy-in and minimize complacency in change efforts.

Internal Consulting for Results (please click here to open)

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Coaching for Results (please click here to open)

One of the most powerful tools to improve employee performance is coaching. Coaching is the principle means by which people learn what makes their organizations tick, what it stands for and how they can contribute to it over time. Effective coaching removes barriers to development and emphasizes the individual and team achievement of common organizational goals. Coaching also provides leaders with the opportunity to engage employees in meaningful dialogue and decisions that impact them - thus building commitment to the team and organization.

Yet, many leaders struggle translating good intentions into action. Coaching for Results provides a practical coaching model and framework that can be applied in a variety of coaching situations. It emphasizes employee involvement in each step and focuses on building the relationship between leader and employee necessary for long term success and results.

Leadership Development Toolkit (please click here to open)

While many organizations have recognized that effective leadership development needs to go beyond offering only traditional training experiences (workshops, seminars, self-directed learning), few organizations have been able to effectively execute a broader development strategy leveraging existing organizational resources, knowledge, experiences and processes.

In over 25 years of providing leadership development, we know that a combination of stretch assignments, networking, learning from others and training provides the Best Developmental Mix and leadership success.

Our customized solution is an On-line Leadership Development Toolkit. It’s easy to use, and an affordable resource that connects your organization’s specific learning activities to the leadership competencies. This toolkit results in an Individual Development Plan that is focused, actionable, and ultimately beneficial to the both the leader and the organization.

Building Trust and Effective Relationships (please click here to open)

Many things go into making an individual effective interpersonally - rapport, sincerity, credibility, etc. But no basic skills are more important than the ability to build trust, relate to others, and get along with people. This "people skills" training program provides participants with tools to more effectively:

  • build trust & express empathy
  • better understand others and relate to them as they would like to be related to
  • promote an atmosphere of openness
  • Create win-win outcomes while more effectively influencing others without resorting to manipulative methods

Meeting Effectiveness / Group Facilitation (please click here to open)

Working effectively with and harnessing the power of teams and work groups is an essential skill. Everyone who runs meetings, leads a team or participates in meetings can benefit by building facilitation skills. This modular workshop is designed to help build facilitation skills and give participants an ongoing resource in The New Compleat Facilitator.

This interactive session provides experiential learning and practice with hands-on methods for managing and engaging groups in order to leverage their full power and contribution. Participants learn how to set the stage for effective group work and manage the complex dynamics of a team in order to create greater group and individual satisfaction and results. There are extensive customization options for this program.

Leading Projects Effectively (please click here to open)

Outside of IS departments, effective project managements skills are not found in abundance in many areas of an organization. Yet leaders, managers, and independent contributors are called upon to plan and implement significant projects in support of the various strategic aims of their respective organizations. They tend to muddle through, extending target dates, burning out limited resources and failing to deliver on the results promised.

Project management is a powerful planning approach which is proactive by design and places heavy emphasis on communications, attention to detail and wise use of resources. Above all project management is a team sport!   It also provides a wonderful platform to actively engage employees and other stakeholders in a series of conversations not only necessary for project success but building lasting commitment to the project.

Participants of this program are able to apply fundamental elements of project management and identify opportunities to engage the project team in their individual project work and understand why these elements are necessary for project success.  The fundamental elements include project initiation, project planning, project execution & control, and project closure.

When you're ready for change, we're ready to help.

Care to Learn More?

Give us a call at 262.754.2247 or email Jeff Hanan at jeffhanan@patinasolutions.com to request more information or to discuss the best solution for your situation.

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