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One of the common challenges faced by organizations today is the retention of key talent, particularly of high-potential employees. Research shows individuals with less than two years on the job expressed the strongest turnover intentions.

The emerging talent of our organizations today has a high turnover risk with more than 25 percent of young professionals planning to leave their jobs each year. Consistently, we are asked what support we can provide for the high-performing individual contributor who has not yet moved into a formal leadership role.

Similar to all of our work, the Emerging Leader Series is a process, not a program or an event. This crucial distinction sets our Series apart from other  professional development opportunities and training service providers. Not only is our content impactful, the multi-faceted process we employ ensures better results!

This Series is designed for individual contributors not yet in a leadership role. This may include individual contributors with broad reach in their responsibilities, influencers, project managers, team leads, and individuals being prepared for future leadership roles. A key distinguisher for participation in this Series is having zero direct reports on the org chart.  Individuals who have direct reports can consider our 12-month leadership development series.    


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Emerging Leader Series—Fall 2023
Launch Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Join Aleta Norris as she provides you with information related to the 6-month Emerging Leader Series. 

What's Included

Six Monthly Skill-Building Workshops

  • Teaches leadership skills and strategies
  • Highly interactive and engaging
  • Application of skills to real-life situations.
  • Networking with peers in other organizations who are on a similar high-performance journey.

Monthly Small Group Coaching Sessions

  • Individual accountability and expert support for application of skills learned. 
  • Practical solutions to address specific solutions in the workplace. 
  • Individualized professional development, based upon personal priorities. 

Skill-Building Workshops

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  Serve Others in the Workplace

Purpose: The purpose of this workshop is to help employees explore the relationship between leading and serving and to discover new ways to increase their level of service to others within the workplace. To create a service mindset, the workshop asks participants to examine models and strategies to help them create new ways of thinking about and delivering service to others.

Payoff: Participants will be armed with models and strategies to better serve, lead and influence others in the workplace. Specifically, they will:

  • Explore the relationship between leading and serving.
  • Examine the concept of an "other-centered" mindset.
  • Learn key models for serving others.
  • Understand the importance of emotional intelligence.
  • Develop professional standards for serving others.
  • Explore the impact of behavior on serving others.
  • Exercise the important skills of asking questions and listening.
  • Create a strategy for a difficult "serving others" situation.
  Communicate by Design

Purpose: All employees at one time or another encounter a difficult situation with one of their co-workers – a situation where the employee needs to give feedback. Yet in such situations, most employees tend either to avoid dealing directly with the situation, or if they do, they don’t handle it as well as they could. The purpose of this workshop is to equip employees with a framework for addressing feedback situations.

Payoff: In this session, participants will:

  • Explore their tendencies as a communicator when faced with difficult situations.
  • Learn how to set up their co-workers for success.
  • Examine fundamental elements of workplace interactions.
  • Learn and practice a four-step process for giving feedback effectively.
  Understand Your Interpersonal Style

Purpose: In this workshop, we help participants understand that interpersonal style has a tremendous impact on the ability to communicate effectively with others. Style awareness helps people understand that they have a responsibility to become versatile in how they interact with the world around them, particularly their co-workers. Expanding talents outside of their natural tendencies is critical.

Process: This session involves use of the DISC interpersonal style profile, analysis of the profile and application to workplace situations involving individuals with different styles. A focus on strengthening the ability to be versatile is a key application in this module.

Payoff: Upon completion of this session, participants will:

  • Have an understanding of their natural style tendencies.
  • Learn to identify the styles of the people around them.
  • Gain an understanding of the tendencies of other styles.
  • Learn how to work effectively with people who are different.
  Solve Problems, Make Sound Decisions

Purpose: Working in an organization involves two crucial skills – solving problems and making decisions. And the way we approach the process of problem solving and decision making can make or break our business, our teams, even our careers. In this workshop, we explore proven and effective tools for solving business problems and making sound decisions.

Payoff: Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between problem solving and decision making.
  • Clarify their business problems more accurately.
  • Overcome their own assumptions and other traps that get in the way of effective problem solving and decision making.
  • Use new tools to generate alternative solutions to problems, evaluate those solutions and create a problem-solving action plan.
  Cope with Change

Purpose: Change is constant. Rationally, it makes sense: organizations are either changing or dying. Fundamentally, employees get it. So why is it so difficult to deal with the actual changes? In this workshop, we help employees understand the difficulties of change on an individual and an organizational level. This understanding helps them more effectively navigate and support change within the organization.

Payoff: After completing this workshop, employees will be able to:

  • Explain the business case for change and why organizational change is necessary.
  • Identify current change-related challenges affecting them and their teams.
  • Outline the predictable human dynamics of change.
  • Identify the behavioral signs of emotional resistance to change in themselves and others.
  • Explain their own personal reactions and strategies for dealing with change.
  Strategies for Terrific Teamwork

Purpose: Here, we provide team members with tools and techniques needed for team effectiveness. In this session, participants first discuss team effectiveness in general and then identify ways they can help ensure effectiveness when working in teams in the future.

Payoff: Participants will:

  • Discuss the current state of teamwork within their organizations.
  • Describe the benefits effective teams can bring to an organization.
  • Identify characteristics of effective teams.
  • Explore key elements of team dynamics.
  • Develop competency in three strategies for fostering better teamwork.
  • Create an action plan for being a more effective, accountable team member.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  What is an emerging leader?

An “emerging leader” is an individual contributor who is a strong performer and anticipates moving into a leadership role at some point in the future. Other organizations may define it differently.

  What is the Living As A Leader Emerging Leader Series?

A six-month Series composed of half-day workshops, small group coaching, and weekly reinforcement tips and to do’s.

  Who is the audience for this Series?

This Series is designed for individual contributors not yet in a leadership role. This may include individual contributors with broad reach in their responsibilities, influencers, project managers, team leads, and individuals being prepared for future leadership roles. A key distinguisher for participation in this Series is having zero direct reports on the org chart.    

  Can formal leaders of people participate?

No. So that we can keep the audience and context aligned, this Series is available only for non-leaders of people. Formal leaders can participate in the Living As A Leader 12-Month Leadership Development Series.

  How should we determine who should participate in the Emerging Leader Series?

Great question! You can look at a couple of things: the qualities of your high-potential employees and the desire that they have to be developed. Consider your employees who are self-starters, look for additional assignments, help others, take initiative, put in extra time, ask questions, show willingness to do whatever needs to be done, show an openness to feedback, and ask for opportunities for development.

  What if someone misses a workshop?

We will ensure that the participant receives his or her materials. We request they go through their workbook, complete any of the activities they can in a self-directed manner. Their coach will use some of the coaching session time to cover highlights. They may be able to attend a future workshop of that topic to make up for the missed content.