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April 2017   

Changing Performance by Changing Behaviors with Brian Willett

The missing link between training programs and performance change.

Most people attend the training course and get the information.  The question becomes, did they get anything other than information?  In this seminar, we will discuss how to create a training environment where a person’s knowledge as well as performance can be enhanced through coaching methodologies. 


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Brian Willett is the Vice President of Operations for Dale Carnegie Training of Southwest, Florida.  

University Transformation by Dr. Geri McArdle

My claim to fame in the human performance profession came from being the writer of books that were regarded as, “… a classic on design and delivers  practical and useful information for new trainers and the most experienced in the learning field’’ which was quoted from William J. Rothwell of  Pennsylvania State University. Given that resume, it would be understood that I have contributed a lot to the discussion that is today’s learning space and university transformations. 

Recently I received my alum magazine from Syracuse University.  The lead article focused on campus transformation. When I attended Syracuse, the School of Education utilized an old hospital for its learning space. For my graduate work, the Maxwell School had no restrooms for women– this was what was happening in 1975.  Despite this overview, Syracuse remains my alma mater. They provided me with the experience and spunk to keep going and a focus on this month’s article discussing learning environments and learning challenges that may arise. I recognize the change that needed to be brought up simply by what I encountered during my years of study.

First, if a large institution such as Syracuse assessed their facilities in a way that allowed them to develop a goal statement similar to what Steven Einhorn ’64, G’67 spoke on where he said that an “objective as a community is to create a more connected, more robust center of learning and research that will best prepare our students for the world – now and in the future”, then the facility would continuously be able to enhance the environments students are learning in as times evolve. With this outlook educational and global companies should wake up and assess the working space that they provide these newly hired graduates.

Continue reading this article online, including: Work Space: Product-Centric Approach vs. Human-centric Approach and It's All about Millennials

Message from the President

Lorna KibbeyWith April we say goodbye to our winter season and hello to a magnificent spring! Our Southwest Florida Chapter is ready – so many great things are happening!

First – kudos to the Chapter for achieving 100% CARE compliance. CARE stands for Chapter Affiliation Requirements. There are 18 required CARE elements and your Chapter Board worked tirelessly to ensure we met all 18 – a huge accomplishment! CARE consists of elements in five key areas that are necessary for running a chapter: administration, financial, membership, professional development, and communication. (Read a letter to out chapter from Tony Bigham, President and CEO of ATD)

But wait – there's more.

Our Chapter was also recognized as a 2017 Chapter Membership SUPER STAR with joint membership above 45 percent (way above!)! This means that a large percentage of our members join ATD at both a national and local level (which is absolutely the best bargain to gain amazing resources at both levels).

And even more!

In late March, our Chapter membership went live on the National website making us a trailblazer for new initiatives. Again, your Board worked hard for this and you should know that their dedication made this happen. What it means for you is an easier process flow for paying dues for ATD and local chapter membership. For the chapter, it allows more effective and efficient management of membership tasks.

You've probably guessed by now that there is more. I hope you will join us at an event to hear all the news and network with the amazing professionals that we call members. For those of you who call yourself independents, consultants, speakers, or any version of a trainer who is not employed by a specific organization, remember we have a Special Interest Group (SIG) for you – be sure to check that out!

One more thing and I'll stop – take a look at our upcoming programs – incredible! We have had such quality programs this year already – we have learned so much. And in May, we are giving away to one lucky member an opportunity to participate in an ATD Certificate program – be sure to look at the details for the May meeting!

All this, and it's only April. I think it's going to get hotter – and I'm not just talking about the weather!

Your SW FL ATD President,
Lorna Kibbey

Working Together: 4 Steps to Great Mastermind Groups by Lori Kleiman

Lori KleimanMastermind groups create connections that people need in the workplace.  Once reserved for executives through popular programs such as YPO, Vistage and Conference Executive Board, Masterminds are now available for most professions at a variety of levels of management.  Groups exist for those with a common role, such as CFO and HR Director, or within organizations to give high potential or management a safe place to gather and process business issues.

By definition, a Mastermind group is a meeting where a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support exist in a group setting to sharpen skills.  The group normally has a goal of helping members achieve success.  Groups often have a facilitator, but can be run by the members.  They key to an effective group is that it is a confidential and safe place to discuss issues and process ideas before implementation.

My mastermind group is focused on HR professionals.  I also facilitate a group for the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.  This group is open to members of the association to address their issues.   Internal corporate groups can also be very effective.  Whether your group is for a similarly situated group of professionals, or an internal corporate focus, the steps to success are the same. 

The four critical steps to starting your group are:

Membership - Who should be in the group? What is the goal for the group, and the person organizing it?   It is critical that the members are screened.  A great group needs a combination of leaders and those that are more reserved.  All members should have the desire to bring issues to the group, and have the authority to implement changes. 

Logistics - While the best interaction occurs face to face, groups can also be effective via web platform.  The web has the advantage of allowing participants to join without concern for physical location. Zoom.us is a platform that enables participation via video, which provides a personal connection.  Using these resources, you can manage a speaker with slides, support participants desire to talk and have conversations in a chat section without interrupting.

Setting up the group - Formal rules and processes are essential.  Most important is the creation of a group confidentiality agreement.  There should be a structure to introductions and how issues will be processed.  Even the decision of who can join and when should be agreed upon.  Members must understand their accountability to group meetings and other members.  Finally, all agree to honesty and respect of others and the group in general.

Let's meet! - All meetings should follow the same structure.  Generally, starting with member updates is effective.  Then move into an educational component that is scheduled in advance.  The meeting should allow plenty of time for members to discuss their issues since that is generally one of the major reasons for participation.  Groups may have other components; in my groups we end with HR updates and access to data for example.

Groups should exist to create bridges, connect members and identify resources.  With long term connections, members will add value to their function and ensure new work-based initiatives are the best they can be to drive long-term results.

Networking Event May 10th - We're mixing it up!

Join us May 10th from 5-7 PM for a Networking Event at Cantina 109.

Please be sure to update your May Calendar, as our monthly event is a week early (because we can’t wait for this event).  We are ready to celebrate talent development professionals with a Happy Hour gathering at Cantina 109. Using a more relaxed setting for this event, we hope to be able to ask questions, discuss answers and get to know the amazing talent that makes up our chapter.

As an even extra incentive, door prizes will be drawn from all attendees and members who attend will be eligible for the Grand Door Prize of an ATD National Learning Certificate. (Must be present to win). 

Cantina 109

Special Interest Group Update: Independent Training and Speaking Professionals

Our ATD Special Interest Group (SIG) for independents is going strong – and getting stronger. In SW Florida, this SIG is known as Seriously Independent Gurus. This is a great forum for discussing your ideas, issues, and thoughts on how to do business as an independent here in SW Florida. If you would enjoy discussing a wide array of topics with a wide array of professionals, please join us. All who attend agree that we very much enjoy the richness of our discussions and appreciate the support provided to one another.

We meet monthly with our next meeting being on Wednesday, April 26th at Panera Bread Gulf Coast Town Center. There is no cost for attending other than what you choose to spend on breakfast! All are welcome.

Questions? Please contact Lorna Kibbey at LKibbey@LKibbey.com.

This SIG (Special Interest Group) is for training and speaking professionals who are independents. Click here to learn more about the Special Interest Group.

Employment Opportunities
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Are you looking for a new position in the talent development field?

We send monthly job opening emails to SWFL Chapter members. If you are interested in receiving these emails and are not yet a member of our chapter, please consider joining. More information can be found on the Membership page of our web site and you may also contact Erin Burnheimer, VP Membership at erinburnheimer@gmail.com.

If your organization is looking for new talent, please consider sharing your job openings with us so we can include them in our monthly job opening emails. Please send relevant information to Melissa Rizzuto, VP Technology at melrizzuto@gmail.com.

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ATD Webcasts

Create Mobile-Ready E-Learning in Minutes with Adobe Captivate
April 05, 2017 At 12:00 P.M

What Are Employers Looking For?
April 06, 2017 At 1:00 P.M

6 Secrets of High-Performing Managers
April 11, 2017 At 2:00 P.M.

How Does Mobile Reinforcement Maximize Your Learning Investment?
April 12, 2017 At 2:00 P.M. 

Branding Learning: A Red-Hot Strategy For Talent Development Professionals
April 13, 2017 At 3:00 P.M. 

Change Behaviors and Improve Business: Helping Workforce Leaders Succeed With Training
April 13, 2017 At 11:00 A.M.

Win With What Youve Got Reframing The Leadership Mindset
April 17, 2017 At 1:00 P.M.

Trends in Training and Learning Management
April 18, 2017 At 12:00 P.M. 

Listen Up!
April 20, 2017 At 1:00 P.M. 

The Phenomenon Of Dr. Google
April 21, 2017 At 1:00 P.M.

Performance Consulting: What Is It And Why Do It?”
April 24, 2017 At 1:00 P.M. 

How To Build A Competency Model In Record Time!
April 25, 2017 At 1:00 P.M.

The 10 Questions Learning Leaders Should Ask in aVideo Platform RFP
April 26, 2017 At 2:00 P.M. 

Mastering a Global Mindset
April 28, 2017 At 12:00 P.M. 

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