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Would They Call You Their Best Boss Ever?

Would They Call You Their Best Boss Ever?

Sharpen Your Leadership Game

Sharpen Your Leadership Game

Ian Cook


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Ian Cook's Speaker Programs:

  • Dare to Be Their Best Boss Ever! From Ian's book, Would They Call You Their Best Boss Ever?
    Do you remember what it was like working for the best boss you've ever had? You probably worked harder for this individual than for anyone else, before or since. Chances are you contributed more of your potential effort and creativity and felt really good about yourself, your job, and your employer.
    You will leave this thought-provoking event with practical tips and approaches you can apply immediately back at your workplace. We will look at:
    - The primary dilemma facing leaders (and employees) who want to make a difference
    - 3 elements to put in place if you want to generate a high level of results
    - 3 behaviours you can adopt to show up with courage and integrity
    - 3 ways you can build trusting, productive, and collaborative working relationships with your employees
  • Over to You, Employee - Getting Your Staff to Take Accountability for Their Performance, Satisfaction, and Development
    All too frequently in organizations today, managers find themselves trying too hard to get their employees to perform their job, while employees are unknowingly disengaged or waiting for their boss to tell them what their development path should be.
    This presentation introduces participants to a proven strategy for instilling in your employees a sense of personal responsibility for the work they do, their level of job satisfaction (and what they need to do if it's not high enough for them), and where they want to grow their skills and knowledge. We will look at:
    - Why managers lean to a directive style and how this fosters a dependent staff
    - Life's dirty little secret: we are all free to choose (and this includes employees, too!)
    Non-directive coaching: the accountability builder
    - How to use questions to pull choices from your employees
    - Where to position consequences in your discussions
    - How to challenge their current mind set about what's possible for them
  • Build "Best Bosses" - Developing Extraordinary Leaders in Your Organization
    Some managers are exemplary leaders but the reality is that most workplace units are headed by well meaning, dedicated, hard working, yet uninspiring and guarded managers. As a consequence, results often fall short of what they could be.
    But it doesn't have to be this way!  Most managers have the capacity to transform themselves into someone whom their employees would call their "best boss ever." In this presentation you will find out how to upgrade the current internal "operating system" of your managers to "leadership 2.0." We will look at:
    - Critical capacities leaders need to succeed in today's complex environment
    - The internal shift they must make to generate extraordinary results
    - How leadership development is linked to levels of adult development
    - Outcome-creating vs. problem-reacting approaches
    - How to address beliefs, assumptions, and habits of thought in your leadership development strategy
  • Closing the "Performance Deal" - How to Convert Employee Motivation into Performance
    Do you have an employee who is not performing at the level you expect? Maybe they were once a strong contributor but lately has lost the spark. So, you know it's not a skill problem. It's a will problem, a lack of motivation. 
    This presentation confronts head-on the dilemma facing managersyou can't motivate someone to perform if they don't know what they want...and most employees haven't thought lately about what they want from their job. We will look at:
    - How human motivation operates in a work environment
    - The most common employee motivators that lead to strong performance
    - What managers can learn from sales professionals about closing a business deal
    - A strategy plus effective questions you can use to get your employees to take personal responsibility for clarifying what they want (and how badly they want it)
    - How to link their motivators to their performing well in their job
    - An approach for dealing with long service employees who are within hailing distance of retirement and in "coasting" mode
  • Here's What I Want. Here's What I'm Seeing - How to Communicate Your Performance Expectations and Deliver Feedback
    Having tough conversations with employees about performance," say managers, "is just about the most difficult thing I have to do. All I ask is that they do the job I'm paying them to do." At the same time, significant numbers of employees will tell you, "I don't know what my boss expects of me" and "I've had zero feedback on how I'm doing."
    In this highly interactive session, participants learn and practice effective ways to shift the accountability for performance over to the employee-where it belongs. The session defuses the confusion we often experience when facing an employee's resistance or deflection from the message they need to hear. We will look at
    - What job "performance" is-and isn't
    - How to clearly lay out the specific performance you expect
    - How to present performance feedback in a way that fosters problem solving, not blame, and an adult-to-adult, rather than parent-to-child, tone
    - 8 practical tips for giving feedback when conducting a performance appraisal
    - How to respond if your employee resists or responds like a victim
    - Word for word phrases you can use to build accountability and commitment from your employees

Ian Cook's Testimonials:

"I also know we will experience long term positive results for our business based on this program. Again thank you for presenting the highest quality program that delivered results for our High Potential employees. I look forward to working with you again next year." RealNetworks

"Ian Cook's ability to sift through business and learning needs in a concise and focused fashion coupled with his natural leadership and coaching ability lended to a meaningful, purposeful and actionable learning event for about 50 of our leaders. To this day many of our leaders apply the coaching and leadership principles introduced in the workshop." Alcon Canada

"Ian helped to de-mystify the art of leading people and provided useful, applicable skills for real managers in real situations. He masterfully blended theory and practice and always delivered his message with a high degree of enthusiasm and professionalism."The Federal Judicial Center

"It is with great pleasure that I write to thank you for the excellent work that you have provided to our association over the past 18 years. Your professionalism and manner in which you conducted the various sessions with our members has been noted by many as leading to the success of each of those events. In addition, the outcome of the strategic planning sessions has led to the unprecedented success of our association." Wood Preservation Canada

"I just want to commend you for the high caliber of delivery you have exhibited in all of the "Manager as Coach" sessions. This program was targeted at the very top leaders and managers, 1800 in all, across all ministries of the Ontario Government. Add to this the fact that this is the very first mandatory program for the Senior Management Group. On all accounts you have exceeded our expectations. You have consistently scored 4's and 5's out of 5, with glowing comments received from what can be a very critical audience." Government of Ontario's Centre for Leadership and Learning

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