Management Training

"Higher Ground" by Leo Sawicki is a series of one and two day workshops that will give you the tools to help you become a more effective manager. Start with these 10 steps to begin your journey or contact Leo to inquire about scheduling delivery.

1. A plan of Action
Applied Strategic Planning helps to establish a starting point, create a big picture, and put in place a plan of action from which to move forward.
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Plan of Action

Be more organized and effective as a manager. You Will:

  • See how initiatives and projects come together in an orderly manner
  • Learn how communication forms keep everyone informed and on track
  • Work with pictures that make goals easier to focus on
  • Establish your purpose
  • Create a big picture for all to see
  • Identify your resources
  • Use forms to guide you
  • Look at where you are now
  • Develop a vision of where you wish to be
  • Put in place a work plan
  • Develop a contingency plan
  • Continually follow-up

2. A path to Follow
Boards and Committees understand roles and responsibilities to maintain a framework for new initiatives, structures and self governance.
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Path to Follow

Effective Boards and Committees stay organized with the assistance of forms and process. You Will:

  • Develop a frame work to create new initiatives and structures
  • Define your core values, ethics, principles and guidelines for conflict resolution
  • Create terms of reference and identify roles and responsibilities
  • Establish an action plan and a system for tracking costs and feedback
  • Information can be applied by an individual wishing to begin a new initiative, an organization planning a new project or a board/committee developing new structures/programs
  • Materials provide basic tools and processes to bring ideas forward

3. Create action Plans
Design administration tools to become more effective managers or program directors in response to organizational needs.
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Create Action Plans

Effective Managers helps you be more organized and effective as a manager. You Will:

  • See how initiatives and projects come together in an orderly manner
  • Learn how communication forms keep everyone informed and on track
  • Create pictures that make goals easier to focus on and achieve

4. Work from a Guide
Understand where policies flow from and develop a range of procedures that will help you create organizational stability.
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Work from a Guide

Policy and Procedures helps your organization be more efficient. You Will:

  • Identify policies and procedures that will help your organization run smoothly
  • Create the table of contents for a master manual that will guide decision making or organization
  • Employees will know what they can expect how to conduct themselves.
  • Recognize patterns in complex or simple systems
  • Understand side effects and feed back loops
  • Know influencing factors
  • Establish policies
  • Develop an in–house manual
  • Modify and amend annually

5. Conflict Resolution
Recognize warning signs and put in place prevention strategies before conflict occurs.
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Conflict Resolution

You Will:

  • Create a wheel of warning signs
  • Create a wheel of prevention strategies
  • Design symbols to reinforce learning
  • Develop personal conflict resolution strategies
  • Apply information to all that you do at a personal and organizational level
  • Develop guidelines to deal with conflict within the self, family, organization and community

6. Project Management
Develop tools and forms to guide your decisions and chart your project life cycle.
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Project Management

Introduction to Project Management provides insight into your organizations ability, helps you develop tools too guide your decisions and chart your project's life cycle.You:

  • Organize detailed tasks starting with broad categories and move to specifics
  • See how to manage resources and costs
  • Learn to track progress
  • Know what resources are available
  • Develop good interpersonal skills
  • Identify Teams Ability
  • Establish Organizational Competence
  • Chart Project Lifecycle

7. Communication Strategy
Outline a communication plan and develop a strategy to maintain on–going awareness.
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Communication Strategy

You Will:

  • Explore different levels of communication
  • Develop a strategy to maintain on–going awareness
  • Outline an annual communication plan
  • Maintain on–going community awareness
  • Keep everyone informed of your activities

8. Presentations
Feel confident with public speaking and help your audience get the most from your presentations.
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Presentations

You Will:

  • Be prepared for any occasion
  • Feel confident with public speaking
  • Help your audience get the most from your presentation
  • Use what you have learned in a one–on one meeting, with smaller groups or with large audiences
  • Personalize, motivate and conclude with memorable closers

9. Community Workshops
Get the entire community involved. Learn to plan, organize, facilitate, evaluate and follow-up on your efforts.
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Community Workshop

You Will:

  • Work from a checklist
  • Organize and develop support materials
  • Put in place a plan of action to deliver the workshop
  • Evaluate the outcome
  • Materials are designed to make peer and cascade learning easy
  • Once a person has walked through the material in this workshop and applied the tips to an actual delivery, they will be confident in showing others how
  • You will be confident and comfortable in organizing any size or duration of meeting

10. Program Development
Develop a needs assessment to guide your objectives, work with thumbnails to define content, develop a model and test your materials. Create tools to identify the degree of change and evaluate delivery.
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Program Development

You Will:

  • Develop a needs assessment that acts as a guide to achieve your objectives
  • Work with thumbnails to define content, section planning format, outlines, activities and delivery
  • Design a model drawn from the Table of Contents
  • Test materials each step of the way, build in evaluations, feedback and design your own formula to track costs and plan delivery
  • Program emphasis is on understanding process
  • The same process for developing programs can be used in a number of ways and modified to suit the needs of what you wish to accomplish
  • You will have the foundation for successful program development to meet the needs of the people you serve