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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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