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Great insights into how leaders should behave in today’s business climate

Jack B., Lockheed Martin

Developing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s Challenges

  • Interns
  • Team leads
  • Emerging leaders
  • New managers
  • Frontline supervisors
  • Remote teams + WFH staff
  • Directors + senior executives
  • New hires
  • Service staff
  • Those needing topical training
  • Those needing remediation

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  • “Take the Pulse” conversations with top management
  • 10 engaging practical, transformational leadership development sessions
  • One-on-one individual coaching sessions
  • Deep dive topics + motivational sessions for annual meetings, special events
  • Semi-annual leadership training refresher sessions
  • Assessments — “How far have we come?”
  • Strategic & succession planning with top management
  • Training guidebook + support resources

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  • Successfully transition into leadership
  • Effectively plan, delegate, set goals & evaluate performance
  • Listen better, communicate & connect with people
  • Learn to coach, counsel & empower teams
  • Reduce risk & make high quality decisions
  • Reduce drama, conflict & confrontations
  • Create a culture that motivates
  • Lead innovative, collaborative teams
  • Use appraisals to build engagement
  • Develop a professional, service-minded attitude
  • Capitalize on change

The VHA Leadership Development Approach

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Successful Leaders Leverage These Skills... We Show Them How

  • Strategic Management

  • Communication Skills

  • Leadership Skills

  • Decision Making

  • Employee Motivation

  • Team Building

  • Employee Appraisals

  • Managing Change

  • Professionalism

  • Business Development

Strategic Management Skills

Because emerging or unprepared managers don’t always adjust well to new performance expectations and unfamiliar leader/employee dynamics, they need a transition plan. In short, this session presents a clear plan to successfully achieve management goals and as a result, build a credible leadership reputation.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to Transition into Leadership
  • 2 Key Approaches to Successful Planning
  • A Clear Process for Delegating Effectively
  • How to Set Goals with and for Employees
  • How to Establish Process & Performance Controls

Length: Typically half-day onsite, however we tailor each training session to the client’s specific needs.

Formats: In Person, Virtual; Also see our online management training options.

Communication Skills

Effective leaders skillfully communicate and connect with people. Because of this ability to build trust, set clear vision, listen to other views and diffuse discord, all facets of business operations can improve. This session equips leaders with the communication skills to get better bottom line results.

Key Takeaways:

  • A Process for Connecting with Employees
  • How to Overcome Potential Communication Barriers
  • 3 Powerful Listening Techniques
  • How to “Earn the Right to Be Heard” by Leaders, Employees & Decision Makers

Length: Typically half-day onsite, however we tailor each training session to the client’s specific needs.

Formats: In Person, Virtual; Also see our online management training options.

Leadership Skills

The most influential leaders know the positive impact of using power and authority correctly. And they understand the consequences of misusing it. In short, you can learn to propel individual performance and empower the performance of others by defining your own influential leadership style.

Key Takeaways:

  • 2 Leadership Styles in Today’s Workplace
  • Predictable Emotional Responses from Employees
  • How to Overcome Leadership Hurdles
  • Skills to Effectively Coach Employees
  • How and When to Counsel Employees
  • How to Strategically Empower Employees

Length: Typically half-day onsite, however we tailor each training session to the client’s specific needs.

Formats: In Person, Virtual; Also see our online management training options.

Decision Making

Leaders make hundreds of decisions each day. And they don’t usually intend to make poor ones. But most have never learned a decision-making process that yields better results. This model for making high quality decisions helps leaders reduce decision-making risk. And as a result, capture greater competitive advantage!

Key Takeaways:

  • The 5 Bases for Decision Making
  • How to Mitigate Risk When Making Decisions
  • Steps to Improve the Quality of Your Decisions
  • Approaches to Successfully Make Decisions in a Group Setting
  • How to Manage Conflict and Confrontation Around Decisions
  • The Importance of Debriefing Post-Decision

Length: Typically half-day onsite, however we tailor each training session to the client’s specific needs.

Formats: In Person, Virtual; Also see our online management training options.

Employee Motivation

More than any other issue, leaders struggle with how to motivate their employees. First discover the truth about what genuinely drives any individual — regardless their generation. Then you’ll finally know the secret to improving employee motivation!

Key Takeaways:

  • The Top 5 Things Employees Want
  • Different Motivations Among Generations
  • Motivating Factors That Drive Better Performance
  • Behavioral Characteristics Motivating Team Members

Length: Typically half-day onsite, however we tailor each training session to the client’s specific needs.

Formats: In Person, Virtual; Also see our online management training options.

Team Building

Recruiting and retaining high-caliber individuals is difficult. And getting them all to work together is tougher still. But you’ll achieve greater innovation and outcomes when you learn to successfully manage conflict and confrontation and lead teams to creative collaboration.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to Manage Conflict and Confrontation Among Teams
  • Steps to Create an Environment of Healthy Competition
  • How to Increase Cooperation and Collaboration
  • Methods to Identify Existing and Future Team Problems
  • How to Build an Innovative Team

Length: Typically half-day onsite, however we tailor each training session to the client’s specific needs.

Formats: In Person, Virtual; Also see our online management training options.

Employee Appraisals

Conducting employee performance appraisals may be the most dreaded leadership responsibility. But when used correctly, employee appraisals can be a great performance motivator. First, learn six must-haves for performance appraisals that reduce frustration and negative aftermath. Then discover tools to use for employee appraisals that actual improve employee engagement!

Key Takeaways:

  • Potential Performance Appraisal Pitfalls
  • 6 Must-Haves for Supervisors
  • How to Use a Critical Incident File
  • Steps to Conduct an Employee Appraisal: Before, During and After

Length: Typically half-day onsite, however we tailor each training session to the client’s specific needs.

Formats: In Person, Virtual; Also see our online management training options.

Managing Change

Change does create new problems and great stress. But for leaders willing to see it, change also brings new opportunities! First, learn the truth about change and fear. Then discover a success strategy for managing both. As a result, you’ll uncover a mindset to thrive on change and seize opportunities others are afraid to explore!

Key Takeaways:

  • 3 Foundational Characteristics of Change
  • 4 Universal Professional Fears
  • How to Manage Fear
  • Most Common Professional Stressors
  • How to Manage Stress

Length: Typically half-day onsite, however we tailor each training session to the client’s specific needs.

Formats: In Person, Virtual; Also see our online management training options.

Service + Professionalism

Smart business leaders value the connection between service excellence, professionalism and bottom line results. Now, discover commonsense actions to build loyalty, goodwill and profitability. And as a result, set your enterprise apart from the competition!

Key Takeaways:

  • The Cost of Poor Service
  • Employee Expectations of Service from Leaders
  • How to Debrief with Employees
  • 24 Commitments for Personal Professionalism

Length: Typically half-day onsite, however we tailor each training session to the client’s specific needs.

Formats: In Person, Virtual; Also see our online management training options.

Personal & Business Development

The best leaders effectively lead themselves first. So discover the information and expertise that sets leaders on the path to long-term personal and professional success!

Key Takeaways:

  • 5 Unpardonable Leadership Sins
  • 3 Foundational Disciplines
  • How to Set Personal & Professional Goals
  • Steps to Become the Expert Professionally
  • How to Make the Most of a Mentoring Relationship
  • 3 Basic Concepts for Making & Saving Money in Business

Length: Typically half-day onsite, however we tailor each training session to the client’s specific needs.

Formats: In Person, Virtual; Also see our online management training options.

Online Management Training Courses

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  • Cornerstone 1 Leadership

  • Cornerstone 2 Employee Motivation

  • Cornerstone 3 Team Building

  • Cornerstone 4 Communication Skills

  • LOTK® 4 Cornerstone Package

Cornerstone 1: Leadership Fundamentals

Leadership Fundamentals offers a roadmap for the new leaders’ transition and transformation from employee to leader. Managers will evaluate and understand the benefits and detriments of different leadership styles.During this transition phase, managers will explore what followers value most in their leaders and why. New leaders will also learn strategies to prevent common, counter-productive leadership behaviors and learn how to build authentic, engaged relationships with those they lead.

3 Courses (12 Lessons):

  • The Fundamentals of Leadership
  • Building Integrity, Trust & Respect for Leaders
  • Knowing Your Leadership Style

Cornerstone 2: Motivating Employees

At every stage of the management experience, leaders are trying to figure out what will motivate their employees. Wide differences in generational groups — from Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z — compound the new leader’s confusion about employee motivation.

From Cornerstone 2, new leaders and managers will learn a process that reveals what ultimately drives genuine, sustainable employee motivation. They will recognize the predictable behavior patterns that signal lagging motivation in any employee and possess the necessary information to create a motivating environment for any generation or any individual.

2 Courses (11 Lessons):

  • Creating a Motivating Environment for Employees
  • Identifying the Real Causes of Employee Behavior

Cornerstone 3: Team Building Essentials

An organization’s mission will ultimately be achieved by managers successfully leading teams of employees to work together. Managers and emerging leaders get the essential team building action plan they need in Cornerstone 3.

They will understand how core team building concepts like authority, power and empowerment impact the dynamics of a team. Leaders will recognize identifiable team building concerns and gain skills to successfully manage inevitable conflict and confrontation. From initial team member on boarding through the empowerment process, managers and new leaders will know how to move their team toward creative collaboration that achieves greater outcomes.

2 Courses (9 Lessons):

  • Resolving Common Team Building Problems
  • How & When to Empower Your Employees

Cornerstone 4: Communication Skills

The trajectory of every new and emerging leader’s success will be driven by their ability to communicate. From Cornerstone 4, new managers and leaders will learn six essential components vital to effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication.

When these skills are applied, the emerging leader can: build greater leadership trust and increased employee engagement by actively listening and talking “with” people; earn credibility by managing on-task meetings and delivering on-point presentations; increase personal productivity by saying “no” the right way; use the power of brainstorming and debriefing to unlock innovation and creativity and much more.

4 Courses (15 Lessons):

  • Effective Meeting Management Skills
  • Resolving Workplace Conflict & Confrontation
  • Listening, Writing & Communicating to be a Better Leader
  • How to Successfully Present an Idea to Your Boss

LOTK® 4 Cornerstone Package

Organizations that want greater training flexibility can choose the Leaders Ought to Know® 4 Cornerstone package. This option provides full access to the 4 LOTK® Cornerstones and all the tools you need to meet ever-changing leadership development needs.

11 Courses (47 Lessons)

Free Empowerment Guide

The 6-Step Process for Empowering Others

Empower Others

Our Comprehensive Method to Develop Leadership Skills

How to Comprehensively Develop Leadership Skills

Develop Leaders

Free Leadership Course

Learn to Build Trust, Respect, & Integrity

Build Trust

The Leadership Management Training Experience You Can Rely On

Organizations which value a high performance culture know sub-par, unpolished leadership, communication and relationship building skills are their enemies. And they also know investing in their leaders and managers by prioritizing leadership management training sets them apart when it comes time to…

  • Recruit and retain the best employees;
  • Improve productivity and performance;
  • Increase innovation;
  • Capitalize on market opportunities; 
  • And achieve BIG goals!

In our own management and leadership experiences, we’ve seen the frustration and financial drain that happens when leaders and employees find themselves on opposing teams. And the costs are high!

But we also know when leaders, managers, supervisors and their team respect and value each other, and work together to accomplish a shared vision — then amazing things can happen!

Successful, significant companies know the value of confident, respected, approachable leaders. Leaders who aren’t afraid to engage and connect with their people. And managers trained in the art of building trusted leadership relationships.

We’ve helped hundreds of organizations invest in the leadership, communication and relationship building skills of their managers. As a result, they experience not only better performance and profits, but more positive, satisfied employees!

Results & Value of VHA Leadership Development

Case Study

Franklin Bank & Trust is a $500M community financial institution offering full banking services through 5 locations across south central Kentucky.

The Challenge

Through training, development and personal coaching, bank leadership wanted to prepare a select group of current and emerging leaders for transition into management/leadership roles.

The Solution

Van Hooser Associates developed and delivered a multi-session leadership training initiative for current and emerging leaders,
emphasizing fundamental leadership and strategic management skills.

The Value

Leaders invest time building working relationships Leaders set more goals and define clearer expectations Leaders developed greater awareness of their leadership

Feedback

“The program allows interaction and real world experiences to be discussed and provide solutions that one can implement.”

Joe Morel, VP, Senior Mortgage Lender

The Question You Really Want Answered... Can We Deliver?

The Right Leadership Development Organization

…without reservation, Van Hooser Associates is the right organization to help any team when it comes to leadership development.

Anthony K., Equian, LLC

Outstanding Results

The results are just outstanding!!

Doug G., Helena Agri-Enterprises

Dynamic, Engaging

Dynamic and engaging, great at making things practical!

Christine K., Larimer County, CO

Workplace Relevant

..relates to real life in the workplace…helps us understand how to motivate our people.

Jeff G., William E. Groves Construction