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This new online professional development series offers 2-hour live web conferences in an intensive and highly interactive format. The especially relevant programming is designed to help professionals at all levels in their organization lead more effectively in times of uncertainty.
Sessions consist of high-impact lectures, breakouts, discussions, and activities that foster networking among participants and offer tools immediately applicable to your work. All participants receive a digital certificate of attendance from PDPOnline.
Teams Under Pressure: Maintaining High Performance During Times of Crisis
Added Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT)
Filled: May 5, 2020; May 13, 2020
Instructor: Pamela Rucker
Even in the best of times, the challenge to build high-performance teams can be daunting, but managing in a crisis can make us feel like the ground is shifting beneath us. Leaders must help their teams create a culture of confidence, quick collaboration, and accelerated innovation. This web conference will provide practical ways to help leaders analyze their current environment and explore best practices for working together while adapting to increasing levels of pressure.
Leading Effective Virtual Teams
Added Date: Friday, May 29, 2020 (12:00 – 2:00 pm EDT)
Filled: May 7, 2020; May 15, 2020
Instructor: Margaret Andrews
This highly interactive two-hour web conference has a variety of discussions, vignettes, and exercises to address the important questions leaders face in managing virtual teams, including: How can we increase the benefits of remote teamwork – and minimize the downsides? How can we build trust remotely – and avoid the behaviors that destroy that trust? This program goes beyond team basics and focuses on issues more advanced teams confront, including how to have productive discussions—and even conflict—in a virtual environment.
Adjusting Your Strategy in Chaotic Times
Added: Thursday, June 4, 2020 (12:00 – 2:00 pm EDT)
Filled: May 12, 2020
Instructor: David McIntosh
When the external environment shifts dramatically, which parts of your strategy should change, and which should remain the same? How can you maximize your organization’s upside and mitigate the downside? This web conference explores these questions and identifies ways to approach strategy-making to outsmart competitors, serve customers in new ways, and make decisions now to build long-term value.
Selling in Uncertain Times
Added Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 (2:00 – 4:00 pm EDT)
Filled: May 14, 2020
Instructors: John Westman and Michael McCarthy
Virtual-only communications is the new normal, so how can we best help our customers given current circumstances? In this highly interactive web conference designed to aid sales professionals in continuing their mission to help their customers in new and innovative ways, participants will take away fresh ideas to build deeper customer relationships and develop virtual selling strategies.
Creative Problem Solving for the New Reality
Added Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 (1:00 – 3 pm EDT)
Filled: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Instructors: Anne Manning & Susan Robertson
Intentional creativity provides a framework for finding more useful solutions, focusing our thinking and unlocking our ability to discover, develop, and implement new possibilities. In this session, participants learn a simple yet powerful tool that will jump-start creative problem-solving capability. You’ll leave with a tangible strategy that you and your team can immediately apply, to uncover possibilities and control uncertainty.
Fostering Business Continuity During a Crisis
Thursday, May 21, 2020 (12:00 – 2:00 pm EDT)
Instructor: Mark Esposito
The current pressure on the world order is pushing systems to change and alter at a pace never seen before. But while a systemic challenge unfolds in front of our eyes, new business formations, resilient organizations, and innovative business models are emerging out of the crisis. The ability to see through this maze of uncertainty is a focus of the session as well as how to actively engage in building new business opportunities as novel pockets of growth become available. We will discuss possible implications of the current climate, reflect on strategic foresights, and work on futurized trends, with the intention of casting light on the Phoenix rising from the ashes of this unprecedented time in our lives.