Leadership Institute

January - December 2021
Monthly Program Dates Throughout the Year

Virtual Program

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“Leadership & learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy


The Leadership Institute is an arm of the NACC designed to focus less on training & more on development. Each 3 hour program is comprised of 3 core tenets: leading self, leading teams & leading a business.

Engage as much or as little in the Institute by enrolling for the full program which includes coaching or sign up for the sessions that appeal most to you. The investment you make in the Leadership Institute experience will inspire you to enhance how you choose to lead.

CHAMBER MEMBER REGISTRATION

Single Session: $100 (January session is $165, as it includes a DISC Assessment)

12-Month Bundle: $1,200 (Includes free DISC Assessment)

COMMUNITY MEMBER REGISTRATION

Single Session: $150 (January session is $215, as it includes a DISC Assessment)

12-Month Bundle: $1,800 (includes free DISC Assessment)

Learn About the Leadership Institute

Watch our “Leadership Institute Preview” to learn program notes per month, meet the presenters, and hear commonly asked questions and answers that will serve to guide you in making your decision to enroll in this year-long dynamic and life-changing program that brings leadership to the front of your professional development.

LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PROGRAM OVERVIEW BY MONTH

January 5th | Self Assessment

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The first person a leader must effectively lead is themselves. A crucial element to self-leadership is self-awareness. Leadership assessments are a great way to assess and diagnose where an individual leader is in their leadership journey so goals, communications styles and motivators are all leveraged to their full effectiveness in a leader understanding their current strengths and blind spots. In this session, participants will takeaway: 

  • A full understanding of their behavioral tendencies both naturally and adaptively and how both impact their leadership via the DISC Assessment 
  • A full understanding of their motivators and how that impacts their leadership via the Values Assessment 
  • A full understanding of their communications styles where they can communicate what works best and what to avoid for those who communicate with them

Facilitated by Rick Lochner (President, RPC Leadership Associates, Inc.)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


February 2nd | Ethics & Motivation

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

For a leader to understand themselves fully is to understand how they live their core values. What is the foundation of the individual leader that dictates the decisions they make through the lens of their ethics and values. this session will also explore the true meaning of motivation and why it is crucial for every individual leader to understand they alone control the choice of how they show up each and every day. In this session, participants will takeaway:

  • What is motivation and what are the levers that control one’s motivation (this will also draw on the Values Index assessment discussed in January)
  • What are one’s core values and how do they impact everyday decision-making
  • How to navigate ethical dilemmas where there is no good answer, only a least worst answer to a situation

Facilitated by Rick Lochner (President, RPC Leadership Associates, Inc.)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


March 2nd | Attitudes & Behaviors

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

What we believe, we think and what we think, we do. What we do drives desired results. So if new results are needed, then new behaviors and new attitudes are a must as well. Understanding the connection between a leader’s attitudes and behaviors is crucial for their leadership success. Being in tune with their own personal attitudes and behaviors will then reflect how they show up to lead others. In this session, participants will takeaway:

  • What are attitudes and how to identify what one’s prevailing attitudes are
  • What is the connection between attitudes and behaviors and why is matters greatly once a leader steps in front of a team or business unit
  • How are one’s attitudes affecting how a leader embraces the many facets of diversity and inclusion

Facilitated by Rick Lochner (President, RPC Leadership Associates, Inc.)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


April 6th | Goal Planning & Time Management

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

If we only had more time in a day to get it all done.  Each year we take the time to set goals for our business; formally and informally.  When we look up, it’s mid-year and we haven’t accomplished hardly anything we’d planned to.  During this session we will make the goal planning process simple to implement and follow-up on throughout the year. Because time is the thing we wish we had more of, in this session you will have access to tools on how to get more time back in your day.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the goal setting process
  • Explore the different types of goals and how to construct one that leads to organizational success
  • Learn strategies to maximize your time and have a little left for yourself

Facilitated by Laticia (Tish) Thompson (Founder + Chief Legacy Partner, Legacy Blueprint, LLC.)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


May 4th | Effective Communication & Listening

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We recognize the importance of effective communication and listening.  What eludes us is creating a culture that invites individuals to share their perspective openly and honestly without fear of career suicide.  The goal of this session is to sharpen your listening and feedback skills so that, as leaders, we are modeling productive ways to hear and be heard. 

  • Discuss key success factors to effective communication
  • Discover how to modify communication preferences to inspire action in others
  • Explore practical communication tools that will improve your ability to achieve results

Facilitated by Laticia (Tish) Thompson (Founder + Chief Legacy Partner, Legacy Blueprint, LLC.)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


June 8th | Managing Conflict

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We love the idea of it until we have to do it. Dealing with conflict is something leaders recognize is important to do while many avoid at all costs.  We often think of conflict as something negative and we approach it as such.  This session will challenge your thinking about how we look at conflict and offer tools to navigate it effectively. 

  • Discover the different types of conflict and the benefits and drawback of each
  • Explore ways to reduce the cost of conflict for self, individuals and the organization
  • Learn a five-step process to address conflict while getting results and maintaining the relationship

Facilitated by Laticia (Tish) Thompson (Founder + Chief Legacy Partner, Legacy Blueprint, LLC.)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


July 8th | Building Trust & Credibility

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Trust is such a crucial element to building lasting relationships, yet is often talked around or not at all as a leaders build and maintain their key relationships. The level of trust followers have in their leaders is built on a foundation of the leaders skills, both hard and soft skills to the point that followers can comfortably rely on their leaders to do what they say they will do. In this session, participants will takeaway:

  • Know and apply the key elements and actions that build trust in a relationship
  • Understanding of how effective communications impacts the development of a trusting relationship
  • Understand the true meaning of integrity and its impact on the strength of leader relationships

Facilitated by Holly O’Donnell (Engagement Specialist, Slone Solutions, LLC)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


August 3rd | Problem-Solving & Critical Thinking

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Leaders make hundreds of decisions a day, many that have direct impacts on the relationships around them. In a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) business environment, a leader’s problem-solving, decision-making and critical thinking processes are put to the test on a daily basis. In this session, participants will takeaway:

  • The six-step problem solving process used to resolve most any issue
  • The importance of decision-making, especially in situation where there may not be a solid positive impact of the decision
  • What critical thinking really means to a leader and how to apply it to their leadership decisions and relationships

Facilitated by Gina McLowry (Founder, Gina McLowry Consulting)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


September 7th | Building Teams & Teamwork

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

An organization’s success is only as good as the team(s) that are a part of it.   Knowing how to establish a solid team infrastructure is an essential part of a leader’s role.  This session will equip you with resources to improve cohesion and function of your team by applying The Five Dysfunctions model

  • Understand the expectations for a cohesive team
  • Identify steps to improve how teams function in a virtual world
  • Develop an action plan for presenting and using the model with your team

Facilitated by Laticia (Tish) Thompson (Founder + Chief Legacy Partner, Legacy Blueprint, LLC.)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


October 5th | Business Acumen

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

A business leader must bring more than a deep knowledge of a skill, product or service to achieve sustainable success as a leader. They must also have an understanding of how business works within their industry and market, especially in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world. Change is constant so a leader’s business acumen will be the determining factor in how the organization adjusts to those changes. In this session, participants will takeaway:

  • How to leverage the SWOT Analysis to determine the external and internal capabilities and capacity to address the current market conditions.
  • How to leverage the SWOT Synthesis to create priority objectives to leverage the capabilities and capacity in the most efficient and effective way
  • How to assess the market forces causing change both externally and internally to the business

Facilitated by Rick Lochner (President, RPC Leadership Associates, Inc.)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


November 2nd | Process & Organizational Performance Improvement

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

It is commonly understood that poor processes will ruin good people. Yet far too often leaders overlook the impact of poor processes and try to remedy through increased pressure on their people. Knowing how and when to improve the processes that underpin the business is crucial for a leader’s sustainable success. Process improvement is an integral part of a leader’s responsibility as is being able to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of core business processes. In this session, participants will takeaway:

  • How to identify core processes and provide focus on ensuring they deliver on the business promise
  • How to leverage the balanced scorecard to determine the overall health of the business
  • How to leverage the business results seamlessly into the leader’s decision-making process

Facilitated by Rick Lochner (President, RPC Leadership Associates, Inc.)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website


December 7th | Continuing the Leadership Journey

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This final session is the capstone session for those who attended the entire 12 month curriculum. Participants will present a business solution to a business goal they identified earlier in the program that is having an impact on their business. This is intended to be a real-world presentation as opposed to a theoretical problem-solving exercise. The capstone brings together many of the learning acquired throughout the 12 month program. In this session, participants will takeaway:

  • How to assimilate and apply the learning from previous sessions into a broader issue affecting the business
  • How to logically present a solution to a business issue to other business leaders
  • Create a plan to sustain the knowledge gained in the program for sustainable leadership success.

Facilitated by Rick Lochner (President, RPC Leadership Associates, Inc.), Laticia (Tish) Thompson (Founder + Chief Legacy Partner, Legacy Blueprint, LLC.), Holly O’Donnell (Engagement Specialist, Slone Solutions, LLC), and Gina McLowry (Founder, Gina McLowry Consulting)

Register at:

https://napervilleareachamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/EPKMOvvr?sourceTypeId=Website

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