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Workshops, Lunch & Learns, Webinars, and Keynotes.

As an organization, you may be seeking professional guidance to help your company’s leaders to shine, assist employees in identifying their most appropriate career path within your organization, or help your company build its brand on an employee level. CareerJoy offers professional speakers, workshops and events aimed at assisting you with these organizational goals.

It was terrific having Alan come in to talk to our services professionals. Alan spoke on managing your personal career brand and the changing directions of the working world. Alan was insightful and engaging and we really enjoyed his session. I look forward to working with Alan again in the future.” – James Sheppard, Microsoft

Half Day & Full Day, customized workshops
• All course materials to be provided by CareerJoy™. (Individuals to provide their own notebooks/pens).
• CareerJoy™ to provide hard-copy takeaway learning materials for workshop participants.
• Workshop delivery including interactive individual and group activities.
• Venue, including PowerPoint & A/V to be provided by Government Department/Corporate Agency.
• Ongoing employee access to CareerJoy™ Podcasts (available anytime, anywhere) on the Key Competency areas of Values and Ethics, Innovation through analysis and ideas, Career Management, Life Transitions and Engagement. This also includes optional curated reading and video material.

Topics include:

Change can have significant impact on your work. Most people involved in organizational change experience a wide range of emotions. Regardless of the reason behind the change, feelings of anger, resentment, anxiety, resistance, sadness and excitement are common at different points in the change process.

According to a recent survey completed by The Creative Group and AIGA, less than half (45 percent) of creative professionals said changes within their organizations are considered carefully. Moreover, 53 percent felt employees aren’t sufficiently involved in implementing change. Some may worry about their perceived competency to carry out new tasks or worse yet, actually being unable to handle it. These anxieties all stem from a nearly universal fear of the unknown.

Many organizations fail to successfully implement change because they were unaware of some of the critical requirements in managing it. Participants will explore tools and techniques to effectively deal with difficult transitions.

Key Learning Outcomes:
– Describe the nature and concept of the change process and its components.
– Identify effective means in anticipating and managing change in the workplace.
– Achieve focus and control in managing change from start-up to follow-through.
– Understanding the importance of letting go of past negative experiences – “Hitting the refresh button”.

Areas of Concentration may include:
– “60 second workout”
– Exploring Change vs. Transition. Is Change hard?
– The 7 Major Changes in the workforce and their impacts on you.
– Personal Cycle of Transition & Reflection on Beginning, Neutral and Endings.
– Letting go of negative experiences, disagreements and failures produced in the change process. Focusing on opportunity and taking control of what you can control.

The complexity of knowledge work today requires a workflow methodology that allows us to be intentional, proactive, and thoughtful. The basis of a useful workflow management methodology is the ability to make tasks and responsibilities easy to organize, track, and act upon. A workflow methodology allows individuals to regain control, feel less scattered, and experience less stress.
– Maura Thomas, “Time Management Training Doesn’t Work,” Harvard Business Review, April 22, 2015

CareerJoy™’s approach to time management goes beyond managing your time, to managing yourself in relation to time. This includes setting priorities and taking action. It requires adjusting your activities or habits that cause you to waste time. This includes a openess to experiment with new, more effective methods to enable you to find the best way to make maximum use of your time.

Part A: Time Management (Morning 8:30am – 10:00am)

Key Learning Outcomes:
– Improved self-management skills.
– The difference between being “busy” and “productive”.
– Understanding the time management matrix.
– Application of the Pareto principle (80/20 Rule) to time management issues.
– How to beat the three most common time wasters.
– How to handle interruptions.
– Identifying and eliminating personal “time wasters”.

Areas of Concentration may include:
– Managing time, tasks and activities.
– Organizing your and your team’s day and week.
– The time management matrix.
– The Pareto principles (80/20 Rule).

Part B: Priorities and Workflow (Morning 10:15am – 12:00pm)

Key Learning Outcomes:
– Improved organizational skills.
– How to prioritize using decision matrices.
– Understanding the importance of, and when to, say “no”.
– How to plan ahead.
– How to delegate in the right way for the right reasons.
– The accountability matrix.

Areas of Concentration may include:
– Tools and tactics to successfully balance multiple and competing priorities.
– Maintaining a consistent focus on priorities
– The various benefits of effective delegation.
– Aligning your individual activities with organizational priorities.
– Recognizing what’s urgent and what’s important.

Part C: Following Through (Afternoon 1:00pm – 3:00pm)

Key Learning Outcomes:
– Maximize your personal effectiveness.
– Develop your personal effectiveness to get more done in the same amount of time.
– Develop your personal initiative and beat procrastination.
– Develop a positive mental attitude and use ambition as the motivator rather than fear.
– Develop your own individualized plan of action.

Areas of Concentration may include:
– Maximizing technology, software and programs you may already be using.
– Consistent and complementary workgroup and team approaches.
– Workplans, templates and processes.

Part D: Takeaway, evaluation and group discussion (Afternoon 3:15pm – 4:30pm)

CareerJoy’s general Leadership Development Workshop is suited to employees at all levels of your organization.

Key Learning Outcomes:

– Recognize one’s personal leadership approach and understand how assumptions, beliefs, and emotions/behaviours can enable/ hinder leadership success
– Recognize and acknowledge the accomplishments of others
– Overcome barriers that are holding you back
– Set the example for others by aligning one’s leadership approach and actions with shared values
– Strengthen the ability of others to excel by adopting a coaching mindset and approach
– Leverage the talents of peers and co-workers to achieve unprecedented results.

Areas of concentration may include:

– Leadership Styles and Communication
– Understanding different leadership Styles
– Understanding the difference between Managing and Leading
– Communicating with influence and impact
– Verbal & non-verbal communication
– Leadership and Management of Change
– The need for change
– Psychology of resistance to change
– Implementing the change model

– Leadership and Coaching employees
• The Leader’s role in coaching
• Coaching for performance
• Motivating staff, setting goals and building a team
• Providing acknowledgement and feedback to staff and monitoring staff performance

– Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
• Understanding EQ and its impact on performance
• Building resilience and techniques to cope with stress.

Are you or your employees avoiding or feeling anxious about conversations you know you need to have, having trouble managing emotional colleagues or clients, or just generally seeking to make your workplace culture a bit more positive? This session will explore techniques and strategies to allow your staff to handle difficult conversations and manage challenging internal dynamics with skill and confidence.

Key Learning Outcomes:

– Analyze and prepare for a difficult conversation.
– Deliver difficult messages clearly and powerfully.
– Avoid common (but critical) communication mistakes.
– Become a better listener by adopting a collaborative, supportive mindset.
– Overcome fears that lead you to avoid conversations.

Areas of Concentration may include:

– The importance of engaging in difficult conversations.
– General communication and listening strategies.
– Key strategies used to frame difficult issues to promote constructive discussions.
– Managing emotions and disagreements without escalating the conflict.
– Avoiding common communication pitfalls.

Are you part of a diverse, dynamic team? Have you evaluated how you’re strengths and weaknesses can interrelate to increase team performance and morale? This seminar will directly engage employees with proven activities to improve team communication and group cohesion.

Key Learning Outcomes:

– Increased self-awareness and recognition of one’s unique blend of strengths and qualities.
– An enhanced understanding of other’s communication style differences.
– An improved understanding of which patterns are effective and which aren’t and why. (including awareness of “blind spots” and pressure points).
– Enhanced appreciate of others’ communication/personality style differences.
– Formulation of specific strategies to create more collaborative and supportive relationships.
– Creation of targeted improvement goals

Areas of Concentration may include:

– Self – Assessment tool (e.g. Personality Dimensions) – Identify Assets, Blindspots & Pressure Points
– Team discussion and takeaway
– Leadership Identity Tool & Discussion (optional)
– Explore similarities and differences among personality types/styles – including communication and interpersonal styles.
– Specific strategies and tools to resolve differences and improve team relationships.
– Setting targeted improvement goals.

This is an interactive workshop with practical applications. It utilizes an experiential based delivery approach that applies concepts discussed to “real life work” situations. It identifies, explores and teaches tools and strategies that can improve workplace, team and individual health

Key Learning Outcomes:

– Recognize one’s personal emotional health
– Create a safe environment for self and the team
– Improve individual and team effectiveness
– Accomplish individual and team goals
– Strengthen the wellbeing of self and team members
– Create a healthy and compassionate workplace
– Protect self from unhealthy choices by developing a strategy for developing and implementing healthier lifestyle habits

Areas of concentration may include:

Emotional Fitness
– Establishing personal boundaries and emotional self-preservation
– Becoming more self-accepting and accepting of others
– Understanding the connection between emotional and physical health

Work/Life Balance
– Establishing clear expectations
– Setting responsibility priorities
– Identifying energy drainers and developing strategies for managing them
– Managing demands, devices, stress and overwhelm

Setting Goals and Managing Change
– Creating SMART goals
– Understanding how implementing SMART goals can manage change

Mindfulness
– Understanding the advantages of living in the present
– Understanding how mindfulness promotes good listening skills
– Enhancing the wellbeing of self and others
– Developing greater compassion for self and others

Healthy Habits
– Understanding what contributes to good health for self and team
– Identifying healthy habits
– Developing strategies for establishing and maintaining healthy habits

Key Learning Outcomes:

– Define and identify what stress and resilience are for you
– Understand where stress comes from and how to manage it
– Learn about the different levels of stress, which ones are good for us, and which ones are not
– Develop ways to manage stress and cope better
– Begin to build your resilience through a variety of strategies
– Use control mechanisms to increase personal effectiveness and build resilience to manage stress
– Build a personal resilience plan that you can apply to almost any situation

Areas of concentration may include:

– Stress and Resilience
– Understanding what stress is
– Understanding the difference between stress and resilience
– Identifying the causes of stress
– Types of stress – not all stress is bad
– Coping With and Managing Stress
– Control of the situation versus control of yourself
– Maintaining focus to gain control
– Strategies for regaining calm and managing the stress
– Identifying negative self-talk and changing it to positive
– Resilience and Better Stress Management
– Traits of resilience
– Developing those resilience traits
– Creating your resilience plan

Strong interview performance is key to getting the position you are looking for. Our Interview preparation and coaching workshop is practical and goals-focused. It leverages CareerJoy’s 12 years of experience helping thousands of individuals nationwide towards achieve the success they are looking for.

Key Learning Outcomes

– Understanding the three keys of a successful interview – Confidence, Communication & Content.
– Practical knowledge of proven, effective preparation strategies for various types of interview scenarios.
– A familiarity of how to conclude a strong interview.
– Increased confidence on how to avoid mistakes and recover from mistakes.
– A concrete familiarity with the employer’s perspective going into an interview.
– Understanding how to creatively and uniquely articulate your value proposition for maximum effectiveness.
– Salary Negotiation tactics.
– General knowledge of differences between public and private sector interviews.

Areas of Concentration may include:

Exploring the differences between Federal Government interviews and Private Sector interviews.
– Content and volume vs succinctness and brevity.
– Cover letters, resumes and application system overviews.
– Key competency principles.

Preparing for a successful interview

– Before (preparation), During (action) and After (strategic follow-up).
o Articulation of skills, values, interests, abilities and long-term plans.
o Different types of questions to prepare for.
o STAR principles.

– Logistics
o Location, resume, other documents, prepared questions for interviewer, anticipate stressors.
o The latest dress and etiquette principles.

– Research
o Leveraging LinkedIn, internet and personal/professional network.

– Resume answer readiness
o Expansion strategy.
o Potential resume content questions.

Interviewing in 2016
– Exploring the benefits of practice roleplay for interview prep.

During the interview
– “Do’s & Dont’s”.
– Recovery strategies and mentality, following errors.
– Behavioural questions.
– Closing the interview – How to “close strong”.

Exploring strategies for success at different types of Inteviews
– Group interviews & multi-person panels, phone, on-site, one on one and public setting “over a meal”.
– Appropriate shifting from casual conversation to business interaction.

Strategic follow-up

Salary negotiation strategies
– Top 10 tips for salary negotiation.
– Exploring strategies for various potential scenarios and how to adapt.

Do you have employees within five (5) years of retirement? With present statistics, the new retirement stage of life could easily be longer than one’s total past career life. Planning ahead is essential.

At CareerJoy™, we understand that individuals approaching retirement are neither “human capital” nor simply “an asset”. Each of these individuals has their own, unique story to tell. This workshop will help participants see the bigger picture, beyond financial and leisure, to a reason to get up in the morning, to have a passion and a purpose. Our program will foster a renewed commitment to one’s community by utilizing a comprehensive exploration of the full range of various post-retirement/semi-retirement options. We will help clients achieve clarity and direction to help them transition their personal skill set.

General Benefits to the Employer:

– Puts employees at ease and continues a culture of goodwill, eliminating fear so they can stay focused and engaged in their work, knowing that they will be taken care of through their entire career life-cycle.
– Gives your retiring employee a sense of pride and control until the end of their project, enabling them to more effectively transfer knowledge and mentor individuals taking over their role.
– Delaying retirement can ‘land lock’ potential new leaders in your company. Retirement coaching creates a clean transition, so that your valued employee and your organization can move on to new and exciting opportunities.
– Fosters a sense of goodwill for employees going through the retirement process, increases referrals and protects your corporate brand.
– You have supported this person throughout their career cycle, and now you can give them the benefit of finishing well.

Areas of Concentration may include:

– Identifying new short and long term goals in all areas of life (retirement development plan).
– Deconstructing common myths surrounding retirement (“Freedom 55” myths).
– Finding your purpose, passion and dreams.
– Discovering your authentic self.
– Identifying your areas of strength, those that are satisfactory, and those needing.
– Focus (abilities & competency assessment).
– Learning how to enjoy life.
– Determining whether you will work and how it will be structured if you do.
– Creating a balanced lifestyle.
– Doing things never before attempted.
– Finding a rewarding way of giving your talents and gifts in community.
– Getting organized.
– Clearing old clutter (mentally, physically and emotionally).
– Helping you overcome fears and other mental and emotional barriers.
– Testing your assumptions, ideas and models about retirement.
– Resolving timing issues (one spouse works, the other retires etc.).
– Brainstorming ideas for entrepreneurship in retirement.

Your career is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. By investing in your career, you strengthen your ability to serve other Canadians. What’s more, improving your career literacy can help you achieve greater balance and wellness in your professional and personal life. This workshop will explore tactics to achieve more personal impact, satisfaction and greater career success. It will provide you with insights and inspiration while examining strategies that align with the day-to-day business of advancing your organization’s priorities.

Key Learning Outcomes:

– Improved self-management skills.
– Develop a positive mental attitude and use ambition as the motivator rather than fear.
– Develop your own individualized plan of action.
– Recognize one’s personal leadership approach and understand how assumptions, beliefs, and emotions/behaviours can enable/ hinder leadership success.
– Recognize and acknowledge the accomplishments of others.
– Become a better listener by adopting a collaborative, supportive mindset.
– Increased self-awareness and recognition of one’s unique blend of strengths and qualities.

Key Areas of Concentration may include:

– The myths and truths surrounding the concept of your own personal brand.
– The importance of networking to promote your personal brand.
– Knowing your own competencies, talents and passions aligning your Public Service career choices to who you are, not a title you’re seeking.
– Understanding the key pillars of Career Management – Are you managing your career or is your career managing you?
– Reflections on personal career journeys through the Federal Government.
– The role of mentorship.

Our individualized, customized approach is directly focused on helping Managers achieve their performance goals, while promoting a culture of excellence and overall wellness within their working environments.

Areas of focus include:

– Promoting innovation and guiding change
– Achieving results
– Collaborating with partners and stakeholders
– Self-management
– Upholding integrity and respect
– Mobilizing people
– Creating vision and strategy

Additional areas of focus for coaching sessions may include:

– Team building and relationship management
– Effective communication
– Effective management styles and techniques
– Priority-setting
– Change management and exploration
– Resiliency and stress management
– Creating short, medium and long-term performance goals
– Conflict resolution
– Time and workflow management
– Delegation

With the complex and multifaceted challenges facing today’s work environments, it is becoming increasingly challenging for employees to develop the skills required to successfully manage their own careers.

At CareerJoy™ we understand that Career Literacy is vital to ensuring confidence, motivation and overall wellness within your organization. A central component of Career Literacy is the concept of Career Mapping. This practical workshop will explore this concept. As part of the workshop, each attendee will be receiving the Career Decision Making Tool.

Key areas of focus to include:

– The importance of setting short, medium and long-term career goals.
– Strategies to develop one’s career goals.
– Understanding the key pillars of Career Management
– Are you managing your career or is your career managing you?
– Navigating the launch and mid-point of one’s career.
– Understanding your options based on talents, passions and career ecosystem.
– Making choices around your personal and professional needs.
– Aligning your professional strengths with the choices you make.
– Strategic use of a mentor to help navigate one’s career.
– Uncover the myths and truths of a personal brand.
– Determine your unique value proposition and get your personal brand working for you.
– Discussing the perceived emotions from various types of brands.
– Exploring the long-term positive and negative potential impacts of your personal brand.
– Ensuring your brand is authentic and relevant to your goals, talents, passions and career ecosystem.

Successful project management requires initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing. In the first half of this workshop, our experienced presenters will guide participants through proper preparation for each stage from beginning to end. In doing so, participants will develop sound knowledge of project management principles. We will explore how to set and achieve goals through appropriate prioritization and setting of deadlines. The second half of the workshop will focus on the dynamics of teamwork and problem solving when issues arise.

Key Learning Outcomes:

– Identifying the most useful tools and techniques to plan and managed your project successfully.
– Understand the phases of a project life cycle.
– Benefits of project mapping.
– Ability to use problem solving skills.
– The role of leaders in decision making.
– Positive project practices and procedures.
– Recognizing the different strengths of team members.

Areas of Concentration may include:

– Understanding the relationship between a network diagram and a Gantt chart.
– The Strength Deployment Inventory.
– Project management role-playing exercises.
– Setting practical, achievable goals.
– Exploring prioritization and deadline management.

The ability to perform strong presentations and craft effective written products is compulsory for those in leadership. The success of meetings, workshops and conferences hinges upon the skillfulness, preparedness and practice. This workshop will equip participants with greater skills in each of these three key areas to empower greater results.

This interactive workshop will provide participants with tangible experience by engaging in “mock presentations”. Participants will be required to prepare a short written document on a topic of their choosing. Then they must form a communications plan surrounding that document, and finally, present their material to the audience.

Best practices will be explored, in addition to take-home materials that can benefit participants for years to come.

Key Learning Outcomes:

– Written presentation skills.
– Body Language, tone and delivery style.
– How to plan, prepare and practice.
– Understanding of high impact presentation principles.
– Delivery of a strong and engaging message.
– Identifying common mistakes.

Areas of Concentration may include:

– Corporate Presentations
• Identify common pitfalls to avoid when presenting.
• Grab, ignite and keep your audience involved with powerful engagers.
• The difference between being a presenter and being a speaker.
• Using PowerPoint effectively.
• Characteristics of High Impact Presenters.
• Analyse various types of business presentations.

– Corporate Writing/Communication
• Maximizing the tone and style of your professional communications.
• The use of “power statements”.
• How to be clear and concise.
• When to effectively use quotes.
• Creating an eye-catching headline.
• Use of photos and infographics.

A central component of Career Literacy is understanding and maximizing the concept of one’s Personal Brand. This practical, popular, engaging and interactive workshop will explore the concept of one’s personal brand. As part of the workshop, each attendee will be receiving the Personal Branding Identity Tool.

Areas of Concentration may include:

– Understanding the value of developing your personal brand.
– Thinking of you as a brand and creating that brand.
– Exploring “What makes me great, unique and compelling?”
– Uncover the myths and truths of a personal brand.
– Determine your unique value proposition and get your personal brand working for you.
– Discussing the perceived emotions from various types of brands.
– Exploring the long-term positive and negative potential impacts of your personal brand.
– Ensuring your brand is authentic and relevant to your goals, talents, passions and career ecosystem.
– Marketing your brand through tools such as social media and multimedia.
– Pitfalls to avoid that could damage your brand.

For more information regarding
programs for Employers

Please contact
Lee Grant
VP, Business Development
1.877.256.2569 x 400
Lee.Grant@CareerJoy.com