One Company Sets Out to Help Others Survive the Economic Downturn

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Professionals seek facilitation skills training to stay competitive and avoid the whoas of organizational downsizing and layoffs.

The key to the effectiveness of our course is in our approach

With so many companies downsizing and laying off, management is relying on the one or two people left to handle the job of those that have gone. Many employees are beginning to wonder how they can keep their head above the proverbial sea of work.

Meetings are one of the things many employees dread. Even a large percentage of meeting leaders would agree that the session they hold are less productive than they prefer. With fewer employees, more work, and the same amount of hours in a day it's hard to call people to meetings, especially when many of them seem to have no clear purpose and have no outcome or positsive effect on the company.

However, Leadership Strategies, a leader in facilitation services and leadership training, has developed a strategy for conducting meetings that produce results. The company's highly acclaimed course, The Effective Facilitator, teaches groups how to develop and agree upon workable, realistic plans or solutions to issues. The course focuses on critical skills such as gaining buy-in, facilitating a productive engagement, managing disagreement, building consensus around a decision, and motivating teams to action.

"This is the 3rd company (Oglethorpe Power, StorageTek, and Sun Microsystems) I have worked for that I have brought this class into," explains Robert Gosselin, Program Manager with Microsystems. "I have never tired of it and neither have the other participants (many, like me, have retaken the class because they enjoyed it so much and want a refresher). This class should be mandatory in every university in the country. It could be used as a basis for a whole series of organization development, process improvement, interpersonal relationships, psychology, leadership, management, and communications class because it weaves these topics into the fabric of the class that provides value to every level of intellect."

"The key to the effectiveness of our course is in our approach," says Michael Wilkinson, CEO of Leadership Strategies and author of "The Secrets of Facilitation" - a best seller on Amazon.com. "Unlike other courses, The Effective Facilitator ensures results through: practical techniques, dynamic, high energy instructors, and interactive exercises/practice sessions. Participants walk away with 10 principles and over 90 techniques for reaching success. To date, over 95% of attendees have rated this course as 'the best' or 'one of the best' courses they've ever taken."

Leadership Strategies will be hosting a public Effective Facilitator class in Dallas on November 10-13, 2008. For more information on this class or hosting a private class at your organization please visit http://www.leadstrat.com , or call 1.800.824.2850.

Leadership Strategies - The Facilitation Company - is a national leader in Professional Facilitation Services and Facilitation Training, with training facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Toronto (CA) and Sydney (AU). The company manages the National Facilitator Database (NFDB), a pool of over 350 professional facilitators around the world, and has successfully guided countless Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies to the results they desire. For more information about Leadership Strategies, or to set up an interview, please contact Bri Pennie at 1-800-824-2850, ext 38, or visit http://www.leadstrat.com .

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