The Maverick Academy Series is a premier, signature series of leadership-based programming led by the Minnesota State University, Mankato Center for Workforce Professional Education.

Description

Do you struggle with managing your personal and team priorities? Do you have a hard time keeping people accountable? Is your environment highly reactionary?

Over 90% of employees work on team projects, yet most leaders have never been trained in project management concepts. While you may not need to understand every aspect of project management, high-level best practices in project management concepts and tools can be leveraged for success in this day and age.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn high-level project management concepts that leaders at all levels need to understand.
  • Learn how to fully leverage the latest technology to streamline your workflow and collaborate more effectively with others.
  • Learn how to transition your highly reactionary team to be more planful and proactive.

Who Should Attend

  • Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
  • Leaders of Small Teams
  • Individuals Seeking to Streamline Their Day

Meet the Instructor

Jan Lehman - CTC Productivity

Jan Lehman started CTC Productivity to help organizations minimize waste- wasted time, talent and technology. For over a decade, Jan and her team have helped thousands of clinets nationwide to work smart and do more- dramatically improving profitability, employee engagement, and job satisfaction. CTC has a proven track record of delivering results.

To learn more about CTC Productivity, visit ctcproductivity.com.

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Description

The phrase "culture eats strategy for breakfast" is attributed to Peter Drucker, a business academic and consultant.

The component parts of any business are people, processes, and products/offerings. Bringing these components together, into strategic alignment and reaching efficiency in outputs (revenue, growth, etc.) is either aided or hindered by a company's culture.

The best laid plans can be turbo charged when culture is deliberate, or they can wither on the vine when culture is not planned or managed. This virtual session will explore the dependency between culture and strategy, and how to harness the power of both.

Learning Objectives

  • Common definition of business culture
  • Core elements of strategic planning
  • How 'culture eats strategy'
  • Mitigating risk

Who Should Attend

  • Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
  • Leaders of Small Teams
  • Organizational Culture and Strategy Drivers

Meet the Instructor

Shannon Cross

Shannon Cross is the Vice President of Operations for the Twin Cities based software company WithoutWire Inventory Sciences. Throughout her career, Shannon has powered operational excellence across varied industries in both large and small companies. Her primary domains have been software, information technology, and big data. Shannon has guided businesses in brand competitiveness, market responsiveness, and international expansion.

As a transformation architect, she has established new organizational structures, refined and streamlined workflows, implemented new technologies, and cultivated collaboration within teams and across partnerships. Shannon has a passion for coaching, mentoring, and supporting others in their professional pursuits.

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Description

Go beyond the confines of thinking resilient begins and ends with frameworks like Agile. Gain insights into how to make yourself and your company resilient and appropriately adaptive. Blending models and mindsets used across industries, this session will provide practical tips and resources ready made for applying to your work day.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply models to conceptualize resiliency
  • Learn why resiliency matters
  • Increase your resilience as a business leader
  • Build adaptive processes into your business

Who Should Attend

  • Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
  • Leaders of Small Teams
  • Individuals Looking to Become Personally and Professionally Resilient

Meet the Instructor

Shannon Cross

Shannon Cross is the Vice President of Operations for the Twin Cities based software company WithoutWire Inventory Sciences. Throughout her career, Shannon has powered operational excellence across varied industries in both large and small companies. Her primary domains have been software, information technology, and big data. Shannon has guided businesses in brand competitiveness, market responsiveness, and international expansion.

As a transformation architect, she has established new organizational structures, refined and streamlines work flows, implemented new technologies, and cultivated collaboration within teams and across partnerships. Shannon has a passion for coaching, mentoring, and supporting others in their professional pursuits.

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Description

Step back. Think about the period of time between 2020-2022: a pandemic, social unrest, national elections, supply chain pressures, global conflict, and workforce challenges. We were not and are not insulated from these dynamics. What local lessons can we identify from this period of time that impact our professional lives, our organizations and economic well-being? What did our peers in the marketplace, nonprofits and public sector learn? What lessons can we share with one another to provide economic and mission-lift in the future?

Participants in these sessions will discuss case studies rooted in real Mankato area businesses and organizations. Those that you know and drive by everyday in our community. Acting as consultants, small teams will generate recommendations to the case study presented, and then hear from the actual leaders and representatives how they dealt with the case in real time. Comparisons will be made between theory and practice in the discussions. Everyone will benefit from the discussions and lessons learned into their own organizations.

Topics Covered

  • Innovation during a crisis: Survive to thrive
  • Navigating chaotic change
  • Work & Life Balance: Employee recruitment strategies
  • Employee engagement
  • Strategic planning in uncertain times
  • Corporate core values vs personal/professional core values<
  • Impacts on organizational culture

Format

  • Full-day - 9am - 3pm
  • Food truck fun
  • Small group competitions
  • Case study analysis
  • Local organizational representatives

Meet the Instructor

Scott Morrell, Rebar LeadershipScott Morrell

Executive Leadership Series Instructor and Founder & President of Rebar Leadership, Minneapolis, MN

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