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

Ensuring staff capacity and expertise is an ongoing challenge for all businesses and teams. Should we staff up now, in anticipation of increased demand for our product or service? Is our HR process mature enough and our compensation package enticing enough to attract strong talent? What do we do if we only need a short term staffing boost?

An option to consider is staff augmentation. Used for a variety of reasons, including short-term staffing, pathway to hire, project-based need, and scaling up new businesses, teams, or processes, staff augmentation is a powerful tool to have in your repertoire as a leader. Not only is it a solution for having enough staff when and where you need them, but it can bring expert talent to your team without the overhead of scaling up your HR operations or hiring and outside recruiter.

Learning Objectives

  • Details about what staff augmentation is
  • Considerations for how and when to leverage it
  • Practical insights into costs and benefits

Who Should Attend

  • SMB Business Leaders
  • Team Leaders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • HR Professionals in Small Businesses

Meet the Instructor

Shannon Z. Cross

Shannon is currently an integrated technology services Program Manager for global IT solutions provider CDW, and her prior role was Vice President of Operations for the Minneapolis-based software company WithoutWire Inventory Sciences. Throughout her nearly 20 year career, she 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 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

In today's hybrid work environment, we need new strategies to increase individual and team productivity.

Create a culture of productivity that eliminates unnecessary interruptions, emails, and non-essential work. Get everyone focused on their most important priorities and stop the highly reactionary behavior that has become the norm in business today.

Since productivity and employee engagement are tightly linked this is a win-win for the organization and your employees. Lead by example by defining and following effective communication protocols across platforms and learn how to leverage your technology fully.

Learn how the technology we are using is evolving and what you need to do now to be prepared for that transition. Join us for a tactical and strategic discussion on how to optimize your organization's time, talent, and technology.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn time, and task management techniques that will revolutionize your business's operations.
  • Begin laying the foundation for an effective business communication strategy to drive company-wide efficiencies.
  • Gain a high-level understanding of how newer technologies like Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace will be pivotal platforms long-term to improve communication, collaboration, and accountability across your organization.

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

Employees join companies but leave managers. In Gallup's comprehensive 2015 study, they found a harsh truth: 75% of people quit their job to "get away from their manager" at some point in their career. Meaning, the number one reason why people quit their jobs is because of a bad manager. Don't let this happen to your organization! Invest in your new supervisors and managers and equip them with the skills they need to transition into a leadership role and manage their teams effectively in this brand new and highly engaging 16-hour workshop. Over four weeks, participants will learn from expert instructor Dawn Beck, engage in group activities, discover and build on personal strengths, practice new skills, connect with a cohort of peers, and gain the confidence they need to immediately apply their new skills in the workplace.

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