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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Sharpening the Saw Leadership Series

Start Date: 1/9/2024 11:00 AM CST
End Date: 1/9/2024 1:00 PM CST

Event Website: https://www.ahtd.org/sharpening-saw

Organization Name: AHTD

Leigha Schatzman
Email: leigha.schatzman@ahtd.org
Phone: (262) 696-3645

Sharpening the Saw Leadership Series

This 6-session program is designed for experienced business owners and executive leaders seeking to maintain and enhance their leadership skills. In today’s business environment, impacted by rapid change, growth, and increased workforce diversity, successful leaders must continually refresh and sharpen their skills. AHTD’s Sharpening the Saw Leadership Series provides industrial automation’s current business owners and executives with the expertise to be more effective leaders in 2024 and beyond.

Presented one session per month from January through June 2024, each 2-hour session of the six (6) module series consists of virtual training sessions with other AHTD participants. All training sessions are delivered by experienced instructors who are subject-matter experts.


All dates will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central.

2024 Series Dates

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2024
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Session Descriptions

Designed to provide continuing professional development, the sessions in the Sharpening the Saw Leadership Series include:

Month 1: Honing Effective Communication Skills

Research has found that as many as 70% of problems in the workforce are attributable to miscommunication. Business leaders who improve the clarity, simplicity, and proper extent of communications achieve greater organizational success. This session is a refresher for leaders on how to accomplish goals by enhancing the effectiveness of communication to increase team understanding, alignment, and engagement.

Month 2: Coaching and Leading High-Performers
Telling people what to do delivers bare minimum results. Guiding employees to self-discovery creates ownership and learning opportunities - inspiring innovation. In this session, participants will learn how to optimize results by establishing strong coaching relationships with their high performers, unlocking outstanding outcomes and new business opportunities.

Month 3: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) underlies a person’s self-awareness, empathy, and resilience and is fundamental to the ability to lead others. Research confirms that a high emotional quotient (EQ) is a better indicator for achieving business success than a superior intellect (IQ). Unlike IQ, EQ can be developed and enhanced throughout one’s lifetime. This session helps managers understand, develop, and use EI to inspire their employees and drive outstanding results.

Month 4:  Managing Conflict and Building Collaboration 
Talented people have options. Leaders need to develop and retain their best people while finding additional talent to meet organizational goals. This session reveals the best practices for attracting, developing, and preserving your organization’s greatest asset— your people.

Month 5:  Attracting and Retaining Talent in Today’s Labor Market
While diversity of thought and expertise can lead to greater innovation, employing people with different backgrounds and interests often leads to stressful and unproductive conflict. Business leaders who effectively manage conflict build more productive teams of engaged employees. In this session, participants will learn methods for managing and resolving conflict, leading to greater collaboration in the workplace.

Month 6: Understanding the Drivers of Employee Engagement in Hybrid Work Environments
Developing a highly engaged workforce is more challenging than ever, given the increasing prevalence of hybrid work environments. The importance of having high employee engagement, where workers deliver discretionary effort above and beyond what is expected, is now more critical than ever. In this session, business leaders will learn the primary drivers of employee engagement and the methods for motivating exceptional performance in a hybrid work environment.

Sessions will not be recorded, as this negatively impacts the experience and participation of those attending.

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