Session I: DISC, Social Styles, or MBTI...Oh, my!
Presenter: Wendi Barlow
DISC, Social Styles, StrengthsFinder, Hogan -- Psychometric tools are frequently used for talent development purposes. Some describe personality traits and others focus on describing behaviors in work-related situations, such as management or leadership styles, communication, negotiation, assertiveness, or thinking and learning preferences. Each of them offers an opportunity for exploring and understanding of self and others and provide a lens to explain the complexity of human interaction. However, selection and application of the tool can be a challenge. Ensuring ROI is even trickier. In this session, Wendi will discuss when to use which tool and how to embed the use of these tools within your organization.
Wendi Barlow is a facilitator and coach with 15 years of experience in professional services, technology consulting, insurance, manufacturing, and education. She specializes in management development and train-the-trainer. Her clients include Accenture, Avaya, BP, Deloitte, Chicago Youth Centers, Gary Comer Youth Centers, Grant Thornton, Hendrickson Trucking, Molex, NBTY, Scholle Manufacturing, and Zoll Medical Devices. Wendi currently serves on the board of directors for the Community of Organizational Development in Chicago (CODIC) and the Geneva Academic Foundation (GAF). Her past board roles included the Chicago Association of Talent Development (ATD Chicago) and the Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase (CETS).
Session II: Stopping to Take in the View: Leveraging Reflection to Rekindle Your Professional Passion
Presenter: Jon Sexton
Many of us work in fast paced environments that rarely allow opportunities to stop and reflect on the meaning of our roles. The influence of technology has only amplified this dynamic, making it difficult for us to disconnect from the workplace. Couple those challenges with millennial employees increased demands for work to present a deep sense of meaning...and we’re suddenly presented with an interesting juxtaposition. Regularly reflecting on the meaning and alignment of your values and your professional identity is essential to maximizing your own engagement (and ultimately your sense of balance and wellness). Begin to build a culture of reflection and you’re on your way to designing and sustaining an absolutely engaged workplace.
Jon Sexton serves as the Senior Vice President of Culture and Leadership Development at Vibrant Credit Union. In his role, Jon focuses on facilitating employee engagement initiatives, developing unique leadership development programs, and sustaining Vibrant’s surprisingly different work culture. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Sexton facilitates workshops and trainings to help team members understand how to tap into their natural talents. He also provides executive coaching for leaders to help them identify and leverage the strengths of their teams in order to ensure that staff have an opportunity to do what they do best everyday. Sexton spent ten years in Higher Education at the University of Iowa (where he earned a Masters in Student Development and a PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies) and Grinnell College prior to being drawn to Vibrant’s unique culture and the organization's stated desire to create impactful learning and development opportunities for their dynamic staff.
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