“Wait! Are you serious? ‘Soft skills’ training???”
Yes…because not all professional development training should be technical.
CONCRETE STRATEGIES TO: is a series of virtual, instructor-led workshops designed to help professionals unleash the potential in themselves, to inspire others and cultivate high-performing teams.
Regardless of where you are in your career – just starting out, shift supervisor, department manager, or senior leadership – a strong set of ‘soft skills’, better described as CORE INTERPERSONAL SKILLS, is essential to any successful career. These skills make you more well-rounded and more promotable – a better job candidate, a better employee and a better team member overall.
To achieve your true potential, spend 1 1/2 hours with us virtually on Wednesdays, developing these skills to become a better, more confident, and more effective version of yourself.
Developing these CORE INTERPERSONAL SKILLS is an important component to your overall professional career that you don’t want to overlook.
Keith Plemmons, PhD, PE(SC), PMP is the instructor of the third set of ‘Concrete Strategies To:’ workshops. He is the Business Unit Lead for Southeast Associated Services, Inc. and Director, with the Vincula Group, LLC. In addition, Keith is the Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Division (CPDD) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). With Project Management Institute (PMI), he is a long time Project Management Professional with a PMP number of 1487 and a PMI Authorized Training Partner Instructor. To maintain his level of sweetness, Keith and his youngest daughter are South Carolina Certified Beekeepers.
He is a veteran education and business leader with over 40 years of executive, functional, and project management experience in the engineering, construction, and education arenas. His progressive career includes ten years of military and government service, ten years of EPC industry work, and seventeen years in higher education. His work experience encompasses the entire lifecycle of capital projects. In providing technical services and workforce development, Keith pursues his passion of building people who deliver value and serve their communities. Keith earned his PhD and MS Civil Engineering from Clemson University and his BS Civil Engineering from The Citadel. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina.
This session discusses how the success of your projects depends on the people involved and the simple steps of assembling, managing, and developing a project team.
• How to determine team member requirements.
• Appraise team skills.
• Organize around team strengths.
• Apply enablers, deliverables, and tools.
CONCRETE STRATEGIES TO: COMPETE BY MANAGING COMPLEXITY
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 10:30am – 12:00pm (CDT) | 1.5 PDHs
Registration Deadline: September 28 | Click Here to Register
This session discusses management styles and the Cynefin Framework to better understand and identify the context in which decisions take place. The Cynefin Framework is a tool that guides professionals when making decisions by analyzing the context in which those decisions are made.
• How to apply a sense-making framework to decision making.
• Understand the dynamics of situations, decisions, conflicts, and changes.
• Use the situational context in making appropriate choices.
• Stay aware of danger signals and apply winning leadership.
CONCRETE STRATEGIES TO: ENGAGE AND SUPPORT VIRTUAL TEAMS
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | 10:30am – 12:00pm (CDT) | 1.5 PDHs
Registration Deadline: October 5 | Click Here to Register
This session discusses the need to work with and manage virtual teams and helping your team become effective, while evaluating the effectiveness of virtual team member engagement.
• Team charters and collaboration technologies.
• Examine virtual team needs.
• Methods for virtual team member engagement.
• Evaluate virtual team effectiveness.
CONCRETE STRATEGIES TO: UNDERSTAND & BUILD CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 10:30am – 12:00pm (CDT) | 1.5 PDHs
Registration Deadline: October 12 | Click Here to Register
This session discusses a critical thinking and seeing it as a process for “reasonable reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe or do”. Let’s apply a framework for building critical thinking for individuals, teams, and organizations.
• Understand critical thinking. How and Why?
• Develop and apply a common framework.
• Integrate the required knowledge, skills, and cognitive abilities.
• Apply the basic tools and techniques for critical thinking.
WORKSHOP SERIES INFORMATION & REGISTRATION LINK:
Format: Instructor-Led, Live, Virtual using ZOOM
Registration fee must be paid before participants will receive the meeting invitation link.
The ZOOM meeting invitation link will be emailed a couple of days before the date of each workshop to each paid participant.
NOTE: # of participants is limited – sign up early!
Individual Workshop registration is available for just $75/person
CONCRETE STRATEGIES TO: Develop new skills to advance your career, your team, and your organization.