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IMS Chicago leadership development programs are committed to helping you expand the capacity of your teams and improving the capabilities of your entire organization. IMS Leveraged Learning takes it even further with 30-days of blended-learning access. Call to learn more about our programs and how IMS Chicago can help your employees learn, grow and thrive.

Finding Purpose and Living a Fulfilled Life

July 06, 2022 with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
VIRTUAL SESSION (1-HOUR)
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the world's leading executive coach and author/editor of 42 books including the New York Times best seller What Got You Here Won't Get You There. He is one of only four recipients of the IMS Lifetime Achievement Award. In this very special IMS program Dr. Goldsmith will be discussing his most recent book The Earned Life...
Book by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
Book by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

Powerful Communication: Craft and Deliver your Message with Authority and Authenticity

July 12, 2022 with Dr. Debbye Turner Bell
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Effective communication can impress people but powerful communication can move people to action. This program identifies the elements of powerful communication and teaches you how to harness and utilize your individual skills to become a communicator that persuades, inspires, and transforms. Expect a highly interactive program with group exercises,...
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The Accountable Leader: How to Build a Culture Where Everyone Owns the Results

July 14, 2022 with Linda Galindo
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
In today's work place, the concept of accountability has taken center stage as a vital business concern. Yet it is all too often confused with punishment, fault-finding, blame, and guilt. If employees take ownership for the success or failure of tasks, projects or initiatives, then an environment of trust, alignment, communication and accountabi...
Book by Linda Galindo
Book by Linda Galindo

Next Level Leadership: Key Skills Required For Your Continued Success

July 19, 2022 with Bob Treadway
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Next-level leaders are recognized as strategic human assets who are indispensable - and next in line for promotion. This practical and engaging program teaches techniques that allow leaders to see around corners, anticipate the next big things, lead teams to achieve challenging goals, and make wise decisions that hold up in situations of uncertaint...
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What Every Manager Needs To Know: Develop Business Acumen to Get Ahead

July 21, 2022 with Dr. Noah Barsky
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Many rising leaders find themselves and their teams challenged when workplace expectations stretch beyond functional expertise. Even with abundant (and often excessive) data dashboards these days, many employees still struggle to identify and really understand their company's most important business metrics. This session guides participants on how...
Book by Dr. Noah Barsky
Book by Dr. Noah Barsky

Practical Innovation in Government

July 26, 2022 with Alan Robinson
VIRTUAL SESSION (1-HOUR)
Whether people want more government or less government, everyone wants efficient government. Based on research covering five countries and 77 government organizations, Alan Robinson's new book shows how the predominant private-sector approaches to improvement don't work well in the public sector, while practices that are rare in the private sect...
Book by Alan Robinson
Book by Alan Robinson

Agile Leadership: How to help leaders and teams navigate change

July 28, 2022 with Dr. Barbara Trautlein
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
In this dynamic program, you will get beyond the buzzwords and leverage a proven formula for change. The CQ® System for Developing Change Intelligence® is based on decades of leading transformational change across diverse industries, years of conducting global research on managing change, and study into the psychology and neuroscience of c...
Book by Dr. Barbara Trautlein

The Long Game: How to Be a Long Term Thinker in a Short Term World

August 02, 2022 with Dorie Clark
VIRTUAL SESSION (1-HOUR)
It's no secret that today's leaders feel pulled in too many directions. We often feel rushed, overwhelmed, and perennially behind. So we keep our heads down, focused on the next thing, and the next, without a moment to breathe. We need to reorient ourselves to see the big picture so we can tap into the power of small changes that, made today, will ...
Book by Dorie Clark
Book by Dorie Clark

How Innovative Thinking Leads to Extraordinary Outcomes

August 09, 2022 with Dr. Iris Firstenberg
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Successful organizations operate on the edge of chaos and embrace risk, error, and ambiguity, while practicing strategies that reduce the need for doing, undoing, and redoing. You will learn key strategies and practical tools to give you the adaptive capacity to work creatively with change and uncertainty. Using examples from teams and organizat...
Book by Dr. Iris Firstenberg
Book by Dr. Iris Firstenberg

The Hidden Language Of Organizations - Workplace Politics, Power And Influence

August 11, 2022 with Margaret Morford
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Accomplishing the goals and objectives of any organization requires more than just smart employees who work hard. They need to be savvy as well if they are going to advance their careers or be promoted in any organization. Learn to master the one career skill no one talks about and business schools never teach, but that derails careers most often!...
Book by Margaret Morford
Book by Margaret Morford

Maximizing Your Brainpower for Leading in Changing Times

August 16, 2022 with Ann Herrmann-Nehdi
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
This engaging and highly interactive session will reveal the four secrets of agile and inclusive leadership and how you can build the thinking flexibility necessary to meet the mental demands of today's constantly shifting environment. By exploring your thinking styles and their impact on communication, teams and decision making, you'll learn how ...
Book by Ann Herrmann-Nehdi

High Impact Inspirational Leadership

August 18, 2022 with Dr. Sean Hannah
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
The goal of this program is to improve your capabilities as an experienced leader. Learn advanced strategies to navigate the profound challenges of your role in which the stakes are high, time is scarce, and there are no easy answers. Discover how to: Create a sense of purpose and drive for excellence Engage the hearts and minds of your te...
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How To think Strategically: Essential Skills To Increase Your Impact

August 25, 2022 with Dr. Louise Kelly
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Managers at all levels are expected to engage regularly in strategic thinking. Those managers who consistently provide unique business insights that lead to their organization's competitive advantage will excel and often be rewarded with advancement opportunities. Strategic thinking is an open-ended activity, which makes it very challenging for so...
Book by Dr. Louise Kelly
Book by Dr. Louise Kelly

Control Your Attention, Control Your Life! Helping Leaders Amplify Performance

August 30, 2022 with Maura Thomas
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Leaders need a more strategic framework to achieve more of their most important results and help their team members do the same. Outdated "time-management" advice is no longer a relevant path to productivity. Our biggest obstacle in the 21st century is not that we don't have enough time (still the same 24 hours we've always had!). It's that we have...
Book by Maura Thomas
Book by Maura Thomas

Mastering Conflict: Tactics for Turning Differences into Collaboration

September 08, 2022 with Dr. Tim Ursiny
VIRTUAL SESSION (1-HOUR)
A team without conflict is a team without passion. In order to thrive, talented people must have the ability and the opportunity to share differences of opinion. That said, conflicting priorities, positions and personalities can often put individuals and teams at odds with one another. When done incorrectly, negative conflict can lead to low mor...
Book by Dr. Tim Ursiny
Book by Dr. Tim Ursiny

Leading vs Managing: The Difference is Key to Your Success

September 13, 2022 with Ann Tardy
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
This session will explore the essential strategies and techniques required to powerfully lead and manage simultaneously from the same role. Being a manager is one of the most arduous and yet most valuable roles in any organization. The challenge lies in dealing with the expectations of those above and below you while also contributing to people's s...
Book by Ann Tardy
Book by Ann Tardy

How to Achieve Faster, Easier and Better Results

September 15, 2022 with Jake Jacobs
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
It can be hard work to achieve challenging business results - whether working on your own, with your team, or on a special project. In this program, we will discuss the 8 smart, strategic actions, or levers, that can be applied in any situation. Use them and you'll be on your way to getting more done with fewer headaches, hassles and problems. You ...
Book by Jake Jacobs

Influence to Impact: Leveraging Interpersonal Power for Women Leaders

September 20, 2022 with Dr. Jeanne Porter King
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Influence is a crucial competency that enables leaders to succeed in the global marketplace. This program is a highly interactive, leadership development workshop for women. In this course women come to understand the three levels of power involved in influencing, they discover their I2I (Influence to Impact) influence profile, they are taught the ...
Book by Dr. Jeanne Porter King
Book by Dr. Jeanne Porter King

How to Stay Productive, Positive, and Energized: 7 Steps to Greater Resilience

September 22, 2022 with Dr. Andrew Shatte
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
The rapid pace of change and unrelenting demand for your time can leave you feeling drained. This class is an excellent opportunity to "recharge your batteries" as a leader. Learn seven leadership strategies for helping both you and your team become more resilient and productive in times of adversity and change. "The scientific research shows t...
Book by Dr. Andrew Shatte
Book by Dr. Andrew Shatte

Unleashing Bottom Up Innovation & Improvement In Your Organization

September 27, 2022 with Alan Robinson
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
80% of your organization's potential for improvement resides in the minds of your front-line employees. As a manager, how can you harness those ideas to improve efficiency and customer service, make more innovation happen, and improve the bottom-line? Dr. Alan Robinson has worked with or studied idea systems in over 450 organizations in 30 countrie...
Book by Alan Robinson
Book by Alan Robinson

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

September 29, 2022 with Brenda Bailey-Hughes
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Developing your emotional intelligence can help you succeed at any stage of your life or career. It can also help you become a better leader, mentor, and coach. In this course, Brenda Bailey-Hughes defines exactly what emotional intelligence is and how it can help you manage your emotions and build stronger relationships. Learn how to understand ot...
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Overturning Overwhelm at Work

October 06, 2022 with Rebecca Zucker
VIRTUAL SESSION (1-HOUR)
Even prior to the pandemic, overwhelm at work had become a pervasive issue. The pandemic only exacerbated the problem. The tidal wave of work and other demands coming at us is not likely to stop. To be sure, there are cultural and organizational issues that drive overload and need to be addressed. Nonetheless, there are things that we can do - and ...
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From Player to Coach: Making the Successful Transition to Management

October 11, 2022 with Dr. Michael Woodward
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
During this program, Dr. Woodward will share the latest research on what makes a successful manager and also share a model used by highly effective managers. In addition, there will discussion on how to facilitate self-insight along with providing simple techniques for developing self-insight, building trust and fostering psychological safety. Th...
Book by Dr. Michael Woodward

Authentic Leadership: Build Trust, Resolve Conflicts, And Inspire Others

October 13, 2022 with Mike Robbins
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Authenticity is critical to success and effectiveness for 21st-century leaders. Now more than ever, it's essential for leaders to build authentic relationships to build trust, resolve conflicts, and create a true sense of inspiration and unity for their teams and organizations. This interactive program is filled with insight and practical technique...
Book by Mike Robbins
Book by Mike Robbins

Mastering Tough Conversations: Communicate Best When It Matters Most

October 18, 2022 with Neil Staker
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
How we individually and collectively talk about tough issues has a disproportionate impact on results and relationships. Unfortunately, we tend to be at our worst when it matters most. We avoid, hint, try sarcasm, and vent, as relationships deteriorate and problems go unresolved. On the flip side, individuals and teams that talk effectively about a...
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Leading from the Middle: A Practical Approach to Achieving Extraordinary Results

October 27, 2022 with Dr. Jackson Nickerson
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
While much advice on leading change addresses challenges faced by the C-level suite, it is the leaders in the middle of the organization, the ones who commonly are tasked with building capabilities, who are on the hot seat. Unfortunately, few approaches to leading change are designed to help them succeed. This session introduces a new and specific ...
Book by Dr. Jackson Nickerson
Book by Dr. Jackson Nickerson

Straight Talk: Influence Skills for Collaboration and Commitment

November 01, 2022 with Dr. Rick Brandon
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
This program teaches assertive, empathic, and positive communication skills that achieve greater accountability, results, teamwork, and innovation. Dr. Brandon will hone your core communication skills of Assertive Speaking and Active Listening and then funnel them into Gaining Commitments that last, with a Follow-Up Session that reinforces these sk...
Book by Dr. Rick Brandon
Book by Dr. Rick Brandon

Leadership Presence: Sending All the Right Signals

November 03, 2022 with Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Leadership presence is that elusive quality that sets you up for the next promotion and gives your career an extra boost. It's a blending of personal and interpersonal communication skills that when combined, send all the right signals. It's the impact you make when you show up and contribute in meetings. It's knowing how to project confidence and ...
Book by Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman
Book by Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman

Dealing with Difficult People: Bringing Out the Best in Others

November 08, 2022 with Dr. Rick Brinkman
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
This program is based on the best selling McGraw-Hill book Dealing with People You Can't Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst, co-authored by Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner, which has been translated into 25 languages.
Book by Dr. Rick Brinkman
Book by Dr. Rick Brinkman

Negotiation Skills: Developing The Skills Of Getting What You Both Want

November 10, 2022 with Peter Stark
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Managers, supervisors, and employees frequently face situations requiring negotiation skills. Interacting with clients; agreeing on appropriate schedules and deadlines for projects; solving problems with clients; obtaining organizational resources; and maintaining high customer service standards with your team are just a few of the many situations...
Book by Peter Stark
Book by Peter Stark

Becoming a Leader: Strategies & Tools for New & Emerging Leaders

November 15, 2022 with Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
This program focuses on equipping managers with the knowledge and tools they need to effectively manage people and increase productivity in their areas of responsibility. Participants explore basic managerial concepts, discuss common situations and challenges and learn how to apply specific strategies and tools to successfully manage people.
Book by Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper
Book by Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper

Critical Thinking Skills To Improve Your Decision-Making

November 17, 2022 with Dr. Michael Roberto
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
This program shows you how to stimulate dissent and debate to improve your decision-making. Of course, conflict alone does not produce better decisions and improved results. Leaders need to cultivate debate and simultaneously build consensus.  Whether you're a leader or a project team member, this program will help you leverage your team&#...
Book by Dr. Michael Roberto
Book by Dr. Michael Roberto

How Digital Leadership Is(n't) Different

November 22, 2022 with Dr. Gerald Kane
VIRTUAL SESSION (1-HOUR)
Digital disruption won't end anytime soon; the average worker will experience numerous waves of disruption during the course of a career. The COVID pandemic accelerated many of these changes, and will make the coming years more disruptive than in our lifetimes. Many leaders mistakenly believe that they need an entirely different skillset to lead a...
Book by Dr. Gerald Kane
Book by Dr. Gerald Kane

Working Smart: Managing Priorities and Mastering Workflow

December 01, 2022 with Dr. Jason Womack
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Your work days are different now. There's as much (or more) to do as always, and to add to the pressure you feel, uncertain times lay ahead. Some priorities you are managing because they are in your job description. Other priories have been thrust upon you, while you handle the daily workflow of email in between attending phone and video meetings. ...
Book by Dr. Jason Womack
Book by Dr. Jason Womack

How Women Rise: Breaking The Habits That Are Holding You Back

December 06, 2022 with Sally Helgesen
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
In this interactive workshop program, aimed specifically at senior and high potential women, Sally draws on her collaborative work with #1 ranked executive coach Marshall Goldsmith to help participants address habits and behaviors that can hold them back from moving to higher levels. Most of these behaviors are rooted in strengths that may have ser...
Book by Sally Helgesen
Book by Sally Helgesen

Leading From Anywhere: The Essential Guide To Managing Hybrid & Remote Teams

December 08, 2022 with Dr. David Burkus
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Research shows that employees are more productive and engaged when they have the freedom to work from anywhere-which means leaders need the skills to lead from anywhere. Learn how to handle the key challenges that remote leaders face: building a strong team culture, developing norms for communication, limiting distractions, ensuring accountability ...
Book by Dr. David Burkus
Book by Dr. David Burkus

Optimize Your Decision Making by Anticipating the Unexpected

December 13, 2022 with Dr. Kathy Pearson
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
In this program, you will learn how to increase the quality of your decision-making and those of your team, even in volatile, uncertain, complex and uncertain environments, as you work through engaging case studies and current corporate examples, to understand how to apply this knowledge in the 'real world'.
Book by Dr. Kathy Pearson

Strategies For Leading Innovation

December 14, 2022 with Dr. Vijay Govindarajan
VIRTUAL SESSION (1-HOUR)
The Institute for Management Studies is excited to announce a special virtual event with Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, who will receive the 2022 IMS Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to innovation. In strategy. This is only the fifth time in its 48 year history that IMS has awarded this prestigious honor. The first was to Dr. Russell Ac...
Book by Dr. Vijay Govindarajan
Book by Dr. Vijay Govindarajan

Breakthrough Ideas: Becoming a More Strategic Thinker

December 15, 2022 with Dr. Julia Sloan
VIRTUAL SESSION (3-HOUR)
Being strategically competitive in today's chaotic and complex global environment requires a different way of looking at how we approach strategic thinking. Leaders who are tasked with strategic responsibility must be attentive, agile, adaptive and innovative thinkers. Four key issues are addressed in this session: Why do organizations need str...
Book by Dr. Julia Sloan
Book by Dr. Julia Sloan
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