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Collaborative Problem Solving Leadership

Extend your skills beyond the old-fashioned problem-solving rubric of identification, brainstorming, and trial-and-error. Because this outdated method neglects genuine empathy and identification of needs, it can backfire or escalate conflict. This workshop draws on new research that gives parents powerful tools to identify needs, communicate effectively, and resolve conflicts durably.


Camps, Families, Schools
Defusing Emotional Bombs: Secrets of Effective Communication Leadership

No parent does their best thinking or problem solving when they’re upset, but it’s human nature to try. Learn cutting-edge communication techniques that quell anger and anxiety as a first step toward solving problems. Effective communication hinges on a combination of listening and self-expression skills few leaders possess. A perfect prerequisite to the Collaborative Problem Solving workshop.


Camps, Families, Schools
Do You Want a Spanking?!…and Other Stupid Questions Grown-Ups Ask Leadership

It’s OK…we’ve all said things we don’t mean. The fact is that when parents get stressed, their behavior regresses. Not knowing how best to manage anger and other strong emotions, adults may revert to rhetorical questions, coercion, and threats they can’t possibly act on. This humorous workshop blends stress and anger management techniques with communication and discipline strategies that really work.


Families
Dump the Slump: Using Executive Coaching to Achieve Consistent Excellence Leadership

Many youth leaders wish they were accomplishing this or that, but very few know the distinction between a wish and a goal. The practice of executive coaching teaches that goals are written, have specific methods and measurable outcomes, and are shared with others. Learn how clarity and accountability boost staff performance. End the mythical mid-summer slump once and for all.


Camps
Head, Heart, or Hybrid? Refining Your Emotional Leadership Style Leadership

Based on fascinating research in emotional intelligence, this enlightening workshop teaches parents to examine their emotional leadership style–the extent to which they tolerate and understand children’s emotions. Ultimately, a deeper understanding of children’s feeling states builds the interpersonal connections that increase compliance…and who does’t want their job to be a little easier?


Camps, Families, Schools
Internal Leadership Development I: Designing High-Yield ILD Programs Leadership

Camps Internal leadership development (ILD) can become your primary-or even your sole-source for the highest quality staff. This design workshop is for directors of day camps, overnight camps, parks & recs, and other summer youth programs who are committed to an multi-year process of refinement, tradition, promotion, and staff training that will revolutionize their current hiring practices.


Camps
Internal Leadership Development II: Designing a Successful CIT / LIT Program Leadership

Camps Leader-in-Training (or Counselor-in-Training) programs have 10 common flaws that usually lead to their collapse within a few seasons. This workshop for directors of day camps, overnight camps, parks & recs, and other summer youth programs is based on the radical success of the few camps in the country that have a completely homegrown staff. It’s not magic; it’s intentional, intelligent, and innovative.


Camps
Internal Leadership Development III: Effective Mentoring of Junior Leaders Leadership

Junior leaders follow the example of senior staff and head counselors, but frequently face two problems: Either they become intoxicated with their newfound authority or they become disillusioned by the antics of senior leaders. This workshop teaches junior leaders to learn with humility and senior leaders to set a sterling example. An excellent workshop to promote collaboration up and down the organizational chart.


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Internal Leadership Development IV: Principles of Hiring, Evaluation, and Promotion Leadership

No ILD system is complete without time-tested procedures for hiring, evaluation, and promotion. These are the techniques that eclipse any interview + criminal background check combination. Hire only those staff members whose performance you personally witness and promote only those who are truly deserving. Learn advanced techniques for feedback and in-service training that bring out the best in your staff.


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Male Call: How to Promote Healthy Male Leadership Leadership

Boys and men can bring powerful leadership to their roles as participants and youth leaders, but what about the corrosive side effects that can take hold, such as harassment homophobia, and bravado? This workshop uses case studies of unhealthy masculine stereotypes to extract enlightened methods for setting boundaries and leading by example when boys and men start to cross the line.


Camps
Online Leadership-By-Example: Internet Best Practices for Educators Leadership

The Internet is public space. How professional educators behave in that space—like all their other behavior—should set a sterling example for students to follow. This focused workshop gives educators practical skills for creating an online persona and social media presence that everyone can be proud of. This content is the ideal complement to the longer workshop on Internet policy development.


Schools
Online Leadership-By-Example: Internet Best Practices for Staff Leadership

The Internet is public space. How staff behave in that space—like all their other behavior—should set a sterling example for young people to follow. This focused workshop gives staff practical skills for creating an online persona and social media presence that everyone can be proud of. This content is the ideal complement to the longer workshop on Internet policy development.


Camps
Pinnacles and Pitfalls: Leadership is Learned Leadership

Culled from more than 30 summers as a youth leader, this hugely popular workshop is a collection of witty, effective, and enduring leadership techniques. Presented in a visual format that gives youth leaders a clear view of the consequences poor leadership can have as well as the wonderful outcomes of patience, initiative, and consistency. An ideal closing keynote following a full day of workshops.


Camps
Positive Peer Pressure: Understanding Your Behavior in Groups Leadership

Common conceptions of peer pressure peg it as wholly negative, when in fact peers can have a tremendously positive influence on one another. This insightful workshop forces youth leaders to take an honest look at how group dynamics influence their competitiveness, creativity, concentration, and integrity. Be persuasively positive.


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Professionalism in Practice: How to Exude Positive Leadership in the Workplace Leadership

A favorite among professional educators, this workshop blends management, communication, etiquette, and conflict resolution skills into a powerful package that eliminates laziness, backstabbing, resentment, and negativity that can plague organizations. Transform pettiness to professionalism though the intentional practice of humility, leadership-by-example, and open dialogue.


Schools
Situational Leadership: Respond to Any Challenge with Confidence Leadership

Ask most parents to label their style and they can do it in a word. This is unfortunate, because outstanding parenting defies one-word descriptions. This engaging workshop uses video clips to teach all kinds of primary cargivers how to rapidly assess the demands of any situation and flexibly adapt their responses to suit. The result is a measured, patient, and effective approach to parenting.


Camps, Families, Schools
Stop Yelling and Get the HINT: High-Impact, No-Trouble Classroom Management Leadership

The challenge for professional educators in this captivating workshop is to produce desired behavior changes in students without expending more than 1½ calories, the energy in a single breath mint. Talented educators will learn to rely on simple directions, clear consequences, and students’ intrinsic motivation to enhance the camp experience. Manage the classroom while preserving your sanity and stamina.


Schools
Stop Yelling and Get the HINT: High-Impact, No-Trouble Leadership Leadership

The challenge for youth leaders in this captivating workshop is to produce desired behavior changes in children and teens without expending more than 1½ calories, the energy in a single breath mint. Talented leaders will learn to rely on simple directions, clear consequences, and kids’ intrinsic motivation to enhance the camp experience. Manage groups while preserving your sanity and stamina.


Camps
Stop Yelling and Get the HINT: High-Impact, No-Trouble Parenting Leadership

The challenge for parents in this captivating workshop is to produce desired behavior changes in children and teens without expending more than 1½ calories, the energy in a single breath mint. Talented parents will learn to rely on simple directions, clear consequences, and kids’ intrinsic motivation to enhance the camp experience. Manage your children while preserving your sanity and stamina.


Families