Emerging Leaders Group Fall 2017 Enrollments are Open!

Emerging Leaders Group Fall 2017 Enrollments are Open!

Emerging Leaders is a leadership development program developed from KCMN member company feedback in partnership with Johnson County Community College and the National Tooling and Machining Association’s Kansas City Chapter. Our goal is to create opportunities for those who want to improve their leadership and management skills, learn new strategies and connect with others with similar goals. See past graduates HERE

Testimonials:

“The open discussion was the most important part of my experience”
“I’ve learned strategies for dealing with difficult personalities, or people I don’t like or can’t relate to”
“The course made me stop and ask – what am I doing to help myself?’”
“This makes me think about my strengths and barriers, not only for myself, but for my employees and co-workers”
“Our instructor is engaging, personable, and speaks from a wealth of experience”

 FAQ’s:

  • Each Tier was developed as a result of KCMN and KC-NTMA member’s feedback as to skills important for their people to learn or improve. The ‘Tier 1, 2, 3’ implies that you need to go in order, it is not required – this is just the order we developed them in.
  • Unlike in house training programs, Emerging Leaders helps build skills from both a formal classroom presentation, as well as guided interaction with other manufacturers. There is no in-house option for this program.
  • There are 30 spaces available for each session on a first-come basis. Some past sessions have sold out, so please don’t delay.  We need a minimum of 20 participants to fill a session.
  • Participants who attend at least 5 of 6 sessions will receive a Certificate at our final session.  Those who miss more than one session are welcome to return to future sessions to make up any sessions mixed at no charge.

Emerging Leaders Sessions:

Dates and Time: Six sessions will be every 2 weeks (with one exception, see Tier 1 schedule) starting in August 2017- see dates below – from 7-9 AM at JCCC campus.

The cost: $300 per participant, to be paid in full no later than 10 days before the start of the first session.

You may sign up and pay online by clicking on the link for each session. If you wish to be invoiced, please notify us no later than 30 days prior to the start of the session.  You may use the sign up link and choose the ‘pay by check’ option. Payment must be received no later than 10 days prior to the start of each session.

Accountability:

  • Companies should designate the person who is the billing contact, as well as the participant’s direct supervisor if you would like a recap of attendance.
  • As part of the value is the development of creating networks of support, attendees should be willing and able to attend all sessions.
  • Representatives from KCMN, JCCC and NTMA will hold periodic review sessions to evaluate progress and make any adjustments if needed.

 

Questions? Contact Donna Gordon if you prefer to be invoiced, or if you have additional questions, at donna@kcmn.org or 816-304-7958

Tier 1 – Begins August 23, 2017, All sessions 7-9 AM Sign up link: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=nkhjz 

Course Date Instructor Location
Communication 8/23/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Strengths Finder Introduction 9/6/2017 Sondra Cave JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Strengths Finder Introduction 9/13/2017 Sondra Cave JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Goal Setting and Employee Engagement 10/4/2017 Jeannie Lauer JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Delegation 10/18/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Cross Generational Motivation 11/1/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175

Tier 2 – Begins August 30, 2017 All sessions 7-9 AM Sign up link: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=nkhjh

Course Date Instructor Location
Managing Managers 8/30/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Ethical Leadership 9/13/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 181
HR Law – Conflict Management 9/27/2017 Josh Smith JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Time Management 10/11/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Driving Change & Cultural Change 10/25/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Developing Yourself and Others 11/8/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175

Tier 3 – Begins Septemeber 6, 2017 All sessions 7-9 AM Sign up link: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=nkhmv

 

Performance Management 9/6/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 181
Coaching and Mentoring 9/20/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
Organizing an Effective Team 10/4/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 181
Meeting Facilitation 10/18/2017 Jeanie Lauer JCCC- Regnier Ctr 145
HR Law 2 – How to Avoid Traps 11/1/2017 Josh Smith JCCC- Regnier Ctr 145
How to Read People 11/15/2017 George Ferguson JCCC- Regnier Ctr 175
       

Workforce Issues Small Group

This group is composed of KCMN manufacturing company members who are looking to share ideas and best practices regarding workforce and human resource-related functions. The member group of manufacturers agrees to support each other’s efforts and participate by sharing their strategies and results.

The goals and benefits of the group:

  • Learn about other’s best practices in human resources.
  • Develop networking relationships with other company HR leaders in order to get suggestions, bounce off ideas, or share successes.
  • Discuss HR challenges in your organization including, but not limited to: development of skilled workers, leadership development; creating new relationships within schools or other community resources.
  • Access to our group’s Basecamp, where members share information, best practices and policies in a confidential members only project group.

Guidelines for the group:

  • The group meets every other even-numbered month at a member company for about an hour and a half, usually from 7:30 – 9 AM on 3rd Wednesdays.
  • The host or the group decides the meeting topic in advance, and group members come to the meeting with suggestions and information on the topic.
  • Service providers may be invited to bring information to the discussion, but cannot be regular members of the group.
  • Any new member must be approved by all members to avoid conflict of interest.

In addition to the regular KCMN monthly meetings, this group is an added benefit to KCMN members, as a way to help get more interaction between member companies, and for members to provide support for efforts to improve their workforce strategy.

Should this be of interest to you, or someone else in your company, please send their contact information to Donna at donna@kcmn.org, or 816-304-7958

Lean Support Small Groups

This group is composed of KCMN members who are looking for a way to interact with others who are utilizing Lean principles to improve their operations. The member group of manufacturers agrees to support each other’s efforts to make improvements along their Lean journey.

The essence of the group is as follows:

  • The group meets quarterly at a member company for 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • The host company sends out 3 dates to vote and the majority wins.
  •  Hosting includes a presentation and tour of the area of focus as part of the meeting.
  • The hosting company should determine in advance of the meeting what specific area of Lean they would like to focus on as part of their presentation and tour so that participants can come prepared to discuss and offer suggestions.
  • Participants can then offer suggestions and feedback to the host following the tour and presentation.
  • Joining the group means you have to be willing to host the group at least once every 2 years, and be open to both an honest assessment of areas for improvement, and interested in getting both positive and negative feedback.
  • Maximum benefit is attained when host company management at a level to effect change is in attendance during the feedback session.
  • Any new member must be approved by all members to avoid conflict of interest.

In addition to the regular KCMN monthly meetings, this group is an added benefit to KCMN members, as a way to help get more interaction between member companies, and for members to provide support and growth in their efforts to increase efficiencies. This group is limited in size, and new members are subject to current member approval.

Should this be of interest to you, or someone else in your company, please send their contact information to Donna Gordon at donna@kcmn.org, or 816-304-7958.

EHS Group Supports Best Practices

Mission: EHS Group is a resource for KCMN manufacturing company members to share best practices, lessons learned, new trends, or regulations that are relevant to Environmental, Health, and/or Safety professionals, in a confidential environment.

Meeting Format

The group meets every other month, in odd numbered months, usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:30-9 AM, at locations determined by the group.  September’s meeting will be hosted by SOR, Inc, and November’s meeting will be at Ingredion.

Group Benefits

-Plant tours to get feedback/solutions/showcase
-Presentations on EHS topics of interest
-Provide regulatory updates or notice of new regulations
-Exchange of ideas via an internal members-only group on Basecamp
-Information sharing on regulatory inspections

If you are a manufacturer whose membership in KCMN is current you are welcome to attend. Contact Donna Gordon at donna@kcmn.org, or 816-304-7958 to be added to the email list and Basecamp group.

Tier 1 Emerging Leaders Program is Launching May 3

KCMN members – we heard your feedback  - Our last Tier 1 session sold out very quickly, so we are offering another round of Tier 1 sessions this spring.   We will launch another full round of Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 sessions in late August.

Our Goal: To provide a foundation for learning the basic concepts of Leadership in a setting that encourages support and application of the concepts taught. Participants will be provided with a blend of classroom instruction, materials to utilize/retain the concepts taught, and an opportunity to apply what is learned in their workplaces. Sharing of successes, lessons learned and challenges is both encouraged and part of the curriculum in order to encourage accountability.

Participant quotes:

“I felt refreshed when I left the teacher was great the class was great. It was great classroom collaboration. I look forward to the next class.”

“I was impressed with my first session yesterday. George is a great instructor and the climate he sets in the classroom makes for a unique learning experience….as compared to sitting in an all day seminar!!!”

Emerging Leaders Sessions:

Dates and Time: Six sessions will be every 2 weeks (with some adjustment to wrap up before July 1) beginning May 3 – see dates below – from 7-9 AM at JCCC campus.

The cost: $300 per participant, to be paid in full no later than April 24.

Sign up today by clicking HERE

Tier 1 –Begins May 3   Session topics and dates are below.  PLEASE NOTE: The Strengths Finder 1 & 2 are unique compared to all of our other Emerging Leaders sessions i that this is a 2-part series, so please don’t sign up someone who cannot make it to the first session.  Additionally, Strengths Finder does require the attendees to take an online assessment prior to attending the class, so we must have all registrations by April 24 with a working email for all participants in advance. 
Contact Donna Gordon at donna@kcmn.org, or 816-304-7958 for more information.

Strengths Finder 1 5/3/2017 Sondra Cave Carlsen Center 212
Strengths Finder 2 5/10/2017 Sondra Cave Regnier Center 175
Goal Setting and Employee Engagement 5/17/2017 George Ferguson Regnier Center 175
Communication 5/31/2017 George Ferguson Regnier Center 175
Delegation 6/14/2017 George Ferguson Regnier Center 175
Cross Generational Motivation 6/28/2017 George Ferguson Regnier Center 181

 

Emerging Leaders Group – A professional development opportunity for KCMN and NTMA members

Our Goal:  To provide a foundation for learning the basic concepts of Leadership in a setting that encourages support and application of the concepts taught.  Participants will be provided with a blend of classroom instruction, materials to utilize/retain the concepts taught, and an opportunity to apply what is learned in their workplaces.  Sharing of successes, lessons learned and challenges is both encouraged and part of the curriculum in order to encourage accountability.20141210_07311520150603_074131

Emerging Leaders Sessions:

 Dates and Time:  Six sessions will be every 2 weeks starting in 2016- see dates below – from 7-9 AM at JCCC campus.

The cost: $300 per participant,  to be paid in full no later than 10 days before the start of the first session.

Tier 1 –Begins January 27  Thank you for your interest in Emerging Leaders - Tier 1 is sold out!  You do not have to complete Tier 1 to register for other Tiers, see below or contact Donna Gordon at donna@kcmn.org, or 816-304-7958 for more information.

Course Title Class Date Instructor Location
Performance Management 1/27/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 175
Conflict Resolution 2/10/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 181
Communication 2/24/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 175
Delegation 3/9/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 175
Goal Setting and Employee Engagement 3/23/2016 Deanna Ricke Regnier Center 175
Cross Generational Motivation 4/6/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 175

Tier 2 – Begins February 3 Sign up today by clicking here

Course Title Class Date Instructor Location
Time Management 2/3/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 181
Managing Managers 2/17/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 157
Driving Change & Cultural Change 3/2/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 175
Financial Management 3/16/2016 To Be Determined Regnier Center 181
HR Law 3/30/2016 Josh Smith Regnier Center 175
Developing Yourself and Others 4/13/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 145

Tier 3 –Begins February 17     Sign up today by clicking here

Course Title Class Date Instructor Location
Strengths Finder Introduction 2/17/2016 Sondra Cave Carlson Center 232
Organizational Hacks 3/2/2016 Keith Krieger Regnier Center 181
Meeting Facilitation 3/16/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 175
Coaching and Mentoring 3/30/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 157
HR Law 2 4/13/2016 Josh Smith Regnier Center 175
How to Read People 4/27/2016 George Ferguson Regnier Center 175

Deliverables:

  • Participants will be provided with instruction as noted in the sessions above.
  • Participants will be given a document that confidential information shall not leave the room to encourage open sharing of and cooperation.
  • A designated company representative will be provided a summary of the concepts discussed following each session, so they can reinforce concepts taught with the participant(s).
  • As leadership development is an ongoing process, participants who successfully complete the 6 sessions will be provided with a certificate that they have completed “tier one” development.

Accountability:

  • Companies should designate the person who is the billing contact, as well as the participant’s direct supervisor if you would like a recap of attendance.
  • As part of the value is the development of creating networks of support, attendees should be willing and able to attend all sessions.
  • Representatives from KCMN, JCCC and NTMA will hold periodic review sessions to evaluate progress and make any adjustments if needed.

Questions?  Contact Donna Gordon if you prefer to be invoiced, or if you have additional questions,  at donna@kcmn.org or 816-304-7958

 

 

China: New Year – New Opportunities Presentation Links

The KC World Trade Center offered a program on doing business in China in February 2013.    For those not able to attend, two of the presentations from the event are available online.

Presentation on EB 5 Visas and Regional Centers by Mira Mdivani, Mdivani Law Firm, immigration attorney.  USCIS administers the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Under a pilot immigration program first enacted in 1992 and regularly reauthorized since, certain EB-5 visas also are set aside for investors in Regional Centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.

Intellectual Property Protection in China by Evan Chuck, International Trade Group Leader, Bryan Cave LLP

If you have any questions regarding this event, or would like additional information on World Trade Center activities or events, contact Mehgan Flynn at 816-374-5469.

 

From Whiteboard to Boardroom

If you are interested in exploring new opportunities, have a technology you’d like to license, or would like to collaborate with university researchers,  read on!

The Whiteboard to Boardroom (W2B) Program was established in September 2009 with three-year funding from the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation grant program.  The W2B program is a bi-state partnership of the following regional colleges and universities as founding members; University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and William Jewell College. The focus of the W2B program is to increase the entrepreneurial activity in the Kansas City Region by threading together existing regional technology commercialization programs in a seamless system resulting in new businesses and jobs. This is accomplished by identifying game changing technologies and processes and getting them into the hands of business owners and talented entrepreneurs, resulting in new projects and businesses that stay local and grow. The W2B also functions to integrate university, hospital and industry research into the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem. The W2B will become a clearinghouse for regional commercialization information that is available to innovators and companies alike to advance technologies to the marketplace. Please contact us if you are looking for an innovation to license into your existing company or want to form a new company based on an innovation. Denise Fields at fieldsdm@umkc.edu (816)-235- 816.235.6074 or Jim Baxendale at jbaxendale54@gmail.com (816)-235-6429.

Resources for MO companies facing layoffs

Lay off – It’s never a pleasant time mainly because of the uncertainty each employee feels. As a Rapid Response Coordinator, Duke Crosswhite will meet with the company HR manager and provide materials that the affected employees can use to determine their next step. Resources that Duke can bring and explain to the affected workers includes Missouri’s Unemployment Insurance procedure; United Way 211 information; and Local Labor Market Intelligence. The Missouri Career Centers are conveniently located within the counties of Platte, Clay, Cass, Jackson, and Ray to assist displaced workers. For more information call Duke Crosswhite – 816-838-0776.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAAF) for Manufacturing Firms

TAA is a grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist firms negatively impacted by competition from foreign imports.  TAA Centers assist firms through each phase of the program-from application to project completion.  Basic parameters for entering the program include declines in sales and employment at least partially due to import competition.  For more information call the TAA Center below.

Kenneth F. Scheve
Project Manager
Mid-America TAAC
Mizzou Center
1600 NE Coronado Drive, Suite 131
Blue Springs, MO  64014
Phone: (816) 655-3481
Fax: (816) 655-3483
e-mail: schevek@taacenter.org