Simulcasted business seminars allow local businesses to participate in professional development programs that feature nationally known speakers and presenters.
Businesses participating in simulcasting are given opportunities to build connections and give back to their clients and the community.
Tom Fitch, director of business development for Harold O’Shea Builders, said this is the second year the company has hosted the Chick-fil-A Leadercast. Prior to this, the event was hosted by Memorial Health Systems.
“We always got a lot out of it,” Fitch said. “We wanted to return the favor.”
The event originates out of Atlanta and businesses pay a fee to serve as a satellite site and broadcast the event locally. The one-day leadership event is one of the largest events of its kind. Speakers included Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric; Mike Krzyzewski, the head men’s basketball coach for Duke University and Team USA; and Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State.
Fitch said Hope Church is the perfect venue for an event such as this. It has the auditorium space and necessary audiovisual equipment.
“The folks at Hope are amazing hosts,” Fitch said. “Not many would be willing to do what they do.”
Fitch said Harold O’Shea Builders is following lessons taught by Bud O’Shea, who always said that with success comes a duty to support the community that supports you. “We go to great lengths to support what is worthy in Springfield,” said Fitch.
O’Shea invited more than 400 guests to the simulcast. “We’ve seen the benefits it provided us,” said Fitch. “It’s in our nature to share that with others. We want to see others be successful.”
Leadership training teaches business owners to develop their people and to engage their people in running the business. People who are engaged in their work are more satisfied and productive employees.
This year, in conjunction with the simulcast, the company offered two local leadership presentations. “We wanted to supplement the national event,” said Fitch.
Bruce Sommer and Jim Sullivan also spoke about the Sangamon CEO project. Local community leaders are stepping up to help future leaders of our community.
Fitch said the company doesn’t see this as a financial investment. “It’s an investment in the community,” he said.
“We were pleased to see so many people willing to give up an entire day to invest in becoming a better leader to help their organization,” said Fitch. “It says a lot about Springfield.”
Express Employment Professionals has two core beliefs: surround yourself with the right people and do the right thing with people. It’s important to develop leadership traits.
The company has hosted a half-day Refresh Leadership Live simulcast for the past four years. The event focuses on developing the skills necessary to be a great leader. This year it was held at Hope Church.
Kayla Edwards, director of client services, said Express saw a need to develop leadership skills. Edwards said this simulcast helps refresh ones leadership perspective. It’s easy to get burned out and run down, causing doubt when it comes time to make decisions.
“Express recognized a need to invest in the community,” said Edwards. The better companies are with people, the easier it is to place someone. If Express sends a great person to an organization without good leadership, the chances are it won’t work out. The more Express educates clients and helps them develop strong leadership and morale, the easier it is for the people Express sends.
The simulcast was broadcast from Pensacola, Fla. across the country to 7,000 participants at 166 different Express office locations. This year 150 people attended the Springfield event, up from 110 last year. Local sponsors included Bank of Springfield, Career Builder and the Sam Madonia Show.
The speakers included Guy Kawasaki, author of “Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions”; Amanda Gore, author and workplace communication specialist; and pro football player Terry Bradshaw.
Edwards said participants report returning to work with a brand new perspective on their role in the workplace. “People walk out with hope,” said Edwards. “Hope is a powerful emotion.
“It comes down to valuing people,” said Edwards. The more engaged your workforce, the better your employees perform. The more valued your people feel, the more successful your business is.
The return on investment Express receives is invaluable. “It differentiates Express in the market,” said Edwards. “It opens doors to new relationships with people who didn’t know about Express.”
Ten years ago people thought Express was only a temporary agency. Over the past 10 years, the perception has changed about the company and the value it brings to businesses.
“The relationships we have nurtured over the past 25 years have been tremendous,” said Edwards. “It builds a deeper, stronger relationship between Express and our clients.”
“We had no idea we would be involved with leadership development,” said Edwards. “The best measure of success is the face of the attendees.”
Mark Vance, senior vice president, commercial banking, Carrollton Bank, is always looking for fresh, new leadership ideas.
“It’s like exercise,” Vance said. “You can’t be a leader without exercising leadership skills. It helps me be a more effective leader.”
Vance tries to attend seminars that add value to what he does. “If it triggers my interest, I’ll attend,” he said. The program has to be on a general topic that focuses on leadership and ways to help him become a better leader.
“It takes a lot of time to attend a seminar,” said Vance. A seminar has to first grab his attention, the speakers must be experts in their subject matter and the event must be professional and well-thought out.
“For me, it’s easy to get complacent,” said Vance, adding if a person doesn’t attend leadership seminars, it’s easy to get stuck in your ways.
Vance said every seminar adds value. One has to go into a seminar with the mindset that you are going to learn one concept that is going to help you achieve your goals and either refresh or teach you something new. For example, Vance said he took away a couple of little tactics from the Express Leadership Live simulcast that were easy to do.
“We spend most of our life at work,” Vance said. He went out and bought a huge pair of glasses and a magic wand. “People don’t expect bankers to do this,” he said. “It makes people lighten up.”
Vance said as leaders it’s easy to get stuck in the same routine but sometimes in life you need to get unstuck. You just need a jolt to get you to the next level and give you a new perspective.
“I’ve never attended a seminar where I didn’t get something out of it,” said Vance. He approaches seminars with the mindset that he is going to take something of value away from it. The other benefit is surrounding yourself with forward-thinking people you may end up doing business with. “It’s an ancillary benefit that shouldn’t be undervalued,” he said.
Executive Speaker Series
Illinois National Bank recently held its third Executive Speakers Series event. John Maxfield, vice president of commercial lending, said the bank tries to offer one in the spring and one in the fall. The bank has speakers come and speak on a topic of interest to professional business people.
“Business owners are interested in the economy,” said Maxfield. “They want to know where things are going and what things look like.” One seminar addresses a financial topic and the second an economic topic.
The bank invited John Stoltzfus, managing director and chief market strategist for Oppenheimer, to speak on the current state of the economy and where things are headed. His talk, “Economic and Market Outlook – Evidence for a Sustainable Recovery?,” focused on the global economic landscape, the effects of monetary policies stateside and the state of the world’s markets.
The one and a half hour event is offered over the lunch hour and includes lunch. Maxfield said attendance has been pretty good. Around 80 people attended the last event. “Our customers really enjoy them,” said Maxfield. “They get a lot out of them.”
Maxfield said the bank wants to provide existing and prospective clients with good information that will benefit them. “This event is beneficial from the standpoint that we get to interact with our customers and our customers get to interact with each other,” Maxfield said.
While Maxfield cannot say how much business these events create, he said it’s about getting to know people.
“It gives the bank a presence in the community,” he said. “People know we put these on. It’s an opportunity to meet people we haven’t met before.”
Leadership trainers help businesses
Joe and Lori Radloff recently started Dimensional Growth, LLC, a Springield-based business consulting, coaching and leadership training company that combines human capital development with productivity and performance improvement programs that help businesses become more profitable and efficient.
“It’s a natural transition for us,” said Joe Radloff. He and Lori have more than 50 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and healthcare organizations.
Joe Radloff said he and Lori have a passion for helping people. In August, they will be hosting a High Performance Leadership event. “We want to share what we have learned with others to help them build successful businesses,” he said.
The two combine their business experience with a proven training system and assessment tools.
“We both have management experience that has taught us how to lead and develop people,” said Radloff.
They plan on offering monthly seminars, with a cap of 12 to 15 people per seminar. “We want people to walk away with the tools they can put into place to improve their relationships with employees and improve their productivity,” Radloff said.
Adults learn best through interactions. Dimensional Growth wants to help business owners identify how they can become better leaders and help their employees become more engaged. The seminars offer attendees the opportunity to break out into small groups and put the information they learn into play.
The business eventually wants to expand into the community. “There is such a need for this,” Radloff said. “We learn from them as well.”
They want to help business owners identify how they can become a better leader and help their employees become better engaged.
Bob Barber, owner of Barber & Associates, Inc., offers sales and management training to clients. Seminars are a small part of the services he offers to clients.
Barber began offering seminars in 2000 to help organizations who were looking for a speaker. His seminars give participants an affordable bite-sized taste of the services he has to offer with a minimal commitment.
What he offers, he cannot do in a seminar. “I would rather have 10 to 20 people who are interested in having a dialogue,” said Barber. Participants receive information that they can take away with them. As a business owner, if you can grow yourself you become a better leader.
“Most business owners are dealing with similar issues such as how to manage people or reduce costs,” said Barber. They become frustrated and want to know what they can do differently. He works with business owners who aren’t content with the status quo and who are ready to change.
“We go through life on automatic pilot,” said Barber. “Humans are creatures of habit.”
Barber works with business owners to create awareness about the habits that hold them back and gives them the tools to become successful and increase revenues. Change starts with awareness. Barber works with clients to instill incremental growth that is sustainable over time.
While he cannot promise results, Barber said his results speak for themselves.