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Critical Elements of Leadership -- Monday, July 9, 1:30-2:30


Overview: Do you struggle with leadership? Are you even sure what it really means? What's the difference between being a leader, a manager and a supervisor? Most teachers have never had training in how to lead, so taking on this task can be daunting! During this session, we will cover the key elements for leadership and common mistakes made by both new and experienced leaders.

  • Duration: 1:30-2:30, one hour BFTS credit
  • Lesson Objective:
    • Identify key elements of leadership
    • Identify ways to apply these in a classroom setting
    • Formulate strategies to address common issues faced in leadership

Consistency, Clarity and Follow Through: The Importance of Setting Expectations and Follow Through -- Tuesday, July 10, 1:30-2:30


Overview:  Most problems which occur in group environments are due to lack of clear and consistent expectations and poor follow through. During this session we will do a deep dive into how to establish expectations, how to get people on board, and how to overcome objections or those who stonewall.

  • Duration: 1:30-2:30; one hour BFTS credit
  • Lesson Objective:
    • Learn what a good set of expectations looks like versus what a poor one does
    • Learn how to set up a sustainable follow-through process
    • Learn how to develop strategies for addressing folks who don’t get on board
    • See how to identify common fallacies in expectation setting and follow-through

Teaming Challenges – Important Steps to Creating an Effective Team and Resolve Conflict -- Thursday, July 12, 1:30-2:30


Overview:  All faculty at the Suzuki School work on teams. This can be a very rewarding experience for most staff, but it can also be one of the most frustrating aspects of their job. In this session we will examine the important elements to creating an effective team, and how to resolve conflict rather than avoid it.

  • Duration: 1:30-2:30; one hour BFTS credit
  • Lesson Objectives:
    • Identify the key elements of a successful team
    • Identify barriers to maintaining a successful team
    • Address the difference between conflict avoidance, confrontation, and conflict resolutions
    • Identify powerful techniques to minimize team conflict
    • Brainstorm on how to address certain conflict situations

Women in Leadership – Finding your Authentic Voice and Casting out Old Beliefs Which Hold You Back -- Friday, July 13, 1:30-2:30


Overview:  One of the biggest obstacles most women face in the workplace is the belief system about how they are to act, and how things should work.  As a result, really talented women often don’t move ahead in their careers which can impact not just compensation,  but also their employability and happiness.  This session is geared for those who feel stuck in their career, or who are starting out their career and want to better understand how to achieve success as they move forward.

  • Duration: one hour, BFTS credit
  • Lesson Objective:
    • Understand common obstacles women face in their career progression or lack thereof
    • Understand how to overcome some of these obstacles
    • Understand how to advocate for your career in an effective way

Managing Up – Effective Techniques for Managing your Lead Teacher or Supervisor -- Monday, July 16, 1:30-2:30


Overview:  Many professionals simply don’t understand the importance and “power” of managing up. During this session we will address why this is important, how to do it effectively, and some common pitfalls.  This session is designed for not just your career at Suzuki, but as skills to hone for your entire work life. In addition, this session will address how associates can “manage up” their lead teachers in a manner that is effective and strengthens the team.

  • Duration: 1:30-2:30 one hour, BFTS credit
  • Lesson Objectives:
    • Review the reason why this can be a "make or break"  for long term career success
    • Identify sources of power in the work place and which ones you can effectively use in managing up
    • Identify common obstacles faced and how to overcome them