Curtis Swisher has 28 years of professional experience leading people and projects, creating and delivering workshops, and coaching clients at The Dow Chemical Company. He is also President of SpirePointe, a coaching and training business (www.spirepointe.com). He regularly leads workshops and coaches individuals for leadership development, change management, interpersonal effectiveness, team performance and career development. The essence of his work is to equip clients to navigate change and to improve performance.
The Hidden Cost of Design Defects
This interactive, technical seminar reveals the details and consequences of six case studies of process design defects discovered in operating chemical plants. The design flaws caused reduced energy efficiency, restricted capacity, flow maldistribution, attrition, increased reactor cycle time and product contamination. For each case, a simple diagram is presented and participants are invited to answer the question "What's wrong with this picture?". Chemical Engineering magazine published an article, authored by Curtis Swisher, based on these case studies.
Career-Limiting & Career Enhancing Behaviors
In this fun, interactive seminar, career-limiting and career-enhancing behaviors are shared through survey results, stories and examples. Participants are also invited to tell their stories as input to a growing collection of career-limiting and career-enhancing behaviors.
Learn principles for proactively managing your relationship with your boss and other leaders. Empower your boss to manage you more effectively. In an interactive format, discuss things that cause problems in relationships with leaders and how to avoid them.
7 Characteristics of a Healthy Career
In this interactive workshop, we discuss the characteristics of a healthy career based upon the 7 characteristics of a living organism. Consider this workshop as your periodic career health check-up to ensure you are on track.
Principles of Career Development
This interactive workshop discusses 7 career principles that anyone can employ to differentiate themselves from others, and to maximize their career growth. Career development statistics, stories and quotes are used to illustrate profound, yet simple, fundamentals that many people overlook.
Your Design - The Secret to Satisfying Work
In this interactive seminar, participants discover a proven career development model based upon the concept that optimal function is revealed by simply examining design. Just as we can discern the purpose of an umbrella by looking at its design, you can know your own purpose by examining your design. Most people, including many leaders, do not know how to access their own design information or how to help others discover theirs because much of our design is invisible. Like a computer, humans are composed of hardware & software. Hardware (the body) is visible & observable. But the design of the human operating system (software) is not as readily accessible and can only be accessed indirectly. Techniques and resources for discovering your design will be revealed. Thought-provoking questions, stories and quotes are used to illustrate key principles and concepts.
Networking for Extroverts & Introverts
The power of networking to maximize career development is interactively discussed in the context of both extroverted and introverted styles. Strategies for networking in ways that are natural to each style are revealed. Stories and quotes are used to illustrate how essential it is employ innovative approaches to take charge of your career growth in a flat organization where fewer advancement levels exist.
What to Do if Your Job is Eliminated, Downsized or Sold off
The author will talk about his experiences in which three of his last six jobs were eliminated or sold off due to business decisions. In each case, he landed in a better job. He will describe in detail a process for landing a better job that unfailingly works for him and his coaching clients. Also, he will share strategies he used for maintaining inner peace & equilibrium during organizational transition and job elimination.
Write Goals & Accomplishments that Make You Stand Out
Learn how to write goals and accomplishments that will distinguish you from others in your workplace. As a hiring manager, supervisor and career coach, the author has read hundreds of resumes, goals and accomplishments. Many of them are ineffective because they focus on the wrong things, responsibilities and activities, rather than measurable results that create business value. Goals are easier to accomplish when they are clear, concise and measureable. And because accomplishments are what we are ultimately rewarded for, it is absolutely vital that you give your boss ammunition in the form of power, written accomplishments. Formulas for consistently writing effective goals and powerful accomplishments will be shared through illustrated examples.
Your Brand – It Matters
You have a brand, whether you know it or not. What are you known for in your vocational field? What words does your boss use to describe your work to other leaders during the annual performance rating discussion? This is your brand. What do you want to be known for? What words or images do you want to “own” so that people associate them with you? Learn strategies to create the brand that that you want to have by intentionally fostering it one day at a time.
Myers-Briggs Type & Career Development
“Each of us is different from everyone else in this world because of personality. And it is personality more than anything in this world that is going to determine how successful you are in your career and how content you are going to be in your personal life.” - William J. Winslow Myers-Briggs Type is the most widely used psychometric instrument in the world and is validated by 60 years of research and application. About two million people take the assessment annually. Psychological type is applicable to work, family and community for enhancing human interactions. Type knowledge helps people in organizations to: • Increase self-awareness of their own behaviors & preferences • Build upon personal strengths and adjust non-strengths • Understand the perspective and behaviors of others with a different Type • Make constructive use of individual differences • See that approaching problems in different ways can be healthy and productive for an organization • Make better career development decisions • Understand different learning and communication styles. In this workshop, participants will discover which of the 16 Types is theirs, and how it impacts their occupational decisions, success and satisfaction. Pre-work is required to take the assessment online.
Career Management in Turbulent Times
In this interactive workshop, participants will discover a proven career development model and practical strategies for career management in a rapidly-changing environment. They will also learn strategies for taking ownership of their future. Participants will learn how their internal design correlates with career success. And they will receive valuable resource information and a step-by-step process for re-positioning themselves in the marketplace. Key Learning Expectations: • Understand key aspects of career-transition planning. • Acquire tools and techniques for guiding employees to take ownership of their careers. • Expand awareness of employee’s transferable knowledge and skills. • Learn to think strategically about your life’s work.
Coaching for Results During Organizational Transition
What is a leader to do when employees are experiencing dual challenges of producing critical-to-mission work in the context of employment uncertainty? This interactive seminar will help leaders understand the value of persuasive listening and insightful coaching to foster trust, increase morale, maintain hope, solve problems and support employees to create a positive future for themselves and the organization. Key Learning Expectations: • Learn to improve employee morale and maintain workplace focus through coaching techniques. • Acquire a set of effective coaching questions that will prompt employees to take ownership of their work and their careers. • Use coaching skills with individuals or work groups to discover solutions to problems. • Be better prepared to share information and answer questions during times of organizational transition.
How to Maintain Your Balance During Organizational Transition
Downsizing is a stressful time for organizations. Learn and apply proven strategies for maintaining your inner peace and outward composure in the face of organizational flux and employment uncertainty. Your instructor has experienced corporate downsizing and job elimination. He will share what he learned through these changes, and how he landed in a better job each time. Interactive exercises will encourage participants to tell their stories, discuss their own experiences, and find answers to their most pressing questions. Key Learning Expectations: • Recognize what you can, and cannot, control during organizational flux, and focus attention on what you can control. • Learn techniques to maintain inner calm and outward composure during stressful circumstances. • Recognize how workplace stress carries over to the home and community. • Assess and strengthen your support systems.
Create the Change You Want
What changes you want to see in your career? Do you know your professional purpose? You can get more of what you want, and less of what you don’t, using an unfailing process that has been employed for centuries by successful people. This process is practically unknown to the general public because it isn’t taught in schools. Your author discovered it through study and a series of events in his career. He now uses the process to coach his clients and has seen it validated repeatedly. The process & associated tools will be described and illustrated with case studies of the author’s coaching clients.
The Surprising Truth about what Actually Motivates People
What kind of work gives you energy? What kind of work calls forth the best within you and receives your discretionary time and effort? This seminar reveals the truth about what actually motivates people to do their best work. This interactive seminar, based upon published studies, debunks common myths about what increases engagement, and demonstrates that workplace factors which cause satisfaction and dissatisfaction are different. In other words, reducing dissatisfaction will not generate satisfaction; it can only lead to a neutral state of having no dissatisfaction. In order to experience satisfaction in the workplace, we must foster autonomy, creativity, generative relationships, achievement and alignment to a transcendent purpose.
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