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The Company U

In-house training & staff development

How effective is your current training and staff development program?

The Challenge

Today’s busy executive faces a range of challenges in creating and delivering high-caliber ROI-driven training and staff development, including:

  • Busy schedules
  • Decentralized workforces
  • Generational differences in learning and communication style
  • Lack of employee engagement in the learning process
  • Generic, non-personalized content and delivery

Further compounding the issue, learners demand training that’s optimized to save time and help them achieve goals.

The Solution

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Through a variety of engaging, role-specific topics, The Company U offers in-house training to three targeted groups:

To ensure training is effective and lasting, The Company U follows a unique three-step delivery process:

  • Step 1: we deliver an engaging live or virtual best-selling book-centric quarterly workshop
  • Step 2: we train facilitators to lead weekly “book club” meetings highlighting key chapter takeaways
  • Step 3: we provide book club study guides to ensure real world application and continuous learning

The Benefit

Simple, practical and affordable, The Company U is committed to developing a pivotal training resource for our clients that helps them recruit, develop, retain, and promote high-performing talent.

Workshops

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Workshop Descriptions

In this workshop you’ll learn how to develop productive, relationships with each of your people, set clear expectations, and instill a culture of discipline and accountability with each of your direct reports.

Recommended Reading: How to be a Great Boss

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In this workshop you’ll learn the principles of sales greatness, including positive mindset, forging the right connections, establishing clear goals, becoming an invaluable resource, and recognizing and capitalizing on opportunities.

Recommended Reading: Little Red Book of Selling

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In this workshop you’ll discover practical tips for navigating the tricky territory of office etiquette, becoming attuned to body language, engaging in thoughtful introductions, mastering email etiquette, curtailing office conflicts, and exhibiting workplace sensitivity.
Recommended Reading: The Simple Art of Business Etiquette

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to survive and thrive under the stress and uncertainty of rapid change that surrounds us all.

Recommended Reading: Our Iceberg is Melting

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In this workshop you’ll learn to become humble, vulnerable, selfless and transparent to achieve true customer loyalty and trust.

Recommended Reading: Getting Naked

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to make coaching an informal part of your everyday commitment to staff, using a series of dialogue-driven questions to save time and get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge.

Recommended Reading: The Coaching Habit

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to professionally and effectively address difficult situations that can arise between coworkers, customers and colleagues.

Recommended Reading: Top Performer’s Guide to Conflict

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to unscramble the thinking process to create a climate of clearer thinking, improved communication, and greater creativity.

Recommended Reading: Six Thinking Hats

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to build and maintain a cohesive leadership team, create organizational clarity, and over-communicate to align employees with your vision and plan.

Recommended Reading: The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

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In this workshop you’ll learn to stop the cycle of agonizing over decisions, make group decisions without destructive politics, and ensure you don’t overlook precious opportunities to change your course.

Recommended Reading: Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life & Work

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to approach leadership as a partnership, apply one-minute goals, praisings and re-directs to help people succeed, and help individuals to self-manage.

Recommended Reading: The New One Minute Manager

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to solicit and offer constructive feedback, encourage feedback among peers, and manage the people on your team to drive results.

Recommended Reading: Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

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In this workshop you’ll learn to harness the power of diversity of thought, style, approach, and experience, build systems that embrace diversity in all its forms, and empower your people to drive positive organizational change.

Recommended Reading: Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & The Will to Change

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to replace agendas and decorum with passion and conflict, establish a meeting blueprint that eliminates waste and frustration, and create an environment of engagement and passion.

Recommended Reading: Death by Meeting

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In this workshop you’ll learn what emotional intelligence is, why the smartest people don’t always succeed, what your emotional intelligence score is and how to boost it, and how to improve the way you relate to people at work.

Recommended Reading: The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to win over the hands, head and hearts of your employees, turning them into a committed, passionate, and responsible force of nature.

Recommended Reading: The 12 Elements of Great Managing

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In this workshop you’ll learn the critical disciplines leaders enact to produce breakthrough results, even when executing a strategy requires a significant change in behavior.

Recommended Reading: The Four Disciplines of Execution

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In this workshop you’ll learn the qualities one must possess to build trust and credibility with employees, including gravitas (how you act), appearance (how you look) and communication (how you speak).

Recommended Reading: Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit & Success

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In this workshop you’ll learn key concepts to make you a more effective group facilitator, including the importance of neutrality, how to read a group, asking good questions, triggers, safe spaces for vulnerability, and role modeling continuous improvement.

Recommended Reading: Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation

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In this workshop you’ll learn why getting feedback is so crucial yet so challenging, and how it offers a powerful framework to help us take on life’s blizzard of off-hand comments, annual evaluations, and unsolicited advice with curiosity and grace.

Recommended Reading: Thanks for the Feedback

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to use financial data to allocate resources and run your department.

Recommended Reading: Financial Intelligence: A Manager’s Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean

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In this workshop you’ll learn to work through differing generational attitudes towards time management, technology, social media and organizational structure in building effective teams.

Recommended Reading: Clash of the Generations: Managing the New Workplace Reality

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In this workshop you’ll learn to set SMART goals in all areas of your life, focus on three-month achievable priorities, review progress weekly, and track daily progress towards stated objectives.

Recommended Reading: SMART Goals Made Simple

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to bring about a voluntary, enduring and delightful change in other people by enlisting their own goals and desires, being likeable and trustworthy, and framing a cause that others can embrace.

Recommended Reading: Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds & Actions

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In this workshop you’ll learn why so many new hires fail, how to test attitudinal characteristics that fit your culture, how to get candidates to reveal the truth about what their last boss really thinks about them, and behavioral question shortfalls that destroy interview effectiveness.

Recommended Reading: Hiring for Attitude

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In this workshop you’ll learn the three keys to be a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others’ strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

Recommended Reading: Strengths-Based Leadership

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to focus on and apply your strengths versus fix your shortcomings, helping you to do more of what you do best every day, and be happier and more productive at work.

Recommended Reading: Strengths 2.0

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In this workshop you’ll learn why habits exist, how they can be changed, and by harnessing them how to transform your work life, community, and personal life.

Recommended Reading: The Power of Habit

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In this workshop you’ll learn strategies for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict, without getting angry or feeling taken.

Recommended Reading: Getting to Yes

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to achieve top-priority goals with specific, measurable actions within a set time frame.

Recommended Reading: Measure What Matters

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In this workshop you’ll learn the importance of practicing basic behaviors like saying thank you, listening well, thinking before you speak, recognizing others, and apologizing for your mistakes to achieve incredible workplace results.

Recommended Reading: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to effectively present ideas to anyone, including how to work a tough room, the science of not boring people, how to survive the attack of the butterflies, and what to do when things go wrong.

Recommended Reading: Confessions of a Public Speaker

In this workshop you’ll learn the essentials of people and project management process, including how to initiate, plan, execute, control, monitor and close a project successfully.

Recommended Reading: Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to overcome common obstacles to building a positive workplace, communicate authentic appreciation even to difficult-to-appreciate colleagues, and bring out the best in employees and teams.

Recommended Reading: The Vibrant Workplace: Overcoming the Obstacles to Building a Culture of Appreciation

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In this workshop you’ll learn how biases, illusions, and conflicts of interest can lead leaders, managers and employees to make potentially disastrous decisions, and understand how to better align people risks with corporate values.

Recommended Reading: People Risk Management: A Practical Approach to Managing the Human Factors That Could Harm Your Business

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to simplify the strategic planning process, getting your vision out of your head and onto paper by answering eight questions that crystallize where your organization is going and how you plan to get there.

Recommended Reading: Traction, Get a Grip on Your Business

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In this workshop you’ll learn strategies to put things into perspective and reduce stress and anxiety, including how to think of problems as learning opportunities, focus on thing at a time, share glory with others, and learn to trust your intuition.

Recommended Reading: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to manage yourself, set clear expectations, give helpful feedback, and communicate effectively with direct reports.

Recommended Reading: Supervision Matters

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In this workshop you’ll learn the three virtues that great team players possess: humility, hunger and “people smarts”, and establish a winning formula for building high-performing teams.

Recommended Reading: The Ideal Team Player

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to organize your to dos, priorities and schedule in a way that makes them all manageable.

Recommended Reading: Getting Things Done

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In this workshop you’ll learn the root causes of politics and dysfunction in work teams, and the keys to overcoming them.

Recommended Reading: Five Dysfunctions of a Team

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In this workshop you’ll learn the 5 C’s of confidence, caring, clarity, credibility and coexistence needed to communicate effectively with coworkers and bosses.

Recommended Reading: How to Talk to Anyone at Work: 72 Little Tricks for Big Success Communicating on the Job

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to reduce stress, shift negative thoughts to create a more positive outlook, change habits, say no with grace, build better relationships, and achieve greater results.

Recommended Reading: Work-Life Brilliance

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to assess, troubleshoot, and resolve engagement issues, recognize and acknowledge employee contributions, provide support through ongoing performance coaching and mentoring, and trust in your employees’ abilities, skills, and judgment.

Recommended Reading: Carrots & Sticks Don’t Work

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In this workshop you’ll learn a method of people-centered management for safety in the workplace that promotes a relationship-based culture focused on mentoring, coaching, and inspiring teams.

Recommended Reading: People Work

In this workshop you’ll gain a keen understanding of your personality style, and the styles of the people you deal with, as a tool to create more practical, harmonious working relationships.

Recommended Reading: Personality Style at Work

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In this workshop you’ll learn how to design a strong message, make routine information come alive, and convey confidence and command attention that’ll ensure you’re heard, remembered and achieve desired results.

Recommended Reading: You’ve Got 8 Seconds

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Mark Lusnar

The Company U is a collaboration of longtime friends and associates, Mark Lusnar and Ian Tonks.

About Mark

A highly respected consultant, coach, and educator with more than 25 years of experience, Mark works with individuals, teams and organizations seeking to develop managerial skills, enhance their leadership teams, and improve bottom-line performance. He earned his doctorate in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and received a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Loyola Marymount University.  A native of New York, he lives in Martinez, California, with his wife, Renee.

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Ian Tonks

About Ian

Fusing two decades of executive and entrepreneurial experience, Ian splits time today helping entrepreneurs get more from their businesses, and teaching accountants to win more work.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science from the University of Northumbria, and an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Dominican University of California. His passions include exercise, golf, family and travel. A native of England, he lives in Palm Desert, California, with his wife and daughter.

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