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Join us for our Workshops at The State of Iowa

Your Clear Next Step is proud to partner with The State of Iowa to offer some of our best courses to the public the once a quarter. To register, please contact Kim Hanson (515-401-9542, at the State of Iowa Performance & Development Solutions. Click on a class below to learn more!

Project Management Fundamentals (also known as PM 1-day)

Upcoming Sessions:

  • November 18, 2020 – Virtual
  • January 28, 2021 – In-Person
  • April 27, 2021 – Virtual

All sessions run from 8:30am – 4:30pm

Do more with less! Designed specifically for those who are actively managing projects, this class is an in-depth look into the processes, knowledge areas, inputs, and outputs you need to know to manage projects effectively and successfully. Learn key knowledge areas and critical success factors now so you don’t have to learn them the hard way later. This class is a high energy, hands-on balance of PMBOK knowledge and application as well as best practices learned and passed down by the pros. Walk away with critical essentials for getting a project done regardless of size or complexity, as well as techniques, concepts, and tools that will save you time and energy in the future.

During this course, participants will:

  • Describe the characteristics of a project
  • Complete a roadmap of critical knowledge areas within the lifecycle of a project
  • Practice initiating, planning, managing, and closing down a project
  • Learn a reusable set of tools for approaching projects in a comprehensive yet efficient way

Project Management Essentials (also known as PM 2-day)

Upcoming Sessions:

  • October 27th and 28th, 2020 – Virtual
  • January 20th and 21st, 2021 – In-Person
  • April 20th and 21st, 2021 – In-Person

Both days for each session will run from 8:30am – 4:30pm

Designed specifically for those who are actively managing projects, this class is a deep dive into the processes, knowledge areas, inputs, and outputs you need to know about to manage projects more effectively. Based on the best practices of the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, this highly interactive class will give you a chance to evaluate and improve your approach to project management.
You’ll learn about the constants – those fundamentals of project management that hold true regardless of the scope or nature of the project – plus you’ll be exposed to some of the most common reasons project approaches vary. This hands-on, no-nonsense class can serve as a foundation for project managers new to their role, as well as an eye-opening refresher for seasoned project managers who have been managing projects for years, and you will come away with tools you can use right away.

During this course, participants will:

  • Identify the ten knowledge areas described by PMI’s PMBOK
  • Practice creating commonly-used artifacts within the Project Management Lifecycle
  • Describe some of the common mistakes made in Project Management
  • Practice creating and managing a project plan
  • Create solution options for building and maintaining a project team
  • Identify opportunities for improvement, using recent projects as examples

Thriving on Change

Upcoming Sessions:

  • December 1st, 2020 – In-Person
  • February 4th, 2021 – In-Person
  • February 24th, 2021 – Virtual
  • May 25, 2021 – In-Person

All sessions run from 8:30am – 4:30pm

Change is not only hard, it is vital to the success and longevity of any organization. Learn how to navigate change and lead your team successfully to the other side—and come out better than you were before! This course breaks down the essentials of change leadership and transition management and makes them relatable and memorable. Topics range from change and transition foundations to conveying the right messages at key stages of transition, and how to create a plan for leading change well. Change is an opportunity to set the bar higher—so why merely survive it when you can thrive? Set yourself and your organization up for post-change success!

During this course, participants will:

  • Learn about attitudes toward change and how they impact the transition process.
  • Recognize key moments in the change cycle, and what people need to hear at those moments.
  • Understand common pitfalls of change and transition leadership: why it often fails, and how to ensure success.
  • Apply change and transition

Emotional Intelligence

Upcoming Sessions:

  • January 14, 2021 – Virtual
  • April 8, 2021 – In-Person

All sessions run from 8:30am – 4:30pm

Some days, my job would be so much easier if I could just do it by myself.  Am I the only one who feels this way?  If you’ve ever had this thought, you are not alone! Working with others is one of the hardest things we do, and it requires the daily application of emotional intelligence. We’ve all got room to improve there–join us!

Learn about Emotional Intelligence in Your Clear Next Step’s tried-and-true W.H.A.T. format; you’ll learn What emotional intelligence is, How to apply it, Avoiding common pitfalls, and specific, concrete Tools and Techniques to boost your EQ at work (or in life).

Emotional Intelligence begins with self-awareness, and continues with managing your own behaviors.  From there, learn to be aware of and influence others so the work can get done.

Using a balance of instructor-led presentation and engaging, hands-on skill practice that simulates real-life situations in a totally nonthreatening way, this session will launch you on your way to being more effective in your current role by helping you raise your EQ and leverage emotional intelligence more effectively.

During this course, participants will:

  • Gain a simple model for understanding the four stages of emotional intelligence and encounter clear definitions and relevance of each.
  • Practice examples of how to apply emotional intelligence in relevant and commonly-experienced situations,
    • starting with the role of self-awareness in effective interpersonal interactions
    • continuing with the value of self-management in achieving their goals at work
    • exploring the importance of other awareness, and how to identify where someone else is coming from
    • Focusing on the criticality of relationship management and how to ensure that the relationship moves forward well.
  • Encounter stories and anecdotes, tools and techniques to learn “the easy way” to avoid the most common and most painful mistakes around emotional intelligence
  • Experience tools and techniques to help them improve their influence with others, including a tailored quick reference guide for future development.

Meet the Instructor

Sinikka Waugh is a recognized leader in understanding people and in adapting tools, techniques, and processes to meet the demands of the situation at hand. As a popular presenter and trainer, her energetic and engaging style drives home the art and science of making business better for individuals, teams, and organizations.

Sinikka Waugh