Change Makers Certification Program

Through the skills you build in Change Makers, you’ll produce lasting business results by growing effective working relationships, improve communications, influence, problem-solving, prioritization, meeting facilitation, project delivery, and gain proven resources in navigating through large and small changes.

 

Return business value. Connect authentically with other humans. Move through change from start to finish, and receive a Change Makers certification that you can display with pride!  

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Become a Certified Change Maker, and Co-Create Greatness!

This August you could start your journey of becoming a Certified Change Maker. You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to have better meetings, produce lasting business results, and set yourself up to get stuff done! You can grab your accountability buddy and register below!

What you’ll get:

Along with the following 8 modules, you’ll receive…

  • Six coaching sessions
  • A self-reflection journal with questions related to each module
  • A networking guide with tips and tricks to help you grow your Change Makers network and build community

 

Looking to dip your toes into the action without committing to the full program? You’re in luck! Dive into our individual Change Makers classes below at our public training rate!

Session 1: The Art and Science of Emotional Intelligence
August Cohort:  August 15th, 2024

Using a balance of instructor-led presentation and engaging, hands-on skill practice that simulates real-life situations in a nonthreatening way, this session will launch you on your way to being more effective in your current role by helping you raise your Emotional Intelligence and leverage emotional intelligence more effectively. Dispelling common myths about emotional intelligence, and packed with practical, try-this-now tips and techniques, this session has been increasingly popular since its inception. Regardless of your own Emotional Intelligence, you’ll walk away with tools you can use to get even better and ways to influence those around you to also grow their own Emotional Intelligence.

Session 1: The Art and Science of Emotional Intelligence
August Cohort:  August 15th, 2024

Using a balance of instructor-led presentation and engaging, hands-on skill practice that simulates real-life situations in a nonthreatening way, this session will launch you on your way to being more effective in your current role by helping you raise your Emotional Intelligence and leverage emotional intelligence more effectively. Dispelling common myths about emotional intelligence, and packed with practical, try-this-now tips and techniques, this session has been increasingly popular since its inception. Regardless of your own Emotional Intelligence, you’ll walk away with tools you can use to get even better and ways to influence those around you to also grow their own Emotional Intelligence.

Session 2: Advanced Facilitation
July 11th, 2024

August Cohort:  September 19th, 2024 

Some meetings – and some meeting participants – require extra care and finesse. Busy executives with limited time on their hands, distracted individuals whose minds are elsewhere, and people caught up in organizational politics that don’t align with the other meeting participants can make things really tough! Whether we’re trying to understand the technical details of a specific issue or we’re planning for the next several months or years for our organization, our meetings need to be productive and useful. The best compliment to a meeting facilitator is to be invited back, and that doesn’t happen unless the people in the meeting agree that the meeting was effective. Gain and practice proven techniques to protect the productivity of the meeting and keep things moving forward well, even in the face of apathy, distractedness, excessive chattiness, resistance, hostility, unreasonable dominance, and other unproductive behaviors. In this full-day workshop, we’ll weave stories of disruptive behavior into techniques of how to manage them with grace. Keeping in mind the essentials of any effective meeting and supplementing those critical foundations with advanced techniques to use when the meeting is at a standstill. This class will prepare you to facilitate even the highest-stakes meetings with any of highest profile participants.

Session 2: Advanced Facilitation
July 11th, 2024
August Cohort: September 19th, 2024

Some meetings – and some meeting participants – require extra care and finesse. Busy executives with limited time on their hands, distracted individuals whose minds are elsewhere, and people caught up in organizational politics that don’t align with the other meeting participants can make things really tough! Whether we’re trying to understand the technical details of a specific issue or we’re planning for the next several months or years for our organization, our meetings need to be productive and useful. The best compliment to a meeting facilitator is to be invited back, and that doesn’t happen unless the people in the meeting agree that the meeting was effective. Gain and practice proven techniques to protect the productivity of the meeting and keep things moving forward well, even in the face of apathy, distractedness, excessive chattiness, resistance, hostility, unreasonable dominance, and other unproductive behaviors. In this full-day workshop, we’ll weave stories of disruptive behavior into techniques of how to manage them with grace. Keeping in mind the essentials of any effective meeting and supplementing those critical foundations with advanced techniques to use when the meeting is at a standstill. This class will prepare you to facilitate even the highest-stakes meetings with any of highest profile participants.

Session 3: The Art and Science of Process Improvement and Problem Solving
August 8th, 2024
August Cohort: October 17th, 2024

This full-day class covers the foundations of effective problem solving, using our own proven methodology. We begin with making sure that you’re solving the right problem, using best practices in root cause identification along with effective facilitation and brainstorming techniques. From there, we move to identifying the best possible solution options, knowing that not every problem has just one solution, and not every solution option is the right choice for right now. You’ll be exposed to key components of successful decision-making and an approach that helps you bring others along. And finally, our session closes with how to create the right plan of action for you, beginning with taking that critical next step.

With practical, hands-on examples, in this highly interactive workshop you’ll learn how to identify the right problem, uncover the right solution, and put the right action plan into place. Gain easy-to-apply tips that help you collaboratively solve even the most complex problems, head-on, without getting overwhelmed by the problems you’re facing and without becoming distracted by the first solution that comes along.

Session 3: The Art and Science of Process Improvement and Problem Solving
June 11th, 2024
August Cohort: October 17th, 2024

This full-day class covers the foundations of effective problem solving, using our own proven methodology. We begin with making sure that you’re solving the right problem, using best practices in root cause identification along with effective facilitation and brainstorming techniques. From there, we move to identifying the best possible solution options, knowing that not every problem has just one solution, and not every solution option is the right choice for right now. You’ll be exposed to key components of successful decision-making and an approach that helps you bring others along. And finally, our session closes with how to create the right plan of action for you, beginning with taking that critical next step.

With practical, hands-on examples, in this highly interactive workshop you’ll learn how to identify the right problem, uncover the right solution, and put the right action plan into place. Gain easy-to-apply tips that help you collaboratively solve even the most complex problems, head-on, without getting overwhelmed by the problems you’re facing and without becoming distracted by the first solution that comes along.

Session 4: Bringing Out The Best In Others
July 9th, 2024
September 12th, 2024
August Cohort: November 21st, 2024

Goals and expectations are critical to success, but sometimes, we set bad goals with good intentions. We’ve got tips and tricks to help you set (and achieve!) better, SMART-er goals with the end in mind. Now that you have your goals, you need to follow-up and provide feedback to your team. Let’s explore ways to maximize your own emotional intelligence and self-management in the moment while also being sensitive to the other person in the conversation so you can manage your conversations well, whether that’s providing praise or sharing corrective feedback. Don’t forget about appreciation! Expressing appreciation at work is critical to building healthy employee morale, but sometimes it’s easy to forget, and even easier said than done. We’ll explore the 5 Languages of Appreciation and where they fit, along with tactical tips to help you get your appreciation across!

Session 4: Bringing Out The Best In Others
July 9th, 2024
September 12th, 2024
August Cohort: November 21st, 2024

Goals and expectations are critical to success, but sometimes, we set bad goals with good intentions. We’ve got tips and tricks to help you set (and achieve!) better, SMART-er goals with the end in mind. Now that you have your goals, you need to follow-up and provide feedback to your team. Let’s explore ways to maximize your own emotional intelligence and self-management in the moment while also being sensitive to the other person in the conversation so you can manage your conversations well, whether that’s providing praise or sharing corrective feedback. Don’t forget about appreciation! Expressing appreciation at work is critical to building healthy employee morale, but sometimes it’s easy to forget, and even easier said than done. We’ll explore the 5 Languages of Appreciation and where they fit, along with tactical tips to help you get your appreciation across!

Session 5: Foundations of Project Management
August 13th, 2024
October 10th, 2024
August Cohort: December 19th, 2024

This class is designed for individuals who are new to the PM space and need an introduction, or those more seasoned PMs who could use a refresher. This class includes everything you need to know to manage a successful project. Filled with fun activities and plenty of group interaction, this class will introduce you to many topics including, what a project manager is, what a project is, the project lifecycle, and helpful mnemonics. Additionally, participants will walk away with tools they can apply right away.

Session 5: Foundations of Project Management
October 10th, 2024
August Cohort: December 19th, 2024

This class is designed for individuals who are new to the PM space and need an introduction, or those more seasoned PMs who could use a refresher. This class includes everything you need to know to manage a successful project. Filled with fun activities and plenty of group interaction, this class will introduce you to many topics including, what a project manager is, what a project is, the project lifecycle, and helpful mnemonics. Additionally, participants will walk away with tools they can apply right away.

Session 6: Advanced Collaboration
September 10th, 2024
November 14th, 2024
August Cohort: January 16th, 2025

So you’ve been doing this for a while, and you’ve got habits, practices, techniques, and a reputation for being capable. Now what? How do you keep advancing? This full-day workshop explores three techniques seasoned leaders, project managers, business analysts, and others can apply to step up your game even further, to continue to increase your positive influence within your environment. Learn how leveraging the languages of appreciation can kickstart stagnant stakeholder relationships, how maximizing emotional intelligence in the moment can disarm even the most troublesome situation, and unleash the power of two little words that can change everything for the better.

Session 6: Advanced Collaboration
September 10th, 2024
November 14th, 2024
August Cohort: January 16th, 2025

So you’ve been doing this for a while, and you’ve got habits, practices, techniques, and a reputation for being capable. Now what? How do you keep advancing? This full-day workshop explores three techniques seasoned leaders, project managers, business analysts, and others can apply to step up your game even further, to continue to increase your positive influence within your environment. Learn how leveraging the languages of appreciation can kickstart stagnant stakeholder relationships, how maximizing emotional intelligence in the moment can disarm even the most troublesome situation, and unleash the power of two little words that can change everything for the better.

Session 7: Coaching As a Mindset
October 8th, 2024
December 12th, 2024
August Cohort: February 20th, 2025

At countless moments during the day, we have the opportunity to choose a coach approach with our coworkers or employees. Coaching in the moment allows us to reinforce praise-worthy behaviors, prevent future discord, or give other the opportunity to consider their actions or circumstances in a new way. Sometimes, we shy away from coaching conversations because we’re not sure how to start or feel we don’t have the authority. Let’s explore incorporating coaching as a mindset, recognizing there are various moments for pausing to take a coach approach. We’ll practice using multiple tools and models you can incorporate into your day-to-day right away!

Session 7: Coaching As a Mindset
October 8th, 2024
December 12th, 2024
August Cohort: February 20th, 2025

At countless moments during the day, we have the opportunity to choose a coach approach with our coworkers or employees. Coaching in the moment allows us to reinforce praise-worthy behaviors, prevent future discord, or give others the opportunity to consider their actions or circumstances in a new way. Sometimes, we shy away from coaching conversations because we’re not sure how to start or feel we don’t have the authority. Let’s explore incorporating coaching as a mindset, recognizing there are various moments for pausing to take a coach approach. We’ll practice using multiple tools and models you can incorporate into your day-to-day right away!

Session 8: Enabling Change in an Organizational Context
November 12th, 2024
January 9th, 2025
August Cohort: March 13th, 2025

Change appetites vary, and changes can be hard. But they don’t have to be. Equipped with a few simple concepts, we can help enable change in their organizations.

  • Defining the terms makes it change simpler.
  • A growth mindset helps with any change.
  • A people-positive attitude helps with any stakeholder.
  • Envisioning change as a journey helps set the stage for the messages we need when going through transition, and helps others hear what they need to hear, right when they need it most.

This engaging look at the processes many people go through around change and the messages that help them move forward will help you look at change a little differently, with the end goal of improving your own ability to help others through the transition process – regardless of the magnitude of the change or the change appetite of those facing it.

Session 8: Enabling Change in an Organizational Context
November 12th, 2024
January 9th, 2025
August Cohort: March 13th, 2025

Change appetites vary, and changes can be hard. But they don’t have to be. Equipped with a few simple concepts, we can help enable change in their organizations.

  • Defining the terms makes it change simpler.
  • A growth mindset helps with any change.
  • A people-positive attitude helps with any stakeholder.
  • Envisioning change as a journey helps set the stage for the messages we need when going through transition, and helps others hear what they need to hear, right when they need it most.

This engaging look at the processes many people go through around change and the messages that help them move forward will help you look at change a little differently, with the end goal of improving your own ability to help others through the transition process – regardless of the magnitude of the change or the change appetite of those facing it.

More about the Change Makers:

Each module in the Change Makers curriculum touches on these three concepts, which are critical in your success as a Change Maker…

  • Operate in the best interest of the business
  • Make authentic human connection
  • Demonstrate change is a process, not an event

 

No matter your role in your organization, you can be an effective Change Maker if you understand the relationship between people growth, business growth, and organizational change.

People Growth

People Growth happens under good leadership.

Good leaders…

  • Communicate effectively
  • Align with organizational goals
  • Harness the power of their team
  • Drive performance
  • Navigate tough moments with grace
  • Effectively give the gift of feedback
  • Delegate effectively
  • Make meetings better
  • Build a culture of appreciation
  • Lead from the heart

Business Growth

Business Growth happens when projects and processes align with organizational goals.

That happens when…

  • Communication flows freely
  • Sponsors are up to speed
  • Projects move at the speed of change
  • Risk management is a priority
  • Solid decisions stick
  • We trust the process that works
  • Stakeholders are engaged
  • Processes and projects are integrated
  • Individual goals align with organization goals

Organizational Change

Change happens when we help people transition from where they are to where they’re going.

Effective change happens when we…

  • Empower changemakers
  • Enable change with grace, speed, and value
  • Move at the speed of change
  • Help others thrive on change
  • Are resilient and “bounce” back
  • Communicate at key moments
  • Plan for change
What is Change Makers?

Change Makers is a new Your Clear Next Step offering designed to help organizations improve their ability to enable change within the organization, and as we’re formally launching the program in 2023, we’re starting with an accelerated Change Makers Inaugural program for individuals.

Who are Change Makers?

We’ve learned that those who are most effective at enabling change in an organizational context are consistently those who

(1)   Make authentic human connection

(2)   Put the good of the organization first, and

(3)   Treat change as a process, not an event

What does the Change Makers Program do?

Our Change Makers program helps people in organizations

(1)   develop the emotional intelligence and influence skills needed to make authentic human connection as leaders and influencers,

(2)   grow the business acumen, and project and process competencies to prioritize the organization’s mission, vision, values, and strategy, and measure, produce, and prove results within and for the business, and

(3)   prepare for and efficiently navigate the journey of transition without missing the mark or leaving stakeholders behind

We’ve found that many organizations already have some pieces of this, and just need a little help bringing it all together.  Our Change Makers program helps organizations discern what they need, fill in the gaps, and create and empower Change Makers within their own “four walls.”

Why a buddy?

With a buddy, chances are good that you bring different skills to the table, so by buddying up, you help each other grow!

By having a buddy in class, you can know for sure that someone else in the room has a very similar frame of reference organizationally to what you’re experiencing.

You can be held accountable for keeping those skills sharp “back at the office” applying the skills and tools you learn in class alongside someone else who has learned them with you!

“I was in Change Makers with another leader in my workplace, and we hold each other accountable. We ask ourselves if we closed the meeting correctly, etc. It’s nice to have someone else accountable that went through it at the same time as you.” -Change Makers 2023 Participant 

What if I can't make it to all of the weeks?

Ideally, you would be able to participate in all of the trainings, but we understand you’re busy. We will be recording every session with the ability for you to catch up on one of the sessions.

Change Makers Certification Program

$7,397.00

The most effective Change Makers are empowered with the ability to lead people, grow business, and navigate transition. These three sets of complementary skills are not at odds. They must work in unison. Whether your organization has zero, one, two, or three of these – if they’re not all three working together, we can help.

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