Leadership

Why do some organizations fail while others succeed? Increased competition from foreign markets, price pressure and customer demands are facing every business sector, but some are winners and others are losers. Winning companies win because they have outstanding leaders who nurture and develop other leaders at every level in the organization. Illinois BIS has helped top management in companies transform the way they lead by offering customized training and guidance in a variety of areas including:

The Illinois BIS Leadership Development Program is designed to prepare leaders to tap into their leadership potential, and develop the skills required to build organizational focus, agility and strength through employee commitment and enthusiastic effort. This program has a solid track-record for increasing teamwork on the executive team.

To survive current market and economic conditions, companies must improve key business processes, maximize economic value, achieve focused accountability and develop a global sales strategy. Effective Strategy Planning is creating a vision of the future and managing toward expectancy.

This 24-hour program provides the Leadership training consistent with the Lean/Continuous Improvement System that is necessary to build a culture of customer-focused, high performing teamwork, agility, efficiency, and effectiveness. It is designed to unify the mission, values and goals of the company.

Data shows that 80% of the success of Lean initiatives is the result of a culture that supports teamwork, communication, common goals, and a culture of continuous improvement. The three principles of a true Lean Culture are: eliminate waste, continuous improvement, and respect for people. "Ask the people who DO the work, how best to improve how the work gets done." Illinois BIS has worked successfully with over one thousand organizations during the past thirty years on change initiatives.

With the reality of globalization and its impact on Illinois manufacturers, Illinois BIS offers tailored training and technical assistance services to help your business profit from the growth opportunities in the continually evolving global business environment. Services include: Review current global strategy, business model, business process, organizational assessment, market research, and assistance in growing export sales.

Innovations such as increased speed, finding niche markets, improving quality, outsourcing and process improvements have served to keep U.S. manufacturers globally competitive. Topics include: Designing a Winning Innovation Strategy, How to Become a Serial Innovator, How to Implement a Process of Innovation, How to Measure Innovation Success.

The long-term success of any organization will be largely influenced by its leadership capabilities. This training will focus on implementing a process to identify organizational needs, assess individuals, and create plans for selecting and developing the next generation of leaders for the business.

Illinois BIS offers a full spectrum of programs designed to enhance both the people and practical skills required to be an effective supervisor. This Supervisory Development program focuses on best practices regarding managing people in today's workplace. Topics include: The Role of the Leader, Problem-Solving, Communication, Building Trust, Resolving Conflicts, Coaching, Time Management, Teamwork, Legal Aspects and Diversity.

CEOs are concerned about the skill-gap shortage that has begun, and it will accelerate as the population ages. As time moves on, there will be fewer employees with the knowledge and experience to lead effectively. Attitudes among young people have changed. Younger generations are a growing part of the workforce as the Baby Boomers leave. It is critical for managers to facilitate a shared understanding between generations of employees, so that teamwork and productivity can flourish and tribal knowledge can be transferred.

This training includes three components: Team Building, How to Run a Successful Quality Improvement Meeting, and Problem-Solving.

This training helps companies deliver more effective hands-on training through structured on-the-job training (S-OJT), providing a practical approach to help improve the job skills of all employees. Learn how using this approach can lead to reduced training times, fewer defects, and greater confidence among employees. S-OJT has been proven effective in a broad range of settings, especially for companies that must meet ISO, TS, FDA, and other quality management requirements.

(For Executives and Managers)

The only thing more difficult to find than a Breakthrough Innovator is someone who knows how to engage them to the benefit of their company. Learn the key behaviors of Breakthrough Innovators and then use this insight to learn how to effectively empower these innovators and their colleagues for the long-term success of the company.

Tools to drive renewal and financial success in your company. The drive to routinize innovation has gone too far; so far as to limit many mature companies' ability to innovate. In today's economy, with the future of so many mature firms on the line, this insight brings a clarion call to businesses to rethink how to nurture and thrive on a "people" perspective of innovation.

This approach zeros in on the cutting-edge individuals who repeatedly create and deliver breakthrough innovations in mature organizations. These employees are organizational powerhouses who solve customer problems and substantially (and disproportionately) contribute to the financial value to their firms. Author, Bruce Vojak refers to them as "Serial Innovators".

Help your supervisors communicate better with your Spanish-speaking workforce! The Illinois BIS approach to workplace Spanish is focused on learning specific, practical vocabulary to help supervisors communicate more effectively in the workplace.

This unique course is designed for professionals who are doing business with China and need an introduction to Chinese culture, customers, etiquette and business language. The course emphasizes recognition and understanding of accepted cultural styles within the Chinese business environment.