"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."   ~ John F. Kennedy

Leading others requires ongoing self-development and the trainings I offer are designed for upper management and top executives. Combined with coaching, once the skills and tools are mastered by upper management, they can be taken deep into the organization where all employees and staff are practicing these new skills.  

The trainings below are three hours in length. Contact me today to schedule trainings for your organization. 

1.   Emotional Intelligence Training

Emotional intelligence is a vital component and is critical for success for an organization.  Increased emotional intelligence brings added value and the benefits are numerous.  The training introduces the concept of EI, gives you an understanding of how to develop self-awareness, offers strategies to handle pressure healthily, how to become a good listener, strengthen empathy, and manage your emotions so that you can make more thoughtful and thorough decisions. All participants will take the EQi – 2.0 assessment prior to the training.


2.   Unlocking Your Fullest Potential

Self-development is an ongoing process.  This training amplifies the challenges to self-actualize, and points out specific steps to make learning new tasks and taking on new responsibilities less daunting. When everyone is presented with this topic, then upper management can use this training to gain some leverage to support self-development in areas that are under developed.


3.   Decision Making Protocols and Problem Solving

This training is designed to eliminate wasted time and energy in your decision making process.  A method for problem solving is explored to improve the performance of any procedure. Time is spent on first defining the problem accurately, then getting a baseline on the situation.  We then analyze critical factors to improve the process. The method presented is structured to solving complex problems that may be high in risk and reduce teams from skipping crucial steps.


4.   Leadership Styles and When to Use Them

Adopting different leadership styles in important for overall success.  There will be 9 leadership styles presented and when to use them.  Knowing when to use a certain style is dependent upon authority of the leader and the autonomy of the team.  Within this matrix, one can have a clear picture of where a style is most needed.

5. Self-Management and Organizational Capabilities

The CPI260 assessment is taken prior to this training and is designed for upper management and leaders. After taking the assessment, we go over it in the training and the report helps bring understanding to your preferences, attitudes and behaviors in crucial areas of management and leadership. The leadership characteristics examined are:

·      Self-management

·      Organizational Capabilities

·      Team Building and Teamwork

·      Problem Solving

·      Sustaining the Vision

6.   Collaborative Teaming

Miscommunication is often the culprit that undermines the success of a team along with lack of clarity over team goals. In this training we explore simple tactics to avoid the common pitfalls of collaborative teaming.  After addressing misunderstandings, non-understanding,and misinterpretations, we will explore up to date software to improve the virtual connections between team members.

7.   Gaining Rapport and Engagement

Research shows that two-thirds of American employees are not engaged.  The result, they give less than their best performance and merely show up for their paycheck.  This training covers steps to develop rapport that is the driving force behind boosting emotions and motivation that lead into cultivating an engaged workforce.

Areas covered are:

-       the six needs required to thrive at work

-       how attitudes, use of language and behavior can either create

 a high-performance culture or cripple performance

-       practices to implement to boost engagement, productivity,

and performance

8.   Leading Self and Leading Others

In this training we explore how to deepen your self-awareness of your own leadership style, abilities, and bring an understanding on your impact on others.  Focus will be on sharpening your executive presence through clear articulation of your thoughts, expectations, by using intentional body language and asking insightful questions.  You will gain insight of your leadership strengths and utilize influence to lead others. Strengthening these areas are the pathways to build trust.

9.    Conflict Resolution

Presented in this training are the 8 steps to conflict resolution and explores the consequences of avoiding conflict.  Highlighted are the mistakes managers make that can lead to conflict and the key steps to prevent conflict.  Many individuals use aggression during conflict. In this training, tools are presented to enhance assertiveness rather than turning to aggressive behavior.

10.  Self-Actualization

Most individuals do not unlock their fullest potential. In this training, we explore the resistance to developing new skills and 5 steps for learning a new skill faster.  Tools are presented to help motivate staff to be more alert, intellectually active and more rational.

11.   Using Self Expression to Strengthen Relationships

Self-expression is a core competency for Peak Performance.  Developing capabilities through self-expression increases assertiveness, independence, builds trust in relationships and builds rapport.  Neuroscience has taught us that effective self-expression is one of the most important ways for people to connect, navigate, and grow with each other, ultimately improving team performance. In this training, we will explore conversational intelligence, co-creating conversations and ways to be vulnerable in the workplace.


12.   Confidence Building Based in Reality Testing

Confidence and reality testing are core competencies for peak performance.  In this training, 12 errors in thinking are explored which undermine confidence.  The skill of reality testing and how our thoughts impact confidence are presented as are key steps to take to boost confidence. Strong in these areas is key to success.


13.   Delegating and Time Management

 Taking control of one’s time is crucial to being effective, efficient and productive. In this training, we cover what gets in the way of good time management and present tools to effectively manage your time so that you can be more efficient and productive.  We explore what prevents you form delegating, and guidelines and steps to implement to start delegating to develop potential in others.

Recommendations for Trainings with Success Starts With You

"Melinda began working with my organization about 9 months ago, and the results have been extremely positive. We have used her for one on one executive coaching as well as Emotional Intelligence training on a consistent basis and have been very pleased with the impact of her teachings on our employees. I personally have gained much wisdom from her years of experience in dealing with executives in the corporate world. I would not hesitate to bring her into your organization if you would like to see positive change in self awareness among your employees."

~ Gayle Teeter, PHR, SHRM - CP Director of Human Resources at Powerhouse Retail Services


"Melinda Fouts, Ph.D. has been instrumental in creating an environmental change within the organization. Her teaching style and communication make it very simple to apply the Emotional Intelligence strategies. Her ability to create change in a positive style is greatly appreciated. I would recommend Ms. Fouts training to take any organization to the next level."

Christopher Cruthis, Senior VP of Operations at Powerhouse Retail Services