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Future
Focused Leadership

Leading in the new normal series

Join our interactive virtual speaker series starting October 21st!

What is the

Future Focused Leadership Series?

The Future Focused Leadership series looks to develop the sustainable leadership skills essential to navigating through COVID-19 and beyond.

As businesses and communities continue to adapt to new ways of doing business in the pandemic, this interactive series examines the essential skills needed to grow past recovery, building a future where we thrive in the new normal. Future-focused leaders are agile and equipped to anticipate and navigate change as the world adjusts to the realities brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Develop the leadership the skills needed to face our biggest question in times of uncertainty – What’s next?  Leadership Niagara has assembled industry experts, professionals, and community leaders from around Ontario to help tackle uncertainty and build skills focused on the future.

Each session in the series is interactive and intends to engage with a presentation by the speaker, interactive session and Q&A, followed by an informal period for conversation on the topic and networking with peers and experts.

Our 2020 Line-Up

This insightful and interactive speaker series is what our community has come to expect from Leadership Niagara. These speakers have been assembled from across Ontario to help tackle uncertainty and build skills focused on the future.

Build your Future Focused Leadership with these amazing speakers!

Wednesday, October 21st | 1:30 PM EST

Key Leadership Strategies for Being Future Ready

We live in an era of unprecedented change where ‘building-back-better’ will require being innovative and future-focused while demystifying what is needed for community and economic growth. This session will share key leadership learnings combined with strategies and how-to’s that will provide a clear direction for anyone wanting to implement the community-led development, strategic foresight, and systems-thinking that will be essential for the social, environmental, and economic well-being of our communities.

Thursday, October 29th | 1:30 PM EST

Strategic Foresight

One of the core competencies of being an effective leader is to see things that other people don’t see. This workshop presents two such alternative ways of seeing. 

The first is systems thinking which allows us to see wholes and the interdependencies among their parts rather than just parts alone. We all know that “a system is more than the sum of its parts,”  but few of us really understand what that means. Nor do we know how to use that insight in leading change.

Another invisible element of our world is change. It seems strange to say that change is invisible when we are swimming in a world of change, not least from what we get from the media every hour. But have we ever really systematically understood how change occurs?  And it’s even more challenging when it comes to change in the future. We know that no one can predict the future, but it seems that we do it almost all the time anyway. Strategic foresight is the alternative – what to do about the future when you don’t know what is going to happen.

Learning Objectives:

  • distinguish strategic foresight from traditional forecasting and planning;
  • understand the different types of change and their implications for anticipating and influencing the future;
  • distinguish between the expected and alternatives futures and the evidence for the appearance of each one;
  • identify the role and use of the different assumptions that we and others make as one of the sources of alternative futures;

Learning Objectives:

  • First Thing’s First: What are Millenials and Generation Z *really*?
  • Strategies to successfully recruit from Millenial and Generation talent pools
  • Tools to create an inclusive culture and to stray away from “culture fit”
  • How COVID-19 will change the workplace and younger employees

Thursday, November 12th | 1:30 PM EST

The Great Divide:

A Guide on Connecting with & Empowering Millennials and Generation Z in the COVID-Era Workplace

We live in an era of unprecedented change where ‘building-back-better’ will require being innovative and future-focused while demystifying what is needed for community and economic growth.

This session will share key leadership learnings combined with strategies and how-to’s that will provide a clear direction for anyone wanting to implement the community-led development, strategic foresight, and systems-thinking that will be essential for the social, environmental, and economic well-being of our communities.

Thursday, November 19th | 1:30 PM EST

Sustainable Leadership:

Setting the Tone & Expectation for Crisis Resilience

With many organizations scrambling to adapt to the rapidly evolving realities of working through the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are at risk of suffering from negative impacts to morale, cohesiveness and agility – which can contribute to burn-out and disengagement within your teams. This session operationalizes learnings from over a decade of experience working in disaster and emergency management with a practical tool to help leaders adapt to and communicate through changes in how your organization operates. The decision and communication too will help in setting the tone and expectations to ensure that your teams remain engaged and productive in a sustainable manner as the organization continues to adapt.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of signs and symptoms related to changing or declining mental health in employees
  • Strategies for managers to promote a psychologically safe work environment
  • Strategies and resources for managers who notice an employee is struggling
  • Provide a list of resources available in the community and online

Thursday, November 26th | 1:30 PM EST

Mental Health in the Workplace:

How to support your employees in a post-COVID world

Mental health related illnesses and absences were on the rise in Canadian workplaces prior to the pandemic. Now as we continue to be faced with the uncertainty, anxiety and stress that living in this new world brings, it can be expected that there will be an even greater impact on our workplaces. We need to be prepared as leaders to respond and support our people through this.

This session will provide leaders with strategies to optimize a psychologically safe workspace for employees, an understanding of the signs to look for in an employee who may be experiencing declining mental health, and communication supports and resources to have those difficult, yet crucial, conversations.

Thursday, December 3rd | 1:30 PM EST

Don’t Believe Everything You Think:

Introduction to Implicit Bias

What causes us to prefer some people over others? To be more likely to hire, promote, develop, and trust members from certain identity groups, despite evidence that others are equally or more qualified? We like to believe that our decisions reflect our intentions to be open-minded and fair, but in reality, there is often a disconnect between these intentions and reality. This session will uncover how implicit biases shape our thinking and the top strategies we can apply to make better decisions in work and life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know what implicit biases are, how they impede diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Identify areas of your own personal bias and how they’re shaping your thoughts, behaviour and decisions
  • Develop a personal action plan to spot and address them in yourself and others
Brenda Herchmer, Future Focused Leadership series, Key Leadership Strategies for Being Future Ready, October 15 2020

Key Leadership Strategies for Being Future Ready

We live in an era of unprecedented change where ‘building-back-better’ will require being innovative and future-focused while demystifying what is needed for community and economic growth.

This session will share key leadership learnings combined with strategies and how-to’s that will provide a clear direction for anyone wanting to implement the community-led development, strategic foresight, and systems-thinking that will be essential for the social, environmental, and economic well-being of our communities.

Dr. Peter Bishop - Future Focused Leadership series, Strategic Foresight, October 29th, 2020

Strategic Foresight

One of the core competencies of being an effective leader is to see things that other people don’t see. This workshop presents two such alternative ways of seeing.

The first is systems thinking which allows us to see wholes and the interdependencies among their parts rather than just parts alone. We all know that “a system is more than the sum of its parts,”  but few of us really understand what that means. Nor do we know how to use that insight in leading change.

Another invisible element of our world is change. It seems strange to say that change is invisible when we are swimming in a world of change, not least from what we get from the media every hour. But have we ever really systematically understood how change occurs?  And it’s even more challenging when it comes to change in the future. We know that no one can predict the future, but it seems that we do it almost all the time anyway. Strategic foresight is the alternative – what to do about the future when you don’t know what is going to happen.

Madi Fuller - Future Focused Leadership series, Career Success Specialist - Juno College of Technology

The Great Divide: A Guide on Connecting with & Empowering Millennials and Generation Z in the COVID-Era Workplace

We live in an era of unprecedented change where ‘building-back-better’ will require being innovative and future-focused while demystifying what is needed for community and economic growth.

This session will share key leadership learnings combined with strategies and how-to’s that will provide a clear direction for anyone wanting to implement the community-led development, strategic foresight, and systems-thinking that will be essential for the social, environmental, and economic well-being of our communities.

Paul Hassanally - future focused leadership series, Sustainable Leadership: Setting the Tone & Expectation for Crisis Resilience, November 19th, 2020

Sustainable Leadership: Setting the Tone & Expectation for Crisis Resilience

With many organizations scrambling to adapt to the rapidly evolving realities of working through the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are at risk of suffering from negative impacts to morale, cohesiveness and agility – which can contribute to burn-out and disengagement within your teams. This session operationalizes learnings from over a decade of experience working in disaster and emergency management with a practical tool to help leaders adapt to and communicate through changes in how your organization operates. The decision and communication too will help in setting the tone and expectations to ensure that your teams remain engaged and productive in a sustainable manner as the organization continues to adapt.

Cara Kirkham - Future Focused Leadership series, Mental Health in the Workplace: How to support your employees in a post-COVID world November 26, 2020

Mental Health in the Workplace: How to support your employees in a post-COVID world

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Michelle Grocholsky - Future Focused Leadership series, Empowered Equity Diversity & Inclusion Consulting

Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Introduction to Implicit Bias

What causes us to prefer some people over others? To be more likely to hire, promote, develop, and trust members from certain identity groups, despite evidence that others are equally or more qualified?

We like to believe that our decisions reflect our intentions to be open-minded and fair, but in reality, there is often a disconnect between these intentions and reality. This session will uncover how implicit biases shape our thinking and the top strategies we can apply to make better decisions in work and life.

Register Now!

This six-part series is being offered at $49 per session, but we have also introduced a Pay What You Can option. We hope this helps those who would like still like to participate while helping us inch closer to our fundraising objectives. 

All proceeds from the Future Focused Leadership sessions will support Leadership Niagara’s ongoing programming and commitment to future-focused leadership during the pandemic and beyond.

SAVE YOUR SEAT!

$ 10 - 49 Per Session
  • Get Access To:
  • The virtual session with subject matter experts
  • Informal networking & conversation immediately following the event
  • 6+ hours of video content that will inspire & inform