Do you need your leaders and teams to be more effective?
Training is an essential part of leadership development and the building of organizational capacity. And, it’s a big investment. So how do you make sure you are getting training that will accomplish what you need it to accomplish?
There is a lot of training out there – much of it good and useful – but too often trainings designed to meet the needs of a broad range of groups end up either not addressing your specific needs, or offering you new approaches that seem great but are too hard to implement in the specific context of your organization or project (especially when only a handful of people got the training).
When you want to focus on building the skills of your leaders and increasing organizational capacity, sometimes the best approach is on-site interactive training.
You need training that is:
- Highly interactive, so people don’t just get introduced to tools, they get to figure out how they might apply in your group, and practice what they learn so they are ready to use and teach them.
- Focused on practical tools that are easy to learn, remember, teach and apply, and that are easily adapted to fit particular needs.
- Taught using real life problems and goals that your group has right now.
By bringing training into your organization instead of sending people out to be trained, you can provide training to more people, create common vocabulary and approaches within and across teams, and ensure that the training is focused where you need it focused.
I have many tools to offer, and, I customize my workshops and training series to fit the needs of the organizations with which I work. Please see my client list to get a sense of the groups I’ve worked with recently.
Qualifications and Focus
I’m Tasha Harmon, the founder of New Perspectives. I am a certified professional co-active coach and have spent over 25 years in the nonprofit sector as a staff member, manager, executive director, board member, volunteer, facilitator, consultant and coach. I teach, alone and with colleagues, on a wide variety of topics related to decision-making, communication, problem solving, facilitation, board and staff development, and change management.
Participants leave my workshops with tools they can use, including written templates, checklists and other practical support materials. You’ll find downloadable versions of some of the tools groups have found useful under Resources. I invite you to make use of any you think will be helpful in your organization.
Workshops offered include:
- Strategic Thinking: Keeping Your Eye on the Big Picture While Dealing with the Little Everyday Stuff
- Building Mutual Respect and Trust
- Tools for Getting Unstuck (on improving communication and decision-making processes)
- Moving From Complaints to Collaboration (listen to a one hour public version)
- Cultivating Accountability and Empowerment Through Relational Engagement (simple coaching tools that can be used to build stronger and more effective relationships with clients, co-workers, those you supervise or are supervised by, etc.)
- Running Meetings That Work
- Creative Problem-Solving
- Reducing Stress and Resistance When Moving Through Change
- Understanding Yourself, Understanding Others (on leadership)
- Speaking Truth and Nurturing Growth (on effective evaluation)
- Coaching for Growth and Excellence
- Making It Work: Creating Powerful and Productive Teams Through Effective Decision-Making
- Facilitating Change (a training for facilitators)
Please contact me for information about these and other trainings. I’d love to talk with you about the challenges your organization is facing and how training could support you in reaching your goals.
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Want a taste?
Key tools from all of the workshops listed above can be presented in an interactive way in a one-hour mini-workshop. Hiring me to do a mini-workshop will give you an immediate, hands-on sense of whether the tools I am bringing will be useful to you. The cost is $160 inside the Portland Metro Area. For workshops beyond those boundaries, I add travel time and related expenses.
Short Local Workshop You Can Attend
I sometimes teach workshops at Portland Community College, or through other local institutions, that are open to the public. I have three public workshops currently scheduled:
Building Mutual Respect and Trust Workshop
Mutual respect and trust are essential parts of healthy and productive work/team environments, but how do we create that? Learn concrete tools for cultivating trust and respect as a foundation for nurturing successful work/team relationships.
Logistics: Tuesday, March 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at PCC’s CLIMB Center in inner SE (near OMSI), room 307. The cost is $29.
Pre-registration is required. To register, go to http://www.pcc.edu/community and use CRN 16780.
Dates for Spring Workshops at PCC
I am teaching two workshops at PCC this spring term. Locations are yet to be determined but in case you want to mark your calendars, they will be:
- Moving from Complaints to Collaboration on Thursday April 18th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Complaints – our own and other people’s – feel like burdens and shut us down. Learn simple, effective ways to shift your own approach, and your organization, team, or relationship, from a dynamic of complaint to a dynamic of collaboration.
- Running Focused, Engaged Meetings on Thursday, May 2nd from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
What drives you crazy in meetings? What do you wish you could change in the meetings you run, or participate in? This workshop combines lively presentations on useful tools and practices with Q & A and highly interactive exercises based on actual challenges experienced by participants.
You can register for these workshops once the spring schedule is out in February. I look forward to seeing you.
If you would like to be notified of upcoming public workshops, please subscribe to my eNewsletter.
Training at Conferences and Other Events
I also teach workshops at conferences and as part of other people’s training series. Events I’ve presented at recently include:
- HomeForward – integrating coaching tools into work with residents and each other to build mutual respect and trust, and increase the capacity for change, an agency wide, multi-workshop training series 2013-14
- The Oregon Master Gardener Association – a total of seven workshops as part of their Leadership Forum series in 2013 and 2014, keynote conference address 2012
- The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship Annual Nonprofit Organization Board Trainings and regional workshops
- The Oregon Opportunity Network (Oregon ON) Industry Support Conferences
- The Oregon Zoo volunteer program (ZooFresher)
- The Willamette Development Officers (WVDO) Annual Conference
- The Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s Portland training series (with Paula Manley)
- The Multnomah County Library Lunch and Learn series (click here to listen to a podcast of my recent hour long workshop on Moving from Complaints to Collaboration)
- The Oregon Civic Engagement Conference
- The American Association of Women in Community College Fall Conference
- The Institute for Nonprofit Management’s Nonprofit Leaders Boot Camp at Portland State University
- The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences—Washington Spring Meeting (ASCLS-WA)
- Teaching Learning Center series at PCC Cascade (for faculty and staff)
- The Northwest Medical Laboratory Symposium Annual Meeting
- The Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association (NOVAA) Annual Conference (twice)
- The Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition Annual Gathering
- The National Community Land Trust Conference (several times)
If you are interested in my doing a workshop at your conference or event, please contact me.
From Workshop Evaluations:
“A very different way of viewing and dealing with difficulties. It was rewarding and had very good results.”
“(provided)…new paths toward solutions — clearing away the clutter”
“Gives you tangible tools to use on your own. Tasha is really great!”
“Exceeded my expectations”
“Well organized, fun and energizing; very helpful.”
“Tasha has the ability to go beneath the surface of people into the deeper motivations in the way they react to life”
“Very helpful in learning new ways to see and think about things”
“Great investment of my time”
“It was fun and you gave me tools I can use every day”