Create Your Career GPS™

First Fridays Learning Series for Current Leadership Topics

CPIBN is excited to host Buffalo’s newest leadership learning series, Create Your Career GPS™.  Held on the first Friday of every month at the CPIBN Career Center, these three hour seminars will help prepare any developing professional navigate current topics within today’s workplace.

A continental breakfast will be served at 8 AM followed by the interactive learning program led by our team of experts from 8:30 – 11:30 AM.  These intimate, collaborative, and discussion based sessions will help position any professional for growth and success within any industry and organization.

Class size is limited, so be sure to register for your spot today, here.  Each session is $250, or purchase a four pack of classes for $800.

Session Topics and Dates

December 7, 2018: Performance Management
This class provides participants with a template to drive optimal performance in their organization. Topics of discussion include what causes people/organizations to fail, defining/tracking metrics, proactively identifying potential pitfalls and providing ongoing communication/feedback. Takeaways include:

  • A better understanding of what roadblocks limit your organizations performance
  • Specific plans for each participant will be identified that can be used to improve performance
  • Each participant will receive the reinforcing text: “Transforming Performance Measurement: Rethinking the Way We Measure and Drive Organizational Success”
  • Gain 3 HRCI HR (General) Credit Hours
    The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)
    criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Past Session Topics

Conflict Resolution
This session teaches “best practices” in dealing with common conflicts. Topics include what conflict is and what causes it, common mistakes in handling conflict, a roadmap to successful conflict resolution is introduced and explained. Takeaways include:

  • Interactive role playing of actual conflicts in your role improvement tips
  • The ability to avoid and/or minimize conflict in your specific work environment
  • Each participant will receive the reinforcing text: “Resolving Conflicts at Work: Ten Strategies for Everyone on the Job”


Change Management
Interactive session that trains leaders to successfully introduce change that drives performance in their organization. Topics covered include understanding resistance to change, overcoming obstacles, creating a change friendly culture and institutionalizing change. Takeaways include:

  • Understanding characteristics of successful change managers
  • A plan to introduce change in your organization with the least amount of resistance
  • Each participant will receive the reinforcing text: “Change Management: The People Side of Change”


Hiring the Right People
Interactive session that enables managers to hire the best performers. Topics include proper interview preparation, common mistakes, resume review, competency identification, developing behavioral interview questions, probing interviewee answers to identify potential problems and practice utilizing these tools. Takeaways include:

  • A process that will significantly reduce the risk of making a bad hire
  • A method for developing the best questions to ask candidates
  • Each participant will receive the reinforcing text: “How to Hire the Right People”


Giving Feedback
This session will detail approaches/strategies to ensure that time is taken for positive feedback and that constructive criticism is used as a tool to move an organization forward. Topics include: planning your communication, giving good and bad news in the same conversation, timeliness of feedback, and specificity of feedback. Participant’s specific situations are addressed/discussed. Takeaways include:

  • The ability to increase employee engagement and organizational performance through feedback
  • Practice role playing actual situations in your role where feedback is necessary
  • Each participant will receive the reinforcing text: “The Feedback Imperative: How to Give Everyday Feedback to Speed Up Your Team’s Success”


Job security is dead! Embrace the opportunity of owning your career. Learn about trends, opportunities and letting go. Identify challenges and barriers and understanding the value you bring to an organization. Active career planning includes:

  • Investigate alignment of knowledge, skills and interests to maximize your strengths and motivations
  • Five C’s for Career Renewal
  • Develop a self-guided Career Check-Up Plan
  • Participant Workbook: Navigating Your Success
  • Birkman Basics Career Report
  • Each participant will receive the reinforcing text: “Find Your Why”


FIRO-B Assessment
In this workshop you will gain an understanding of the importance that three interpersonal needs have on motivating behavior in the work place as measured by the FIRO-B assessment. It is one of the most widely used tools for helping people better understand themselves, and how they can work more effectively with others. As a leader, it’s a great tool to use with a team for enhancing communication or putting together productive project teams. For individuals, it’s a great tool for personal and career development. As a participant in this workshop, you will:

  • Have the opportunity to take the assessment and receive your personalized FIRO-B Interpretive Report for Organizations
  • Enhance your learning with group exercises, case studies, and a group of like-minded professionals to add to your network


Creating a Coaching Culture
This workshop is designed to enhance the skill set of anyone involved in improving individual and/or team performance through coaching within their organization. During this session, you will gain practical knowledge and insight into the coaching process and learn about an effective model for conducting coaching conversations. You will also have an opportunity to practice your coaching skills and be better prepared for applying those skills on the job. Additional takeaways include:

  • Identify the business case and benefits of coaching and development
  • Understand the coaching process and distinguish roles and responsibilities within that process
  • Learn how to identify coaching and development areas based on strengths and weaknesses
  • Recognize the skills needed for effective coaching
  • Gain a practical understanding of what works in building effective, skill-based development plans
  • Participant Workbook: Manager as Coach