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

May 4, 2018: 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”


June 1, 2018: 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”


July 6, 2018: 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”


August 3, 2018: 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”


September 7, 2018: Own It! Creating Career Resiliency
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
  • Each participant will receive the reinforcing text: “Find Your Why”


October 5, 2018: 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


November 2, 2018: Utilizing LinkedIn
Learn to leverage the power of the ultimate job search tool, LinkedIn. In this workshop, you will learn how to develop and maintain a strong, updated LinkedIn profile. A good LinkedIn profile can serve as a combination resume, bio, and brochure on who you are and why you matter professionally. You will also learn how to develop an ongoing engagement with LinkedIn community using status updates, LinkedIn publishing platform and groups. Takeaways include:

  • Checklist for complete profile update
  • Learning key LinkedIn concepts and strategies
  • Instruction on creating an impactful summary that allows your personality to shine through
  • After applying the workshop lessons to their own profiles, each participant will also have his/her profile reviewed one-on-one with the instructor and suggestions will be made for further updates


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”