Employee and Organizational Development

2016 BHR Manager's Conference

Date/Time:   October 12: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    October 13: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Location:   Ramkota RiverCentre
    920 West Sioux Avenue
    Pierre, SD 57501


Register:   BHR Training Registration



Wednesday, October 12

8:00 am – 12:00 noon   

Take Ownership of Leadership – Bryan Dodge, Dodge Development Inc.

Bryan Dodge’s style will inspire you to recognize the most important ingredients needed to elevate your leadership. This one of a kind message is life-changing, and will alter how you view your responsibilities. He will reveal the tangible qualities that will take your skills to the next level, including the three most important laws of leadership and how to implement them. He will demonstrate how you can help your people overcome the challenges that are inhibiting their performance, plus critical elements of integrity and trust that are paramount to success. Bryan will outline the most important strategies you can employ to eliminate bad habits, and how taking the time to implement good habits will take your leadership to a whole new level!

Learning Objectives:
  • Why taking ownership of leadership both at work and home is important
  • How to identify the biggest problem in leadership today
  • The power of coaching up instead of managing down
  • How to get your team to work harder when you’re not in the office
  • How to create unstoppable chemistry within your team
  • Bryan’s personal, and favorite formula for succes

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  

Building a Better Team – Bryan Dodge

People don’t want to be managed; they want to be coached and mentored. The goal of this training is to provide new knowledge that will enable you to create a culture that stands strong no matter how tough the environment becomes. You will learn effective team-building skills that are essential to developing group dynamics. Bryan will explain in detail five sources of inspiration that will motivate your team to work more effectively. He’ll cover the key factors in human development that correlate directly to individual growth and team evolution. The end result is creating the momentum and sustainability needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing marketplace.

More take-aways:
  • Understand the most important element in creating loyalty
  • Learn the keys to proper self-talk designed to build self-esteem and self-worth
  • Be skilled at creating chemistry
  • How to get your people to work together
  • How to let go of the past and be excited about the future

Bryan graduated from the University of Nebraska. He is the bestselling author of “The Good Life Rules: 8 keys to Being Your Best at Work and at Play,” and co-author of “ Becoming the Obvious Choice: A Guide to Your Next Opportunity.”

Bryan has been married for more than 30 years, and is dedicated to his wife, three children and two grandchildren. His experiences as a husband, father and grandfather have taught him the importance of achieving a successful work-family balance.


Crucial Conversations – Kathy Hildebrandt, Training Specialist, Bureau of Human Resources

Have you ever wanted to give a coworker sensitive feedback but decided not to because the conversation might not go well—or might even harm your relationship? Have you ever left a meeting wondering why management only seems to listen to whoever pushes the hardest or shouts the loudest? Do you ever hold your opinion inside and then one day, when you can’t take it any longer, speak your mind—but by then you’re so upset that it comes out all wrong? To learn how to deal with high-stakes conversations (where opinions vary and emotions run strong) using the skills of the world’s best communicators, don’t miss our Manager’s Conference session on Crucial Conversations.

Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.



Thursday, October 13

8:00 am – 12:00 noon    

Leadership In the Digital Age – Dr. Josie Ahlquist, International Leadership Speaker, Social Media Researcher & Higher Ed Blogger

What are the competencies required to be a leader in the face of rapid change in the digital age? Social media is transforming the possibilities for leaders to build community in their local communities and even around the world. While perceptions and fears may exist, fueled by the mass media, supervisors must strategically approach digital communication technologies with possibilities to build leadership capacity and stronger teams. This engagement will explore digital communication tools and skills through the lens of leadership and the human experience online. This session will also focus on social media strategy and opportunities for professional development.

Josie received her EdD from California Lutheran University doctoral program, studying higher education leadership. She is an alumna of Northern Arizona University with a Master's degree in counseling and holds undergraduate degrees from South Dakota State University, where she double-majored in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies.

Josie and her husband Lloyd are celebrating five years of marriage and have been together since March 2003. Their family is composed of three rescue animals, a Russian blue cat named Isabelle, Parker a Border Coolie/Lab/Boxer mix and Dakota whom they just rescued – a one year old shepherd/pit mix. It is quite an animal house!


Workplace Bullying Harassment by Any Other Name: The Language of the Workplace – Dr. Thom Flamboe, Advisor/Consultant

It may have been “popularized” by the current political environment, but the language of the workplace has always been on the minds of employees, supervisors, and the Feds.

This presentation will look at and discuss such topics as:
  • Let’s Define – What IS the language of your workplace?
  • Where and How Does It Occur?
  • How Do the Generations View That “Language” in the Work Environment?
  • What Do You Do? How Do You Respond? How Do You React?
  • Is There Room for Policy Development? How Is It Implemented?
  • What Does the Future Hold?

Dr. Thom Flamboe has advanced degrees in Communication Disorders and Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in practice and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Presentation College. He has been a Consultant for a variety of businesses. He has encountered harassment at work; has family members who have been harassed/bullied at work; and he has provided counseling to individuals who have been accused of harassment. His unique style of presentation has been insightful and helpful to many workshop participants.



Registration and Contact Information

Registrations will be taken on a first come/first served basis. Please register in accordance with your agency registration procedures via e-mail to BHR Training Registration. Include your name, employee ID number, and the course name.

If you require special accommodations or have questions about the program, contact Laura Mehlhaff at BHR Training, 773.4328.