January 2016

Building Productive Working Relationships

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-5:00 PM: Building Productive Working Relationships
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Gary Robinson, P.Eng. – President, E. M. Sciences Ltd 
Credit: 7.5 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $425.00 + GST = $446.25 until Jan 13, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $495.00 + GST = $519.75

Non-Member Price: $495.00 + GST = $519.75

Student Member Price: $247.50 + GST = $259.88
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by January 13, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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Your technical background has qualified you as a competent professional engineer or technologist. This course you will teach you how to build and sustain effective relationships: not only with people that are easy to get along with, but also with those you may think of as "difficult".

Many successful engineers have said that their success was the result of two factors: 
  • engineering competence and
  • the ability to build effective relationships
Your technical background has qualified you as a competent professional engineer or technologist. This course will teach you how to build and sustain effective relationships: not only with people that are easy to get along with, but also with those you may think of as “difficult”. 
Every person has strengths in relating to others and often finds it easier to work with those who have similar strengths, believing that those who are different are difficult to relate to. You will learn that your strengths, when used effectively, can improve relationships while the same strengths misused will create resentment. Understanding yourself and others will help you change difficult relationships into productive relationships. We will use the Strength Deployment Inventory, a self-scoring self-assessment tool as the basis for the course.
Participants will learn:
  • to appreciate his/her unique strengths in relating to others when things are going well, and in difficult situations
  • to recognize the motivations and strengths of others
  • to see through the difficulties they have with others and develop strategies to improve the relationships
  • to build and work with teams of individuals with different strengths
Outline Agenda
  1. Introduction to understanding relationships – the easy and the difficult
  2. Using the Strength Deployment Inventory, a self-scoring questionnaire to identify personal motivations and strengths in relating to others
  3. Motivational theory introduction
  4. Most rewarding relationship situations
  5. Least rewarding relationship situations, or causes of conflict and stress
  6. Your response to conflict producing relationship situations
  7. Unique strengths, and the concept of “borrowing” behavior that does not come naturally to meet the needs of the relationship
  8. Understanding the strengths that you may “misuse” or “overdo” and the impact on relationships
  9. Building a team culture that can use the strengths and fill in the blind spots
  10. Personal learning and action planning to improve relationships
What Previous Participants have said about this Seminar:
  • “The Instructor, Gary, was an excellent instructor. The course content was practical and thought provoking.”
  • “I learned a lot about myself and how I approach relationships.”
  • “An excellent course which I would recommend to my colleagues.”
  •  “Very good presentation in a consistent manner.”
  • “Very knowledgeable, easy to understand and engaging.”
  •  “Good organization. Focused, non-rambling. Industry examples.”
Gary Robinson, P.Eng. – President, E. M. Sciences Ltd
Gary Robinson is president of E.M. Sciences Ltd, a management-consulting firm formed in 1975 to meet the needs of project-oriented businesses. Services include organization development and culture change, management training and coaching, collaborative project planning, work redesign, team building, project partnering processes, project management consultation and critique, strategic planning, conflict resolution and continuous productivity and quality improvement. The purpose of his consulting is to increase the productivity of teams, organizations and managers in ways that will also improve the quality of working life for the people in the organization
Gary has a Master of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Organization Development. Partly as a result of his first career as an engineering manager, most of his work is done with projects or with companies whose services and products are delivered as projects. His clients in Canada, the United States, England, India, Korea and Australia have included engineering companies, architectural firms, contractors, manufacturers, federal and provincial governments and crown corporations, city governments, high tech research firms, software design companies, banks, oil companies, universities, hospitals, community agencies, and a variety of voluntary organizations.
He is a Registered Organization Development Professional (RODP) in the International Organization Development Institute, a member of the Project Management Institute, a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia and is certified in providing neurofeedback (brain biofeedback).

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