Monthly Alumni Calls

Each month The Center For Agile Leadership hosts a FREE alumni call for our graduates. In these calls, we discuss current leadership trends and new ideas and alumni have a chance to bring up issues or roadblocks that they face in their daily lives.

Each month the calls are limited to 15 participants so that everyone can get the most out of each call.

Friday, January 18, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Brian Rabon
Topic: Introducing the new Center For Agile Leadership and IDS

Getting non-IT leadership buy-in is one of your biggest challenges. We have re-designed everything about the Center For Agile Leadership, including the classes, in order to help you influence the thinking of non-IT leadership in your company. Join us to learn about all the exciting changes and amazing new education opportunities. In the time remaining we will Identify, Discuss, and Solve your issues. Come prepared with your biggest challenges and get new ideas for how to solve them.

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Friday, February 15, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Rikki Schwartz
Topic: “Hustle X Heart”: Claude Silver’s (senior executive at Vayner Media) philosophy for creating a kinder culture at work.

A successful Agile culture relies on trust, and trust is built on the shoulders of compassion, empathy, and connection for/with your team.  Join to hear about Claude Silver’s philosophy for creating a kinder culture at work, and see why the Center for Agile Leadership’s mantra is “Learn, Love, Lead”.

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Friday, March 15, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Chrissy Scavezze
Topic: “Fit to Lead”

Our facilitator for the Center for Agile Leadership, Chrissy Scavezze, has been in the fitness industry for 20 years and she is still a Certified Personal Trainer. She is offering this call to leaders who have put themselves on the “back burner,” but are ready to make themselves a priority again. Topics on the call will include exercise, healthy eating, and mindfulness and how that relates to being a successful leader. If time allows, we will also IDS (Identify, Discuss, and Solve) for anyone who would like to participate.

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Friday, April 26, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Brian Rabon
Topic: Building Influence With Others

In order to successfully build an Agile Culture we need to enlist the help of others. In order to get others on-board we need to successfully influence them. Join us to hear about specific techniques that can be applied in order to build influence with others.

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Friday, May 24, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Rikki Schwartz
Topic: Tips for successfully managing a remote/virtual team in an Agile environment.

Center for Agile Leadership President, Rikki Schwartz will be discussing tips for successfully managing a remote/virtual team in an Agile environment. Even though virtual teams are becoming more common in the workplace, Agile leaders often miss the point that Agile tenets are the KEY to not only successfully managing virtual teams, but embracing them.

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Friday, June 14, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Chrissy Scavezze
Topic: Creating a Culture of Trust and Transparency.

It is a skill for leaders to create a culture in the work environment of trust and transparency. It takes a special leader to create an environment where employees feel not only trusted by those leaders, but psychologically safe enough to share their true feelings and experiences. This call will offer ways for leaders to create more trust and transparency with their teams.

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Friday, July 19, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Brian Rabon
Topic: Lessons From 10 Years Of Leading An Agile Consulting Company

Brian Rabon, CEO of The Braintrust Consulting Group, is celebrating the company’s 10thBirthday. After working with hundreds of clients and thousands of individuals, Brian has gained valuable insights into what it takes to be successful with Agile. Join Brian as he shares key learnings as well as time for open questions and answers (Q&A).

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Friday, August 23, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Rikki Schwartz
Topic: Working with, or being, an “introvert” in an Agile environment (with references to the book “Quiet” by Susan Cain)

In the book Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows us how much lose in doing so. Join to learn how to differentiate introverts from extroverts (it’s not as easy as you think), how they work and think (particularly in a team setting), and most of all how to harness the power that they quietly possess.

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Friday, September 13, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Chrissy Scavezze
Topic: Motivating your teams

Do your teams seem unmotivated and disengaged? Learn from other leaders on how they have managed to motivate disengaged teams.

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Friday, October 4, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Brian Rabon
Topic: Book Review of “Selling Yourself Without Selling Out” by Gina Hernez-Broome (ISBN: 978-1-882197-95-8)

Did you know you work in sales and marketing? Probably not right? No matter what role we play we need to be “Ethical Self-Promoters” of ourselves and the accomplishments of our teams. Please read “Selling Yourself Without Selling Out” and come join us for an in-depth review of the book. In case you are wondering the book is only 31 pages long, easy to read in one hour!

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Friday, November 1, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Rikki Schwartz
Topic: Fostering a Culture of Personal Accountability (with reference to John Miller’s book “QBQ – The Question Behind the Question”).

To get the most out of your team, it is critical to foster a culture of personal accountability. Author Henry Browning defines accountability as “Acknowledgement and internalization of a sense of ownership for a task, and willingness to face the consequences that come with success or failure’.  Join to hear why nothing impacts customer service more than a culture of personal accountability, as well as some key mechanisms of inspiring personal accountability on your team.

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Friday, December 13, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM Central Time

Speaker: Chrissy Scavezze
Topic: Managing stress during the holidays and encouraging teams to stay focused.

The holidays can sometimes create added stress to the work environment and disengage team members who are overwhelmed or “checked out.” Learn ways to keep your stress levels down and keep your teams motivated to finish the year out strong!

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