Available courses

    Why You Should Attend

    The majority of a manager’s time is spent working with people, not on technical tasks. As an engineering manager you need to get work done by people who may know more about some aspect of technology than you do. That can mean that they don't think you should be telling them what to do, which is when you must differentiate between what and how. It is certainly true that you don't step outside your own area of expertise, but the people in your teams must respect your authority to get an overall job done.

    This translates into the need for more “people skills” that will help you get the resources, organizational support, and buy-in at all levels necessary to get the work done on time and within budget. 

    As an engineering manager, you will also hire and fire people and do periodic performance appraisals, something you don't normally do if you are an engineering project manager. 

    By attending this seminar you will be equipped with the critical companion skills in communication, influencing, and negotiating that complement the problem solving, goal setting, scheduling, tracking, and other technical skills needed by engineering managers for the administrative aspects of the job.

    Attend and You’ll Learn How To

    • Use an array of techniques to communicate effectively with anyone who might affect the success of your jobs
    • Use proven methods to influence the attitudes and performance of team members and stakeholders
    • Negotiate when necessary to meet your work objectives
    • Understand and work with communication styles of others
    • Use active listening
    • Read nonverbal communication and formulate your message
    • Get your message across and use feedback
    • Gain the skills that highly influential people use to work with others successfully
    • Plan out and influence strategy
    • Analyze purpose, audience, and resources
    • Use several soft and hard tactics of influence without direct authority


    Who Should Attend

    Engineering and project managers whose jobs involve engineering, data processing, information technology, construction, research and development, manufacturing, maintenance, corporate planning, finance, marketing and quality will benefit from this seminar. The principles you’ll learn can be applied to any kind of project or engineering work.

    Attend and You’ll Receive 

    • A comprehensive workbook, full of easy-to-use procedures, guidelines and worksheets (downloadable pdf)
    • 18 PDHs
    •  A Certificate of Attendance

    What Others Have Said

    “This course gives real-world examples of how to work with peo- ple through improved communication styles. It really makes you realize how important people are to the project.”

    Jessica Elliott, Workforce Management, Biogen Idec, Durham, NC

    “Course does an excellent job at providing a base-level introduction to common situations and techniques that people in business will find themselves in and need to use.”

    Paul Kaper, Engineer Project Manager, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Greensboro, NC

    “This course was very interactive and learning the material was made fun, I am walking away with new and useful knowledge.”

    Erin Oakley, 3PL Operations Analyst, Greensboro, NC

    “This course offers you “real-world” examples for communicating, influencing and negotiating with anything you do in work…not just for projects. It can be applied to almost everything you do.”

    Stephanie Monk, Senior Product Manager, SunTech Medical, Morrisville, NC


    This is a core course in the Certificate Program. The course covers the development and management of a team. Topics include decision-making, conflict, role clarification, and personality effects on team member behavior.

    Learning Objectives:

    • To apply proven methods of turning a group into a team
    • To use performance improvement techniques throughout the life of the team to get higher performance
    • To handle decision-making in the team properly
    • To deal effectively with different personalities in the team
    • To apply proper leadership styles throughout the life of the team
    • To manage individual team member performance issues

    The principles taught in this program can be applied to any kind of team. 


    Why You Should Attend

    Take the guesswork out of project management! If managing projects to get results is important to your organization, you can’t afford a seat-of-the-pants approach. Here are proven tools and techniques used by world-class companies to make their projects sizzle! With these methods, your projects will come in on time, on budget, and at the right level of performance.

    This is not a theoretical, academic program, but a true nuts-and-bolts, no-nonsense approach to project management, taught by a seasoned project manager. Your instructor applies the latest methods of learning technology to accelerate your learning and increase your retention so you can apply these important tools. You’ll see how all techniques relate to each other during five interactive exercises that simulate a project.

    Attend and You’ll Learn

    • How to manage every aspect of a project to achieve schedule, cost, and performance objectives
    • How to master the concepts and methods needed to manage resources efficiently to achieve project goals
    • How to develop and coordinate the total project plan
    • How to construct achievable project schedules using CPM, PERT, and bar charts
    • How to develop valid estimates of resource requirements and costs by applying the work breakdown structure (WBS)
    • Why the WBS is the most important tool of project management
    • Rules for developing the WBS
    • How to use the WBS to estimate time and cost
    • How to monitor and control project status using Earned Value Analysis and other methods
    • How to avoid the ten most common causes of project failure
    • How to get project team members to buy in, even when they don’t report directly to you
    • What you need for a viable project management system
    • The Lewis Method® of project management
    • How to manage the project life cycle
    • The importance of clarifying the project mission
    • The difference between mission and vision
    • The difference between strategy and tactics, and why strategy is important
    • Risk analysis and management – assessing probability, severity and detection for each risk
    • How to develop a risk management plan
    • Common mistakes made in planning
    • Why you need both arrow diagrams and bar charts e How to use the schedule to manage the project 
    • How ignoring resource limitations produces a worthless schedule
    • How software can help you allocate resources e How to estimate when you have no historical data 
    • The probability of scheduled completion
    • How to improve performance by evaluating projects
    • What to do to keep your projects on track 
    • How to forecast project completions 

    Who Should Attend

    This seminar will benefit project managers whose jobs involve engineering, data processing, information technology, construction, research and development, manufacturing, maintenance, corporate planning, finance, marketing, and quality. The principles you’ll learn can be applied to any kind of project.

    What Others Have Said

    “I have worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years, the course was helpful in improving my skills and overall competence.”

    —Robert Bassford, Project Manager, Prince William County Park Authority, Manassas, VA

    “I think any manager (project or otherwise) should take this course as a requirement. It is an incredible way to open your eyes to good, solid planning practices for projects.”

    —Heather Kempfer, Therapy Support Coordinator, Biogen Idec, RTP, NC

    “I have several project management ideas I look forward to implementing back at work.”

    —Robert Powell, Group Product Manager, Grape City Inc., Morrisville, NC

    Imagine what it would be like to be a part of a company or group that is as innovative as Apple Computer. Of course it is true that very few of us is as visionary as the late Steve Jobs, but creativity experts like Michael Michalko and Roger von Oech have for many years effectively taught methods that can be used by anyone to generate more and better ideas. Some of these have been employed by the renowned Ideo to develop products and services for their client companies all over the world. Now you can learn and employ these innovation methods in your own groups to develop cutting-edge products, services, or processes that will put you well ahead of the “ho-hum” efforts of your competitors. This highly hands-on program is led by a highly successful, former engineer who has practiced what he preaches throughout a 15-year career in industry, followed by 30 years developing and delivering innovative training programs for over 40,000 individuals around the world.

    Why You Should Attend

    As an engineering manager you may feel that the odds of winning are low while the odds of losing seem to be very high. You may have complained that you have no training in management, people skills, or how to be more effective.

    That's what this program is about. Managing your time better is useless if you aren't doing the things that make your work productive and effective. Effective individuals exercise power. Ineffective people try to get things done by using force. There is a huge difference. Force is always met with resistance… while power dissolves resistance. This is illustrated by the power of water to carve the Grand Canyon.

    Principles and practices that make an effective manager also make can you a more effective individual in whatever you do, whether at work or outside of work. In this high-impact program, you get more bang for your buck because you will be more effective in every area of your life! When you start living from your power zone—where your greatest strengths reside—your weaknesses become irrelevant.


    Benefits of Attending

    You’ll learn how to achieve your business and personal goals faster and with less effort by:

    • Using power, rather than force, to accomplish your objectives
    • Tailoring your current job to better fit what you really want to be doing
    • Getting more of what you want and less of what you don’t want
    • Staying on track to achieve your goals in the face of change
    • Gaining greater control over your work day
    • Building strong loyalty of followers to your aspirations
    • Reducing burnout, while increasing performance and job satisfaction for team members and those who work for you
    • Developing a balanced approach to your life so that you tackle any task with calm assurance of a successful outcome
    • Applying the principles and practices to both your work and personal endeavors
    • Being more effective in dealing with your boss, co-workers, and other stakeholders to your projects
    • Designing and experience your compelling future
    • Discover and release unconscious blocks that rob you of energy in your professional and personal life
    • Identifying a set of practices to become self-generative and self-correcting
    • Attracting people and circumstances that that can lead to greater financial rewards
    • Improving relationships with the important people in your life

    Who Should Attend

    Functional and department managers, project managers and business professionals who want to:

    • Better align their jobs with their life’s purpose and passion
    • Energize constituents and improve individual and team performance

    Attend and You’ll Receive

    e A copy of The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal LIfe, by Zander and Zander, a $15 value

    e A comprehensive workbook

    e Assignment to a Power POD to further support your growth in personal power

    e 1.8 CEUs/18 PDHs/18 AIA LUs/18 PDUs

    e Three networking luncheons

    e A Certificate of Attendance

    Course Fee

    $1,695 for the first registration from your organization

    $1,495 for each additional participant from the same organization

    $1,495 government employees

    $1,495 online course


     

     

     

     


    What Others Have Said

    “This was an excellent class to encourage personal knowledge. Increasing personal knowledge makes you a better project manager and better able to create the vision for your team and your work.”

    — Rebecca Markijohn, Cary, NC


    “This course exceeded my expectations. It is aligned with ideas and practices that I have incorporated into my life at one time or another and that I have veered away from for reasons unknown. It was wonderful to be reminded and given new ideas to try.

    This type of class, being taught by a man as successful and worldly as Jim Lewis, was amazing. His life is living proof that the techniques he is teaching really do achieve results. Thank you!”

    — LeeAnn Anderson, Operations Analyst, Allscripts, Raleigh, NC


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    The tools and technique used in the Design of Experiments (DOE) have been used around the world to solve seemingly impossible problems in science and engineering.

    The majority of engineers and scientists have had little exposure to this important technique and this course has been developed to provide practical design of experiments aimed squarely at practicing engineers rather than statisticians and mathematicians.

    Practical Design of Experiments takes a graphical approach using a software tool called Minitab.

    Lean and Six Sigma both are continuous improvement methodologies regularly referenced separately and together in today’s workplace. Regardless of your position in an organization, waste and defects are of concern to everyone and sooner or later you most likely will be asked to participate in a continuous improvement activity or project. According to the Institute of Quality Assurance, continuous improvement is a gradual, never-ending process of change. Continuous improvement in organizations is driven by competitiveness.

    Why You Should Attend

    The majority of a project manager’s time is spent working with people, not on technical tasks. As a project manager you need to get work done by people over whom you usually have no direct authority and have to work closely with project stakeholders throughout the life of the project.

    You and your project team usually have more than enough technical skill and creativity to get the job done. What you need more of are the “people skills” that will help you get the resources, organizational support, and buy-in at all levels necessary to get the project done on time and within budget, while leaving the team ready for the next project.

    By attending this seminar you will be equipped with the critical companion skills in communication, influencing, and negotiating that complement the problem solving, goal setting, scheduling, tracking, and other technical skills needed by project managers for the administrative aspects of the job.

    Attend and You’ll Learn How To

    • Use an array of techniques to communicate effectively with anyone who might affect the success of your project
    • Use proven methods to influence the attitudes and performance of team members and stakeholders
    • Negotiate when necessary to meet your project objectives
    • Understand and work with communication styles of others
    • Use active listening
    • Read nonverbal communication and formulate your message
    • Get your message across and use feedback
    • Gain the skills that highly influential people use to work with others successfully
    • Plan out and influence strategy
    • Analyze purpose, audience, and resources
    • Use several soft and hard tactics of influence without direct authority


    Who Should Attend

    Project and general managers whose jobs involve engineering, data processing, information technology, construction, research and development, manufacturing, maintenance, corporate planning, finance, marketing and quality will benefit from this seminar. The principles you’ll learn can be applied to any kind of project.

    Attend and You’ll Receive 

    • A comprehensive workbook, full of easy-to-use procedures, guidelines and worksheets (downloadable pdf)
    • 18 PDHs
    •  A Certificate of Attendance

    What Others Have Said

    “This course gives real-world examples of how to work with peo- ple through improved communication styles. It really makes you realize how important people are to the project.”

    Jessica Elliott, Workforce Management, Biogen Idec, Durham, NC

    “Course does an excellent job at providing a base-level introduction to common situations and techniques that people in business will find themselves in and need to use.”

    Paul Kaper, Engineer Project Manager, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Greensboro, NC

    “This course was very interactive and learning the material was made fun, I am walking away with new and useful knowledge.”

    Erin Oakley, 3PL Operations Analyst, Greensboro, NC

    “This course offers you “real-world” examples for communicating, influencing and negotiating with anything you do in work…not just for projects. It can be applied to almost everything you do.”

    Stephanie Monk, Senior Product Manager, SunTech Medical, Morrisville, NC


    Why You Should Attend

    A committed and motivated project team can work miracles, but how do you create such a team? By applying the methods taught in this dynamic seminar, you can turn a project group into a winning project team!

    Through this seminar you will learn to manage and lead, to influence and motivate, and to work with team members to get the best possible performance from each individual. If you have ever said,“I have no trouble solving the technical problems in my projects—it’s the people problems I have trouble with,” then this seminar may be just what you’re looking for.

    The job of the project manager is to integrate people with different knowledge and skills into a functional team, so that each can make a specific contribution. In short, a project team needs a leader, not a manager.

    A common problem for project managers is that they don’t “own” the people in their project team. For that reason, you must have very good people skills in order to have a successful project. You must hone your interpersonal skills so that you can exercise influence, rather than power, to get things done. You’ll return to work better equipped to bring out the best in those individuals on your team.

    Attend and You’ll Learn How to

    • Get team members to “buy-in” to the project mission, vision, and objectives
    • Create a sense of project ownership
    • Clarify roles of team members so everyone knows exactly what he/she is supposed to be doing
    • Determine how to handle decisions in your team (by consensus, majority vote, or autonomously)
    • Understand different personalities and how they best contribute to team performance
    • Build a climate to enhance innovation and promote acceptable risk-taking
    • Manage conflicts to promote creativity without having the conflicts become interpersonal
    • Determine what motivates team members 
    • Achieve objectives through teamwork 
    • Organize the project team and build commitment to project objectives
    • Build a team in matrix or subcontract environments 
    • Deal with unsatisfactory performance 
    • Manage  team  development  stages 
    • Lead the team improvement process 
    • Improve your own performance


    Who Should Attend

    As a project manager you will benefit from this seminar, especially if you are involved in engineering, data processing, information technology, construction, research and development, manufacturing, maintenance, corporate planning, finance, marketing, and quality. The principles can be applied to any kind of project. The seminar is especially valuable for managers who are concerned with effectively managing projects for which the cost, schedule, and performance must meet rigid requirements.

    Attend and You’ll Receive

    • A comprehensive, workbook full of easy-to-use procedures, guidelines and worksheets, plus an extensive reading list. This book will help you put what you learn to work immediately— and will serve as a handy reference in the years to come. (Downloadable pdf)
    • Feedback from the Kiersey Temperament Sorter to help you understand your preferences for dealing with others, contributing to your growth as a manager
    • 18 PDHs
    • A Certificate of Attendance

     


    Why You Should Attend

    This program is designed to solidify your position as a professional project manager!

    You’ve taken the basic course covering the tools of project management, and you feel comfortable with work breakdown structures, earned value analysis, and scheduling. Now learn to think, act, and be seen as a true project manager, rather than just an accidental one. This is the advanced course in project management.

    Successful project management requires technical, process, and psychological skills. At this program you learn how to bring these skill areas together to form the arsenal of tools needed to successfully achieve project objectives; included are methods for making better decisions about projects, handling scheduling uncertainty, improving project management processes, and dealing with power and politics.

    Special attention is given in this seminar to teaching you to think like project managers–to be active instead of passive, to take responsibility for the project, and to take positive steps to keep it on track. The reason for this emphasis is that many people learn the tools of project management, yet have no idea what is truly the role of a professional project manager.

    This program is presented in a learn-by-doing manner that will give you the confidence that you can master the management of any project you tackle.


    Attend and You’ll Learn

    Thinking Modes in Projects

    • The Herrmann thinking styles profile
    • How thinking differences affect project teams–and how to take advantage of them

    The Job of Managing

    • What managers actually do: the myth and reality
    • Mintzberg’s managerial roles
    • Assessing your use of the roles
    • Improving your performance of the roles

    Power and Politics in Projects 

    • Understanding power and politics 
    • The five faces of power 
    • Influence using WIIFM
    • Building and managing relationships with stakeholders and functional managers

    Defining Success and Failure in Projects 

    • Deliverables, results, and expectations 
    • Research findings and how to apply them

    Problem Solving in Projects

    • Fundamental concepts of problem solving
    • Decisions versus problems
    • Obtaining high-quality information in order to make sound decisions and solve problems [techniques from Neuro- Linguistic Programming® (NLP®)]
    • Challenging and removing obstacles to solving problems

    Improving Decisions in Projects 

    • The steps to effective decisions 
    • Tools for decision making

    Improving Your Own Performance 

    • Using NLP methods to achieve excellence 
    • Removing blocks to high performance

    Who Should Attend

    Project managers whose jobs involve engineering, data processing, information technology, construction, research and development, manufacturing, maintenance, corporate planning, finance, marketing and quality will benefit from this seminar. The principles you’ll learn can be applied to any kind of project.

    Attend and You’ll Receive

    • A comprehensive workbook (Downloadable pdf)
    • 18 PDHs
    • A Certificate of completion


    The program will focus on the unique skills necessary for leading people in an organization. Nontechnical and accessible, it provides an easy-to-follow program for transforming yourself from a by-the book manager into a leader capable of encouraging team members to plan, accomplish, and sustain excellence. 

    In this step-by-step course for developing leadership proficiency, you will learn:

    • Proven leadership principles, with methods for understanding and adopting them.
    • Strategies for changing from the command-and-control role to that of facilitator. 
    • Proven steps for building the personal credibility required for effective leadership. 

    As a project manager, you are generally given a lot of responsibility with little actual authority. In this course you will receive a comprehensive program for developing the skills of a leader. You’ll discover techniques for matching individuals’ talents to specific tasks, skills for delegating authority without losing control, physical approaches for quickly building rapport with other people, tips for acquiring credibility in an unfamiliar setting, and much more.

    Why You Should Attend

    Take the guesswork out of project management! If managing projects to get results is important to your organization, you can’t afford a seat-of-the-pants approach. Here are proven tools and techniques used by world-class companies to make their projects sizzle! With these methods, your projects will come in on time, on budget, and at the right level of performance.

    This is not a theoretical, academic program, but a true nuts-and-bolts, no-nonsense approach to project management, taught by a seasoned project manager. Your instructor applies the latest methods of learning technology to accelerate your learning and increase your retention so you can apply these important tools. You’ll see how all techniques relate to each other during five interactive exercises that simulate a project.

    Attend and You’ll Learn

    • How to manage every aspect of a project to achieve schedule, cost, and performance objectives
    • How to master the concepts and methods needed to manage resources efficiently to achieve project goals
    • How to develop and coordinate the total project plan
    • How to construct achievable project schedules using CPM, PERT, and bar charts
    • How to develop valid estimates of resource requirements and costs by applying the work breakdown structure (WBS)
    • Why the WBS is the most important tool of project management
    • Rules for developing the WBS
    • How to use the WBS to estimate time and cost
    • How to monitor and control project status using Earned Value Analysis and other methods
    • How to avoid the ten most common causes of project failure
    • How to get project team members to buy in, even when they don’t report directly to you
    • What you need for a viable project management system
    • The Lewis Method® of project management
    • How to manage the project life cycle
    • The importance of clarifying the project mission
    • The difference between mission and vision
    • The difference between strategy and tactics, and why strategy is important
    • Risk analysis and management – assessing probability, severity and detection for each risk
    • How to develop a risk management plan
    • Common mistakes made in planning
    • Why you need both arrow diagrams and bar charts e How to use the schedule to manage the project 
    • How ignoring resource limitations produces a worthless schedule
    • How software can help you allocate resources e How to estimate when you have no historical data 
    • The probability of scheduled completion
    • How to improve performance by evaluating projects
    • What to do to keep your projects on track 
    • How to forecast project completions 

    Who Should Attend

    This seminar will benefit project managers whose jobs involve engineering, data processing, information technology, construction, research and development, manufacturing, maintenance, corporate planning, finance, marketing, and quality. The principles you’ll learn can be applied to any kind of project.

    What Others Have Said

    “I have worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years, the course was helpful in improving my skills and overall competence.”

    —Robert Bassford, Project Manager, Prince William County Park Authority, Manassas, VA

    “I think any manager (project or otherwise) should take this course as a requirement. It is an incredible way to open your eyes to good, solid planning practices for projects.”

    —Heather Kempfer, Therapy Support Coordinator, Biogen Idec, RTP, NC

    “I have several project management ideas I look forward to implementing back at work.”

    —Robert Powell, Group Product Manager, Grape City Inc., Morrisville, NC

    Imagine what it would be like to be a part of a company or group that is as innovative as Apple Computer. Of course it is true that very few of us is as visionary as the late Steve Jobs, but creativity experts like Michael Michalko and Roger von Oech have for many years effectively taught methods that can be used by anyone to generate more and better ideas. Some of these have been employed by the renowned Ideo to develop products and services for their client companies all over the world. Now you can learn and employ these innovation methods in your own groups to develop cutting-edge products, services, or processes that will put you well ahead of the “ho-hum” efforts of your competitors. This highly hands-on program is led by a highly successful, former engineer who has practiced what he preaches throughout a 15-year career in industry, followed by 30 years developing and delivering innovative training programs for over 40,000 individuals around the world.

    Various people considered to be highly creative, expert musicians, and great thinkers have been studied and their processes decoded. In this seminar, you will examine the thinking of individuals such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Walt Disney, Einstein, Edward de Bono, and others. By understanding the processes and emulating the methods of these individuals, you can improve your creative thinking.

    Learn how to decide when it is best to hold on to your project and when to walk away.

    It can be difficult enough to manage well-defined projects, but when you are dealing with research and development (R&D), science, and IT projects, which are not well-defined, you have another ballgame. In this program, you will receive guidance on managing projects using stage-gate management, aligning projects with the strategic initiatives of your business, and determining whether to cancel projects outright or redefine them to leapfrog current technology.

    There is a fact of project portfolios that is not widely recognized or accepted by portfolio managers. If you are canceling too many projects, it means there is something wrong with your project selection process. Quite simply, you are launching a project that should not have been selected. On the other hand, if you never cancel a project, you are completing projects that will wind up making no money for you. The reason: nobody is so good that they complete every project successfully!


    This course introduces NLP, which is the study of excellence, and teaches how you can improve your own performance and that of people with whom you work. It is especially useful to managers of projects, teams, and departments, and no special knowledge of psychology or other social sciences is necessary to benefit from the program.

    Almost everyone manages projects at some point, but not every project requires the use of heavy-duty tools such as critical path schedules, earned value analysis, or detailed progress tracking. 

    This three-hour online, self-paced class consists of narrated lessons with slides, as well as a workbook that allows you to develop a plan that is simple to understand and execute. The plan you develop with this approach allows you to identify all of the stakeholders to your project, develop a clear outcome statement that will help assure the end result you are after, and also helps you identify things that could go wrong that might cost you time, money, or lead to failure. 

    This course is intended for people who are managing small projects that involve no more than a few people and does not require a highly detailed project plan. It is NOT suitable for managers of large, complex projects; it is ideal for executives who are managing strategic initiatives or individuals who need a rudimentary plan for a small project (either professional or personal).


    This course is intended to help you overcome limiting beliefs, improve your self image, motivate yourself, adopt new behaviors, and more.

    To get the most out of this course, you will have to do more than just listen to the narrations--you will actually have to practice the methods. Most of them you can do alone, but some will be best done with a friend. Some of the activities will have downloadable audio (MP3) files that you can listen to, as they will guide you through the procedure. In any case, many of these methods should be practiced a number of times to master them.

    Furthermore, as you go forward in time and encounter a problem, you will want to return to these methods to make corrections in your current programming.