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Chamber Seminars Address Team Building, Emotions

May 18, 2004 – The St. Thomas – St. John Chamber of Commerce professional development series of workshops on "Become a Powerful Business Leader" continues with sessions May 27 and June 3.
Presented by Tom Tyne and Russ Grieger of Organizational Consulting Associates of the Caribbean, the presentations run from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The sessions upcoming are the third and fourth in the series of eight. The training components are linked, but participants can choose which workshops to attend.
The May 27 topic is "Developing Teams that Work. The June 3 session will examine "The Role of Emotional Muscle in Extraordinary Leadership."
The eight skill-based enhancement seminars, held in the chamber conference room, are designed to produce immediate results with employees at all levels of organization, according to a release from the chamber and the presenters. Participants will leave each session with tools they can take back to the workplace and apply on the job. These skills are grounded in management principles and concepts that are presented and expanded upon in each of the workshops.
Registration for each session is $35 for chamber members and $40 for non-members. Companies registering three of more employees will get a discount of $5 per person.
"These seminars have filled up quickly in the past," the release states, so early registration is urged. Space may be reserved by calling the chamber office at 776-0100.
Developing Teams That Work
The May 27 session will focus on team building and how to better understand and utilize "one of the most powerful managerial concepts," the release states.
Most business people recognize that teamwork leads to increased efficiency and productivity, better customer service, improved employee involvement and commitment, and a more satisfying workplace. Workshop participants will learn how to design and build effective teams utilizing the tools needed to manage interactions within and across teams successfully.
This presentation will explore underlying assumptions, organizational elements and characteristics necessary for highly successful teams and will provide guidance on how to decide when and where to use teams
Emotional Muscle in Extraordinary Leadership
The June 3 workshop will expand on the scientifically recognized concept that "emotional contamination" can adversely impact productivity in the workplace. The presenters will demonstrate "how contamination by any or all of the seven deadly emotional sins — stress, fear, depression, guilt, envy, procrastination and anger — can cripple a person's ability to perform to their potential," the release states.
Such emotional contaminants, they say, deter persons in leadership roles from:
– Staying focused and achieving goals under pressure.
– Thinking clearly and objectively when making decisions.
– Treating others with the respect that builds goodwill and collective harmony.
This workshop will delve into the psychology of leadership and human emotion, sharing how to operate in the workplace (and elsewhere) free of interpersonal shortcomings related to the "emotional sins."
Recent research findings indicate that "contented and achieving people differ from their less-successful and satisfied counterparts in their interpersonal astuteness, Tyne and Grieger state. "Thriving people realize they live and work in an interdependent world and take great pains to cultivate such traits as empathy, warmth and social deftness," while avoiding emotional contaminants.
Keys to success include "being attentive to what is occurring around us as well as what is going inside us emotionally and physiologically," they say. The workshop will provide a practical recipe of interpersonal intelligence to build and sustain "the high trust relationships necessary to cultivate the cooperation and synergy needed for success."

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