Friday, April 8, 2016

Upcoming Classes



Here is the current schedule for Sanders Wade Rodarte Consulting Inc. workshops. All classes are held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Strong and Caring Supervision
May 26
June 23
8:15 - 3:30

Equal Employment Opportunity
May 19
8:15 - 3:15

Ethical Decision Making
May 24
8:00 - 11:30

Please scroll down on this site for details on each program.

Click here for information on our online classes.

Two Options: In-Person and Online Training for Ethical Decision Making Skills

Ethical Decision Making



ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO DECIDE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG. [HINT: CHOOSE “RIGHT!”]

THE TOUGH CHOICE IS WHEN THERE IS A CLASH BETWEEN RIGHT AND RIGHT.

None of us are saints. It is easy – far too easy – to make ethical mistakes and our society is filled with second-guessers.

This workshop shows how to resolve tough ethical challenges that at best can ruin your sleep and at worst can put you on the front page of the newspaper or throw you to the wolves of social media.

Aside from the “preventive” aspects of ethical decision-making, however, there is a very positive aspect as well. A good grasp of ethical decision-making can make you a better “you.” In these days of rush, rush, and achieve, achieve, it is more important than ever to lead by example and foster an atmosphere of trust.

The problem is that while most of us want to do the right thing, there are times when we are perplexed as to just what is the right thing.

The class contains TWO GROUP EXERCISES in which you’ll get the chance to discuss and resolve tough ethical questions with other class members. [Note: The second exercise is especially challenging and it uses the Josephson Institute decision-making framework.]

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • ·         Why we may be reluctant even to raise ethical questions.
  • ·         Why being ethical may require courage and risk. [It’s not for wimps!]
  • ·         Some traditional ethical decision-making guidelines (and why they may have limitations).
  • ·         The danger of non-judgmentalism.
  • ·         Why legal compliance is insufficient.
  • ·         The common rationalizations for unethical behavior.
  • ·         Why leaving ethical decision-making up to individual preferences is not a good idea.
  • ·         The key ethical values that are commonly accepted in the United States.
  • ·         An ethical decision-making framework for your professional and personal life.
  • ·         How organizations may unknowingly encourage unethical behavior.
  • ·         How to talk to people about ethics.
  • ·         What to do when Honesty collides with Caring and you only have seconds to respond.
  • ·         How you can positively influence your friends and associates.


HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

·         The attendance fee is $125 per person. [There is a special “early bird” price of $115 for registrations made by no later than April 12, 2016.]
·         The date of the workshop is [Tuesday] May 24, 2016.
·         The hours of the class are from 8:00 to 11:30.
·         The workshop will be at Ottawa University at 9414 N. 25th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona. [A basic setting. This is a college classroom. There will be light refreshments.]
·         There will be a maximum of 30 people in the class.
·         Each participant receives a workbook with helpful references and guidelines.

WHO’S TEACHING THE WORKSHOP? 

Michael Wade is a management consultant with Sanders Wade Rodarte Consulting Inc. in Phoenix. He is a graduate of the Ethics Corps program of the Josephson Institute of Ethics in California. He is the former EEO Administrator for the City of Phoenix and the former Command Equal Opportunity Officer for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command where he was assigned to the General Staff. Michael holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law and is the author of five books, including a book on leadership. He is an extraordinary instructor who has taught executives, managers, and supervisors throughout the United States.

ENROLL NOW: Why enroll now? Because every day brings potential ethical questions and pitfalls. You can also save money if you enroll early. Here are the important deadlines:

Registrations for the (Tuesday) May 24, 2016 class must be made by no later than May 20. [To qualify for the special “early bird” price ($115) registration must be made by no later than April 12, 2016.]

Any cancellations must be made by no later than May 21 in order to obtain a refund.

HOW TO ENROLL. Registration is very easy. Simply reply to this email (michael@swrci.com) and give the names, titles, organization, and contact information (phone and email address) of those who are registering and we’ll be in touch to confirm your registration. You will be sent an invoice.

ONE FINAL POINT: Your action in the next few minutes will start the process to give you an ethical decision-making ability that can positively affect your life. All of us want to do the right thing. Doing so requires knowing the techniques and danger zones. You’ll get practical information that is easy to understand and which can be put to immediate use.

Join us. Bring your skills and questions to the discussion. Be prepared for a fascinating discussion of a subject that determines not just what we do but who we are.

AVAILABLE NOW: AN ONLINE ALTERNATIVE!

Click here for information on our new online class: "Practical Ethics for Honest People." 

Although different from our in-person workshop, this is a convenient, self-paced, enjoyable, and inexpensive way to learn this important subject.



Equal Employment Opportunity Workshop for May

What All Supervisors Need to Know about Equal Employment Opportunity



WHAT SUPERVISORS WILL GET from our Equal Employment Opportunity workshop:

  • ·         How to prevent illegal discrimination. [Employment discrimination cases have become one of the most common lawsuits.] 
  •        The distinctions between EEO, Affirmative Action, and Diversity Management. [If EEO says “Be color-blind,” does it conflict with Diversity Management’s “Be color-conscious?”]
  • ·         What EEOC investigators look for in discrimination investigations. [How to avoid inadvertently harming your position.]
  • ·         How disability discrimination laws are now slanted. [Hint: Employers have an extra burden.]
  • ·         The key concepts behind discrimination cases. [Why different types of discrimination are handled very differently.]
  • ·         What needs to be considered in race, sex, national origin, age, disability, religious, and sexual orientation discrimination cases. [We also explore negligent hiring!]
  • ·         Personal appearance discrimination’s tricky areas of vulnerability. [Watch for mutable and immutable characteristics.]
  • ·         The common workplace document that can backfire on supervisors. [Supervisors can take a simple step to prevent this.]
  • ·         The essential elements of harassment cases. [And a simple formula to cut through the bureaucratese.]
  • ·         The ethical values that help to prevent discrimination. [As a Supreme Court Justice once said, “Just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.”]

Amid all of this, participants will learn to spot and avoid potential danger zones.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
·         The attendance fee is $227 per person for this one-day class.
·         The date currently available for registration is May 19, 2016.
·         The hours of the class are from 8:15 to 3:15.
·         It will be at Ottawa University at 9414 N. 25th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona.
·         Participants are on their own for lunch but there are many restaurants in the vicinity.
·         Each participant receives a workbook with practical references, checklists and guidelines.

WHO’S TEACHING THE WORKSHOPS? Michael Wade is a management consultant with Sanders Wade Rodarte Consulting Inc. in Phoenix. He is the former EEO Administrator for the City of Phoenix and the former Command Equal Opportunity Officer for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law and is the author of five books, including a history of the Arizona Right to Work Law. He is an extraordinary instructor who has taught executives, managers, and supervisors throughout the United States.

ENROLL NOW: Why enroll now? Because potential cases may be lurking. Here are the important deadlines:

Registrations for the (Thursday) May 19, 2016 class must be made by no later than May 13. Any cancellations must be made by no later than May 16 in order to obtain a refund. ·         [There is a special “early bird” price of $199 for registrations made by no later than April 12, 2016.]

HOW TO ENROLL. Registration is very easy. Simply reply to this email (michael@swrci.com) and give the names, titles, organization, and contact information (phone and email address) of those who are registering and we’ll be in touch to confirm your registration. You will be sent an invoice. [To qualify for the special “early bird” price ($199) registration must be made by no later than April 12, 2016.]

ONE FINAL POINT: Your action in the next few minutes can give you and your team access to vital information that can prevent the anguish of EEO problems. All of us want to do the right thing. Doing so requires practical information that is easy to understand and which can be put to immediate use.

Join us. Bring your skills and questions to the discussion. You’ll find this subject to be anything but dry. Be prepared for a fascinating discussion of a crucial subject.


Strong and Caring Supervision Workshop


What can you do in one day that would reduce stress, help your career, and increase the performance of your employees?

Answer: Enroll in a time-tested and effective supervisory workshop that has helped managers and supervisors throughout the nation.

If so, you should consider the latest version of a workshop that Michael Wade has taught in 48 states and Puerto Rico; most recently in Indiana, Virginia, Texas, and Arizona:

Strong and Caring Supervision: Essential Skills for Effective Supervisors and Managers is a “Europe in one day” type of class because it explores a wide range of topics, each of which goes to the heart of being a great supervisor, and it does so in a time-sensitive and meaningful manner. These essentials are:

The dynamic (and changing) roles of supervisors. [If you think you’re managing chaos, you’re not alone.]

Communicating effectively with diverse teams. [Communication is one of the most challenging and important things you do.]
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      Motivation techniques that cut across a multitude of differences. [What are the two greatest motivators? What are de-motivators?]
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         Dealing with difficult people. [Left unchecked, one person with a lousy attitude can drag down your team.]
·         
      Decision making techniques. [How to tell when your thinking has walked into a trap.]
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      Getting things done. [Too many supervisors spend sizable amounts of time simply restoring the status-quo.]
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      Performance evaluation concerns and strategies. [Performance evaluations are one of the most common forms of fiction being written today.]
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      Disciplinary actions and documentation. [Wrongful discharge and EEO cases are on the rise. You need to know how to avoid them.]
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     Time management approaches that facilitate focus and fight interruptions. [Without these, your schedule will be at the mercy of others.]
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      Delegation essentials. [How to delegate and how remove the reasons why you may not be delegating enough.]

As you can see, the workshop tackles the stomach acid-producing aspects of supervision but it does so with techniques that build confidence, not fear. You receive practical information that is easy to understand and which can be put to immediate use. The participants will have ample opportunities to ask questions and get their most pressing supervisory concerns addressed. To paraphrase a participant in a session Michael taught in Florida several years ago, it is the sort of class you wish you’d had when you first started as a supervisor because it prevents a lot of miss-steps. New supervisors will get exactly what they need and seasoned supervisors will get new perspectives on responsibilities they’ve handled for years.

DETAILS:

·         The attendance fee is $227 per person for this one-day class.

·         The dates currently available for registration are April 28 and May 26, 2016.

·         The hours of the class are from 8:15 to 3:30.

·         It will be at Ottawa University at 9414 N. 25th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona.

·         Participants will be on their own for lunch but there are many restaurants in the vicinity.

·         Each participant receives a workbook with practical references, checklists and    guidelines.

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Wade has taught supervision for over 30 years and has advised organizations on sensitive personnel issues for even longer. [Much of his consulting practice has involved coaching executives, managers, and supervisors and seeing the positive results which result when good advice is combined with good people.] You’ll be getting guidance from someone who has encountered the best and the worst of supervisory problems and has crafted solutions that make sense. The workshops are fast-paced, substantive, and enjoyable. 

ENROLL NOW: Why enroll now? Because you are a busy person, procrastination is a time management sin (you’ll get advice on that in the workshop) and before you know it we’ll be into May. Here are the important deadlines:

Registrations for the (Thursday) May 26, 2016 class must be made by no later than May 20. Any cancellations must be made by no later than May 23 in order to obtain a refund.

Registrations for the (Thursday) June 23, 2016 class must be made by no later than June 17. Any cancellations must be made by no later than June 20 in order to obtain a refund.

HOW TO ENROLL. Registration is very easy. Simply email info@swrci.com and give the names, titles, organization, and contact information (phone and email address) of those who are registering and we’ll be in touch to confirm your registration. You will be sent an invoice.

In the few minutes spent enrolling, you may change the course of your career.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

What Workshop Participants Say about Michael Wade



Michael Wade teaches a variety of workshops on leadership, management, ethics, and EEO issues. Here are some representative comments from participants in a recent Strong and Caring Supervision workshop:

"The workshop is a must have for all leaders. Excellent."

"I was pleasantly surprised to not only learn but [to] have a bit of humor mixed in."

"Really all of the information is helpful. Great story-teller."

"Great and empowering training."

"I was very impressed by this class."

"One of the best speakers I've ever listened to. Thank you so much."

[For information on Michael's workshops, email him at michael@swrci.com.]

Friday, January 16, 2015

Briefing for Human Resources Professionals on Managing the EEO/Affirmative Action Program for Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities

We are offering a new online course for Human Resource professionals covering the recent AAP regulations for Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Employers have anti-discrimination obligations under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Action (ADAAA), and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA).  [The Jobs for Veterans Act is an amendment to VEVRAA.]

This class examines what Human Resources professionals need to consider in order  to comply with the new regulations. You’ll find information on how to attract, assess, employ, and manage these distinct and sometimes overlapping groups. At the end of the class you’ll find a checklist for a convenient review of the requirements. Follow this link: AAP for HR Professionals

We also offer an online course for managers and supervisors on what they need to know about Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.  This course is designed to meet the training obligations called for in the new AAP regulations and should free up the Human Resource Professionals from having to figure out how to meet this obligation. Follow this link:  AAP for Managers and Supervisors

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Online Training Classes for 2015 - First class for Supervisors and Managers on what they need to know to meet the requirements in the New Affirmative Action Requirements for Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities

This year we are rolling out our new online training series starting with an Affirmative Action  course designed to meet the new training requirements for managers and supervisors. The  new Affirmative Action requirements for Protected Veterans and Individuals with disabilities  (sections 60-300.44(j) and 60-741.44(j)) stipulate that “All personnel involved in the recruitment, screening, selection, promotion, disciplinary, and related processes shall be trained to ensure that the commitments in the contractor’s affirmative action program are implemented.

The online training course titled “What Managers and Supervisors Need to Know about Affirmative Action for Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities” may take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Follow this link for more information, AAP for Managers and Supervisors 


Watch for our future classes coming online soon. The next class is designed to prepare HR personnel on what they need to know about the new Affirmative Action requirements for Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.