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Call Ira Bryck, President of the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, Inc., at (413) 835-0810 to get more information, discuss your situation, and commit to an evening or a morning that will expand your thinking about growing your business.

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 •WEDNESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Delaney House, Holyoke, Mass

WHY YOU MISTAKENLY MISINTERPRET CUES, MAKE POOR CHOICES, ARE NOT HAPPIER WHEN YOU MAKE MORE MONEY, OVERPAY FOR COFFEE, PICK THE WRONG INVESTMENT, AND IN GENERAL ACT AND THINK IRRATIONALLY, NO MATTER HOW SMART YOU ARE

Tonight's session will help you to recognize the many ways in which you're not seeing situations and choices clearly, by understanding the discoveries of the field known as behavioral economics. Even though human beings have been described as "homo economicus" and being well informed and disciplined enough to solve simple optimization problems (ie: what's best for me?) research has shown, since the 1980s, that we lack the discernment, willpower and consistency to act as rationally as we think we can. Professor Robert H. Frank, of Cornell University, will describe how and why this all happens to the best of us, and how we can overcome the biases and cognitive errors that keep us from getting what we really want and need.

ROBERT H. FRANK is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. For more than a decade, his “Economic View” column appeared monthly in The New York Times. He received his B.S. in mathematics from Georgia Tech, then taught math and science for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Nepal. He holds an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading professional journals. His books, which include Choosing the Right Pond, Passions Within Reason, Microeconomics and Behavior, Principles of Economics (with Ben Bernanke), Luxury Fever, What Price the Moral High Ground?, Falling Behind, The Economic Naturalist, The Darwin Economy, and Success and Luck, have been translated into 23 languages. The Winner-Take-All Society, co-authored with Philip Cook, received a Critic's Choice Award, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, and was included in Business Week's list of the ten best books of 1995. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He was awarded the Johnson School’s Stephen Russell Distinguished teaching award in 2004, 2010, and 2012, and its Apple Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

TO READ A CHAPTER ABOUT BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS, WRITTEN BY ROBERT FRANK, FROM AN UPCOMING TEXTBOOK, CLICK HERE

ALSO: short talk by Matt Bannister of PeoplesBank on a banking topic of relevance and importance to you

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

Holyoke Public Library

MINDSET: HACKS FOR YOUR HINDRANCES

JULIA MINES leads you through an exploration of how you can get some control over your amygdala (the part of your brain that can hijack you into an overreaction to a fearful situation), how you can clarify how you set and attempt to achieve goals, how you can set better boundaries, how you can be more courageous, plus a bonus: how to stop procrastinating. This workshop is an antidote to our own worst proclivities. "Mindset: Hacks for the Hindrances.” Areas to be covered include:

• The Amygdala: the fear center of the brain (with a cameo appearance from brain cells wiring and rewiring on video; people love seeing inside their heads!). This would include 
ways to hack this fear-center, which alters both the body’s chemistry (and understanding why this matters) and the brain’s wiring--giving new meaning to some by-gone era’s film line, “what’s going on in that pretty little head of yours?” • The two kinds of goals: learning goals and performance goals—and how we routinely confuse one for the other, and why this sets us up for discouragement and failure; and at the management level, deep frustration. (And what we can do about it.) (And why this is particularly important for people who manage others.) • 95% of us procrastinate. The other 5% are probably lying. We’ll take a deep dive into understanding our own relationship to putting things off, which is deeply personal. And, deceptively simple hacks for for these, too, such as figuring out the first next step to take, and shrinking that first step in half and half again. • Boundaries: why they’re necessary for productivity, and how to set better ones.  •The program will conclude with a reflection of the ways we’ve each been courageous in our lives—and plumping our courage up going forward once the workshop ends.

Why this matters:
When we become cognizant of where these behaviors originate and how these systems operate in each of us, we can each begin to start chipping away at our own tendencies and make corrections. We gain more ownership of our lives, and become freed up to engage more deeply, enjoy what we’re doing more (because we feel some sense of control), increase our sense of self (self-esteem/self-efficacy), and happiness. The cherry on top? We also increase an organization’s bottom line. 

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OCTOBER 16, 2018 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Delaney House, Holyoke, Mass

THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK: THE SCIENCE AND ART OF RECEIVING FEEDBACK WELL

Join us at an evening with SHEILA HEEN, the bestselling co-author of the classic Difficult Conversations, who will teach how to turn evaluations, advice, criticisms, and coaching into productive listening and learning.

We swim in an ocean of feedback. Bosses, colleagues, customers—but also family, friends, and in-laws—they all have “suggestions” for our performance, parenting, or appearance. We know that feedback is essential for healthy relationships and professional development—but we dread it and often dismiss it. That’s because receiving feedback sits at the junction of two conflicting human desires. We do want to learn and grow. And we also want to be accepted just as we are right now. Thanks for the Feedback is the first book to address this tension head on. It explains why getting feedback is so crucial yet so challenging, and offers a powerful framework to help us take on life’s blizzard of off-hand comments, annual evaluations, and unsolicited advice with curiosity and grace. The business world spends billions of dollars and millions of hours each year teaching people how to give feedback more effectively. Stone and Heen argue that we’ve got it backwards and show us why the smart money is on educating receivers— in the workplace and in personal relationships as well. Coauthor of the international bestseller Difficult Conversations, Sheila Heen has spent the last ten years working with businesses, nonprofits, governments, and families to determine what helps us learn and what gets in our way. With humor and clarity, she blends the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology with practical, hard-headed advice. This event will make a huge impact on you and your organization's ability to turn feedback into gold.

also:WHO ARE YOU? WHO, WHO, WHO, WHO? YOUR EMPLOYEES REALLY NEED TO KNOW!

Why is it important for people to know their leaders? Even if you’re not all ‘kumbaya’ on the inside, there is a huge upside to bringing people into your world. A paycheck will only motivate someone so much. When we’re invested in our leader, and their vision, we understand our connectedness to the overall mission – we’re a part of something! Solid relationships inspire people to go above and beyond; leading to a dedicated, action-oriented, workforce. What leader wouldn’t want to lead that? One of the best ways to help your people get to know you is by providing them with a ‘User Manual’ – a document letting them know everything they need to know about YOU. In this mini-workshop, Family Business Center strategic partner and board member ROSS GIOMBETTI, and his GIOMBETTI ASSOCIATES colleagues walk you through their User Manual process which includes reflecting upon your personality and behavior, drafting insightful commentary as to how you interact with the world, and refining your guide to ensure it contains impactful information.

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OCTOBER 19, 2018 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

Mass Mutual Learning and Conference Center, Chicopee, Mass

WHATEVER DOESN'T DISRUPT YOU MAKES YOU OUTDATED

Big changes are up ahead, and they are coming exponentially faster than anything experienced in the history of the world. DELCIE BEAN of PARAGUS IT, and CHARLIE EPSTEIN of EPSTEIN FINANCIAL SERVICES give you a tour through all the tools you'll be using in your business and your life, and how the way it's now done will not be the same in the future. The duo will focus on tools for your business and on everything else, aka your life.

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NOVEMBER 16, 2018 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

Mass Mutual Learning and Conference Center, Chicopee, Mass

COUPLES IN BUSINESS - SHARING WITH AND LEARNING FROM OTHER COPRENEURS

If you work with your life partner, this gathering of several couples in business will be a great way to compare strategies to be effective together, and keep the love alive. It will be a mix of free flowing discussion, and also exploring some supposed best practices. Limit 10 couples. 

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DECEMBER 11, 2018 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Log Cabin, Holyoke, Mass

REBEL TALENT: WHY IT PAYS TO BREAK THE RULES AT WORK AND IN LIFE Do you want to follow a script -- or write your own story? Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives.Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us. Francesca Gino, a behavioral scientist and professor at Harvard Business School, has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy's fashion capital, to the World's Best Restaurant, to a thriving fast food chain, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify "rebel talent," and whose examples we can all learn to embrace.

FRANCESCA GINO is a professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School; and formally affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, with the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard, and with the Behavioral Insight Group at Harvard Kennedy School. She teaches Decision Making and Negotiation in the MBA elective curriculum and in Executive Education programs at the School; with a research focus on judgment and decision-making, negotiation, ethics, motivation, productivity, and creativity. Her studies have been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and her work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio. She has won numerous awards for teaching, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School's MBA Class of 2015, and for her research, including the 2013 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award, from the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division. In 2015, Francesca was chosen by Poets & Quants to be among their "40 under 40", a listing of the world's best business school professors under the age of 40. Attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Gino's latest book, with the same title as this presentation.

ALSO: a short talk by Kris Houghton, CPA, of Meyers Brothers Kalicka; topic to be announced

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MARCH 12, 2019 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

BUILDING A COMPANY PEOPLE CRAVE TO WORK FOR Several years ago, we had a speaker (Jack Stack, father of the Great Game of Business and open book management) who said "Build a great company - because a great company can't help but make great products." But what does it take to make a company great? Tonight's panel is made up of people who have marvelous policies, magical cultures, impressive numbers of high potential employees rising through the ranks. You can hear how they did it, and adopt everything that would work for your company. We are in search of a moderator who is an expert in how to steal and implement the enviable things you see around you, in great companies.

 


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