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

Holyoke Public Library

WHAT STANDS IN YOUR WAY?

In business, we want to be productive, creative, and feel like our time and energy are well spent so our lives are meaningful. Yet, each of us brings a constellation of experiences and history that can seek to derail us from not just attending to our to-do lists, but to the larger goals we genuinely want to accomplish and strive for. We feel overwhelmed. We procrastinate. We get stuck or stall out—if even secretly. Enter self doubt and fear. Or just plain boredom, and then we disengage. Or our employees do. 


Business and Leadership coach JULIA MINES leads you through an exploration of how to manage particularly human behaviors impacted by your mindset. Learn simple, easy hacks so you have more choice and can learn to respond rather than react to the discomfort of owning or working in a business. You’ll learn about the part of your brain, the amygdala, that can sabotage your best intentions by pitching you into fear and overreaction. How to set goals that don’t freak you out—and what to do about them when they do. And how to work with the goals of those you manage so that you don’t freak them out (which leads them to procrastinate). You’ll explore how you can become more courageous. And, what to do with your own procrastination. You’ll get to look at where you have boundaries, and where you need to plump them up.  All so that you can lead better, get moving, and feel more confident even in the times you don’t. The job of a coach is to help people not just remove mental obstacles to success but to help them accelerate their productivity, creativity, and even happiness. Learn some hacks to get there yourself. 

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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

Delaney House, Library (very cozy)

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.


APRIL 16, 2019 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

PECHA KUCHA NIGHT (2nd annual, as it was so great last year) So much of what we have to say can be boiled down to its essence, and also since a picture says a thousand words, you have "PECHA KUCHA" (Japanese for chit-chat). We will have 9 business owners each give a talk that is built from 20 images, each showing for 20 seconds, so after 6 minutes and 40 seconds, you've heard it all. As we did last year, we will have the ultra-talented PechaKuchaCoach Andrew Watt assisting the presenters with all it takes to make your presentation a winner!!


JUNE 11, 2019 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

AMAZING SPEAKER IN THE WORKS, who will tell you the secrets of winning, and how to know when to hold and when to fold.



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