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MAY 29, 2018 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Log Cabin, Holyoke, Mass

A ROBUST EXPLORATION OF PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS, HOW THEY TIE TO COMPENSATION AND PROMOTION, SO AS NOT TO BE POPULARITY CONTESTS, BUT INSTEAD BE GEARED TO THE GOALS OF THE ORGANIZATION A panel discussion that looks at how some Western Mass companies continue to figure this all out, including, Karin Jeffers of Clinical & Support Options, Michelle Wirth of Mercedes Benz of Springfield, and Howard Cheney of Meyers Brothers Kalicka. Our moderator will be Beth Yohai, of AIM HR Solutions who will lead the conversation through such topics as performance management, the impact of the upcoming Massachusetts Pay Equity Act, defining comparable work, creating a meritocracy, and much more.

also: HOW YOU GONNA KEEP EM DOWN ON THE FARM? A recent Gallup poll shows that 51% of employees are not engaged in their jobs. What does that mean in a market where employers are battling it out over a limited pool of top talent? It means trouble. What can you do to ensure your competition doesn’t lure away your best employees? Tiffany Appleton of Johnson & Hill Staffing will explain how and why investing in your employees through training can create a win-win situation. 

ALSO: SHORT TALK BY MICHAEL LONG AND ALANA SAMBOR, OF AXIA INSURANCE SERVICES, A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF FBCPV, ON A TOPIC TBA

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JUNE 13, 2018 •WEDNESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, Holyoke, Mass

THE WISDOM OF OUR BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS that have been reading and meeting since January, reading a couple of outstanding business books, and discussing periodically with each other and best selling author and UMass Isenberg SOM Professor Alan Robinson. You will hear many key lessons (and how they can be applied in a real live small or medium sized Western Mass company) from Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg;and Leading Change by John Kotter. You will get the invaluable return on their investment of time and brain power.

ALSO: JULIE DIALESSI LAFLEY, OF BACON\WILSON, A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF FBCPC, WILL PRESENT ON A TOPIC TBA

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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.

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, Holyoke, Mass

WHAT STANDS IN YOUR WAY?

If you’re like most everyone else in business, there are recurring responses you have to: workload, deadlines, uncomfortable conversations, and anything else you don’t like in your day. Even to pleasure. They sound like this: procrastination, overwhelm, disorganization, and quite possibly fear. (Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of change. Fear of needing to perceive ourselves in new ways. Fear of how our relationships may alter if we succeed. Fear of fill in the blank. The list goes on.) So what can we do about these things, especially since they’re common to all of us? For one thing, we can understand the underlying causes, starting with our own brain. We’ll learn about the brain’s built-in system that makes us fear the worst, act our worst, and shut down our ability to creatively problem solve. We’ll look at how we form goals—is it a learning or a performance goal? And why, when we assign expectations to others, we need to be clear about the two. By the end of our time together, we’ll not just understand how all humans share these issues—we’ll also come to understand how to leverage our strengths to outwit them. We’ll use our time together as a living laboratory to help you take the next practical steps to keep moving forward with renewed inspiration and vigor. Presented by JULIA MINES is an ICF-certified professional leadership coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them lead (and live) more powerfully and productively. She’s an award-winning storyteller and former advertising executive and radio personality.


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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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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