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    Annual Holiday Dinner Meeting: Linking Strategy to People: Coaching Managers to Put the Best Team on the Field

    Date: December 18, 2013, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
    Joyce Sherwood
    Gaithersburg Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
    $15.00 MCSHRM Chapter Members, $40.00 Guests, $45.00 Walk-ins
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    Come join us for our annual chapter holiday dinner meeting, approved for 2.0 HRCI-General recertification credits and only $15.00 for chapter members! We'll start with Happy Hour at 5:30 pm and the dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

    This program has been APPROVED for 2.0 General Recertification Credits

    About the Program:

    Why is creating a process or planning for an implementation so stressful?  Why does it seems to fall on just a “few good people?”  Against popular management belief, everyone is not good at everything!  While it is important to include as many people as possible at work, it is also important to clarify roles, figure out who is good at what, before work assignments are made and determine how to “put the best team on the field” for the win!

    A key role for HR Professionals is to coach their managers on how to carefully match people’s strengths to what needs to be done on a project, which is beyond their technical skill.  It’s about knowing who gets motivated by what parts of the planning process and how we can tap into his/her strengths so he/she feels like they made a contribution to the process, all the deliverables are outlined, the unexpected is at least talked about and there is a vision moving forward.

    There’s a role for everyone of course, but we have to figure out the “right” role, up front.  Katharine Giacalone, Author of Oops!  I'm The Manager!  Getting Past "What Do I Do Now?!" in 5 Easy Steps has identified four Playground Personalities© that are easy to recall in an instant!  Kathy’s understanding of these Playground Personalities© she defines as “the Peacemaker,” “the Organizer,” “the Revolutionary” and “the Steamroller,” and how they interact, helps executives and managers figure out how to “put the best team on the field.”

    Come and learn how to:

    • Assess your Playground Personality© and be able to know them on your feet!
    • Coach managers on how to put the “best team on the field” and stop them from asking people to do the impossible or things they aren’t good at!

     Consult with managers on how to match people’s strengths to what needs to be done on a project, which will result in a “win!”

    About the Speaker:

    Since 2001, Katharine Giacalone, President of KGWorks,, has managed a successful management consulting firm based in the Washington, DC area.  Dubbed The Corporate Nanny™,, she takes a common sense approach to management and tells it like it is for businesses of all sizes.  She has more than 25 years of experience in providing strategic solutions that produce measurable results for her clients – who range from biotech companies and real estate investment trusts to large public school districts.

    Ms. Giacalone’s fresh, inspirational and humorous book, Oops! I’m The Manager! Getting Past “What Do I Do Now?!” in 5 Easy Steps, serves as a valuable resource to people who are suddenly thrown into management and find themselves without the necessary training.  She takes her reader’s back to the playground where it all started!  “These are personalities we’ve all known our whole lives, from our earliest days on the grade school playground,” she explains.  “It’s important that managers are able to quickly assess the various personality styles that affect every situation they face, and know how to deal effectively with each personality type.  Using my Playground Personalities© lets them do this easily.”

    Ms. Giacalone also has another passion - coaching leaders. She lives by the old adage – “think before you speak.”  “It really does work” she says, “being able to motivate people by the words and actions you choose makes all the difference.”  She feels strongly that preventing conflict is much easier than trying to manage or resolve it – “by then it’s too late” she says.  Her clients turn to her to coach them through rethinking what they want to say, so they don’t have to take their words back!   She remembers the invaluable coaching she received as a leader and is committed to making sure that others would benefit from a coaching experience.

    Ms. Giacalone was the V.P. of Human Resources for Celera Genomics, where she successfully created and supported the rapid expansion of an employee base from 250 to more than 900 in a little over two years.  She designed and launched the training system for assessing and delivering general management and supervisory skills for more than 100 managers.  Prior, she spent 10 years at Marriott aligning HR and training practices to business goals and objectives.

    Ms. Giacalone received the Master of Science degree in Organization Development from the Johns Hopkins University.  She holds both a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) certificate and the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential and delivers a variety of keynote speeches and management training classes around the country.  She is a contributor to major trade journals such as The Washington Business Journal, HR Magazine, a SHRM publication, Training Magazine, T+D Magazine, an ASTD publication and Perspectives Magazine. She has appeared frequently on national radio and television.

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