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Leadership development series supports local business

Grass Valley business coach and author Machen MacDonald will lead a three-part workshop series on effective leadership, titled “Leadership Infusion,” starting Jan. 23 at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Wellness Center.

While the series is designed for leaders and managers in the private and public sectors, MacDonald said anyone might benefit from his techniques for developing vision, clarity, and effectiveness. MacDonald is the founder of the Pro Brilliance Leadership Institute, and author of a series of books on the power of coaching.

“If anyone in your life depends on you for guidance, you are a leader,” MacDonald said. “We lead in many areas of our life whether at work, community, church, or home.”

The first workshop is titled “Mastering the 4 Aces of Change,” and will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the SNMH outpatient conference rooms (Building 3). Subsequent workshops in the series will be offered at the same time on Feb. 27 and March 27. The cost is $49 per workshop, but a 20 percent savings is available by signing up for all three.

Seating will be limited to the first 60 participants to register.

The first workshop will cover:

• Key elements needed to achieve positive change;

• Accelerating support from your team early in any effort;

• Mastering clear vision and conveying that to your team;

• Optimizing strengths of each member of the team; and

• Creating a culture of high accountability.

Tim Stephens, SNMH vice president of Professional Services, said that investing in community members provides opportunities for businesses to strengthen and grow. Bringing local business leaders together also encourages collaboration and helps create a pathway to a more sustainable and vibrant community.

“One emphasis of this series is on preparing managers and other business leaders to create workplaces that support the health, happiness, and productivity of their employees,” Stephens said. “It has become incredibly evident in the past few years that economic pressures are impacting the workplace and the wellness of its employees. SNMH is pleased to work with Pro Brilliance and the Chamber of Commerce to prepare our leaders and business owners to meet and overcome those pressures.”

MacDonald said workshop participants will be offered “tools they can use to improve communication, alignment, and increased capacity for function and productivity.”

“As a leader your primary job is to drive desired change for productivity and profitability. You must get buy in from the people you lead so they embrace the intended change,” he said.
“By having a clear vision of where we are headed we become more aware and receptive to the resources to help us achieve the vision.”

MacDonald said his business clients have averaged revenue growth of 15 percent after participating in his program, with some as high as 300 percent.

“We see increased savings and expense reduction, increased productivity, and a more aligned culture where key people have been repositioned into the right roles with the right responsibilities,” he said. “Some business owners have adjusted their business model entirely and now have less stress and more peace while making more money.”

The workshop series is cosponsored by the Pro Brilliance Leadership Institute and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. The hospital Wellness Center is hosting the workshops because part of the focus is on reducing stress in the workplace and in personal lives.

“Change is the only constant,” MacDonald said. “Stress comes from the inability to handle uncertainty. The workshops are devoted to helping people in our community deal with uncertainty and navigate the ambiguities of work and life. By raising this capacity in our community we will thrive as a whole and become a community of choice and the foundation of well being.”

To register, call the SNMH Wellness Center at (530) 274-6124.

All physicians providing care for patients at SNMH are members of the medical staff and are independent practitioners, not employees of the hospital.

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