Written by Sharla Bardin for 19th St. Magazine, September 2021
Employees have faced some unique challenges in the workplace since COVID-19.
Some staff switched to working from home, while others saw the office environment change to accommodate pandemic precautions.
What hasn’t changed is the need for strong leadership skills, effective communication, a willingness to make adjustments and embracing new possibilities or processes.
Moore Norman Technology Center offers training programs that can help leaders build their bravery, skills and knowledge as they work through changing times and goals for the future.
One of those programs set for this month focuses on daring leadership and is based on the research of bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown.
Dare to Lead™ is about the research-proven future of leadership, which is bravery and courage and that bravery and courage are teachable, measurable and observable, according to information about the program.
The program will be offered Sept. 22-24 at the Franklin Road campus at 4701 12th Ave. Northwest in Norman.
Facilitator Linda Clark will lead the program and is one of the global trained facilitators selected, vetted and trained directly by Brown to deliver the program, according to program information.
Interest from professionals, business owners and educators in the community has grown for the program, said Ida Fryhover, program consultant in workforce and economic development.
In 2019, the technology center offered a luncheon that focused on daring leadership that was well attended. The goal was to expand the program but the pandemic delayed those plans.
Fryhover said the upcoming program is open to anyone who wants to invest in building their skill set leading to desirable performance and people outcomes whether in a personal or professional setting. Due to high demand, an additional program will be offered in January 2022, she said.
Fryhover said attendees also will benefit from the experience and expertise of Clark, who is “an incredible facilitator.”
Clark has extensive experience in human resources and focuses on values-driven performance, active feedback and outcomes. She’s also an adjunct leadership professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and a recognized human resources industry leader, according to information from the center.
The program is one of many training opportunities provided through the center.
The center also offers the "Sherpa Leadership Program" that focuses on enhancing careers, teams and culture in an organization.
In addition, the center has customized training available that feature the FranklinCovey All Access Pass™ Leadership Programs that offer insight into enhancing leadership and effective habits of leaders, among a few of the topics.
Fryhover said some of the reasons that organizations turn to the technology center for training needs is because of the affordability, the convenient locations and professional trainers.
"They're vetted, they're certified, they're experienced and they deliver quality training for people in our community,” she said.
In addition, she said the center's workforce team continually connects with companies to determine what training could benefit those businesses.
“We sit down and we listen to what companies need and we build our programs to help them achieve their goals.”
Helping employees and companies excel is one of the highlights of Fryhover's work, she said.
“I love seeing the potential of where we can take our resources and apply them to meet the needs of businesses,” she said. “To me, that's one of the best rewards.”
To register for the daring leadership program or for information about other training programs, visit www.mntc.edu/leadership.