Public sector does not have the same options as the corporate world when it comes to workplace incentives.

This makes team building and a positive workplace environment all the more important to retain quality workers.

These interactive courses will use public sector examples to help your leaders get to know each other, but can also be used by leaders to capitalize on their diverse workforce for a positive work environment.


You can have IPD deliver workshop style interactive learning:

  • at your site
  • virtually through our Zoom learning platform
  • at the Metro State Training Center in Midway area near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

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Leading and Communicating with Your Strengths

Full Day Training

The first half of the day uses an assessment from the book Strengths-Based Leadership to have participants identify their innate strengths and use those to identify their authentic leadership style.  While your leaders will learn how to use their strengths in the workplace, they will also learn about the strengths of their fellow leaders.  The second half of the day will have leaders identify their communication style.  They will learn how to use both leadership and communication styles to connect with leaders across the organization.

Building a Team on Individual Strengths and Communication Styles

Full Day Training

For the first half of the day, team members will identify their innate strengths using Gallop’s Strength-based Leadership.  They see how those strengths connect to a work-approach style. They will work with their “style peers” to create a “how to work with me chart.”  They will see the best way to work their team members to capitalize on individual strengths.  The second part of the day, participants will identify their communication styles and learn how to use them to send and receive messages with their team members.

Delegation and Coaching for Public Sector Leaders

Full Day Training

This course will help formal and informal leaders address the challenges of delegating: when and what to delegate, who to delegate to, and how to delegate work – whether to someone they supervise or someone they lead on a project, or a peer.  They will learn to delegate work in a manner that increases quality, increases success, and builds trust for future collaborations.  This course will also help your leaders to use their experience to aid in developing others while still accomplishing the work or project goals by showing leaders how to avoid coaching pitfalls while using “an ask versus tell” approach.

Creating High-Performing Teams in the Public Sector

Half Day Training

High-performing teams do not just happen; they are built by their leaders.   Leaders with high-performing teams recognize diversity and encourage input, listen, and recognize opportunities to help their teams grow.  This ½ day workshop will have your leaders practice using tools to identify opportunities to improve their teams.

Note: Pair Creating High-Performing Teams in the Public Sector with Leading Through Conflict for a full day of dynamic leadership training.

Leading Through Conflict

Half Day Training

The resources of time and money are scarce, so often our first reaction to a request is, “no.” To find solutions, public sector leaders need to engage in dialogue that is both assertive and cooperative.  This ½ day workshop will teach them how to tap into their expertise to discover solutions and present options that allow for the win/win.  Leaders will also learn the five main responses to conflict and determine when they need to address those responses and how and when to address conflict to get the results they need from their team.

Training for Elected Leaders

Half Day Workshops

These two workshops can be offered individually or as a pair depending on the needs of your council or board. Both workshops expand knowledge and build the relationships your board can use to do the difficult work required of elected officials.
Tools for Improving Cultural Awareness: This workshop is designed to have participants reflect on their own cultural backgrounds and experiences to understand how they shape the way they work and engage with others while learning more about the cultures and identities of others.
Tools for Communicating in a Diverse World: This workshop designed to have participants identify the experiences and cultural norms that shape the way they send and receive messages and provides strategies for communicating in an inclusive and respectful way with each other and their constituents.

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