CURRENT: Leading Yourself Well, First!

Leading yourself well, first! Workshop
Event Basics
When: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Workshop Begins
12 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Green Bay
1015 Lombardi Ave
Green Bay, WI 54304
Fee: $49 Members of Current
$64 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2013 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Continental breakfast and refreshments.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
4 hours of CE credit is available for attending this workshop.
Event Overview
Leading yourself well, first!
“When learning to lead, many leaders make the assumption they must learn the skills in order to lead others, to go out and improve, fix and evaluate their teams. While those skills hold much value, the first step – and the most important – is learning to lead yourself well, first! It will be the first and most difficult step in your leadership journey. Leading oneself well involves reflecting upon and providing clarity around the answers to six key questions:

  • How big is your toolbox?
  • What is your motto in life? (Things in life DO NOT happen to YOU, they happen BECAUSE of YOU)
  • Are you future focused? (Is your goal to become, “comfortable?”)
  • Will you accept, “average” and “normal”?
  • Who are your friends, and what do they say about you?
  • Are you in the bucket or out of the bucket?

In our session together, we will examine these six questions and in addition, address the factors which keep us from taking that important, “first step.”

About the Speaker
Jamie Schramm
Employee Development Manager
Kohler Credit Union
Raised and currently residing in Sheboygan, Wis., Jamie brings a wealth of knowledge from the manufacturing sector and classroom teaching into seminar experiences. An MBA graduate of Lakeland College, he combines both a hands-on understanding of relevant business issues combined with a realization that learning and developing ourselves is a lifelong endeavor.Jamie spent nine years in front-line supervision as an assembly foreman with the Kohler Engine Division. Responsible for anywhere from 25 to 90 employees, Jamie at one time or another oversaw every function within the assembly operations. Here he was first introduced to and put into practice the principles of Lean manufacturing, continuous improvement and Kaizen teams. His Kaizen Teams tackled wide-ranging issues from specification writing, assembly line changeover processes and customized packaging requirements.

Jamie spent two years on the operations team at HUI Manufacturing in Kiel, Wis. Here he got to combine his understanding of manufacturing with the organization’s passion for Lean implementation, standard processes and organizational development. It was HUI’s focus on organizational culture that led Jamie to begin completion of his MBA, a path that allowed him to further study and understand the importance of empowering individuals in the workplace to be the best versions of themselves they can be. By understanding our own individual behaviors, which limit our successes in groups, and focusing on how we can add value to our peers in order to complete them, Jamie brings a unique combination of personal stories, teaching experiences and leading management strategies to his discussions. For Jamie, that starts with first developing and leading yourself well to create organizations in which we can “be” accountable as opposed to being “held” accountable.

In 2011, Jamie joined the organizational learning team at Johnsonville Sausage while continuing as an adjunct faculty Member at Lakeland College where he teaches courses relating to business management/leadership. While at Johnsonville he became actively involved in the Sheboygan County Organizational Development Roundtable, which was responsible for bringing the first-ever Leadercast simulcast site to Sheboygan County.In September 2012, Jamie joined Kohler Credit Union as its employee development manager. In this role, he is able to focus on employee and leadership development. Through coaching and teaching, he is focusing on creating an organization that embraces, “Fun, Accountability, Servant Leadership, Lifelong Learning and Respect.”

In addition to attaining his MBA from Lakeland College in 2012, Jamie is a certified facilitator for Vital Smarts’ Crucial Conversations as well as Integrity Service. He is a certified predictive index analyst and has completed training for Employee Selection for Positive Attitudes and Approaches. He has also been a seminar participant for Vital Smarts’ Crucial Confrontations, Influencer and Change Anything strategies.

Jamie has given presentations at Lakeshore and Gateway Technical Colleges, Leaderfest 2012, The Sheboygan Young Professionals LEAD Sessions, Sheboygan County Head Start and speaks to groups and individuals on various leadership and cultural development strategies. In fall 2013, he will collaborate with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Small Business Development Center. He also shares insights and reflections upon leadership interactions through his personal blog, “The Last Word On Leadership.”