VIP2 University

VIP2 University

A dynamic, real world, customized leadership training program for staff at all levels of your organization from the "front lines" to the highest levels of management. VIP2 University is based on the VIP2 (Values-driven, Informed, Passionate People) philosophy and will consist of several modules as shown below. The curriculum can be customized as desired from a full 36-hour curriculum, streamlined 2-day "Leadership Intensive" or a format that works best for your organization. The training, led by former Caterpillar executive, Jon Harrison, and a faculty comprised of his most trusted colleagues will challenge, inspire and immerse you and your team in the VIP2 philosophy.

Jon “lived” this leadership style in his global assignments in the United States, Australia, Japan and eventually to North Little Rock when, in 2009, he was selected to develop and lead Caterpillar’s new world-class facility due to his repeated success in building high performing and high employee satisfaction work environments. In 2011, Jon left corporate America to focus on helping under-appreciated and overlooked people. VIP2 is part of Jon’s new mission, as most leaders have had little to no formal leadership training, and the people they lead are impacted greatly by their actions. 

VIP2 Faculty

The faculty of VIP2 University is a diverse group of leaders from all sectors of the economy who have been in your shoes…not “trainers” who lack real world experience.  
CLICK HERE to meet the VIP2 University Faculty.

VIP2 University Modules

A dynamic “real world” leadership training program focused on the incredible impact of having Values-driven, Informed, Passionate People (VIP2) in your organization from the “front lines” to the highest levels.

Introduction to VIP2 (2.5 hours)

  • This module is an in-depth overview of the power of having Values-driven, Informed and Passionate People on the “front lines” of your organization. Teaching will focus on engaging your people, but at the same time holding them to high standards of behavior and performance.

Leadership Styles: Not One Size Fits All (1 hour)

  • Leaders will learn the four basic leadership styles, and how to use each of them effectively in different situations and with people at different developmental levels. This module uses different media genres to help demonstrate the power of using varied leadership styles.

Managing Conflict: Keeping the Passion Positive
 (1 hour)

  • Leaders will learn to use proven tactics to “de-escalate” conflict; turn conflict into a positive and ultimately to minimize conflict. “Real world” stories are used to demonstrate the right and wrong ways to deal with conflict.

The Art of Hospitality: VIP2 In Action (1.5 hours)

  • Leaders will see what VIP2 looks like "in action" and how it positively impacts the bottom line of your organization, employee engagement, customer satisfaction and society as a whole.

“Peaceable Kingdom” - Understanding Your Team: (1.5 hours)

  • Leaders will learn to identify four basic personality types to determine their own dominant personality type and how to effectively manage other personality types on their teams.

Leading with Values (1 hour)

  • Showing leaders how to lead in a values environment through actions, not just words. Leaders will be taken through several simulated situations to practice how to lead in this manner.

The Power In Diversity (2 hours)

  • This module focuses on what diversity really is (that it incorporates differences that go well beyond gender or ethnic diversity) and the incredible power it brings to organizations when it is nurtured. This is a “real world” look at diversity and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about this topic that they may have been afraid to ask in the past. This module will impact personal lives as much as the workplace.

Avoiding Burnout: Keeping the Passion Burning (1.5 hours)

  • Like it or not, all leaders are confronted with burnout sometime in their career. This module focuses on recognizing burnout (in yourself and others) before it gets to the danger stage, and then how to manage it. This module will cause you to honestly look at your priorities at work and in life in general, to keep your passions burning in all facets of your life.

Feedback: The Fuel for VIP2 (1.5 hours)

  • There are many ways to give feedback but it must be timely, sincere and be delivered in a way that will truly impact future behavior for it to be meaningful. This module focuses on different types of feedback (both formal and informal), how to avoid common pitfalls in providing feedback, and how it must become a consistent part of your leadership approach. This module also looks at how to receive feedback, which is rarely discussed but so important in the VIP2 environment.

Engaging Your People / Your Legacy as a Leader
 (1 hour)

  • This module is the culmination of the program by detailing the approach and “hands on” tactics that will result in a workplace comprised of Values-driven, Informed and Passionate People. The training concludes by discussing the true legacy that can result from being a VIP2 leader.

"The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self –restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it" Theodore Roosevelt

"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them" John Maxwell

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other" John F. Kennedy

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