• Building leadership seminar scheduled
    September 09,2013

    Business coach and the exclusive licensed Vermont provider of “Elevate Your Leaders” Lindel James will present a two-hour seminar on Building Your Business in the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce conference rooms Wednesday morning Sept. 25.

    The seminar will stress achieving business growth and sustainability by developing staff leadership skills.

    A common problem for small businesses is over-dependence on the leadership of the owner or manager, according to James. She adds that sustained growth requires strengthening leadership skills in an ever wider array of employees.

    James explained that the issue can be especially critical to an owner seeking to sell his or her business. Buyers need to see that the business can continue to succeed while they become better acquainted with the intricacies of the operation and develop their own approach to the future.

    “A business that depends on a single individual is at risk,” James said. She said thousands of Vermont business owners are “boomers” with their wealth tied to their businesses. Maximizing their wealth depends in part on positioning their business and their people to succeed without them.

    A business that can sustain itself without the owner is attractive to a much broader market at a better price.

    “Whether the goal on the horizon is sale or growth, developing staff leadership is key,” James stressed. She’ll address methods and incentives for developing leadership in the two-hour session that begins at 7:30 a.m. It will be helpful and informative for anyone managing staff — or looking to do so soon.

    The $20 registration fee includes juice, coffee, bagels and pastry available at 7:15 a.m. Registration can be made online at www.central-vt.com/seminar or by calling the Chamber at 229-5711.

    Elevate Your Leaders is an intensive year-long training program for current and emerging leaders and managers. It will be offered in central Vermont, Burlington and Rutland in the months ahead.

    James said a limited number of participants will meet monthly for 12 months.

    Each participant will set individual monthly objectives and regularly measure his or her success in group and one-on-one sessions.

    It is a national program that has proven its value in other areas, and James is pleased to bring it to Vermont.

    George Malek is the executive director of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

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