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Tel: 909.702.8546

 

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Executive Business Strategy Workshop Advanced

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

This well-designed strategy workshop helps executive teams to refine their strategic priorities, develop plans for strategy implementation and to mobilize the organization

Learning Objectives:

  • Developing an interconnected view of the business context with a global perspective

  • Helping top executive teams to understand the core competencies the organization needs

  • Narrowing the choice of strategic initiatives to focus on

  • Gaining top team alignment

  • Developing strategy implementation plans that can be cascaded immediately into the organization

  • Selecting an appropriate monitoring and control process

  • Preparing the follow-up needed to ensure organization change sticks

Who Should Attend:

The Workshop is targeted at senior executive teams

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

Essentials for Business Process Management
Managers share vision and information with employees
Strategy Planning & Deployment Workshop 

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

Strategic plans are often developed in isolation and rarely aligned across an organization. As a result, the organization's strategy and strategic objectives are not well defined, are not well communicated and do not impact day-to-day decision making.  Our Strategy Planning and Deployment Process, using Strategy Maps and value stream mapping, provides an organization with simple and effective methods and tools to develop, communicate and align its business objectives, strategic initiatives, operating plans, targets and goals.  The strategic plan then forms the basis for establishing an effective Operational Excellence & Lean Six Sigma projects and activities. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Strategic Planning & Deployment Process Overview

  • Organizing the Process

  • Current & Future State Analysis

  • Develop Strategic Vision Elements

  • Define Strategic Breakthrough Objectives

  • Define Strategic Initiatives & Tactics

  • Value Stream Mapping

  • Strategy Implementation & Review

  • Performance Management with Balanced Scorecards

Who Should Attend:

Functional Management Teams and Process Owners

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

Essentials for Business Process Management
Organization is able to respond to changes in the applicable market quickly
Practical Project Management Workshop 

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

Our clients asked for a common sense approach to Project Management and we responded. Tackling today's project focused environment requires a straightforward, down to earth approach. In our most popular program you will learn practical, effective tools, and proven processes that will ensure your projects stay on track and your deliverables are achieved.

Learning Objectives:

  • Establish effective communication lines from the start

  • Develop concise intended outcomes and deliverables

  • Build a Project Charter that is simple, yet effective in getting your projects off to the right start

  • Recognize and prevent common Project Management problems

  • Use criteria to determine your tasks and measure the project

  • Identify and evaluate risks and contingencies

  • Effectively determine resource requirements

  • Use a Work Breakdown Structure, Gantt Chart and Network Diagram to manage your project

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of personnel in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

Essentials for Business Process Management
Co-workers have confidence and trust in each other
Masterclass Operational Excellence Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

Striving to achieve operational excellence is one of the most important contributors to an organisation’s sustainable performance and growth. Companies that reach for a higher level of operational excellence reap numerous benefits:- a systematic, evolving and effective approach to business operations; a continually productive and innovative workforce; and an organisation that consistently realises sustainable growth. What exactly is "operational excellence"? The focus of operational excellence goes beyond the traditional event-based model of improvement toward a long-term change in organisational culture. Operational excellence focuses on consistent and reliable execution, and continual improvement, through all areas of the organisation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Practical overview of operational excellence

  • Core philosophy of operational excellence

  • Participants will complete a desktop operational excellence assessment of their business and develop action plans to close key gaps.

Who Should Attend:

People whose role requires them to improve operational excellence and productivity across a department or organisation: managers at all levels of the organisation, individual contributors, project managers, business partners and consultants.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

Essentials for Business Process Management
No one has to worry about losing his or her job because of process changes
Essentials for Business Process Management
Managers support changes in processes

Business WORKSHOPS

Our Workshop Program(s) are leading examples in enterprise learning and provide a comprehensive, flexible approach to building a portfolio of integrated skills for leadership and management. By using leading, cost-effective programming and philosophies and by providing a solution tailored to our client's needs, we can help increase productivity, understand the processes and bottlenecks and ultimately improve organizational outcomes and support budget control’s.

 

We are an acknowledged leader and innovator in enterprise learning. We have business, industry, training and technology skills unmatched in the marketplace.

Business Process Improvement Workshop

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

Change occurs daily in our business lives and often that change is not reflected in our daily operating processes. Continually improving our work processes allows the organization to function at its peak and allows managers to spend less time fighting fires and more time preventing them. This workshop looks at business from a process perspective and will help you define, plan and implement improvements and optimize your daily management activities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the process oriented horizontal view of business

  • Define and describe business processes

  • Determine the major work processes and the work group responsible for them

  • Use a flow chart to determine how the process works, identify breakdowns, and highlight which areas require improvement activities

  • Align key processes to internal and external customers

  • Understand in general terms each step of the Process Improvement Model and its continuity

  • State the objectives of the most important work processes

  • Understand the essential nature of measurement

  • Determine the needs and expectations of the most important customers

  • Apply a five-step model that systematically defines and identifies opportunities for improvement

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of personnel in a wide range of industries, functional areas, and levels, such as

  • Healthcare

  • Manufacturing

  • Service industries

  • Non-financial and financial professionals

  • Operations

  • Business process functional areas (e.g. HR, IT, Finance, etc.)

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

Essentials for Business Process Management
Open communication between employees and managers
Process Mapping Workshop

Duration: 1 Day

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

To enable participants to appreciate improvement opportunities associated with the concepts of business process redesign. Provide them tools to understand how Individual responsibilities impact the organisation’s performance

Learning Objectives:

  • By raising their awareness of value adding versus nonvalue adding activities, participants are better able to manage their businesses resources and focus on delivering value to their internal and external stakeholders.

  • A non-technical person will be able to better grasp technical topics through our delivery technique which simplifies topics and reinforces theory and topic-related exercises.

  • Participants will also go through an interactive team game to experience how Business Process Re-engineering (“BPR”) techniques can improve customer satisfaction, increase quality and responsiveness while increasing productivity

Who Should Attend:

Directors, Senior Managers, Managers, including direct personnel whose work processes would be redesigned. Prior knowledge of Process Mapping or Lean BPR is not required

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

Essentials for Business Process Management
Appoint people responsible for processes
 
Leadership Development Workshop

Duration: 5 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants

You can learn how to effectively engage your team by focusing on your team leadership development. Leadership development is needed to successfully take charge of your team in today's business world. This corporate training program will teach you how to stop managing and start leading; and, as a result, make you a vital part to your organization's future. Investing in leadership training will help build your team's management fundamentals.  By taking this corporate leadership program you will become an engaging manager that creates confident, inspired, empowered, and enthusiastic teams. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Build effective coaching techniques

  • Master problem analysis and decision-making

  • Effectively communicate change

  • Strengthen listening skills

  • Recognize team success with enthusiasm

  • Learn the 8-step delegation process

 

Who Should Attend:

All levels of management and leadership

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

 
 
 
 
Essentials for Business Process Management
Senior management has confidence and trust in all employees
 
 
Business Strategy Workshop Intermediate

Duration: 5 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

On this workshop, we will work with you to identify and prioritize business solutions that meet your strategic objectives. We will explore new ways to manage relationships with your business partners and examine your relationship with your clients. We will work with you to create realistic plans for developing and deploying solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Mapping of business goals aligned with strategic business opportunities

  • Analysis of the organizational and technical challenges your company faces in developing business solutions or initiatives

  • Proposed strategy for implementing business vision, including a prioritized list of business initiatives and a phased schedule for their development

  • Justification of business strategy, including the initial business case analysis for each suggested initiative

  • Prioritized list of questions to be answered, issues to be resolved, and internal resources and business partners whose buy-in and involvement will be key to success

  • Identification of recommended next steps 

Who Should Attend:

The workshop is targeted at mid-level decision makers and managers needing to understand and how to implement important strategic changes in their organizations. We recommend that key partners involved in shared business processes also attend the sessions.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

Essentials for Business Process Management
Efficient communication channels for transferring information
 
 
Process Risk Analysis & Mistake - Proofing
Workshop 

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  5 to 20 participants,

Process Risk Analysis & Mistake-Proofing is a simple and effective method to prevent defects from occurring in an organization’s manufacturing, service or administrative process. Its objective is to design processes so that mistakes are impossible to make or, at the least, they are easy and early to detect and correct.

Learning Objectives:

The "Process Risk Analysis & Mistake-Proofing" workshop is very interactive with several hands on small group exercises. The workshop covers our 10-Step Mistake-Proofing Process:

  • Objectives and Benefits of Mistake-Proofing

  • Process Mapping and Building Blocks Development

  • Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis - A Step-by-Step Approach

  • The Sixteen Human Error Modes

  • The Six Mistake-Proofing Principles

  • Preventing Human Errors using Poka-Yoke Methods

  • Developing an effective Process Control Plan

  • Out-of-Control Action Plan

Who Should Attend:

Process owners and employees throughout the organization involved in critical manufacturing or service processes that require mistake proofing. The optimum number of participants is 3 to 4 teams of 4 to 5 team members each.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule. 

The 8D (Disciplines) Problem Solving Process 
Workshop 

Duration: 2 Days

Workshop size:  10 to 25 participants,

The 8D (Eight Disciplines) Problem Solving Process is a team oriented and structured problem solving methodology that is mainly used to identify, correct and eliminate recurring problems. 8D Problem Solving Teams play a key role in their organizations by being empowered to find root causes, implement corrective actions, prevent any recurrence and recommend process improvements. These teams have the authority, responsibility and accountability for solving problems in their work area,

Learning Objectives:

The "8D Problem Solving Process" workshop is very interactive with examples and hands on small group exercises. After the workshop, the participants will;

  • Have a thorough understanding of the 8D Problem Solving Process

  • Be able to describe the purpose and objective of each phase of the 8D Problem Solving Process

  • Understand and be able to apply key problem-solving tools in each phase of the 8D Problem Solving Process, including Pareto Chart, Histogram, Run Chart, 5 Whys, Is-Is Not Matrix, Process Flow Chart, Process Variables Map, Fishbone Diagram, Comparative Analysis, Scatter Plot, Box Plot, Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Root Cause Theory Testing, Mistake Proofing, Process Control Plan

  • Be able to use assessing questions at the end of each phase of the 8D Problem Solving Process to ensure proper application of the process and integrated problem solving tools

Who Should Attend:

Process owners, supervisors, team leaders and employees throughout the organization involved in problem solving and improvement activities. The optimum number of participants is 3 to 4 teams of 4 to 5 team members each.

Course Customizations and Durations: VRI offers fully customizable Workshops to fit any industry or schedule.