ROSEMONT, Ill. — Synergy Solution Group recently hosted a three-and-a-half day leadership forum at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare for more than 50 members designed  to help new leaders improve the skills needed to continue to grow the success of their organizations.

Leaders were divided into small groups led by a mentor. The mentors spent their time facilitating discussions, encouraging team members to step out of their comfort zones, and sharing their many years of leadership experience. Attendees met in a large group during the morning of the first and second day for leadership sessions facilitated by Don Adams, CEO of Dale Carnegie Training, New York. Adams focused on the importance of creating a personal vision statement and leading intentionally. The group then took those ideas into the afternoon to tackle their personal challenges with their teams.

“Beside the networking, the small group discussions were awesome this year,” said Dave Sloan, Ruthrauff Service LLC, Carnegie, Pennsylvania. “It was great to hear how like-minded people would handle problems we all face.”

Throughout the session, each of the teams were presented with real-world challenges and asked to put together proposals on the strategy they would use to solve it. Members from each group then had to stand up in front of the large group to share their proposals.

“The small group discussions really helped me to get involved and become more comfortable speaking to groups,” said Marlo Sauble, Controls Service and Engineering Co. Inc., New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.

On the last day, attendees were given the results of a 360-degree peer feedback survey that was completed by their coworkers prior to the session. Each group spent the morning talking through and getting advice on the feedback they received with their mentor and group members.

“This is the first time I’ve participated in this exercise,” said Ryan Houghton, account manager, Dowling Corp., Wrentham, Massachusetts. “I think it’s a great tool and cannot wait to get back and work on becoming a better leader.”

Publication date: 12/26/2016

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