LIMA — The Allen Lima Leadership program launched its newest class, the Class of 2021, with a two-day orientation held Thursday and today featuring speakers examining organizational leadership and workplace culture.
By the end of the 10-month leadership course, Executive Director Matt Childers said participants will have practical information they can bring back to improve their own organizations while opening up networking opportunities between classmates, who come from varying companies throughout Allen County.
“It gives them an opportunity to see what the best practices are and how to implement them into their own lives,” Childers said.
For example, one of the first of the seminars on Thursday featured Keybridge Medical Revenue Care’s vice president of sales and marketing, Brian Garver, who provided the class with insights into workplace culture.
Garver explained how a company’s wider culture can be a pervasive influence for any organization, often making or breaking initiatives depending on how it is handled.
The general idea is that culture influences worker’s thoughts, which influences their behaviors, and if a company is able to encourage enthusiasm among its teams, a positive culture can act as a sort of “jet fuel” for an organization’s productivity and its ability to attract new workers, Garver said. An example of a such a success in practice, he said, is Keybridge, which began to focus primarily on culture to fix longstanding initiative problems experienced by their employees.
“That’s when our economy exploded on the scene,” Garver said. “We didn’t change our services. We didn’t change our people, our policy, our procedure. We didn’t change any of that. We just made culture our number one priority, and our company exploded nationally with new revenue, new profits, record revenue, record profits, record client growth.”
Now, Keybridge is a 12-times nationally recognized “best places to work” company in health care, Garver said.
At the end of the course, the 28-member class will also be asked to participate in a wider community project that works to address a particular issue in Allen County. Two such past initiatives include the ALL Teddy Bear Fund — which provides hospitalized children, or children visiting the region’s local hospitals, with a teddy bear to comfort them — and the Love Luggage program that gives children entering foster care with a backpack “filled with items that communicate care.”
“We’re very excited to open a new chapter with our orientation and look forward to a new class coming together,” Executive Director Matt Childers said in a press release. “Class members have to get to know each other, trust each other and function well together. These two days facilitate that.”
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