Leader Dogs for the Blind Introduces Harness the Power of Leadership

Experiential employee development training with a unique twist

Most employee development courses include: (1) Bribe people into a conference room with coffee and bagels; (2) Have someone stand in front of the room all day while telling the group things they should be doing; (3) Break into discussion groups to make things “interactive;” (4) Go home wondering what was learned.

This cycle of employee development falls short in effectiveness, value and practicality. This is why Leader Dogs for the Blind developed Harness the Power of Leadership (HPL), a leadership, management and team-building workshop unlike anything in the industry. The one-day workshop is held on the Leader Dog campus in Rochester Hills or at the attending organization’s facilities. The workshop accommodates up to 24 participants (but can be adapted to varying class sizes) and teaches fundamental leadership and management concepts using guide dogs as tools to exemplify the material.

Under blindfold, attendees work hands-on with guide dogs to learn concepts of effective leadership. The course is led by a person who is blind who shows how the working relationship between a Leader Dog and its handler provides valuable lessons that lead to success when applied to business.

“I do not consider my blindness to be a disability,” commented Leader Dog presenter Richard “Buss” Brauer. “It certainly is an inconvenience. But the lessons Leader Dog taught me about leadership, communication and decision-making are what allowed me to achieve such a high degree of business and personal success. People are simply blown away by how applicable this model is in the professional world.”

Lessons learned in many employee development courses are often forgotten and just not used. HPL is an effective program because attendees learn through personal experience so they readily remember the lessons and subsequently implement them in their daily work.

“We all know employees react negatively when they are being ‘preached to’ or face hours of lecture,” says Dani Landolt, Leader Dog’s chief marketing officer. “HPL’s value is in its unique delivery of leadership concepts and team empowerment in a truly interactive and interesting way.”

Leader Dog will be hosting a session of Harness the Power of Leadership open to individual attendees on October 4, 2017. This is a great opportunity to experience HPL yourself and learn how it can benefit your organization. The session will be held at Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan, from 8:30-4:30 p.m. The cost for this full-day leadership experience is $375.00 per person.

To learn more about this valuable leadership experience, contact David Bann at Leader Dogs for the Blind by calling 248.218.6318 or emailing dave.bann@leaderdog.org.

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