Pickaway-Ross Adult Education is kicking off its 2021 Leadership Academy with two sessions t

his fall in partnership with the Holzer Leadership & Innovation Institute.

     Session topics are Dealing with Difficult People on Sept. 15 and Effective Communication in the Workplace on Nov. 17. Each class meets from 8:30 a.m. until noon at 1410 Industrial Drive, Chillicothe. The cost is $75 per session.

     Rhonda Lawless, Business & Career Services coordinator, said when she worked with Gail Games a few years ago, they developed sessions that focused on Gallup StrengthsFinder, difficult conversations and employee engagement.  

     Gail, now vice Logos for the Leadership Academy and Holzer Leadership & Innovation Institutepresident of Training & Organizational Development at Holzer Health System, worked with her team to create the Holzer Leadership & Innovation Institute.  

     "We all struggle with day-to-day communication and people issues. These two opportunities will provide strategies and easy-to-use concepts to improve participants' work, and possibly even home, life," Gail said.

     Participants can choose to take either or both sessions. Gail said the September session will help participants learn the type of communicator they are and how to work with people who have a different communication style. 

     Effective Communication in the Workplace will teach participants how to have a clearing conversation and control their inner storytelling.

     Gail, who has been in the training and organizational development field for more than a decade, said that development is valuable at any stage in a person's career.

     "We all have things to learn in our growth and development. If you can walk away from a class with one new tool to use, then it was worth the time," she said.