Shawnee Mission, Kan. — March 2
National Seminars Group, the continuing education division of Rockhurst University, has developed a workshop designed to help organizations transfer vital workplace skills and knowledge before the bulk of the baby boomers enter retirement.
“For the most part, baby boomers are running the U.S. economy,” said Rocky White, vice president of business training and development services. “When they start to retire in 2010, incredible core competencies will walk out the door with them.”
Based on thousands of hours of empirical research on effective leadership, the Mentoring Leadership Certification Program titled, “Because You Believed in Me: Essential Skills – Timeless Principles,” is designed to show the “Me Generation” how to be the “We Generation.”
“Baby boomers are accustomed to being the center of attention, and they often have a tough time passing the baton,” White said. “Their work is their life, unlike Generation X, who works to live.
“This program helps bridge generational gaps so organizations can ensure the competencies that drive their success and flourish in the years ahead.”
The program features five training modules, combining a half-day of facilitated learning with a half-day application session to help transfer newly acquired skills to the workplace.
The modules are “Leading Others,” “Serving Others,” “Mentoring Others,” “Developing and Inspiring Others” and “Succession Planning.”
Skills learned include recognizing and rewarding creativity and innovation; developing open, productive communication; cultivating commitment and loyalty; promoting life-work balance; delegating responsibilities and creating a formal plan to transfer critical knowledge and skills from one generation to the next.
Each module can be taken as stand-alone training or collectively for full university-backed certification.