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Unleashing the Power of Influence

Wendy Johnson was originally scheduled to speak at this month's event but had to cancel due to an emergency.  Fortunately, Heather Stagl will step in as presenter and share her experience and thoughts about Unleashing the Power of Influence.

Would you be able to accomplish more at work, if only people would just do what you want them to do? You're not alone in this wishful thinking! Unfortunately, there's no magic formula that will make everyone do what you want.

Influence is not really about getting your way. It's about getting things done - with and through other people. So, if you're ready to make a bigger impact at work, attend this meeting, where you’ll learn practical ways to boost your influence at work.


Heather Stagl

As founder of Enclaria, Heather Stagl equips individuals and teams to influence change at work through individual coaching, team workshops, and training programs. She is the author of 99 Ways to Influence Change and the change management toolkit, the Influence Change at Work Toolkit.

Heather has implemented a wide variety of strategic initiatives as an internal change agent, including IT systems, process improvement programs, and strategy execution with the Balanced Scorecard. She was the Director of Organizational Effectiveness at a mid-size food manufacturer headquartered in the Chicago suburbs. After moving to Atlanta, she conducted a research and training program on strategy execution at Balanced Scorecard Collaborative before starting Enclaria in 2009.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA in Leadership and Change Management from DePaul University. Heather completed coach training at The Coaches Training Institute. She serves on the board of Organization Change Alliance, a learning community of organization development practitioners in Atlanta.

Price: $25.00

Date: September 20, 2018

Available Spaces: 33

Nothing But Networking

You are invited to the second OCA Nothing but Networking gathering.  The purpose of this event is simple: get out and have some great conversations with like-minded change professionals, enjoy terrific food and drink and set the tone for some rewarding professional relationships that could benefit your career. 


Join fellow organization development and change management professionals in the greater Atlanta area.  Both members and non-members are invited to join us as we taste different wines and enjoy a selection of appetizers in a unique setting.

Price: $35.00

Date: October 18, 2018

Available Spaces: 20

Get The Edge: Become a Discretionary Effort Leader

Discretionary effort is the difference between what one is capable of bringing to a task, versus the minimum effort required to get by or make do, and still receive a paycheck.

Each day, when an employee walks in the office door (or logs in remotely) and starts work, that employee makes a choice whether or not to give discretionary effort. It takes a special kind of leader to achieve the environment of exceptional employee experience and workplace optimization where workers naturally give discretionary effort, not just on occasion give the stereotypical second mile.

Based on the new book by Karla Brandau, How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort, this presentation gives you the power to create change in your organization and catapult your leadership career by applying discretionary effort principles to improve your daily touchpoints with direct reports, team members and colleagues.

Register today and take a deep dive into this comprehensive and novel approach of 21st century leadership and become the leader people CHOOSE to follow, not HAVE to follow because of your place on the organizational chart.


Key Points:

The principles in this presentation are based on the RossBrandau Discretionary Leadership ModelTM .  You’ll uncover strategies on how to:

  1. Create a workplace where individuals feel safe, not only physically but safe to surface the truth
  2. Build a workplace where employees want to come to work and are challenged and supported in their professional growth
  3. Assess and understand the strengths and limitations of individual personalities enabling you to better communicate on a personal basis
  4. Refine the process of rational alignment of all teams and employees when providing vision and direction



Karla Brandau

Author, Executive Coach and Founder of the Worldwide Discretionary Effort Leadership Initiative

Imagine if when employees walked through your doors they actually came to work, to produce, not just be counted present. Karla Brandau in her new book, How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort, divulges the secrets of creating a culture of authentic contributors who become your competitive advantage when innovating marketplace products and interfacing with customers.

As a leading authority on discretionary effort leadership, Karla, marks a clear path to leadership excellence and challenges leaders to proactively remove organizational obstacles to productivity and employee engagement by implementing the strategies outlined in the Discretionary Effort Leadership model. Individuals who follow the principles become the leader people CHOOSE to follow, not HAVE to follow because of their place on the organizational chart.

Karla is the CEO of Workplace Power Institute, is a Certified Speaking Professional, an earned designation given by National Speakers Association, a Registered Corporate Coach, and a Certified Facilitator.

Karla served on the board and then as the president of NSA Georgia and has served on national committees for National Speakers Association. The local chapters of the Association for Talent Development and Meeting Professionals International have both benefited from her volunteer work.

She has spoken at the national conventions for Professional Convention Management Association, Association for Talent Development, National Facilities Management and Technology Conference, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Produce Marketing Association, and Mortgage Bankers Association.

She has educated managers with her proven leadership systems in companies such as Motorola, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Panasonic, and BYD America.

Price: $25.00

Date: November 15, 2018

Available Spaces: 49