Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Events & Education


SMACNA Leadership Development Program

SMACNA Leadership Development Program Schedule

Monday, May 21
  • SMACNA Kickoff – Expectations and Learning Agenda
  • Developing Leadership Awareness – Learn the difference between ‘managing the work’ and ‘leading the people’ and how each can impact your company. Understand the differences in manager and leadership roles and identify any needed adjustments.
  • Lunch
  • Assessing Oneself and Engaging Others: I-OPT Assessment – Using the I-OPT Advanced Leadership assessment, participants learn their dominant leadership style, natural tendencies to team up with “like-minded” people and the benefits and pitfalls of teams with similar strengths; learn how to adjust one’s leadership style to match the complexity of the decision-making process.
  • Dinner and Networking
Tuesday, May 22
  • Acquisition, Retention, and Succession Planning – Develop ways to attract high-potential talent and understand the tools and techniques needed to retain top talent.  Recognize the importance of succession planning and create a ‘talent mindset’ to develop one’s own talent philosophy.
  • Lunch
  • Multigenerational Differences – Review characteristics of the Millennial generation and compare and contrast to other dominant generations in the workplace. Learn ways to build trust and better communicate across generations within the organization.  Create strategies and tactics to help reduce generational tension in the workplace.
  • Offsite Dinner
Wednesday, May 23
  • Power and Influence – Understand the role of power in organizations and teams, and learn effective influencing tactics.  Recognize the need to actively seek feedback, particularly as one moves up to more senior leadership roles.  Learn how and when to collaborate to find better and more efficient ways to achieve business goals.
  • Lunch
  • Resistance to Change – Understand how to create an environment where all stakeholders understand and buy into the need for change.  Recognize the ways in which participants inadvertently create roadblocks to successfully achieve the desired change.  Create a personal commitment plan that will guide participants towards successful change.
  • Dinner and Networking
Thursday, May 24
  • Experience Change Simulation – Using a two-step, seven stage approach to leading change, learn how to align key stakeholders to effectively manage and communicate change across the enterprise.  Recognize the need to create an environment that enables employees to execute change.
  • Lunch
  • Effective Personal Change and Wrap-Up – Reflect on specific behaviors, both internal and external, that might derail personal commitments to change.  Learn how to effectively transfer program lessons to the workplace and address any barriers to success.