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Argonne Leadership Institute Learning Opportunities.

The Argonne Leadership Institute (ALI) is pleased to share virtual training options for FY21. Please refer to the table below for details regarding each of the workshops. Registration is available through Argonne’s Training Management System (TMS)

* For any items listed as WAITLIST, interested employees can email to put their name on the waitlist for the desired session.

TMS Training Course No/Title





Communication Tips for Difficult Conversations

Tuesday, June 8

Thursday, August 5

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wished that you handled a conversation differently with a supervisor or colleague? Or, you felt uncomfortable and avoided a conversation altogether? Being able to have effective difficult conversations is an important skill for a successful career. In this workshop, participants will learn some communication tips for challenging conversations.


Correcting Performance Problems

Thursday, June 17

Friday, August 20

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

This program will enable leaders to:

  • Describe the consequences of delaying action to correct poor performance
  • Identify performance situations in which to take action
  • Explain the benefits of collecting background information prior to a discussion about poor performance
  • Take effective actions for correcting performance problems
  • Conduct focused conversations about poor performance that result in action toward improvement


Managing Your Priorities

Friday, June 25


9:00 am – 12:30 pm

This module will help the individual to:

  • Identify top priorities
  • Use practical strategies to attain focus and achieve results
  • Effectively manage requests from colleagues
  • Say “no” gracefully when necessary


First-Line Essentials

2 Full Day Training Sessions

2A Tuesday, July 13

2B Wednesday, July 14

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

First-line leaders are the largest and arguably most important group of leaders in any organization. Today, the role of first-line leader is more challenging than ever due to advances in technology, constant and increasing levels of change, and the pressure to deliver business results often under unprecedented cost and resource constraints. This program will enable leaders to:

  • Deliver results through the people who report to them
  • Invest more effort in high-value activities
  • Coach team members to higher levels of performance
  • Build the team’s capability to drive business results through effective goal setting and delegation
  • Maximize team members’ willingness to provide discretionary effort


Listening in a Hectic World

Friday, July 16


9:00 am – 11:00 am

Participants will explore the following topics:

  • Missed listening opportunities
  • Key actions for listening in a hectic world
  • Deciding when to listen
  • Managing distractions
  • Demonstrating effective listening behaviors
  • Keeping conversations on track


Managing Inclusion

Friday, July 23

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

This module will help leaders expand organizational capability by unleashing underutilized and underdeveloped talent.

Participants will leave with:

  • A common language about diversity, inclusion, and engagement
  • A personal business case for becoming more inclusive
  • Enhanced self-awareness of their own blind spots and the understanding that there is untapped potential on their team
  • The realization of the profound impact they, as team leaders, have on creating their team culture and how their people experience the workplace
  • New inclusive leadership skills to develop every person on the team with intention
  • New tools and action plans for self and team (for senior leaders and for the enterprise)


Giving Needs-Based Feedback

Monday, July 26

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This module will allow leaders to:

  • Plan and facilitate effective feedback conversations
  • Improve performance by helping employees find self-generated solutions
  • Receive feedback in ways that promote improved performance and maintain constructive relationships


Clarifying Performance Expectations

Wednesday, August 4

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This program will enable leaders to:

  • Use key actions to hold a productive discussion about expectations
  • Respond effectively to questions and concerns people have about work priorities and goals
  • Clarify expectations in a way that increases employees’ ability to manage more of their job responsibilities on their own
  • Identify when a performance expectations discussion is necessary


Hiring 101

Tuesday, August 24

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Hiring 101 will educate hiring managers in areas of competitive recruitment, inclusive hiring, talent acquisition services, outreach, affirmative action, and compliance.



Project Management for Non-Project Managers

Monday, August 30


8:30 am - 5:00 pm

This course is designed for individuals with little or no prior knowledge of project management, who are not project managers by job role but that undertake project-driven work that are interested in learning the basics in project management and delivering better project outcomes. This course will benefit anyone in who anyone who manages projects such as human resources, contracting, L&D, public relations, marketing and more.



Shaping a Motivational Workplace

Wednesday, September 1

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


9:00 am – 12:30 pm

This program will enable leaders to:

  • Recognize and leverage three basic needs in the workplace
  • Create an environment that supports needs satisfaction
  • Adopt the employee’s perspective to build stronger working relationships
  • Communicate with employees without pre-judgment, in an informational way
  • Increase engagement by generating opportunities for employee choice in meeting business objectives
  • Facilitate enhanced motivation and results


Delegating for Shared Success

Thursday, September 23

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

This module will help leaders to:

  • Identify reasons why they might not delegate as often and what to do about it
  • Align delegated tasks and assignments with the most appropriate people to complete them
  • Demonstrate steps for an effective delegation conversation
  • Identify follow-up actions to facilitate employee progress, growth, and ensure results


Conscious Inclusion

Monday, September 27

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Conscious Inclusion helps all employees to understand their own biases and their impact on those around them to do or not do their best work. This program focuses on how to create an environment where curiosity about differences is encouraged and where inclusion is the mutual responsibility of all employees


Activating Change: Individual Contributor

Thursday, September 30

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

This program will enable emerging leaders to:

  • Describe the benefits of becoming change capable
  • Learn about a change in efficient, productive ways
  • Identify external business realities that create the need for change
  • Leverage past successes and strengths to adapt to change
  • Take positive action within their areas of control
  • Resist the natural tendency to sink into a negative view of change