The Emerging Leader Seminar


David Lee

December 8th · Westbrook, ME · 9-4


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Today’s Talent Wants an Employer Who Offers Them Opportunities to Grow Professionally and You Want to Grow Your Leadership Pipeline


Research on what talented employees look for in an employer shows that one of THE most important factors in attracting, retaining, and engaging talent is “opportunities for professional development.”[1]

Research shows this is especially important for Millennials.  Research shows this is especially important for Millennials, with 87% of them reporting that “professional or career growth and development opportunities” are important to them in a work experience, compared to 69% of non-Millennials, according to Gallup. This generation also recognizes that for them to grow professionally, they need to develop leadership skills. Yet most say their employer does not provide them opportunities to grow these skills.[2]

Even though most of today’s young employees will not remain with any single employer for more than a few years, organizations that invest in their employees professional development and enable employees to add to their skill portfolio, will have a huge advantage in attracting A-List Talent over competitors who have a “why should I invest in professional development when they are just going to leave?” mindset.

Who This Program Is For

This is for employees—whether individual contributors or with supervisory responsibilities—who demonstrate:

  1. The desire to grow professionally
  2. Initiative and accountability
  3. An interest in developing leadership skills
  4. The attitude and behaviors that make them especially important to retain (and most likely to be sought out by other employers).
  5. An interest in becoming a VIP—Valuable, Influential, and Promotable




This seminar will be partially shaped by upcoming input from HR professionals and hiring managers. Past versions have included the following topics:

  1. How to discover and make the most of your unique leadership style and talents. Whether you have a title or you’re an Individual Contributor, you have your own Leadership Signature. It’s the unique combination of leadership attributes that come naturally to you. Knowing what they are and how to use them are the “DaVinci Code” or “Master Key” to your success at inspiring others. This program will help you identify your unique Leadership Signature, and learn how to make the most of it.
  2. The one characteristic that separates high influence, high performance people from low performance and low influence people, and how to make sure you’re doing this. This is a result of some surprising, powerful research. Applying this will make you and your ideas more welcome in all aspects of your life.
  3. How to Think like a Small Business Owner and Consultant—Managers and employers are hungry for employees who have a “How can I help you achieve your goals?” “How can I provide more value?” mentality rather than a “What can you do for me?” attitude. In this module, we explore how to find more opportunities to find value by operating from the perspective that you are a consultant and your manager and employer are valuable clients. Doing this will make YOU invaluable.
  4. Influence and respect destroyers to avoid. We all have blind spots and we’re all imperfect. That being said, you want to make sure you’re not “shooting yourself in the foot” by doing these.
  5. Two simple, yet powerful, practices you can use to both boost your own happiness level (and therefore your personal magnetism) and create a more positive work environment (this is something ALL employees can do…and need to be doing in this economic climate).
  6. How to use the power of Mindfulness to boost your skill at cultivating collaborative relationships and reduce the odds that you will unknowingly create “negative relationship karma”. This skill is especially critical for senior level leaders and people with strong personalities.
  7. How to increase your IQ (Inspiration Quotient), so who you are—as well as what you say—inspires the best in others.
  8. How to get the honest feedback you need to help you grow. Knowing how to do this right will not only help you grow as a leader, but help you resolve conflicts more easily and promote greater teamwork.
  9. Communication strategies of the most inspiring, compelling, influential communicators. You can use these whether you’re talking one-on-one or in a meeting, or giving a presentation.


About the Facilitator 

David Lee, the founder of HumanNature@Work, works with employers who want to improve employee engagement, productivity, and customer service through his consulting, coaching, and training. He has worked with organizations and presented at conferences both domestically and abroad.

An internationally recognized thought leader in the field of employee engagement and performance, he is the author of over 100 articles and book chapters published in the US, Europe, India, Australia, and China. He is the author of Managing Employee Stress and Safety, published by MEMIC, and Powerful Storytelling Techniques for Trainers, published by ATD Press. The second edition of the business classic, The Talent Management Handbook, features a chapter of his about the topic of Onboarding.

He is currently working on a new book Courageous Conversations At Work.

The essence of his work on helping professionals and leaders perform at their best and bring out the best in others can be summarized in the following way: “Every better business result you want requires having a better conversation.”


Registration Information

When: December 8th, 9AM-4PM (lunch on your own)

Where: Hosted by Woodfords Family Services, 15 Saunders Way (Suite 700), Westbrook, ME  04092

Fee: $249

Name of Attendee(s)

Comments About David Lee’s Work

 “The value David provided our organization went far beyond the actual classroom experience.  In addition to the wealth of information he provided during class, David provided a broad support system to further the development of our senior management team…Specific elements included working with the team to articulate a behavioral vision, one-on-one coaching, individualized professional development plans, and a variety of other support services that enabled us to build a culture of teamwork, accountability, and excellent customer service…While everyone says they will help you be more productive and get better results from your people, David is the only one I’ve worked with who really helps you get there.” – Eric Henry, CEO and CIO at Hershey Trust Company

“David Lee’s presentation at the 2016 SHRM Conference Why Your Employee Engagement Survey Doesn’t Cut It: It’s Time to Customize the Employee Experience, was one of the best of the conference. I especially liked his ‘Help me, help you, help us’ approach to managers having engagement-building conversations with employees. Also, the fact that it was spiced up with up-to-date research and examples from the field made it both interesting and useful. Altogether, his presentation gave me a lot of valuable insights that I can use. I would definitely recommend Mr. Lee to any organization who wishes to keep learning HOW TO GROW THEIR PEOPLE.” – Naftali Tooly Ungar, founder, ZeOved, Israel

“Your program on Constructive Conversations was THE most memorable seminar I’ve ever attended, and I’ve been to a lot of training and a lot of school. It amazed me how you engaged the audience for four hours without PowerPoint.” – Ingrid Lederman,  DDJ Capital Management, LLC, Waltham, MA

“I saw David speak for the first time on employee engagement at the 2016 SHRM conference. It was one of the highlights of the conference for me, so I reached out to him to see if he could speak at the HR networking group I am president of (Association of Legal HR Managers). Once again, David did an outstanding job, and our group was very impressed with his presentation.” – Rachel Thater, Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston, MA

“I’ve now worked with over 150 presenters since you last were a part of MEBSR’s Spring Conference, and still you stand out as the best person we’ve ever had come and present on how we best work with one another, increase productivity and thrive.” – Sanna McKim, Executive Director, Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility, Maine

“David Lee facilitated our senior leadership retreat recently. I was most impressed with how well and how quickly David engaged with the team, and the members with him.  It provided for a very smooth and effective transition into what was an open, honest and valuable discussion.  David’s facilitation skills put people at ease and at the same time allowed for broad participation.  At the end of the day, there was unanimous agreement to bring him back for our next retreat!” – Jim Donovan, CEO and President of Lincoln County Healthcare, ME

“Weeks after David Lee spoke to our college, people are still talking about the message he sent. One employee thanked our President and said it was a gift to employees to hear David speak .  David took the time to get to know US before he stepped foot on campus. We didn’t expect the level of service that he provided. He interviewed people, sent out surveys and dug deep to find out exactly what our college needed to go from good to great.  He then customized a program that fit what we needed and has been great with follow-up and feedback. It’s clear he truly cares. David does more that give a great speech a leave, he transforms the culture.”  – Deb Carlson, PhD, Nebraska Methodist College: The Josie Harper Campus, NE

“It’s an educational privilege and pleasure to learn from David Lee! When he’s presenting to audiences large and small his insights about workplace dynamics, leadership, and striving for our personal best resonate with everyone. David provides invaluable aha moments that translate into actionable takeaways. He always exceeds expectations, leaving participants wanting more… Equally impressive are David’s small group and team facilitation skills. Having participated in several of David’s sessions with my C-suite colleagues, I’ve witnessed David’s strong listening skills and ability to synthesize information and appropriately direct (and re-direct) conversations. Because he has the ability to build trust and rapport quickly, it affords him the necessary gateway for a deep dive into pertinent issues…His presence and unique coaching style lead to worthwhile learning for everyone. Five stars for David Lee!” – Lisa Drew McIlwain, MaineHealth, Portland, ME

“David is a consummate speaker, presenter, storyteller and, if ever there existed such a thing, a true “people whisperer”. I recently invested a vacation day off from work, to attend David’s presentation, “Bring it On – How to Create a Resilient, Adaptable Workforce with a Can Do Spirit”. David’s presentation was simply amazing, exceptional in practical content and useful takeaways, tools, and promised and delivered follow-up. I first met David at an HRASM meeting some years ago, and since then have had the good fortune to be the beneficiary of his wisdom as a client, and to attend, whenever and wherever I possibly can, his topical, relevant, informed, and evidence-based presentations. Kudos David on keeping it fresh, vital, and always highly relevant!”– Susan Soto, Woodfords Family Services, Westbrook, Maine



Registration Information

When: December 8th, 9AM-4PM (lunch on your own)

Where: Hosted by Woodfords Family Services, 15 Saunders Way (Suite 700), Westbrook, ME  04092

Fee: $199 Early Bird Rate (if registered by Nov. 30th) $249 after that

Name of Attendee(s)


[1] “Career development opportunities and training” was identified as the second most important factor  that would improve job satisfaction in a survey of North American employees.  Source: Employee Engagement Research Update: Beyond the Numbers, A practical approach for individuals, managers, and executives, BlessingWhite, January, 2013.


“Learning and development opportunities” was identified as the 4th most important attraction driver in a study by Towers Watson.  Source: Global Workforce Study at a Glance, Towers Watson, 2014.


[2] Over 60% of Millennials say their “leadership skills are not being fully developed” by their current employer, while also rating these skills as the #1 skill valued by employers. Furthermore, 71% of Millennials reporting they are likely to leave their employer in the next two years are unhappy with how their leadership skills are being developed—a full 17 percent points higher than those who plan to stay.  Source: The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey: Winning over the next generation of leaders, 2016

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