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Kristy Umscheid, Kaylene Plummer and Randy Kufah, all from Farmers State Bank, Westmoreland.
HE 2015 TRI-STATE LEADERSHIP AND
Human Resources Conference moved
to the Missouri side of Kansas City with
conference sessions and accommodations at the
InterContinental Hotel. “Lessons in Leadership:
Straight Talk from a Green Beret” was the opening presentation
from Mark Johnson, a retired Special Forces officer. Johnson‘s
motivational appearance focused on confidence in yourself,
concern for employees and commitment to excellence as
primary components of a good leader.
A panel discussion that answered direct questions about
leadership and HR challenges proved to be a very well attended
and interactive session. Panelists included Mike Jacobson,
CEO of NebraskaLand National Bank in Kearney, Nebraska;
Rosalee McNamara, Law Partner at Lathrop & Gage in
Kansas City, MO; and Toni Walsh, HR Professional at Country
Club Bank in Kansas City, MO. The panel discussion was
moderated by Loretta Summers, Summers Advisory Group.
Key points by panelists included: the understanding that the
greatest competitive edge is in human capital and leveraging
that capital will determine how you are positioned; and leaders
must effectively articulate the plan to employees and they need
to know how their position fits into that plan. Following this
session, participants were guests of Country Club Bank on
Tuesday evening for a networking reception.
Honey Shelton, Interaction Training, held a lively session
titled, “Stirring Up Excellence at the Bank.” She explained that
culture that is alive with excellence is made up of employees
who treat each other like customers. Training and coaching
go together like salt and pepper and they must be part of the
culture to have excellence. Honey gave multiple practical tips
for the beginning of a healthy culture change.
Concurrent sessions included, “We Have to Talk – Managing
Difficult Conversations” by Honey Shelton; “Hot Topics in
Employment Law” by Sue Willman, Spencer Fane & Brown;
and “Developing Performance Goals and Standards” by Loretta
Summers, Summers Advisory Group.
The closing speaker was Dale Spencer, Inspirational Speaker
and Survivor. His topic was “Don’t Fear It: Embracing Life’s
Journey.” His message was about how to use fear to be
successful in life by understanding where it comes from. The
session ended on a high note with his inspirational message of
overcoming his fear following a tragic accident that left him in
a wheel chair.
Mark your calendar for the 2016 Tri-State Leadership and HR
Conference on March 22-23 in the Kansas City area.
AND HUMAN RESOURCES