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Clifton Strengths Assessment

With 34 distinctive talent themes, ranging from strategic thinking to relationship building, this assessment empowers individuals to recognize their authentic abilities and capitalize on them. Embracing a strengths-based approach, Mollie will work with your team to enhance self-awareness but also foster a culture of productivity and collaboration within  your organization. Its profound impact on individuals and teams makes it an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to unleash their full potential and thrive in various aspects of life.

Leadership Development and Coaching

Rooted in the Co-Active Leadership Model by Karen and Henry Kinsey-House, this interactive program emphasizes the notion that leadership is not solely about a single person in a position of authority, but a shared responsibility among all team members. As a co-active leader, one recognizes the inherent potential and strengths in each individual and seeks to foster collaboration, creativity, and mutual support. This leadership style encourages leaders to step back when necessary and allow others to take the lead, creating a harmonious and high-performing team. Co-active leadership embraces vulnerability and authenticity, building trust and rapport with team members, and promotes a culture of inclusivity and shared ownership. By unlocking the collective genius of the team, co-active leadership unleashes the full potential of individuals and propels the organization towards success in a truly transformative manner.

Connections: Building Success One Relationship at a Time

Connecting – not networking! We should be connecting at a basic human level and building authentic relationships that go beyond networking which is done to land a new job or client. This workshop will guide participants through how to create your constellation of contacts and then turn them into meaningful relationships.

Respect in the Workplace

Respect in the workplace is not just a mere courtesy; it is the cornerstone of a thriving and harmonious organizational culture. Respect fosters an environment where diverse perspectives are embraced, and open dialogue is encouraged. It means actively listening to colleagues, acknowledging their expertise, and giving credit where it is due. Such a culture of respect empowers employees, promotes collaboration, and enhances productivity. This workshop helps leaders recognize and appreciate the strengths and differences of each team member, and create a sense of belonging and commitment that leads to improved employee morale and overall success. 

How to Interview

Interviewing is an artful process and interviews don’t start or end when recruiting candidates for employment. In this workshop you will learn how to engage candidates, qualify, and educate them, then assess them for fit in your organization. You will also learn the art of successful stay and exit interviews.

The Practical Coach

This motivational coaching tool offers sensible advice on how to care about each member of your team by suggesting three different ways to let your team members know their performance is important. Plus, leaders will learn how to implement the “2-Minute Challenge” model for keeping employees on track.

Helping Your Team Move from Good to Great

Moving your team from good to great requires a strategic and purposeful approach. Based on the proven methods in the book, Good to Great by Jim Collins, this workshop will help you examine how to take your organization from good to great and build results that last. Identify the principles to make your business great and develop specific initiatives to move forward.

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Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and participate in a highly interactive and dynamic learning experience. Compensation Essentials I is focused on base pay. You will apply concepts, practices and techniques that will help you create effective, equitable and organizationally aligned compensation programs.

Topics include compensation philosophy, base v. variable pay, job benchmarking, salary market analyses, survey & data selection, acceptable pay parameters and market-priced salary ranges. The presentations, activities and discussion will guide you in salary determinations, assessing legal and ethical compliance issues, applying best & acceptable practices, FLSA classifications and MORE …

Who should attend? Beginner to intermediate Compensation Professionals; Human Resources Professionals who would like to learn more about compensation fundamentals; and Managers responsible for compensation administration and salary determinations.

As a participant, you will receive a participant guide, a full set of the workshop slides, along with additional handouts and tools for you to use on the job.

WHEN: Friday April 26, 2024
WHERE: Ankeny Kirkendall Library, 1250 SW District Drive, Ankeny, IA
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.)
COST: $425.00; Early Bird Discount through March 15 is $395.00.

HR Hotline Associates is an approved SHRM recertification provider.
7 SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Recertification Credits will be awarded for this workshop.

Go to https://www.hrhotlineassociates.com/workshops/compensation-essentials-i-workshop for additional information and to register.

Due to the cost of set-up and materials, cancellations must be received no later than 72 hours prior to the workshop or full price will be charged.


Julie Caspar is founder and President of HR Hotline Associates. She has over 35 years working as a human resource professional and executive in the U.S. and internationally, while today providing HR and compensation consulting services to organizations around the country. Julie, in addition to managing her company, is a current faculty member at Iowa State University in the Ivy College of Business and former faculty member at Drake University, teaching compensation and benefits among other HR topics to undergraduate and graduate students.

Mollie Frideres is founder of MFS Consulting, https://mfsconsulting.co/, with over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources, working in professional and leadership positions. Mollie earned her B.S. in Psychology and Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University. In addition to managing her business, Mollie is an instructor for DMACC Business Resources, teaching total rewards as well as other HR topics to organizations in central Iowa.

Workshop Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define compensation at its fundamental level providing a historical perspective
  • Describe the transactional vs. strategic elements of compensation
  • Distinguish base pay from variable pay
  • Discuss compensation’s role in total rewards and relationship to employee engagement
  • Draft a compensation philosophy applying four key elements as defined by WorldatWork
  • Conduct a salary market analysis by market pricing jobs using company information, job descriptions and survey data applying acceptable
  • enchmarking approaches
  • Develop market aligned salary ranges for benchmarked jobs
  • Determine application and effective use of salary ranges
  • Identify key practices and guidelines for base pay compensation administration
  • Discuss legislative acts, legal considerations and compliance requirements regarding compensation programs and salary decisions
  • Make salary determinations in a variety of situations applying rationale that reflect sound compensation and legally compliant practices
  • Develop an on-the-job Action Plan
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