FLS Series: Managing Successfully Through Change
Abraham Lincoln once said:
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Understanding that chopping down a tree is pretty predictable, the important thing to focus on in any action is preparation. Think of the foundation of the “The Six (6) P’s of Performance,” which states that: “Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance”.
As leaders, we are always faced with the dichotomy of dealing with the issues and opportunities of the present while preparing for the unknown of the future. Understanding that no matter what the future holds we must continue to concentrate on the details of the present and be fundamentally strong and consistent is the implementation of the principles that have carried us throughout our careers.
Leaders need to face and manage change in constructive ways. As a result, leaders must be adaptable and creative in managing change. This workshop will focus on the key principles of managing change and the techniques to increase the probability of success.
This virtual training series is available free of charge to OACAA members in good standing.
A recording of the sessions will be available to all registrants following the trainings. To obtain the passwords and view the recordings, email Emily Nolan.
Trent Grooms is the founder of T. Grooms & Associates, Inc., a human resources consulting firm established in 1986, and is living and pursuing the American dream. With more than 30 years of experience in the human resources field, Trent has seen and experienced a broad range of individuals and situations that have provided him with a wealth of knowledge and exposure.
Throughout his professional career, Trent has successfully translated the lessons he learned from competitive academics and athletics on the high school, college, and professional levels into the corporate business world. After graduating from Cleveland Central Catholic High School, Trent attended Kent State University on a basketball scholarship. He began a stellar collegiate career by becoming KSU’s all-time leading rebounder and the only player in KSU basketball history to record over 1,000 points and over 1,000 rebounds in a career. Trent remains KSU’s all-time leading rebounder, a record that has stood for over 37 years. Trent was drafted into the NBA, where he was selected by the Kansas City Kings and was inducted into the KSU Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Cleveland Central Catholic Hall of Fame in 2013.
During his time at Kent, Trent also received two bachelor of business administration degrees in business management, industrial relations, and economics. He completed his first degree in just over three years. Trent continued his education while completing 75% of a master’s in economics from the University of Akron before relocating for another career opportunity. Trent continued to develop his leadership skills by being names a Co-Captain of the Kent Varsity basketball team his junior and senior years. In addition, he was elected as the President of the Minority Business Association and named the “Scholar-Athlete of the Year” for all Kent State athletics for 1980.
Through his experiences, Trent has conducted staff development and skill enhancement training workshops for public and private sector employers ranging in size from small mom & pop organizations to Fortune 500 companies. Also, through T. Grooms & Associates and the Recruitment Alliance Network, Trent has actively conducted more than 50 municipal safety forces recruitment campaigns for Police Officers and/or Fire Fighters. Additionally, Trent has worked with members of the Community Action Network for approximately twenty years. On a personal note, Trent has volunteered as a youth basketball coach for 12 and 13-year-old youths, actively participated in fundraising for the American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” was a ten-year participant in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, a United Way Loaned Executive, and was the former Chairperson of the Goodwill/Easter Seals Business Advisory Council (BAC).
Trent’s extensive experience, training, and direct exposure and interaction with a broad range of individuals, situations, and environments have provided him a perspective that is well suited and compatible with the current environment and challenges that many organizations will face in the years to come.