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New Home Star's Leadership Convenes in Orlando for Quarterly Training

By Star Report 2 min read

Chicago, IL -  New Home Star hosted its first Quarterly Director Training of the year from February 5 to February 7 in Orlando, Florida. By flying out the firm’s Managers, Directors, and Vice Presidents from around the country, the leadership team was able to participate in specialized, executive-level training. This training’s curriculum was centered around time management and productivity; two key components that every successful leader needs to implement. The training speakers broke down these themes on a micro-level by presenting best practices for annual, quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily planning to provide real-life takeaways that can be implemented following the event.

The three-day program consisted of classroom-style training, break-out groups, collaborative discussions, and an object-based learning activity where leaders were challenged to build a cardboard boat over a two-hour period with limited supplies and directions– forcing them to utilize effective time management techniques. “The concept of having the team participate in some non-traditional training is something we carried over from our 2019 Sales Rally after we witnessed first-hand the power it has both with training content and employee engagement,” says VP of Organizational Development, Keith McKinney. “Constructing a cardboard boat and then having them actually put their designs to the test and race them across a pool not only pushed our training theme and message harder, but it did so in an immersive and out-of-the-box way.”

As the organization continues to grow, New Home Star is placing a firm emphasis on managing time effectively to exceed organizational goals heading into a new decade– and this training set out to equip the management team with the necessary tools and skills to do just that.

Click here to view photos from the first Director Training of the year and click here to see the cardboard boat race training activity!

Originally published Feb 20, 2020 under Newsroom, updated May 17, 2024

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