Critical Skills Gap

The 4 C's - A Critical Skills Gap Workshop Series


When asked what skills and leadership qualities managers desire most in top level employees, there is always a common answer: effective communication, the ability to think critically, the ability to work well in teams and a sense of creativity that can inspire others.

The 4 C's Workshops

This series was designed to not only develop and enhance these highly-desired skills, but also to explore why, when and how they can be most effectively used in the workplace to stand out and get ahead.  Whether you take one workshop or all four, these one-day programs will provide participants with the tools to think critically, solve problems, innovate, collaborate, and communicate more effectively—and at every level within the organization.

Collaboration & Teamwork
April 2, 2014

One of the most important assets a company can have is teams that can effectively collaborate.  What does it take to be a part of or lead a team?  Collaboration skills are unique and begin with individuals understanding themselves as a valuable part of a whole, recognizing their own strengths and weaknesses and understanding how their contributions can make a difference in moving toward the desired goal.  Every person has a personal preference in how he/she approaches challenges in a group.  These will be identified and explored so as to better understand the process of collaborative work.

Creativity & Innovation
May 7, 2014

What does it mean to be a creative or innovative leader in today’s organizations? How can this approach to leadership change the way you ‘do business’? Discover how this approach can work to your advantage in boosting your human capital and create a work environment where people are encouraged to take risks, think differently and spend time doing what they love, while working toward group or organizational goals.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
October 15, 2014

This workshop explores two of the most important skills desired in today’s workforce that are often unmistakably absent.  How can you grow your own ability to problem solve and think critically in the face of any challenge?  Why are these skills important for success in the 21st century?  Participants will explore the Creative Problem Solving process and gain new tools and strategies that will encourage the growth of these skills.  Hands-on, interactive activities will stimulate new ways of thinking and doing.

Communicating Effectively
October 8, 2014

Meaningful communication is at the heart of any success.  It may look different to each person, but there is a common thread that makes being heard a basic human need.  In the workplace where diversity is becoming more commonplace (and expected), it is even more imperative to understand the nuances of connecting with another.  How do we remain true to our own values and beliefs and welcome those of others, even when they conflict?  How does active listening change the climate in the organization and bring about a willingness to work together toward common goals?  Participants will engage in activities that will help to approach communication in a more mindful way.


Time: Each workshop is held on a Wednesday from 9am - 4pm

Investment: $395 per workshop.  This includes all materials and a catered lunch.

Location: Canisius College Center for Professional Development
               300 Corporate Parkway, Suite 130
               Amherst, NY 14226