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Leading From The Middle | Green Building Training Program

May 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Managing Change

  • Do you ever find yourself in situations where you want to challenge what’s going on or make a change, but don’t have the authority to dictate what you want?
  • Have you ever seen an opportunity for improvement or innovation, but you aren’t in a position to make it happen?
  • Do you ever come up against clients, ‘bosses’ or others who create (unnecessary) barriers – and you feel frustrated?
  • Do you struggle to get a project team aligned or focused on goals or working truly as a team?

These situations are especially challenging given the urgency of addressing carbon, the increased impacts of climate change and public health. To champion sustainability goals and outcomes, these skills are critical yet few of us get them in school!

Well, the good news is – even if you are not the titled “leader”, all of these things are possible. You can “lead” from behind or from the middle – and develop the skills, strategies and tactics to make all of these situations easier to manage. You can strengthen your ability to deal with others more effectively, lead or manage “up”, help your colleagues or team work more cohesively and just be happier in your work, feeling more capable and not powerless!

This four-hour experiential learning workshop will breeze by and introduce you to different skills and frameworks that you can apply immediately to be more effective in anything you do, and in any role you hold in your career.


You and your business may be eligible to take this training for FREE! Learn more about this opportunity at our Green Building Training Program website.

Green Building Training Program Information

This course is now funded through the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Small Business Direct Access Program (SBDAP). If you are a small, Massachusetts-based business that employs 100 people or less, you and your employees may be eligible to take this training session for free! Learn more about this opportunity at our Green Building Training Program website.

** This course will be hosted virtually. All attendees, regardless of whether or not they are eligible for the Green Building Training Program (GBTP), must register for the course through our Eventbrite page. For GBTP participants, your company’s enrollment in the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Small Business Direct Access Program (SBDAP) must be verified before you can access the Zoom link – unverified participants will not be let into the meeting. **

Learning Objectives
  1. Evaluate your own leadership capacity and style to assess your natural strengths and areas to improve and understand how those impact your effectiveness.
  2. Develop your ability to use the skills of communication, influence and persuasion to engage others’ interests and move from argument, conflict or disconnect to increased buy-in and mutual gains.
  3. Understand the best ways of using coaching and feedback skills to encourage others, reflect on challenging situation and bring out the best in those around you (especially in a team setting that has bad dynamics).
  4. Leverage specific frameworks, strategies and proven methodologies to initiate and manage change in a group, team, department or your organization so that there is a perceived sense of urgency and consistent uptake.
Barbra Batshalom

Barbra Batshalom

Executive Director | Sustainable Performance Institute

With a background in social psychology, architecture, and 20+ years of sustainability consulting, Barbra brings a unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work. Barbra has seen first-hand that a lack of technical knowledge is not the barrier to success in sustainability – but the human skills of leadership, communication, team effectiveness, strategic thinking and change management are what make the difference and enable professionals to be effective at making technical solutions come to life. This has become her primary focus when working with firms of all sizes, providing training, coaching and strategic consulting.  She helps companies all over the world to institutionalize sustainability and improve performance and profitability, helping them set new goals, develop strategies and implement change management initiatives to move them from “random acts” of sustainability to high levels of success and effectiveness. She has worked with local governments and institutions to create policies and programs that require green building and net zero communities and teaches leadership, sustainable real estate development and other courses in graduate schools. She serves on AIA’s 2030 Commitment Working Group and on the Board of Built Environment Plus.


May 12, 2021
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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