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KPM Power Skills Series

What are power skills? Power skills are human-centered skills that drive individual and organizational success. Formerly referred to as ‘soft skills,’ today’s workforce demands leaders have the ability to develop and retain their workforce by promoting teamwork, social and emotional intelligence, critical-thinking and problem solving, and effective communication. But, do they know how?

Motivate & Empower Your Team

A rapidly-evolving workforce requires managers with rapidly-evolving skills. Across industries, organizations have long promoted their workforce based on technical ability. Yet, this single factor rarely demonstrates one’s ability to effectively lead and manage. It’s time we equip our current and future leaders with the power skills necessary to drive employee engagement and performance. 

Current research indicates that beyond compensation, the ability to grow and develop professionally is a key retention method. According to a 2021 study by ClearCompany, 94% of employees said they would stay at a company longer if it invested in employees’ careers. KPM Human Capital Solutions is addressing this need with a four-part, in-person, and interactive series. Participants will receive tools and training to effectively manage themselves, lead others, and drive employee engagement. Each session includes an hour of customized training designed to increase overall financial literacy.

The KPM Power Skills Series will motivate and empower your workforce! Invest in your people and watch their power ignite! Register today!

2023 Power Skills Sessions

Each session below will be hosted at KPM CPAs & Advisors’ Springfield, MO location and is scheduled 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. See session descriptions below and register today

Now more than ever, life is fluid. The stresses and joys of juggling work, personal, and various demands of life can make leading yourself a challenge, let alone leading others. Quite simply, to effectively lead others, we must first be able to manage ourselves. This session will focus on equipping participants with time management and self-reflection skills. Participants will learn to manage their priorities instead of the clock and receive tools for coaching others from a strengths-based perspective. We’ll discuss what motivates a workforce and how to help drive employee engagement.

The modern workforce and workplace haves changed. To stay competitive, the way we manage and lead must evolve, as well.

The financial literacy portion of this session will focus on using performance reports to direct your workforce. We’ll share:

  • A definition performance goals
  • An overview of effective performance goals you should use
  • How to use performance reports to keep employees engaged not feel defeated
  • Tactics to help prevent employee theft of time and assets


Key takeaways:

  • Discover self-management tools to establish and achieve priorities
  • Increase self-awareness of leadership style and how to adapt to the development needs of those you lead
  • Uncover methods of effective delegation designed to motivate and empower your workforce
  • Receive tools to motivate employee performance and encourage engagement
  • Learn feedback methods that motivate, modify, or reinforce behavior and provide performance expectations
  • Define performance goals and understand what performance goals and reports will help keep employees engaged

A global pandemic. The Great Resignation. Ever-changing policies and regulations. Managing people in today’s world is not for the faint of heart and comes with the daunting responsibility of understanding human resource (HR) principles – many of which are mandated by law and help protect employees and the organization as a whole. Given the right knowledge and skills, managers and HR leaders have an opportunity to bring beneficial solutions to the table. In this session, we’ll cover the necessary skills to drive initiatives that align HR with organizational strategy and goals.

The financial literacy portion of this session will focus on using financial statements to help evaluate management’s performance. We’ll share:

  • What is a profit, loss, and balance sheet?
  • What are key performance indicators and how should they be used?
  • How to use financial statements and internal controls to detect fraud

Key takeaways:

HR in today’s world
  • Learn effective organizational communication
  • Develop and refine interviewing techniques
  • Receive strategies for improved recruitment and retention
  • Understand onboarding – offer letters and beyond
  • Define culture – what drives it, how to change it, and how to maintain it

HR policies & procedures
  • Understand the essential elements of:
    • Employee handbooks
    • Job descriptions
    • Employee relations
    • Protected classes and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • Harassment

Performance management
  • Attain effective and meaningful performance management solutions
  • Understand continuous feedback models
  • Define coaching up and coaching out

Financial literacy
  • Understand the balance sheet and profit and loss statements
  • Assess key performance indicators
  • Detect employee fraud 

In business and everyday life, we are faced with a barrage of decisions. Research estimates the average adult makes up to 35,000 decisions per day! Given the volume of decisions we continuously (consciously and unconsciously) make, it’s no wonder many suffer from critical-thinking and problem-solving fatigue. Often cited as an opportunity for growth, the ability to think critically is a muscle that must be developed and worked. This session will help participants examine their own critical thinking skills. We’ll also share tools to develop these skills in those they lead.   

The financial literacy portion of this session will focus on understanding how financial statements tell your organization’s story. We’ll share:

  • What can the numbers tell you?
  • What numbers work together and against each other?
  • How to identify the real problem, since numbers tell only part of the story


Key takeaways:

  • Define factors that affect our ability to think critically
  • Examine how external forces can cloud our decision-making ability
  • Learn critical thinking techniques to improve daily problem-solving skills
  • Participate in exercises to enhance the evaluation of facts, evidence, observations, and arguments to form a judgement
  • Discover techniques to create and promote critical thinking within teams
  • Understand what financial statements can tell you

As we emerge from a period of history that will certainly be remembered, our workforce has changed. Leaders have changed. The needs of both are more – human. Businesses and leaders must demonstrate the ability to be nimble, adaptable, and show appreciation to the whole person. The ability to manage your own emotions and understand the emotions of those around you, is a critical leadership skill. This doesn’t mean we no longer have performance expectations or goals to obtain; rather, emotionally intelligent leaders have greater ability to motivate and engage their workforce. This engaging session will explore ways to enhance emotional intelligence through active listening, body language observation, and self-reflection.

The financial literacy portion of this session will focus on successful retirement planning. Achieving retirement goals takes discipline in an ever-changing landscape which can be overwhelming. This presentation will outline retirement planning principles we should all be mindful of to give control and confidence to make more informed decisions and take positive steps toward a successful retirement.

Meet the Speakers

Sara Choate, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Sara has 20 years of human resources (HR) experience and serves as the managing director of KPM’s Human Capital Solutions practice. She provides HR compliance and workplace culture services to help organizations thrive. Sara is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), Springfield Area Human Resources Association, and currently participating in Leadership Springfield’s Signature Class 44. She graduated from Missouri State University with her B.S. degree in Communications and her signature strengths are strategic, maximizer, adaptability, activator, and ideation. Sara also is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She has served as an instructor at Missouri State University’s Small Business Development Center since 2016 and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of HR-related topics.

Mike Nelson, CPA, CFE

Mike has more than eight years of accounting experience and provides tax services to clients in a variety of industries. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Missouri Society of CPAs, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Mike also is involved in the community, serving as a volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, United Way of the Ozarks, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks. He graduated from Missouri State University with his B.S degree in Accounting, MAcc degree, and MBA degree. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Mike is a Certified Fraud Examiner from the ACFE.

Skylar Smith, CFP®

Skylar is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is involved in the community, serving as a volunteer for the United Way of the Ozarks and Adopt-A-Street Program. Skylar graduated from Missouri State University with his B.S. degree in Finance and Rockhurst University with an MBA degree.

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