SBE Offers Management Training for Engineers

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SBE Offers Management Training for Engineers

Jan 23, 2007 10:35 AM

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Indianapolis - Jan 19, 2007 - Too often, seminars intended to train and educate instead leave the attendees fighting boredom and trying to stay awake. The Leader-Skills Seminar offered by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) appears to break this mold, being described as "an eye-opening experience" by Brian Gallagher, who attended the 2006 Leader-Skills Seminar in Indianapolis. Gallagher added that the instructor, Richard Cupka, is "obviously one of the best at what he does."

Gallagher was one of 14 people who attended Course I of the seminar that was held in June 2006. Course I graduates continued their leadership training with a second course offered in Indianapolis in August last year.

The SBE Leader-Skills Series, now in its 11th consecutive year of sponsorship by the society, is specifically designed for broadcast engineers who have or aspire to have management responsibilities.

"The SBE has its foundations in providing educational opportunities for broadcast engineers and in furthering the broadcast engineering profession," said SBE President Chriss Scherer, CPBE CBNT. "The Leader Skills Seminar fits perfectly with these goals."

The SBE offers the two-part series in cooperation with instructor Richard Cupka, who has more than 40 years of experience in adult training. Cupka has directed and taught the Leader-Skills seminars to broadcast engineering managers, supervisors and technicians for that entire span of time. Before the SBE began sponsoring the course, the course was conducted through the NAB for close to 30 years. Many respected broadcast engineering managers in the country today are graduates of the program and continue to send members of their staffs so that they, too, can learn from Cupka, who is known for his unique style of teaching.

This year, Course I, Leadership - The Framework of People Skills, will be held June 5 to June 7, 2007, at the Holiday Inn Select Airport in Indianapolis. It covers the function and nature of the leadership role; how to build stronger teams and effective internal cooperativeness; the complex differences of people; discovery of a person's natural style of leading and how to nurture a developed style to help the manager adjust to different people in differing situations.

Designed to take technically adept people and instill in them sound supervisory and management skills, the SBE Leader-Skills Series can also be viewed as a tool for personal growth and development, even for those without prior management or supervisory responsibilities.

Each course is limited to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 18 participants. Deadline to register for Course I is May 2. The cost of registration is $545, which includes three days of instruction, all course materials, a certificate of completion and classroom refreshments. All transportation, housing and meals are the responsibility of the participant. Accommodations are available at the seminar hotel.

Course II, Leadership - Expanding Your People Skills, picks up where Course I leaves off and will be offered from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2007, also in Indianapolis at the Holiday Inn Select Airport.

A registration form is available at the SBE website.Contact Whitney Allen at the SBE at 317-846-9000 or for more information on the SBE Leader-Skills Seminars.