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Suttle discusses leadership with UWKC, other agencies

Posted: March 4, 2014 4:15 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Earl Suttle, an author and motivational speaker with Leadership Success International, shared various ways leaders can improve the overall atmosphere in their workplace during a mentoring training/workshop hosted by the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) on Monday. Suttle’s topic, “Enjoying Excellence: Becoming the greatest you can be,” focused on creating “happiness in the workplace.” He explained that a happier atmosphere provides employees with more energy and focus to complete their jobs. The training/workshop took place at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.

Audience members -- made up of UWKC board members, members of UWKC partner agencies and members of Kershaw County IMPACT -- expressed great interest in Suttle’s remarks and learning how to become more motivated and dynamic leaders.

Suttle also encouraged audience members to read more leadership materials. He stated that he tries to read one motivational text or attend one workshop a month in an effort to remain motivated and energized professionally.

Along with lecturing and presenting, Suttle worked interactively with attendees, asking questions of individuals and asking volunteers to participate in self-reflective thinking activities. One activity asked each person in the audience to tell another person about something he or she used to enjoy doing, but have since given up.

Audience members shared such examples as cooking, coaching tennis and being more involved in church. Suttle asked those in attendance to think about why they had decided to give up doing something they enjoyed and if their life had benefitted from giving it up. He then encouraged participants to reclaim the activities they love and enjoy.

Suttle’s main point was to show that a person who can find joy in his or her work will be exponentially more productive than someone who can’t. He encouraged attendees to embrace the changing dynamics of the workplace.

“As professionals,” he said, “we need to laugh more. We connect with other people when we smile. A great smile tells others to approach you.”

The program concluded with Suttle asking each attendee to stand up and read aloud from an affirmation card, sharing such statements as “I am brilliant,” or “I am a wonderful parent.” He reminded the audience that positive affirmations were statements such as these that each person should be reciting to himself or herself throughout the day in order to keep their attitude upbeat and their energy at a high level. Upon leaving, many attendees stopped to thank Suttle, saying the workshop had helped them become more motivated and focused.

Ahead of Suttle’s presentation, UWKC Mentoring Director Margaret Lawhorn shared information about the agency’s mentoring program and facilitated several training opportunities.

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