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KLC Leadership Development Series: Session 1

October 17 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

In partnership with the Kansas Leadership Center, OMNI Human Resource Management is proud to support our fourth round of the Leadership Development Series. This program series provides engaging teaching methods facilitated by D.J. Whetter, Kansas Leadership Center faculty, and is designed to equip professional executives with proven leadership skills.


  • Five-part series, session dates from October 2019 – February 2020
  • All sessions take place from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm; coffee & breakfast pastries provided
  • Intended for an audience of experienced senior leadership
  • Location: OMNI Office in Corporate Woods off 435 & Antioch – 8700 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 250, Overland Park, KS 66210
  • Cost: $750/person

To register, email OMNI at events@omnihrm.com.

Session Dates

Participants are asked to attend all five sessions of this series. Please note, it is not unusual for inclement weather to force us to postpone a winter session to a later date. The OMNI office is located within the boundaries of the Shawnee Mission School District and will follow their announcements regarding a decision to postpone our session; a late start or a school cancellation will result in the KLC session automatically being pushed back by one session date. As a result, we ask that you please reserve the sixth “snow backup” date included in the list below in case of weather-related postponement of a session.


During this program, you will make use of a personal leadership challenge as a way to apply the leadership concepts being presented. The challenge may be connected to your professional, personal, volunteer or civic roles. It should be a challenge for which you are genuinely open to alternative possibilities concerning your roles or responsibilities; and one which would make your life significantly better if progress could be made. In preparation for the first session, please identify a challenge. It may help you to consider the following questions.  It will be helpful to you if you answer these questions in writing. Keep your answers brief. The pre-work will probably be approximately one page in length.

  • Characterize the problem or opportunity from your perspective.
  • Who are the major players and what are their major interests?
  • Describe as concretely as possible the actions you have taken to address the challenge.

You will share as much or as little of this dilemma as you choose. You will NOT be asked to share your written document.

Session Descriptions

Participants in this program should purchase the Kansas Leadership Center’s Your Leadership Edge – Lead Anytime, Anywhere and bring it to each session.

 Session 1 Overview – Leadership: A Framework for Making Progress
Thursday, October 17th
Utilizing a personal leadership dilemma as the context, this session is designed to introduce participants to the framework of the Kansas Leadership Center, with special emphasis on understanding the nature of the work.

Session 2 Overview – Diagnose Situation: Seeing From the Balcony While Dancing
Wednesday, November 13th
Progress requires us to question our and others’ assumptions about what is really going on, digging deep to uncover the complexities at hand. Better diagnosis leads to more useful interventions. But the world doesn’t stop while we are diagnosing. This session will help participants practice making observations and testing interpretations of what’s going on in several different situations.

Session 3 Overview – Energize Others: Working Across Factions
Wednesday, December 11th
Difficult work requires others. It cannot be done alone. Leadership is required to bring differing factions and points-of-view together to identify and work towards a collective purpose. This session will explore and provide an opportunity for participants to practice some of the leadership behaviors that might be useful in energizing others.

Session 4 Overview – Manage Self: It Starts With You
Wednesday, January 15th
The Kansas Leadership Center asserts that anyone can lead anywhere, anytime. This session explores that assertion and examines the idea that for change to occur, it will require us to try things and to experiment outside of what is comfortable for us.

Session 5 Overview – Intervene Skillfully: The Role of Heat
Wednesday, February 12th
This session is based on the assumption that ‘heat’ will be required for progress. This workshop will explore the challenge of making conscious choices and the options available to us in managing the heat in a given situation.


As the Director of Kansas City Initiatives for the Kansas Leadership Center, series facilitator D.J.Whetter is creating relationships and partnerships around the KLC competencies and behaviors in northeast Kansas. D.J. has worked with businesses large and small to help them make progress on the challenges they really care about. D.J. graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism. He spent 10 years in ministry with the ELCA Lutheran Church at Holy Cross in Overland Park. Before that, he anchored the 10 PM sportscast for 6-News Lawrence for five years. D.J. resides in Lenexa with his wife, Lori, their daughter Addison, son Parker, and their dog Wrigley. Aside a love of all sports Chicago and the Jayhawks, D.J. and Lori love to travel, cook, and spend time outdoors.


October 17
8:30 am - 12:00 pm


OMNI Human Resource Management
8700 Indian Creek Parkway, Bldg 3, Ste. 250
Overland Park, KS 66210 United States
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