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Tanya Halvorson

Safe Workplace Workshop

February 24, 2021 and March 03, 2021
2 days – 8 am to 12 pm each day
Safe Workplace Workshop
Instructor – Cheryl Collins

  • Class Overview

    Northwest Food Solutions, in collaboration with Food Northwest, are offering a course on workplace culture.

    Peter Drucker famously said: “Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast”.  Is Culture Eating or Feeding Your Organization?  Culture is the underlying force that’s either helping or hindering your organization.  But culture is often misunderstood.  Culture is NOT simply “the way we do things around here.”  It’s essence is in our underlying beliefs and assumptions. It drives our behaviors on a daily basis.  Whether creating a physically or psychologically safe workplace, understanding our culture is key.  Culture is a system that cannot be quickly changed, but if understood, it can be transformed.

    Using interactive learning techniques, this workshop will prepare you to:
    –          Understand organizational culture and the role it plays in your company.
    –          Identify elements that are impacting your culture.
    –          Determine effective methods for assessing and transforming your culture.
    –          Understand the importance and impact of psychological safety.


    Course delivered in a virtual format with live instruction, student interaction, coaching and relevant project work between classes.


    The workshop is 2 sessions, 3.5 hours each with a week in between each session.  Coaching is provided in between sessions.




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Visual Management

Coming Spring 2021
Portland State University
Length: 2-day virtual class
Visual Management
Instructor – Teri Danielson

  • Class Overview

    Visual Management is about making the workplace “work”.  In short, the work area should “talk to you” rather than you trying to figure out what is or should be happening.  Implementing the principles of visual management to order a workspace and materials can make routine work easy and provide time and bandwidth to solve more challenging problems.

    In this course, students will learn to see their workplace and materials through a visual lens and practice using visual management to achieve bottom line results and a learning environment.

    What You’ll Learn

    Upon completion of this course, students will have gained the knowledge to:

    • Think Visually
    • Map Your Workplace
    • Set Up a Visual Workplace
    • Standardize and Improve a Visual Workplace
    • Sustain a Visual Workplace
    • Determine Where to Start

Leading Sustainable Change

Spring 2021 – Dates TBD
Portland State University
Length:  1-day virtual class
Leading Sustainable Change:
Daily Management
Instructor – Teri Danielson

  • Class Overview

    A key component to a continuous improvement culture is the daily rhythm and focus of the leaders. A typical approach to improvement is to identify big goals and then take giant leaps towards meeting those goals in the least amount of time. While this sounds good in theory, it often leads to late deliverables, missing critical tasks, and employee burnout. In this class, we explore how to link a company strategy to daily improvement, how to measure success, and leadership daily improvement rhythms.

  • What Students are Saying...

    “small group teams with practical in class assignments”

    “The instructor was great and even though the class was all day it still went quick”