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Strengthening the Core at Institute

by Jay Hobbs, Communications and Marketing Director

When leadership is discussed as a topic unto itself, most experts tend to zero in on models, theories, and examples.

How frequently should my team meet? How strictly should the Board abide by Robert's Rules of Order?

Should my title be Director? Executive Director? Grand Pooba?

As you may have guessed, the idea of sitting through an extended meeting to focus on these burning topics wasn't exactly on my Can't-Wait-To-Do List.

My fears were dispelled about 30 seconds into the Leadership track of this year's Heartbeat's Institute for Center Effectiveness.

Instead of wrangling about which leadership strategy has which benefits or holes in it, our facilitator, John Rue of Built to Lead, went straight to the heart when the starting gun fired.

John's point, from start to finish, was that, if we are ever going to lead—or even live—with freedom and conviction, the question of "Who" we are needs to be settled and fanned into flame.

Am I primarily a director? A leader? A pastor? A husband? A dad?

If so, I'm going to face an uphill climb any time any of those identities are threatened. Bad day at work? That's an assault on my primary identity as a director. Bad day at home? That's an assault on my primary identity as a husband and dad.

The biblical shorthand for all of this is idolatry. It's dethroning God and setting up something in His place. When we do that with our work, family, friends, or anything else, we're cutting ourselves off from our true identity: Believer, Son, Friend of God, Sheep. Not only that, but we're putting an astronomical burden on something (or someone) who was never intended to bear the weight of the universe.

That was the starting point for the week, where we focused on finding not "balance," but alignment between who we are and what we do. This is where our core identity aligns with our passion, and where work becomes a joyful outflow.

What's your primary identity? What are you passionate about? Do they line up? Maybe next year's Heartbeat's Institute for Center Effectiveness is a great place to find out.

 

Air Force Three...

by Chet Scott, Built To Lead

The US Air Force trains it team to memorize two numbers, for the sole purpose of their survival during a time of trauma. We don't recall so well when we're overwhelmed, so our military leaders want these numbers embedded in their soldiers brains.

Our tendency, remember, is to do nothing, to turn into statues when we become hyper-stressed. This is rarely the right call. If the building is on fire, run. If the plane has crashed and you are still alive – move. If the boat is capsizing in the open seas, get going. Head for the upper deck and plan your escape. Don't sit still. However, if you're lost deep in the woods, according to Ken Hill a renowned expert in this field, don't get busy moving. Don't run. Don't move. This is where being a statue actually pays off. STOP. You are most likely to be found, in this case, if you stay where you are. Moving on...

Our fear tendency takes a similar look and feel every day around the hallways of corporate America. The moment things get a little hazy, crazy, and out of control we start to freak. When we can't see where we're going the freak can reach a dizzying peak. Our brain gets overwhelmed and without a sense of direction, we go statue again. We ruminate, and we tend toward sitting in our "cubes" and either doing nothing, or doing nothing new.

We STOP. We wait for the leader to tell us the way forward. They rarely do. So, mindlessly we continue to do what we've always done even when deep inside we know it's not working. And, oftentimes we go further. We allow our brain to forecast the future and it tends to catastrophize when given an overwhelming problem and little to no direction home. Yikes. Back to our Air Force pair of num's to recall.

Here are the numbers.

98.6

3

The USAF reminds it's workers of these two numbers over and over again. Here's what they mean.

98.6, as you already know, is our optimum core body temperature. When it gets below 88 you can't think clearly and when it drops below 82, you're toast. They teach their team to do what's necessary to remember techniques to keep warm. Here's one. Consume sugar even if it's cold. Sugar is the best ignitor of heat. Choose sugar over coffee, tea, or alcohol. Is that sweet or what?

3 is a little more complicated. They refer to this as the Rule of 3.

You cannot survive:

  • 3 seconds without spirit and hope.
  • 3 minutes without air.
  • 3 hours without shelter in extreme conditions.
  • 3 days without water.
  • 3 weeks without food.
  • 3 months without companionship or LOVE.

Here's the BTL AND...

To live out your OPUS while traveling your builder's journey, please remember this:

Your CORE temperature needs to feel like fire. As you pay attention to what gives you energy along this journey we call life, you can significantly improve your chances of writing your masterpiece. Step one is realizing what gives you energy the moment you are doing it. We refer to these as discovering your LOVE's. We ask our clients to write this in the form of their love to's. Very cool. Great lives are always lived by someone that discovers their passions and falls in LOVE in work and life. This is step one...

3 numbers we remind our family, friends, and clients are as follows:

  • 12 Essentials of Personal Excellence
  • 8 Essentials of Leading Teams
  • 4 Essentials of Leading Leaders

12 8 4 powered by 2 is our framework for building CORE centered confidence, Communities with chemistry, and Continuity with contentment. These fortunate few live lives that represent their masterpiece. Their teams are inspired communities of people that are building deep trust and tasting what it's like to be in flow. They build the next generation of leaders before they need them and understand why this is best. These, home grown leaders, carry the vision forward and make it clearer during their time. The team outlasts it's founder and continues on with uncommon alignment, engagement, and energy. The Leader looks back at this legacy with contentment. Very cool.

98.6

3

And, you're BTL CORE on fire. We'll call this you're Air Force three. Remember these and you'll be flying.

Good....


Like this article? You'll love Heartbeat International's Insitutes for Center Effectiveness, which features on-site training from the Built To Lead team in the Leadership Track. Registration is open today for Insitutes, which takes place Sept. 29-Oct. 3 in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to learn more.

Heartbeat Welcomes Leaders to Institute

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Though the weather has been anything but welcoming, the 17 attendees to Heartbeat's Institute for Center Effectiveness are gaining invaluable insight from the shelter of the great indoors this week in Columbus, Ohio.

Top-notch training from long-time pregnancy help leader Kirk Walden and leadership expert/executive coach Kitty Allen have comprised the week-long event, which has drawn participants from as far away as Southern California and South Carolina--home of Heartbeat's 2014 Annual Conference March 24-27.

The week-long training event includes a tour of Heartbeat International's central operating facilities, including the headquarters for Option Line, Heartbeat's 24/7 pregnancy helpline.

Pregnancy Help Institute

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Not your Typical Ministry. Not your Typical Training.

July 30 - August 3, 2018 | Columbus, Ohio

As a front-line life-saver, the care you provide makes a world of difference for each woman and child your center serves day in and day out.

These women and children depend upon you and your organization to faithfully and excellently live out your God-given call. That's why there's no substitute for the kind of training you'll receive at Pregnancy Help Institute by Heartbeat International.

At Heartbeat, we realize yours is no typical ministry—in fact, no two pregnancy help organizations are exactly the same—so the training we offer at Pregnancy Help Institute is uniquely tailored to you.

Organized under four intensive tracks (Leadership, Development, New Director, and Ultrasound), Pregnancy Help Institute integrates executive-level instruction in a small-group environment, where you'll have the unparalleled opportunity to process information and strategies with experts and fellow front-line pregnancy help leaders.

There's simply no substitute for the work you do. And there's no substitute for Pregnancy Help Institute.

Projected Schedule at a Glance

Monday, July 30, 2018
5:00 pm Registration and Opening. Program starts with a welcome, dinner and opening orientation
*At the Heartbeat Offices located at 5000 Arlington Centre Blvd., Ste. 2277, Columbus, OH 43220

Tuesday, 7/31–Thursday, 8/2
All day sessions (8:30am - 6:30pm) 
(Please note: Wednesday evening, 8/2 is a “free evening” so your day ends at 5:00 pm and you’ll be on your own for dinner.)

Friday, August 3, 2018
​• Morning session (8:30am - 12:00pm) (followed by lunch)
• Please plan to depart Columbus no earlier than 2:00 pm

 

Thinking of budget? Here's last year's prices:

  Early Bird: Register
by June 23, 2017
Regular: Register
by July 14, 2017
Late: Register
after July 14, 2017

Heartbeat Affiliate

$949 $1,049 $1,149

Non-Affiliate

$1,074 $1,174 $1,274

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn
3232 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43202 (614) 263-7200.

Remember book your hotel room online now here, type in arrival and departure dates, click on special code and under Group code type PHI2. If calling, be certain to tell the reservations representative that you are part of the Heartbeat International group to receive our discounted Group Rate PHI2 of just $109++/night for a Single King room.

(​The hotel offers executive rooms with work spaces and amenity station which includes a small fridge, microwave & coffeemaker, as well as a made-to-order breakfast each morning, a fitness center, and an indoor pool. Additionally, the hotel has plenty of parking at no additional charge. You may check into the hotel after 3:00 pm. An early check-in may be available if rooms are available.​)​

Transportation to training offices: Heartbeat will provide daily transportation back and forth from the Hilton Garden Inn to our Heartbeat training area.

Airline Arrivals: For those traveling by air, the airport code for Columbus, Ohio is CMH. WE encourage you to use Monday, July 31st as a travel day as registration opens at 5:00 pm at the Heartbeat Offices.

Airport Transportation: You can catch a cab/taxi/Uber upon your arrival to the hotel. You may also obtain airport transportation to the hotel by calling Orange Cab directly at (614) 414-0000. If you call and schedule this ahead of time, they offer a flat rate each way. Please have your flight itinerary ready as they may ask for your flight information.

*Please note: Transportation from the hotel to the training offices will be provided daily back and forth from the Hilton Garden Inn to our Heartbeat training area.

 

Could there be a scholarship for you?

Heartbeat International may receive funding for those who would like to attend the New Director Track at our upcoming Pregnancy Help Institute. If you are interested in attending this track, please take our survey today to determine if these funds could apply to you.

Once you have completed your survey, Heartbeat will contact you directly to let you know if you qualify to continue the scholarship application process.Prospective scholarship applicants must be current Heartbeat affiliates in good standing to receive favored status in the scholarship application process.

 

 

The Leadership Track

Woven throughout the Leadership track are concepts developed by Built to Lead. Built to Lead is an executive coaching program that has trained CEO’s, presidents, and ministry leaders nationwide.

The Development Track

Advancing development through a more robust understanding of the nature and ministry of development is at the heart of this track. Anyone with responsibility for donor development and fundraising will benefit from this advanced training. Seasoned pregnancy help leaders provide a foundation and training that goes beyond elementary event planning.

This includes:

  • Donor dynamics.
  • Giving strategies.
  • Revenue evaluation.
  • Relationship building with prospective funders.

The New Director Track

If you have less than three years of experience in directing a life-affirming pregnancy center, medical clinic, maternity home, or nonprofit adoption agency, the New Director training is perfect for you. When you combine the wisdom gained from this training with your calling from the Lord, you are truly prepared to navigate effectively, avoid the pitfalls, and increase your effectiveness as a leader. Facilitated by Heartbeat International staff and consultants with years of experience in pregnancy help leadership, you'll be in good hands.

The Ultrasound Track

Designed for the new or beginning nurse or sonographer as well as the nurse or sonographer who routinely performs first-trimester scans, this week-long training presented by Tammy Stearns, RDMS and Bryan Williams, RDMS will provide didactic sessions, daily scan labs, and image reviews to sharpen the skills of both the nurse and the RDMS in your pregnancy medical clinic.

This course will include looking at the integration of ultrasound imaging in PMCs, the "hows and whys" of ultrasound physics, identifying artifacts and how to improve images, how to obtain proper measurements, legal and ethical implications and techniques to minimize risk, essential quality analysis/control, and more! This course also meets the AWHONN guidelines for ultrasound training.

Heartbeat International will offer 15 Continuing Education Contact Hours for nurses. Heartbeat International is an approved provider through the California Board of Nursing, Provider Number 16061.

Meet the Instructors

Tammy Stearns, RDMS, RVT, RT(R), FSDMS, MS

Tammy serves as a full-time missionary with Project H.O.P.E. in Nicaragua serving women among the poorest of the poor. In addition to being the director of Women’s Ministry, Tammy does ultrasounds in the field and serves as an adjunct professor with Adventist University in Florida. She assisted in deploying the medical mobile unit at Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield, Missouri and has served as an accredited ultrasound educator for much of her professional career. Currently, Tammy serves as the President-Elect with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).

Bryan Williams, MHA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS

Bryan has worked in the field of medical imaging for 15 years. He is currently managing a large cardiovascular clinic with multiple providers and multiple non-invasive imaging departments. He lives in Ozark, MO with his wife and two daughters.

 

5 reasons you need to come to Pregnancy Help Institute

  1. It’s corporate training at non-profit cost.
    Businesses nationwide use Built to Lead to train CEOs, Presidents, and Boards in Leadership Training. We have partnered with these executive coaches to bring you business training at a price you can afford.

  2. It’s far more dynamic and personal than a conference.
    Conferences, specifically the big annual ones, are incredible. There are so many people to meet and so much to learn, but sometimes you need more personalized in-depth training. Pregnancy Help Institute is intentionally sized for an intimate learning environment. Pregnancy Help Institute provides individual interaction and personal feedback to help you grow in your role and increase your effectiveness.

  3. It’s vital to invest in yourself.
    "We must all learn to lead ourselves with excellence before we can lead a team towards excellence. In other words, we believe that excellence achieved individually will spread organizationally." - Built to Lead’s Belief

  4. A burst of training can take you a long way.
    One week may seem like a long time to be away. But one week can literally revolutionize your personal leadership as well as grow your knowledge and understanding. Working with trainers and fellow participants over the extended time yields exponential return on your investment of time.

  5. There are no hidden fees.
    Our pricing allows for you to know all costs up front. Your training and most meals are included in your registration. We have even arranged for a discounted room block at the hotel. You just need to cover hotel and transportation costs and Heartbeat will take care of the rest.

Pregnancy Help Institute training qualifies toward the Life Affirming Specialist (LAS) designation.

What others are saying about Pregnancy Help Institute:

"Unique and right on the money" - Kirk Walden 


"I don’t think there is a day that goes by though that I don’t reach for something that I was able to bring back from Pregnancy Help Institute!"


 

“This was an amazing discovery of self. I have come back and have started implementing the tools we were given.”


"Amazing experience, very grateful for the opportunity."


“This was by far the most applicable learning experience I've ever had.”


 "...the best conference I have attended in my 15 years as Executive Director. I strongly recommend that you do whatever is needed to attend this professional, corporate level leadership training."

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