Human Resources Training, Leadership

Get the Edge: Become a Discretionary Effort Leader


There is something called discretionary effort that employees should bring at work. What this means is that, as somewhat opposed to smart work, which is essentially about being intuitive and tactful at doing an assigned task rather than toiling at it; it is mainly about an employee making up her mind about how much she is going to contribute to the work on a given day.

Why is this kind of outlook important? It helps to clear the clutter around tasks. It helps the employee to channelize her energies and creativity towards a chosen task, which will help her give her best to it, instead of dissipating energies into a whole host of diverse and often unneeded tasks. When the latter tactic is employed, the result is that the strengths are wasted on doing what is not going to produce results, and instead, spent on what is less productive.

Karla Brandau, CEO of Workplace Power Institute, will be the expert at a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, on October 22, at which this concept will be explained in detail.

Please log on to TrainHR to enroll for this valuable session.

This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.


Discretionary effort is set to be a leading principle of the 21st century workforce. When exercised in the leadership position, it will help propel organizations into leading positions and will be the distinguishing factor between mediocre and excellent organizations.

Over the sixty minutes of this presentation, Karla will explain how employees can put in minimal effort at their chosen work and become a lot more productive naturally and smartly instead of having to grind it out. The result of following the principles of discretionary effort is that with less effort, employees can contribute more to the organization, increase profit and present themselves and the organization better with their customers.

This webinar is based on the book, “How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort”. Its principles, which are based on the Ross Brandau Discretionary Leadership Model TM, will help the participants to:

  1. Create a workplace where individuals feel safe, not only physically but safe to surface the truth
  2. Build a workplace where employees want to come to work and are challenged and supported in their professional growth
  3. Assess and understand the strengths and limitations of individual personalities enabling them to better communicate on a personal basis
  4. Refine the process of rational alignment of all teams and employees when providing vision and direction.

About the speaker: Karla is a thought leader in management and team building techniques. A specialist in personalities, communication skills, and leadership principles, she has authored the book, How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort, which aims to teach managers how to be the leader people CHOOSE to follow, not have to follow because of their position on the organizational chart.


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