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A graduate of the University of Guelph, Richardson played five years of football for the Gryphons captaining the team in his last 3 years. He started working in the trucking industry at age 5 washing trucks and 20 years later his career is now in the industry with KRTS and The Rear View Mirror. Each year during summer vacation while attending university Matt has worked and learned different areas of the business. His focus is on customer service and sales for all programs offered by KRTS and The Rear View Mirror. To connect with Matt Richardson please email him at mrichardson@krway.com or advertising@therearviewmirror.ca

Over the past couple of years, I have had the opportunity to participate on a couple of different panels at industry events, but up until last week I had never moderated a panel. That all changed with my participation at the PMTC’s April seminar where I moderated a panel titled “Key Issues Impacting Fleets in the Digital Era.” Overall, I think this portion of the seminar was well received and I look forward to my next opportunity to host a panel, now with a little bit of experience under my belt. One of the coolest parts of this experience for me was that John Olfield of Dalton Timmis Insurance Group was one of the participants. “Johnny O” as he is known by many in the industry and the Richardson family have a history dating back a number of years. My grandfather Bud, owned and operated a truck training school and actually trained John to get his truck license back in the day. “Johnny O” shared this story the first time we met when I was around 17 or 18 years old. Since that first time I met John he has always given me the time of day and he has a passion for the industry that is truly infectious. The trucking industry has so many great people and the connections and how far they go back truly seem to be endless!

Sticking with the PMTC, The PMTC’s Young Leaders Group will present its first ever leadership certificate program starting in September in partnership with EaglesFlight, a world leader in experiential learning that have set the standard for participant engagement that delivers practical impact through changed behavior. I have recently registered for this program as I feel the topics have a direct correlation to the future successes of not only myself as a leader, but the organization I am part of. On top of this being an opportunity for education, these sessions will present excellent networking opportunities for all in attendance. I have listed the dates and titles along with a brief overview of each module below. If you interested in registering, more information is available here; http://www.pmtc.ca/services–training/pmtc/-ylg-driven-to-lead-program

September 19, 2018  Creating a Culture of Accountability: Creating a Culture of Accountability sets the stage for participation in the Practical Leadership program, highlighting expectations, objectives and the focus on personal growth and goals. Recognition of the ways in which organizational culture is created and cultivated, as well as insight into a leader’s impact on organizational culture, is uncovered through a series of activities that drive personal reflection. Trust is the foundation that allows leaders to build a culture of accountability. Awareness and deeper understanding is achieved through group reflection around the factors that build and break trust in the workplace. As the day unfolds, participants use the results from their Leadership Development Assessment to help understand the current reality and perceptions of their ability to  demonstrate key leadership behaviors. Using this data as a baseline, participants begin to prepare personal action plans that address their own personal goals for growth.

November 21, 2018  Building and Leading Teams: Simply bringing team members together does not ensure that they will function well as a team. expanding on a leader’s ability to be personally effective, Building and Leading Teams serves as a catalyst for generating outstanding results by teaching leaders the skills necessary to develop a high performing team. This module helps participants understand their role as a team leader and provides a tangible tool that can be used to unleash the potential that lies within each individual team member, and the team as a whole.

February 20, 2019  Communication for Impact: Effective communication skills help leaders to positively impact employee performance through the ability to provide constructive feedback, openly receive feedback, actively listen and ask effective questions. Communicating for Impact sets the stage for understanding the leader’s role in successfully managing employee performance while providing leaders with tools designed to ensure clear and effective communication. Skill building follows as participants learn, practice and apply a series of critical communication skills in various real world, business situations. 

May 15, 2019  Coaching for Results: Coaches are people who have the ability to see strengths and weaknesses in employees, and provide encouragement to change behaviors in order to enhance performance. Building on the communication abilities developed in day four, Coaching for Results presents the skills that enable leaders to connect with employees, observe behaviors, assess against established standards, clarify performance gaps and work together to define how employees can close identified gaps. The session concludes with a hands-on activity designed around each leader’s real-world coaching opportunities. Participants leave with a practical coaching guide that focuses on how to coach teams to achieve desired results.

 

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A graduate of the University of Guelph, Richardson played five years of football for the Gryphons captaining the team in his last 3 years. He started working in the trucking industry at age 5 washing trucks and 20 years later his career is now in the industry with KRTS and The Rear View Mirror. Each year during summer vacation while attending university Matt has worked and learned different areas of the business. His focus is on customer service and sales for all programs offered by KRTS and The Rear View Mirror. To connect with Matt Richardson please email him at mrichardson@krway.com or advertising@therearviewmirror.ca