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When: Thursday, December 5th, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: ROJO Mexican Grill
1602 West End Boulevard
St. Louis Park, Minnesota  55416
United States

Online registration is available until: 12/1/2019
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December Chapter Meeting

Please join us for a holly, jolly December chapter meeting!  There will be networking, chapter updates and Guest Speaker, John Graci!  Light beverages and appetizers will be provided along with plenty of merriment!  Parking is free too!  We look forward to seeing you!!


Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best …and Learn from the Worst

Did you ever have a great boss? Everyone should have the opportunity to have one, but unfortunately, not enough people do. If you’re a boss, or hope to become one, or have a less-than-great boss, you can’t afford to miss this entertaining, fun and fast-paced presentation chock-full of plain spoken and real-world solutions.

Business is about people! If a leader does not show up to work, how much of the work gets done? If employees do not show up to work, how much of the work gets done? Employees are an organization’s most valuable resource. This program is not about warm fuzzies, no academic theories, just practical wisdom from the trenches helping leaders and employees work together to achieve the objectives important to your company. The presentation is thought-provoking, insightful and rich with ideas to help improve relationships in the workplace and maximize the productivity of each employee.



  • Why do leaders unintentionally reward poor and unwanted behavior?
  • Why do leaders unintentionally punish wanted behavior? Drive-by recognition
  • “Boss please let me know if I have spinach in my teeth!”
  • What’s the most powerful question a leader can ask their employees?



  • Deliver crystal-clear communication
  • Get workers tuned in and turned on
  • Handle conflict and crises
  • Recognize the most basic employee workplace needs
  • Manage “up the ladder”
  • Tips for communicating with your boss



5:30pm - 6:00pm   Networking

6:00pm - 6:30pm   Chapter Presentation

6:30pm - 7:30pm   Guest Speaker: John Graci


John Graci is a leadership speaker, author and trainer with more than 20 years of management experience in production, office, union and non-union environments. Graci’s straightforward and tell-it-like-it-is approach comes across as refreshing and riveting, and will have leaders on all levels of business grimacing in guilt knowing they might be practicing management without a license.

John is a frequent keynote speaker on change, motivation and communication for Fortune 500 companies, national conventions and SHRM chapters across the Midwest. He has been recognized by VIP’s for teaching management skills that instantly improve the work environment.


John’s debut book, The Buck Stops with You exposes today’s leaders who are quick to blame employees for having bad attitudes as opposed to looking in the mirror and asking what they could have done to cause the situation. Graci’s second book, doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to offering solutions to the question: Why Don’t Employees Perform as Expected?  John’s third book, Leaders Are MADE, Not Born! was released in summer of 2018. Graci’s tell-it-like-it-is approach shines light on what your employees always wanted to tell you, but never do! 


As seen on CNN, John’s sense of humor, charisma and passion blend nicely with his pragmatic style. Practical and entertaining, John’s time-tested techniques provides nuggets of wisdom and in-the-trenches solutions for employees of all generations.

Event Fees

Member $10
Student Member $10
Non-Member $25


Directions & Parking

Conveniently located off of Hwy 394 and Hwy 100, the Rojo Room is just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and offers complimentary, covered, and heated parking.

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