WELLSBORO — Maintaining profitability and positivity are both challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, but a local group is working to help businesses retain both.

The Triumph Leadership Group of Kate Sholonski and David Larson will offer the two-day workshops in August: their signature workshop, “Stress-Free Leadership,” and a new workshop, “Triumph Over COVID: New Formula for Business Profit and Positivity in a Changed World.”

“Stress-Free Leadership” is offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 in Corning, N.Y. “Triumph Over COVID” will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, also in Corning.

“When COVID hit us, it became clear very quickly that it would serve the public to have a workshop that specifically addresses COVID,” Sholonski said.

Larson and Sholonski interviewed numerous business owners about the challenges faced during the coronavirus shutdown. After several of their company’s events were postponed or canceled, the pair began holding “Saturday Sanity” online sessions. Those sessions also provided insight into what people were facing and feeling.

“It doesn’t matter what realm you happen to be in, when people are in fear, their power is diminished,” Sholonski said.

That fear, in turn, can manifest itself in different ways: tardiness and absenteeism, workplace conflict, poor customer service or attitude. If more than one person is functioning in fear, “major clashes” can occur, she said.

“We bump into each other in a way that interferes with productivity and accountability that undoubtedly affects the business culture,” Sholonski said.

Triumph’s workshops focus on helping business leaders build a positive culture which, in turn, will affect the bottom line.

“Humans tend to behave badly when they are confused, when they’re lost, when they don’t know what to do,” she said.

Those responses are default actions that people use unless they have the tools to communicate effectively and understand what other people are experiencing, she said. The workshops use real life scenarios where participants can learn more about themselves and others.

“We believe people learn most with experiences,” Sholonski said. “We’ve designed two days worth of experiences to bring increased awareness, deeper understanding not only of who they are personally, but how to use their natural gifts to help others do the same.”

The first day allows the participant to focus internally, to learn more about how that person is and their individual gifts. The second day helps the participant bring that awareness to improving his or her impact on others.

Because of social distancing protocols, participation will be limited to eight people. Sholonski and Larson frequently observe participants connect and become friends. They share challenges, discover they are facing similar issues and learn from one another’s successes.

“At a time of crisis, we all have to dig deeper and, now more than ever, have to work together to move thru the crisis to a better time, effectively, while also staying positive and optimistic,” Sholonski said.

For more information or to register for a workshop, call 570-439-2004.