Monday, April 23, 2018

Workshops That Will Transform Your World!

Professional and Personal Skills That Make All The Difference

Transform Your World is all about innovation and creation. It is about growth on the job, and in every area of your life. It is about change. It is not just an extension or improvement over the past, but it is a shift in how we think and operate. It is not just an extension or improvement over the past, but it is a shift in how we think and operate. This shift can be professional, personal and organizational.

The goal for the Transform Your World workshops is to help you understand how to go about achieving this shift. It requires altering and expanding the mindset in which you, your team, and even the organization operate. This mindset includes attitudes, perspectives, rationales and logic; how problems and opportunities are perceived, and the myriad of possibilities for solutions.

Each workshop is approximately 60 minutes, but can be tailored for as little as 30 minutes to as long as a full day. They are designed to stand alone, or to be used as an entire program.


Think and Understand

Understanding Your Core Values

And How They Mesh With Your Organization

Regardless of whether or not we recognize them, personal core values are among the most important factors in how we live our lives.  Participants in this session will explore their values, who or what influenced them, and what makes them important enough to carry into the future.  And, when your values mesh with your organization, you are a happier and more productive team member at work!


Values Based Decision Making

Prioritizing What Is Important And Making Choices With Integrity

Are you aware of what you value, and how these values influence the decisions you make and the actions you take?  Making choices with integrity means that you make them in ways that consistently reflect your values, your purpose and your mission, as well as those of the organization you work for.  When combined with an objective review of external conditions, you will improve your ability to make decisions that lead to success both at home and at work.


Setting and Completing Meaningful Goals

Setting goals is something we all know we need to do, but seldom get around to in our day to day lives, let alone at work.  We are too busy rushing around, living, working and doing to sit and think about what we would like to accomplish.   Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation.  It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.

Participants will be led through a simple process for setting a goal, understanding the motivation for success, and building the foundation for moving their vision into reality.

Building Trust In Your Environment

Can You Have Ethics Without Trust?

Trust is the ability to work, think and speak in an environment without fear.  It is interest in and acknowledgement of people’s thoughts and ideas, even if they are different than ours.  It is the willingness to be vulnerable as the leader or a member of the team.  Participants will learn about the multi-faceted layers of trust, and how to determine whether you work in a low-trust or high-trust environment.

Ethics which is part of character is foundational to trust, but by itself it is not sufficient.  You can’t have trust without ethics, but you can have ethics without trust.  

Endless Innovation

The Importance of Creativity and Serious Play

There is a powerful relationship between creative thinking and play.  You can be a serious professional adult, and at times, be playful.  It’s not an either/or, it’s an and.  We need to trust to play, and we need trust to be creative, so there is a connection.  Types of play you may experience include exploration, building and thinking with your hands, and role playing, which helps us have empathy for the situations we are designing.  As part of a learning community, we will spend time thinking about how to move people through the learning experience by enabling transitions in and out of play.


Talk and Listen


The Power of Empathy/Using Your Soft Ears

Seeking to Understand What Others Are Experiencing

In order to complete a compassionate conversation, because no conversation is one-sided, it requires us to listen with empathy.  Empathy compels you to still the chatter in your mind, and listen with every aspect of your being.  It is respectful and seeks to understand what others are experiencing.  It requires you to walk in the others’ shoes.  Participants will learn what gets in the way of empathy, and what helps move you in that direction.

While many of us like to think we are good listeners, the fact is that we often fail to grasp the full meaning of what is being said. Not only do we sometimes forget to actually listen, but we sometimes forget to listen with understanding.  We will learn about behaviors to be practiced in listening, as well as the role of soft ears.


Why We LOVE Complainers!

Moving from Complaint to Commitment

Why do we think it’s important for you to pay attention to the complaints swirling around you like an F5 tornado?  Because it leads to transformation:  People don’t complain about something if they don’t care about it.  They have a passion for it, and they are deeply committed to it.

Participants will learn how to get to that kernel of understanding from which they can begin to create transformational change – moving from complaint to commitment on an organizational and individual basis.

Is Perception Reality, or Do We Just Think It Is?

Create Possibilities By Looking At All Sides of An Issue

”Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ~ Albert Einstein,  And, we know what happens when we make assumptions.

Reality changes daily.  You never know what the future will bring, and while you can plan for it to some degree you need to repeatedly look at it carefully to see if your plans reflect reality anymore.

In this class we will learn how to interrogate reality so that we might discern the truth, and the possibilities for the future.  If we entertain multiple realities, we will create possibilities that did not exist before.


Getting the Most Out of Conflict

What Is Your Conflict Style?

Failure and conflict are your greatest opportunity for growth. Understanding the sources of conflict along with corresponding solution-finding-strategies lifts leaders and organizations to new levels of fulfillment and effectiveness.  Participants will examine the sources of conflict, and explore their own conflict style. Strategies for collaborating are covered, as well as managing conflict in teams.


Leadership and Forgiveness

A Word of Encouragement During A Failure Is Worth More than An Hour Of Praise After Success

The crisis of leadership, I believe, is a crisis of forgiveness. Leaders are expected to lead without mistakes. There is very little tolerance for error in our organizations, very little acknowledgement of the human limitations of leaders. Organizations want leaders whom they can place before them to bear the burden of decision without error.  Errorless leadership is an oxymoron.  Leaders lead by learning from their mistakes. And leaders develop other leaders by giving the people for whom they are responsible the space to fail and to learn.

The Chains That Bind You

Attitude and Motivation Are The Keys To Success (or Failure)

Remember that quote from Zig Zigler? “It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude.”

And it’s true! Shear guts and determination, particularly in the face of adversity, is what has made so many of our business leaders so successful.  We can only achieve our goals if we have the motivation – the burning desire – to do so. And this is why it is so important for your goals to be personal.

Discover the chains that bind you, and how to cut them off!


Finding The Middle Ground

Passive, Assertive or Aggressive Behavior

Assertive behavior is the happy medium between aggressiveness and passivity. An assertive person speaks his mind without disregarding the opinions of others or becoming overbearing.  A person’s communication style develops over her lifetime; she may not be aware that she interacts with others in an aggressive manner.  Learn how to determine whether you are passive, assertive or aggressive by considering your contact with other people.  Find out what steps you need to take to move toward middle ground.


Act and Learn

It’s Not My Job!

Achieving Accountability

Accountability does not mean “called into account.  Accountability  is respectful and helpful.  It means holding YOURSELF accountable, along with your co-workers, staff and team members.  It means your team mates holding you and each other accountable.   In leadership roles, accountability is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions, products, decisions and policies.  Learn how to achieve accountability throughout your organization, and get the results you desire.

Ditch the Recognition Program

The Value of Ongoing Regard

Recognition programs are programs of reward, and rarely create a system of ongoing regard.  Move quickly from creating winners and losers to letting your co-workers know that every action they take has significance.  Create energy INTO your system of work rather than draining energy FROM it by collaborating and cooperating to create opportunities for learning for everyone involved.  Participants will learn how to communicate  directly and authentically with those experiencing success or failure.

Eliminate Rules and Policies!  Is That Possible?

Professional and Personal Skills That Make All The Difference

How do you create organizational integrity from within?  Establish a shared understanding and reference point in order to enhance personal and organizational learning.  Know how to draw on this common purpose when there is a violation of mission, purpose and values.

Constructive Criticism is Still Criticism

Moving From Destruction to Deconstruction

Deconstruction is the art of holding to two simultaneous realities at the same time.  It recognizes that no two people see things exactly the same way.  By paying attention to your intuition and thoughts gathered by careful scrutiny, and recognizing that there may be another story, you can move from criticism to deconstruction.   Participants will learn to reflect on an ongoing shared inquiry, transforming conflict from a clash of personalities into a contradiction for learning.

Make a Plan, Work the Plan

The Basics of Project Management

Goals are only part of the story.  It is often important to string those goals together into a comprehensive, realistic  and flexible strategy to solve a problem, or reach the vision you hold for yourself or the organization.  As you develop your plans, you will make efforts to anticipate problems or constraints, and regularly review or adjust the plans to accommodate changes in your situation and priorities.  When the project is complete, you will want to assess the success in reaching your original goal(s), within the set time frame, resource and budget allocations.


Personal Effectiveness


An Explosion of Results

Doing the right things, at the right time, in the right way

Getting results by making the most out of work and life. Learn about a simple system for meaningful results that combines some of the best methods for improving your thinking, feeling and taking action. You unleash your best by spending your precious energy on the right things, at the right time, in the right way.

An Explosion of Results Annual Planning Worksheet

An Explosion of Results Monthly Planning Worksheet

An Explosion of Results Weekly Planning Worksheet

Tick Tock

Multi-tasking Is Bad for Us, Time Management Is Good

Are you proud of your ability to multi-task?  Time to rethink that thought!  Studies have proven that multi-tasking is bad for us.

Time management is all about identifying the different demands on your limited time, setting priorities, and scheduling your time according to your goals, responsibilities and needs – including the need for relaxation, reflection and a social life.  When you are aware of your personal time preferences and use these to your advantage to maximize effectiveness and minimize stress, you will find yourself to be a much happier person.


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