From your executive team to your high-potentials we partner with you to create customized leadership development programs to suit every level of learning you need across the organization. These are our foundational session offerings:
Aligning Core Values
Our values are what motivate us and represent that which matters most to us. They influence every aspect of how we interact with the world and evolve throughout our lives. Taking steps to understand our values and align our choices and actions with those values, brings clarity of mind and an authenticity that can be lost without focused attention. This session will allow leaders to take time to get clear on their core values, get a sense of where they could be spending more time, and examine where their life might be out of alignment with their values. Leaders will go one step further by looking at alignment between their personal and corporate values, as they explore the benefits of aligning personal and professional values.
Trust is the cornerstone of any successful team, yet is a challenge for many to develop and maintain. This session focuses on trust at three levels: self-trust, relationship trust, and organizational trust. Leaders will look at how trust contributes to the success of teams and organizations, impacts candour within an organization, and helps to foster collaboration.
The potential for conflict exists whenever people have contact. While we can’t control all our differences, we can choose how we handle conflict, and how we work to resolve it. Developing a healthy relationship with conflict shifts it from a negative experience to an opportunity for creativity, innovation, and greater team trust. Successful resolution can lead to reduced stress levels, increased motivation and productivity, individual self-awareness, group cohesion, idea sharing, and collaborative behaviour.
Courage to ActCreating change, making a difference, and having an impact as a leader starts with addressing challenging issues as they occur to avoid potential bigger issues down the road. Whether it is speaking up when you see something that isn’t right, a performance conversation or expressing interpersonal difficulty, leadership makes the greatest difference when you have the courage to act. This experience offers guiding principles and a framework for doing just that.
Creating Strong Teams
Effectively building strong teams is the cornerstone of successful organizations. The building blocks that create a high functioning team are trust, healthy conflict, commitment, and accountability. When these aspects are strong, the outcome is a results-driven team that people are invested in. The session explores team dynamics and the stages of team development, with a focus on increasing cohesion and results, to get the most from collaboration across the organization.
Leaders are measured by their ability to handle tough situations and recover quickly from setbacks. In other words, they are measured by how resilient they are. This session focuses on four primary aspects of cultivating resilience – managing stress, fostering a growth mindset, leading under pressure, and developing resilient teams. The result: leaders develop more grit, work becomes more enjoyable, and teams become more adaptable.
Decision making is a key piece in a leader’s job and at times one of the most challenging. This session walks through a tested model for weighing options and making decisions. Leaders will apply the model to a current situation. The model introduces the science of emotional and rational decision making, key decision making styles and the role of influence in decision making.
Developing Others Through Coaching
As a leader, your boat only floats as high as the tide, and the tide is your team. It’s not how good you are that counts, it’s how good you can support the members of your team. This session approaches coaching from a place of curiosity and openness, applying a framework for coaching conversations that produces consistent behaviour change and increased capabilities.
Effectively managing conflict in your organization is key to building high performing teams and a stronger organization. Sensitive or difficult issues are often softened or avoided. Honest conversations are difficult for many leaders and the first step to mastering them is to shift our mindset to a growth mindset, wherein these conversations are opportunities to develop as leaders. In this session, participants apply a framework to prepare for a difficult conversation they need to have from a place of openness and collaboration.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ)* (Full Day)
Emotional Intelligence defines a set of skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, cope with challenges, develop and maintain social relationships, and use emotional information in an effective way. The focus of this learning experience is to identify behaviours that support or hinder our effectiveness. Leaders will build a strong foundation of Emotional Intelligence to support individuals, relationships, careers, and business results.
Emotional Intelligence Module 2
Emotional Intelligence Module 2 applies the foundational learnings of Emotional Intelligence to case studies and scenarios that focus on practical improvement in the moment. This session explores more resources and applications to improve specific aspects of emotional intelligence and invites leaders to become increasingly aware of the impact of their emotions on their teams.
Giving and Receiving Feedback
Giving and receiving feedback is essential to improving performance and creating a strong culture of accountability. Because we often think of feedback as something uncomfortable, it may require a shift of mind to embrace it as a developmental tool versus a difficult conversation, and as something we should seek as much as we give. This session introduces a practical framework for soliciting, receiving and giving feedback. With a focus on acknowledging behaviours we want to reinforce and pinpointing behaviours that need to change, developing this critical leadership skill can help you set the tone on your team to lead them to higher performance.
Influence and persuasion are key elements to building and leveraging strong working relationships. This session gets people thinking about how influence affects them day-to-day and helps participants develop competence in using influence. This session will introduce major sources of influence in the workplace and deliver an understanding of how and when to use key sources of influence. Participants will identify their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement in influencing others.
Leading By Example
How leaders think and behave has an enormous impact on team values and culture. Most people would agree that leading by example is crucial, yet very few people ever stop to ask what leading by example really looks like, how leaders can practice it more rigorously, and how the power of leading by example can be fully leveraged to drive business results. This session provides a practical model for learning to talk the talk and walk the walk in a way that is consistent with your unique skills and the organization’s vision, strategy, and values.
An organization’s success depends on its ability to adapt to a changing environment and coordinate many moving parts. It is all too common that organizational change initiatives fail, mainly because the organization never wins its employee’s commitment. This session explores how to manage change from an organizational, personal, and leadership perspective.
Leading Effective Meetings
Productive meetings move work forward; unproductive meetings waste valuable resources in lost time, money, and opportunity. Knowing when to hold a meeting (and when not to), how to craft a purposeful and efficient agenda, developing meeting norms and facilitating meeting dynamics are all crucial leadership skills. Knowing how to follow up on actionable meeting outcomes and create accountability structures is essential to complete the work loop and move the work forward. This session focuses on practical tools to create meaningful change in meeting norms and, therefore, team culture and productivity.
The need for innovation in business has never been so great. Innovative thinking is currently one of the most in-demand leadership capabilities, and that need will only increase. Through prototyping and play, this session unleashes creativity, looks at how organizations help or hinder creativity in the day-to-day, and shows how to maximize the innovative capabilities of employees. By discovering where the innovation gaps occur, the role of the leader in closing those gaps, and determining the changes that need to occur in an organization’s culture to support creativity, leaders can proactively foster innovative teams.
Leadership Leap: How Team Success Creates Personal Success
Past success is not necessarily predictive of success in the future. In fact, relying too heavily on what you’ve done in the past may leave you vulnerable to getting stuck exactly where you are – thinking “why change what’s working” is a dangerous trap for all of us. Consider also that the higher up you go in an organization, the less your technical skills set you apart from others. Propelling your leadership forward will require a shift in focus from technical excellence to leadership behaviours. At the very core of the Leadership Leap, is the idea that as a leader, it’s no longer about how successful you can be, but about how successful you can help others be. This session is ideal for new leaders.
Opening Lines of Communication
Effective communication is a vital leadership quality; it yields better results for our teams, our organization, and ourselves. When we don’t communicate effectively, or often enough, we miss opportunities to strengthen relationships and perform effectively. This session uses a framework for effective communication which allows participants to identify unconscious bias and rewire unproductive communication patterns. Participants learn valuable communication tools that foster increased productivity and workability in the day-to-day.
IIn this era of information overload, the ability to communicate effectively across the organization is becoming increasingly challenging. While technology enables the speed of communication, its impact on the quality of our communication is questionable and results in different ideas about how best to communicate for action and clarity. This session establishes the rules of engagement of communicating on teams and throughout the organization. Successful implementation will reduce frustration and silos, and increase collaboration and results.
Performance Management Conversations
Successful performance management aligns individual goals to strategy, inspires high performance, engages employees, manages poor performers, and supports high achievers. This session prepares participants to execute effective performance management conversations by understanding the principles of performance management and how to align performance management systems with performance conversations.
When we make an overall assessment of someone’s abilities and lead them based on that assessment, we may be creating a mismatch between what they need for a particular task or area of responsibility and what we give them from a leadership perspective. Defying the one-size fits all leadership approach, this session uses performance-based leadership to provide a roadmap for aligning leadership styles with people’s competence and motivation levels.
A leader should always be ready to convey a clear succinct message to their audience. Strong presentation skills are a key way to influence beliefs and inspire action – increasing acceptance of new ideas and helping you lead, influence and inspire others every time you speak. This session helps participants increase their confidence to speak with certainty, credibility, and create genuine connections with people. Participants will learn best practices to enable them to choose the right communication strategy for any situation, ensuring they present ideas clearly, concisely, and memorably.
Thinking strategically means thinking in new, game-changing way. It means making the shift from short to long-term thinking around what’s going on in your team, your area of the business, across the company, and where the organization fits into its competitive landscape. This session aims to help you stay ahead of the curve, by focusing on five key habits to look beyond what’s happening now and take a fresh perspective about the future.
Time & Energy Management
It is not uncommon for leaders to spend their days overwhelmed with e-mail, meetings, and in-the-moment demands on our time. Being able to exercise conscious control over where we spend our time allows us to make an important shift in focus from activities to results. This session explores the tools and habits that support effective time management by introducing new routines and patterns of behaviour to better manage conflicting priorities and reduce the time-related stress in our lives.
Working with Different Personality Styles*
Personality and behavioural trait assessments offer unique insight into what makes us tick. Understanding your own style and preferences translates to understanding your strengths and weaknesses, why you communicate the way you do, your ability to work in teams, and your leadership effectiveness. This session seeks to bring a common language to your communication style and awareness of how you can interact with other styles more effectively. Understanding your style is a great step towards getting better results, becoming a better communicator, and building better relationships.
Each session is a half-day unless otherwise specified. Half-day experiences are priced at $3750. Full day experiences are $7500. Prices do not include customization and each session is part of an overall program. We do not do stand-alone sessions. Our programs start at $70,000.
*Additional cost for assessments