Session Descriptions and Rates

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:

Building Trust

Effectively building trust on teams, and across teams, has been one of leaders’ greatest challenges for as long as organizations have existed. In order to overcome the challenge, it’s important to look at how trust, or lack of trust, contributes to the way our teams and organizations function. Add to this that new ways of working, emerging technologies and shifting demographics in the workplace and it’s clear that we have to look at new ways encourage candour, information sharing and collaboration to increase trust and alliance and eliminate silos to meet the new reality head on.

Conflict Resolution

The potential for conflict exists whenever and wherever people have contact. While we can’t control all our differences, we can control how we handle conflict, and how we work to resolve it. Effectively managing conflict is key to building high performing teams and a stronger organization. Successful resolution can lead to reduced stress levels, increased motivation and productivity, individual self-awareness, group cohesion, idea sharing, and collaborative behavior.

Core Values

Values represent the things that matter to us most. They influence every aspect of the way we interact with the world, and are constantly changing and developing 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 is so often lost when we live only to satisfy the wants and needs of others. This experience will allow leaders to take time out and get clear on their top 5 core values, get a sense of where they should/could be spending more time and, examine where their life might be out of alignment with their core values. Takes things one step further by looking at alignment between personal and corporate values. Explore the benefits aligning personal and professional values.

Courage to Act

“If not me, who? If not now, when?” In a lot of organizations, sensitive or difficult issues are often softened or avoided – having honest conversations can be more difficult than it sounds. But creating change, making a difference, and having impact as a leader starts with speaking up and dealing with issues as they occur to avoid potential bigger issues down the road. Whether it’s speaking up when you see something that isn’t right, a performance conversation, expressing interpersonal difficulty, or delivering tough feedback – where leadership makes the greatest difference is having 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. New ways of working mean we may go weeks, or months without actually seeing some of our team members face-to-face, and the constant challenges posed by shifting demographics make it clear that we have to look at new ways to inspire high performance from our teams. This session aims to help leaders understand team dynamics and the stages of team development with a focus on increasing team cohesion and results to get the most from collaborative teamwork across the organization.

Decision Making

Decision-making is a key piece in a leader’s job, and at times one of the most challenging. This experience walks through a tested model for weighing options and making decisions, while introducing the science of emotional and rational decision making, key decision making styles and the role of influence in decision making.

Developing Others & Coaching for Success (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 to be. This session will help you properly approach coaching in a way that produces consistent changes in behaviours and increased capabilities by introducing some of the principles of coaching, the coach’s toolbox and walking through and practicing a framework for coaching conversations.

Difficult Conversations

Effectively managing conflict in your organization is key to building high performing teams and a stronger organization. And while we can’t control our differences, we can control how we work to resolve them. In a lot of organizations, sensitive or difficult issues are often softened or avoided – having honest conversations can be more difficult than it sounds. Minimizing conflict starts by dealing with issues as they occur to avoid potential bigger issues down the road. Whether it’s a performance conversation, expressing interpersonal difficultly or delivering tough feedback – the key to making difficult conversations easier, is having them.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ)* (Full Day)

Emotional Intelligence defines a set of emotional and social 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 identifying behaviours that both support and hinder effectiveness by building a strong foundation of Emotional Intelligence to support individuals, relationships, careers and business results.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

This experience emphasizes the importance of giving and receiving feedback, describes different types of feedback, and assists people to increase their level of competence by revealing the behaviours that help and hinder their effectiveness. The result: team members feeling connected to each other and increasing their emotional investment in being part of a highly functioning team. Paired with our “Feedforward” experience, this competency offers a great future-focused tool for overcoming some of the common barriers to giving and receiving feedback as you work to establish communication norms within your team.

Influencing Sideways

Influence and persuasion are key elements to building and leveraging strong working relationships. This competency gets people thinking about how influence affects them day-to-day and works to help participants develop competence in using influence. This session will introduce major sources of influence in the workplace and delivers an understanding of how and when to use key sources of influence, as well as identifying individual strengths weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in influencing others.

Leading By Example

How leaders think and behave has an enormous impact on how employees think and behave (team values and culture), including looking beyond oneself to understand the impact we have on other people, areas of the business, the organization, and to understand the impact those things have on us. Even though almost everyone agrees that leading by example is crucial, very few people ever stop to ask what leading by example actually 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 competency provides a practical model for learning to talk the talk and walk the walk in a way that is consistent both with your own unique style and skill set and the organization’s vision, strategy, and values.

Leading Change

A company’s success depends on its ability to adapt to a changing environment and how well the many moving parts support and coordinate with each other. Seventy percent of organizational change initiatives fail, mainly because the organization never wins its employee’s commitment (it’s missing a change management plan). This competency explores how to manage change from an organization, 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 to continue moving the work forward.

Leading Innovation

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 to continue moving the work forward.

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 actually 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. And finally, 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. Communicating effectively with others brings better results for our teams, our organization and ourselves. When we don’t communicate effectively, or often enough, we miss out on opportunities to strengthen relationships and perform effectively. This experience explores a framework designed to teach leaders the requirements for clear, effective communication by identifying and removing common pitfalls to retrain and rewire unproductive communication patterns. Learn valuable communication tools that foster increased productivity and workability to lessen frustration and positively affect your day-to-day, resulting in more of what you want and less of what you don’t want.

Organizational Communication

In 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 practical experience aims to establish the rules of engagement when it comes to communication on your teams, and throughout the organization – to help you reduce frustration and silos, while increasing collaboration and results.

Performance Management Conversations

When done well, Performance Management can align individual goals to strategy, inspire high performance, engage employees, manage poor performers and support high achievers. This competency aims to help participants prepare for and execute effective performance management conversations by understanding the principles of Performance Management, and how to align your Performance Management systems with performance conversations.

Performance-Based Leadership

When we make an overall assessment of a person and their abilities, and consistently 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 experience takes a “Performance-Based Leadership” approach to provide a roadmap for aligning leadership styles with people’s competence and motivation level specific to the task or project they are working on.

Personality Styles*

Personality and behavioural traits 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 on teams and even your leadership effectiveness. This session seeks to bring a common language to why you communicate the way you do and awareness of how you can communicate with other styles more effectively. Using the same personality assessment throughout an organization is a great tool to gain this common language among peers. Understanding your style and preferences is a great step towards getting better results, to become a better communicator, and to build better relationships.

Presentation Skills/ Public Speaking

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. Learn tips and best practices for using the best communication strategy for the situation to present ideas clearly, concisely, and memorably.

Strategic Thinking

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 and across the company as well as where the organization fits into its environment, the marketplace, competitive landscape and the community. This session aims to help you stay ahead of the curve, by focusing on five key habits that help you pull back from the day-to-day 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 never-ending, in-the-moment demands on our time – all reducing our ability to get important things done. 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.

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.
*Additional cost for assessments