Customized Seminars

Do your needs not quite fit into one of the training programs we offer? Have a specific concern or need something a little more specific to your current company configuration? Two or three-day seminars can be customized to meet a your needs and include a combination of the following topics:

Custom Seminar


Being a Leader

How do great leaders create the “force field” that compels their organization? Learn the foundational values of great leadership and the critical roles that context, messaging and storytelling have in building a great organization. We’ll dispel the greatest myths about leadership, and replace them with time-tested truths that you can put to work in your organization immediately. Finally, we’ll discuss how a leader builds and maintains credibility and trust – and why that is critical for all successful leaders today.


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Setting Direction


Take a deep dive into the most important thing that leaders do – setting direction for their organization. We’ll uncover the true meaning of direction, and the role of formal planning in direction setting. You’ll learn how to see things for what they are, the limitations of language and how shifting realities will affect your course. 

You will leave this seminar with a unique set of tools for interrogating reality, assessing risk, and harnessing the power of intuition. We will outline the essential task of setting priorities and pace for your organization, and finally, we’ll discuss how a leader manages spin.


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Building High Performing Teams


Successful teams are built —  no magic necessary.
During this seminar, you’ll learn the necessary building blocks of a high-performing team, and why true leadership is necessary to unlock the potential of your team.  You’ll discover the secret to creating the future you envision, and get the tools you need to build it for your team. You’ll learn to understand yourself as a means to understand others and how to build a diversity of strengths into your team. Finally you’ll get real insights and practice nurturing a group along the journey from being polite strangers, to fighting for power, to ultimately operating at a high level of esprit.


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Stewarding Organization Structure


What are the common beliefs about organization structure as a change lever that have crippled companies when used ineptly?

This seminar explores the vital role of structure in shaping the culture of a company. How does a leader know when to use large-scale restructuring vs. more subtle tweaks? We’ll explore that and other considerations for four structural models: functional, business unit, matrix and temporary.


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Leadership Conversations


How do leaders have “real” conversations?  Do they show up as authentic and wholehearted?  Are they trusted?  This seminar teaches the critical skills required for creating and sustaining a viable future for a company with speech and conversation.  Conversation creates the collective intelligence in an organization and it turns any structure into a living network; it is the backbone of an organization. We’ll discuss why vulnerability is an act of courage.  You’ll improve your listening skills through a heightened awareness of the leader’s self-story and its tendency to filter your world. You’ll learn how to shift your self-story to reflect a new or emerging reality. And, you’ll practice confrontation, providing context and imbuing passion in your people.


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Managing Performance


A leader’s job is to ensure that the organization creates and delivers its potential. This seminar teaches the critical skills of setting the goals that build potential, manage interference, and keep your organization in the performance zone.  You’ll learn the three laws of performance management and why your messaging is a make-or-break element.  You’ll take away real-life benchmarking and performance monitoring techniques so you can start taking responsibility for delivery. We’ll end with an analysis of reward structures and why they’re essential in taking responsibility for people.


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Coaching and Support


Talent is not a given in an organization – it must be nurtured with support.

This seminar teaches the vital role relationships provide in creating support, and the critical connection conversation provides in those relationships. We will develop a comprehensive and hands-on guide for coaching that you can bring into your work relationships immediately. We will discuss coaching’s connection to neuroscience and how the mind shapes the brain’s reaction to feedback and coaching. You’ll gain valuable insight into how you and your team perceive threats and rewards, and why this understanding is essential for effective coaching. Finally, together we will explore the reasons coaching often fails, and you’ll learn how you can avoid that failure.


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Capturing Opportunities


Leaders often need breakthroughs to solve problems and capture opportunities.  This seminar teaches a methodology for running an effective breakthrough initiative.  We will explore the language of possibility, and how it primes your team for success. You will develop an “on-the-field” structure and define roles for the steering committee, project leader and ad hoc work groups. With the 100-day “gate” process you will learn to convert possibilities to probabilities and engage the accountable organization.  The seminar ends with declaring completion and handing over the initiative to the formal organization for delivery.


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Nurturing Behaviors


Why is behavior so important for leaders?  What are leadership behaviors?  If you’re not born with these behaviors, can you learn them?

This seminar answers these and other questions about leadership behavior. We’ll discuss the neurological connection between behavior and trust, and why this connection is crucial to your success.  Learn the difference between behaviors that are seen vs. those that are perceived. We will use your mind to re-train your brain to acquire and manage powerful new leadership behaviors. You’ll walk out of this seminar with renewed confidence in yourself, and a toolkit for creating positive change.

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