Introduction to the Seminars
Leaders build teams that deliver performance. They help others achieve their fullest potential. They also change the way people think about the future and what is possible. The Applied Leadership Seminars are designed as team experiences, ideally suited for groups of 12-16 attendees. Either new or existing teams will experience an increase in leadership capabilities as well as greater cooperation amongst the members. There are 10 seminars options available and described in the following narratives. These range from 5-days in length for Leadership Transformation to a 1-day seminar for Being A Leader. Clients can mix and match the seminars to meet their unique needs.
Leadership Transformation
Participants in the Leadership Transformation Seminar acquire new skills that change lives and reshape entire companies. They become leaders. The seminar is designed to emulate a five-day management conference with plenary and workgroup sessions. It begins with how direction is shaped for an organization through rigorous understanding of internal and external realities. It moves into team building with each participant gaining a new understanding of their internal image as a vehicle to understanding others and what is needed within the team. Thought-provoking work follows about managing performance, rewards, structure, and assurance. Profound learning about behavior occurs – how it is observed and managed, its impact on integrity, and how it drives organization results. Participants acquire the skills to create support within an organization through coaching, establish boundaries, and imbue passion. The seminar ends with possibilities: finding them for the organization and enabling capture and delivery.
Being a Leader
This seminar introduces the attendee to the world of leadership. It begins by defining the foundation values that leaders must have and builds through to describing the “force field” that great leaders create. Myths about leaderships are dispelled and replaced with time-tested theoretical underpinnings. Leadership as distinct from management is clarified. And, the critical roles of context, messaging, and storytelling are explored. The module ends with how a leader’s credibility is established and maintained.
Setting Direction
This seminar is a deep dive into the most important thing that leaders do – set direction for their organization. It begins by clarifying the meaning of direction and the role of formal planning processes. The challenges of seeing things for what they are, shifting realities, and the limitation of language are explored. Tools are provided for interrogating reality on an ongoing basis. Is there reality or just perceptions? The power of intuition is harnessed. Understanding the dynamics of internal and external environments is explained. Risks are assessed and tools are provided for proactive management. The essential task of setting priorities and pace for the organization is described. The module ends with how a leader’s manage spin.
Building High-Performing Teams
Successful teams are built; they do not materialize on their own. This seminar lays out the building blocks of high-performing teams and defines in the role of the leader in team building. The concept of a team is explored. The power of a future-orientation is explained and tools are providing for creating this future for the team. Attendees learn to understand themselves as a way of understanding others and building a diversity of strengths into the team. Techniques are explained and practiced for nurturing a group along a journey from being polite strangers, to fighting for power, and to ultimately operating at a high level of esprit.
Stewarding Organization Structure
There are common beliefs about organization structure as a change lever that have crippled companies when used ineptly. This one-day seminar teaches the participants the vital role of structure in shaping the culture of a company. Leaders learn when to use large-scale restructurings vs. more subtle tweaks to implement strategy. Important considerations for leaders are explored for four structural models: functional, business unit, matrix, and temporary.
Leadership Conversations
Conversation creates the collective intelligence in an organization and it turns any structure into a living network. It is the workhorse of an organization. This two-day seminar teaches the critical skills required for creating and sustaining a viable future for a company by being verbally involved in it. How do leaders have “real” conversations? Do they show up as authentic and wholehearted? Are they trusted? These questions are answered and skills are learned and practiced. Listening is improved through a heightened awareness of the leader’s self-story and its tendency to filter our worlds. Attendees learn how to shift their self-story to a new or emerging reality. The seminar ends with practice exercises on providing context, imbuing passion, and confrontations.
Managing Performance
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Coaching and Support
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Capturing Opportunities
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Leading Through Transition
Your company just announced a major reorganization and you have been named to run a new team in a new business. Everyone is uncertain about their status. What do you do first? How do you get your new team up and running? How do you get a direction set? Everywhere you turn there is another problem. This seminar helps the leader successfully manage through a transition without any disruptions in business and no harm to people or the environment.