Trainings that Cultivate Curiosity
Curiosity is a practice and our leadership development programs are designed to cultivate this practice. Each of the presentations / workshops listed on this page are opportunities to develop curiosity in ways that are essential for success in leadership. Any of the topics can be introduced in a brief presentation of 1 – 2 hours, developed more extensively in a half day or full day presentation, or expanded into a training for long-term impact when combined with a 3-month Community of Practice experience (see below).
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Roughly 11 – 35 million meetings take place every day in the United States, and the estimated lost productivity that results from ineffective meetings costs organizations anywhere from $35-70 billion each year. While the primary reason to call a meeting is to get people on the same page, it is quite common for people to arrive late or no show, check e-mail or take phone calls throughout, sit in silence and wait out the clock, or argue and lead the discussion far off the agenda. In the end, only about 50% of people report leaving meetings without a clear idea of what they need to do next. There is both an art and a science to leading meetings that people want to attend and feel are productive. This workshop is for anyone (and everyone) who leads meetings on a regular basis and wants to know how to plan and facilitate engaging, productive meetings that people are grateful to have attended.
Effective teamwork and collaboration are essential in organizations. Teamwork and collaboration can improve morale, the quality and creativity of the output, accountability, and professional growth. However, effective collaboration and teamwork do not just happen because you put a group of people in a room together. In fact, a group of people working together without the appropriate structure and tools can, and often does, result in the exact opposite of the desired results. In this workshop, designed for supervisors and team leaders, you will experience the structure and experiment with the tools that are necessary to optimize teams in the workplace. (Note: This is a communication workshop, not a technology workshop. The principles and tools can be aligned with any technology platform in use in your organization.)
According to HBR, the “most powerfully motivating condition people experience at work is making progress at something meaningful.” Coaching conversations is the most effective way to achieve this and it is “the single most important managerial competency that separates highly effective managers from average ones….You can’t be a great manager if you are not a good coach.” HBR, 2014. Despite the widespread and generic use of the term ‘coaching,’ the skills involved in holding coaching conversations are specific and specialized. The good news is that they are also transferable! This workshop is highly interactive and covers the four key skills necessary for creating high impact coaching conversations. It is designed for anyone and everyone who supervises and is responsible for the growth and development of other professionals.
When asked in a PwC 2015 Survey to name the one attribute CEOs will need most to succeed, Michael Dell (and many others) replied, “I would place my bet on curiosity.” This is the era of the Curious Leader where success is not about having all the answers, but about continuously wondering and questioning. Curiosity is essential both for driving innovation and growth as well as for effectively leading people. While this sounds simple (after all, we were all 5 years old and curious at some point!), this is not the paradigm at work in most organizations. Typically, leaders have risen through the ranks by providing fixes and solutions and feel as though they need to ‘have the answers’ to demonstrate value. Being curious and accepting a stance of not knowing can feel uncomfortable and risky. In this workshop, leaders will re-activate their Curiosity and learn how to effectively apply it for strategy development, people development, and personal development. (Each participant will also receive a deck of Lead with the Courage to be Curious cards.)
The most effective way to ensure learning and integration of the skills presented in any of the workshops is to complement the workshop experience with 3 months of Community of Practice. Workshops are a means of introducing new ideas. In order for them to become integrated into practice, they must be rehearsed and there must be opportunity for exploration, feedback and refinement. Community of Practice is a 3-month intensive small-group coaching model that enables leaders to complete this integration process. To maximize effectiveness, it is highly recommended to supplement your workshop investment with a 3-month Community of Practiceexperience.
With vast expertise in the area of curriculum and program design, we have the capacity to design custom trainings and longer-term leadership development programs to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss your interests and vision.