The One Day Leadership Tune Up
In this one day event Executives will have an opportunity re energize themselves by stepping out of the work environment and reconnecting to who they are as a leader, what they stand for, their fundamental strengths and how they can leverage these to meet current challenges. We will also practice leadership agility through 2 coaching practices that expand our thinking and repertoire for taking action.
The Strengthsfinder Workshop
A core aim of almost any learning program is to help us become who we are not. In other words, we devote more time to identifying gaps in our knowledge and skills and to our shortcomings than we do to our strengths. Unfortunately, this is taking the path of most resistance.
According to extensive research by the Gallup organization each of us has a greater potential for success if we focus on building on who they already are. A recent Gallop survey of 10 million people worldwide shows that people are more engaged when they focus on what they do best – on their strengths. In our increasingly talent-driven society, we need to know and develop our strengths to figure out where we fit in.
The Strengthsfinder Workshop introduces participants to the Strengthsfinder tool kit which consists of:
- Strengthsfinder 2.0, a book written by Tom Rath which describes the 34 most common strengths
- An on line assessment questionnaire which identifies your top five strengths
- A customized report outlining your top five strengths
- Ideas for Action based on best practice suggestions for each of your top strengths
The overall purpose of the workshop is help individuals and teams build on their talents and the talents of those around them. Specifically the workshop assists groups in:
- Understanding their strengths and those of others on the team
- Identifying ways to further develop individual skills in areas of strength
- Exploring how to further leverage these strengths as a team
Workshop duration: half day
Coaching Skills for Leaders
Session Description: The session begins with a demonstration and discussion of the key learning partnerships (mentoring, coaching, on the job training and counselling). Focus is on how they are similar but different. Following this, the fundamentals of the coaching approach are presented. This discussion is followed by exercises on the coaching mind set. These exercises focus on tuning up your listening and asking powerful questions. The session ends with practice using coaching tools to better diagnose the problem and move people from being stuck to being in action.
Learning Objectives: Understand how coaching fits into the suite of learning partnerships and its unique value added; practice establishing a coaching mindset before working with someone; practice using a key coaching tool to help people move through obstacles and challenges.
Workshop duration: half day
Coaching for Performance
Session Description: The session begins with a discussion of the fundamentals of the coaching approach to change and how it fits into other learning activities designed to support learning and development. This discussion is followed by a demonstration of coaching illustrating key coaching skills and the structure of a coaching conversation. Following this, the group participates in an exercise on the coaching mind set and how to prepare to coach. From there, the group participates in a number of coaching exercises focused on moving from giving feedback to generating new action and behaviors. The final exercise supports participants in using the group to identify an action they could take to improve their skills in conducting developmental discussions with others.
Learning Objectives: Understand how coaching fits into a suite of other learning partnerships and its unique value added; practice establishing a coaching mindset before working with someone; practice using coaching tools to give feedback and develop skills and when helping people move through obstacles and challenges.
Workshop duration: one day
Coaching and the Enneagram
The Coaching and the Enneagram program is offered in three parts. Each of the three parts includes extensive practice applying elements of the Enneagram model to coaching volunteer clients. This is not a workshop teaching the Enneagram and then hoping that coaches will find the links back to their coaching practice. Instead each of the three parts of the program covers 3 to 4 facets of the Enneagram followed by immediately applying them to real coaching topics and coaches.
Participants will learn for example the key developmental topic for each type, how to recognize these in topics clients bring for coaching and how to use the awareness of this topic to create momentum in your coaching sessions, and position the presenting topic within the appropriate level of complexity and meaning.
Part 1 concentrates on introducing the nine types, the 3 centres, and type dynamics. Part 2 focuses on imbalances in the centres, the role of instincts, and the inner critic for each type. Part 3 provides a series of somatic exercises designed to awaken the energy of each type in each of us.
Workshop duration: one and a half days each for Part 1 and 2, 1 day for Part 3.
Certificate Program in Facilitating and Coaching Action Learning Groups
This program is designed for those who wish to lead group coaching/Action Learning groups.
The program covers the basic process and provides practice leading a volunteer group. Participants will follow an evaluation process leading to certification based on a set of 22 competencies.
Workshop duration: one day in class sessions and 4 half days meeting with an Action Learning Group.