Leadership and Team Development Programs

Short Courses

 

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Leading with Designer’s Mindset

Design Thinking is a lot more than a process.  Many organizations seek to implement design thinking into their organization, but it is ultimately not the process that will provide tremendous benefits, it is the mindset.

Narrative Intelligence for Organizational Change

Do you know your organization’s story?  If you want to change the story, you must fully understand the story currently being lived along with the stories of the past before you can write the story of the future.

Transforming Team Meetings

We assume learning is happening on teams, but our course helps leaders and teams transform their meetings into team learning sessions so that they can thrive and perform at new levels.

Team Well-Being

Why is the psychological well-being of your team important? Increased engagement, reduction in job-related stress, healthier work-life integration, and job satisfaction are all indicators of a team member's level of well-being.

Navigating Ambiguity and Complexity on Teams

Ambiguity and complexity are now a critical part of most work, but we often assume that we know how to navigate it effectively. What are you doing to develop those skills?

Security Before Safety

What comes before Psychological Safety? Teams with psychological safety have been shown to perform better and experience more well-being, but what do you need to do as a leader or team member for psychological safety to emerge?

Vision First, Culture Always ® Leadership Development Program

 

Vision First, Culture Always® Leadership Development Program

This leadership development program focuses on navigating the tensions between strategy, people, environment, and learning.  The best leaders can push their teams toward the vision while creating a culture that allows each team member to be at their best.  Come refine your skills so you can unleash your full capabilities as a leader.

The Competitive Advantage of Thriving Teams

We often get asked, “What is a thriving team, and why does it matter?” That is a great question. We will go into detail below but think about it this way – If your teams are thriving at work, that is a competitive business advantage.

First, let’s look at what we mean by a thriving team. Based on our experience and research, we describe a thriving team as a team embracing the state of becoming as the team learns, pushes, and gains momentum towards the vision they are trying to achieve. They know they are supported by the organization they belong to and feel psychologically secure and safe despite the uncertainty of the environment in which they operate. They compassionately challenge each other to push their limits.

Businesses and other organizations that value their people and see them as a competitive advantage work with us because they deliberately choose to invest in developing their teams to thrive.

The sketch below captures visually what a Thriving Team is all about.

So why is thriving important?

As more work in organizations becomes team-based, the importance of team performance has become increasingly more critical, specifically in the ability of a workgroup or team to learn, adapt, and innovate rapidly. Team learning requires a secure environment where it is safe to share ideas, challenge fellow team members, and experiment knowing that it could fail. And when the team fails, they learn and pivot, iterating toward a better solution.

The positive, energized feeling of being alive and connected to others is necessary to improving performance by applying what has been learned and know that it is valued by their fellow team members and the organization. Here are four ways that Thriving Teams will add value to your organization:

  1. Thriving Teams are secure enough to take intelligent risks, learn, and iterate as they push towards achieving the vision of the business.
  2. Thriving Teams positively embrace the highly dynamic and competitive environment where stability can be viewed as a threat, and constant change is the normal state of business.
  3. Thriving Teams have conflict, but it is productive and leads to better outcomes. Thriving Teams do not have enduring unhealthy conflicts that impact the team as performance and productivity go into a death spiral.
  4. Thriving Teams consistently achieve the goals they set for themselves as they learn and move forward together.

Businesses strive to hire the best and brightest talent to work on their teams. But intelligent people by themselves do not give a company a competitive advantage. How they work and learn on teams and how the business invests in their development will provide an organization a competitive edge.

Our research shows that organizations who choose to develop this competitive edge at the core of their strategy will have teams that are always going, always learning, and always ready. When teams are thriving, they are doing more than just surviving and will reduce human resource costs such as absence rate and turnover.  In contrast, the return on investment on human capital will increase. 

Are you ready to embrace this competitive advantage?

Creating environments where teams can thrive provides organizations advantages in employee engagement, employee retention, productivity, performance, innovation, and others. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your teams thrive in your workplace.

 

 

 

Thriving Teams™ Certifications

 

Art and Science of Thriving

The art and science of thriving are critical for all leaders to understand.  When you design for individual and team thriving, your team becomes unstoppable.  We look at thriving through a business and psychology lens so that you can quickly apply what you learn to your work.

Team Learning

By developing your leaders and teams to lead the learning in your organization, you create the path to excellence. Learning is a competitive advantage. Give your leaders the tools to capitalize on that advantage in your organization.

Team as Secure Base

How do our attachment systems influence the work environment?  This certification program dives deep into attachment theory and the concept of psychological safety, so leaders and team members can design better work environments.

The Competitive Advantage of Thriving Teams

We often get asked, “What is a thriving team, and why does it matter?” That is a great question. We will go into detail below but think about it this way – If your teams are thriving at work, that is a competitive business advantage.

First, let’s look at what we mean by a thriving team. Based on our experience and research, we describe a thriving team as a team embracing the state of becoming as the team learns, pushes, and gains momentum towards the vision they are trying to achieve. They know they are supported by the organization they belong to and feel psychologically secure and safe despite the uncertainty of the environment in which they operate. They compassionately challenge each other to push their limits.

Businesses and other organizations that value their people and see them as a competitive advantage work with us because they deliberately choose to invest in developing their teams to thrive.

The sketch below captures visually what a Thriving Team is all about.

So why is thriving important?

As more work in organizations becomes team-based, the importance of team performance has become increasingly more critical, specifically in the ability of a workgroup or team to learn, adapt, and innovate rapidly. Team learning requires a secure environment where it is safe to share ideas, challenge fellow team members, and experiment knowing that it could fail. And when the team fails, they learn and pivot, iterating toward a better solution.

The positive, energized feeling of being alive and connected to others is necessary to improving performance by applying what has been learned and know that it is valued by their fellow team members and the organization. Here are four ways that Thriving Teams will add value to your organization:

  1. Thriving Teams are secure enough to take intelligent risks, learn, and iterate as they push towards achieving the vision of the business.
  2. Thriving Teams positively embrace the highly dynamic and competitive environment where stability can be viewed as a threat, and constant change is the normal state of business.
  3. Thriving Teams have conflict, but it is productive and leads to better outcomes. Thriving Teams do not have enduring unhealthy conflicts that impact the team as performance and productivity go into a death spiral.
  4. Thriving Teams consistently achieve the goals they set for themselves as they learn and move forward together.

Businesses strive to hire the best and brightest talent to work on their teams. But intelligent people by themselves do not give a company a competitive advantage. How they work and learn on teams and how the business invests in their development will provide an organization a competitive edge.

Our research shows that organizations who choose to develop this competitive edge at the core of their strategy will have teams that are always going, always learning, and always ready. When teams are thriving, they are doing more than just surviving and will reduce human resource costs such as absence rate and turnover.  In contrast, the return on investment on human capital will increase. 

Are you ready to embrace this competitive advantage?

Creating environments where teams can thrive provides organizations advantages in employee engagement, employee retention, productivity, performance, innovation, and others. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your teams thrive in your workplace.

 

 

 

Executive/Senior Leadership Team Learning Experiences

 

Executive Team Learning Simulations

Is your team ready for the curveballs or disruptions to business that could surface at any time?  These simulations replicate the emotional and intellectual intensity you might experience during a cyber-attack or other scenarios, so your team more effectively trains for the real thing.  We help you do your best thinking during these stressful scenarios, so your team can thrive in any condition.

Vision First, Culture Always® Strategic Planning

What has to be true to achieve your strategic objectives?  We use our design-based methods to help your team build trust amongst your team as you integrate your diverse knowledge into a compelling vision for your organization.  Your team will leave with the clarity of and commitment to the strategy so that it becomes more than just a document.  Playing with Legos® will have a whole new meaning after this experience.