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Leadership

Leadership Training

We help leaders focus on critical thinking, communication and facilitation skills. The goal is to educate, train, and coach leaders to take advantage of their full potential. Leaders move on from these experiences and are able to develop a culture of engagement, innovation and productivity within their teams. 

Critically Creative Thinking

Critically Creative Thinking: Generating Ideas, Problem Solutions and Looking at Them Differently


Seminar Target Audience: 

Leaders at all Levels


Seminar Outcomes:

This Critically Creative Thinking Course will:

  • Explain how Critical and Creative Thinking work together
  • Introduce dozens of Critically Creative Thinking Tools
  • Explore the Osborne-Parnes problem-solving method
  • Develop better thinkers and problem solvers

Seminar Overview:


The more ways individuals and organizations understand to how solve problems and accomplish tasks the better. We can agree on that, but how do we know we are looking at things correctly or working towards the correct set of goals. This hands on Critically Creative Thinking seminar outlines the processes and tools for determining how to ask the right questions and solve the right problems. This is done by exploring a wide range of techniques for generating many solutions to organizational problems.  This seminar is tailorable to an organization's current workplace issues and problem sets.


At the conclusion of the Seminar:


Participants should be able to:


  • Discuss options for Critically Creative Thinking solutions to problems
  • Recognize left- and right- brain thinking and the value of each
  • Demonstrate multiple Critically Creative Thinking methodologies

Seminar Outline:


1. Critically Creative Thinking: What It Is and Why It Matters


The first step in improving decision making is understanding value of Critically Creative Thinking and how it differs from other types of problem solving. In this discussion, attendees will explore six Critically Creative Thinking skills: Clarifying the Concern, Evaluate Information, Implications, Point of View, Assumptions and Inferences.

 

2. Left of Right Brain: Your Preferred Approach:


This portion of the seminar introduces the concepts of left and right brain thinking and its influence on decision making. Attendees will discover the how the right and left brain thinking differs and understand their preferred approach to thinking.


3. Getting yourself and organization out the box:


In this portion of the seminar attendees will challenge assumptions, dismiss organizational myths, and bring the status quo into questions with better Critically Creative Thinking processes for better problem solving: mind mapping, seven factor analysis, and brainstorming. This is the part of the seminar attendees' work to tackle current organizational problems using a variety of methods. 


4. The Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem-Solving Method:


During this portion of the seminar attendees go beyond basic Critically Creative Thinking and focus on a process to solve organizational problems using a six step method: Objective Finding, Fact Finding, Problem Finding, Idea Finding, Solution Finding and Acceptance Finding. When this method is used, organizations can reduce the time to develop innovative and solid solutions to organizational problems.


5. That is the way it has always been done: How to get people to look past how it is done today:


Negative attitudes are the most difficult challenge facing organizational change. The seminar concludes with learn how to generate buy-in and generate a culture of positive change within the organization. 

Science and Art of Facilitation

The Science and Art of Facilitation: Getting the most from Organizational Discussions


Seminar Target Audience:

Leaders at all Levels


Seminar Outcomes:

This Science and Art of Facilitation Seminar will: 

  • Explain how facilitation differs from presenting and what it is
  • Develop the ability to recognize individual communication skills
  • Expand skills and methods to manage conversations for consensus
  • Develop the ability to manage group dynamics

Seminar Overview:


This Seminar provides participants with skills and group techniques that separate great facilitators from good ones. With a focus on critical skills, such as consensus building, keeping the group focused, generating energy, managing dysfunction, and gaining agreement. This done using practical methodology for immediate application. We use high energy instructors, interactive exercises and practical exercises to empower leaders with the skills needed to facilitate organizational success at all levels. 


At the conclusion of the Seminar:


Participants should be able to:


  • Explain the value of facilitation to them as leaders
  • Understand how to manage different types of audiences
  • Strategize how to how to use group dynamics and motivations
  • Handle disruptive personalities within a group

Seminar Outline:


1. Observation: The Secret Sauce of Facilitation


The section outlines the critical steps in facilitation: an appropriate environment, clear agenda and objectives, efficient use of time, and powerful ending. Attendees learn that successful facilitators project trustworthiness and neutrality while focusing the discussion. They will develop an understanding of the difference between training, public speaking and facilitation.


2. Hearing What is Going On: Evaluation of the Group


Attendees will discover their preferred communication style. How they adapt to other styles and the tools for accommodating different communication styles.


3. Moving the Group Forward: How to bring Life back to the Group


Group dynamics and motivations can vary during a facilitation. During this part of the seminar, the attendees are practice methods for building trust, engaging or re-engaging teams, and refocusing a stalled group.


4. Herding the Cats: Managing the Personalities within the Group


People are the greatest threat to a facilitated outcome. They interrupt, are negative, physically and mentally leave or overpower the discussion. Those behaviors make facilitation hard. This part of the seminar uses case studies to help participants develop strategies and tools to deal with the most common threats to facilitation.


5. Making the Facilitation Right: Different Objectives all for different ways of Facilitation


Depending on the objective of the facilitation, the style and methodologies used are important for success. With an overview of the different kinds of and facilitation and special considerations while leading the discussion the Seminar will look at Strategic Planning, Vision Setting, Brainstorming and Consensus Decision Making.