At times, we may feel leadership is like navigating rough waters, while at other times, it’s smooth sailing. What if we were better equipped to allow people the space to develop the skills they need to be more successful?
This Autumn 2020, we present this workshop series for leaders looking to develop progressive qualities at work in themselves and their teams that drive productivity, performance and enjoyment.
That’s the goal of this series. It is invite-only or via short application below.
Who is the series for?
It is specifically designed for senior leaders in organisations – C-Suite, HR Directors or other leaders at a senior, executive level. It is for those keen to learn and connect with like-minded professionals in a confidential and intimate setting and work on themselves and how we lead others.
What is the format?
Each interactive workshop is on a Friday 9-11am, for 2 hours, with a 5 min break. We will host you live on Zoom, where you’ll take part in the central group space as well as the opportunity to work in breakout rooms in pairs or small groups. This enables us to digest our learning and have high-quality conversations with those in a similar position.
What is the delivery style?
We facilitate. We keep all our workshops fully interactive; you won’t be bored with us! We will ask you to listen for short periods around cutting edge theory and leadership trends as well as research. You’ll then work in pairs or small groups to embed the learning practically. You’ll have your own actions to take away so you can implement the learning right away.
What are the costs?
All workshops are £75 early bird or £95 full price (dates below).
The workshops build on each other but are accessible individually if preferred.
The reduced cost for booking the full series is £325 (early bird until Thursday 3rd September) or £425 thereafter (a full series can be shared between max two colleagues).
How do I secure a space for me or leaders within my team?
Please fill in the short application below and we’ll be in touch within 48 hours to confirm your place with an accompanying invoice.
We look forward to welcoming you.
The Power of Listening
Friday 11th September, 9-11am
Enhancing our listening is a hugely powerful practice when seeking to draw out the best in our employees. It helps us unlock answers and wider potential.
But through our own busyness, biases or judgement, it’s often not what we’re doing effectively. We’re often misunderstanding or misreading situations, which is hugely costly.
‘Most people listen with the intent to reply, not the intent to understand.’
~ Stephen Covey
This workshop will equip you with the evidence for deepening our listening. It will also introduce you to models and practices through which we can engage and develop this ‘muscle’ of our experience more fully—both in a one to one environment and through a wider culture of listening for greater connection and effectiveness at work.
The Power of Psychological Safety
Friday 25th September, 9-11am
Levels of Psychological Safety play a vital role to an organisation’s success. As a world leading tech company, Google are amongst the biggest advocates of the practice, having done extensive research into the impact on workplace performance.
‘Psychological Safety is a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking.’
~ Amy Edmonson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School
In this workshop, we will explore the theory and practice of Psychological Safety. How do we create environments that allow us to feel safe at work? How do we allow people to be themselves, to bring their ideas, concerns, thinking, and to speak up about their own and other people’s mistakes? What’s the impact of all this on personal development, those around us as well as the bottom line?
We will explore what gets in the way, what helps, and the role of leaders in creating and co-creating teams where Psychological Safety levels are increased as teams evolve.
The Power of Culture
Friday 2nd October, 9-11am
Culture is built or eroded every day, with every interaction, every email, every policy. It’s fragile and must be cared for and monitored. If looked after, it will deliver competitive advantage like you’ve never seen before.
With the changing motivators of today’s workforce and increased uncertainty, we need to understand and adapt to meet the needs of our employees.
“The first question great organisations must answer is: what separates us from the competition in the marketplace? The next question is: What holds us together as colleagues in the workplace?”
~ Bill Taylor, Co- Founder + Founding Editor, Fast Company
This workshop will explore the power of purpose in attracting and keeping talent, the impact of creating a values-aligned employee experience on employee engagement and productivity. We will consider how you can start to evolve these so they are more meaningful and effective for your organisation and its employees.
The Power of Difficult Conversations
Friday 16th October, 9-11am
Lots of things go unsaid at work. We don’t want to rock the boat, hurt someone’s feelings or perhaps they are just sometimes plain difficult to challenge, so we hold back.
But what do we bring to this and how can we help them evolve?
“Make sure that you are seeing each person on your team with fresh eyes every day. People evolve, and so your relationships must evolve with them. Care personally; don’t put people in boxes and leave them there.”
~ Kim Scott, Former Senior Exec Google and Apple.
Once we’ve got our intentions in place, we can build the capacity to offer direct feedback with care and support. Expect a workshop that explores this theme as well as allows us to discuss and practice practical ways to handle the difficult at work.
The Power of Play at Work
Friday 6th November, 9-11am
Using play as a way of influencing people’s behavior is incredibly powerful. It gets ‘the thinking’ out of people’s brains and into their hands, ready for positive intent. For example, since the 1990s, Lego has been developed in ‘serious play’ as a tool for individual, team and organisational development.
‘It’s play that helps us do serious things better.’
~ Jake Orlowitz, Founder, The Wikipedia Library
In this workshop, you will learn how to create play on the spot, understand the key to making play relevant and useful to create the outline of your very own made-up game for use at work.
Expect a fun and (of course) playful workshop—with serious impact.
Head of Global Content, WIDEN
“Having the opportunity to learn in a group setting and share experiences while focusing on a common objective, leadership, made all the difference and opened up the practice for other areas of my life as well. Plus, Ruth is amazing and provides such a supportive, welcoming environment.”
Technical Team Manager, Neil Taylor Insolvency
“This course helped me see that in order to be an effective leader you need to create space for people to be truly heard and has given me tools to face and manage difficult situations with curiosity and compassion.”
Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Charlotte Sweeney Associates
“Ruth’s extensive knowledge and experience are apparent from the word go. She’s highly skilled at creating a safe space for discussion, progression and reflection for the delegates. The course builds up your experience gradually and comfortably and by the end, I left feeling I had a toolkit that would equip me to continue.”
Entrepreneur, Community Manager, Tabar
“The course was a really positive experience. Particularly as I consider myself a person ‘not suited’ to mindfulness/ self-awareness. It’s left me feeling like I have invaluable tools and connections with people.”