Workshops and training both provide an interactive approach to learning and applying new skills and knowledge. Knowing which one is needed makes all the difference! And sometimes both workshops and training are useful when addressing specific issues, needs or situations, such as a change initiative or getting the whole organization working together toward a common goal. The training usually comes first, so everyone has a grasp of the basics, and then the workshop to practice and ground the skills while doing real work.
These are some of the needs we most frequently hear:
- How can we get the whole organization working together toward a common goal?
- How do we successfully roll out our upcoming critical change initiative?
- How can we keep our strategic plan relevant and still clear enough that people know how to support it?
When workshops / When training?
- Training is appropriate when you want to learn new skills like how to delegate, or give redirecting feedback, or manage conflict better. It usually involves a trainer with specialized skills in the topic being covered.
- A Workshop is appropriate when you want to apply skills and knowledge to your workplace or situation in the session itself or apply theory or model in practical terms to your situation.
- (See Facilitation and Retreats)
Some powerful Workshops and Trainings
To meet your needs we offer the following workshops that can be offered “off the shelf” or customized to better address your specific requirements:
- Adaptive Work/Polarities or Managing Unsolvable Problems gives participants the skills to effectively handle many of the problems facing today’s organizations. These complex problems don’t have solutions (aka technical fixes), but are are ongoing dilemmas that need to be managed, which requires a certain set of leadership skills.
- Building Teams – A Systems Approach – Creating and maintaining effective teams has become more important, and more challenging, in our VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous) world. The challenges range from being engaged members of teams, to leading productive teams, to inspiring the organization to support those teams. Participants learn what quality is as applied to teamwork, and how to identify and correct teamwork problems.
- Managing Organizational Transitions or Riding the “Red Line” of Change prepares organizations to effectively lead change initiatives so they go smoothly from start to finish. We take William Bridges’ work on Transitions and place it in a VUCA context.
- The Organization Workshop helps create more powerful, productive and collaborative partnerships throughout an organization – up, down and across organizational lines – as well as with customers and suppliers. According to Barry Oshry, trust issues, silos and poor communication….
- Supervisory Basics is a highly experiential workshop that provides participants with the basic skills and knowledge to lead and manage people in this VUCA world.
About Cindy’s facilitation and delivery …
Cindy delivered the course brilliantly through engaging us which made the course interactive, enjoyable and highly valuable; interacts brilliantly with the team and keeps everyone involved; good at reading us; very effective, fabulous instructor; really engaged the class, helped us learn from each other; Cindy was very good, we should have more instructors like her; instructor’s excellent facilitation skills greatly increased the course’s value …
About Don’s facilitation and delivery …
Don was awesome, very qualified, shared his experience; way of presenting material was excellent; Thank you for making it interesting; great to see it done so professionally; wove everything together in a masterful way and brought it all to a cohesive, focused conclusion, making it compellingly relevant; positive; knowledgeable, well prepared, flexible in explaining things; great personality, great job keeping class on track; ability to relate everything to my real world …
More about Cindy …
… enthusiastic and thorough; resulted in an intimate setting, sharing by all; obviously very qualified; always willing to help; her attitude promoting conversation among participants was perfect; really professional; excellent at facilitating conversation; encouraged group to interact and share knowledge very effectively; outstanding, passionate, fun, insightful as well as demanding; honest and compassionate; offering insight, questions and help for the next challenge.
More about Don …
… excellent delivery style, able to relate to factory floor as well as our CEO; not flashy but willing to get into the trenches and do the work that very few consultants or trainers actually do; they truly work with me and my company, instead of trying to do it all themselves, their collaborative spirit ensures the best possible result; your ability to get the board members on the same page and then reach consensus was remarkable.