I offer customized sessions for business meetings, leadership development initiatives, project or strategic planning efforts, board or corporate retreats, as well as team building workshops leveraging a variety of strength-based tools and approaches.
My role as a facilitator is to understand, plan and manage the process - “how we are going to do the work” - so that the client and the group have the luxury of being 100% focused on the content - “what we are going to work on and what are our desired outcomes." A carefully-planned meeting combined with skillful facilitation can generate increased levels of interaction, dialogue, consensus and results. See my recent facilitation assignments.
Entrepreneurial skills in action
Whether you're an intrapreneur leading a team in a large organization or an entrepreneur managing your own company, these sessions are for anyone wanting to become more effective in dealing with the challenges and opportunities that life and work in the 21st Century present.
I offer fast-paced half-day or full-day workshops with interactive activities designed to exercise inventive thinking, explore the dynamics of communication and connection, and develop the entrepreneurial values of innovation, imagination, creativity, and emotional intelligence. Workshop content is modular, customizable and adaptable to match your specific requirements.
greytogreen: adaptability and managing complexity
Supports managers to lead, mobilize and motivate teams in a changing environment. greytogreen creates awareness around how attitude influences the working environment, enhances self-leadership, and explores how to keep an open mind during stressful situations.
Organizations use greytogreen to boost employee engagement, creativity, and productivity. It's based around two mutually reinforcing but independent one-day workshops - greytogreen CHOICES & RESULTS and greytogreen PURE MOTIVATION - and a series of complimentary modules and learning tools.
Leadership Agility and Team Engagement
To navigate the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world, where change comes fast, and unpredictability and complexity are all around us, agility has become the order of the day.
Leadership agility includes the ability to navigate pivotal conversations; to scan an environment and anticipate important changes; to engage with stakeholders in ways that lead to more alignment; to step back from your habitual assumptions and develop optimal solutions; to increase self-awareness and more fully align behavior with your values and aspirations. Learn how to “lead from the middle,” increase “self” and "other" awareness, and see how nonviolent communication and active listening play a role.
Building team engagement is also a challenge in the VUCA age. Successful teams today span multiple generations, cultures, and personal motivations; across time zones and communication modes; often within virtual environments.
When you understand the importance of aligning purpose and values when motivating and leading others, when you see cultivating connections to the vision and to one another as fundamental, you build environments where long-term commitment and engagement can thrive. Explore the roots of these team dynamics and the degrees of collaboration and communication needed for sustainable engagement.
REASONS TO HIRE ME
What makes me different?
I’m a polymath, a Renaissance person at heart. As someone with many interests and creative pursuits, I’m well-versed in multiple disciplines. Therefore my strength lies in my ability to synthesis ideas and concepts, combining two or more fields or perspectives - creating something new at the intersection.
I’m a rapid learner, making 360-degree observations and accessing data from various resources. I’ve been a beginner so many times that I’m not afraid to adapt and try something new - bringing all I’ve learned to every new pursuit, project and initiative.
I am an active listener
Active listening is listening with a purpose. I make a conscious effort to hear not only the words that someone is saying, but, more importantly, try to understand the complete message being sent.
I take a strength-based approach
Rather than focusing on “what's wrong,” I like to identify the positive resources and abilities that people and systems have and build future plans on that foundation.
People have more confidence and comfort to journey into the unknown when they are invited to start with what they already know.
I am a systems thinker
Systems thinking is about making connections - shifting the focus from the parts of a system to addressing the whole, from objects and assets of the organization to it's internal and external relationships, and from structure to processes.
My "professional self" is present
By having the ability to remain “un-phased” and effective in working with conflict, tension and anxiety; staying “ego-free”; and maintaining professional separation and boundaries, I can remain focused on your needs.
I encourage "deeper" conversations
It's important to be able to identify and challenge the basic presuppositions which may have driven your actions and/or decisions. If you remain involved in the same self-conversations, you can't expect new interpretations or different outcomes.
I am committed and reliable
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Searching for an interactive workshop to help you reconnect with your strengths and put them back to work for you? Interested in how coaching can help you develop not just quantitative capabilities but also people-oriented skills? Looking for a facilitator to support you in achieving your organizational goals? Want to build on your language skills? Then let's talk!
BUSINESS SENSE TRAINING - facilitation, leadership and business skills training
Developmental coaching enables individuals and teams to uncover abilities that might otherwise go untapped. These one-on-one or group sessions support the creation of new ways of thinking, feeling, acting, learning, leading, and relating to others. I offer a number of coaching services including:
Transition Coaching - support the development of change management and communications strategies to ensure both staff and the organization remain productive in the face of planned or unplanned change events.
Life/Career Coaching - identify what you want and need, encourage proactive decision making and actions to accomplish these objectives in balance with the other parts of your life.
Targeted Behavioral Coaching - inspire individuals to uncover and examine entrenched patterns or habits, then learn new, more effective ways to work and interact with others, as well as remove personal roadblocks.
Competency Development - support executives and managers to see themselves more as a leader and to develop better skills in areas such as influence, conflict management, defining roles and responsibilities, setting direction, giving feedback, motivating subordinates, etc.
Each coaching partnership is supported by a pre-defined agreement to establish learning goals, clarify roles, prevent misunderstandings, and ensure productive outcomes.
The Seasoned Self - Conversation Salon + 1-day workshops
Seasoned (mature and experienced), to season (add spice to enhance) and the seasons (distinct periods and rhythms during the year) expresses in one word the multifacted journey we take - through our life's "seasons" - to develop our capacity for wholeness, to examine where we are and where we want to be, to find balance in community, and to take purposeful action.
Join "The Seasoned Self" Conversation Salons for dynamic discussions and/or the one-day workshops for in-depth exploration. With an integrated multi-sensory approach - combining East and West - we'll explore where our life force, our body and mind, our emotions and spirit meet.
Business skills training
As an instructor for Quai d’Orsay Language Center I support individuals and teams in developing a broad range of up-to-date business and language skills that enable them to succeed in international business environments.
• Project Management - The Process and the People
• Managing Meetings and Conference Calls
• Creating and Presenting your CV
• Enhancing your Business Communications: Verbal and Written
• Executive Presentation Skills
Workshops can be tailored for specific needs and delivered as 1/2 day, 1-day or multiple-day sessions. One-to-one language coaching sessions are custom-designed to strengthen grammar skills and vocabulary use related to specific fields.