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In-demand skills for the modern world of work

We help our partners' teams to build in-demand skills for the world of work today. Topics are explored through a blend of live experiences (virtual and in-person) and on-demand resources, which can be accessed among peers in our open programme or delivered directly to teams of any size, anywhere. Popular topics across key themes are outlined below, with session plans and resource samples available on request. Drop us a line to learn more.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Building better belonging in distributed teams

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Calling out and calling in

If you've observed some less than inclusive or inappropriate behaviour in your team, how can you most appropriately raise it, avoid that ‘I wish I’d said something’ feeling, or avoid getting into a confrontation?

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Conscious inclusion

Awareness of implicit biases is important, as is intentionally equipping ourselves with ways to interrupt and overcome them when they occur.

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Neurodiversity awareness

We all think differently, and by raising awareness of each others' thinking styles we create more inclusive workplaces; where strengths are played to, and innovation is enabled.

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Understanding micro-moments

Microaggressions and microaffirmations come in many forms, intentional or otherwise. These small pieces of communication can make a big impact, so how do we get wise to them?

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Inclusive onboarding

Intentional, inclusive onboarding makes future colleagues feel part of something well before their first day 'in the office,' and in the distributed, post-Covid world of work, the stage is set for motivating approaches.

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Perspectives on privilege

Privilege can be difficult to admit experiencing, but when we understand the nuance our own, and how to use it for good, we take steps purposeful towards positive allyship.

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Unravelling unconscious bias

We all have built-in biases which have historically helped our decision making. It's when they begin to unfairly impact others that problems arise, and so arming ourselves with tools for taking control is vital.


Personal effectiveness

Don't call them soft skills, they're super-powers!

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Owning feedback

By continually refining our relationship with the ways we give and receive feedback, we'll enjoy more purposeful and productive relationships and foster cultures of performance.

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Difficult conversations

With the right mindsets and techniques to hand, conversations we all too easily put off can become positive and transformative learning experiences, with our relationships enhanced in the process.

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How to decide

In today's fast-moving and ambiguous world of work, it's no surprise that we often feel pressured and unfocussed: hardly the best context for making good decisions. There are lots of proven approaches to explore.

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Influencing IRL

If you know you deserve to be heard, and want to make a difference, actively working on your influencing skills is important. Practical approaches will create immediate impact in all directions.

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Are you listening?

Exploring and practicing proven methods for levelling up your listening skills, and deeply appreciating the benefits they'll bring to all kinds of relationships.

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Vocal confidence

​We can all benefit from a stronger and more confident voice, and there are accessible and actionable methods for developing one and applying it in-person or when communicating virtually.

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Micro-habits

By overlooking the power of habits in working towards our goals, we set ourselves up to fail. When we embrace habits, we change our behaviours for the better.

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Natural networking

Exploring the principles and practices that can help us to positively forge new connections and help others to do the same. Let's reframe the notion of networking from painful cliché to purposeful endeavour.

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Facilitating groups and meetings

Mastering the art of running creative and engaging meetings, groups and any kind of gathering — injecting them with energy, purpose and ensuring equal participation.

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Navigating negotiation

By mastering the art of the negotiation, we can positively pull others towards our point of view, and work towards mutually valuable 'win-win,' outcomes.

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Presence and gravitas

There are simple and actionable ways to boost our sense of authority, presence and gravitas at work: by mastering them, we can quickly boost our impact.

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Managing up

Refining and combining our skills of empathy, listening and questioning will enable us to intentionally influence relationships with those more senior.

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Meaningful mentoring

With the right methods and mindsets in effect, mentoring relationships bring transformative and mutually valuable development to all involved.

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Delegation, done

Master the art of successful delegation; arm yourself with proven tools and techniques, an awareness of your mental blockers and an action plan for shortening your to-do list.

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Asking better questions

We'll draw from the behaviours of coaches, pilots and hostage negotiators; crafting compelling questions that transform the way we communicate and move us forward in all kinds of relationships.

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The coach approach

A coaching mindset, with the listening and questioning approaches that accompany it, will transform and enrich the relationships that matter the most to us.

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Purposeful presenting

Good presenting is really about 'being ourselves with skill', and consciously approaching any kind of presentation with practical frameworks and savvy tools to hand.

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Making time

We can reboot our relationship with time itself by rethinking the link between time and energy, and feeling more in control of what's ultimately finite.

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Charm school

We'll deconstruct the notion of charm, unpack the behaviours of those that possess it, and learn ways we can effectively dial up our own charm quotient.

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Asserting yourself

Exploring the notion of assertiveness, learning how to be more actively assertive and recognising (and removing) what's currently getting in the way.

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Building confidence

An often elusive feeling, confidence is something we can all learn, practice and intentionally improve. We'll demystify the idea of confidence and pursue practices for getting more of it.

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Constructive conflict

While it's not something we'd actively seek out, conflict is something that can lead to positive change and purposeful outcomes when framed, and approached, in the right way

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A brand called You

Examining the notion of a personal brand, and working through a proven process to identify and define one for ourselves that can be flexed for real and satisfying outcomes.

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Tools for trust

Starting with the intriguing 'Trust Equation' we'll practically explore how the levers of credibility, reliability, intimacy and self-orientation can help us enrich the relationships that matter the most.

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The art of saying no (and how to say yes)

We'll discover how a purposeful, considered 'no' can be deployed to protect our precious time and enrich important relationships, as well as identifying which opportunities merit an emphatic 'yes!'

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Writing Well

In these hybrid working times, the emphasis on being clear in our written communication is greater than ever. Whether writing an all team Slack update or advising a nervous client on the best way forward, the words we choose to use will greatly impact the change we can effect.


The modern managerial mode

Timely tools for leading teams in 2021

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Leadership styles

Drawing on Daniel Goleman's six classic archetypes, you'll understand your natural strengths, and when and where to flex them.

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Leading with purpose

An often misunderstood idea: a practical appreciation of purpose is a powerful part of the leadership toolkit. From big visions to small actions, when we correctly connect the 'what' to the 'why', minds are motivated to move.

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Managing remote teams

In the increasingly hybrid world of work, managers equipped to build belonging and support the differing needs of distributed team members will enjoy better personal and collective wellbeing and performance.

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Inclusive and purposeful 1-1s

Human-centred 1-1s, adapted to the individual styles of team members and run to a regular cadence, result in confident, motivated and socially connected people ready to do their best work. Our tried and tested techniques are helping hundreds of managers to have even better conversations around the world.

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Career conversations

Team members are driven to advance, learn and grow rather than stay still, and will have varying career goals: a promotion, a qualification, an entrepreneurial dream. Intentional conversational styles can help managers get keyed into those goals for mutual benefit.

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Minimum viable change

Exploring how we lead for change, and how valuable, 'test and learn' mindsets are for cultural and team change, just as they are for product innovation — and how so much more is within our control than we may think.

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The Coaching mindset

Supersizing our skills in empathetic listening and curious questioning to enhance performance in all directions. A coaching mindset helps our team members build the autonomy to resolve their own problems, and feel more energised in their everyday.

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Goals and priorities

Examining evidence-led thinking for working more productively when time is invariably tight. You’ll learn to focus like an obsessive, help others get clearer on their goals, and identify where their current blockers lie

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Growth mindset in others

Leaders that can actively model a growth mindset and nurture it in others can create tremendous impact and innovation, particularly in times of change. Here, we’ll explore the scientifically proven approaches for doing so.


Creative thinking

Opening up to new connections and enlightening ways of seeing

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How to have Ideas

Getting hands on with a variety of tools and techniques for quick, refreshing and effective creative thinking — whether working solo or collaboratively among teams.

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Learning through play

"We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing." Building elements of play into the ways we work and learn as teams can lead to brilliant outcomes — from the ways we run our meetings to a pipeline of big ideas.

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Storytelling in the digital age

Revealing the perpetual power of stories and how to harness key principles of storytelling to engage and persuade all kinds of audiences in all kinds of spaces — from a work presentation to an email subject line.

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Defining problems

So said Einstein: “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions." A well-defined problem will often contain a solution inside it, and so thinking more critically about problems is time well spent.

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Think like an artist

We'll explore how shifting our perspectives into various aspects of the artists psyche can enrich our work and lives; rediscovering our inner artist and getting hands on with mindsets and tools to flex in all kinds of situations.

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Better briefing

For some people, a creative brief is a dull but necessary part of the creative process. When we evolve the humble (but all important) creative brief, we take it from practical tool to rocket fuel, ensuring clear communication and purposeful outcomes.

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How to get unstuck

It's easy to get stuck. Stuck within a process, or a project. Stuck on a page. Stuck in our own thoughts. The opportunity we have here is to learn and practice tactics to deploy in those moments when momentum's on your mind.


Wellbeing

Building resilience and bounce-back-ability

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Rethinking resilience

Together we'll explore the principle of resilience, and discover practical ways for bouncing back from challenges, managing stress, and using our energy more effectively.

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Strategies for stress

We'll explore the realities of stress, reframe its relationship with performance and, together, try out some helpful and transformative tools.

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Better breathing

By equipping ourselves with techniques for breathing more consciously, we can improve our sense of connection and wellbeing in the workplace.

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Mindfulness meditation

Exploring the plentiful and practical benefits of making a mindfulness meditation practice part of your daily routine.

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Building mental fitness

Exploring mindsets and methods for positive and proactive mental agility, and ways we can support those around us too.

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From fixed to growth mindset

When we appreciate the distinction between a fixed and growth mindset, and arm ourselves with tools and techniques to lean into the latter in the everyday, we set ourself up for success in many aspects of our work and life.