From ACTIONABLE perspectives, insights, and guidance
to PRACTICAL techniques/tools, practices/rituals, and habits
that are highly-IMPACTFUL in your everyday life and world.

Micro-workshops are 90-minute fast-paced, highly-interactive opportunities to share perspectives, explore insights, and discover guidance for making a high-impact on your group or organization using specific, immediately-actionable practices & techniques.

Every workshop includes:

  • A brief opening with context-setting
  • Experiential segments with content, concepts, breakouts, exercises, and debriefs
  • A summary closing with actionable next steps

The Antifragility Edge - Exploring Agility, Resilience, and Antifragility

Are you focused on thriving, beyond surviving, in a disruptive world? Are you, your team or organization, trying to achieve greater agility, resilience, and antifragility? Being able to adapt, recover, and evolve in a seemingly chaotic and random world is quintessential.

Outcomes

This micro-workshop will enable you to:

  • Clearly distinguish between agility, resilience, and antifragility.
  • Recognize where there is and is not more-or-less agility, resilience, and antifragility.
  • Explore how to achieve great agility, resilience, and antifragility using various micro-techniques.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Business and technology leaders who drive growth.
  • Change agents who advance change and transformation.
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients.

About the Facilitator

Si Alhir is an entrepreneur, author, enterprise business agility/antifragility & digital transformation leader, coach, consultant, & practitioner (catalyst). He partners with individuals, teams, and enterprises in calibrating strategy, leadership, culture, and execution to achieve business outcomes and growth in a disruptive world.

Si has over four decades of working with start-ups and the Fortune 500.

Preparing Now for the Next Global Crisis

We weren’t prepared adequately in our organisations for the COVID-19 Crisis, just as we weren’t for the Financial Crisis. In both cases, we could have been & we should have been better prepared, we had warning.

How will we do in the next Global Crisis, because there will be one? Shouldn’t we check our state of preparedness now, put in place precautions & plan?

This workshop introduces, explains & gives an opportunity to practice & discuss 4 key micro-techniques:

  • State of Preparedness Assessment
  • Precautionary Principle Identification
  • Roles, Resources & Monitoring Requirements Identification
  • Deployment Planning

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Ascertain the current state of preparedness of your organisation for the next Global Crisis, whatever it will be
  • Identify Precautionary Principles, roles & resources to protect your organisation against the future crisis
  • Plan deployment so as to be better prepared

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Entrepreneurs & organisational leaders seeking to better prepare for & manage systemic risks within their organisations, develop risk awareness & build a true risk-focused culture to cope with our turbulent, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times
  • Chief Risk Officers, Risk Managers & Business Continuity Managers who want to ensure they & our organisation are ready for the next global crisis
  • Coaches and consultants who want to guide clients on managing risks and developing Anti- Fragility within their organisations.

About the Facilitator

Tony Bendell believes passionately in the need to make our organisations less fragile & more Anti-Fragile. He believes that the current Crisis has yet again made this obvious. As Director & Principal Consultant at Services Limited, and Lead Trainer at the Anti-Fragility Academy, he works with client organisations & their leaders to make them stronger.

He has worked as an associate consultant of Coopers & Lybrand, and subsequently trained management consultants for Deloitte. He has published extensively and is principle author of the bestselling Financial Times book on Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage, which is available in 6 languages, as well as the FT book on Implementing Quality in the Public Sector. His most recent book on `Developing Anti-Fragile Organizations; Governance, Opportunity and Risk in Turbulent Times’ was published by Gower in July 2014. This examines the shortcomings of conventional risk analysis, the impact of `black swans`, and the strategic, cultural, process and people requirements for the development of operations, systems and organisations that get stronger from being stressed. He is now working on a new book ‘Time to Rethink Risk Management: Managing Through a Global Crisis’.

Tony is a strategic thought leader, respected academic and international expert speaker, consultant, and trainer, who is the former Rolls-Royce PLC funded Professor of Quality & Reliability Management at the University of Leicester UK. He is a licensed EFQM trainer & adviser, the chair of the SKEA Excellence Award Jury and a well-known invited keynote speaker at Conferences and Events worldwide.

Rethinking Organisational Risk Management after the Pandemic

Most organisations’ Risk Management processes failed to ensure that they were ready for the COVID-19 Pandemic, despite the fact that a copy of Time in 2017 reminded us that we were not ready for the next pandemic. The Pandemic was a Grey Rhino, waiting to happen. We could have got ready as it started to emerge in January, but we did not.

Risk Management once again failed. There is a need for a fundamental rethink of how we do Risk Management within our organisation.

This workshop introduces, explains & gives an opportunity to practice & discuss 4 key micro-techniques:

  • Risk Management Hindsight Review
  • The Systemic Risk Structural Template
  • The State of Readiness Assessment
  • Restructured Risk Management Planning

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Learn from recent history
  • Rethink your organisation’s approach to its Risk Register & how it treats systemic risks
  • Create an outline restructured Risk Management Plan

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Entrepreneurs & organisational leaders seeking to better prepare for & manage risk within their organisations, develop risk awareness & build a true risk-focused culture to cope with our turbulent, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times
  • Chief Risk Officers, Risk Managers & Business Continuity Managers who want to ensure they & our organisation are ready for the next global crisis
  • Coaches and consultants who advise their clients on managing risks. 

About the Facilitator

Tony Bendell believes passionately in the need to make our organisations less fragile & more Anti-Fragile. He believes that the current Crisis has yet again made this obvious. As Director & Principal Consultant at Services Limited, and Lead Trainer at the Anti-Fragility Academy, he works with client organisations & their leaders to make them stronger.

He has worked as an associate consultant of Coopers & Lybrand, and subsequently trained management consultants for Deloitte. He has published extensively and is principle author of the bestselling Financial Times book on Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage, which is available in 6 languages, as well as the FT book on Implementing Quality in the Public Sector. His most recent book on `Developing Anti-Fragile Organizations; Governance, Opportunity and Risk in Turbulent Times’ was published by Gower in July 2014. This examines the shortcomings of conventional risk analysis, the impact of `black swans`, and the strategic, cultural, process and people requirements for the development of operations, systems and organisations that get stronger from being stressed. He is now working on a new book ‘Time to Rethink Risk Management: Managing Through a Global Crisis’.

Tony is a strategic thought leader, respected academic and international expert speaker, consultant, and trainer, who is the former Rolls-Royce PLC funded Professor of Quality & Reliability Management at the University of Leicester UK. He is a licensed EFQM trainer & adviser, the chair of the SKEA Excellence Award Jury and a well-known invited keynote speaker at Conferences and Events worldwide.

Rethinking Your Board- Creating Anti-Fragile Governance

Governance is always a key issue in organisations, but in times of stress even more so.  When organisations fail, it’s because their Board has not saved them, its failed also.

The COVID-19 Crisis makes us aware of the potential for failures of governance that many organisations may face.

This workshop introduces, explains & gives an opportunity to practice & discuss 4 key micro-techniques:

  • Board Role Effectiveness Assessment
  • Board Skills & Structure Health Check
  • Creating a Governance Scorecard
  • The Anti-Fragile Board Plan

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Ascertain the current status & map of your Board in terms of role & effectiveness
  • Identify potential opportunities for building Anti-Fragility through the Board’s role
  • Create an outline plan

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • CEO’s & Board Chairs wanting to improve & develop Anti-Fragile governance
  • Board members & stakeholders looking to improve their Board’s operations
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients in organizational transformation & improvement.

About the Facilitator

Tony Bendell believes passionately in the need to make our organisations less fragile & more Anti-Fragile. He believes that the current Crisis has yet again made this obvious. As Director & Principal Consultant at Services Limited, and Lead Trainer at the Anti-Fragility Academy, he works with client organisations & their leaders to make them stronger.

He has worked as an associate consultant of Coopers & Lybrand, and subsequently trained management consultants for Deloitte. He has published extensively and is principle author of the bestselling Financial Times book on Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage, which is available in 6 languages, as well as the FT book on Implementing Quality in the Public Sector. His most recent book on `Developing Anti-Fragile Organizations; Governance, Opportunity and Risk in Turbulent Times’ was published by Gower in July 2014. This examines the shortcomings of conventional risk analysis, the impact of `black swans`, and the strategic, cultural, process and people requirements for the development of operations, systems and organisations that get stronger from being stressed. He is now working on a new book ‘Time to Rethink Risk Management: Managing Through a Global Crisis’.

Tony is a strategic thought leader, respected academic and international expert speaker, consultant, and trainer, who is the former Rolls-Royce PLC funded Professor of Quality & Reliability Management at the University of Leicester UK. He is a licensed EFQM trainer & adviser, the chair of the SKEA Excellence Award Jury and a well-known invited keynote speaker at Conferences and Events worldwide.

Spotting Swans & Stopping Rhinoceroses

We used to be scared of Black Swans- rare, unpredictable & not expected, high impact events- until we realised that Grey Rhinos- highly probable, high impact yet neglected threats- are potentially much worse. There are also Grey & White Swans, for which we have different levels of probability.

The Financial Crisis and COVID-19 Crisis makes us aware of the need to address such difficult beasts.

This workshop introduces, explains & gives an opportunity to practice & discuss 4 key micro-techniques:

  • The Horizon Scanning Checklist
  • Internal State Evaluation
  • What If? Analysis
  • The Resilience, Readiness, Agility Response Template

Outcomes

This workshop will help you to:

  • Scan the horizon for systemic threats
  • Identify the internal readiness of your organisation to deal with these beasts and to consider ‘What if?’
  • Create an outline plan for readiness, agility & response

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Entrepreneurs & organisational leaders seeking to identify & better prepare for systemic threats & manage risk within their organisations, & build a true risk-focused culture to cope with our turbulent, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times
  • Chief Risk Officers, Risk Managers & Business Continuity Managers who want to ensure they & our organisation are ready for the next difficult Swan or Rhino
  • Coaches and consultants senior organisational leaders in all areas.

About the Facilitator

Tony Bendell believes passionately in the need to make our organisations less fragile & more Anti-Fragile. He believes that the current Crisis has yet again made this obvious. As Director & Principal Consultant at Services Limited, and Lead Trainer at the Anti-Fragility Academy, he works with client organisations & their leaders to make them stronger.

He has worked as an associate consultant of Coopers & Lybrand, and subsequently trained management consultants for Deloitte. He has published extensively and is principle author of the bestselling Financial Times book on Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage, which is available in 6 languages, as well as the FT book on Implementing Quality in the Public Sector. His most recent book on `Developing Anti-Fragile Organizations; Governance, Opportunity and Risk in Turbulent Times’ was published by Gower in July 2014. This examines the shortcomings of conventional risk analysis, the impact of `black swans`, and the strategic, cultural, process and people requirements for the development of operations, systems and organisations that get stronger from being stressed. He is now working on a new book ‘Time to Rethink Risk Management: Managing Through a Global Crisis’.

Tony is a strategic thought leader, respected academic and international expert speaker, consultant, and trainer, who is the former Rolls-Royce PLC funded Professor of Quality & Reliability Management at the University of Leicester UK. He is a licensed EFQM trainer & adviser, the chair of the SKEA Excellence Award Jury and a well-known invited keynote speaker at Conferences and Events worldwide.

Developing Anti-Fragility in Your Organisation (as Mark Carney says you need to)

What can you do NOW immediately to start applying the concept and practice of Anti-Fragility within your organisation, and to plan for developing it further?

This workshop introduces, explains & gives an opportunity to practice & discuss 4 key micro-techniques:

  • The Fast Fragility Assessment
  • Assessing Current Anti-Fragile Safeguards
  • Identifying Anti-Fragility Opportunities
  • The Anti-Fragility Development Plan

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Ascertain the current status & map of your organisation in terms of fragilities & safeguards
  • Identify potential opportunities for building Anti-Fragility
  • Create an outline plan

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Entrepreneurs & organisational leaders seeking to lower risk & reimagine their organisation to make it more suitable for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times
  • Business professionals & specialists who want to develop Anti- Fragility within their organisations & build anti-fragile mindsets at the ground level.
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients in organizational transformation & managing change.

About the Facilitator

Tony Bendell believes passionately in the need to make our organisations less fragile & more Anti-Fragile. He believes that the current Crisis has yet again made this obvious. As Director & Principal Consultant at Services Limited, and Lead Trainer at the Anti-Fragility Academy, he works with client organisations & their leaders to make them stronger.

He has worked as an associate consultant of Coopers & Lybrand, and subsequently trained management consultants for Deloitte. He has published extensively and is principle author of the bestselling Financial Times book on Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage, which is available in 6 languages, as well as the FT book on Implementing Quality in the Public Sector. His most recent book on `Developing Anti-Fragile Organizations; Governance, Opportunity and Risk in Turbulent Times’ was published by Gower in July 2014. This examines the shortcomings of conventional risk analysis, the impact of `black swans`, and the strategic, cultural, process and people requirements for the development of operations, systems and organisations that get stronger from being stressed. He is now working on a new book ‘Time to Rethink Risk Management: Managing Through a Global Crisis’.

Tony is a strategic thought leader, respected academic and international expert speaker, consultant, and trainer, who is the former Rolls-Royce PLC funded Professor of Quality & Reliability Management at the University of Leicester UK. He is a licensed EFQM trainer & adviser, the chair of the SKEA Excellence Award Jury and a well-known invited keynote speaker at Conferences and Events worldwide.

Creating Organisational Excellence in the New Normals

The approaches to organisational excellence in use around the World, help our organisations to get better, but have failed dismally to deal adequately with the COVID-19 Crisis. They did not warn us it was coming nor help us prepare us to deal with it. They don’t emphasise what we need to deal effectively with a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment. As organisations, we need to rethink what Excellence means to us in the New Normal(s).

This workshop introduces, explains & gives an opportunity to practice & discuss 4 key micro-techniques:

  • Hindsight Objectives Review
  • Identification of Excellence Errors
  • Defining Our New Corporate Excellence Requirements
  • The ‘Excellence in the New Normals’ Plan

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Evaluate your current organisational approach to Excellence in the New Normal(s)
  • Define key aspects of a new approach that will take account of our VUCA world
  • Create an outline for a new Organisational Excellence plan

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Entrepreneurs & organisational leaders seeking to making their organisations excellent.
  • Quality & Excellence professionals wanting to reimagine excellence in their organisation to make it more suitable for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients in organizational excellence & change.

About the Facilitator

Tony Bendell believes passionately in the need to make our organisations less fragile & more Anti-Fragile. He believes that the current Crisis has yet again made this obvious. As Director & Principal Consultant at Services Limited, and Lead Trainer at the Anti-Fragility Academy, he works with client organisations & their leaders to make them stronger.

He has worked as an associate consultant of Coopers & Lybrand, and subsequently trained management consultants for Deloitte. He has published extensively and is principle author of the bestselling Financial Times book on Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage, which is available in 6 languages, as well as the FT book on Implementing Quality in the Public Sector. His most recent book on `Developing Anti-Fragile Organizations; Governance, Opportunity and Risk in Turbulent Times’ was published by Gower in July 2014. This examines the shortcomings of conventional risk analysis, the impact of `black swans`, and the strategic, cultural, process and people requirements for the development of operations, systems and organisations that get stronger from being stressed. He is now working on a new book ‘Time to Rethink Risk Management: Managing Through a Global Crisis’.

Tony is a strategic thought leader, respected academic and international expert speaker, consultant, and trainer, who is the former Rolls-Royce PLC funded Professor of Quality & Reliability Management at the University of Leicester UK. He is a licensed EFQM trainer & adviser, the chair of the SKEA Excellence Award Jury and a well-known invited keynote speaker at Conferences and Events worldwide.

The CEO Masterclass- How They Should Behave Differently after the Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic has been a threat to our business, but also a learning opportunity. What can you do NOW immediately to make your organisation stronger, more aware and more able to cope with a turbulent unknown future?

This workshop introduces, explains & gives an opportunity to practice & discuss 4 key micro-techniques for CEO’s and the C-Suite:

  • Paradigms & Assumption Review
  • Structured Ideation
  • Use of Self- & Team- Challenge
  • Maintenance Plan for Purpose & Vision through a cascade of New Normals

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Challenge & Rethink your own approach to assumptions, leadership & risk within your organisation
  • Identify potential opportunities for building your organisation’s Agility and Anti-Fragility
  • Create an outline plan for maintaining your Purpose & Vision through a cascade of New Normals

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • CEOs & Entrepreneurs seeking to reimagine their organisation & their own role for the new volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times
  • C-Suite Executives wishing to provide leadership & support their CEO & Board
  • Coaches and consultants who guide clients through difficult times

About the Facilitator

Tony Bendell believes passionately in the need to make our organisations less fragile & more Anti-Fragile. He believes that the current Crisis has yet again made this obvious. As Director & Principal Consultant at Services Limited, and Lead Trainer at the Anti-Fragility Academy, he works with client organisations & their leaders to make them stronger.

He has worked as an associate consultant of Coopers & Lybrand, and subsequently trained management consultants for Deloitte. He has published extensively and is principle author of the bestselling Financial Times book on Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage, which is available in 6 languages, as well as the FT book on Implementing Quality in the Public Sector. His most recent book on `Developing Anti-Fragile Organizations; Governance, Opportunity and Risk in Turbulent Times’ was published by Gower in July 2014. This examines the shortcomings of conventional risk analysis, the impact of `black swans`, and the strategic, cultural, process and people requirements for the development of operations, systems and organisations that get stronger from being stressed. He is now working on a new book ‘Time to Rethink Risk Management: Managing Through a Global Crisis’.

Tony is a strategic thought leader, respected academic and international expert speaker, consultant, and trainer, who is the former Rolls-Royce PLC funded Professor of Quality & Reliability Management at the University of Leicester UK. He is a licensed EFQM trainer & adviser, the chair of the SKEA Excellence Award Jury and a well-known invited keynote speaker at Conferences and Events worldwide.

Transforming Your Outcomes by Reducing Unknowns

First we plan, then we act. But the future is never certain, a lesson that has been driven home for all of us this year. Dealing with unknowns is challenging, and the more uncertainty we face, the faster we need to act.

Acceleration can be achieved through thoughtful planning—outlining not one, but several possible paths forward—then deliberate action that is responsive to the conditions we discover on the way.

This workshop provides hands-on practice in applying two techniques to help you reduce the unknowns in your own business, community or initiative.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Prioritize the factors that will influence your plans.
  • Synthesize a manageable set of paths to simplify your decision-making.
  • Determine the most likely path based on what you know today.
  • Adjust as you proceed in response to changing circumstances and new discoveries.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Business and technology leaders who drive growth.
  • Change agents who advance change and transformation.
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients.

About the Facilitator

Graham Binks is a global expert in improving business performance with technology. He has helped dozens of businesses anticipate the future.

In 30 years of tech leadership, he has worked in Europe, North America and Asia, with Nike, P&G, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Eurotunnel, Disney, GM and 250 other large, medium and small businesses. Graham’s work integrates business and technology strategy and drives successful implementation through CEO advisory and team coaching to help organizations dramatically improve their business with technology.

Graham’s latest book—Trusting Technology—helps non-tech CEOs and business leaders, ambitious technology leaders, and technology vendors make friends with technology. The book recently debuted from Post Hill Press and is available from Amazon, BARNES&NOBLE and leading book stores everywhere.

Making ideas happen Workshop Series

Achieving ambitious goals lends greater value to your work.

In this micro-workshop series, we will explore the habit of finding inspiration (and pitfalls), helping others uncover new insight and making ideas happen. These topics build on each other to help answer the vital question

What’s the best thing we should be focused on next, and how to we get started?

#1 What if you could?

We all find inspiration in the achievements of others. Done right, you can learn from others’ experiences and apply the lessons, approaches and technologies to build your own initiatives on the shoulders of giants.

The first workshop provides tools for discovering successes (and failures) of others that could be relevant to your business and community. You’ll learn how to leverage these lessons, and to form a lifelong habit for turning inspiration into outcomes.

#2 Inspiring insight

What does your community need to know and how can you help?

Information is only valuable when it informs insight. Getting relevant information to the right people at the right time is a powerful enabler of action.

The second workshop offers three principles for informing your stakeholders and provides an opportunity to practice in your specific context and get feedback on the results.

#3 Making ideas happen – spanning the challenging transition from insight to action

Every human endeavour begins with an idea. But if ideas are to last and make a contribution to the world, they must be made real. Success lies in the manifestation—the sharing, the compromise, and the conviction that this idea counts.

The third workshop offers techniques to help you distill your ideas and communicate them to others. For help with planning under uncertainty, and with the hard work needed to convince others.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Nurture the habit of vetting and applying lessons from others’ successes (and failures).
  • Understand and provide the information that can inspire insight for your community.
  • Span the challenging transition from insight to action.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Business and technology leaders who drive growth.
  • Change agents who advance change and transformation.
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients.

About the Facilitator

Graham Binks is a global expert in improving business performance with technology. He has helped dozens of businesses anticipate the future.

In 30 years of tech leadership, he has worked in Europe, North America and Asia, with Nike, P&G, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Eurotunnel, Disney, GM and 250 other large, medium and small businesses. Graham’s work integrates business and technology strategy and drives successful implementation through CEO advisory and team coaching to help organizations dramatically improve their business with technology.

Graham’s latest book—Trusting Technology—helps non-tech CEOs and business leaders, ambitious technology leaders, and technology vendors make friends with technology. The book recently debuted from Post Hill Press and is available from Amazon, BARNES&NOBLE and leading book stores everywhere.

Acquiring the Mindset for Building Better (Sampler)

Note: This micro-workshop is a sampler of broader workshop.

This workshop provides the context for, and delivers the first building block in, creating Responsive People – better able to play their part in Responsive Organisations – building a future we both intend and embrace.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Establish a growth mindset in yourself and encourage it in others
  • Become change ready – genuinely resilient in the face of challenge
  • See context shock and context change as value creation opportunities

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Teams facing significant disruption to ways of working – wfh, changing roles etc
  • Value innovators seeking to create value in new and emerging contexts

About the Facilitator

David Cushman is tier-1 consulting director, author of The 10 Principles of Open Business, and a (sustainable) growth, innovation and digital strategy advisor. He works with purpose-led pioneers seeking to create a better future for people, planet and profit.

His clients have included Samsung, Tesco, Avis Budget Group, Fitch Ratings, JLL, the UK Government, The Guardian and many others across most industry and public sectors.

Courageous Self-Leadership During Times of Change

To be a talented leader you first need to be a talented self-leader. You need to courageously lead yourself even through the tough times before you can expect anyone to walk with you. This micro-workshop is designed to help you lead from a place of courage rather than a place of fear so you can rise above adversities better & brighter than ever before.

 

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Apply the five types of leadership courage (physical, social, moral, intellectual and emotional) so you can take on more challenging projects, deal better with change and exceed expectations.
  • Become a talented self-leader who is able to calm your freeze, fight and flight response so you can engage better with your team.
  • Find the courage to be fallible so you can remain or become the calm, kind, smart and visionary leader the world needs right now.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Leaders of large organisations, remote teams, small businesses or groups of volunteers who would like to be remembered as someone who leads with courage during tough times.
  • Human Resource Experts and Change Agents who believe in putting their people first.
  • Coaches or consultants who see their clients regularly procrastinating, blaming their colleagues for their own mistakes and/or getting close to giving up and walking away.

About the Facilitator

Heidi Dening is on a crusade to make sure organisations and their people are resilient enough to come out of these stressful, uncertain and changeable times.

She often appears in the media as a resilience expert, has just been named ‘Best International Keynote Speaker’ in the Asia Pacific region at the Influential Businesswoman Awards 2020 and is the author of a best-selling self-leadership book called ‘Her Middle Name Is Courage’.

Since transforming her own setbacks such as a paralysing illness where she lost the use of her legs, to gunpoint kidnappings, from tsunami terror, and narrowly escaping being burnt alive when petrol bombs were thrown at her room, she now empowers organisations and their people to find the courage to keep moving forward during tough times.

This means her presentations and programs are a unique compilation of science-based facts from her degree, knowledge from the 20+years of business experience, and insights from rising above these real-life adversities.

Over the last 23 years she has started, scaled and sold an award-winning health, fitness and education business; founded an international not-for-profit with hundreds of volunteers across 3 countries; and delivered empowering presentations and programs at Accenture, Westpac, and Metcash to name just a few. 

Digital Acceleration in a Post-Corona World: A Practical Guide

Although it has been around for more than 20 years, digital has made a comeback at the very top of the corporate agenda. Are you able to pinpoint the new trends, changes, accelerations, and meta-transformations that will impact your organization? How will you leverage them into opportunities for growth? Join us on the journey, and take the next step in future-proofing your organization.
 

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:
  • Clearly identify the 5 largest (digital) changes and accelerations due to the COVID crisis
  • Build foundations on the 7 layers of digital transformation
  • Learn how to use our unique model to spot the change, and leverage it to your advantage

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Private organizations leaders looking to future-proof their businesses
  • Public organizations leaders looking to improve the lives of their communities
  • Consultants looking for another perspective to guide their clients

About the Facilitator

Jeremy Denisty is a Transformation & Innovation expert leading the MENA Office of the Belgian advisory firm Scopernia. For the last 10 years, Scopernia has been helping leaders across all industries transform, innovate, and grow towards a strong, future-proof organization.

Scopernia’s expertise is grounded in 4 best-selling books written and published by its founding partners: Digital Transformation (2014), Corporate Venturing (2016), The World is Round (2020) and Metasystems (2020).

Don't be a Hero - Lead Yourself and Your Team through Challenge without Burning Out

The pressure has been on all of us since the beginning of the pandemic. We have had to shift the ways we work, live, interact with others, and think. Business models have been flipped, restructures have occurred, uncertainty has been high, our health and way of life has been under threat.

Adrenaline can only get us so far in dealing with the plethora of challenges that have been facing us, sooner or later we begin to get worn down and overwhelmed.

To come through this stronger than before we need to be able to lead ourselves and our teams in a way that optimises performance but prevents burnout.

This workshop provides simple tools that are practical and easy to implement to look after ourselves, our teams, improve our systems, while performing at our best.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Develop an understanding of a simple approach to optimising performance AND workplace health and wellbeing
  • Be provided with simple tools to use with your team

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Leaders who care about their people
  • Leaders who care about optimising performance
  • Leaders who care about improving systems
  • Leaders who understand that they need to be in a good space to lead well
  • Leaders who want a simple way to do it

About the Facilitator

Chris Desmond is a performance and resilience trainer with a background as a physiotherapist, manager for a New Zealand based rehabilitation company, and host of the “Uncomfortable is OK” podcast and “Leading through Challenge show”
 
He has recorded over 300 episodes exploring the science, sotires, and strategies of dealing with challenge. He has rehabilitated 1000’s of patients back to health and function following injury. He continues to lead teams successfully at a local and national level before and during the pandemic. Most importantly he tries to take big ideas and make them simple and actionable.

Understanding the Now for a Stronger Future

Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about the solution”. Basically how well you define the problem defines how well you solve it. This workshop provides the space to use the collective wisdom of the group to describe the here and now of what the issues really are. Participants will work in small groups to share what they are observing, what they are feeling, what is important and why, their reality. At the end of the session the key issues will have been defined. As many possible solutions to one issue will be explored. The individual groups will then share what they have learned with the others.

Outcomes: A fuller understanding of the current environment companies and individuals fine themselves in, with as wide a variety of perspectives on the situation as possible. A new range of options for moving forward will have been explored. A method for working in the future established.

Audience: Anybody who wishes to get a better understanding of current issues, and who would benefit from sharing their wisdom and in receiving the wisdom of others. Limited to 35 people, breakout groups will be 7 groups of 5.

Brief Bio: Graduate Engineer and Physicist. Over 20 year corporate experience developing new products and services at the forefront of technology for a global marked. Now working as an independent coach to support SME’s in leadership, communication and creativity. Leisure interest include horse riding.

What Do Your Customers want? It Might Surprise You.

In business we often look at our products or core services as encapsulating all the value our customers need. This can be a mistake. Customer most often have aspirations and expectations beyond the jobs they have to do. Clarity on what your customers value can transform how your teams operate and the results your company generates. In this highly engaging and fun workshop we will look at how companies undercut the ability to deliver value to customers and ways to shift focus to what customers need, want, and are willing to pay for – delivering compelling customer experiences and awesome business results.

Highlights:

  • How a focus on delivering value to your customers can help overcome the top reasons for team, product, and company failure
  • Moving from a siloed approach to an integrated focus on delivering value throughout the full customer experience.
  • Concrete business benefits from focusing on delivering value to your customer.

Ellen Grace Henson

A thought leader in product management and team performance, Ellen Grace’s work has helped companies across industries and technologies achieve increased revenues, higher customer satisfaction, and more productive teams. An engineer who likes people, Ellen Grace creates frameworks within which teams can discover their own greatness, create compelling customer experiences, and deliver awesome business results together that no one person could achieve alone.

Thinking From the Future: Planning in Turbulent Times

A high-value, interactive, engaging, and even . . . FUN experience!

The actions you take over the next few months will impact what you achieve in 2021 and beyond. While a lot of circumstances are outside of your control, there are areas where you can take productive action as well as threats that, if not managed, can damage or destroy your company’s progress. To succeed your company needs more than products or services with value to your customers and a good market fit. You need effective leadership, strong teams, clear goals and aligned priorities. This experience will provide powerful tools and approaches, and practice in applying them, to help move you closer to the success that you envision.

What you will accomplish in this workshop:

  • Gain clarity around where you want your organization to be at the end of 2021.
  • Determine where your team development focus needs to be to support those outcomes.
  • Define actions that will support your teams and your company in achieving success regardless of the challenges.

Ellen Grace Henson

A thought leader in product management and team performance, Ellen Grace’s work has helped companies across industries and technologies achieve increased revenues, higher customer satisfaction, and more productive teams. An engineer who likes people, Ellen Grace creates frameworks within which teams can discover their own greatness, create compelling customer experiences, and deliver awesome business results together that no one person could achieve alone.

Kimberly Wiefling

Kimberly enables leaders to avoid, or fix, the most common causes of failure in global teams, problems that are entirely predictable, and largely avoidable, and that have the potential to damage or destroy companies, along with billions of dollars in shareholder value. A physicist by education, she has found that many of these are “human” problems that don’t require “rocket science”! Based on decades of research into what really works, Kimberly knows that all that’s required to achieve significant positive impact in many cases is to make common sense into common PRACTICE.

Teams: From Contention to Collaboration

Lack of clear goals and lack of alignment on goals are two major sources of failure for companies, products, and teams. Low employee engagement is epidemic globally, and has significant negative impacts on business performance, leading to more than $1T in lost productivity in the U.S. alone in 2019.

Products and services deliver optimal value to customers (and generate better business results) when the organization is focused on a consistent understanding of who the customer is and what role each team plays in delivering value to that customer. We encapsulate this approach in our Wheel of Value.

This workshop explores simple ways for your company to develop shared goals and engage employees across disciplines and functional groups through their day-to-day work.

Ellen Grace Henson

A thought leader in product management and team performance, Ellen Grace’s work has helped companies across industries and technologies achieve increased revenues, higher customer satisfaction, and more productive teams. An engineer who likes people, Ellen Grace creates frameworks within which teams can discover their own greatness, create compelling customer experiences, and deliver awesome business results together that no one person could achieve alone.

Expert Visibility and Personal Branding

Are you feeling you need to be more visible as a professional and expert to advance your career, get new opportunities, grow your business?

Personal Branding is the most effective tool for that, especially in times of uncertainty. Not many employed professionals and entrepreneurs use it or do it in the wrong way. With remote work we have less opportunities to network face to face and on-line visibility become crucial.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand if you have a personal brand
  • Learn who is your audience and why it’s important to know it
  • Discover 5 steps to create a strong personal brand
  • Understand the difference between inactive and activated brand
  • Get clarity of what you already know and what is missing to make your expertise more visible
  • Identify steps to activate your brand, so that you get a roadmap to work on your own

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • A Manager/Leader who want to boost their career or looking for a new (better) job
  • A Coach or Consultant who wants more clients, more income and more interesting collaborations and projects
  • A Freelancer who needs to become visible to be discovered by recruiters and potential customers
  • An entrepreneur or business owner who wants to grow his business

About the Facilitator

Leadership Development Expert and Personal Branding Strategist for Senior Professionals.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Working with CEOs and their Leadership Teams to transform leadership and organizational culture to engage and inspire their teams.
  • Helping Leaders to promote their positive influence via Personal Brand.

Highlights:

  • Executive coach, mentor and author of programs in IESE Business School, #1 in Executive Education according to Financial Times
  • PCC Coach certified by ICF since 2014, over 1500 hours of Executive and Team Coaching
  • Different global managing positions both in business and HR in Danone and Microsoft for 15 years, Microsoft Goldstar award for outstanding contribution
  • Official Coach for USAID- US Agency of International Development Global Health – US and Worldwide
  • Expat – lived and worked in 5 countries -Russia, France, Czech Republic, Spain and Canada, speak 5 languages and work in English, French, Russian and Spanish

Organisational Culture as a Competitive Advantage

How Leaders can transform Organisational Culture to engage and motivate their teams and achieve business goals, especially in the New Normal.
 

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:
  • Get clarity about Organisational Culture Ecosystem
  • Understand the Leaders role in Organisational Cultural Change
  • Learn about Leadership skill “driving Organizational Culture change” and how to develop it
  • Learn how to access current culture and define what culture you need
  • Discover how to design the culture which will help you to achieve company strategy

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Corporate Leaders and Managers
  • HR Leaders and practicioners
  • Business owners
  • Organisational Consultants

About the Facilitator

Leadership Development Expert and Personal Branding Strategist for Senior Professionals.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Working with CEOs and their Leadership Teams to transform leadership and organizational culture to engage and inspire their teams.
  • Helping Leaders to promote their positive influence via Personal Brand.

Highlights:

  • Executive coach, mentor and author of programs in IESE Business School, #1 in Executive Education according to Financial Times
  • PCC Coach certified by ICF since 2014, over 1500 hours of Executive and Team Coaching
  • Different global managing positions both in business and HR in Danone and Microsoft for 15 years, Microsoft Goldstar award for outstanding contribution
  • Official Coach for USAID- US Agency of International Development Global Health – US and Worldwide
  • Expat – lived and worked in 5 countries -Russia, France, Czech Republic, Spain and Canada, speak 5 languages and work in English, French, Russian and Spanish

Why Do We Follow the Person in a High Vis Vest?

Why do some people naturally know what to do during a crisis? Does leadership exist outside of a group?

A few weeks ago, Matthew was riding his longboard to the office when he came across an accident that was blocking the road; within 5 minutes, he was controlling the scene. Join him to find out how he could do this when he had no formal authority to act.

We will begin by helping you orientate around your own bias to determine how to create value and provide frameworks to assess the projects that will help you thrive in a Post-COVID world.

We will look back on 2020 as the turning point of humanity. Join Matthew to learn how to play a leading role in rebuilding your life and organisation to work in a world based on the real future of work.

What we will cover:

  • Why AntiFragility isn’t a framework, it’s a mindset & how to act to thrive from chaos with real-world examples from a disruptive orientation.
  • The foundational frameworks to navigate chaos at speed.

Audience

This micro-workshop is for:

  • Individuals experiencing chaos from COVID19 who don’t have a clear pathway forward for themselves or their organisation.
  • Leaders who know there are opportunities to be gained from COVID19 but aren’t quite sure where to focus limited organisational resources.

Outcomes

  • Become better prepared to deal with constant change during COVID19.
  • The clarity that you are doing the right work to operate in PostCOVID economy.

See YouTube and  BlackSwan.NZ for more information.

Resources Provided

  • A framework to assess if your idea is just innovative or disruptive.
  • An antifragility score to determine if you have the right tactics in place to avoid disruption or quickly respond to the change.
  • The 6 phases of covid19 framework for building team & organisation confidence to reinvent during this time of constant change.

About the Facilitator

Matthew is an expert in causing disruption and navigating chaos. He has built several world-first social impact businesses, and while some people talk about how to create change, others are the catalyst for change.

“Follow the guy with a high vis vest” is part storytelling, part workshop and a safe space to ask hard questions. Matthew is well known as an industry disruptor, and he will provide examples of how to respond to change when your business is disrupted to reinvent your offer in 90 days.

How to Develop your Leadership Agility

Let’s face it, as leaders and managers, the business environment we face is extremely challenging, filled with pressure and uncertainty. The pace of change accelerating, and everything is becoming increasingly complex and interconnected. The kind of leadership that worked well in the past cannot, by itself, give us what we need to be resilient and consistently effective in today’s world.

What are the new mindsets and skill-sets we need to develop for this new era? More and more companies are realizing that the answer lies in increased leadership agility. In fact, a recent global survey of executives found that they see leadership agility as “by far the most important characteristic employees must have” in today’s competitive business environment.”

What is leadership agility?

“Agile leadership” has become a buzzword. Companies around the world are trying to increase the agility of their organizations. Increasingly, they realize that this cannot happen without agile leadership. Through our research – published in the book, Leadership Agility, and our decades of work with leaders – we’ve found that leading with agility requires much more than an “agile mindset.”

What steps can you take to increase your agility and your resilience, rise above the day-to-day, break down silos, develop reliable support for change, and feel more energized and in charge of your own destiny?

Outcomes

Please join us for this workshop where you will learn, through interactive presentation, discussion, and story-telling:

  • The core practice of leadership agility
  • How and why leadership agility makes you more effective in today’s world
  • How highly agile leaders lead organizational change, lead teams, and navigate “pivotal” conversations
  • Steps you can take right away to increase your leadership agility

Audience

This workshop is for leaders at any tier of the organization.

About the Facilitators

Bill Joiner is a global thought-leader on Leadership Agility. Lead author of the award-winning book, Leadership Agility, he is seasoned coach and consultant on leadership and organizational change. He has 30 years of experience completing successful engagements with companies based in the US, Canada, and Europe. He is co-developer, with Cambria Consulting, of the Leadership Agility 360. Bill speaks about Leadership Agility and partners with senior leaders in leading organizational change and developing high performing teams. His company, ChangeWise, also provides leadership development programs and leadership workshops. Bill has a BA and MBA from Southern Methodist University and earned his Doctorate in Organization Development at Harvard University.

Debra Whitestone is a ChangeWise principal with 30 years of experience as a change agent, working in and with business, government, and “third sector” service organizations. A seasoned leadership coach, consultant, and facilitator, she brings skilled attention to both process and results, as she works with clients to develop creative solutions to serious problems. She employs a systems perspective and especially enjoys working with clients to foster creative thinking, and constructive communication and collaboration across boundaries, whether between teams, organizational functions, or professional disciplines.

Debra was a co-developer of the Leadership Agility 360. She also co-designed and co-teaches ChangeWise coach training programs including the Leadership Agility Change Lab, the Leadership Agility 360 Certification Workshop, and the Leadership Agility Coaching Program. Debra has a BA in Psychology from Brandeis; an MSW from NYU; and a Doctorate from Harvard University. She was a post-doc Research Associate at Harvard Business School, where she researched and wrote business case studies. Her case on People Express Airlines has been a best-seller for over 30 years.

Bridging the “Say-Do” Gap to Accelerate Business Results

Does your organization behave as one might expect given its corporate values? When you describe what you are passionate about, are you describing something different than your corporate values?

If your transformational objectives have plateaued, it might be the result of a gap between what you say and what you do. The nature of a leader’s job is to set the example through words and actions, and team members perceive, process and interpret those examples. Inconsistencies between messages and actions, or “Say-Do” gaps, can create confusion and undesired behaviors within the workplace. The currency of Trust is more important than ever, and the “Say-Do” gap is at the core of building trust.

This workshop is designed to help executive leaders explore their organization’s behaviors so that they can quickly assess and identify action plans to create trust, cultivate alignment, empower people to embrace ownership, and achieve business results.

Outcomes

This micro-workshop will enable you to:

  • Articulate observable behaviors and indicators one would expect based on given corporate values
  • Have greater clarity on your personal leadership style and how it influences team members as they relate to your corporate values
  • Identify organizational blind spots and/or processes that are undermining your corporate values
  • Learn the “ACTION” methodology (Accountability, Collaboration, Trust, Introspection, Ownership and Niceness) as a means to re-energize your organization

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Organizational leaders who determine and/or define their organization’s values
  • Executives responsible for organizational change
  • Human resource professionals accountable for their peoples’ alignment and integration within their organizations

About the Facilitators

Alan Kamis is the Vice President of Operational Excellence at a market leading Healthcare IT company. Starting his career as a Paramedic within a University Health System, Alan learned the practical benefits of valuing outcomes over activity, leveraging trust as the cornerstone of leadership and using agility to prepare for uncertainty. After transitioning into Information Technology, he focused on project management, building PMO’s, and then organization change and cultural transformation.

Alan has spoken at Project World, the Global PMO Summit and Catalyzing the Future as well has held workshops on topics such as “How to be more like a Goose than a Buffalo”, “Why colleagues choose not to collaborate” and “Closing the gap between Intentions and Outcomes”.

CEO Peer Group

Here is an opportunity for Catalyze the Future participants to “touch the magic” of a CEO peer group, without obligation or cost. Participate in a virtual session with other business leaders just like you.  You will not only get immediate value from the session, but you will begin to understand the long term “power of peers” in enhancing your business and your life as a leader.

CEO Roundtable is made up of peer advisory groups of 8 to 12 accomplished people just like you, from non-competing companies. Peer groups provide a forum for invigorating exchanges of information, ideas, and insights. And, because they are completely confidential, peer groups provide a secure environment for discussing sensitive issues or concerns you may be facing your business.  You can count on unbiased feedback, new perspectives, and the kind of accountability that will translate to better performance with less wasted time and effort.

Simply click the link, fill-out the form, and we’ll be in touch to schedule your session.

Can we still create original thought?

Do you believe that you can create original thought? Do you believe that leadership starts with you? Do you believe that you have full conscious awareness of your thoughts, feelings and actions?

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Shine a light on your personal levels of belief, worthiness and fear.
  • Explore the self through psychology, neuroscience and the solution focused approach.
  • Understand the vital importance of living in the now.
  • Gain a unique awareness on how metaphysics and ontology plays its part in creating lasting positive change within your life.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • The curious person that believes they are much more than they currently revealing to the world. 
  • Coaches, therapists and leaders that are interested in growth in terms of autonomy and agency within themselves and their clients. 
  • Individuals that are excited and stimulated about what 2021 will bring to the world.

About the Facilitator

David Mclean is a warrior, psychotherapist and philosopher. An entrepreneur described by others as “a wonderful example of the whole person”. David’s work and study over the last 20+ years has included psychology, neuroscience, theology, metaphysics and the solution focused approach, culminating in him being able to deliver on his purpose, through his businesses, which is to create lasting positive change throughout the world.

Harnessing Uncertainty to Make Decisions that Matter

Uncertainty can be insidious. It has many forms, and can make us hesitate, procrastinate, and worry.

It is also an illusion. At it’s simplest, uncertainty is what happens when the story we’ve told ourselves will happen diverges from the story we find ourselves in.

2020 has seen the impact of uncertainty in our lives increase. For many of us, it has gone from being something the we feel occasionally, to something that is present nearly all the time.

Increased uncertainty is a sign of the times, and the zeitgeist of economic volatility, climate change, biodiversity loss and increasing inequality suggests it’s not going to decrease anytime soon.

If we want to thrive, and enjoy our lives, we have to change our relationship with uncertainty. To move from having it control us, to us harnessing it.

Outcomes

This workshop will show you how to:

  • Find a ‘place to stand”. When you are grounded in one thing, other uncertainties lose their power.
  • Tell a story about what you see, and attract others to it.
  • Build a team who will support you.
  • Identify the decisions that matter, and those that don’t.
  • Make a difference to be proud of.

We will look at:

  • The different types of uncertainty.
  • The illusion of certainty.
  • The power of purpose.
  • The power of story.
  • How to stay on track when you feel lost.

The workshop is for no less than eight, and no more than twenty four people.

The workshop will be delivered online and last for ninety minutes including breakout sessions.
 

About the Facilitator

Richard Merrick is focused on observations, teachings and provocations and planting the seeds of possibility.

How Much Agility Do You Need (for you or your organization)? - Your Quick Action Plan To Answer Turbulences

If you and your company navigated in turbulences, uncertainty, complexity? Reveal the key know-how-to-be’s and know-how’s you need to overcome the external pressures. Integrate them in your action plan.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand a simple list of behaviors needed to activate to answer to turbulences
  • Understand the degree of activation concept. It is like a volume button!
  • Spot the gaps and integrate them in your plan.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Business and technology leaders who drive change and transformation.
  • Project managers, middle managers seeing important turbulences ahead of their activity
  • Coaches and consultants involved in change and growth assignments.

About the Facilitator

Ciprian Moga help leaders who want to bring their organization to the next age of development. He supports them implementing the change (strategy, organizational development, transformation) and developing their people to sustain the change (training, coaching and mobilization).

He integrates in my approach both systemic, rational tools, and soft, human, “warm” approaches, because I believe that a successful organization have flesh and bones, heart and soul, like a human being.

He has experience in industries such as Engineering & IT services, FMCG, Retail & distribution, Oil & gas and shared services: IT, HR, Finance. He worked for customers in Europe, Asia, Latin America and USA.

Your Individual Agility – Understand It, Measure It, ACT!

Understand in a snapshot the key aspects you need to act on immediately, in order to adapt to your current context. Understand a framework of behaviors needed in times of changes and turbulence.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand a simple list of behaviors needed to activate to answer to turbulences in organization. Especially the ones you need under pressure.
  • Understand the Activation Concept. It is like a volume button!
  • Spot the gaps and integrate them in your individual plan.
  • Discover your agility profile, a profile generated in 10 minutes prior to the micro-workshop.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for any individual willing to adapt himself to a new organizational context:

  • New position, new job, new department, new geography
  • Preparing a new change or transformation project.

About the Facilitator

Ciprian Moga help leaders who want to bring their organization to the next age of development. He supports them implementing the change (strategy, organizational development, transformation) and developing their people to sustain the change (training, coaching and mobilization).

He integrates in my approach both systemic, rational tools, and soft, human, “warm” approaches, because I believe that a successful organization have flesh and bones, heart and soul, like a human being.

He has experience in industries such as Engineering & IT services, FMCG, Retail & distribution, Oil & gas and shared services: IT, HR, Finance. He worked for customers in Europe, Asia, Latin America and USA.

Measuring Behaviors during Change – Bring more value to your Consulting, Coaching or Training assignments

Do you currently support clients on their journey to the fast adaptation to a turbulent world? Include in your practice an effective framework of behaviors. Measure them for people and teams. Point to the key know-how-to-be’s. Go quickly to action with your consultancy, coaching, or training missions.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand a behavioral framework that you can use in all kinds of transformation projects.
  • Draft for yourself or for a client of yours the target behaviors.
  • Spot the gaps and imagine the actions required to build the organization response.
  • (Optional) experience your own behavioral profile (10 minutes online questionnaire prior to the micro-workshop).

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Consultants and advisors working with all kinds of organizations.
  • Coaches in organizations, with both individual and group assignments.
  • Trainers and workshop facilitators.
  • AGILE practitioners who value the behavioral side of the agile teams.

About the Facilitator

Ciprian Moga help leaders who want to bring their organization to the next age of development. He supports them implementing the change (strategy, organizational development, transformation) and developing their people to sustain the change (training, coaching and mobilization).

He integrates in my approach both systemic, rational tools, and soft, human, “warm” approaches, because I believe that a successful organization have flesh and bones, heart and soul, like a human being.

He has experience in industries such as Engineering & IT services, FMCG, Retail & distribution, Oil & gas and shared services: IT, HR, Finance. He worked for customers in Europe, Asia, Latin America and USA.

Zero BS Antifragility: Your Personal Plan to Become More Antifraigle

Antifragility and related concepts may sound nice but more often than not there’s a huge gap between inspiration and implementation. Not only it’s often hard to translate general concepts to everyday life, but we also struggle to overcome various psychological barriers and cognitive biases that impede the successful upgrade of our life-strategies.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • understand how the antifragility philosophy translates to everyday life and decisions
  • learn what psychological barriers and cognitive biases prevent you from implementing antifragile strategies
  • devise your own actionable plan to make your life more antifragile

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for anyone interested in making their life strategy more future-proof.

About the facilitator

Igor is a project manager with international experience. He worked for corporations, SMEs, startups and Venture Capital. He currently leads a small consulting firm which name tells a lot about his approach: Zero Bullshit Management. He does not like lengthy bio notes with long lists of projects and certificates of a given expert. They remind him of all the consultants and managers with such impressive bios who turned out mediocre.

Applying Residuality Theory for Resilient Software Engineering

This workshop introduced the radical ideas behind residuality theory – that progress is a function of what is left over. By designing to influence what is leftover we can navigate a world we don’t not understand and cannot predict or control, gaining true resilience.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand how to drive design through understanding stress
  • Understand how engineering and complexity theory can be combined despite contradicting each other. 

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Business and technology leaders who deliver engineering products.
  • Software architects and senior engineers.
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients.

About the Facilitator

Barry O’Reilly is the founder of Black Tulip Technology and a PhD researcher in the area of complexity science and software design. He is the creator of Black Tulip’s Antifragile Systems Design and residuality theory. Barry is a former Chief Architect at Microsoft and a global leader in the field of software architecture.

How to Navigate Uncertainty

You cannot predict the future because: complexity. Controlling the future is an illusion, the future is open, we are facing uncertain outcomes, always have been. Only through the pandemic this has become much more visible.

But how do we respond to this when much of how we are used to do things is based on the assumption of control and planning? How do we deal with Uncertainty, is there another way? (Yes, there is.) And is Uncertainty maybe not that bad after all? (Indeed not.)

But how do we navigate Uncertainty? How can we feel safe despite Uncertainty? What ways are there to leverage Uncertainty?

This workshop tackles these questions and offers concrete strategies on how to “lean into uncertainty”.

Outcomes

This workshop will help you:

  • understand why Uncertainty can feel so unsetting but how it is actually your ally
  • prepare yourself for various outcomes and still stay on the lean side (no prepping necessary)
  • develop the mindset and attitude of Uncertainty Tolerance
  • learn how efficacy, efficiency and result-openness go together
  • get a grip on unknown outcomes and leverage them
  • design strategies that work for you in order to feel comfortable in times of Uncertainty

Audience

This workshop is for anyone interested in dealing with Uncertainty in a productive and constructive way. It is interactive, focused on the participants’ questions and challenges and leaves room to self-reflect as well as practice.

About the Facilitator

Rike Pätzold is co-founder of NxF (navigate by fiction, the process for collaborate future prototyping) and head of the “Institut für Emergenz“. She has developed a framework in order to support leaders in navigating Uncertainty drawing from her professional experience as well as from her private life.

Pätzold has consulted, coached and advised SMEs and multinationals over a decade and she is a lecturer at various universities and colleges. She herself has always had a thing for Uncertainty and has repeatedly tested the boundaries of what others deemed possible and reasonable: She relocated to Taiwan as a single parent without a job or flat (she found both and ended up leading the German department of Radio Taiwan International). Some years later she and her partner took their respective kids out of school, moved to a sailboat and circumnavigated the Atlantic.

How to Foster the Conditions for Emergence and Why this is so Important

We are living in times of ever-growing complexity. Digitization and globalization have made today’s world more interconnected and intertwined than ever before. Planning under such conditions is extremely difficult, predictions less and less useful. We need new ways in dealing with complexity and chaos.

This is where the idea of emergence comes in. Emergence occurs when an entity has properties its part don’t have on their own. All life is based on the phenomenon of emergence: The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

Emergence in action means that if the right people come together, they will inevitably start creating and come up with creative and novel solutions and ideas. Emergence cannot be predicted or planned but planned for. The conditions for emergence can be fostered.

This workshops gives a background of what it means to be doing business in a complex world, provides the basics of the concept of emergence and discusses strategies that allow for emergence to happen – because we are in need of genuinely innovative ideas and creative solutions probably more than ever.

Outcomes

This workshop will help you:

  • grasp what it means to do business in a a complex and unpredictable world
  • understand why Emergence is such an interesting concept and how it works
  • foster conditions for Emergence
  • develop strong networks so the right people can come together and start creating
  • learn how to deal with result-openness and leverage it

Audience

This workshop is for anyone interested in creating an environment and a strong network that allows for innovation and creative solutions to emerge. It is interactive, focused on the participants’ questions, challenges and leaves room to self-reflect as well as practice.

About the Facilitator

Rike Pätzold is co-founder of NxF (navigate by fiction, the process for collaborate future prototyping) and head of the “Institut für Emergenz“. She has developed a framework in order to support leaders in navigating Uncertainty drawing from her professional experience as well as from her private life.

Pätzold has consulted, coached and advised SMEs and multinationals over a decade and she is a lecturer at various universities and colleges. She herself has always had a thing for Uncertainty and has repeatedly tested the boundaries of what others deemed possible and reasonable: She relocated to Taiwan as a single parent without a job or flat (she found both and ended up leading the German department of Radio Taiwan International). Some years later she and her partner took their respective kids out of school, moved to a sailboat and circumnavigated the Atlantic.

Collaborative Future Prototyping – Why we need to Stop Predicting the Future and Start Creating It (Futures Literacy & Science Fiction Prototyping)

The pandemic has reminded us that it’s rather futile to try and predict the future. Our world has become too complex to be able to tell what is going to happen. So what now? Throw in the towel and stop thinking about the future altogether? Not at all. We merely need to replace deterministic predictions with creative foresight – also called Futures Literacy.

Futures literate people are able to create future by using the future. Imagining different scenarios and playing with various outcomes helps in developing creativity, purpose and a strong sense of agency. Science Fiction Prototyping is one of the most successful methods that helps in creatively exploring different futures.

This workshop challenges the concept of predicting the future and shows alternatives. It introduces a combination of Science Fiction Prototyping and scenario planning as one example of creatively preparing for the future and lets participants experiment with it.

Outcomes

This workshop will help you:

  • understand why it’s not helpful to believe those future think tanks’ predictions
  • think in scenarios more than in linear developments
  • see why Science Fiction is so useful in dealing with the future
  • train your imagination by experimenting with a combination of Science Fiction Prototyping and scenario planning
  • learn how a combination of proven methods from the field of future studies can be a useful tool in creatively dealing with the future

Audience

This workshop is for anyone curious in more creative ways in dealing with the future. If you are a fan of Science Fiction, this is your workshop. If you don’t understand the fuss about Science Fiction, you’ll very likely change your mind after attending this workshop. It is interactive, focused on the participants’ questions and challenges and leaves room to self-reflect as well as practice.

About the Facilitator

Rike Pätzold is co-founder of NxF (navigate by fiction, the process for collaborate future prototyping) and head of the “Institut für Emergenz“. She has developed a framework in order to support leaders in navigating Uncertainty drawing from her professional experience as well as from her private life.

Pätzold has consulted, coached and advised SMEs and multinationals over a decade and she is a lecturer at various universities and colleges. She herself has always had a thing for Uncertainty and has repeatedly tested the boundaries of what others deemed possible and reasonable: She relocated to Taiwan as a single parent without a job or flat (she found both and ended up leading the German department of Radio Taiwan International). Some years later she and her partner took their respective kids out of school, moved to a sailboat and circumnavigated the Atlantic.

Building Core Confidence in an Uncertain World

This workshop offers practical know-how for building your core confidence. Why is it crucial? The higher our level of confidence is the more results in our lives are dependent on us, ourselves, and the less – on circumstances. Having and developing confidence is in particular pivotal in 2020s because life has never been this unpredictable, fast-paced and complex before! When something unexpected happens (whether adverse or good) more than ever we have to be able to WITHSTAND, DECIDE and IMPLEMENT quickly. Having strong self/inner/core confidence plays a crucial role in all three. And as the challenges are not subsiding, confidence is more important than ever, both today and tomorrow.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand why self/inner/core confidence is IMPORTANT in the 2020sand why it is crucial to work on it
  • Grasp WHAT confidence is and what are the 5 things that it is not and is often mistaken for
  • Explore what the ESSENCE of confidence is, WHERE it comes from and why it varies
  • Discover how to boost confidence: body hacks VS rewiring brain and mind
  • Learn transformational TECHNIQUEs to boosting confidence for good

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • You, if you want to up skill and ‘spread your wings’ fully
  • Business owners and serial entrepreneurs
  • Organisational leaders such as CEOs
  • Thought leaders and change makers

About the Facilitator

Mariya is a Keynote Speaker and 2 time TEDx Speaker. She is a Thought Leader on Intentional Adaptability, Human Potential and How to Thrive as a Human Being in 2020s. Mariya always customises her talks and tailors her workshops to the needs of the audience. And while her research and content are on complex topics Mariya always delivers her insights in an easy to understand and conversational manner. Moreover, not only her presentations are inspirational but also, very importantly, transformational. You will walk away with all the answers you have been looking for and clarity on what to do next.

No Longer a “Nice to Have” – Why Investing in the Wellbeing of Your Human Capital is Crucial to Your Risk Management Strategy

Human organizations are systems, and the performance of a system is reflection of the strength of the sum of its parts. As businesses look to accelerate innovation in today’s fast paced environment, much focus is placed on advances in technology and automation. Employers are not easily convinced that investing in wellbeing, personal development and “soft skills” will impact profit…but if you want to build an anti-fragile organization, you can’t have a culture that creates fragility in its workforce. Healthy people are good for business. This workshop aims to shine a spotlight on need for human-centered business in a language stakeholders understand; risk and the bottom line.

Outcomes

This workshop will explore:

  • The explicit and implicit costs of low levels of wellbeing in individuals and organizations.
  • The ROI for developing human capital.
  • How to begin framing a business case for investing in wellbeing.
  • Why developing an antifragile workforce is key to productivity, innovation and growth.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Business leaders seeking to lower risk and drive growth with a values-based culture.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to build anti-fragile mindsets at the ground level.
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients in organizational change.

About the Facilitator

After experiencing severe burnout in her former career in management at one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, Sara went on a mission to build a new life for herself and found a calling in teaching others that there is a better way to live and work.

In 2015 she founded LimeHorse, a professional education company – with a focus on the legal profession – offering online and in-person training in mindfulness, emotional intelligence, organizational development and peak performance.  She is a Faculty and Advisory Board Member of University of Toronto’s AMM-MIND program, Co-Chair of the Ontario Chapter and CLE planning task force member with the Mindfulness in Law Society and Performance Specialist at Mindful Gateway Consulting.  She is a regular contributor on Thrive Global’s special section on Overcoming Lawyer Burnout.  Sara is passionate about helping professionals build resilience and cultivate purposeful work.

Sara has worked in diverse environments such as academic, corporate, and professional sports.  Through MGC she has developed and delivered training for the Toronto Maple Leafs development camp and the Toronto Marlies.  She splits her free time between raising her young daughter, her many hobbies and volunteer commitments working with marginalized individuals.

Grow Your Consulting or Coaching Business, Even Under Extraordinary Circumstances

The more the business climate gets disrupted, the more opportunities arise… but you have to anticipate when and where this will happen. This mini-workshop shows coaches and consultants how to foster this sort of foresight. To be specific, it highlights five must-have qualities you must bring to your career that will enable you to grow your business, achieve more for—and with—clients, and live an extraordinary life.

  • Clarity around what you want and what matters most, so you can build a life that brings you fulfillment as well as success
  • Focus on your priorities, even when that means taking actions (i.e. an overnight drive) that may seam extreme to others
  • Resilience in the face of natural and manmade obstacles to your goals
  • Agility that allows you to pivot time and time again, without losing once ounce of energy, passion or excitement
  • Strategic insight that powers accurate anticipation of what is likely to happen next, so that both you and the clients you serve can achieve amazing success, no matter what the future holds

Outcomes

This workshop will show you how to:

  • Foster each of the five critical qualities, so that your business grows, with less stress and exertion
  • Avoid pitfalls that cause many professionals to fail
  • Reach out in the right ways, to the right prospects, so that selling becomes increasingly effortless
  • Showcase your knowledge so that the work that you attract is work you love
  • Gain more referrals to the clients who are a joy to work with, and whom you can help the most.
  • Create proposals and pricing that increase your income, while creating the trust that wins clients for life
  • Act decisively, even in the midst of extreme volatility, so that you can be of greater value to others

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for consultants, executive coaches, and other professional service providers across a wide range of industries.

Amanda brings first-hand experience and wisdom to this subject, having advised leading global companies for over two decades. The format of the workshop will allow attendees to address their specific questions, challenges and opportunities.

About the Facilitator

Amanda Setili is president of strategy consulting firm Setili & Associates, whose clients include Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, UPS and Walmart. She previously held positions with McKinsey & Company and Kimberly-Clark, and served as an executive with two successful disruptive technology startups, in the US and Malaysia.  Setili is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Harvard Business School and has taught as an adjunct professor at Emory’s Goizueta Business School. She is the author of Fearless Growth: The New Rules to Stay Competitive, Foster Innovation, and Dominate Your Markets and The Agility Advantage, How to Identify and Act On Opportunities in a Fast-Changing World. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

Are we missing the point of Pandemic Planning?

A “dirty bomb” does not have to be manmade. Nature provides us with many potential “dirty bombs”, these may come in the form of readily recognized natural disasters such as, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes; or as a pandemic. Are you prepared to understand the ramifications of one of nature’s dirty bombs? Should we sound the alarm for a worldwide epidemic that might not occur? There is no choice with the Ebola emerging from Africa. Should it adapt to be able to be transmitted from human to human, international health experts warn, Ebola, like Bird flu could spark a global pandemic.

There are three elements to a pandemic. First, a virus emerges from the pool of animal life that has never infected human beings, meaning no person has antibodies to fight it. Second, the virus has to make us seriously ill. Third, the virus must be capable of moving swiftly from human to human through coughing, sneezing or just a handshake.

What should public and private sector planners expect when dealing with each other during a pandemic crisis?

This presentation is designed to facilitate a greater understanding of the issues that private and public sector planners will have to face if a pandemic occurs.

Rethinking Risk and Uncertainty

What is risk? Think about it before you leap to answer. Do we really know and understand risk? Some facts to consider:

  • Risk is not static, it is fluid.
  • Risk probes for weaknesses to exploit.
  • Risk, therefore, can only be temporarily mitigated and never really eliminated.
  • Over time risk mitigation degrades and loses effectiveness as risk mutates, creating new risk realities.

Risk management requires that you constantly monitor recognized risks and continue to scan for new risks. This process cannot be accomplished with a ‘one and done’ mindset. Risk needs to be looked at in three dimensions and perhaps even four dimensions to begin to understand the “touchpoints” and aggregation of risk, potential to cascade, conflate and/or come to a confluence.

Ask yourself, “What is my organization’s risk absorption capacity? Where is our risk saturation point? At what point does our risk profile allow for risk deflection? At what point does our risk profile create a risk explosion for our organization?” These four questions, all too often, never get asked when conducting investigations into risk, threat, vulnerability, business impact and/or hazard analyses. How do you begin to answer these questions? First, you need to be open to complexity; second you have to be able to see beyond the immediate and third, you have to embrace the dynamic nature of risk as non-static.

This presentation focuses on the drivers of risk. This presentation concludes with a discussion of 7 identified needs for today’s risk sensitive organizations.

Walking on Shifting Sand: Global Vulnerabilities – Local Impacts – New challenges for Enterprise Risk Management

Governments and companies worldwide are emerging from the current financial crisis and subsequent recession. While governments are crafting new regulations, businesses around the world are walking in shifting sand as risk exposures are high and new regulations will create compliance challenges. According to a recent survey by Korn/Ferry International, corporate leaders are focusing more attention on risk management after what is considered by many to be excessive risk-taking during the boom times that factored into the global financial crisis.

One question that both corporate executives and board members will have to wrestle with is, while there will be more regulations, can they be crafted better than the regulations of the past? Will it be just more reactive and ill-conceived regulations? The Financial Stability Act of 2010 commonly referred to as the Dodd-Frank Act alone comprises over 2,300 pages of regulatory directives. More regulations are in the offing, ensuring that compliance will be a top consideration. Who writes the regulations? Are they industry experts? No. In most cases, regulations are written by politicians and legal professionals who may have a basic understanding of an industry, but who are in no way experts in that industry.

This presentation focuses on eleven drivers that impact infrastructure resilience. This presentation concludes with a discussion of 12 Steps to get from here to there and temper the impact of Black Swan events.

Are you On the Brink to Discover an Entirely New Tomorrow?

People hate change. Organizations are happy when they don’t have to deal with uncertainty. Our brains fight the unknown and our amygdala is happy to hijack new ideas, untested waters. We used to tell our clients, many of whom came to us to help them get unstuck or restart their growth, that if you want to change you have to have a crisis or create one. If not, your habits become very resistant to being altered or challenged and you either resist the new or sit like a “deer in the headlights” searching for the old pathway you have always followed.

Then the pandemic hit, and the economic reverberations happened. These were all set within the changes already underway from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, business roll-ups, new supply chains, and the global, often remote workforce. Nothing was as it had been before. What to do?

Humans have successfully thrived as we evolved because we have been able to reinvent ourselves and our stories so we can literally imagine the future and begin to move towards it. In this workshop we are going to help show you how you can do this for yourself and your organization.

We have designed the workshop experientially since active learning is the best way to acquire and apply new ways of doing things. Our approach is three-pronged:

  1. We will talk about the theory, methods and tools of reinventing our stories. Neuroscience and cognitive science research are very compelling. You begin to imagine the new future and your brain begins to change to see it emerge. How can you do that? Athletes understand its power. Musicians practice without their instrument and play amazing music. You can begin to see how you can change without fleeing the new, fearing the unknown, or even just appeasing me.
  2. Second, you will begin to draft a new visualization of your own future or that of your profession or your business.
  3. Then we will talk about our proprietary ChangeMap™ process to start you on the road forward.

People are futurists. For us to live in the present we need to see the future, even if it feels disrupted or uncertain. Once we grab ahold of our imagined future, we seem to be able to better live today. Small wins help us stabilize ourselves in the midst of what appears to be chaos. Slowly, and then quickly we are moving on our way.

About the Facilitator

Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D. (“Andi”) is an international leader in the growing field of corporate anthropology, an Axiom bronze Best Business Book of 2017 winning author of On the Brink: A fresh lens to take your business to new heights, and the founder and CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC). Andi’s forthcoming book is entitled Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business. Scheduled for release in January 2021, it shows how women today are challenging the expected norms of business and crashing through with extraordinary creative business, legal and professional solutions.

Dr. Simon enables organizations to see their cultures with fresh eyes. Her talks on Change Matters and Blue Ocean Strategy have been featured in over 500 engagements.

She is widely covered in Inc.com, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Good Morning America, and Modern Healthcare and has been a blogger for Forbes and Fierce Healthcare, and in dozens of podcast and radio shows.

With more than 150,000 monthly listeners, her podcast, On the Brink with Andi Simon, is ranked among the top 200 business podcasts for entrepreneurship and rated among the top 20 futurist podcasts.

Growing in Crisis & Chaos - The new VUUA World (Complexity has given way to Unknown) and How to Deal with it?

If space could be broken into own, known and unknown territories, then every mass scale disruption has always surfaced from the unknown – stealthily first, till it engulfs completely.

Did you know that business strategies are affected by just 3 variables? Space, Time and Action where

Space defines markets, hence represents organizational strengths.

Time encapsulates value, hence represents opportunity.

Action liberates value and hence represents lifecycle.

The interplay of Space, Time and Action represents 27 states in business strategy. No business situation can be outside of these 27 states.

Outcomes

This workshop will show you how to:

  • Understand space, time and action dimensions
  • Understand the specific interplay for managing crisis and chaos
  • Use crisis and chaos as a mechanism to strongly go forward

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Business leaders
  • Leadership Coaches
  • Management Consultants

About the Facilitator

Sinha is the author of “Achieving Successful Business Outcomes” published by Taylor & Francis, NY and London. Sinha has held multiple CXO positions in global companies in the immediate past, including Chairman and CEO of a listed software company with entities around the globe. A hands-on leader in the Technology and Software industry with over 3-decades of track record in driving successful outcomes in the areas of leadership, business management and strategy, he has profitably ramped and managed many end-to-end businesses, from seeding enterprises, turning around and growing organizations, managing global sales, engineering and delivery teams. He is as an active investor and advisor to several start-ups.

Sinha has been credited with creating a highly successful innovation program which has generated multiple thousands of man-days of cutting-edge innovation outputs and patents every year. He instituted a unique ‘reverse’ mentoring programs for top managements by the millennial workforce. He formulated and implemented a very successful mini-CEO program that has helped turnaround sinking, negative EBIT firms into high growth and highly profitable organizations. He is also a Visiting Professor at various Business Schools.

Sensemaking and Weak Signal Detection

Learn the what and the how in this workshop.

Sensemaking is a technique designed to aid our understanding of complex problems and conditions or environments. Sensemaking aids in developing stories around one’s environment in which individuals and groups can begin developing shared mental models to understand the complex environment or problem better.

Weak Signal Detection is a method which can detect the sign of future changes at an early stage and involves identifying opportunities and threats that exist in the environment. Weak signal detection is essential to identifying early signs of problems before they become unmanageable and is a method that can detect the sign of future changes at an early stage.

Outcomes

This micro-workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand what Sensemaking and WSD is, and enable you to explain these approaches to those you seek to influence.
  • Recognize the importance of these approaches in ensuring sustainability, resilience and robustness of your organization.
  • Enable you to immediately use these techniques to demonstrate their power and utility.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Executives and those focussed on organization transformation.
  • Business and technology leaders who drive growth.
  • Change agents who advance change and transformation.
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients.

About the Facilitator

Nigel Thurlow is the former Chief of Agile at Toyota, the creator of Scrum The Toyota Way, the co-creator of The Flow System, author of The Flow Guide and a Professional Scrum Trainer. He has trained over 4500 people to date, and is the current CEO of The Flow Consortium, focussed on helping organizations transform.

Building High Performing Teams

Effective Communication – You’ve all heard about active listening, but what does effective communication in a team look like?

Effective Planning – We all know how to plan right? Wrong! Learn what planning should look like, and it’s more than something you do in Scrum.

Effective Debriefing – Retrospectives, Lessons Learned, Post Mortems and more terms for how to improve. Many are just silly game based meetings, and others fail to address what needs to one improved and how. The agile retrospective is useless without real-time narratives and storytelling.

Outcomes

This micro-workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand what an effective team looks like, and enable you to explain these approaches to those you seek to influence.
  • Be fluent in understanding what a high performing team is, and identify the key differentiators between efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Enable you to immediately use these techniques to demonstrate their power and utility.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • HR Executives and those focussed on organization transformation.
  • Business and technology leaders who drive growth.
  • Change agents who advance change and transformation.
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients.

About the Facilitator

Nigel Thurlow is the former Chief of Agile at Toyota, the creator of Scrum The Toyota Way, the co-creator of The Flow System, author of The Flow Guide and a Professional Scrum Trainer. He has trained over 4500 people to date, and is the current CEO of The Flow Consortium, focussed on helping organizations transform.

Portfolio Planning with Wardley Maps

Visualization techniques are critical to understanding complexity. Wardley Maps are representations of an organization’s landscape and structure of a business or service, mapping the components to serve the customer needs. It can be utilized to highlight patterns that are unobservable, increasing one’s situation awareness.

When mapped out, the organization can see which processes include non-value added activities to the customer and which ones maximize value to the customer. This realization can allow organizations to refocus their processes to meet the customer’s needs better.
 

Outcomes

This micro-workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand what Wardley Maps are and how to use them.
  • Be able to create and explain a Wardley Map and learn how to apply it to your organization.
  • Enable you to immediately use these techniques to demonstrate their power and utility.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Senior Executives and those focused on organization transformation.
  • Anyone working in portfolio management space as a manager or coach.
  • Business and technology leaders who drive growth.
  • Change agents who advance change and transformation.
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients.

About the Facilitator

Nigel Thurlow is the former Chief of Agile at Toyota, the creator of Scrum The Toyota Way, the co-creator of The Flow System, author of The Flow Guide and a Professional Scrum Trainer. He has trained over 4500 people to date, and is the current CEO of The Flow Consortium, focussed on helping organizations transform.

Deborah Watring-Ellis

Human Capital Innovator and Reformed Business Leader

WeCARE for Leaders

According to Mental Health Research Canada, (41%) of Canadians feel the negative impacts of self-isolation on their mental health since the Covid outbreak. Anxiety levels have quadrupled (from 5% to 20%) and depression levels have doubled (from 4% to 10%).

Are your employees struggling with the increased isolation of social distancing and suddenly being required to work from home? Ninety percent of people tell us they know someone struggling with mental health or neurological challenges and/or addictions. However, when asked if they have confidence in reaching out to provide support most say they are not.

I wonder why. If we see a colleague walking into the office on crutches, our natural instinct is to offer help – open the door, carry a bag – but when we see signs of mental distress, we clam up. We turn away.

Most people think they are not qualified – that it takes the credentials of a clinician to help.

We know that isn’t the case. Research has shown that lack of social support is the most significant risk factor in developing a mental health problem following hardship. (Brewin et al, Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 2000.) Simply reaching out and showing compassion can keep small problems from becoming bigger.

Join me in this micro-workshop to recognize when a colleague is in distress, ask “R U OK?” with confidence and guide them to supportive resources. It is your responsibility as a leader.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Feel more confident to ask “R U OK?”
  • Guide others to find relevant resources and help
  • Know how to follow up and support

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for all leaders who have responsibility for leading others.

About the Facilitator

Deb Watring-Ellis led her own team for over twenty years as she built a successful international sales training company, merged it with an interactive marketing company and ultimately sold it. After that she spent many years doing learning and development with leaders in some of the largest companies in Canada. She now works with Mental Health Innovations to help visionary leaders develop corporate cultures that are psychologically safe and healthy.

Deborah Watring-Ellis

Human Capital Innovator and Reformed Business Leader

Improving Team Mental Health by Re-engineering Performance Management

Calling all Leaders

Have you ever felt invisible?

A colleague tells me about commuting to work on a bus and crying. She was surrounded by people, and nobody acknowledged her pain.

My wife tells me about the time when she was struggling with an eating disorder and was finally hospitalized weighing 89 pounds. For months, her colleagues at work had watched her literally starve to death and no one ever asked what was going on.

Have you ever been the one who turned away?

When I hear these stories, I realize I have been one of those guilty of turning away – of treating my employees as though personal challenges were invisible. I took great pride in building a company culture that was warm and friendly and offered opportunities to be creative and grow. Yet, personal challenges were treated as invisible. I know my employees struggled, but they weren’t encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. I was supressing my own challenges and self-soothing with alcohol and overachievement. I was modeling the behaviour that “You leave your personal struggles at home. Pull up your socks. We are here to work.” And, when employees cried in their performance reviews, I wasn’t curious about why my feedback on their performance triggered such an emotional response. As much as I prided myself in being a good leader, I was not acknowledging my employees as whole people.

It took me many years and many different manifestations of my company to wake up to the reality that I was not the great leader I thought I was. What made a difference for me was working with leaders who “get it”. They have struggled and acknowledged their struggles. They bring their whole selves to work every day and they encourage me to do the same. No, they insist on it. We check in with each other regularly. We hold space for each other. And, we hold each other accountable to achieve great things.

Mental illness in the workplace is real. Occupational stress injuries are real. Addictions and neurological disorders are real. They come to work with our people every day, and they have an impact on company performance. As leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure our workplaces help manage mental health problems rather than contributing to them.

Let’s not be the ones who turn away from the single mother crying on her way to work or the adoptee who felt so invisible her whole life that she nearly did disappear.

Join me in this micro-workshop to explore and practice techniques that foster improved performance by turning traditional performance management practices upside down and integrating caring and human connection.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Recognize how mental health is impacting the performance of your team
  • Identify common signs that someone is in distress
  • Formulate performance objectives that are truly Achievable and Realistic
  • Build a trusting relationship with your team members
  • Provide feedback that makes a difference

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for all leaders who have responsibility for leading others.

About the Facilitator

Deb Watring-Ellis led her own team for over twenty years as she built a successful international sales training company, merged it with an interactive marketing company and ultimately sold it. After that she spent many years doing learning and development with leaders in some of the largest companies in Canada. She now works with Mental Health Innovations to help visionary leaders develop corporate cultures that are psychologically safe and healthy.

Charlotte Weinberg

Richard Lambe

One Foot in Front of the Other - Coping with Ourselves in Crisis

Charlie Weinberg and Richard Lambe represent Safe Ground – an arts organisation that designs therapeutic group work for people in prisons around the UK.

In this workshop, Charlie and Richard (each of whom has been involved in Safe Ground for 10 years), will take you through a series of short exercises and ask you to think about what happens to your planning, thinking and judgement under pressure. They will ask you to work with people you don’t know, under time pressure and with your own emotions as part of your material. The workshop will be expertly delivered by Charlie and Richard, using the well evidenced Safe Ground methodology, used in prisons and in community settings across the UK and other parts of the world. The workshop will draw on your creativity and invite you to play as well as tapping into your own endless resources of self-awareness, sub-conscious and dialogue. This workshop is a little less task focussed and a little more process focussed than many of the others in this series. It is about your whole person and how you work with that in crisis as well as when things are going well. We look forward to meeting you.

Safe Ground often works with people who don’t want to be there, are hugely resistant to engagement and for whom hope, change or good luck seem impossible and not deserved. We don’t expect anything, but we can guarantee an honest, open and interesting conversation with people open to learn and think together.

Outcomes

As a result of this short time with Safe Ground you will:

  • Gain some fresh perspectives on your own thinking process
  • Understand something more about your emotional responses
  • Develop some ideas and be inspired by your own performance
  • Consider the development embedded in adversity and appreciate the discipline required to engage it
  • Widen your vision as to your current situation and how it impacts others as well as yourself
  • Reconsider the ways in which you cope with difficulty and realise your own internal responses as catalysts

These outcomes are practical and realistic. They don’t require you to take any notes and there will be no slides or statistics. This is about you and your experience. Harness that because it is always with you, whether you like it or not!

About the Facilitator

Charlie Weinbert is values led, passionate about social change and justice. Committed to developing people, processes and practice for impact and potential. Creative, strategic, resilient, able to drive change and development whilst maintaining integrity. 

Richard Lambe is a writer and performer. In recent years, he has performed short pieces of drama addressing childhood trauma and the care system. Richard has performed at Safe Ground events at The National Theatre, The Roundhouse, St. Ethelburgers Centre for Peace and Reconciliation; and has presented with Safe Ground to students at Warwick University and The International School (Geneva). In 2011 Richard participated in both Family Man and (unusually), Fathers Inside. Richard is an entrepreneur, problem solver and networker with an excellent set of commercial skills.

How to Gray Rhino Proof Your Organization

An organization’s success — its very survival — depends on leaders mobilizing their teams to respond to challenges with flexibility and tenacity. So why are the headlines full of leaders who ignored obvious and all too often solvable problems: the “gray rhinos” charging at them? Do you know what gray rhinos -the obvious but neglected challenges that you still have an opportunity to confront before it’s too late- face your organization or industry but are frustrated that too little is being done about them?

This micro-workshop teaches you how to apply the five-stage gray rhino framework to re-frame and improve your responses to the obvious risks and opportunities in your organization.

Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Recognize and counter the blind spots in your organization’s ability to manage critical but neglected gray rhino risks
  • Learn to apply the five-stage gray rhino framework to improving the way you and your team are responding to key strategic and operational challenges
  • Re-frame and develop actionable steps to address these gray rhinos
  • Understand how to keep cognitive biases from getting in the way recognizing problems in time to head them off –and instead make emotions work for you.
  • Acquire tools for understanding and engaging key stakeholders, prioritizing the challenges you face, and tracking and adjusting your strategy.

Audience

This micro-workshop is intended for:

  • Business and technology C-suite members seeking to lower risk and drive innovation and growth by developing a risk culture that includes awareness of your responses
  • Chief Risk Officers, Risk Managers, Business Continuity Managers, and Board members who want to better understand the threats and opportunities to their organization and prepare for the next global crisis
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to build resilient, long-lasting organizations
  • Coaches and consultants who guide their clients in organizational change.

About the Facilitator

Author and strategist Michele Wucker coined the term “gray rhino” as a metaphor for obvious risks that are neglected despite – indeed, often because of their size and likelihood. The term has become emblematic of the ignored warnings that enabled the COVID-19 pandemic. It also has moved markets and shaped financial policies, risk management, and business strategies in China and around the world. Michele is a frequent media commentator and the author of four books including the international bestseller, THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore (St. Martin’s Press, 2016) and YOU ARE WHAT YOU RISK: The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World (Pegasus Books, April 2021). Recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Guggenheim Fellow, she draws on three decades of experience in financial media and think tank management, turnarounds, and policy analysis. Her warm, direct style and original insights have made her an in-demand speaker and media source.