I offer a variety of on-site workshops to help your teams thrive. Contact me for a customized package for your organization.
Has your organization recently “reteamed” or “reorg’d?” Are you hiring a lot of new people or are working on a new or changed team? The addition or subtraction of as little as one team member means you have a “new team.” There are deliberate things that you can do with teams to help get them up to speed fast so they can start being productive with less hesitance or fear. In this workshop we will go through a series of activities to help your team gel fast so they can get to know each other well and build rapport and respect.
Liberate the Prisoners: Facilitation Techniques for Engaging Meetings
We will go through and practice several ways of facilitating meetings so that all voices are heard, that there is interactivity and movement, and efficiency to get to results. This includes effective decision making protocols and tools, how to stimulate discussion from the entire group versus having a few dominate the discussion, chart writing, and more. We can apply this to retrospectives as well as other team meetings.
Team Challenges & Solution Ideas
In this session we will brainstorm and share challenges that we are facing with our team and organization. We will discuss the severity and frequency of the issues, and we will workshop approaches to solving them as a group. This is a useful activity to determine a backlog of initiatives to tackle for those in Internal Agile Coaching groups or other groups tasked with improving the efficiency and health of their organizations.
Experience and Practice Coaching Conversations
In this workshop you will learn about the difference between giving advice and coaching. You will understand and practice deep listening and how to draw out the other person by asking open-ended powerful questions to further “their agenda” as opposed to your own. We’ll go over essential ethical aspects of one-on-one coaching as well as how to bring the people you coach to meaningful accountability that encourages action or changes in the way that they want to “show up” in the world. We’ll also talk about the art of mentoring and giving advice. That too has it’s place especially when we are working with teams to apply a certain philosophy such as Lean and Agile development.
Helping others Have Difficult Conversations with Empathy
Has anyone ever come to you with a problem that they have with another person? How do you respond? In this workshop you will learn techniques to help the other person reflect on and develop the courage to talk with the other person about the issue, while developing empathy by being “in the other person’s shoes”. This encourages people taking ownership of their own communication so that they can be more effective team players that are not reliant on others to solve problems for them on their behalf.
Giving constructive feedback can be challenging to many of us. Maybe we can’t find the right words to use, or we are fearful for making a mistake and upsetting the other person. In this session we will dissect this topic down to the syntax level so that participants have specific tools and tricks to improve their communication when things get challenging. Through practice and interactive scenarios we will gain confidence in these skills so that we can teach them to others.
Creating Safe Teams
Did you know that the most productive teams are the ones with the highest degrees of safety present on the teams? A 2015 study at Google called Project Aristotle identified what makes the most productive teams, and having psychological safety, or the ability to “show up” authentically, be yourself, and do things without scrutiny was at the top of the list. In this session we will go over the research, tools and techniques for interacting with teams and individuals to increase the safety present.
Coaching the Team System
This workshop will teach you tools and activities that you can use when coaching teams. Instead of focusing on improving the individuals on the team separately, we will learn and practice strategies to tap into the team system as a unit, and how to engage with it on a regular basis to increase the team’s collective intelligence so that it can succeed in whatever it chooses to do.