Leadership and Personal Development Collection

Professional Development Workshops

1). Your Resilient Mind: Neuroscience, Self-Care and Life Success

The purpose of this workshop is to share with attendees practical, research-supported techniques for keeping in top mental condition — even under the stresses and challenges of career, family and personal life. Drawn from the latest neuroscience, this session will show attendees how to keep their minds in the best possible shape emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Participants will learn how to develop a high level of mental fitness and extraordinary psychological health. In addition, participants will be shown how to accelerate their learning, deepen their relationships and effectively resolve stress.

Life is stressful. Life working in a child-serving organization is often inordinately stressful. It is more important than ever to take aggressive steps to overcome this stress and move beyond it to the highest levels of mental fitness. We need to transform our work experiences so that they produce energy not deplete it. That transformation begins within each individual. This presentation will share the three foundational principles of great mental fitness and provide specific exercises and techniques participants can begin to use immediately to strengthen their mental health, optimize their brain function and begin the journey toward optimal development of their personal potential.

Our understanding of the human brain is deeper than it has ever been. We recognize its strengths and vulnerabilities better than ever before. Consequently, we are able to leverage that knowledge to identify habits of thinking and behavior that enhance what our brains do well and protect our brains from things that harm it. To help you strengthen your own resilience we’ll share skills that, once developed, result in big gains in productivity and produce truly extraordinary psychological health. Attendees will be able to begin these practices immediately to improve time management, efficiently resolve problems, navigate change, grow self-confidence and boost creativity.

2). Leadership with the Brain in Mind: Connecting Brain Research and the Art of Transformational Leadership

Specifically designed for leaders, this workshop teaches leaders how to align their leadership activities with breakthrough information about the brain and the learning process. Empowered with an understanding of these natural and powerful learning processes, leaders both learn and develop skills to strengthen the impact of their leadership, extend the scope of their influence, and build resilience in the people they serve.  Leaders are taught the special neurological relationship between information, perception, and behavior as well as being exposed to the role of intention and habit in achieving goals.

Finally, leaders receive concrete examples of how this information has been used to transform communication methods, recognition systems, motivation and productivity issues, problem-solving processes and strategic plan achievement. If you want to become a better leader with new and effective skills in today’s rapidly changing child-serving landscape, this learning experience is a must!

3). Creating the Upside Down Organization: Transforming Staff to Save Troubled Children

Based on the book of the same name, this workshop introduces a new paradigm for the way in which child-serving organizations are organized and operated. Rather than focusing on changing the behaviors of children, this new philosophy focuses on changing the thinking and behavior of the staff that responds to the children. Known as Transformation Education, this organizational philosophy intentionally structures a culture where the beliefs, values and expectations of the organization are clearly, powerfully, and consistently communicated through the alignment of people, systems, curriculum and environment. Packed with tools, templates, systems and examples, this workshop will teach you how to transform the performance of your staff and your organization to improve the quality of services you provide to children. This proven model boasts impressive results in a variety of child-serving settings including schools, Juvenile justice programs, and residential programs. By focusing on the transformation of the staff, students receive the values and life-skills education necessary for a successful life—one full of caring, contribution and commitment.

4). Transforming our Understanding of Conflict: A Brain-Compatible Model for Solving Problems in Modern Organizations

Conflict in the workplace has historically been managed by the twin pillars of authority and the legally informed “discipline process.” However, these pillars have often fallen short of what human-serving professionals need in times of conflict and crisis: the very best thinking and creative collaboration among and between employees. In addition, authoritative approaches often lead to the creation of a “culture of blame.” This workshop offers a new model of conflict resolution focusing on ownership, collaboration, and strengthening employee relationships. This four-part, progressive problem-solving model combines the best of brain research with three decades of human service experience to produce an efficient, effective conflict resolution model proven effective in a multi-service children’s organization. Learn a new paradigm for solving difficult, personal and seemingly intractable problems among and between your employees and usher in a new era of creative, cutting-edge solutions to age-old conflicts.

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