Connection Sessions to Work with Others

Everybody’s Different: Roadmaps for Healthy Team Communication

Employees who feel respected by their employers are 87% less likely to leave their organization and seek new employment. Yet only 38% of employees say their company treats them with respect. Team communication is the most critical component of respectful workplaces. Teams and companies that communicate effectively have higher retention, higher employee satisfaction, and more productivity. In this workshop, each team member will develop and share out their own detailed “How best to work with me” manual (like a dishwasher manual, but for how to treat your team members!). You’ll be shocked to learn your colleagues’ triggers, delighters and boundaries, and excited to act on your new knowledge. Don’t be surprised that you’ll want to laminate and disseminate everyone’s final product to the team, for improved communication and empathy for years to come.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand different types of communication and how to apply them at work
  • Engage in introspection about the kinds of communication at work that help you succeed the most
  • Work through guided questions about working style, triggers, delighters and more
  • Come away with a completed “how to work with me” personalized manual
  • Promote engagement and dialogue among teams, harnessing the power of free-flowing communication

Who Should Attend:

  • All team members

Navigating Difficult Conversations Confidently

Conflict is stressful, and it’s a source of anxiety for many. And, conflicts happen every day not just in our personal lives but also at work. In a survey of 400 companies with 100,000 employees, each cited an average loss per company of $62.4 million per year because of inadequate communication to and between employees. Have you or has someone on your team struggled to deliver feedback? Fire someone? Have an emotionally charged conversation? Fear no more and learn how to navigate difficult conversations courageously using The Authenticity Guide’s tried and true communication framework. You’ll get to practice with the group, and then you’ll take home real strategies to help you become a more effective communicator starting today.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand healthy and normal communication
  • Identify interpersonal situations that participants find problematic and recognize why best efforts to deal with these situations are often ineffective
  • Establish conditions that will empower participants to act with candor, respect, and responsibility when they encounter difficult issues
  • Minimize destructive placement of blame when dealing with tough problems, and ensure the focus stays on relevant issues.
  • Engage in robust conversations with people in both higher and lower positions of authority so that critical, bottom-up communication are productive
  • Conduct difficult conversations courageously for the rest of your career 

Who Should Attend:

  • C-suite executives
  • Upper leadership and management teams
  • Human resources

Companies Changing the World: Connect through Corporate Social Responsibility

Nonprofits can be incredible changemakers, but unfortunately they only comprise around 5% of GDP and therefore are limited in their potential impact. Corporations, not just nonprofits, have a responsibility to step up and contribute to the betterment of people and planet. Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, consists of sustainability initiatives, corporate foundations, employee volunteer programs, and donations to charity. Fortune 500 firms spend around $20 billion a year on CSR activities. And, companies that are most successful at CSR don’t just give the most money away, they also see real prosocial benefits in the form of increased productivity and retention among employees. CSR can be an incredible way to bring employees and their company together for the good of the world. In this workshop we’ll talk about how to nail CSR at your company — not just by checking a box, but by going all in. You’ll leave feeling invigorated and ready to mobilize your company to make a real impact.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to define CSR and understand which companies are excelling at it and why
  • Implement a process to embed social impact and CSR throughout your organization
  • Understand how to get key team members on board with the mission
  • Discover how your corporation can marry profit and purpose
  • Learn the benefits of CSR and why every major corporation should have it 

Who Should Attend:

  • Executives and Leaders with decision-making power
  • CSR and community development team members
  • HR teams

Thinking Like a Consumer: Design Thinking for Problem Solving at Work

Human-centered design, or thinking from the perspective of the consumer, is critical to business success. In fact, design-driven companies have outperformed the S&P Index by 219% over 10 years. 71% of organizations that practice design thinking report it has improved their working culture on a team level. The goal of this workshop is to learn about the five phases of design thinking, or human-centered design (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test). While we usually think about consumer-focused design  in the context of product development, we’ll learn how to apply this method of thinking in a different way: to foster greater team creativity. Participants will practice using design thinking on a real challenge, and then take home a framework that they can easily use for their next team meeting or project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the 5 phases of design thinking (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test).
  • Gain techniques to better understand the social, emotional, and physical needs of customers.
  • Apply methods that will help you turn your customer needs into human-centered solutions.
  • Use ideation techniques to quickly generate, develop, and test new ideas.
  • De-risk your new ideas by gaining feedback through rapid prototypes.
  • Showcase your new skills through tangible, real-world project challenges
  • Implement the 5 phases through guided exercises in a collaborative environment
  • Learn how to apply design thinking for creative problem solving at work

Who Should Attend:

  • Collaborative teams
  • Leaders with 5+ team members

Getting to the Top: How to Authentically and Meaningfully Network Internally

Networking shouldn’t just be for individuals who are looking for a job. In fact, the best time to network is often when gainfully employed! According to data, highest performing employees have 36% stronger internal networks than their lesser performing peers. That means more connected employees are more profitable employees. Networking is an important life-long skill that can pay dividends when we least expect it. We review what it means to network, and how to do it effectively within your organization. These tips, tricks and habits will help you throughout your career as well as improve customer relations, increase engagement, and boost company culture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demystify the idea of networking when you’re already employed (hint: you should always network, even when you have a job!)
  • Understand what successful networking looks like at your company
  • Learn real strategies that you can implement starting today to become an expert internal networker
  • Discover how to grow client relations through effective networking
  • Improve firm-wide transparency and help employees understand appropropriate channels for questions and decrease duplication of tasks

Who Should Attend:

  • Employees who are interested in career advancement at their current firm
  • Leaders of teams wherein fostering retention is crucial
  • Sales teams
  • Development teams

“Yes, and…!” Improvisation for Teams

Team building sessions can often feel inauthentic and disengaging, especially when they’re a box to be checked. It’s not enough to play “three truths and a lie” when promoting team bonding. Teams need more interactive, fun and lasting lessons from their team building. That’s where improvisation or “improv” comes in: Improvisation or “improv” is a spontaneous performance without prior planning. Applied improv, or being taught how to do improv in a non-theatrical setting, has numerous benefits for business people, teams and students. Experienced improvisors handle business uncertainty and ambiguity better. Improv can greatly ease social anxiety and foster more effective group communication. This experiential workshop will teach individuals the fundamentals of improv so that they grow more comfortable with active listening, affirming and conversing with ease. It promises to be the best and most fun team building session you’ve ever experienced. And, participants will leave the session with tangible skills, memories and takeaways that they’ll think about and use for years to come.

Learning Objectives:

  • Feel more comfortable and at ease communicating with your group or team
  • Improve active listening skills
  • Embrace ambiguity in an improv setting, and learn how to apply this at work
  • Understand “yes, and” and its broad applications to work and life
  • Become more confident and open-minded to taking risks

Who Should Attend:

  • All individuals
  • Groups that want to learn more about business for good