Full course description
Communication. It remains the top issue for organizations, teams, and relationships.
Almost everyone struggles with how to effectively communicate when they are frustrated or facing conflict. The effects of poor communication are costly. They show up in organizations as:
- Employee disengagement, malaise, and turnover
- Dysfunctional teams
- Poor performance
- Inability to give and receive critical feedback
- Negative attitudes, cliques, and gossip: a culture of "me"
If you're dealing with any of these outcomes, the Conversation Bootcamps will give you the skills and tools to turn them around.
Bootcamp 1: Conversations Worth HavingStep into Your Capacity to Fuel Productivity and Meaningful Engagement.
This program is grounded in Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely used positive change approaches. Two simple Appreciative Inquiry practices can turn your entire culture around, creating a culture of conversations worth having. Following this workshop, you will have tools to establish communication practices that will support productivity, engagement, high performance teams, regular feedback, positivity, and a culture of "we." You will walk away prepared to:
- Keep your cool when you want to explode!
- Effectively challenge assumptions and preconceptions, including yours.
- Deal with conflict quickly and effectively.
- Fuel productive and meaningful engagement.
- Communicate successfully with people who hold negative attitudes or defensive positions.
- Give and receive critical feedback in ways that promote learning and high performance.
- Ask the kind of questions that deepen understanding, strengthen connections, and inspire possibility.
- Talk with colleagues in ways that invite them to collaborate on projects and strategic outcomes.
- Listen with genuine curiosity.
- Frame any conversation, even one around a highly complex problem, to inspire creative and innovative thinking and solutions.
Bootcamp 2: Strategic Conversations
Step into Your Capacity to Foster Whole System Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Leading.A lack of strategic thinking and planning in organizations is costly. The greatest expense is the investment of time and resources into activities that do not support company goals or the mission. In addition, employees show up, do their work, and go home. This results in missed opportunities. Organizations poised for growth and success have leaders who are adopting strategic thinking as an on-going way of doing business and strategic planning that engages employees across the whole organization as well as external stakeholders. They engage everyone in developing agile plans, cycles of experimentation and learning, innovation, and measuring actions against relevant metrics. The Strategic Conversations Bootcamp will support you in developing capabilities to have strategic conversations at the level of the individual, team, division, and the whole organization or community. Developing your leadership ability for strategic thinking and planning, coupled with the skills to engage in strategic conversations significantly improves your value as a leader.
Important Notes: It IS possible to take these bootcamps separately, but you must contact the Cooperrider Center (firstname.lastname@example.org). A complete schedule of offerings can be found on our website. In person bootcamps are $695 each. Online bootcamps are $479 each.
"Communication is at the heart of every interaction. We are constantly in a state of dialogue-with ourselves and with others. Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres have managed to translate years of theory, research from the fields of Appreciative Inquiry, Positive Psychology, and Neuroscience into two simple practices focused on HOW to have conversations that build positive and engaging connections! Their bootcamps are brilliantly designed—very practical and relatable...they keep things simple, don't get bogged down in complex theory, focus on application with lots of time for real-time practice. You will walk away thinking very intentionally about your conversations and be amazed at how easy the concepts are to apply in every day conversations—personal and professional." —Fasiha Haq Eli Lilly Canada
"Conversations centered on our strengths create remarkably stimulating and inspiring dialogues. That's why Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres gem of a book,Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement, is a must read for anyone who desires improved and enhanced professional and personal relationships. Their simple framework is based on decades of empirical research and management theory. It offers readers an easy-to-use road map on successfully engaging in conversations worth having. Read it. Practice it. Experience it. You will leave negative self-talk and stalemate interactions behind as you and move towards meaningful, effective, solutions-based conversations. Their Boot Camps are fully immersive, and designed for real-world application. If you're looking for a better way to engage in strategic thinking and strategic planning - at the macro or micro level, then it's time to step out of your comfort zone and SOAR with this dynamic duo. You will be astounded at your results!" —Laurie "Elle" Finnegan Director of Leadership Gifts St. Paul's School
When someone asked me if I had been on vacation recently, I said, "Yes, I was at the Conversations Bootcamps!" Why? Jackie and Cheri showed me how to open a world a possibilities by asking generative questions. The program is simply brilliant in its collegial and practical approach. It's personal and professional development packed into one course! I highly recommend it. Thank you! —Kelly Stewart Founder and Positive Business Consultant The Positive Business
Questions? Contact the Cooperrider Center at email@example.com.