Enhancing Social and Emotional Intelligence for Leadership Success
2 Day Learning Lab
DAY 1 - December 4, 2019 & DAY 2 - January 8, 2020
To accommodate those who are busy with the application to the Investing In Canada Infrastructure Program, we have decided to start the course on Dec 4
Inherited systems of working often don’t allow for successful organizational outcomes. Learn how to enhance your skill set to help make the changes you know will make a difference.
16 hours of Onsite Training by Professional and Veteran Leaders
Connection with Other Leaders from Your Area
Extra Video Conference Meeting Support
We know you are looking to be a leader who communicates confidently, clearly, and assertively, while managing a range of interactions and personalities.
You want to create a work atmosphere where others are comfortable to speak up about their ideas, think creatively about solutions and talk through any differences they might have.
You want to be able to have conversations of depth, talk through differences or conflicts, and accept when others have different ways of working and solving problems along with getting the job done in a way that benefits our vision and mission.
Your desire is to continually develop communication and leadership skills within your organization so that together you enjoy your work, communicate clearly and be attentive to the needs of the community you serve as well as manage public expectations, criticisms, and misunderstandings.
The problem we have as leaders is that we inherit systems of working that often do not encourage social and emotional intelligence. These systems can stifle how we relate and communicate with each other. They also impact how our organizational vision and mission are successfully fulfilled in the community.
"Everyone can learn to enhance their skill set in
social and emotional intelligence"
Each person in an organization also comes with their own past personal and work experiences. These experiences influence how each person relates and communicates clearly and confidently with others, deals with negativity, talks through differences, and manages complex situations.
The good news is, everyone can learn to enhance their skill set in social and emotional intelligence in order to encourage shifts in our inherited systems.
In this 2 day learning lab, the Ledge Leadership team will personally guide you and others who are working for organizations and municipalities in Grey Bruce through our strategy for having conversations of depth on your team.
We will also increase your ability to talk through differences and manage complex situations to shift negative systems of communication.
Through Conversations Reimagined, you will be a leader who authentically expresses your ideas with individuals and your team. You will shift negative inherited systems of communication toward effectively dealing with a variety of personalities and complex situations. You and your team will confidently communicate well and enjoy relating with each other, clients, and the community.
My Personal Journey Toward Better Conversations
During my 20’s I was content to just have a job, make some real money, and begin my career. As I entered my 30’s I was excited to be given expanded roles and responsibilities to manage and oversee the work of my peers. I worked to develop a sense of team but seem to run into barriers when my team encountered differences. I tried to tackle the difficult conversations I needed to have with my team, but found that I was under equipped to handle those conversations in a way that led to better connections with people and productive results. I found that people were holding back and not expressing what they really thought or felt.
I began to recognize that the people I worked with seemed more concerned about preserving their jobs than developing open and authentic communication. I addressed these concerns with my direct report, but their focus was on getting the work accomplished effectively and efficiently and encouraged me to just let it go. I too wanted my team to function effectively but believed that our inability to communicate with clarity and openness held us back from being even more effective.
Although I was committed to the values and vision of my organization, I started to see that the system I was working in was more concerned about us fulfilling the mission of the organization than the quality of the relationships amongst the teams that completed the work. I became stressed about the limited sense of power I had to help my team not only accomplish their work, but thrive in their work together.
Along my leadership journey I was fortunate to get connected to the work of Ledge which exposed me to new communication practices. At that point in my life, I had a limited view of effective communication and put long hours into preparing engaging presentations or motivating others through power talks and high fives. The content Ledge taught drove me deeper to the foundation of communication…to the core of my presence as a leader. I learned that my leadership presence was a critical factor in my capacity to draw out the best from my teammates and that I actually had more power than I realized to make change in how we could relate and communicate.
Learning these new practices fortified me with the confidence and skills needed to place a higher emphasis on the day to day conversations I have at work and allows me to handle the complex conversations that require my immediate attention. Conversations Reimagined will unlock your leadership presence to transform your life as a leader!
RN, RMFT, M.Sc. Health and Relationship Coach
I am part of the Ledge Leadership Team. I have worked for over 40 years in Leadership Development, creating ways for people to live and work with greater health, joy and fulfillment.
I initially trained as an RN working in the mental health field and became intrigued with how people relate to each other. I attended University of Guelph and received a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American and Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
My work as a nurse and a relationship coach took me on a journey to learn more about the mind body connection and it’s impact on our physical health, leadership and relationships. I studied PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), Bonding Psychotherapy, Psychodramatic Bodywork, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Heart Math, Highlands Natural Abilities, Internal Family Systems and most recently Meta Health and Advanced Clearing Energetics.
In addition to coaching, I offer workshops leadership development and team building, stress management, mind/body medicine, energy psychology,
Program Director - Ledge Leadership
I have been on the frontline of youth work since my studies at York University. I am the Youth Engagement Lead for Beaver Valley Outreach, an organization that provides programs and services that enhance the well-being of families and individuals in the community.
I am also part of the team that leads Ledge. We are focused on helping people develop their capacity to Risk, Reflect, and Relate as a way of life. My passion is empowering people to increase self-awareness, skills, and confidence as they engage and take leadership within their communities.
My work with Ledge has given me the opportunity to guide people toward discovering relational forms of leadership which emphasize collaboration and developing healthy teams that function effectively.
I am the lead trainer of the Highlands Natural Ability Assessment for Ledge. Highlands is unique among assessment tools because it provides objective measurements of a person's natural abilities.
I live in Clarksburg with my husband Mike and love the opportunities I have to sail and run in the area.
Executive Director - Ledge Leadership
I am part of the Ledge team and have lived onsite at our Clarksburg Property for 17 years. I have engaged in leadership development for over 30 years. My passion for leadership began in my early years when I participated in a year long leadership program that taught me skills to communicate in any context and core practices for maintaining team health.
My work with teams continued through my Psychology degree and into my work with youth and young adults. I became the lead trainer for our young adult programs that prepared self-led teams for the challenges of motivating people to make lasting change.
I continue to focus on expanding Ledge's capacity to offer new experiences and programs for people at any life stage. I also work to help organizations develop positive collaborative strategies for deepening team health, skill development, and self leadership.
I provide coaching to leaders who want to reach personal and career goals. Sailing the waters of Georgian Bay is a passion and I seek to bring harmony to my family, work, and personal life.
Conversations Reimagined - Learning Lab Outline
Day 1 - Learning Lab: Deepening My Conversational Practices
Shift To Increase Leadership Presence
During this day, we will explore our understanding of leadership presence and recognize the inherited systems that inhibit essential and meaningful conversations. We will introduce you to a model for deepening your conversational practices with both individuals and the teams.
Learning Components Include:
Connecting With My Leadership Story
Exploring The Inherited Systems That Shape Conversations
Leadership Presence Practices
Individual/Team Check-In Model
Day 2 - Learning Lab: Confidence With Critical Conversations
Shift To Navigating Critical Conversations
During this day, we will explore the challenges of creating a positive atmosphere where others are comfortable to speak up about their ideas, think creatively about solutions, and talk through any differences they might have. We will explore practices for increasing our ability to work through differences that can lead to conflict.
Learning Components Include:
Creating A Positive Atmosphere
Navigate Critical Conversations with Confidence
Leadership Presence Challenges During Critical Conversations
Hesitations For Having Critical Conversations
Critical Conversations Practices
It’s More Than a Course, It’s a Leadership Community
Conversations Reimagined is a shift from lecture based training to a shared learning environment. When you register, you will join up to 20 people meeting and learning together on an extended training journey. We are excited to see you participate and contribute to a supportive leadership community that represents the diverse cultures
and traditions within Grey Bruce.
Who Should Attend?
Those in a mid-career leadership/management/supervisory role in Grey Bruce
Those leading within Not for Profits, Municipalities, First Nation Communities, Indigenous Organizations, and Charities
Those open to exploring new leadership concepts
Those wanting to apply new learning in their current context
Those seeking an extended leadership capacity development experience
Learning Lab Details:
Learning Lab 1 - November 6, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Clarksburg Retreat
Learning Lab 2 - December 4, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Clarksburg Retreat
1 Hour Small Group Video Conference Learning Pod - TBA
Course Fee - $395 (includes all course material, meeting space, and 2 lunches)
E-Transfer / Cheque - Invoice provided