“I want everyone to tell me the truth even if it costs them their job!” - Samuel Goldwyn
Covid-19, climate change, digitisation and fast emerging technologies such as AI, Big Data and Robotics are challenging leaders and businesses like never before. Even with the optimism of the vaccines overcoming the current pandemic, many industries will continue to face an accelerating rate of change. Dealing with these challenges requires listening at all levels of any organisation. If enterprises are to prosper they need to innovate and adapt like never before. To do this leaders and managers will need to rise to the challenge by accessing the views, ideas and creativity of all their people.
Yet we know that many organisations struggle with the concept of powerful conversations. Often there is a fear of negative consequences. It might be the behaviour of a dominant leader that results in us not speaking our truth. Or a belief that our corporate culture doesn’t welcome people speaking freely and openly. A heavy investment in a particular approach or strategy, can also mean that any “challenge” is interpreted as being critical or negative. When these behaviours and norms take a hold they often result in a “collusion of mediocrity” and an “acceptance of the ordinary.” Difficult questions and issues are never discussed and creative, innovative ideas are stifled or suppressed. Such cultures can ultimately derail relationships, teams and entire organisations. In contrast, when powerful conversations are incorporated into daily behaviours and practices, they have the potential to harness the truth and creativity of all employees and can lead to major breakthroughs in any number of key performance areas.
Given the challenge of a fast-changing world and the need to constantly re-design and re-invent customer value offers, leaders must excel at developing forums and cultures that enable powerful conversations to occur. Our new and high impact programme provides you with the perspectives and skills to cultivate and engage in such conversations. Using an embodied leadership approach, our programme will help you understand how and why you react instinctively in particular ways to challenging conversations.
If we understand our fundamental drivers and blockers we are better able to exercise more choices, particularly when operating at times of stress or potential conflict. The programme also helps participants understand their colleagues’ responses to challenging conversations. Equipped with this new knowledge and skills, you will be able to enable more powerful conversations within your own team and organisation.
At the end of the programme you will be able to:
The aim of the programme is to support those seeking to facilitate their team and organisation to higher levels of capability and performance through increasing levels of engagement, creativity and innovation. The approach will benefit any leader, manager or professional who wants to cultivate more “powerful conversations” in their organisation.
Mark Thomas (More...)
Mark Thomas is a global business consultant, author and speaker specializing in leadership, organisation development and human resource management. An enthusiastic student of organisations, Mark’s consulting work has taken him around the globe to cities such as, Istanbul, Luanda, Moscow, New York, Reykjavik, Sydney & Tokyo. Having observed many “hyped” organisational initiatives and fads come and go, Mark is fascinated by how organisations function and operate.
A passionate advocate of organisations that enable individuals to connect and flourish through value creation, Mark is a founding member of the Powerful Conversations Group and a Partner of the Future Work Forum.
Following a successful career with NCR, Unigate and Price Waterhouse Management Consultants, Mark founded Performance Dynamics, a development consultancy that has worked with global clients including: Barclays Capital, Cargill, C&A, DFDS DHL, Engie, Ferguson, gategroup, Hitachi, HSBC, IKEA, KNPC, Microsoft, Pandora, Pfizer, Red Bull, Rexam, Stibo Systems, Sony, Tata Steel, Time Warner, UBS and Unilever.
Mark regularly designs and facilitates a wide range of business planning and organisation change initiatives. In addition, he manages several executive development & leadership, programmes including coaching and internal consulting and business partnering.
Based in Monmouth, Wales, Mark has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at the Tias School for Business and Society in Holland and consulted with organisations such as the American Management Association (AMA), Management Centre Europe (MCE) and the Middle East Management Centre.
As a Welshman, Mark is genetically predisposed to follow Welsh rugby and is a keen motorcyclist and jazz fan.
20-21 Oct 2021
20-21 Oct 2021
GBP 999 799
EUR 1,439 1,159
USD 1,630 1,318
Until 8 Sep*
Please note: this event is being organised by our training partner Falconbury; clicking Enrol will take you to falconbury.co.uk to complete your purchase.
* Note the early booking discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotional code