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Creating a Coaching Culture: Best Practices for Leaders
Utilized with great success in the arenas of sport, art, and business, coaching is a powerful partnership that facilitates positive change and accelerates people and organizations toward a preferred future. In this workshop, participants will discover how coaching differs distinctly from traditional managing, mentoring, and training approaches. Through lecture, coaching demonstrations, large group discussions, small group practice and feedback sessions, the process, language, and basic skills of coaching will be experienced. Following is a high-level agenda of the day:

Creating a Coaching Culture introduces leaders to a more effective, empowering, and engaging strategy for reaching organizational goals and developing the workforce.

Finding Your Way: Creative Concepting for Art and Life
Lynn Schoener teams with acclaimed artist, graphic designer, and instructor Patricia DiBona to guide a transformational tour of the creative concepting process. In reclaiming and unleashing your artistic self, you’ll uncover the hidden messages of your heart…and that wisdom will light your path forward.

In this two-day workshop, you will explore how creative concepting can support you during times of change and transition. The mysteries of your creative process will be illuminated and focused on envisioning your next best steps—whether you want to pave the road you’re on, or blaze a brand new trail.

With the passionate and masterful guidance of Patricia and Lynn, you’ll embark on a deeply intuitive adventure. As you experiment with concepting techniques, you’ll discover which paths lead most directly to your own creative energy. In an intimate studio and gathering space, you’ll express that energy artistically in the creation of a beautiful art altar. It will be a testimony to and celebration of your connection to the transforming power of the creative process.

You’ll emerge from this experience with more clarity, direction, and creative confidence than you might now believe possible. You will love composing a three-dimensional mixed media work of art that you can place in your own sacred space. As you find your way through change and transition, the lessons made visible in your creation will ground and inspire you.

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Planning for Change: Managing Life Chapters and Transitions
Isn’t life supposed to get better and better, as long as you follow the rules, work hard and smart, and stay out of trouble? Can you reasonably expect to reach that “steady state” of security and success if every day brings unexpected challenges, limitless choices, and relentless change? How do you keep winning when the rules of the game keep changing?

The Planning For Change workshop is a half-day program that provides a process and tools to help participants understand and work effectively with the powerful patterns of change. Participants are challenged to examine their beliefs about stability and change management, and learn to use change as a resource to renew life purpose, balance, and joy. By identifying and appreciating their current position in the change cycle, powerful plans emerge that support individual, team, and organizational goals.

This workshop is ideal for individuals and teams wanting to maintain or increase performance as they experience the effects of continuous, disruptive change in the workplace. In addition to enhancing communication and reducing conflict among team members, Planning For Change will benefit employees facing:

Renewing Teams in Changing Times
Developed in collaboration with The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, Renewing Teams in Changing Times provides a model, process, and tools to help teams understand and work with the natural and predictable pattern of change to realize their vision of success. When teams understand how the cyclical phases of change influence team development, and know their current location in that cycle, they can then deploy the appropriate skills and strategies to move forward. Following is a high-level description of the four phases of The Cycle of Renewal for Teams and Organizations:

Phase 1 – The Fully Aligned Team: Focused on the present and immediate future, not the past or distant future; feeling energetic and optimistic; goals are clear and progress is rewarded; members hold each other accountable; peer coaching is the norm.

Phase 2 – The Out-of-Sync Team: Focused on loss, what used to be the “good old days;” feeling defeated, stuck, trapped, and negative; disenchanted; resistant to change; finger-pointing, not problem-solving.

Phase 3 – The Re-Purposing Team: Internally focused and reflective; conserving energy; taking stock of strengths and weaknesses; asking for input and feedback; establishing or reconnecting with core values; searching for new ways to add value; reinventing roles and systems.

Phase 4 – The Exploring Team: Focused on possibilities; taking risks and experimenting without fear; high levels of creativity; excited; networking and benchmarking; piloting new programs, processes; preparing for new challenges with enthusiasm.

When teams are in Phases 2 or 3, they are ending one chapter of their work together and beginning another, but that transition is seldom smooth. A highly effective team can look downright dysfunctional during this process, when in truth they simply need to co-create and practice new ways of being and working together to renew their focus, energy, and commitment

Renewing Teams is not a typical workshop or training event. It is the launch of a team coaching experience. Key learning activities are combined with facilitated discussions to guide the group’s discovery and planning process. Reflecting on key milestones and experiences in their shared history through the lens of the Cycle of Renewal provides a new perspective to changes and challenges in the past. Because each team has a unique history, and is at a different position in the change process, the content and exercises of each workshop is designed to fit the particular needs of the group at that point in time.

Renewing Teams in Changing Times is an excellent workshop to:

When team members have a deeper understanding of the skills required to navigate each phase of transition successfully, they can develop and deploy them with strategic intent. The Renewing Teams experience results as well in a refresh of team dynamics. Over time, members become more authentic, more appreciative, more challenging, and genuinely supportive of one another – ready to write an exciting and productive new chapter together.


Coach Now: Ten Questions and Five Steps to Evoke Change
Anyone can learn to use coaching skills and put them to use in the workplace. In this interactive keynote you will develop skills to help you be more productive and enhance your abilities as a manager, team leader, or executive. We will cover: what coaching is and what it isn’t, why coaching has gained traction in personal and professional development, ten powerful coaching questions you can use immediately, and a five-step process to facilitate change.

Reviving Survivors: Coaching Strategies to Support a Downsized Workforce
Even the most energetic, committed employees strive to stay productive and upbeat in a corporate terrain littered with relentless change, ever-expanding work loads, shrinking opportunities for advancement, and nagging concerns about job security. Continuous, disruptive change in work and life can dramatically impede individual performance and organization profitability. In this keynote, participants will learn to see and work with change as a renewing resource for employee development. Leaders and HR executives tasked with employee satisfaction, engagement, and performance will be introduced to ten simple strategies to recharge the workplace.

Success Secrets From An Executive Coach
Executive coaching is no longer the best kept secret of individuals at the pinnacle of leadership. The news is out, and the news it good: coaching works and more and more mid-level executives and small business owners are taking advantage of this powerful support system. How do executive coaches work? Do they really help people become more successful? What does a coach know that your friend, mother, or mentor doesn’t know? What three behaviors does a good coach avoid at all costs? In this keynote you will be introduced to a transformational model that will shift your perspective from surviving change to leveraging it and making it work for you. You’ll gain an insider’s perspective to the art and practice of coaching.

How to Keep Winning When the Rules Keep Changing
Achieving organizational goals once seemed as simple as having a compelling mission and vision, recruiting a talented and committed team, and implementing a solid strategy. Expectations of reaching a “steady state” of stability and success with this approach are eroding as we acknowledge the disruptive impact of constant surprises and relentless change on the focus, energy, and effectiveness of employees.

Long-standing change management beliefs and practices have outlived their usefulness, if they ever were effective. Unchallenged, these outmoded paradigms and practices can actually sabotage our best efforts to understand and collaborate with the powerful patterns of change at work today. As the rules keep changing, winning depends on a new way of seeing and a new way of being.

In this keynote, participants are introduced to a cycle of change, explore how individual and organizational behavior is influenced by this model, and review skills and strategies that will best support themselves and fellow employees during each phase of change. By seeing and working with change as a renewing resource, not merely an event to be survived, leaders can develop a more resilient, engaged, and “winning” workforce.

Renewing Your Coaching Practice
When you first launched your coaching business, realizing a steady state of success and satisfaction seemed as simple as having a vision, implementing a strategy, and working hard and smart. What you might have lacked in experience you made up for with sheer enthusiasm and commitment. As you developed, you may have mastered the art of living and working on purpose, with passion, in balance, but that mastery does not exempt you or your business from experiencing periods of upheaval, disenchantment, frustration, or ennui.

To enrich and sustain a powerful coaching practice long term, it is essential to understand and embrace each phase of the natural, powerful, predictable cycle of change. The emotions and behavioral characteristics of each phase will be discussed, as well as tools, strategies, and suggested activities to gain full benefit of the change process. By identifying and appreciating your current position in the change cycle, powerful plans can begin to emerge in support of personal and professional renewal.

This presentation is for coaches who want to better align—or redesign—their lives and/or practices as they move through chapters and transitions. The desired result is simple, yet fundamentally important: to reclaim that “lovin’ feeling” for work/life at a deeper, richer level.

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