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    Building Teams in Your Organization - Tools, Theory and Practice; and The Courage to Engage: Effective Business Communications

    Date: October 31, 2013, 7:30am – 12:00pm
    620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 – North Gaithersburg Hilton
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    Session I

    Building Teams in Your Organization - Tools, Theory and Practice

    Many organizations strive to build strong teams but few get it right. Without a clear understanding of the purpose of team-building, organizations engage in events and activities that are "just fun," heavily focused of corporate objectives and boring, or simply less productive than they could be.

    A great team has a solid grounding in trust and has a language for candid conversation, even about difficult issues.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the theory of team-building and why it's important
    • Participate in an experiential team building session
    • Assess your organizational team-health

    Session II

    The Courage to Engage: Effective Business Communications

    Four generations of workers are represented in today’s workforce as are scores of people from many cultures and ethnicities.  Disabled employees, veterans, cancer survivors and part-timers are an increasing part of the mix (this list is not exhaustive by any means).

    “Communication is the real work and language of leadership,” claims Nitin Nohria, Dean of the Harvard Business School.  “It is what connects us as humans and remains the key to personal and career success.”  We must be better tooled to speak our truth and to share information in ways that engage and empower each other.

    There is tremendous value in getting “it” right. The fallout from misunderstandings can result in low morale, distrust, non-compliance, poor performance and more. It can be expensive and exhausting to fix.

    This workshop offers tools, insights and case studies to build competence in creating effective business communications.  Attendees will learn:

    • The keys to effective business communications
    • Strategies for building mindshare when one-size does not fit all
    • Leadership styles that encourage healthy and productive interpersonal dialogue