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Welcome to Conversations Worth Having at Work. I’m glad you stopped by!

Deborah Connors, host.

Are you tired of conversations that focus on what’s wrong, without producing actionable results? What if you could create meaningful, respectful engagement in your team that builds connection, fuels productivity and generates positive change?We are almost always engaged in either internal dialogue or external interactions at work. You may not realize how much influence conversations have on the well-being of your team or organization. How often are those conversations worth having?

This Conversations Worth Having Bootcamp is developed by the authors of “Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement” – Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres.

Research shows that the most effective teams have 5 positive interactions to every one negative one. Most teams function at a 1:1 ratio of positive to negative. Learn how to increase the ratio in your team through your conversations!

CONVERSATIONS BOOTCAMP 1: Conversations Worth Having at Work

HERE’S WHAT WE’LL BE DOING IN THIS FOUR-WEEK COURSE (75 MIN PER WEEK):

Module 1: The Power of Conversations

  • Explore the nature of conversations and the effects they have on you and others.
  • Discover the science behind negative and positive conversations and how this causes us to react.
  • Experience how to choose to be intentional and stay calm under stress.
  • Learn to use mindfulness tools to shift from reactionary to deliberate communication.

Module 2: Asking Questions

  • Learn to ask generative questions to shift the dynamics of workplace communication problems.
  • Experience the impact of AI on individual and organizational capacity.
  • Discover how to choose curiosity over knowing and assuming.

Module 3: Flipping to the Positive Opposite

  • Experience flipping negative conversations to conversations worth having.
  • Learn how to use flipping to frame workplace communication issues.
  • Develop generative questions to fuel productive, meaningful engagement around workplace challenges.

Module 4: Step Up to Feedback

  • Discover how to adopt a learning mindset to support openness and interest in regular feedback.
  • Learn how to change feedback avoidance patterns.
  • Adopt the use of an appreciative feedback strategy with common workplace situations.

Course Dates:

Thursdays (March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15) from 10:00-11:15 a.m Pacific Time.

Price: $495/person
Team Rate: $995 for three people from the same organization!

CONVERSATIONS BOOTCAMP 2: Strategic Conversations at Work

Four weekly 1hr 15 min webinars

Module 1: Valuing Strategic Thinking

  • Understand the importance of strategic conversations and the role positive framing and generative questions play.
  • Learn to adopt an AI and SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results) framework for strategic thinking
  • Discover how to recognize when and why strategic thinking is important.
  • Practice framing strategic conversations and asking strategic generative questions.

Module 2: Learning to SOAR

  • Understand the three strategic elements (1. having a strategic plan, 2. understanding that strategy is nested, and 3. engaging stakeholders).
  • Experience the use of SOAR as a positive framework for strategic conversations.
  • Practice positive framing and generative questions at various levels in the organization.

Module 3: The AI 5-D Cycle

  • Learn how you can engage the whole system in strategic conversations.
  • Understand how the two AI practices—positive framing and generative questions— apply to the 5-D cycle.
  • Discover how to identify opportunities for whole system conversations.

Module 4: Strategic Areas for Application

  • Experience how to recognize and frame opportunities for strategic conversations at nested levels within the organization.
  • Develop and receive feedforward on your prototype for a strategic conversation.
  • Practice providing feedforward to improve conversation topics and questions.
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