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Nine Steps to Achieving Flow in the Workplace
Have you ever lost yourself in your work, so much so that you lost track of time, yet felt happy and in control? Being consumed by a task like that, while it can be rare for most people, is a state of being called "Flow".
Intrigued? How can we achieve "Flow" on a regular basis for increased productivity and happiness? Join your fellow colleagues as we learn more together. Our discussion will be inspired by recent post from Leo Babauta on the Zen Habits blog.
The RoundTable is an exciting approach that stimulates incredible conversation and insight around the topics and trends impacting our discipline.
We will read the selected piece aloud together for about 15 minutes. Then for the next 45 minutes, we offer everyone in attendance equal time to share their thoughts and experiences on or around the topic. Come explore with us!
The GEMS RoundTable format is provided by Sue Gabriele, President and Owner, Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems.
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The word “trust” sparks something in each of us – principles, concepts, lessons and so much more. Trust defines our choices and our actions. Join us as we apply the Text Study RoundTable practice to the thought-provoking topic of “Trust in the Workplace.”
The session will be facilitated by Lynnette Ward and the South Bay Special Division Team.
Lynnette Ward is a Career Development Consultant, specializing in management and career development, who believes in the power to choose our work. She has a unique ability to motivate and influence others to take action and adapt to change as she trains and coaches people across all functions and industries to build lifelong career management strategies.
Improve Your Decisions by Embracing Diversity
As ATD members, we make decisions all day (regardless of our position in our organization). We are all in fact, "Decision Making Factories." Unfortunately, diversity in all its splendor (race, gender, generational, leadership styles…) is seldom fully present as these decisions are made. Dave Jensen’s thought-provoking presentation will show you how to improve your daily decision-making process by increasing diversity. Dave Jensen will integrate his research (on 1,029 individuals) and decade-long experience teaching/coaching leaders, at all levels, to show you can embrace diversity to improve your daily decision-making. You will discover practical, evidence-based tools to help you tackle your difficult challenges. Specifically, you will learn how to:
- Avoid the four deadly traps of poor decisions
- Access diverse leadership styles to expand your options
- Answer the four powerful questions of every great decision
- Apply an easy-to-use decision-making process that embraces diversity
Join us and enjoy Dave's engaging, interactive presentation style as he helps us learn how to…
About Dave Jensen
Dave Jensen employs his extensive background in marketing, research, and leadership to transform proven leadership tools into client success stories. His past professional experiences include: becoming an award-winning salesperson for Siemens; publishing and directing research at UCSD; and serving as an executive at UCLA.
For the last two decades, Dave has combined his practical leadership experience and academic expertise to coach and educate global leaders to conquer their challenges and achieve their strategic goals. He has had teaching appointments in the Executive Education Department in the School of Business at Emory University and at Rockhurst University. Clients included: AmTrust North America, American Public Transit Associations, Boeing, Federal Reserve Bank, Qualcomm, SamTrans, TSYS, Wells Fargo, Xerox....
The Mindful Executive
"Mindfulness" in the modern vernacular refers to paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. One's ability to do this is enhanced through practices like daily meditation.
Once the exclusive parlance of hippies and Zen monks, more and more, organizations and executives are seeing the value of "mindful" behavior and regular mindfulness practice in the workplace.
What does the behavior of a "mindful" executive look like in the "real world"? Join your fellow colleagues as we explore and discuss mindfulness in the workplace. Our discussion will be inspired by a thought provoking coaching tip by Tom Henschel: The Mindful Executive.
Meaningful interpersonal connections in the workplace can be tremendously difficult to make - even when we have the best of intentions. What does it mean to show true empathy for another human, how do we do it, and what's the benefit? These are just a few of the topics we will explore in this RoundTable session.
Join your fellow colleagues as we share our thoughts on building empathy with others, including colleagues and clients in the workplace. Our discussion will be inspired by a thought provoking coaching tip by Tom Henschel: Building Empathy.
Hold On to Employees by Letting Them Go
To retain top talent, companies might want to make it easier for people to go - to another role or department that is. In fact, many leaders believe they can do a better job of hanging on to workers by focusing on their development rather than their "retention" in the traditional sense.
Join your fellow colleagues as we explore advanced strategies for holding on to employees. Our discussion will be inspired by an article from Ryan Holmes published in a recent issue of Fast Company magazine.
Enhancing Global Virtual Teams Through Training
Much of today's work is accomplished in global virtual teams, but how effectively is training preparing these teams to succeed? The stakes are high for these teams to deliver, but too often, they are not fully effective due to complexity, lack of team cohesion, competing priorities, and other factors. Training can play an important role in driving performance to a higher level.
Join your fellow colleagues as we explore and discuss a proposed model for virtual team success. Our discussion will be inspired by an article from Marjorie Derven published in a recent issue of Training magazine.
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