Micro-skills for Leadership

Reading the Signals: Managing Change, Influence & Dissent


Reading The Signals introduces a powerful framework for harnessing the potential found not only in the organisational vision but in organisational challenges and disruptions such as unrest, complaints, failures and conflict.


In Module 1 participants will learn to identify early signals of change and the values and passions that drive change.  They will identify the factors that maintain the status quo and address dynamics that limit an organisation, team or individual’s capacity for change.


Module 2 examines the impact of power and rank dynamics on communication, decision making and change capability, while Module 3 develops skills for dealing with diverse opinions, dissent and conflict.  Throughout this program participants will learn about themselves as a model and instrument of change.


Reading The Signals introduces organisational leaders, organisational development and HR practitioners to a Process Oriented approach to leading and facilitating organisations, teams and communities.


Leader As Coach: A Coaching Approach To Dealing With Workplace Issues


Leader As Coach equips leaders and people managers to apply a coaching approach to assist their employees to deal with a range of workplace issues including employee engagement, making difficult decisions, giving feedback, addressing underperformance, managing team tensions, negotiation and workplace conflict.


Leaders learn about the elements that underpin many ‘stuck’ situations in the workplace and are introduced to a powerful question framework for eliciting new insights and developing momentum.


Leadership Under Fire


Leadership Under Fire examines common challenges and pressures in leadership such as dealing with criticism and attack, managing conflict and dissent, dealing with uncertainty and self-doubt, making difficult decisions and the burden of responsibility.  Participants identify and develop strategies for managing triggers that can lead to procrastination or undermine their confidence in leadership. This program counters the traps of isolation in leadership and develops resilience.


The Conscious Use of Power


Leadership brings with it power, rank and authority.  When leaders fail to embrace their authority important decisions are neglected, leadership vacuums exist and team and interpersonal problems develop.  Conversely leaders who are dependent on their positional power fail to engage their staff.  To the extent that there is a mismatch between our personal power and the power vested in the role, we are in trouble.   This workshop is for those in leadership, decision making roles or positions of influence interested in exploring and enhancing their use of personal and positional authority, power and rank.


Leaders As Boundary Riders


Leaders as Boundary Riders explores the role of leaders as visionaries and change agents; as motivators and disturbers of organisational systems.  Program participants work with peers to optimise their vantage point, as surveyors of the external environment and shapers of the internal culture, mindsets and capacities needed for the future.  In this workshop, leaders will seek the essence, or the key elements of their vision for their organisations and their industry.  They will map the change journey, assessing the terrain they will ask others to traverse with them.  Finally, they will take stock of their own resources and preparedness for the adventure ahead.


Other Areas:


Change Leadership
Influencing Skills

Challenging Conversations

Emotional Intelligence
Empowered Leadership
Resilience in Leadership