communications and leadership training

The Seasonwein Group’s interactive leadership training programs help clients cultivate their leadership abilities, form stronger interpersonal connections, and improve team dynamics. Each workshop, structured around a facilitated investigation of one or more works of art, offers participants strategies to develop their communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills—skills that can help drive innovation and fuel career success.

Why art?

In our fast-paced business environment, where we’re expected to be the expert, we can sometimes forget that our human qualities are just as important for individual and team success as our technical know-how. How do we listen to and communicate with others? How do we inspire and influence at all levels of our organization? How do we create a culture that supports innovation while also fostering empathy, trust, and respect?

Johanna’s years of experience teaching in museums revealed the power of art experiences to help people communicate and connect more effectively. Art communicates the diversity of human experience. It reveals perspectives different from our own and encourages us to think about the world around us in a new way.

The experience of investigating a work of art as part of a group will take you outside your everyday environment. Looking at and talking about art might seem scary—but the good news is that you don’t need to be the “know-it-all,” just open to being a “learn-it-all” from yourself and those around you. In each workshop, you will practice skills that will have a direct and positive impact on your work life.

What do past participants say?

“It was really interesting and a good use of my time.”


“(I learned) how people can interpret the same thing DIFFERENTLY, how looking at art can illustrate this, (and) that it is useful to think about listening together.”
“incredible speaker.”   “extremely skilled at leading a workshop.”


“The group exercises … really put an emphasis on listening to your teammates to see how they view each situation.”


 “Warm and effective leading of the discussion. it was great!”

client roster:

Current and past clients include:

  • Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon
  • Executive MBA Program, University of Oregon–Portland
  • Palo Alto Software
  • Rotary Club of Eugene
  • UO Innovation Summit 2019
  • Eugene Chamber of Commerce—Eugene Young Professionals Summit 2019
  • Temple Beth Israel, Eugene, Oregon

workshop topics include:

This workshop provides participants with tools for building the three components of trust and connection with others: awareness, mindful listening, and empathy.

This workshop provides participants with tools for building the three components of trust and connection with others: awareness, mindful listening, and empathy.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Assess their work style and communication preferences, and understand others’ styles and preferences.
  • Learn what mindful listening is and identify potential barriers to its successful practice.
  • Develop the ability to listen mindfully and learn how to apply this skill in the workplace.
  • Learn why it is important to acknowledge and be receptive to diverse perspectives.
  • Identify strategies for acknowledging others’ perspectives.
  • Develop the ability to understand and acknowledge others’ perspectives and how to apply this skill in the workplace.

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use the concept of work styles and communication preferences to be more aware of others’ approaches to interpersonal interaction.
  • Use strategies such as mindful listening and role playing to understand and recognize others’ perspectives without judgment.
  • Identify and remove barriers that can disrupt successful communication with others.
  • Support the inclusion of diverse perspectives as an important element of problem solving.
  • Create a culture of connection and respect by acknowledging colleagues’ unique points of view.
  • Create a culture of trust by modeling mindful listening as a way to improve interpersonal communication.

Audience: Current or rising managers who want to effectively build trust with their teams through improved communication and interpersonal skills; existing or new teams who want to improve intra-team trust and communication.

Suggested timeframe: Half day (four hours).

Networks don’t just happen—they have to be carefully cultivated and nourished. Effective networks rely on connection and trust, both of which can be fostered through practices associated with emotional intelligence, such as mindful listening and empathy. Participants will have an opportunity to develop these skills through individual reflection, group discussion, and an in-person networking simulation.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of their current network and develop a game plan to strategically grow their network;
  • Learn what makes for an effective and positive networking interaction and what kinds of questions to ask;
  • Understand the importance of listening and empathy in the context of networking; and
  • Practice connecting with others in a networking environment.

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Assess their current network and devise a plan for strategically growing their “Board of Advisors”;
  • Craft their personal story for use in networking situations;
  • Prepare their networking agenda, including networking goals;
  • Feel more comfortable and confident when entering a variety of networking scenarios.

Audience: This workshop is geared towards schools or professional organizations who wish to offer professional development opportunities for their students or members.

Suggested timeframe: 1 to 3 hours (depending on client’s needs)

Great leaders don’t just tell their colleagues how to solve a problem—they create an environment that supports critical thinking and creative approaches to solving problems. Instead of approaching every problem the same way “because that’s how we’ve always done it,” great leaders support a culture that encourages new ways of thinking as a way to drive innovation.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn what creative problem solving is and how it can drive innovation.
  • Identify the difference between coaching a team in creative problem solving and giving direction.
  • Develop their creative problem solving skills and understand how to apply them in the workplace.

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Engage creative strategies to solve complex problems.
  • Seek out and include diverse perspectives as part of the problem-solving process.
  • Create a culture that supports creative approaches to problem solving as a way to increase innovation.

Audience: Current or rising managers who want to develop their team’s ability to innovate and create; existing or new teams who want to encourage innovation.

Suggested timeframe: Half day.

Custom workshops

Don’t see what you need here? The Seasonwein Group is able to create a customized workshop for your leaders or teams.

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