leadership training programs

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.”

 

“Very engaging presenter; modeled good listening skills.”

 

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

workshop topics include:

Mindful listening is the ability to take in another person’s story without judgment. It means being fully present in the moment and hitting the pause button on your own agenda. By listening mindfully to others, great leaders create a culture of trust and connection, which can in turn drive innovation.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn what mindful listening is.
  • Identify potential barriers to its successful practice.
  • Develop the ability to listen mindfully and learn how to apply this skill in the workplace.

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply mindful listening techniques in various interactions.
  • Identify and remove barriers that can disrupt successful communication with others.
  • 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 lead their teams through improved communication and interpersonal skills; existing or new teams who want to improve intra-team communication.

Suggested timeframe: Half day.

Perspective is the way that we see and interpret the world around us. Great leaders not only acknowledge others’ perspectives, they also incorporate diverse points of view into their decision-making. Multiple perspectives can reveal new approaches to solving complex problems and can thus drive innovation.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • 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 strategies such as mindful listening and role playing to understand and recognize others’ perspectives without judgment.
  • 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.

Audience: Current or rising managers who want to effectively lead their teams by respecting a diversity of perspectives; existing or new teams who want to improve team dynamics.

Suggested timeframe: Half day.

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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