Experiential Workshops

OUR WORKSHOPS

Our series of seven experiential workshops to prepare your staff for a VUCA environment in a post-covid era.

Individual

The Wolf you Feed, is the Wolf you Breed

Aim: To develop a more self-reliant, resilient and positively motivated individual, who is always willing and open for continuous change.

This program is inspired by a Cherokee Nation, story about two wolves. Our gathered experiences and perceptions, form our narratives. Like an operating system, our personal narratives determine almost every dimension of our lives; from the quality of relationships, biases, motivations, up to our results. Change the narrative and almost instantaneously life changes. 

‘The Wolf You Feed is the Wolf You Breed’ 2-day workshop with a follow-up coaching module, empowers participants with a method to continuously reflect and examine their narratives to ‘upgrade their operating system’ consciously. An individual with an ability to do this is more adaptable, resilient, and positive. They are usually also calmer and more balanced in stressful situations. 

Our aim is to develop a more self-reliant, resilient and positively motivated individual, who is always willing and open for continuous change. And isn’t a more positive, adaptable and resilient, individual, in a VUCA environment also a highly resourceful and productive one?

Team

How the Ant moved the Mountain

Aim: To explore the characteristics and behaviour of what makes a championship team by using the ant as metaphors for team work, leadership and organisational behaviour.

Ants are one of probably one of the most successful organisms on Earth. They have the ability organise themselves into a synergistic team with definite roles, and whose daily activities revolves and focuses, not on individual survival or success, but on the cumulative success of the entire colony. 

It is How the Ant Moved the Mountain. By synergising their roles and driven by the need for expansion the ant colony becomes a super-organism, a championship team. The aim of this workshop is to explore the characteristics and behaviour of what makes a championship team by using the ant as metaphors for team work, leadership and organisational behaviour. We examine different team behaviour and values and challenge teams to perform and deliver superlative results, despite the barriers. 

We examine the impact of conflicts and poor communication on teams and provide the tools and framework to overcome them. We shall learn the importance of team work and the necessity for persistence, pride, integrity, responsibility, efficiency, mastery, spiritedness, adaptability, strategy, motivation, planning, and more, in this content driven, activity laden, fun and engaging program.

 

Leadership

Lead The Pack

Aim: To guide and take participants through a practical process to experience and learn how to mentally, physically and emotionally lead as a team.

Are leaders born or are they made? We say that everyone has leadership qualities, it just that many are not exposed to enough leadership opportunities and hence lack the experience. Without prior experience, people are afraid of stepping up to the leadership task. This then turns into a vicious cycle. Leadership cannot be learned by sitting in a class. 

This why Lead the Pack is designed as a highly experiential, hands-on 2-day program with follow up coaching sessions. It aims to guide and take participants through a practical process, that allows them to experience and learn how to mentally, physically and emotionally lead a team. 

In the two days, they examine their narratives about leadership, and about their personal leadership and influencing styles. Participants are exposed to leadership activities that require them to strategise, motivate and influence their teams to deliver high quality results. In the process they gain first hand leadership experience and exposure, in a fun, engaging and practical manner.

Culture

Don’t Throw Rocks at Your Fish Tank

Aim: To help leaders and staff to realign to the vision, mission and core values of the organisation, using an easy to execute framework, creating a more positive environment.

A fish tank is useless, if it is cracked. The contents will spill out and the fishes will eventually die. Every organisation is like that fish tank; it’s culture being the glass panes that holds water in, allowing the plants and fished in the thank to thrive in a healthy environment. It is said that culture drives the behaviour of a team. Often however, individuals in teams grapple with it as they guess, assume and navigate this terrain called culture looking at it through their own coloured lenses. Perhaps it had been written but forgotten, perhaps it’s an unspoken thing that ‘everyone should know about’. Both ways leads a team down the path towards much misunderstanding, damaging conflicts, and worse, toxic cliques. 

Don’t Throw Rocks at Your Fish Tank is a program that uses the fish tank as an analogy to help teams understand the importance of having a strong culture and a thriving work environment. The aim of this workshop is to help leaders and staff to realign to the vision, mission and core values of the organisation, using an easy to execute framework, creating a more positive environment. 

The workshop provides them an opportunity to examine, comprehend and realign themselves to what the team or organisation truly stands for, so that nobody will throw rocks and eventually break the tank.

Building Trust

Shoot The Elephant in the Room

Aim: To help staff and leaders alike, to initiate frank and candid conversations to address real issues and take the necessary actions to mend and build trust again. 


Imagine this. You see a huge elephant in your office and it is roaming freely. Everyone sees it and smells it; and each time it passes by, it leaves in its wake, upsets and conflicts. It poops everywhere, creating a stinky mess. Everyone is disturbed and affected by it; but nobody is willing to confront it or able to usher it out of the door. Many simply pretend that it doesn’t affect them and ignore it. Some become numb to it despite the discomfort and the stench. When it comes to building a team and a strong trusting culture, ignoring the perennial Elephant in the Room is one of the biggest mistakes any organisation can make. 

This workshop is based on the book, ‘Shoot The Elephant in the Room’. It examines why we avoid addressing and fixing the core issues and try to solve the symptoms instead. These issues can be narrowed to a few root causes, trust being a major one. When these issues are truthfully and openly faced, elevates the team to new heights.

This workshop aims to help staff and leaders alike, to initiate frank and candid conversations to address real issues and take the necessary actions to mend and build trust again.

Future-Proofing

He who walks the Plank, soon becomes Shark Food

Aim: To make aware the need for Future-Proofing and teach participants to be adaptable, resilient and responsible for their personal up-skilling and careers.


Covid-19 demonstrated to everyone the impact of resisting change; of stubbornly staying on course despite the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) of a rapidly changing world. As people and industries succumb, many still hang on to past glories and old formulas. Ironically that’s like being held hostage by a pirate and being forced to walk the dreaded plank, when the pirate is also yourself. 

He Who Walks the Plank, soon becomes Shark Food, but some fail to realise that they are not at the sharp end of a pirate’s sword, and they can actually turn back or pivot. While many are still in a state of shock as a result of COVID-19, a bigger shock awaits them with the ever widening applications of artificial intelligence, machine-learning technologies, and quantum computing. Many are still not prepared for this onslaught yet, oblivious of the impact that Industry 4.0 will have on their jobs and lives. 


This experiential workshop aims to make aware the need for Future-Proofing and teach participants to be more adaptable, resilient and to take greater responsibility for their up- skilling and careers. Targeted at middle management and staff, it helps participants re- evaluate their roles, take stock of their talents and skills, examine the gaps that need filling, and if needed, pivot to adopt an alternate, even multi-strategy approach to their roles, jobs and careers.

 

Personal Development

Presentation Masterclass

Aim: To turn even the most nervous and inexperienced person, into a confident, charismatic, and influential presenter. 


Facing an audience can be a scary experience; some even rank public speaking as being worse than death. Others hide behind podiums, laptop screens and stage furniture, to shield themselves from their audience. Often the fear of making mistakes and looking incompetent compels the untrained presenter to rigidly follow canned, power-point type presentations. To be safe, some present information on pages of tables filled with tons of data. The result? Mind- numbing, ‘read-off-the-screen’ presentations, with little or no impact.

Can you imagine yourself sitting through such a presentation?

Presentations Masterclass is a 2-day intensive program designed with the aim to turn even the most nervous and inexperienced person, into a confident, charismatic, and influential presenter. Any good presenter must be able to read and understand the audience dynamics and be continually aware and direct the energy in the room (self and the audience), be able to continually assess the quality of the delivery, and the degree of audience engagement. With this awareness, any presentation will be a ‘Wow!’ experience, that leaves the audience wanting more.