Designing a Positive Organisation

This introductory workshop provides insight into the science of building positive organisations. Its focus is on creating awareness and instilling the courage for team members to break free from conventional business models, old organisational cultural concepts, and challenging constraint thinking and beliefs. Building a positive organisation mindset means working with a growth mindset in which everyone in the organisation flourishes and sees opportunities. It requires a change in perspective, culture, and language.

The workshop is the starting point in all three team packages, as this topic lays the foundation for creating abundant organisations that allow individuals to thrive and organisations to prosper. It brings out the best in each other so that people can grow.

Strengths Building Awareness

In this workshop, we shift the focus from what is wrong to what is strong, by becoming aware of our unique strengths, and understanding that these strengths enable us to achieve our potential. Strengths come easily to us, are effortless to apply, and energise us. This means that they naturally raise our level of performance and well-being. Strengths give us the power to operate from our best possible self.

The workshop focuses on how to maintain and balance weaknesses, what the benefits are of applying strengths, how to spot them in team members, and how to collaborate as a team to maximise each other’s strengths. We will also delve into how to balance our strengths to make sure that we don’t overuse them and turn them into a deficit. Having obtained a strengths-based awareness and vocabulary is a compelling way to provide meaningful feedback to others.

Engagement and Motivation

All organisations aspire to have engaged and motivated employees, but, sadly, very few employees are. Statistics show that a mere 35% of people are engaged in their tasks. Most people work to earn a living, and don’t love their work or workplace. This spills over into low engagement and motivation. The result is a lack of enthusiasm, reduced job satisfaction, feelings of unfulfillment, unwillingness to go the extra mile or to volunteer, and working to less than the best of our ability.

In this workshop, we explore what engagement and motivation is, the benefits for individuals and companies, how to increase motivation and engagement, techniques to enable people to bring their authentic selves to work, and how to experience flow moments. We’ll also introduce the power of job crafting. The workshop will also discuss how enjoyment, challenges, and meaning at work foster happiness and fulfilment in the workplace.

Achieving and Goal-Setting

Setting goals and actioning them is not always the easiest thing to do. We often know what we want to achieve, but less about how to get it done, or we start something and then run out of motivation along the way. This leads to our goals becoming unfulfilled dreams, but it doesn’t need to be that way.

This workshop explores how to set meaningful and attainable goals that align with our core values. We’ll introduce and discuss two core goal concepts: growth mindset and hope.. We’ll learn the difference and benefits of a growth mindset versus a fixed one, and how to apply this to track our goal progress practically. After that, we’ll discuss the Hope theory, and will unpack how to achieve our goals through monitoring progress, and remaining committed and adaptable when obstacles come up. We’ll also look at positive ways to view challenges, assess our self-efficacy, and realistically see our chances of success.

Building Resilience

Resilience has become the new buzzword in the workplace, and is an important learned behaviour in managing daily stress. Enhancing our resilience levels is not a nice-to-have, but rather a must-have that helps us cope better, manage unforeseen situations, buffer against depression, anxiety, and burnout, and increase our career advancement.

In this workshop, we’ll explore what resilience is, look at the different types of resilience, discuss why it’s a valuable skill to develop, and understand how our brains process and manage stress. We’ll also talk about what to focus on to build resilience, and what drains it. This workshop is best for people who have completed the Strengths Building Awareness, Emotional Agility and Well-being, and Social Support and Relationships workshops, as they will have provided more building blocks to develop and grow resilience.

Building Positive Relationships

It’s a well-known fact that we are social creatures who require social connection and interaction. Unfortunately, as much as we need it, we’re seldom good at it, particularly in the workplace. We don’t always get along with our colleagues, like them, or want to work with them, which results in a strained working environment and relationships. A toxic work culture leaves us emotionally, physically, and mentally drained and exhausted.

In this workshop, we’ll focus on how we can positively show up at work, and how we can work together in an environment that leverages our strengths, which will allow us to flourish and be at our collective best. We explore the core building blocks of positive relationships, such as psychological safety, trust, what is a safe team environment, how we can learn from mistakes, and how we can communicate to understand and speak to be understood.

Emotional Agility

Emotional agility is the third most sought-after leadership skill. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the one main skill that separates an inspiring leader from the rest. However, most of us are uncomfortable about showing and expressing our emotions at work, believing that there is no place for them there. This thought is misleading, because humans use emotions to be successful, productive, and to attain goals.

In this workshop, we’ll gain an in-depth understanding of our emotions, how to become aware of them, and how to manage them in ourselves and others. Specific attention is directed towards how we can experience positive emotions, how to harness their benefits, and how to understand how our emotions are linked to our well-being. Included in the workshop is specific learning on empathy, kindness, caring for others and self, and learning the power of understanding the language of our emotions, feeling them, and using them to achieve our goals.

Meaning and Purpose at Work

We all want to know that the work that we do impacts another person’s life. It’s important to know that our tasks have a bigger purpose, and are not some mundane activity that we have to do. Meaning focuses on what matters to us, what we value, and where we find purpose. Our work meaning influences our performance, connections, client satisfaction, productivity, task endurance, adaptability to situations, and job satisfaction. If we lose meaning in our work, we develop a negative attitude and behaviour, and this impacts everyone around us.

In this workshop, we’ll differentiate between finding meaning IN our work tasks, and meaning AT work. We’ll review what gives us meaning on an individual level, as well as collectively as a team, challenging limiting assumptions, reviewing whether we feel a sense of belonging in the team, and also understanding the team’s purpose.

Achieving your Potential

We all want to operate at our best level and unlock our true potential. Sadly, very few of us know what being at our best looks and feels like. As outsiders, we might have seen others operating at this level, and perhaps wondered how they got there – with the desire to follow suit.

The goal of this workshop is to assist you and your team to live the life that your heart desires. The focus is on noticing and becoming aware of how to create a balanced perspective of what’s working well for you at work, and what’s stopping you from achieving your potential. We’ll use the Appreciative Inquiry methodology to understand what you and your team have control over, your strengths, and how we can capitalise on them. We’ll explain how to direct your energy and attention to things that enable you to grow in your personal and professional life, and bring you closer to your true potential.

Personality-based Communication

Communication is the common denominator that causes team dysfunction and conflict in the workplace. Communication should be very natural to us, but appears to be extremely difficult since people have different expectations, backgrounds, and personalities. In addition, the common work complaint is that information is not equally communicated or is not communicated adequately.

In this workshop, the focus is on how best to communicate with your team, using different communication channels effectively, as well as tailoring your communication style to their personality style. No-one conceptualises information and instructions the same way, and being clear on how best to tailor your communication will increase your possibility of being heard, understood, while minimising misunderstandings.

Workplace Well-being

Workplace well-being has become an extremely important topic, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Statistics show increasing mental illness, and employees and leaders have a joint responsibility to discuss their employees’ well-being. However, many leaders feel that this is either not their responsibility, or they feel unequipped to have the conversation with their team.

In this workshop, we’ll aim to remove the stigma around mental well-being and impart an easy-to-apply framework and questionnaire that will offer support to the team member and leader to manage well-being conversations on a regular basis. The underlying intention of the conversations is to identify the mental well-being support an employee requires at an early stage.