Leading a Winning Team Leadership Program Syllabus
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Join the fastest growing leadership program in Southwest Virginia with alumni that include hundreds of top executive leaders from the City of Roanoke, Excel Truck Group, Corvesta, Delta Dental of Virginia, Home Instead Senior Care, MB Contractors, Quick Fix Real Estate, Steidle Law Firm, the Rescue Mission and other regional organizations.
Conducted with small groups in a highly interactive format, this program is designed for seasoned leaders and those accepting the role and responsibility of leadership. Based on Serving Leader principles and practices, the program is fast paced and the content is rich, yet very practical. Leaders will learn how to communicate more effectively with the team they lead and those they report to, on key principles such as: motivating others, leading during organizational change, curbing “drama” in the workplace through increasing trust, active listening, executive presence and having more intentional communication that is meant to transform rather than transact.
Accountability is a cornerstone of the program with participants learning proven tools and methods with consistent follow-up through www.goMonti.com to measure and monitor how they are applying what they have learned. The individual coaching sessions assist in making the material relevant to the challenges of each leader. Participants quickly discover their leadership potential, how to stay in their strength zones, and how to coach others to do the same.
The focus of this program is on learning the skills necessary to coach yourself and others to reach higher levels of emotional discipline in order to reach your leadership potential.
Think more strategically, speak more effectively, act more intentionally.
How long does the course take?
The full course of study usually takes 8 months (but can be customized to client’s specific needs)
8 – 4-hour group sessions + Jumpstart DISC workshop
2 – one-on-one, 45-minute executive coaching sessions for each participant
4 – laser coaching sessions – 10 min in length (on the spot coaching as needed)
What type of assessments are included with the program?
Cortex Team Strengths assessment
How is retention, engagement, and progress measured throughout the program?
Participants will receive interactive texts 3 times a week for the duration of the program and their responses will be confidentially captured in our proprietary GoMonti© system. These texts come in the form of content comprehension questions, asset-based thinking questions, and practical application questions that serve to keep the content relevant and assist each participant in applying what they’ve learned in their professional lives and leadership roles.
Specific modules are facilitated in an interactive learning environment and are chosen for you and your team and can be based on initial discussion and assessment results:
- COURSE PREREQUISITE: Communicating and Motivating using DISC/Motivator
Prior to beginning the Leading a Winning Team program, all participants will need to complete the Jumpstart DISC workshop. Participants will complete a DISC and Motivators assessment and bring the report to your Jumpstart session. This 50-page report will give you an understanding of your behavioral styles and offer suggestions on how to develop specific areas for higher levels of effectiveness when working with your team and others. This assessment can also provide a window of understanding for the leaders you report to in order to create a clearer understanding into your perspective and communication style.
DISC assessments lead to a keener self-awareness and communicating with others. Motivators are a window into what TRULY motivates those around you and how leaders, by understanding those, can more effectively motivate people.
You will also learn:
- Which of the four styles: Driver, Influencer, Supporter or Calculator, you tend to use when interacting with others.
- Which of the four styles do the other participants prefer to use when interacting with them.
- How to use this knowledge to increase your awareness of giving and receiving feedback.
- How to use your understanding of the DISC behavioral style model to communicate change initiatives, motivate, and engage your peers and team members.
- Increase your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress and how you solve problems
- Learn how to adapt your own style to get along better with others
- Foster constructive and creative group interactions
- Facilitate better teamwork and minimize team conflict
- Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of team members
- Learn what motivates your actions and those of others and how to use that knowledge to move you and your team forward
- Team Building
By experiencing the Cortex Obstacle Course, learning the ways to use DISC to communicate with different behavioral styles, learning to use your strengths to focus on team members’ assets, how to use the Team Work Cycle model, and delegating with clarity, you will find that you have increased your ability to manage a team by:
- Using more effective communication tools and practices
- Utilizing the strengths of individual team members to obtain group objectives
- Using asset-based thinking and language that motivates, engages and encourages the highest thinking and behaviors from team members
- How to use the IGROW method to build desired outcomes for each of your team members
- Using a technique known as “rounding” during meetings to feel heard and to be able to contribute your perspective and objectives.
- 4 Keys to More Effective Leadership Behaviors
Out of the 20 leadership behaviors that have been determined to lead to success, there are 4 that have been determined to give a leader 89% of their results. This module, supported by an ebook of the same name, will help you learn:
- Identify each of the four behaviors to focus on first: Be Supportive, Be Results Oriented, Seek Others’ Perspectives, and Solve Problems Effectively.
- Which behaviors you are most likely to deliver consistently, because of your natural behavioral styles and Driving Forces© and which ones you need to develop skills in to reach your leadership potential.
- Specific actions that help you deliver on each of the key behaviors.
- Cortex Team Strengths
You will complete a Cortex Team Strengths assessment that will help to better understand which of the 4 phases of a project cycle you prefer to work within. Ideally, teamwork proceeds sequentially from initiation to ideation, elaboration, and completion. But research shows that teams often diffuse their efforts by spending time on work they prefer to do, often skipping essential phases.
You will be given a timed, management challenge that will assist you in a tangible example of how to execute the 4 phases of the Team Work Cycle.
By discovering your strengths you will learn which areas of projects you will bring the most value to and how to support others when they are operating in their strength zones. Some of your learning outcomes will include
- Identify preferred individual and team roles and work phases
- Learn how to deliberately cultivate the missing team roles and work phases
- Discover how to resolve team roles that conflict
- Explore the strengths and weaknesses of teams that are “stuck” in various teamwork/team role combinations
- Make Shift Happen through The Empowerment Dynamic (TED)
This interactive presentation will explain the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful mindset and how to coach yourself and others to make the shift. Using TED – The Empowerment Dynamic, a tool developed by David Emerald, you will learn more methods on how to challenge, coach and create a winning position during any situation for yourself or others. More importantly, you and your team will learn how to steer clear of the Dreaded Drama Triangle and Make a Shift to The Empowerment Dynamic. The ability to make this shift quickly is the foundation of emotional discipline. You will learn:
- How to create more powerful outcomes
- The triggers for unsuccessful outcomes and how to avoid them
- The question you should be asking yourself and others to direct a situation towards a greater goal
- How to identify which orientation you or someone else is during a conversation and how to achieve your desired outcomes
- The reason why some information sticks and some doesn’t and how to achieve better results in your training and learning experiences
- How anxiety drives reactions and how to stop it
This work is based on the book by David Emerald, TED: The Empowerment Dynamic
- Time Mastery: 7 Simple Steps to Richer Outcomes
You’ll never deal with time the same way again after learning the Cortex Method of time design. This practical, interactive, learning module, supported by an ebook and audiobook version, on time management will teach you how to design your time for the highest levels of personal and team productivity and effectiveness. Your learning objectives are:
- How to design your time focusing on your highest level desired outcomes
- Determining your Time Metabolism for peak times of effectiveness, throughout your day, and how to use that information to increase your productivity and execution of difficult tasks
- The keys to eliminating distractions in order to hyper focus
- How to determine which things you should start doing and which one’s you should stop doing
- The key to tripling your productivity – Power Sessions
- Assigning tasks to time in order to better manage commitments
- Managing your calendars for optimal use of time, energy and resource
- Deliberate Delegation
Commitment Based Management was first introduced as an innovative management practice in the 1980’s with the work of Fernando Flores (UC Berkeley) and Terry Winograd (Stanford) and is a highly effective delegation principle and practice. They described a “conversation for action” where two parties make an explicit agreement to deliver a specific outcome by a certain date. The core idea was that the performer was required to negotiate a specific commitment, leading to more buy-in to meeting the commitment and therefore better results and a more collaborative environment. The process of a virtuous conversation between the requester and the performer was defined in three stages: negotiation, delivery, and assessment.
- Learn the 4 phases of Commitment Management cycle and how to properly manage each one
- How to negotiate commitments
- Properly delegating and assigning projects to peers and team members
- How to manage commitments when natural breakdowns occur
- Managing conversations throughout a commitment cycle
- Conversational Intelligence
Conversations based on a high level of trust can be transformative to a relationship, team or organization. Without it, your conversations are transactional and positional in nature which rarely leads to the change you want to see. Your brain has a trust valve that when we learn how to operate it properly can help each of us create a level of safety with one another that will lead to higher level thinking, understanding and more effective execution.
Regardless of your position on a team or in an organization, building and maintaining trust is essential for reaching the deeply satisfying outcomes you want to achieve. This practical module, based on the work by Judith Glaser in her groundbreaking research published in the book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results will teach you who to more effectively communicate with your peers, customers and bosses. You will learn:
- The 3 Levels of Conversation: Transactional, Positional, Transformational
- The 5 Safety Questions that need to be answered to facilitate effective conversations
- How we build trust during interactions with others
- How to effectively facilitate each type of conversation
- How to identify when you are in the wrong type of conversation and what to do about it
- How to quickly build trust and open up the highest level thinking for yourself and others
- The Currency of Trust
This powerful communication tool has multiple applications. You will learn the 6 elements of trust, which include Sincerity, Involvement, Competence, Standards, Reliability, and Time. You’ll learn how to use this tool to:
- Communicate more effectively with your customers and prospects
- Communicate your preferences to new hires and existing team members that will lead to higher levels of engagement and motivation
- Identify where trust has broken down and relationships have stalled or gotten stuck
- Create collaborative teams that move swiftly through project development and execution
- What might be holding you back from reaching your potential
- How to rebuild trust when it’s broken or damaged
- Coaching for Peak Performance
Through the use of the proprietary Cortex Peak Performance model, you will be able to identify your high potential team members and coach them to reach their maximum contribution potential. This simple yet comprehensive model will help you set up effective coaching conversations with your team members and move them from the high potential zone to the high performance zone. You will learn:
- The four R’s of Peak Performance coaching: Roles, Recognition, Review, and Refine
- How to define the roles of those on your team and set them up for success and maximum contribution
- How to properly appreciation and recognize the efforts of those who contribute to the team’s success
- How to effectively review and evaluate the performance of your team to increase engagement and alignment with the team’s mission and vision
- How to successfully navigate the conversations required within each step to move the conversation from evaluation to appreciation and ultimately to coaching
- Coaching for Peak Performance: Giving and Receiving Feedback
By using proper meeting formats and after action reviews, along with scheduling time for each of your direct reports on a monthly or weekly basis, you will discover ways to effectively give and receive feedback from your team members. You will learn:
- How to use DISC, Motivators, and Team Work Cycle to modify your message and communicate effectively to motivate and engage each team member
- How to use “rounding,” in meetings, to allow each member to feel heard and contribute his or her perspectives and objectives
- How to coach team members by using the TED* and Conversational Intelligence methods
- How to focus on asset-based thinking and language that will help motivate and engage others
- How to create an environment that supports asset-based thinking and Serving Leadership
- Conducting crucial conversations for the best outcomes
- Coaching for Peak Performance: Active Listening
Effective listening skills are crucial in order to build trust with and coach others. This module breaks down the keys to active listening and teaches you how to listen from 3 different centers to not only hear what others’ are saying but also to capture the emotions and intent in every conversation. You will learn:
- How to become an Active Listener through demonstrating the 5 key elements of active listening in conversation
- How to leverage the listening strengths and overcome the listening challenges of your unique behavioral style to better communicate with other DISC styles
- How to listen from the 3 different centers: your head (logic); your heart (compassion); and your gut (instincts)
- Identify Your Team’s Core Values
For newly formed teams as well as teams that have operated together for decades, understanding and agreeing to a set of core values is an essential element of success. A team’s values guide the actions and decisions of all team members toward achieving their highest level outcomes. During the Cortex Values workshop teams will:
- Identify the most important individual values and how they relate to the values of the team
- Decide which values represent the core beliefs and drive the actions of the team moving forward
- Bring clarity to the methods of achieving the team’s mission and vision
- Achieve cohesion between all team members through effective cooperation and collaboration
Cortex Digital Library
To support your learning in the course, we offer a digital library that includes:
- Ebook: “4 Keys to More Effective Leadership Behaviors” by: Lynda McNutt Foster
- Ebook/Audiobook: “Time Mastery: 7 Simple Steps to your Richest Outcomes” by: Lynda McNutt Foster
- 300+ articles on every topic covered in the course and more, researched and written by Lynda to continue your leadership development journey
- 50+ video segments and podcasts from “Virginia at Work,” featuring Lynda discussing the most critical management topics that leaders face today
- The Leading a Winning Team program binder with quick reference guides, content worksheets, and graphic one-sheets to ensure your comprehension and retention of core concepts
- Easy to use guides and self-assessments to help you continue to develop and practice the coaching skills you learn throughout the course
- GoMonti group engagement reports for your class
The complete Cortex digital library is part of the package for participating in the course
Each course participant will receive (2) 45-minute coaching sessions from Lynda McNutt Foster, CEO of Cortex Leadership Consulting or other qualified Cortex trained executive coaches.
Your Cortex coaching session is your one-on-one time with a trained executive coach to help you reach your highest level outcomes as you progress through the learning modules in the Leading a Winning Team program. These coaching sessions are designed for maximum impact and your coach is there to help be a thinking pair with you to work through any challenges or obstacles you may be faced with.
To sign-up for the upcoming 2017 Leading a Winning Team live training course call (540) 776-9219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes are held at our facilities within the CoLab on Grandin Road, Roanoke or at your location.