Cortex Leadership Program
Key 1 – Be Supportive
5 Steps to Empowering Leadership
This module helps you understand the beginning point of higher levels of leadership which builds from Knowledge of yourself and your team members, Creating a vision for what you want to achieve, Engaging others for optimal motivation and performance, Supporting others, and finally a the Reward phase.
4 one-sheets that breakdown each behavioral style – Drive, Influencer, Supporter, Calculator. These are quick reference guides for each of the types and how to communicate with each one.
Leadership Do’s and Don’ts
Great checklist for determining items of growth opportunity for any leader.
Manager Vs. Leader
Article about the inherent differences in managing and leading and the need for both.
A quick e-book describing each of the motivators: Theoretical, Utilitarian, Aesthetic, Social, Individualism, Traditional.
Cortex Team Strengths Module
A quick guide to the Team Work Cycle module – Vision, Ideation, Planning and Execution.
Facilitator’s guide to using the Team Work Cycle in a meeting and converting the terms from Initiation to Visionary, Ideation, Elaboration to Planner and Completion to Executor. This guide can be used for any project meeting.
Coaching & Developing Other for Peak Performance
The High Performance Zone
This 4-step method will help you determine the best process to help your team members reach their high potential zone.
Elements of Trust
Use this for onboarding new employees or getting to the root of conflicts with exsiting ones. The 6 elements include Time, Reliability, Sincerity, Competency, Standards, Involvement.
Exercise- Elements of Trust
Worksheet to help people understand how they process the emotion of trust with different team members.
Listening with Your Head, Heart and Gut
Exercise and one-sheet that assists leader in distinguishing between the 3 different ways and “places” to listen from.
Great Coaching Questions
This step-by-step worksheet takes you through a coaching session with your team member to help them get unstuck. Created in easy to use sections, this form will help you pinpoint exactly the right starting point for your coaching conversation.
How to make a SWITCH
Using the concepts from Chip and Dan Heath’s book, Switch, you are reminded of the model of the Rider, Elephant and Path.
Realize Your Route
This model will help you and your team members find discover ways to determine your desired outcomes. Questions are included to prompt higher-level thinking.
Reality Distortion Field
Worksheet walks you, step-by-step through removing the distortions and defaults you or a team member may have in regard to perceptions of a workplace situation causing them difficulties.
Facilitating the Shift
One sheet explaining the concepts of TED* and showing how to move from DDT to TED. Specific shift guidelines from Victim to Creator, Persecutor to Challenger and Rescuer to Coach.
Make Shift Happen – Moving from Problem Orientation to Creator Orienation
Blank worksheet of the basics of the Dreaded Drama Triangle & The Empowerment Dynamic that can be used for training your staff on this foundational emotional intelligence model.
Shifting Into Neutral – Entering the Do No Harm Zone
PBS model of Pause, Breathe, Store, to help you transition from DDT to TED by moving into the Do No Harm Zone.
TED Coaching Sheet
This step-by-step guide to coaching others moves your through the dynamic tension process of determining a desired outcome, reviewing your current reality, determining which barriers may be blocking you from moving forward and then setting the baby steps necessary to determine which actions need to be taken next. You can use this with your team members as an evaluation tool or a whole team can focus on it during the initiation and other phases of the Team Work Cycle.
Proactive vs Reactive
Use this sheet to determine what type of language you and your team are using that may be the root of the Dreaded Drama Triangle. This sheet will help team members move from reactive language to proactive language that will move them forward, rapidly.
Key 2 – Be Results Oriented
Time Mastery: 7 Simple Steps for Richer Outcomes – Ebook
Use these assessments to identify team member’s strengths and weaknesses for development in this area.
Results Orientation Worksheet
Tool that can be used to help coach and develop team member’s to be more results oriented.
Time Design Modules
This model takes you step by step through the process of effective delegation. From being sure that you have chosen the right team member, to negotiating the terms, through checking on progress and finally, the Wrap Up Round for continuous improvement.
A series of questions to help determine your desired outcomes. Use this sheet to move from what you don’t want into what you or a team member does want.
Morning Mindset Monitor
This simple worksheet will keep you and your team member’s focused on the 3 activities, each day, that will lead to your highest return on investment of time, energy and resources.
Proactive VS Reactive Time Design
This foundational model combines the Eisenhower Matrix made famous by Stephen Covey and the concepts of the SCRUM business method used in successful IT shops. Create your desired outcomes as part of your Quadrant II activities, proactively move them into Quadrant I and use Quadrant III interruptions to alert you to system changes that need to be made to use your time and team more effectively in the future.
Use this worksheet to walk you through the pruning process of removing activities or habits that are not serving you or your team.
Use this worksheet with your team members to measure the energy and mental levels required vs actual for each waking hour. Use the results to determine when your group’s highest-level thinking occurs.
Key 3 – Seek Different Perspectives
This model helps you understand how to use this valuable technique to consistently gain other’s perspectives in meetings.
The 5 Safety Questions
This one page information guide helps you remember the research from Conversational Intelligence, Judith Glaser, regarding the 5 questions all of use are asking, unconsciously, as we begin any interaction with someone else. It’s best to answer these questions at the beginning of any leadership or management conversation and imperative at the start of any coaching conversation or evaluation.
Stages of Change
Use this sheet determine which stage of change you and your team members are in. Pre-contemplation (could last a lifetime), Contemplation (thinking about it), Information Gathering (gathering necessary information to take action), Action, Maintenance (keep doing what you’re doing – success isn’t sexy), Habit.
This model is a step by step continuous improvement guide to be used by teams or individuals upon completion of a Sprint activity or project.
Demonstrated in class, this tool can be purchased to be used as “training tools” for leaders to conduct the most effective and efficient meetings possible for their teams. They are available for purchase for your teams. Ask Cortex rep for details.
Key 4 – Solving Problems Effectively
This four-step method, designed by Chip and Dan Heath can be used to create more effective problem solving and decision making.
Cortex Team Strengths
Use this module to stay on-track when solving the most challenging problems you face