Registration is now open for these upcoming programs:
Summer Academy 2021: Developing Leadership for Working with Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Belonging
May 31 - June 6, 2021 | Online
At this time in our human evolution, we are in an opportunity window to choose to understand the benefits for all of us and our organizations when we value Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. This year's Genuine Contact Summer Academy is designed to prepare leaders, consultants, and coaches to take advantage of this important time in our evolution. Participants will learn to use this opportunity window skillfully and well.
To be skillful requires a deep understanding of what it takes to achieve inclusion, equity, and belonging in an organization. Be prepared to be surprised. What you think will work may have undesirable consequences. What you think may not work, may have desirable consequences.
Join us to develop your leadership with diversity in ways that go beyond valuing diversity into being equipped to guide people in the lived reality of inclusion, equity, and belonging. Benefit from the development of your own plan for going forward in this work, making a positive difference in the lives of people, organizations, and society.
At the heart of this work is the understanding that all people are precious, and we all benefit when we know how to work with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our experience is that strategies based on these values have exciting, tangible results.
Mentoring Circles & Mastermind Groups
September 10, 2021 | Online
Mentoring is a key ingredient in building organizations that thrive. It's a cost-effective way to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and increase engagement and job satisfaction.
Moving Beyond Traditional Mentor-Mentee Relationships to Mentoring Circles
Traditional mentoring in organizations pairs a more senior employee with a junior counterpart.- often helping them onboard into a new job or contributing to their career path within the organization It is a one-way relationship between 2 people with the mentor guiding the mentee. The learning and teaching are limited to these 2 people without benefit to others in the organization.
Mentoring Circles, on the other hand, bring a group of people together for collective mentoring. With a possible mix of levels of seniority, roles within the organization and departments, collective learning happens that impacts the entire organization. Regular mentoring circles focused on the skills, competencies, and experiences needed to achieve the organization's goals can result in continual development of your organizational capacity, strengthening the organization and all of its employees.
Whole Person Process Facilitation
October 8, 15 & 22, 2021 | Online
Imagine knowing a simple-to-use multi-purpose method for leading highly participatory meetings. A meeting facilitated using Whole Person Process Facilitation (WPPF) includes meaningful conversations promotes improved communications, collaboration and cooperation. Using WPPF means that all adult learning styles are taken into consideration thus leaving no one behind. People are engaged. People contribute the best from the full spectrum of emotional, physical, spiritual and mental intelligences including their 'gut feeling', their intuitive intelligence.
This meeting method encourages your organization’s members to use all of their strengths in a highly effective way. The meeting produces tangible results towards your business goals and achieves maximum participation, inspired creativity, and the best solutions from the collective of individuals involved.
WPPF is simultaneously a facilitation method and a container for a variety of tools and processes. If you have tools and processes that you like and work for you, using them within a WPPF container enhances how those familiar tools and processes work.
Whole Person Process Facilitation (WPPF) was developed by Birgitt Williams and has been used in dozens of countries in the world and on every continent, with a twenty-year history of consistently exceptional results. Your meetings will be more efficient and effective. Your investment in holding meetings, when they are facilitated using WPPF, will have a significant return on investment.
Working with Open Space Technology
November 5, 12 & 19, 2021 | Online
You are invited to learn a simple to use multi-purpose method for leading highly participatory meetings involving from 7 to 1000 people. These meetings produce tangible results towards your business goals and achieve maximum participation, inspired creativity, and the best solutions from the collective of individuals involved. Open Space Technology (OST) was developed by Harrison Owen of Maryland, USA and has been used in almost every country in the world, with a twenty-year history of consistently exceptional results. Learn the Genuine Contact way of working with OST to achieve the greatest benefit for the organization.
During an Open Space Technology meeting, participants experience a culture of leadership for the duration of the meeting. A meeting facilitated using Open Space Technology can be used as a catalyst to launch a culture of leadership in the daily life of the organization using the meeting as a shared experience from which to draw their knowledge of what is required in a culture of leadership. More importantly, having experienced the culture of leadership during the meeting, the people involved know that they can do it!
Genuine Contact Organization
November 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2021 | North Carolina, USA
A culture of leadership working within the new leadership paradigm of "leading so people will lead" must be a learning organization. We recognize that all organizations are learning organizations. In some organizations, this learning is unconscious. It is learning by reacting to the latest needs and crisis. In other organizations, this learning is conscious. It is learning by responding and being adaptive to change, with opportunities to develop new skills and capacities and reflect on lessons learned.
Those that learn consciously operate as solution-focused, inspired, life-nurturing organizations that achieve sustainable high performance. These organizations are adaptive and agile. They take advantage of emergent opportunities. They create organizational solutions to challenges. They thrive.
You are invited to learn how the organizational model, the Genuine Contact Organization can support your organization to develop itself as a conscious sustainable, solution-focused learning organization. This is just what you need for nourishing a culture of leadership.
Individual Health and Balance
November 27, December 4 & 11, 2020 | Online
Gaining, maintaining, and realigning your health and balance is a key to developing your leadership capacity. There are many demands placed on that capacity and the return on investment in yourself makes good business sense. For those engaged in leadership, personally or professionally, learning how to achieve and maintain individual health and balance has become increasingly important in these rapidly changing times. Everyone in the organization including those in leadership feels the added pressures of a performance environment that is in constant change. As leaders, you can reduce the effects of this added pressure by applying what you learn in this workshop. Your well-being is a key leadership capacity for organizational well-being.
If you’re like most of the people we work with, you are engaged in leadership, both professionally and in your private life. Because of the demands and stresses of leadership, you need to take extra care of your well-being. You need to have the capacity to operate at peak performance for the marathon that leadership is, over the long haul and not just for the short sprint.
- discover simple and effective concepts, tools and techniques to achieve individual health and balance
- experience simple-to-use techniques to support mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and balance
- be able to use what you learn to realign yourself with health and balance when you notice yourself slipping being bumped out of health and balance mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
In addition to our real-time learning opportunities, there are a variety of self-study programs available to support you in your learning about nourishing a culture of leadership. These workshops are offered as self-study with accompanying 1:1 mentoring to support you in deepening your learning. If you prefer self-study to group learning or are interested in learning one of these modules more quickly than the next public offering, check out the self-study modules available to you here.
Complete Learning Program
Don't see the workshop you're looking for in our upcoming programs? Below you'll find a complete list of our workshops as well as ways to participate in the workshop you are interested in.
The workshops are presented here as individual learning opportunities. If you are interested in a particular learning focus (i.e. leadership development, strategic planning, meeting design and facilitation, etc.) check out our services offerings for recommended learning bundles to support you in achieving your development goals.
Genuine Contact Program Workshops
Every Genuine Contact™ Program workshop is designed to provide techniques, tools, and concepts that have multiple applications for leadership, facilitation, consulting, and managing. Every workshop module provides a unique set of skills and knowledge as well developing the capacity of the participant. Taking the whole series provides a useful impactful learning intensive for those who need means of finding optimal organizational solutions in ways that are fast, simple and duplicable.
Genuine Contact Way Workshops
These workshops, created by Birgitt Williams with the support of Ward Williams and Rachel Amanda, teach you how to create and nourish a culture of leadership within your organization. They are designed to support you in furthering learnings based on The Genuine Contact Way: Nourishing a Culture of Leadership, written by Birgitt Williams.
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If we don't have the workshop you are looking for in our upcoming schedule, you can consider:
- Adding your name to the waiting list. We'll notify you as soon as dates have been scheduled or with enough interested participants schedule a workshop outside of our regular calendar. Just head to the workshop you're interested in and fill in your details.
- Offering an in-house training. If a group of people in your organization would benefit from learning together, contact us to find out about bringing a workshop in-house. (minimum 6 participants, available worldwide)
- Sponsoring a workshop in your community. If you are part of a small business, not-for-profit or other community-based organization, consider sponsoring a workshop in your community. We'll provide you with guidance and marketing materials for inviting others to join you in this learning opportunity. With our workshop sponsorship program, you will participate for free and can also earn income from the workshop. Contact us to learn more about sponsoring a workshop (minimum 10 participants, available worldwide).
- Learn from other Genuine Contact Professionals. While we are the creators of the Genuine Contact Program, there are over 100 authorized trainers with workshops available worldwide. You can see the full program offering here.