Scott Hartl: How To Develop Leaders in School and in Life -- IATF Leadership TeleSeminar

Audio Interview

Imagine a public school that teaches leadership skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and communication WITH STUDENTS EXCELLING ACADEMICALLY!

Would YOU like to send your children to such a school?

Scott_hartlMeet Scott Hartl who is the President & CEO of Expeditionary Learning (EL).  Over the past 18 years EL has grown from 10 schools to a network of 165 schools, serving 45,000 students and 4,300 teachers.

EL schools outperform neighboring district schools on every measure.  More importantly, EL schools teach students about leadership through valuable, real-life experiences.  Students in EL schools have a positive and profound impact on the communities they operate in.

 

EL schools ask students to be leaders NOW.

In this special TeleSeminar, Scott Hartl will share the secrets of EL's success.  Scott has keen knowledge about how to fully engage students (learners) and how to leverage the passion of teachers.  Scott also has a deep understanding about how to create a learning community based on trust. 

This TeleSeminar is for you if you are a parent, teacher, administrator, teamwork facilitator, leadership coach, change management facilitator, manager, or supervisor.

Expeditionary Learning schools (EL) partners with school districts and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing schools at all levels and in all settings – urban, rural, and suburban. The EL model challenges students to think critically and to take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in school, and works to improve curriculum design, instruction, school culture, leadership, and assessment practices.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with our special guest speaker and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Dial in, share your experiences… and then start unleashing even more team power in your organization.

Call Details

TITLE

How To Build Leaders for Tomorrow

DATE

Wednesday,   March 7, 2012

TIME

Starts at 1 pm  Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60- 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Scott Hartl, President and CEO of Expeditionary Learning

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

 CLICK HERE to register. It's FREE. Registration closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

This call was recorded and archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.


 


Susan Gerke: Secrets to Leading Virtual Teams Successfully -- IATF Leadership TeleSeminar


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Audio Interview

Are you able to give a "thumbs up" for your Virtual Team leadership skills?

You can learn how to lead a Virtual Team successfully.  In this leadership TeleSeminar we will reveal some of the most important secrets for leading Virtual Teams including...

  • The need for relationship building –- it needs to be done differently than when the team is co-located.
  • Staying connected with each other -- sending an email won't cut it.
  • The importance of "foundational conversations" -- most Virtual Teams skip these and suffer the consequences.
  • The challenge of making space for different personalities or styles in the team -- you can ignore the differences or you can learn to harness them.
  • Leverage the "stages of group development" (Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing) -- Virtual Teams go through these same stages just like a co-located team, but are you aware of the differences? 
  • and a few more...

 

Susan_gerke Our special guest for this event is Susan Gerke who is the president of Gerke Consulting & Development where she designs, customizes and implements leadership and teamwork programs with Virtual and Co-located teams.  Her clients include Bank of the West, BHK Accountancy, City of Anaheim, Human Options, Orange Coast College, Sole Technology, UC Irvine, and Warner Bros. Along with David Hutchens, Susan has created GO Team, a library of 18 easy-to-deliver team-training modules that allow you to build your own team training agenda.

 

 

Susan is the coauthor of "The I in TEAM: Accelerating Performance of Remote and Co-located Teams" and "Quick Guide to Interaction Styles and Working Remotely 2.0: Strategies for Leading and Working in Virtual Teams"

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This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with our special guest speaker and ask her your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Dial in, share your experiences… and then start unleashing even more team power in your organization.

Call Details

TITLE

Secrets to Leading Virtual Teams Successfully

DATE

Friday,   March 9, 2012

TIME

Starts at 1 pm  Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60- 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Susan Gerke, President of Gerke Consulting and Development and co-creator of GO Team Resources

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

CLICK HERE to register. It's FREE. Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

This call was recorded and is archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.


 


6 Ways to Ruin a Company Offsite Meeting

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Can leading team building exercises (games) ruin your company offsite?  This article from Inc Magazine says yes.

From the article:

Method # 6 for ruining your company offsite:

Include teambuilding exercises when teambuilding isn’t the point. Teambuilding exercises, like ropes courses, puzzles, treasure hunts, etc., were incredibly popular in 90s corporate America.

They’re still fairly popular. After all, who doesn’t want a stronger, more cohesive team?

Still, a one-off teambuilding exercise will not result in a stronger, more cohesive team. Workplace trust is not built on a ropes course. Trust is built when employees know, through long experience, that they can count on each other.

Skip the exercises.  Get down to business instead. Great teams become great teams when they produce great results.

Focus the meeting on how to produce great results, and let your team discover how great it is through their achievements.

 

I agree with the author. A one-off teambuilding exercise will not result in a stronger, more cohesive team.  However, some organizers like to believe in teambuilding mirages.

Thank you IATF member Mike Cardus for pointing this article out.


Free Leadership TeleSeminar: GO Communicate! -- Exploring and improving how your teams interact.


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 Almost every team will tell you that they struggle with communication. And we've got some fresh ways to help you think about the communication challenges for the teams that you support.

In this "GO Communicate" TeleSeminar we will explore two unique lenses for communication: the "advocacy and inquiry" model, and the "directing and informing" style differences, based on the pioneering work of Dr. Linda Berens.
 
This free webinar was developed exclusively for members of IATF. Brought to you by Susan Gerke and David Hutchens, it is a follow up to their popular presentation from last year, "From Stuck to GO."

Susan_gerke Susan Gerke is the president of Gerke Consulting & Development where she designs, customizes and implements leadership and teamwork programs.  Her clients include Bank of the West, BHK Accountancy, City of Anaheim, Human Options, Orange Coast College, Sole Technology, UC Irvine, and Warner Bros.

 

 

 



David_hutchens_jpg David Hutchens, a bestselling author, and organizational learning consultant. He  has worked with IBM, The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, GE, Nike, and many others.

 

 

 

 

Together, Susan and David have created GO Team, a library of 18 easy-to-deliver team-training modules that allow you to build your own team training agenda.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with our special guest speaker and ask them your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Dial in, share your experiences… and then start unleashing even more team power in your organization.

Call Details

TITLE

GO Communicate!: Exploring and improving how your teams interact.

DATE

Wednesday   February 22, 2012

TIME

Starts at 1 pm  Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60- 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Susan Gerke and David Hutchens, creators of GO Team Resources

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

 CLICK HERE to register.  It's FREE. Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

This call was recorded and is now archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.

CLICK HERE to download the recording for a limited time. (link coming soon)

Click on the link below to download the slide deck used during the call.

Download GoTeam_Communication_slide_deck_022212

Click on the link below to download directions for leading the experiential learning exercise mentioned by Al Weinberg during the call.

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TELEPHONE CONFERENCING TECHNOLOGY

During this TeleSeminar we'll be using the newest telephone conferencing technology that provides a remarkably engaging experience.  CLICK HERE to learn more about this technology.

 

 

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The Spiritual Nature of Team Building -- New TeleSeminar Series

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When I first began team building in 1987, I was drawn to the work because I felt good doing it.  My initial inexperience made it very challenging at first, and yet I knew I was doing the right thing.  These feelings were an indication I was following a spiritual path - - though I wouldn’t recognize it until much later.  I simply knew I was happy doing the work regardless of the circumstances.

As President & Founder of the IATF I've had many conversations with teamwork facilitators (trainers, coaches, educators) around the world and have discovered many of us share a spiritual grounding in our work building teams.

Many of us feel a "calling" (as Gregg Levoy says) to do this work.  It's not a job; it's our JOY to help groups have a direct experience of what it means to become a "high performing team".

One of the big goals I've set for 2012 is to explore this intangible we call "spirit" (or "spiritual") when it comes to team building.

Many in our industry are comfortable using the phrase "Team Spirit" which hints at this intangible.

Now I propose a series of live and interactive TeleSeminars where we directly explore and address the spiritual nature of team building.

I plan to invite leaders in the field of spiritual studies to be our guest on these TeleSeminars in an effort to more fully understand what it means to build and lead teams as a path of spiritual development.

Here are some of the people I plan to invite as speakers...

Who would you like to hear on this TeleSeminar series?  What speakers, authors and luminaries would you most enjoy learning from? Who would inspire and enlighten you?  Leave your thoughts in the comments area below.

Can you help me connect with anyone on the above list?  If yes, I'd love to hear from you.  Please call or email.

Please share your thoughts below.

Tom Heck
President & Founder
International Association of Teamwork Facilitators


Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Today is we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. here in the United States.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Dr. King.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broad conerns of all humanity.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the one hand, we are called to play the good smaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway.  True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar.  It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sit down lectures - - Is there a better way to learn teamwork?

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Photo from Andrew Scott on Flickr

Remember college classes?  Sitting in a lectures taking notes?  Remember how engaging these lectures were? 

"Sage on the stage" is how this method of instruction is known.

If you're like most people, a good portion of college lectures were terribly boring and did not fully engage you.

Fast forward to - now - you're a teamwork facilitator (coach, trainer, manager, educator, etc.).  How often do you talk at your audience (lecture at them)?

If you to are applying the "sage on the stage" method of teaching then it's likely your audience is walking away from the experience with much less than you think.

Research shows that your students will learn more if they are actively (as in out of their chair) learning.

"According to the best-evidence synthesis, we found strong evidence of a significant positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance."

LESSON:  To be a more effective teamwork facilitator and fully engage your audience learn how to get people up and moving and learning at the same time. 


The Power of Self Leadership -- interview with Ed Manning

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We can’t truly lead others until we know how to lead ourselves.

In this live and interactive TeleSeminar you'll learn an innovative tool for mapping key internal influences of your behavior, communication, and decision making.

Once we know why we’re doing what we’re doing, we can make informed choices rather than simply react to people and events around us.

Practicing self leadership allows us to engage our day-to-day lives and professional roles with more clarity and effectiveness.

Please join us for this free and interactive TeleSeminar with special guest Ed Manning of Alchemy for Leaders where we'll explore The Power of Self Leadership.

This is the perfect training event for trainers, educators, coaches, and leaders.

Ed_manningOur guest Ed Manning owns Alchemy For Leaders and is an accomplished management consultant who brings a proven record of client success. Ed’s passion is guiding individuals and organizations in discerning what they truly value so they can unleash their potential. He has more than 20 years of facilitation experience with organizations such as ING Bank, Lend Lease, Delta Air Lines, and Center for Disease Control. Ed has led programs on leadership development, strategic planning, project management and effective communication.

 

 

About the telephone conference technology used during this class

This TeleSeminar will utilize new state of the art telephone conferencing technology from Maestro Conference that enables you to participate like never before.  All you need is a regular telephone (land line or cell) BUT be ready for a totally new experience.

CALL DETAILS

WHAT
Live TeleSeminar entitled "The Power of Self Leadership" with special guest Ed Manning of Alchemy For Leaders

WHEN
Wednesday, January 25, 2011
Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
(12 Central / 11 am Mountain / 10 am Pacific)
runs 60 minutes

COST
FREE!  But space is limited.  Register early!

RECORDING
This call was recorded and is archived in the IATF Members Only Area.  Only IATF members have access to the Members Only Area. Membership is FREE.  CLICK HERE to learn more about IATF member benefits. 

Download the slide deck as a PDF using the link below:

Download Self Leadership slides 1-25-12


 


Breakthrough Leadership with Brian Biro -- Amazing Live Workshop on January 24, 2012

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I'm so excited to announce the 5th Annual Lessons In Leadership main event! 

The date is Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the magnificent, brand new Kimmel Arena at UNCA.  Registration and Networking is from 5:00 to 6:00 with the program from 6:15 to 8:45. 

The speaker for this special 5th anniversary event is America's Breakthrough Coach, Brian Biro delivering BREAKTHROUGH LEADERSHIP! 

Brian is an amazing teacher of team and leadership skills and is on the faculty here at the IATF.

When we hear…we forget.  When we SEE…we're more likely to remember.  But when we DO, we UNDERSTAND! 

This will be a one-of-a-kind event that will move you out of the stands and into the game!

It is unlike any seminar or presentation anywhere for the unequaled engagement, energy, focus, and value.

Brian has delivered more than 1,250 events around the world to companies like Lockheed Martin, Starbucks, Staples, Microsoft, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Verizon, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, the University of Notre Dame, UCLA, TIAA-CREF, AFLAC, Allstate, and hundreds of others reaching  more than half a million participants. He was also recently named one of the 100 Most Inspirational Graduates of the UCLA Graduate School of Business in honor of their 75th Anniversary. He has has written nine books including bestseller Beyond Success.

Brian's presentation on Breakthrough Leadership will leave you six-feet off the ground ready to create lasting breakthroughs in your life, health, business, and spirit!  AND, because he speaks exclusively for organizations, businesses, and educational institutions, this  is the only PUBLIC event Brian will do in 2012!

REGISTER  NOW  at www.wncleaders.com

Cost is only $20/person

Every cent goes to charities including MANNA Food Bank, the YMCA of WNC Healthier Communities Campaign, and the UNCA Scholarship fund.

This event will be held at the brand new Kimmel Arena on the campus of the University of North Carolina Asheville. It is truly state-of-the-art! During the networking time from 5:00 to 6:00 the concession stands will be open, so you can enjoy a delicious and easy dinner right there PLUS there is plenty of easy parking!

When companies bring Brian Biro in to speak they invest upwards of $20,000 for facility, speakers fees, and AV.  This same quality of experience is yours for $20 on January 24th.

We encourage you to make the most of this opportunity and BRING YOUR ENTIRE TEAM!!  This year's event will have enormous value for you personally and professionally.  By the time you leave the arena that night you will understand that no matter your job title or position, you are a leader…the CEO of your own life…and will be inspired and crystal clear that you have the potential to elevate you and those around you every single day.  

REGISTER  NOW  at www.wncleaders.com

Cost is only $20/person

IATF President Tom Heck will be there and would love to connect with you at the event.


GO Team Workshops -- LEVEL 3 (modules 13-18)

See you at the top!

Ready for high performance? These topics aren’t only for mature teams; they’re for any team that wishes to unleash the “group genius” that is a unique product of teams.

 

13   Building Team Trust

Trust is the bedrock of everything else. If the team doesn’t have trust, then it is experiencing crushing drains of efficiency, quality, and energy. In this module, the team will create its own “trust model” and identify the behaviors that can kill or enhance trust. They will conclude with a shared understanding of what trust looks like in this team, and a plan of action for increasing it.

Your team will:

  • Examine the importance of trust in successful teams.
  • Identify the key elements of team trust.
  • Assess this team’s level of trust.
  • Discuss how the team will increase trust.

14   Giving and Receiving Feedback

“How are you doing?” In a team, that’s not a polite salutation, but part of a shared commitment to give and receive feedback. Whether it is “corrective” or “reinforcing,” feedback is necessary to the team’s culture, processes, tasks, and relationships. Learners will have an opportunity to share their feedback with one another and build valuable skills that they can continue to exercise.

Your team will:

  • Explore the importance of feedback – both corrective and reinforcing – to the healthy functioning of your team.
  • Identify qualities of effective feedback.
  • Establish how this team intends to make delivering and receiving feedback a constant part of its work.
  • Practice giving and receiving feedback as it relates to processes, team tasks and team relationships.

15   Sharing Leadership

When it comes to team work, who takes the lead? The answer is, “everyone!” A team is an incubator for leadership skills, and this fun, highly interactive module will give each team member a plan for developing their own unique leadership.

Your team will:

  • Identify shared leadership behaviors for this team.
  • Exercise your own unique leadership.
  • Make plans for further sharing your leadership, and expanding your own repertoire of leader behaviors.

16   Sparking Team Creativity

Your team is full of creative people. Don’t believe it? Then work through this module as a team. You’ll discover that creativity is not a magical thing reserved for a gifted few. Instead, it’s a discipline and a process that any team can exercise at any time. Next time the team needs to generate new opportunities and new ways of thinking, make this module a part of the work agenda. You won’t believe the creative brilliance that you produce!

Your team will:

  • Explore a disciplined process for exercising creative thinking (even if members don’t consider themselves “creative!”)
  • Consider the different roles and individual strengths that different team members bring to the creative process.
  • Work through a four-part model that leads team members through the creative process – from defining an opportunity, to brainstorming creative solutions, to making plans for building the idea, and ultimately to ensuring its effective implementation.

17   Managing Change

Change happens. Like it or not, change will be a continual part of the team’s reality. Rather than forever reacting to unforeseen events, the team will practice a multi-lens approach to confronting a real-world change it faces. Members will deal with their own reactions to the change, analyze the nature of the change, explore the many unanticipated ripple effects… and, of course, develop a plan of action.

Your team will:

  • Deal collectively with a change that is currently affecting the team.
  • Explore and identify individual reactions to the change.
  • Analyze the nature of the change.
  • Identify the implications of the change.
  • Create a shared plan of action for navigating effectively through the change.

18   Leveraging Team Learning

What does teamwork have to do with learning? You may be surprised. Learning is very much a team activity, in which each member has different roles and strengths. This module offers some fascinating ways for members to think about their learning styles, and then coordinate them for powerful and ongoing learning.

Your team will:

  • Explore Kolb’s Learning Cycle for deeper understanding into how people learn from experience.
  • Consider your own individual learning styles and preferences.
  • Plan future learning activities that leverage and honor the learning preferences of each team member.

 

View  GO Team  LEVEL 1  (modules 1-6)  CLICK HERE

View  GO Team LEVEL 2  (modules 7-12)  CLICK  HERE

HOME of GO Team Workshops

 

 

FREE  GO Team  Assessment

Contact us to schedule a free team assessment that will determine your team's strengths and weaknesses (opportunities for growth).  Using the results of the assessment, we will work with you to design a workshop the produces the results you most need.  There is no obligation to buy.  This is a service we provide to make sure there's a match between your needs and what we have to offer.

EMAIL:  [email protected]

PHONE:  (828) 348-4677

 

 

 

GO Team Workshops -- LEVEL 2 (modules 7-12)

Go Team!

Some issues just seem to pop up every day in the work with the team. These are the core topics that come with the territory.

 

7   Enhancing Team Communication

All day every day the team communicates. Imagine the efficiencies that could be gained by communicating better. In this module team members will exercise their capabilities for advocacy and inquiry. More than a process for transferring information, communication becomes the source of learning, transformation, and innovation.

Your team will:

  • Explore the disciplines of advocacy and inquiry to create team conversations that produce learning, innovation, and change.
  • Practice conversations in which you exercise advocacy and inquiry.
  • Make plans for purposeful team communication.

8   Running Effective Team Meetings

And now consider the humble meeting, that contentious generator of disagreement and lost time. But not for the high-performing team! As you explore team meetings through this module, you’ll discover how meetings can become a place where real work gets done! This module includes a meeting planning process that can be used over and over.

Your team will:

  • Identify characteristics of effective meetings, as well as tips for meeting facilitation.
  • Use the GO Team meeting planning tool to identify the meeting participants, purpose, and agenda.
  • Learn how the GO Team meeting planning tool can be used to keep the meeting on task and on time; and to assess the effectiveness of the meeting.

9   Making Team Decisions

Before you decide, you have to decide how you will decide! That’s one of the big ideas that drives this module of GO Team. As your team works through an actual decision that it faces, members will encounter a repeatable process for making decisions — one that includes key considerations before, during, and after the actual decision.

Your team will:

  • Practice a disciplined process for making team-based decisions.
  • Consider different approaches for making decisions, and select from those approaches based on the challenge at hand.
  • Make an actual decision about an issue the team is currently facing.
  • Analyze your decision for possible factors that may derail its success, and make contingency plans to ensure successful implementation.

10   Avoiding Groupthink

As the team begins to work and collaborate with more expertise, a new vulnerability can creep in. It’s called “groupthink” and it can cause even strong teams to fall into unproductive ways of thinking. Equip your team to fight the ravages of groupthink with this module!

Your team will:

  • Explore the concept of groupthink, and the dangers that it poses to this team.
  • Analyze this team’s vulnerability to groupthink.
  • Define and practice specific behaviors for ensuring that groupthink is not a danger to this team.

11   Resolving Team Conflict

39% of teams report that they “fear” and “avoid” conflict. And yet, the inherent tension of competing interests is one of the greatest sources of creativity for your team! In this module, the team will deal with an actual conflict… and in the process build the team’s capacity for transforming daily conflict into a force for innovation.

Your team will:

  • Explore the nature of conflict and power, and consider the proper personal orientation before entering into conflict situations.
  • Practice a dialogue-based approach for dealing with an existing conflict, and for preventing future conflicts from unnecessary escalation.

12   Solving Team Issues

Sometimes “issues happen.” When the team faces unforeseen events that jeopardize its ability to accomplish its tasks, GO Team is there. In this module, team members will encounter a disciplined and repeatable process for resolving the issue and moving forward.

Your team will:

  • Explore a disciplined process for resolving external challenges and issues that affect your team’s work.
  • Resolve an issue that your team is currently facing.

 

 

View  GO Team  LEVEL 1  (modules 1-6)  click here

View  GO Team  LEVEL 3  (modules 13-18)  click here

HOME of  GO Team  Workshops

 

FREE  GO Team  Assessment

Contact us to schedule a free team assessment that will determine your team's strengths and weaknesses (opportunities for growth).  Using the results of the assessment, we will work with you to design a workshop the produces the results you most need.  There is no obligation to buy.  This is a service we provide to make sure there's a match between your needs and what we have to offer.

EMAIL:  [email protected]

PHONE:  (828) 348-4677

 

 

 


GO Team Workshops -- LEVEL 1 (modules 1-6)

Setup for success!

These are the fundamentals of teamwork. But don’t assume these are for “beginner” teams! Many experienced teams find they have never worked through these important team building blocks. (“Oh, so maybe that’s why we’ve been struggling…!”)

 

1 Getting Grounded in Team Basics

Welcome to the team! Whether you’re a new team or an old one, this module will lead you to valuable insights about team structures and stages of team growth, and will help identify the characteristics of the best teams.

Your team will:

  • Learn the definition of “team”.
  • Identify the characteristics of the best teams.
  • Explore different types of teams.
  • Consider the different stages that teams experience over time.
  • Discuss how the team concepts in this module apply to your team.

  Creating Team Operating Guidelines

“How will we act when we are together?” Surprisingly few teams have an explicit conversation about their operating guidelines. Once defined, your operating guidelines hold surprising power for the team, and become a template for assessing your own performance.

Your team will:

  • Explore the importance of having a set of shared behavioral expectations for the team.
  • Establish and commit to your team’s own operating guidelines.

3   Establishing Team Purpose and Goals

“Why am I here? What should I do?” No, these aren’t existential questions, nor are they the reflections of some clueless guy. In your team, they are urgent questions about the teams’ purpose and goals. Are you sure that your team has shared understanding of its purpose and goals? You may be surprised! This module will help create clarity, alignment, and action.

Your team will:

  • Explore the importance of establishing the team’s purpose and goals.
  • Consider the characteristics of – and differences between – compelling purposes and goals.
  • Identify and articulate this team’s purpose.
  • Establish a set of specific, actionable goals that will advance the team toward completing its purpose.

4   Clarifying Team Roles

So… who does what on your team? It sounds like a simple question. But don’t assume that everyone knows the answer! Even the best teams suffer from areas of role confusion. This module leads the team through a facilitated process that leads to more clarity, less conflict, and higer performance.

Your team will:

  • Explore the naturally occurring roles that emerge in teams, and identify your own preferred team roles.
  • Gain shared clarity and agreement around the specific team tasks that each team member must perform in order to accomplish the team’s mission.

5   Building on Style Differences

Have you noticed that your team mates do things differently than you? Often this is a source of conflict for teams. In this module, you’ll learn to transform these differences into an endless source of innovation and performance. Based on the pioneering work of Dr. Linda Berens, this powerful module of GO Team is rich with insight for all teams.

Your team will:

  • Explore the style preferences that each member has for interacting with others.
  • Understand and appreciate the differing styles of others.
  • Make changes in your ways of working together so that you can benefit from the individual styles of each member.

6   Assessing the Team

With this module, each member of the team will assess the team on a broad number of dimensions. The result will be a comprehensive picture of the team’s health. Kind of like a physical from your doctor, but with no needles.

This module can be delivered live (face-to-face) in a workshop setting.  Alternatively, this module can be delivered electronically via a web-based assessment.  Contact us to schedule a conversation and we will  help you determine which process is best for your team.

Your team will:

  • Conduct a broad assessment of the team’s areas of strength as well as its deficits.
  • Make plans to address the team’s opportunities for growth.

 

View  GO Team  LEVEL 2  (modules 7-12) click here

View  GO Team  LEVEL 3  (modules 13-18) click here

HOME of GO Team Workshops

 

FREE  GO Team  Assessment

Contact us to schedule a free team assessment that will determine your team's strengths and weaknesses (opportunities for growth).  Using the results of the assessment, we will work with you to design a workshop the produces the results you most need.  There is no obligation to buy.  This is a service we provide to make sure there's a match between your needs and what we have to offer.

EMAIL:  [email protected]

PHONE:  (828) 348-4677

 

 


Virtual Team Leader Home Study Course [Digital Download Product]

 

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The Virtual Team Leader Home Study Course is a fast-track training program designed for managers and supervisors who need the must-know skills to get up and running successfully with virtual teams NOW. 

You'll learn the essential strategies, tactics and tools needed to lead a virtual team.  If you're new to leading Virtual Teams this program is for you. 

This is a digital download product - - receive immediate access to a password protected website and begin learning now!

The global economic situation has accelerated the rate at which many team leaders must make the shift from leading collocated teams to leading Virtual Teams.  And many must learn overnight!

In this training program you'll learn the must-know information of leading Virtual Teams.  No fluff here.  

Fast-Track Curriculum

The curriculum of the Virtual Team Leader Home Study Course is delivered by Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF, who has designed and delivered TeleSeminars since 2001. 

The curriculum of the Virtual Team Leader Home Study Course is delivered in four key sessions:

Session # 1:  The 7 Qualities of Highly Successful Virtual Team Leaders
Session # 2:  How To Structure Your Virtual Team Meetings For Success
Session # 3:  How To Establish, Strengthen, and Evolve Your Virtual Team
Session # 4:  Telephone & Web Conferencing Leadership Skills

===>  Download course curriculum details using the link below.

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Virtual Team Leader Guest Experts

Imagine having an opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in the field of Virtual Teams.  Now you can through the Virtual Team Leader Guest Speaker Audio Archive.

Get instant access to recordings of live and interactive TeleSeminar interviews with these Virtual Team Leader experts:

Jessica_lipnack Jessica Lipnack -- Leadership Expert
Co-founder of NetAge.com, a Boston consultancy that provides advice, education, and ideas on teams, virtual teams, collaboration, networked organizations, and organization structure.  Coauthor of six books including Networking, The Age of the Network, and Virtual Teams, published by Doubleday, Viking Penguin, and Wiley and translated around the world.

 

 

Barry-rellaford Barry Rellaford -- Trust Expert
Head Trainer at the SpeedOfTrust.com.  Barry worked closely with Stephen M.R. Covey in developing the “Leading at the SPEED of TRUST” training program, organizational assessment, and the SPEED of TRUST individual Audit.

 

 



Shaun_callahan Shaun Callahan -- Engagement Through Web Community Expert
Chief Involvement Officer at Groupsite.com.  Shaun's core expertise includes "inviting people to the dance". He is focused on helping groups achieve a stronger return on involvement. 

 

 



Brian_burt Brian Burt -- Group Engagement In Class Expert
Founder and C.E.O. of MaestroConference, the leading remote event platform that enables scalable peer-to-peer conversations.  Brian is a long-term advocate of the power of “active engagement’ over “passive media” for learning important skills, changing behavior, or creating relationships.

 

 



Jenn_sramek Jenn Sramek -- Expert Virtual Team Leader
Project Manager and Partner at CivicActions.com, Jenn leads a team of 40 people in 8 timezones and 4 continents performing professional services for non-profits, progressive causes and triple-bottom-line businesses.  CivicActions.com is a virtual internet strategy and implementation firm and Jenn is the woman in the middle, facilitating communication between the firm’s clients and her team.  Jenn shares hard earned lessons from years of leading virtual teams.

 


Risk Free 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

Guarantee_2 With this program you now have the opportunity to get the tools, knowledge, resources to make one of the most important leadership shifts of your career - - becoming a Virtual Team Leader.

I'm so confident these resources will fast track you to leadership success as a Virtual Team Leader - I guarantee that if you apply the strategies and ideas I'll share with you, you'll grow into a successful leader of Virtual Teams.

You are fully protected by our personal guarantee of satisfaction which means that in the unlikely event you are not completely satisfied, you can claim a prompt refund of your money.  This means you can review all the materials in the entire program and still receive a prompt 100% refund if you're not completely satisfied.



Special Free Bonuses!

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Free Bonus # 1

Free digital copy of "Virtual Teams - People Working Across Boundaries with Technology" by Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps

The authors present the 90/10 Rule, which stresses how a virtual teams success is based 90 % on the people involved and 10% on the technology. They also take you through the seven steps that every team must complete in order to achieve their results. These include:

  • Creating a team identity
  • Drafting a mission statement and setting goals
  • Determining milestones and establishing a schedule
  • Identifying team members and their roles
  • Choosing the appropriate media

Read case studies from Sun Microsystems, Shell Oil, Pfizer, Motorola, Ernst & Young, and others.  Get the tools you need to create and build a winning virtual team for your own organization. 


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Free Bonus # 2

10 Virtual Teambuilding Games and Personal Growth Exercises You Can Lead In A Virtual Setting

Would you like to liven up your next Virtual Team meeting with teambuilding games and activities you can lead over a telephone conference line and the internet?

Imagine helping your Virtual Team learn the skills necessary to go from good to great in a fun way - - and do this from a distance.

Are you a manager needing to get a key concept across to one of your Virtual Team members?  There are activities in here for you that work great for one-on-one leadership coaching situations. 

This program alone normally sells for $47 and you'll get access for free with your purchase.

 

DIGITAL  DOWNLOAD -- Purchase This Program and Start Learning Today!

This entire program is available to you right now as a digital download so you can begin learning today

Immediately after purchasing this program you'll receive instructions for logging into a password protected website where you'll find all the resources waiting for you.

 

Our Competition

Normally a course like ours would cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Infact, here's what our competition is selling a similar course for:

American Management Association = $2,445

You Can Work From Anywhere = $157 (you only receive 3 hours of training compared to our 9)

RMC Project Management = $449

Why is our course so reasonabley priced at $79 ? We believe in over delivering on value.  If we provide you with way more value than you paid for then you are more likely to trust us and trust is the foundation of all great long-term relationships. We want to support your good work for the long-term and we have many other products and services for you to benefit from.  It all starts here though.

 

Amazing value for $79 -- Everything you need to get started!

What you get:

  • 4  Virtual Team Leader TRAINING SESSIONS (see "curriculum" above)
  • 5 Virtual Team Leader EXPERTS interview sessions (see "guest experts" above)
  • 2 Virtual Team Leader BONUSES (see "bonuses" above)
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Live Workshop of the Virtual Team Leader

Are you interested in scheduling a live and interactive Virtual Team Leader program for your team?  We can deliver the program virtually or face-to-face and we are ready to work with you!  Contact us and we'll schedule a free consultation with IATF President & Founder Tom Heck.  The goal of the free consultation is to learn about where you are with your training goals and objectives.  Then we will design a program to meet your group's specific needs.  CONTACT US.

 

Testimonials

"It’s no exaggeration when I say that this training course is a must for all 21st Century leaders. The Virtual Team Leader training met and far exceeded all of my expectations. The lively interactive class sessions made possible through the cutting edge technology used to deliver the course, the enormous knowledge and experience of the instructor, the opportunity to interact with guest speakers who are all luminaries in the field of virtual learning, made every session of this course worthwhile. This course not only gave me the skills to effectively lead virtual teams, but it fundamentally changed the way I think about them."
 
H. Nathan Charles, Ph.D.
President: The Lancaster Consulting Group
www.TheLancasterGroup.org

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"I had the pleasure of attending Tom's mutli-session web presentation on leading virtual teams through NTEN.org. I found the whole series fun and insightful with many ideas to immediately put into action in our organization. It's clear that Tom knows his way around organizations- not just the organizational change literature. I'd highly recommend attending one of his presentations or seminars when you have a chance."

Henry Hernandez
Manager, Information Systems
Western Association of Schools and College

 

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How To Apply the Lessons of Emotional Intelligence -- interview with Dr. Relly Nadler

 

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 “Emotional Intelligence” (EQ) - - it’s a term practically every leader has heard of.

Time Magazine says "Emotional Intelligence may be the best predictor of success in life..."

EQ is a term coined by Daniel Goleman who authored the wildly successful book “Emotional Intelligence - Why It Can Matter More Than IQ” (1996).

Here’s what Goleman says about the importance of EQ:

"In a study of skills that distinguish star performers in every field from entry-level jobs to executive positions, the single most important factor was not IQ, advanced degrees, or technical experience, it was EQ.”
  -- Daniel Goleman

A clear and competitive advantage is gained when leaders (and teams) strengthen EQ. 

But HOW exactly are Teamwork Facilitators supposed to APPLY this EQ stuff?  How do we make it real?  How do we close the gap between the theory of EQ and the practice of EQ?

Relly_nadler That’s the question we’ll answer on Thursday December 1, 2011 when IATF Visiting Faculty Member Dr. Reldan Nadler, author of Leading with Emotional Intelligence: Hands-On Strategies for Building Confident And Collaborative Star Performers  shares his street-smart wisdom.

Dr. Nadler is a world-class expert when it comes to the practical application of Emotional Intelligence with leaders and teams and top companies seek out his advice -- Dr. Nadler's clients include Dreamworks SKG, Disney, At&T, MCI, Xerox, Lockheed-Martin Aerospace, and many more!

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Questions addressed in this Free IATF TeleSeminar:

  1. What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and why is it the most important component for star performance?
  2. Why are EQ competencies critical for Teamwork Facilitators?
  3. How is the Brain Neuroscience research influencing leadership today?
  4. How to use the “Emotional Audit” to enhance your leadership and use with others.
  5. What are specific things you can do to raise your EQ and experience more success?

About the telephone conference technology used during this class

This TeleSeminar will utilize new state of the art telephone conferencing technology from Maestro Conference that enables you to participate like never before.  All you need is a regular telephone (land line or cell) BUT be ready for a totally new experience. 

Yes, it will be THAT different.  :-)

CALL DETAILS

WHAT
Live TeleSeminar entitled "Emotional Intelligence - Practical Applications for Teamwork Facilitators”

WHEN
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
(12 Central / 11 am Mountain / 10 am Pacific)
runs 60 minutes

COST
FREE!  But space is limited.  Register early!

RECORDING
Get the recording for a limited time for free CLICK HERE.
This call was recorded and is archived in the IATF Members Only Area.  Only IATF members have access to the Members Only Area.  CLICK HERE to learn more about IATF membership benefits.

CLASS HANDOUT
During this call Dr. Nadler will shared the following:

 Slides are here:  Download Slides_leading_with_EI

Article:  "Teamwork Is Unnatural":    Download Teamwork is Unnatural 2011


Systemic Shame -- What does Penn State have to teach us about organizatonal culture?

Brene Brown, Ph.D. has a great post on her blog about what the recent events at Penn State have to teach us about shame and organizational culture.

When the culture of an organization mandates that it is more important to protect the reputation of a system and those in power than it is to protect the basic human dignity of individuals, you can be certain that shame is systemic, money drives ethics, and accountability is dead. This is true in corporations, nonprofits, universities, governments, churches, schools, families, and sports programs. If you think back on any major scandal fueled by cover-ups, you'll see this pattern.

Read the full post HERE.

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Teaching Teamwork at the North Carolina Youth Giving Summit

 

IATF member and good friend Eric Rowls invited me to present two leadership development workshops at the recent North Carolina Youth Giving Summit.  The video above is a news spot on TV about the event.

Eric is the president of Leading To Change and also heads up the North Carolina Youth Giving Network.

Eric and his inspired team are doing amazing work with youth and those who work with youth. Eric has surrounded himself with outstanding people which makes for events that run smoothly and are high energy.

Eric and his team are experts at "production" - - the music, lighting, balloons, signs, check-in, handouts, gifts for participants, food, name tags, snacks, seating, etc.  When you walk into a Leading To Change event you immediately know you're about to experience something special.

In the above video from the TV news crew you'll see me leading a game involving tennis balls - - I call this game "Tennis Ball Madness" and I used it to help the students learn what "lose-lose", "win-lose", and "win-win" feel like.  I've led this same game with a wide variety of groups (corporate groups, nonprofits, health care, educators, students, military).  The game is a powerful learning opportunity.

Click on the link below to download lead-it-yourself directions to the game:

Download TennisBallMadness

Watch the instructional video of the game here:


TeamTimbers -- affordable portable multiuse low ropes course

Team Timbers

TeamTimbers are a multi-use teambuilding game system. With TeamTimbers you can bring the outdoor "low ropes course" team activities to any location inside or outside. Quick to setup (no tools  required). 15 great team exercises you can lead with both youth and adult groups.

Some of the games can be seen here:

 

 

The Team Timbers Advantage

  • Portable -- Take the learning power of a low ropes anywhere you go.
  • Multi-Use -- Lead a variety of great teambuilding games with one easy to use kit.  Adjust the dificulties of the activities to meet the needs of the group.
  • Fun -- The Team Timbers are fun to use.  People love learning team and leadership skills through the fun and engaging Team Timbers activities.
  • Tested -- The Team Timbers activities have been tested with a wide range of audiences including:  school groups (K-12), corporate teams, education, non-profit, military, health care.
  • Expandable -- Buy multiple sets of Team Timbers and lead even more activities.

PURCHASE

The Team Timbers are no longer manufactured. You'll soon be able to purchase build-it-yourself plans on this same page.

MORE TEAMBUILDING EQUIPMENT

CLICK HERE for more teambuilding equipement.


Virtual Teamwork Tool from Google: Google Plus Hangouts with Extras

Do you lead a virtual team that meets weekly?  If yes then you need to know about Google Plus Hangouts with Extras.

  • Video chat for up to 10 people
  • Document sharing
  • Chat
  • Screen sharing

All in one easy to use screen and it's all FREE!

I use this technology when teaching the "Death By Meeting" system to Virtual Teams.  It is especially helpful when identifying a Thematic Goal and Defining Objectives.

 


Inspiring Story of Teamwork: The 9-11 Boatlift

Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan.

BOATLIFT premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington. The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises. See www.road2resilience.org to become a part of the campaign to build a more resilient world.

Thank you to IATF member Rabbi Shmuly Rothman for pointing us to this video.

 

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SWOT Analysis -- How to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

When a team gathers to make a decision it can be beneficial to first take the team through a SWOT Analysis.

SWOT analysis may be used in any decision-making situation when a desired end-state (objective) has been defined.

SWOT analysis may also be used in pre-crisis planning and preventive crisis management.

SWOT analysis may also be used in creating a recommendation during a viability study / survey.

Identification of SWOTs is essential because subsequent steps in the process of planning for achievement of the selected objective may be derived from the SWOTs.

CLICK HERE for the Wikipedia entry on SWOT Analysis.

 


Amazing Conference! Association for Experiential Education -- 39th Annual International Conference in Jacksonville, Florida

We here at the IATF are big fans of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and I'm excited to tell you about the 39th Annual International AEE Conference.

Experiential educators from around the world will be in Jacksonville, Florida between November 3 - 6, 2011 for this event.  Some of the best and brightest who work in the team and leadership development arena will be on hand leading some great workshops.  Presenters include Sam Sykes, Michelle Cummings, Karl Rohnke, Jim Grout, and Michael Gass among many others!

IATF member Sushil Bhasin is traveling all the way from India to deliver a great workshop entitled "From College To Corporate."  Sushil is a former officer in the Indian Army and now owns a training and development company called Empowered Activity Camps.

If you're interested in team and leadership development, facilitation, training, and networking with brilliant people, this is the event for you!

CLICK HERE to learn more and register!

 


Home Study Courses

 

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Virtual Team Leader   Home Study Program

Learn How To Lead Virtual Teams In This Dynamic Home Study Program! Are you new to leading virtual teams?  The Virtual Team Leader is a fast-track training program designed for managers and supervisors who need the must-know skills to get up and running successfully with virtual teams NOW.  You'll learn the essential strategies, tactics and tools needed to lead a virtual team.  If you're new to leading Virtual Teams this program is for you.  This is a digital download product - - receive immediate access to a password protected website and begin learning now!

CLICK HERE for program details and to purchase.

 

 

Teams_in_trouble_iconTeams In Trouble   Home Study Program

A Holistic Approach To Facilitating The Ten Most Compelling Team Dilemmas!  If you’ve been working with teams for any length of time then you’ve experienced one or more of the 10 most compelling team dilemmas. These dilemmas, if not addressed, will sink a team. Now, imagine having both the skill and confidence to facilitate a team through any one of these 10 dilemmas and doing it in a practical and holistic way. For the first time ever, you can learn time-tested strategies, tactics and tools that two of North America’s most experienced team facilitators use to guide a team through these 10 dilemmas in this "Teams In Trouble" Train-The-Trainer Home Study Program.

CLICK HERE for program details and to purchase  (link coming soon)

 

 

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Law of Attraction for Teamwork Facilitators, Trainers, and Coaches   Home Study Program

A powerful force is at work in your life right now called the Law of Attraction. At this very moment it's attracting people, customers, situations and relationships into your life. The problem is, not all of those things are the way you want them. But there's a straightforward way to change that. If you're ready to take the next step this IATF Home Study Program is for you!  Best selling author and LoA expert Michael Losier is your trainer for this program especially designed for teamwork facilitators, trainers, and coaches.  This is a digital download product - - receive immediate access to a password protected website and begin learning now!

CLICK HERE for program details and to purchase.

 

 

 

 

 


The IATF "10 in 10" Project: A Team and Leadership Development Experience for 5th Graders

ABOUT the 10-in-10 PROJECT

The IATF provides teachings, tools and community to help people more fully realize the power of teamwork. Virtually everyone in the IATF community is an adult and yet we know that when young people learn how to leverage the power of teamwork we are far more likely to bring about profound levels of positive social change.

To put it simply...

When we make the investment to help young people learn team and leadership skills the world is a better place.

Our goal with the 10-in-10 Project is to create massive positive social change by providing a free three-hour in-school leadership development program (called "Adventure Day") for 10,000 fifth graders.

The "10-in-10" refers to 10,000  ten  year olds (most fifth graders are ten years old).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The Adventure Day Leadership Program helps students learn how to:

  • become strong leaders
  • work in a team
  • communicate with greater effectiveness
  • creatively solve problems in a group setting

Students benefit in the following ways:

  • self esteem increases
  • greater awareness of personal potential
  • increased sense of personal responsibility
  • greater understanding of peers

Program participants (students) learn how to apply the lessons experienced in Adventure Day to their everyday personal, academic and social encounters.

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PRINCIPAL  TESTIMONIAL

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I am happy to endorse the Adventure Day Leadership Development Program. Our school first participated May 2012 when Tom Heck arrived on campus to work with our fifth grade students in a variety of team and leadership development exercises that generated a lot of enthusiasm, excitement, and most importantly, follow up conversations and reflective sessions among our students. These processes that Mr. Heck manages are deceptively simple but carry profound messages that the participating students absorb and carry with them. For fifth graders making the transition from elementary to the next year in middle school, this is profoundly important. Research is showing us that academic accomplishment follows individual adoption of patterns of successful behaviors that promote cooperation, not the other way around. How children succeed depends on how well they learn and apply attributes that predict success in the movement from dependence, to independence, to interdependence. Mr. Heck’s skillful guidance in the acquisition of these skills is an important part of their education.

 

Dr. Gordon Grant
Principal
Hall Fletcher Elementary School
Asheville, North Carolina

 

Teacher Testimonials

 

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Adventure Day is an incredible resource for the classroom. The activities Mr. Heck provided increased student awareness of how teams can work together to maximize their efforts. I saw my students realize the importance of supporting one another, engage in meaningful dialogue and deal with real life conflict in productive ways. The activities also provided me with invaluable data about my students. Not only did I see children who displayed strong leadership and communication skills but also those who needed further instruction on how to cope with difficult situations and frustration. Children learn best in a classroom where there is a strong sense of community and teamwork. This program can help educators establish that type of environment at their schools.

Tommy Seijo
Fifth Grade Teacher
Hall Fletcher Elementary
Asheville, NC 


Adventure Day is a great way to incorporate 21st Century Skills into the 5th grade classroom. During the program our 5th grade students worked in teams and faced challenges that required many new 21st Century Skills, including :

  • communication & collaboration
  • leadership & responsibility
  • creativity & innovation
  • critical thinking & problem solving skills
Classroom dynamics improved following participation in this program.  This is a program we’ll continue to utilize for years to come.
Ms. Marni Rubin-Flanigan
Mr. Bart Murray
5th Grade Teachers
ArtSpace Charter School

 

21st CENTURY  STUDENT  OUTCOMES

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has developed a vision for 21st century student success in the new global economy.

Mastery of core subjects and 21st century themes is essential for students in the 21st century. Core subjects include English, reading or language arts, world languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government and civics.

We believe schools must move beyond a focus on basic competency in core subjects to promoting understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into core subjects. 

The Adventure Day program supports these areas of the 21st Century Student Outcomes:

Learning and Innovation Skills

Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century and those who are not.They include:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration

Life and Career Skills

Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge.The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills, such as:

  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility

Learn more about the Framework for  21st Century Learning HERE.

 

BACKGROUND

From 1991 - 1997 IATF President & Founder Tom Heck worked for the YMCA of Western North Carolina.  During this time Tom developed a program called "Adventure Day", a leadership development program specifically designed for 10 year olds (fifth graders).  Over the course of six years Tom, along with a small team of facilitators, delivered the Adventure Day program to over 8,000 fifth grade students in the city and county school system in and around Asheville, North Carolina.

 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Adventure Day is built upon a series of experiential learning activities that engage students at a deep level.  Students learn team and leadership lessons through fun learning activties (exercises, games).  The various activities require a variety of skills to complete but physical strength is not necessary to accomplish the activities. 

 

FREE  TRAIN-THE-TRAINER  WORKSHOPS

IATF President & Founder Tom Heck is providing free train-the-trainer workshops.  You'll learn how to deliver the fifth grade leadership program in schools.  These workshops can be 2 to 4 hours in length depending on the needs of the group.  To schedule your train-the-trainer workshop contact Tom Heck directly.

Schedule:

  • February 17, 2012 at the YMCA Camp Greenville PEAK Conference.  Details HERE.
  • March 16, 2012 in Raleigh, NC
  • May 23, 2012 in Asheville, NC.   
  • October 23, 2012 at Montreat College in Black Mountain, NC
  • November 7, 2012 at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC
  • November 19, 2012 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC
  • November 29, 2012 at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC
  • March 1, 2013 at YMCA Camp Greenville in SC
  • more dates coming soon

 

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES WE'RE PARTNERING WITH

 

FACILITATOR  SUPPORT 

All facilitator support materials are free to download.  Materials include:

HANDOUTS: Pre-event Fact Sheet for Teachers, Teacher Pre-event Worksheet, What The Students Need to Know (teacher reads this to the students), Post Event Survey for the Teacher, The Results Diagram Explained, Problem Solving Sequence, Advice from Adventure Day Facilitators, Program Design, Metaphor Cards, Character Education Cards, Optical Illusions and more

GAME  DESCRIPTIONS: Complete lead-it-yourself directions for all the games.

VIDEO: Full 3 hour video depicting a full program from beginning to end led by Tom Heck, the program originator.

===>  To access all the  facilitator resources just create a free account in the IATF Members Only Area and then click on "FORUMS".



How You Can Do More Great Work -- Leadership TeleSeminar with special guest Michael Bungay Stanier

 What could you possibly achieve in an hour? And on a teleclass to boot.

So let's ask a different question.

What do you have left to achieve this year?

2012 is just four months away, and most of us are coming back from the summer break ready for the final push.

You now have a choice.

You can continue to work hard, do well and get to the end of the year thinking: it was a good-enough year, I ticked many boxes … but nothing really stands out as extraordinary.

Or you can set yourself up so that come holiday drinks, you'll have a story to tell. It might be one of triumph. It might be one of struggle. But it will be a story about you pursuing something that you care about, something that matters to you. It will be a story about your Great Work.

And that's what we will do in this hour long teleclass.

We'll take on the challenge of defining your Great Work Project.
    •    Why it matters
    •    Where you might find it
    •    How you might start it

It will be the thing you'll give time and energy and focus to over the coming months.

It will excite you and stretch you and challenge you and fulfill you.

It will be the way you get to do more of the stuff that matters to you, and less of all the other stuff that's keeping you busy and overwhelmed.

So jump in. The class will be practical, entertaining and useful.


Web-sized_MG_6628 My guest for this special event is Michael Bungay Stanier who is the founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons and the author of many books including “Do More Great Work”.

Headquartered in Toronto Canada, Box of Crayons is a company that works with organizations and teams around the world to help them do less Good Work and more Great Work.

Michael’s company works in a wide range of sectors, including Consumer Goods (Campbell’s, Mars, Nestle), Pharmaceuticals (AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer), and Professional Service Firms (Gartner Inc, PricewaterhouseCoopers).

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with our special guest speaker and ask him  questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Call Details

TITLE

How You Can Do More Great Work

DATE

Thursday   September 8, 2011

TIME

Starts at 1 pm  Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60- 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Michael Bungay Stanier, author of Do More Great Work  

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

 CLICK HERE to register.  It's FREE.  Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

 This call was recorded and is available in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.

 


"The 12 Hidden Laws of Performance" by Donald MacNaughton

12hiddenlaws My friend Donald MacNaughton has written a new book entitled "The 12 Hidden Laws of Performance".

If you want to get the inside story (literally) on how to perform like a champion in work and life, then check this book out.

Don works with top athletes and high-achievers and has been producing amazing results for the last twenty years.

He's finally put his discoveries as one of the worlds top "Sports Shrinks" down in a book that will show you how to perform like an Olympian at a time when it really counts. 

The book includes a stack of premium bonuses for less than the price of a coffee and a magazine.

I met Don a few years back when we were both speakers at a business building event in Asheville, North Carolina.  I discovered Don's expertise in Neuro Lingquistic Programming (NLP) and his passion for sports performance.  I'm a big fan of NLP and have played competitive team sports for most of my life.  We've been friends ever since.

Check out Don's work at Zoned In Performance.


From “Stuck” to “Go” -- Unleashing More Team Power in Your Organization with special guests Susan Gerke and David Hutchens


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 Have you noticed how everyone in organizations talks about teamwork?

For facilitators who specialize in teamwork, it can be frustrating to encounter misperceptions and biases about team training. (“No, having a Panini bar in the break room is NOT teambuilding!”)

In this free Leadership TeleSeminar, IATF members Susan Gerke and David Hutchens will explore some of the common obstacles and barriers that you probably face in unleashing the power of teams – from cynicism, to time and budget pressures, and more. 

Susan and David will provide you with some tools and strategies that you can put to work in your organization right away.

 

Susan_gerke Susan Gerke is the president of Gerke Consulting & Development where she designs, customizes and implements leadership and teamwork programs.  Her clients include Bank of the West, BHK Accountancy, City of Anaheim, Human Options, Orange Coast College, Sole Technology, UC Irvine, and Warner Bros.

 

 

 

David_hutchens_jpg David Hutchens, a bestselling author, and organizational learning consultant. He  has worked with IBM, The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, GE, Nike, and many others.

 

 

 

 

Together, Susan and David have created GO Team, a library of 18 easy-to-deliver team-training modules that allow you to build your own team training agenda.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with our special guest speaker and ask them your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Dial in, share your experiences… and then start unleashing even more team power in your organization.

Call Details

TITLE

From “Stuck” to “Go”:  Unleashing More Team Power in Your Organization

DATE

Thursday   September 1, 2011

TIME

Starts at 1 pm  Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60- 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Susan Gerke and David Hutchens, creators of GO Team Resources

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

CLICK HERE to register. It's FREE. Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

Get the recording HERE free for a limited time.  Soon the recording will be archived in the IATF Members Only Area.

This call was recorded and is available in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.

 


Teamwork and the Jam Session -- leadership lessons learned from playing the banjo

While attending college at Virginia Tech I discovered old time music.  I quickly realized I absolutely HAD to learn how to play clawhammer banjo which is the style of banjo played in old time music.  I was lucky to find Mac Traynham (also a student at VT at the time) who would become my banjo teacher. 

I was not an easy student to work with but Mac was patient and always positive and encouraging. The banjo was my first instrument and I knew almost nothing about music.  It took me forever to learn how to tune my banjo (I had to train my ear).  Daily practice for six months is what it took for me to learn my first tune.

I was challenged learning how to play the banjo all by myself.  After learning my first tune ("June Apple") I was excited to play it with other musicians.  This is when I went to a deeper level of learning about my instrument and the music.

When I first started playing with other people I regularly rushed the tempo due to my excitement.  It seemed like an impossible task to play in time with a metronome. I so focused on me that I had trouble paying attention to others.  Playing in time with others required a new level of sensitivity.  I had to listen to my own playing while listening to how everyone else was playing.  I began to realize that I needed the same skill in everyday life.  I was too self-centered and always thinking about what I was going to say when someone else was done talking.  Playing music helped me be patient and listen. 

Old Time Music is dance music.  A long time ago (before iPods even) fiddle's and banjos provided the sound track to life in the Southern Appalachians Mountains.  Old Time Music  is the predecessor to bluegrass music.  Bluegrass musicians will "take a break" during a song much like jazz musicians do - - featuring a particular musician.  Old Time Music is different.  Old Time musicians don't take "breaks".  The goal is to create a driving, danceable sound.  The experience, for many musicians, is like a meditation.  The meditative nature of the music requires me to address (experientially) my feeling "separate" but realizing the greater truth that I am part of the "whole".  This experience has helped me become a better team player in other areas of my life.

One of the things I love most about playing this music is the opportunity to meet wonderful people and make music with them.  I've made music with people from all walks of life.  Our love of the music is what brings us together.

On July 11, 2011 I had the opportunity to play music with my friends John Engle (fiddle) and Amy Hobbs (guitar) at a camp that serves autistic kids and adults.  Luckily, one of the camp staff took some video while we were playing.  The tune is called "Soldiers Joy" and is sometimes called "Love Somebody" (a tune in the key of D).

I hope you enjoy it!

 


Documentary "I Am" by Tom Shadyac Shares Teamwork Truth: WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

My wife and I recently watched the new documentary I AM by Tom Shadyac.  It was WONDERFUL!

The movie is a probing exploration of our world, what's wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better.

Shadyac is best known for his movies "Ace Ventura," "Liar Liar," and "Bruce Almighty" among others. I AM recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a changed man.

The movie shares the powerful and important message that we are all connected. What happens to one of us impacts all of us.

Through our work as teamwork facilitators we can help people celebrate the connection we have with each other and learn how to leverage this connection to create a prosperous win-win outcome.

From the movie:

"The truth of who we are is that we are because we belong."

-- Reverend Desmond Tutu

 

Visit the movie's website HERE.

Watch the movie preview here:

 

Watch Director Tom Shadyac interviewed by Thom Hartmann here:

 


The World Peace Game -- How elementary school teacher John Hunter prepares 4th graders to be world leaders and big-time team players

Have you ever worked with a teacher who was so good at what he did that your life was forever changed for the positive? John Hunter is that kind of teacher.

John Hunter is an elementary school teacher from the Charlottesville, Virginia area where he's been helping students learn important life lessons for 30 years.

John achieved noteriety outside of Charlottesville because of a TED tealk he did in 2011 (video below).  In this presentation John explains how his "World Peace Game" helps 4th grade students learn how to solve complex world problems experientially.  The amazing experiential game he developed allows students to experience life changing lessons spantaneiously (and sometimes surprisingly).  The experience the students have always go further than a classroom lecture can.

John_hunter_sm I had the opportunity to meet John recently (photo of John Hunter and Tom Heck to the left) when a documentary about his work was shown (documentary trailer below).  John is an amazing person and the kind of teacher I wish my kids could spend hours with.

John understands the power of experiential learning.  Through the game he's developed John is able to touch the heart of the student (not just the mind of the student) and thus, the learning experience is deeper and more profound for the student.

To what degree are you using games in your training events?  If you're not using games then you're probably not touching the heart of your participants.

Learn more about the World Peace Game HERE.

 


How the Common Good Is Transforming Our World

Douglas LaBier, a psychologist and psychotherapist, writes a nice article on the rise of "the common good" and how it will transform our world.

From the article:

By the "common good" I'm referring to a broad evolution beyond values and actions that serve narrow self-interest, and towards those guided by inclusiveness -- supporting well-being, economic success, security, human rights and stewardship of resources for the benefit of all, rather than just for some.

The rise of the common good reflects a sense of global citizenship and an obligation to be a good ancestor to future generations who inhabit this planet. In fact, it embodies behavior and policies that fit the needs for effective functioning -- both personal and political -- in our post-9/11, post-economic meltdown world.

Through our work in the arena of team and leadership development, we our part of this movement to transform the world and enhance the common good.

Read the full article HERE.


"Thank You" Goes a Long Way -- A basic leadership tool that Nancy Lublin argues is all too often underused

FastCompany, one of my favorite magazines, has a wonderful article on the power and importance of saying "Thank you."

From the article:

Thanking people isn't simply a matter of common courtesy. A 10-year study by leadership experts Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton of 200,000 managers and employees showed that saying "thank you" correlates with bigger profits.

Read the full article HERE.

Here's a 3 minute video from TED on the power of saying "Thank you":

 


How to Use Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Grow Inspired Teams with special guest Steven Simpson


Many who work in the field of team and leadership development are searching for ways to introduce a spiritual element in their work.  (I'm being purposeful in my use of the word "spiritual" and not "religious".)

We are, as Dr. Wayne Dyer says, spiritual beings immersed in a human experience. 

By thoughtfully including a spiritual component in our work with teams and leaders we begin to touch a part of the soul (the individual's and the team's).  This is where the Tao comes in...

Do you know what the Tao has to teach you when it comes to team and leadership development?

Yin_yangTao (pronounced "dow") is a Chinese word meaning 'way' or 'path'.

When you understand the Tao, you understand the primordial essence or fundamental nature of the universe.

The workings of the Tao are described in the Tao Te Ching.

Taoist philosophy can have deep meaning for experiential educators because of its focus on natural spontaneity and unself-conscious learning and teaching.

The Tao in Teambuilding...

The_leader_who_is_hardly_known_steve_simpsonIn his 2003 book The Leader Who is Hardly Known, Dr. Steve Simpson compiled a series of essays that begin with a brief story focusing on the experiences and lessons of a teacher called the Leader Who is Hardly Known. Following the story, the essay shares Taoist quotes and the Steve's thoughts that relate back to the story. This book serves as an effective way to understand the Tao as it applies to our work with teams and leaders.

Steveweb Dr. Steve Simpson will be my special guest at the IATF monthly VIsiting Faculty Member call and he will share how you can incorporate teachings from the Tao into your training programs.

Steve is professor of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.  He is the former editor of the Journal of Experiential Education and has written over 50 articles on experiential education, outdoor recreation, and environmental ethics.  In addition to authoring Leader Who Is Hardly Known, Steve has written "The Processing Pinnacle: An Educator’s Guide to Better Processing"

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with Steve and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Call Details

TITLE

The Leader Who Is Hardly Known -- Self-less Teaching From the Chinese Tradition

DATE

Thursday   July 14, 2011

TIME

Starts at 1 pm  Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60- 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Dr. Steven Simpson, author of "The Leader Who Is Hardly Known"

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

CLICK HERE to register. It's FREE. Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

Get the recording HERE for a limited time.

This call was recorded and is available in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.


Tao_te_ching Tao Te Ching

Read the entire Tao Te Ching  HERE.

 


Leadership Lesson from Stephen Colbert: "Yes, and..."

Stephen Colbert is one of my favorite comedians.  I love watching The Colbert Report.

Colbert started his professional comedic career in Chicago's "Second City" improve group.  In the commencement speech below Colbert offers the graduating class some words of wisdom from the world of improve theatre.

What I enjoy most about this "Yes, and" approach is that it remains openended.  Improve artists who employ this strategy are able to roll with almost anything they're presented with.

What if you and your team employed the "Yes, and" approach?

 


Free Leadership Survey from Lance Secretan

Dr. Lance Secretan has created a free leadership survey.  Lance is an IATF Visiting Faculty Member and not only is he a brilliant guy, he is also a wonderful person.

Vector Personal Leadership Survey provides you with a unique window into the leadership styles of individuals, and the relationships between leaders and others. It will show you:

  • How you see yourself as a leader
  • How you think others see you as a leader
  • How others actually see you as a leader
  • How you compare as a leader to the rest of your leadership team

While there are numerous 360 degree surveys available, until now, very few of them asked the right questions or dig deep enough to gauge the true condition of the relationship between a leader and his or her peers, and those to whom he or she reports, as well as those who are being led.

This new, cutting-edge instrument is available for organizations that seek to ask deeper questions which uncover the secrets of strengthening relationships in organizations with COURAGE and INSPIRATION....two essential keys for building world class organizations.

CLICK HERE to access the free version of this Personal Leadership Survey.


Teamwork, Trust, and Automobile manufacturing

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Are you involved in culture change on your team or in your organization?  If yes, you'll likely find this story compelling.

In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture.

NUMMI:  New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.

Toyota was producing better cars at a lower cost than GM.  Through NUMMI, Toyota agreed to share it's car manufacturing secrets with GM.

The NUMMI plant (located in California) started to manufacture great cars after they implemented the strategies, tactics and tools shared by Toyota.

The hope was that the NUMMI processes would spread to all the GM plants.  But that didn't happen.  GM was unable to change the culture at all the other plants.  The rest is history.  GM went bankrupt and needed to be bailed out by the federal government.

Culture change requires full commitment.  GM was not fully committed to the process.

Where did they go wrong?

NPR's "This American Life" offers a fascinating hour-long program describing what happened.

CLICK HERE to listen to the audio program.

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Seth Godin: How to create change

Seth Godin is one of my favorite authors.  He's written a lot of great books and his best is TRIBES.

The video below is from Seth's presentation at the TED conference.

Towards the end of the video Seth shares the attributes that leaders have in common:

  • Leaders challenge the status quo.
  • Leaders build a culture. 
  • Leaders are curious.
  • Leaders connect people to each other.
  • Leaders commit.

To be successful in the Inspiration Economy you must be a TRIBE leader.



Leadership and a Plane Crash

Remember the US Airways Flight 1549 that crash landed in the Hudson River?  Can  you imagine what it must have been like to hear the captain say "Brace for impact."?  Ric Elias was on that flight and in this five minute video from TED Ric shares the three things he learned that day. 

I'm sharing this video with you because I want you to think about what is most important to you.

How would an experience like Ric's change the way you show up as a leader?

 



Virtual Teamwork Lessons Learned from Leading a Virtual Choir of 2,052

Many who lead virtual teams find the experience challenging.  Most who have difficulty working on virtual teams struggle because they are primarily operating from their head instead of their heart.

What is possible when you lead a virtual team with your heart?

Composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. In this TED Talk, Eric shares  the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052.

 


 

Watch the entire 9 minute virsion of "Sleep" below.  This is amazing.

 



If you believe in yourself...

"Everybody, I know you can believe in yourself!  If you believe in yourself you will know how to ride a bike!  If you don't, you just keep practicing!"

I LOVE IT!

Totally unscripted.  This boy is in the moment and his words of encouragement are a a result of his being in the moment (i.e. Be Here Now). 

Eckhart Tolle would be proud.




9 year old girl is a leader in her community

We here at the IATF are big fans of the Go-Giver principles. While speaking with my good friend Tim Sinatra today he shared the story of a 9-year-old girl who is a living example of the Go-Giver principles in action.

Tim is the exec at the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties (Oregon) and one of his club members is Alyssa "Lulu" Garvey.  Allysa was given $50 by her grandmother as a gift and then challenged to raise more money with it and donate that money to charity.  

Lulu Allysa got to work.  She started selling cupcakes and the money started to roll in.  Allysa converted the $50 gift into $5,600 which she donated to the Health and Dental Services Center of the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties.

Read the full story HERE.

Make a donation HERE to the Boys & Girls Club and help Allysa help more kids.

 

Turns out Allysa is a great public speaker!  Check it out!

 


Recorded Training Event: Trust Expert and Author Barry Rellaford on his new book "A Slice of Trust -- The Leadership Secret with the Hot & Fruity Filling"


Is trust important to you and your team? Trust_word_tiles

BASIC TRUTH:  Trust if THE foundation for all things important (on teams and in life).

How then does one TEACH trust?

How do we all get on board with what trust means?

Trust is complex.  Trust is simple.  Trust is...

Let's face it.  Trust can be difficult to teach.

Good news!  My good friends Barry Rellaford and David Hutchens have written a powerful 100 page book that will help you and your team quickly and easiily understand what trust is and learn how to establish it, grow it, and nurture it.

FREE Leadership TeleSeminar on:

Trust_a_slice_of_trust A Slice of Trust -- The Leadership Secret with the Hot & Fruity Filling

This book is written in parable format and stands well with the best of business parables,  including the all time greats like,  FISH, One Minute Manager and Who Moved my Cheese.  

A Slice of Trust: The Leadership Secret with the Hot & Fruity Filling, highlights in a memorable and meaningful way an important, career critical, management essential insight: Trust matters.

“Dazzling…and true! It took me years to discover the power of trust. With A Slice of Trust, you will understand so much more–and in only a few hours!”

-- Carlos Tavares, Chairman of Nissan Americas

A Slice of Trust teaches managers and leaders of all levels how companies that develop trust within the workplace can increase their value, efficiency, and innovation.

This delightful fable follows Simon the Pieman who isn't as simple as everyone thinks. He serves pie to  his customers along with his trust, one slice at a time. Trusting wisely and weighing the risks against the opportunities, Simon succeeds in his business, teaching an old dog, Sebastian, some new tricks along the way.

Inspired by Simon's trust, Sebastian learns a valuable lesson about the importance of extending trust, weighing out risks to exercise "smart trust," and the importance trust plays in leadership.

Barry_rellaford2 Barry Rellaford is my guest for this special live and interactive TeleSeminar.  Barry is a long time friend and an IATF Visiting Faculty Member.  Barry is the head trainer of Stephen M.R. Covey's "Speed of Trust" and travels the world teaching organizations large and small how to establish, grow and nurture trust in the workplace.  Barry has the unique ability to make the topic of "trust" come alive in a way that is approachable and human.  Barry is an exceptional and humble trainer and a wonderful person.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with Barry and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

BOOK DISCOUNTS

When you place a bulk order you'll receive the book at a discounted rate.  This is the perfect book to provide to everyone on your team!  To receive a bulk order discount  contact:

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Call Details

TITLE

A Slice of Trust -- The Leadership Secret with the Hot & Fruity Filling

DATE

Thursday   June 30, 2011

TIME

Starts at 1 pm  Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60- 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Barry Rellaford, coauthor of "A Slice of Trust"

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

CLICK HERE to register. It's FREE.  Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

Get the recording for free HERE for a limited time (link to MP3 file).
This call was recorded and is now archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.

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How Go-Givers Build Strong Teams with best selling author John David Mann -- recorded leadership program


Are you a Go-Getter or a Go-Giver?  Which approach is best for building transformative teams?

Most are familiar with "Go-Getters".  They make things happen.  They don't wait for things to go their way, they create circumstances that go their way.  This approach is very "yang" or forceful in it's thought pattern.  In the West, Go-Getters are often times seen in a favorable light.  And yet, many Go-Getters experience difficulty building strong teams.

Contrast the Go-Getter approach with the Go-Giver approach.

Being a Go-Giver means you add value to others in a way that helps them significantly while at the same time increases your own sense of joy and improves your bottom line, both in your business and your personal life.

Go-Getters are "me focused" and in the worst case scenarios become "Go-Takes", someone who feels entitled to take, take, take without ever adding value to the relationship or the process in any way.

Go-Givers are "other focused."  A Go-Giver has the ability to take one's eyes off oneself in order to focus on contribution and adding value to the lives of others.

Go-Givers build teams that naturally contribute and add value.  Teams built upon the Go-Giver principles Go-Giver will outperform all other teams.  Best of all, team members on a Go-Giver team will be happier!

How does one become a "Go-Giver" and build teams based on the Go-Giver principles?

The answer to the above question will be supplied by my special guest in this live and interactive TeleSeminar.

My guest will be John David Mann who is the co-author of the international best seller The Go-Giver -- A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

John has been writing about business, leadership and the laws of success for twenty years.  He really does know what it means to build and lead teams and has been doing it for a long time (he created his first business as a teenager!).

John_david_mann In the past few years John has worked with Paul Zane Pilzer (my favorite economist) writing The Next Millionaires, with Jeff Olson writing The Slight Edge and with John Assaraf and Murray Smith writing The Answer.  John is also the coauthor of You Call The Shots:  The 19 Essential Secrets of Entrepreneurship.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with John and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Call Details

TITLE

How Go-Givers Build Strong Teams

DATE

Wednesday  May 18, 2011

TIME

Starts at 12 noon  Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60- 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

John David Mann, Coauthor of "The Go-Giver"

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

CLICK HERE to register.  It's FREE.  Registration closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

Get the recording HERE for a limited time. 
Access more great recordings from teamwork and leadership experts when you become a member of the IATF.  Membership information is HERE.

  5lawsimage_jpg CLASS HANDOUT

Click on the link below to download a one page PDF of the "5 Laws of Stratospheric Success".

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FREE CHAPTER FROM THE BOOK

CLICK HERE to navigate to the Go-Giver website where you can download a FREE chapter from the book.

RADIO INTERVIEWS

CLICK HERE to access previous recordings of the authors.

 


How To Grow Your Team (and Business) With Assessments with special guest John Birch


 Should you be using assessments with the teams you serve? Assessment1

Assessments can help your team and, if used improperly, they can hurt your team.

  • What aspects of your work with teams are best served by assessments?
  • How do assessments change our definition of what a team is?
  • How do assessments help you make right decisions?
  • How are assessments used improperly?
  • How do I know I need assessments?
  • Are assessments considered a motivator or de-motivator by employees?
  • Can assessments forecast the contribution of each member of the team?

In this leadership TeleSemianar we will explore the use of assessments when it comes to building teams and leaders.  We will even discuss how to use assessments to grow your teambuilding business.

This is the perfect TeleSeminar for business owners, managers, supervisors, coaches, and trainers.

John_birch My guest will be John Birch who is an IATF Member and founder of The Birch Group LLC, a consulting organization specializing in strategic/project planning, business success coaching, organizational effectiveness and training, as well as teambuilding and conflict resolution. 

When John started he used no assessments and then quickly discovered how useful they were.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with John and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Call Details

TITLE

How To Grow Your Team (and Business) With Assessments

DATE

Thursday, April 7, 2011

TIME

Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60 minutes

PRESENTERS

John Birch, President & Founder of The Birch Group

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

CLICK HERE to register. It's FREE. Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

This call was  recorded and archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.
CLICK HERE to get the recording for a limited time.