Dynamic, experiential workshops that give participants a practical, refreshing and empowering way to increase professional effectiveness.
"Can a single course fix all of your company's problems? Probably not. But can you fix all of your company's problems without Martha's course? Definitely not! Everyone wants to be successful and wants to be a part of their company's success. So what is in the way of achieving that in an exceptional way? Does it have to do with the fact that you don't have the talent, the tools or the depth of experience within your employee base? Maybe the answer is far more fundamental than that. Martha's courses will reveal the closest answer to what is keeping your employees from operating at peak performance and your organization from achieving phenomenal success."
Senior Vice President, Global Strategy
“I have participated in many of Martha's courses, and while they are challenging, they've literally changed my life in a profound way. Through experiential learning, my actual thinking process, “the thought algorithm”, has been shifted away from blah, self-pity and confusion, toward incredible personal effectiveness and inner joy."
Dr. Elvir Causevic
Founder and CEO
Everest Biomedical Instruments, BrainScope Company, Inc., Inspire, LLC.
J.W. Gibbs Assistant Professor, Applied Mathematics, Yale University
"Operating effectively in large, matrixed organizations -- particularly in competitive and rapidly-changing markets -- requires a level of teamwork and positive discipline that don't evolve by themselves, they have to be carefully developed and cultivated. The frameworks that Martha Borst teaches are specific, results-oriented and highly effective -- driving a level of individual and joint accountability that raise the level of play to deliver better business performance. As Martha says, in every encounter and with every decision you make, you either choose to generate reasons, or results. This coursework generates results."
National Vice President, Human Capital Managements Solutions
“Martha's workshops are the single best approach to effective team building and personal empowerment that I have ever observed. As an HR professional, I enthusiastically endorse her work as a valued resource tool. Martha Borst masterfully makes the learning process easy by using entertaining stories that bring to life the concepts and principles she teaches. A workshop with her can transform not only your corporate culture, but your life as well.”
Principal, Human Resources,
Edward Jones Investments
YOUR SURVIVAL SKILLS ARE KILLING YOU WORKSHOP
How to Create Corporate Cultures that are based in Clarity, Collaboration and Commitment
Companies frequently spend huge sums of money on strategic planning and frequently overlook the vital importance and influence of their culture. Yet, the implementation of any corporate strategy is ultimately in the hands of your people. How they conduct themselves is completely determined by the context of your culture. The basic principles (beliefs, values, attitudes and priorities of its members,) will ultimately determine if your "best laid plans" go awry or fly!
A clear framework of thinking and the attitudes of your people lead to decisive action, bring alignment to teams, build collaboration and help people to focus on what to do, how to do it and what is important now. Your company will thrive when your people are united, focused and possess an attitude of success.
Underlying all effective human interactions in the world, are Eight Principles that are critical for a thriving mentality. When embraced and effectively acted upon, they form the basis of all interpersonal mastery. On a deep level, we are all aware of these principles, yet too frequently our ego survival fears of looking bad, making a mistake, being rejected, losing control, not being liked, etc. drive us into our survival strategies. In order to feel powerful or look powerful (i.e. survive), we cover up mistakes, withhold information, don't ask for support, gossip, dominate, manipulate, control, form sides and silos and so on. In short, we allow our fear-driven survival strategies to limit us and this ultimately hurts ourselves and others. Lackluster results soon follow and the organization falls short of its goals. The Eight Principles are grounded in ancient wisdom proven by time to be the critical ingredients for success. Combined with state-of-the art practical applications, participants quickly learn how to thrive in business and life, not just survive.Benefits to the Participants:
In this lively, fun, fast passed, challenging and intellectually stimulating program, senior executives, managers and individual contributors will:
The three day workshop, Your Survival Strategies are Killing You, is a unique, experiential, educational program that surpasses the traditional didactic techniques. It supplements conceptual understanding with deep, practical and applicable learning. This exciting and unforgettable program is interactive in nature and provides innovative experiential exercises, role playing, case studies, some lecture, writing and lively, open discussions.
AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
An Unparalleled Leadership Workshop Experience
The path of leadership is never straight and narrow. For the individual, leadership means remaining true to one's current capability, while at the same time searching to become all of who he/she can be. For the organization, it requires remaining loyal to the company's core competence, while at the same time, responding skillfully and productively to constant changes in the business environment.
The Authentic Leadership workshop awakens and advances the leadership abilities that lie within every individual. The result: extraordinary success, on all levels. In contrast to other programs that teach leadership skills and cookbook solutions that fall flat in real situations, the Authentic Leadership Workshop is designed to produce a breakthrough in participants' ability to lead others in a way that unleashes their extraordinary capabilities.
Each participant will deepen their ability to express their leadership by developing the following core competencies of Authentic Leadership:
Together, these competencies define leadership greatness and produce conditions where others are inspired toward extraordinary achievement. In short, this is not just a typical leadership program that tells you how to DO leadership. We address the inner workings of leadership and identify the fundamental issues that make or break exceptional leaders. In other words, within this program, you will learn what it means to BE a leader.
A Note to the Employer:
Our purpose is to support participants in becoming strong, motivated, clear thinking, directed leaders equipped with a keen self-awareness that empowers them to motivate others to greatness. Through experiential exercises, deep personal reflection, lively discussions and thought provoking challenges, they will:
A Note to the Participant:
In this program, we have no interest in merely achieving the ordinary or the commonplace. Our goal is the exceptional. As a participant in the Authentic Leadership Workshop you are requested to lend your talents and energies to that objective. In return, each of you will have the rare opportunity to develop the awareness and skills that will showcase your natural abilities to lead with strength and certainty.
The Contents of the Workshop:
In addition to state-of-the-art materials and challenging lecture-ettes that stimulate creative thinking, participants will engage in experiential group exercises that are fun as well as enlightening. These exercises are designed to deepen participants' understanding of the core competencies of powerful leadership, and significantly improve their ability to live these competencies.
Ample opportunity will be given for questions and discussion both within the large and small group settings. Although we encourage active participation, each participant will be respected and supported to move at their own pace.
Additionally, each person attending will participate in two scientifically researched feedback instruments that will give them accurate assessments of their personal leadership core competencies, capabilities, skill areas and motivation mind-sets. In the workshop, each participant will also be asked to develop a clear, step-by-step action plan and identify concrete steps to apply their learning to real work situations.
SELF MASTERY WORKSHOP
A Breakthrough Program in Individual and Team Performance
Through significant research and many years of experience creating dynamic culture change environments for companies large and small, Martha Borst has created an extraordinary, dynamic process that enhances peak performance. Introduced in the form of a workshop, this process provides a foundation and a framework that generates a high degree of personal ownership, creative thinking and effective action for the future success of individuals who are committed to extraordinary results.
The Self Mastery program is designed for managers and professionals and provides them with a multitude of ways to deal more effectively with their work related challenges. Because she works with participants as whole and complete people, most will apply their learning to their personal lives as well.
Benefits to the Participants
Many people who participate in this program say it has changed their lives, forever. As a result of participating in this program, participants will learn how to tap into their unlimited source of creative potential and develop skills and practices that will allow them to deal more effectively with change, ambiguity and uncertainty. They will learn how to reduce judgment, improve listening, make better decisions, take more risks and develop consistent thinking for problem solving. In short, people will gain tools as well as a deeper understanding of how to be more effective in the areas of their lives that are most important to them. Additionally they will:
This workshop is a unique, experiential educational experience that surpasses the traditional didactic techniques and supplements conceptual understanding with deep, practical and applicable learning. In addition to the presentation of state-of-the-art approaches as well as ancient principles, proven by time to be critical ingredients for success, participants engage in lively, revealing and impactful discussions, processes and exercises which lead to increased awareness of self and others. Better choices become available and new possibilities emerge as they break out of old (and oftentimes unconscious) non-productive patterns. Unprecedented results soon follow. As each participant on the team raises their personal bar, the entire team becomes connected and aligned in a deep, genuine and abiding way. This time tested adult educational experience, although challenging and demanding, is also a fun, provocative and humanly meaningful experience and will contribute a long range, positive influence on the participant's attitudes, decisions and results.
The Self Mastery program impacts participants with a strong, positive energy, and a willingness to embrace an empowered personal and professional context. This new framework of thinking will launch them into their next phase of growth with a clear and directed power. It is ideally suited for organizations that have a deep desire for their employees to be highly motivated, self- empowering and self-managing. Organizations that seek to cultivate these qualities will find that the Self Mastery program will significantly enhance these goals and if properly reinforced by the culture and leadership of the organization, will create enduring success.
TEAM DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
The definition of team: A small number of people with complimentary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and approaches for which they hold themselves mutually accountable sounds simple enough but is perhaps one of the most challenging constructs of human interaction in the business world – and one of the most critical.
Based on the premise that Ten Factors must be present and operating in excellence for true teamwork to flourish with success, Team Development II is designed as a stand alone workshop or ideally as a follow-up to the workshop, Self Mastery–Team Development I.
In this highly interactive workshop, filled with experiential learning, large and small group discussions, inspirational videos (not those “old HR films’), fun and creativity, the Ten Factors of Teamwork are presented and participants:
Prior to workshop delivery, it is recommended:
UNDERSTANDING ME - UNDERSTANDING YOU
Overview: Understanding Me – Understanding You is dedicated to mastering the art and science of interpersonal communication. It is one of the most essential skills in one's professional toolkit. In this program, participants will be exposed to an enlightened approach to effective interpersonal communication, and will practice their new-found skills by engaging in interactive exercises.
Specifically, in a short period of time, participants will learn and acquire or reinforce some of the most critical features of communication. They are:
How The Program Is Organized
Phase One of the program focuses on providing participants with the two key features of effective communication: assertion skills and listening skills.
Phase Two of Understanding Me - Understanding You helps participants have a deeper understanding of how different personality/behavior styles directly impact their communication effectiveness. For years, researchers and experts in the field of human interaction have been seeking ways of understanding how personality and behavioral styles impact the workplace. Their efforts have led them to design instruments that look at psychological factors that affect working relationships. Understanding Me – Understanding You is based on over 50 years of in-depth research on differing personality/behavioral styles and has been perhaps the single most powerful way of learning about these styles affect interpersonal effectiveness.
Understanding Me – Understanding You, and the research upon which it is developed, is based on the assumption that there is no one best way of dealing with situations, but that differing approaches and different people have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. The better able we are to understand and appreciate our differences as people and to learn how to meld our differing approaches together, the more effective we will be when working together.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION: MASTERING THE ART OF SUCCESSFUL COMMUNICATION IN CONTENTIOUS SITUATIONS
From subtle sarcasm to workplace wars, conflict can undermine an organization’s best laid plans and preparations. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will develop the skills to effectively handle any challenging and contentious situation or person. After active role playing (with real life issues), improvisational exercises, case studies and lively discussions, participants leave well prepared to resolve and manage conflicts (and even prevent them before they start!) In their hands they will hold a simple, powerful tool: The Six Steps to Win/Win Solutions an easy and invaluable step by step process that will guide their interactions to successful conclusions.
Benefits to the Participant:
This eye-opening workshop, which is focused on skill building as well as intellectual understanding, is perfect for all managers and executives who want to improve their communication effectiveness when dealing with difficult people in uncomfortable situations. It will also help individual contributors learn how they can be effective in diverting brewing conflicts as well as how to handle negative people with confidence and clarity.
Participants can expect to learn:
GIVING AND RECEIVING EFFECTIVE FEEDBACK: HOW TO HAVE EMPOWERING COMMUNICATIONS
One of the most important person-to-person communication skills is the ability to give and receive feedback effectively. It is also the most challenging. No amount of sophisticated technology can eliminate the anxiety that managers, supervisors, team leaders and team members feel when faced with a feedback session. But it doesn't have to be painful and you can do it well if you learn some simple proven techniques. People have different communicating styles and the truly skilled communicators know these four basic styles and are adept at knowing how to confront each style and speak the "language" of each. Through fun exercises and role playing, participants will learn these styles and will know how to effectively confront all types of people - even the very difficult ones! As a result, awareness of others, self-awareness and self-confidence are significantly increased. The ability to constructively confront others is greatly improved.
Benefits to the Participant:
This highly interactive workshop will provide participants with the tools needed to give and receive feedback in a variety of situations so that productivity and self-esteem are not only maintained, but greatly improved. Practicing these techniques in a variety of "real issue" situations, participants leave with a sense of clarity and confidence to be able to handle future interactions -- even the very difficult ones.
Participants can expect to learn:
In addition, they will learn how to:
COACHING FOR PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
Businesses that are becoming industry leaders of the future are challenging their managers and employees to think and act differently. They are developing their workforce as partners in achieving lasting change and success. To be successful in the new business environment requires that all managers lead by developing clarity and commitment. The command and control style has proven ineffective in this rapidly changing business environment. This requires that managers shift their leadership style to a model based on partnership, mutual influence, and commitment. The key is in developing their coaching skills.
Who Should Attend
This action packed skills-oriented workshop is designed for all managers in the organization who want to increase their ability to coach their employees toward enhanced performance. It is based on the principle that employees and managers achieve significant performance improvements through the guidance of an effective coach. At its best, the manager as coach leads by developing clarity and commitment as opposed to command and control. Ideal participants are those who want to deepen their understanding of themselves and others as leaders, and who want to improve the performance capabilities of their direct reports.
How You Will Benefit
What You Will Cover
Features of the Program
The CPE Program is highly interactive in nature. The use of business simulations, films, role playing exercises and case discussions give participants both an intellectual understanding and a direct experience of the kind of coaching that will significantly enhance the performance of others. It is based on a large body of research that relates to performance improvement and goal setting and it is a tried and true method of coaching that will likely produce significant and immediate results in leadership and performance enhancement.
Have you ever wished for a 30 hr. work week? Do you leave things undone? Do you feel that you should do things that you really don't need to? Are important things slipping through the cracks? Do you procrastinate? Do you feel out of balance, guilty, discouraged, overwhelmed and drained of energy? Do you hear yourself say, “If I just had MORE TIME…?”
Of course we all know that’s impossible. We have the amount of time we have and that’s that. But the mistake most people make is thinking that if they learn how to manage time and they sign up for a time management course that gives them many time management “tools”, everything with change. However, these tools only work for a short period. It isn’t long before the unfinished tasks pile up and overwhelm and self-loathing returns. This is because they are working on the wrong thing and no matter how hard you work on the wrong thing, it makes no difference!
Time cannot be expanded and time cannot be managed. The solution lies in managing yourself. To achieve higher levels of personal productivity, you must learn how to manage two things: 1) the way you think about time and 2) your old time management habits and behaviors.
The results you have in your life right now are a direct result of how you think. Your thinking drives actions and actions produce results. Self-management comes about through a process of first understanding your own self sabotaging thoughts and behaviors that undermine your success. More Time and Energy is a unique program that deals with your self-awareness first and then gives you the guidance and tools that allow you to maximize your time and talents to achieve worthwhile goals based on sound thinking and effective actions.
When you relieve yourself of the burdensome weight of ineffectiveness, your energy returns, you step back into the driver’s seat and raise your personal productivity bar. It will feel like you have more time because you will be 1) in control of your self-limiting behaviors, 2) eliminating time wasters and 3) utilizing the effective time saving tools.
What can you expect to learn?
Throughout the program are experiential exercises, surveys, self-awareness quizzes, some lecture, many practical real-life examples and lots of sharing and discussion of specific personal problem issues. The environment is stimulating, fun and highly enlightening. You will walk out with an Action Plan in hand and a renewed commitment to get things done with a fresh outlook and plenty of energy.