leadership & team development

At Thinking Partners we know that every organization has a unique culture and leadership talent development needs. That’s why we partner with you to design a highly customized approach, which may include a series of stand-alone workshops, assessments with follow-up coaching or a combination of all our offerings.

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leadership workshops and programs

Customized Leadership Workshops

We collaborate with our clients to design engaging, highly experiential workshops. These can be delivered in a variety of ways, (i.e. 2-4 hour modules to multi-day sessions or retreats). The following are a few examples of what we offer – get in touch to see how we can develop a customized workshop for your organization, group or leadership team.

  • Leadership Mindset
  • Leader as Coach
  • Personal Mastery
  • Team Performance and Effectiveness
  • Vision & Team Building
  • Building Resilience
  • Leading through Culture & Innovation
  • Mindfulness
  • Building a Welcoming Culture
  • Feedback and Difficult Conversations
  • Self-Awareness (True Colours; Myers-Briggs; Values; Narrative 360)
  • Management and Leadership Skills
 

Coaching Approach to Leadership Programs

coaching quote by John Whitmore

At Thinking Partners, we believe whole-heartedly in the transformative power of coaching for individuals and organizations. In addition to our range of coaching services, we offer experiential training programs for leaders who want to bring a ‘coaching-approach’ to their leadership.

Professor Julia Milner has recently concluded that “most managers do not understand what coaching really is.” Without any form of coaching training, managers tend to take a “micromanaging-as-coaching” approach to interactions with their staff, which can ultimately lead to wasted time, energy and money.

Workplaces that embrace a coaching approach, however, “see definite improvements in terms of retaining staff, reduced conflict, open communication, more job satisfaction and an increased overall level of happiness and productivity.” (Bill Cropper)

We work with organizations to create and build coaching cultures by providing training opportunities for managers and leaders. As a kick-off we offer customized one or multi-day programs with follow-up practice to integrate learning over time. We cover topics such as:

  • Fostering a coaching mindset
  • Building a coaching skill set
  • Increasing confidence in coaching conversations
  • Coaching attributes
  • When to coach and when not to
  • Leading to improve individual outcomes and business results

– Coaching Out of the Box®
What if everyone had coaching skills? Coaching Out of the Box® teaches individuals and organizations to leverage the incredible power of coaching. Coaching is more than a skill; it is a new way of thinking and a new way to approach leadership. It brings about a shift in perspective and gives leaders new tools that are solutions based and better suited to today’s work and work environment. Coaching Out of the Box® can be tailored to suit your schedule, and can be delivered in a day, two half days, or through a weekly web-based platform.

You will emerge with a set of coaching skills and a box of coaching tools, plus the option of one-to-one integration coaching sessions following the course to really help “stick” the learning and shift what you want to see. Click here for more information on this program.

Tools & Assessments

We offer a range of leadership tools and assessments to expand self-awareness and develop self-mastery. You can combine one or more of the following assessments with follow-up coaching or as part of a customized workshop for your team. Not sure which is right for you or your organization? Contact us and we’ll explore your options together.

Narrative 360 Feedback Reports

A Narrative 360 Feedback Process provides leaders an opportunity to see how they come across to those they work with at all levels. It increases a leader’s influence and impact by revealing key strengths as well as areas of development and/or blind spots. We find that when leaders clearly see how others perceive them in different situations, they are better able to adjust their behaviour and actions to ensure their real intentions come across. 

Thinking Partners offers a highly customized Narrative 360 process that includes interviews with the client’s direct reports, peers, senior colleagues and management, and a detailed, themed report. The process includes a debrief session and a further meeting to create a clear action plan. The Narrative 360 is most impactful when conducted in tandem with coaching sessions.

Core Gift Discovery © Process

Designed over a twenty-year period, the Core Gift Discovery© process has been experienced by thousands of people from many walks of life. Each of us has a unique core gift that is our most valued asset, and connected to our deepest sense of purpose. When it is acknowledged and used as part of our work and life tasks we feel valued, respected and able to make our fullest contribution. Anyone can complete the Core Gift interview process, using a facilitated approach whereby their core gift is revealed.

Danae is the first Core Gift master facilitator in Vancouver. Read more about the Core Gift Discovery© process.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI)

The MBTI, grounded in the theory of psychological types as developed by C. G. Jung, has been an invaluable assessment and training tool in providing insight and feedback to individuals on their personality type. Our favourite version of this assessment is the MBTI® Step II™ as it explores in more detail the degrees of a leader’s type, and how it applies to important management and leadership practices such as communication, decision making, conflict resolution, and so on. It can be useful to take the MBTI® again if it’s been a while since you first took it as leaders are continually evolving and subtle shifts can influence the results.

In addition to offering the assessment for individuals, we also design half and full-day workshops using MBTI® that focus on self-awareness as well as individual and team development. We are certified to deliver the MBTI® Optimizing Team Performance Program that covers topics such as Team Building, Communication, Conflict, Stress, Change, and Individual Development.

See a sample MBTI® Step II™ report

For more information on MBTI visit the Psychometrics website.


– Leadership Values Assessment (LVA)
The Leadership Values Assessment supports leaders in broadening and strengthening their leadership skills. An LVA involves carrying out a 360-degree survey on the leader’s values, and the results of an LVA highlight the true, authentic nature of a leader as well as key areas for growth in achieving their full potential. The LVA specifically focuses on the level of alignment between a leader’s values and those of the organization they work with. When used in conjunction with coaching, an LVA is one of the most powerful development tools available. Click here for more information on this assessment.

– Individual Values Assessment (IVA)
The Individual Values Assessment is a self-assessment instrument that can be used in combination with the LVA or alone depending on the client’s needs. Primarily, it is used by leaders to understand the dynamic relationship between their personal values, the values of the organization, and the values they would like to see in the organization. With this information, we can assist individuals to maximize their values alignment within an organization, and bring more of themselves – including greater capacity and levels of contribution – to their work. Click here for more information on this assessment.

– Personal Values Assessment (PVA)
Who you are, what you hold dear, what upsets you, and what underlies your decisions, are all connected to your personal values. Your values reflect what is important to you. They are a shorthand way of describing your motivations. Together with your beliefs, they are the causal factors that drive your decision-making. The Personal Values Assessment is a simple survey that takes just a few minutes of your time and provides a wealth of information about why you do what you do.

Take your FREE Personal Values Assessment.

What clients are saying about our workshops:

“The work Danae has done with us has been excellent, and the quality exceeded my expectations. Danae was very delightful during the whole process, even when managing a giant amount of data. She was very adaptable, designing materials to meet our specific needs, and clear about when she could make things work. She’s a huge asset!” – Shannon McQuillan, People Development, Urban Systems Limited

“The session allowed me to identify some personal growth needs and how to approach, engage and assist employees in beginning to focus on corporate and personal objectives. I highly recommend this workshop to any Executive Team and Managers as a basis for any team development.” – Bob Harlow, Ministry of Forests and Range, BC