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New Training Programs

Program name Focus
Leading hybrid teams As we all emerge into a post pandemic reality, it’s clear that the future of work for most organisations is going to be a hybrid one and it’s vital for managers to pause and reflect on how they are going to navigate this transition. In this half day workshop, they will

  • Find the safe space to talk about their challenges as individuals
  • Reflect on how they can approach the new way of working in an intentional manner
  • Work with the 5P model of factors that contribute to success in a hybrid work and brainstorm on what they can do
  • Learn about best practices
  • Make a plan for themselves that helps them feel a greater sense of comfort with dealing with all the uncertainties ahead

Duration – Half day

Leading through change Dealing with change is an essential workplace skill in these challenging times. Leaders are constantly either adapting to changes happening around them or are called upon to influence others to change. Our approach focuses on the two significant aspects of managing change– how we deal with the strong emotions that change creates (in ourselves and our teams) and on how we manage the process of change. Self-reflection and challenging limiting beliefs are at the core of this program and the learning is grounded on the psychological underpinnings of human reaction to change and builds on this foundation to equip people with the skills needed to navigate through change.

Duration – Half day

Developing Resilience We’ve all been forced into resilience by the last two years. The intent of this workshop is to help participants develop their capacity to be intentionally resilient in the face of negative inputs from the surroundings.

Resilience is an increasingly popular area of research (especially after the pioneering work by Angela Duckworth and her team, as popularised in the book Grit). More than education or training or experience, a person’s level of resilience determines how successful they are. It is a quality that can be developed over time which in itself, is a source of optimism.

    In this webinar, participants will

  • Appreciate the perspective that one can see difficult situations as an opportunity to grow
  • Understand the key qualities that contribute to resilience
  • Recognize the emotional responses to negative situations that they are likely to experienc
  • Understand the psychological traits that help develop resilience and apply them to their own lives

Duration – 2 hours

Team Act As people are slowly coming back to offices and are transitioning into a post pandemic reality, there is a need to help them reconnect and integrate with these spaces and their peers. Team Act is an experiential team building program that uses improv theatre as a methodology and creates a space for team members to connect and be appreciative of each other.

    Through the experience of improvisation, teams will learn what it means to

  • Unlock their potential by learning to say “yes” to challenge
  • Balance being a hero and making others heroes
  • Take risks and be comfortable with mistakes
  • Laugh at oneself
  • Take action in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity

Duration – half day

True Equity In a recent panel discussion we hosted on “Beyond Tokenism”, several industry leaders in the space of D&I spoke about the need for creating allies in order to support the cause of gender equity.

An ally actively supports gender equity at work and in life. He/she recognizes the challenges and biases that women continue to face and takes intentional steps to build an environment where everyone has opportunities to succeed and advance.

    In this webinar, participants will

  • Deepen their awareness of the challenges women face
  • Develop a balance between sensitivity and over-caution
  • Find ways to be an ally for women in different roles – as a manager, as a peer and as a team member

Duration – 2 hours

Overcoming Micro Inequities

Micro inequities are a term coined by Dr. Mary Rowe in 1973 which built on the micro aggression theory of Chester M. Pierce. These are the quiet, systematic, sometimes hostile, but often unintentional discriminations of being overlooked, ignored, excluded. It is not just the direct participants in a workspace interaction who have a role in micro inequities being played out, but also the peers and bystanders.

The intent of this workshop is to help participants recognize and unlearn the various forms of micro inequities present in their lives.

    In this webinar, participants will

  • Recognize forms of micro inequities that they have faced or been part of.
  • Reflect on the privileges they hold, which might contribute to unintentional discrimination
  • Take accountability for the micro inequities they unconsciously practice
  • Combat micro inequities through proactive action and thought

Duration – 1.5 hours

Pause Rest is a basic human need that we are born with. We rested as babies – we were cuddled, rocked, sung to rest. We needed it, we demanded it and we got it. But as we grew up, the way and amount we rested changed. Our relationship with rest itself changed – depending on life situations, it could be seen as a luxury, a weakness, something that needs to be earned, something that you’ll get to at some unspecified point in life.

So while rest is fundamental to life, the beliefs we’ve built up around it means that many of us are not getting the rest we absolutely need. Through this workshop we will explore questions like, “How have the last two years impacted my relationship with rest?” “‘What holds me back from resting?” “Who am I, if I rest?”

With the use of immersive forms of art, like music and storytelling, we introduce participants to various modes of rest, inviting them to adopt specific strategies to recharge and connect back with themselves.

Duration – 2 hours

Creatures of Habit  The intent of this workshop is to help participants accelerate the process of making changes in their behaviour by working through the framework of habit. We tend to think of transformation as coming from a focus on achieving big goals; habit experts have found instead that lasting change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create small habits that help them become more productive, motivated and happy. This program builds on evidence based methods supported by psychology and neuroscience; it draws from the work of authors like James Clear and by Charles Duhigg to help participants build the simple skills they need to create or break habits. Duration – 2.5 hours
Beating the Impostor Phenomenon  Have you ever felt that sooner or later people are going to find out you’re not as competent as you appear to be? If so, join the many, many of us who have experienced the Impostor Phenomenon. A deeply self-reflective and experiential program that explores the sources of the impostor phenomenon, the types of impostor syndrome and equips participants with techniques and hands-on experience of these to combat the impostor phenomenon. We use creative methodologies like story circles, role-playing, journaling, and art-based interventions. Duration – 2 hours
Fearless Teams (a workshop on psychological safety) A program that fosters building a culture of inclusion and creating environments where people feel safe and share controversial ideas or talk about mistakes without the fear of blame, shame, or rejection. Participants get to articulate their definition of inclusion and identify factors that contribute to psychological safety and think about how they can reduce conformity in groups they lead. Duration 3 hours + 90 min for conversations in small groups
Confident Decision Making This is a workshop designed to enable participants to be comfortable with the process of taking decisions.  Decision making, however well thought out, involves emotions, interpersonal dynamics and biases and awareness of these (and other) factors leads to a better process and, thereby, better decisions. Participants will understand the ways in which we end up taking poor decisions; the biases that influence our decision making and stay with us later; frameworks for making confident decisions and practice a way to account for possible risks when the decisions have far-reaching consequences. Duration: 2.5 hours
Building a Growth mindset A highly participative program designed for leaders to engage in a meaningful discussion around what growth mindset is and understand the competencies connected to a growth mindset experientially. Using improv theatre as a metaphor participants experience what it takes to come up with novel responses and take calculated risks without a scripted plan or a safety net. The use of techniques like improv, personal storytelling and image theatre gets people to relax, be spontaneous and access emotional memories, deepening the quality of reflection and sharing. Duration – 2 hours
Inclusive leadership This extended program focuses on building the capacity of leaders to create environments which allows people to feel a sense of belonging while also feeling that their uniqueness is being respected. Our approach focuses on the significant themes when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace – gender differences especially with respect to women, sexual minorities as well as generational differences. However exclusion is not limited to these larger themes. It can manifest in subtle and unconscious ways (language, region, pedigree etc.). Hence, we also focus on overcoming unconscious biases and creating psychological safety.
Duration – 7 VLEs (Virtual Learning Events) of half day each.
Leading with joy As the name suggests, this extended program focuses on the role of increased happiness and positivity in the workplace on business outcomes, based on psychological research. There is no better sign of engagement than when people wake up and feel happy to come to work and leaders who can create this kind of an environment do reap the rewards in terms of increased commitment and productivity. Through the course leaders will explore the kind of relationships they are building with their teams; recognize the value of working with strengths and using validation; and learn how to build a culture of optimism and positivity in the teams they lead.
Duration – 6 modules of two hours each
Leading through Influence Leading through Influence, is a journey which is focused on the needs of HR professionals who are constantly called on to challenge, advocate and negotiate in order to influence diverse stakeholders. Through this course participants will explore the various psychological roles they play and ways to influence stakeholders, often without formal authority. They learn the skills of contracting, inquiry and empathy and how to apply them in crucial conversations.
Duration – 6 modules of half day each