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Pre-2020 we used to think we lived and operated in a VUCA world. Turns out that when it came to volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, we were beginners!

Since the pandemic, with the accelerated levels of change coming at us many times a day, the responsibility for making change successful can longer rest only on the shoulders of people within the organisation with “change manager” in their title.  They need help. One way to give them that support is by empowering a larger part of the organisation to understand the basics of change and how to navigate it.  We call these people change champions (for now). They comprise of a selection of the “early adopters”, empowered with an understanding of change and how to navigate the process.

Practically, organisations cannot afford the time and investment to train large quantities of people in change. This workshop and skill-set, is our proposed solution to quickly and affordably empower a large number of people to show up with the qualities of resilience, courage as well as the skills to support change.

What is a change champion?

Change champions can be anyone. We see them as influential and respected leaders where they work. They do not have to be a part of the management teams or hold a specific job title (but they could). The key requirements for a change champion are seeing what is possible and positively influence colleagues and management as they make their transition to changed roles and processes themselves.

Why do we need champions?

The Change Champion is one of the most critical components of the change process. They are the mascot of your change initiative and rally support behind the change to remove roadblocks to achieving ROI. Change Champions are crucial for the growth of a company as they are part of normal teams across an organisation themselves, they can influence their colleagues in a way no external entity can. They can provide their colleagues with high-quality support and have a long-lasting impact on them.

Why this workshop?

This workshop is a solution to quickly and affordably empower a large number of people to show up with resiliencecourage and skills to support change. During this session you will experience:

  • Contextualising change
  • Types and zones of change
  • Understanding the change curve
  • Change readiness formula
  • My own ‘default’ reaction to change and how others might react
  • Types and causes of resistance
  • Working with and reframing resistance (including role-play)
  • Change adoption cycle

In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net

Increase the value contribution of employees in your business.

The Choosing a Culture of Citizenship and Collaboration workshop has been designed to support culture change processes in organisations, enabling organisations to tap into the collective wisdom of their employees to maximise potential. This workshop has been designed for a significant and insightful investigation into the value of creating a culture of innovation.

Ongoing low staff engagement and resultant negative outcomes of lower productivity and profits, highlight the increasing need for HR managers to view engagement as a strategic issue and to effectively plan and implement engagement initiatives.  HR plays a crucial role in ensuring that appropriate HRM strategies are in place and must be at the forefront in equipping and supporting the leaders and staff of all organisations to drive and promote engagement.

Creating a Culture of Citizenship and Collaboration can have a lasting positive impact on the performance, effectiveness and productivity of the employees of the organisation. This workshop focuses on understanding the role of organisational culture in employee engagement.

In this one day workshop you will…
  • Gain a better understanding of organisational culture and how it manifests as a way of being
  • Develop insight into the role of leadership in perpetuating the current culture
  • Explore the shift away from leadership as an organisational role towards citizenship as an organisational enabler
  • Identify the behaviours required to entrench a constructive culture
  • Understand the role of organisational culture in employee engagement
  • Work on the crafting of your new organisational story
  • Understand the difference between passive, aggressive and collaborative cultures
  • Understand the choices an individual can make to move to a collaborative culture

In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net

What if we CAN change the way we view and experience conflict?
When we avoid difficult conversations we trade short term discomfort for long term dysfunction.

Conflict is an inevitable part of the workplace. Dealing with conflict is a task many managers struggle with or even avoid. But it is possible to transform disagreement and discord into positive outcomes. Albert Einstein said that in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Conflict may be avoidable and preventable but it may also be necessary.

Conflicts never end. They keep recurring and are intermittent in any setting; be it in the organisational or in the family or with friends, neighbours and other associates. However perpetual the conflicts are, they do require resolutions. Conflict handling is not less than an art. It requires a good skill and understanding. Conflict is a normal, healthy part of every relationship.  If there were no conflict, it would mean that there were  no differences of opinion;  no independent thinking.

Creative Conflict is about  being able to identify the opportunities that conflict can provide and how the outcome may be turned into opportunities for a stronger relationship going forward.

Creative Conflict will:

  • Challenge you to think out of the box.
  • Help you build trust, improve your communication skills and create the right environment for healthy conflict.
  • All of which leads to constructive styles of collaboration and fully engaged employees.

Outcomes of this one day workshop:

  • Understanding how communication can turn into conflict.
  • Why do certain people “push your buttons”.
  • How to prepare for conversations.
  • Tools to handle conflict and build tolerance.


In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net

Why this workshop?

Five phases of leading change, is a  workshop designed by Dr Louise van Rhyn that will offer the keys to leading change. Change leaders define new expectations, behaviors, and the commitment needed from people. When leading others through transitions, leaders set a new direction and share a compelling vision of the future so people can see the possibilities and what success looks like.

“Any change is difficult at the beginning, complicated in the middle and beautiful at the end.” – Robin Sharma

Change leaders are committed to successful implementation and buy-in from their stakeholders. This is usually easier said than done.
Change in organisations has become a permanent reality: it is estimated that today employees undergo an average of 3 changes simultaneously. Despite this considerable number of changes, according to research by McKinsey & Company, 70% of them still fail.
Dr Louise van Rhyn is a leadership development practitioner and change consultant. She has been supporting change leaders for 30+ years and has been involved in many large-scale change initiatives. She holds a Doctorate in Complex Social change and has founded several entrepreneurial organisations.


In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net

How to create the enabling environment for high performance.

Google has identified psychological safety as ‘the magic sauce’ for high performance teams. It is crucial to a team’s success. Whether you’re in an entry-level position or managing a team, there are things you can do to help have a positive impact and shift the culture in your workplace.

Psychological safety describes a workplace where one feels that one’s voice is welcome with bad news, questions, concerns, half-baked ideas and even mistakes. People should feel like they can ask questions, raise concerns and pitch ideas without undue repercussions. It’s a concept that’s even more valuable now, with so many people adjusting to remote work and worrying about going back to work.

Why is psychological safety important?

Psychological safety is a condition in which human beings feel (1) included, (2) safe to learn, (3) safe to contribute, and (4) safe to challenge the status quo – all without fear of being embarrassed, marginalised, or punished in some way. The 4 stages of psychological safety is a universal pattern that reflects the natural progression of human needs in social settings. When teams, organisations, and social units of all kinds progress through the four stages, they create deeply inclusive environments, accelerate learning, increase contribution, and stimulate innovation.

This interactive workshop, designed by Greg Groenmeyer and Dr Louise van Rhyn, will provide guidance to leaders who want to create environments where their team members can make their best contribution for high performance.


In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net

Enabling leaders to co-create High Performing Teams.

The Ultimate Advantage: Leaders who co-create teams to consistently achieve exceptional levels of performance.

Leaders today must be able to form and lead teams that can achieve or exceed organisational objectives in a complex and rapidly changing business environment. This necessitates an understanding of what enables inspired team performance and be able to apply that knowledge to continuously fluctuating business conditions.

Although all teams want to be high-performing, only some of them reach this state. Have you ever thought about what makes the difference and how you can help a team to be at its best? High-performing teams do not form and perform on their own. They are steered by leaders who bring out the best in their people, utilising their skills and abilities to the fullest. These leaders validate and acknowledge growth and improvement with specific feedback to ensure that their people know they are valued and appreciated – and have a strategy in mind at all times.

Leading High Performing Teams helps develop the mind-set needed to inspire and sustain exceptional performance.

Why are High Performing Teams important for the success of your organisation?

  • Teams can do more than an individual can (eg. execute faster, make better decisions, do more to enhance creativity and build skills).
  • High-performing teams have increased productivity and above-average morale.

Who should attend?  Team leaders who want to shift their team to become a High Performing Team.


In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net

Performance Booster is a personal development program that takes people and teams to the next level towards reaching their potential. Engaged, happy employees are productive employees.

Performance Booster comprises of a 2 day facilitated opportunity to develop self-awareness, the key to unlocking your potential. It is a personal development program that takes people to the next level on their journey of self-development.

Employee engagement is a direct by-product of attending the Performance Booster Program.

How it works
Ideally small groups of 8-16 delegates attend a 2-day, highly interactive Performance Booster workshop.  The process gently unfolds, opening and stretching the individual, allowing him/her to discover aspects of the self, long-forgotten, hidden or under utilised. The powerful and detailed Personal Success Profile is the foundation on which the work is built and serves as a guide throughout the 2 days and beyond.

The journey to leadership is through self-knowledge and reflection. Performance Booster is an opportunity to develop self-awareness, which is the key to unlocking potential. Performance Booster is based on the principles that people need to be given the tools to inspire and motivate themselves, to affect and change their own behaviour and to make emotionally intelligent decisions about their own lives.

Join us for this 2-day workshop. If employees can take responsibility for their own happiness and well-being, companies will thrive.  Over the past 20 years, The Performance Booster Program has been successfully executed throughout Southern Africa at various levels.

Outcomes for organisations…

  • Improved team cohesion
  • Increased collective EQ
  • Better communication
  • Renewed positivity
  • Can do attitudes
  • Increased team performance

Outcomes for organisations…

  • Clearly defines desires and goals
  • A workable action plan for success
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Tools for self-mastery
  • Renewed focus
  • Improved relationships at home and work
  • Renewed commitment to personal goals and dreams


In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net

The Powerskills of Connecting.

In a relationship-economy the first cornerstone skill for leaders will undoubtedly be the ability to powerfully connect with others in highly networked eco-systems.

This workshop is based on the LinkedIn annual skills report 2022, of the ten power skills necessary to flourish in the new world of work and helps participants to become more aware of and to adopt these powerskills and habits.

The outcomes will introduce you to these areas:

  • Emotional intelligence, empathy and compassion
  • Emancipated communication
  • Leading with purpose
  • Collaboration as service and beyond

How? Through an awareness of:

  • Increased EQ, empathy and compassion especially in a distributed virtual and hybrid context
  • Improved ability to unlock the wisdom in the system and to encourage attention, equality, ease and appreciation in communication, especially in a model of situational, distributed leadership
  • Increased emotional connection with organisational purpose and how it presents a platform for personal meaning, purpose, and self-actualisation
  • Helping teams to develop a disposition of collaboration and forming strategic partnerships

 

Upcoming Workshop:

Date: Thursday, 23 February 2023
Time (SAST): 10:30 – 12:00
Investment: R400

Book for this workshop


In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net

The Powerskills of Resilience.

In times of accelerating change, perennial uncertainty and ever-increasing pressure of leaders, the second cornerstone skill will be one of superior resilience and even more so, the capacity to use challenge as a catalyst for innovation, change and even greater success.

This workshop is based on the LinkedIn annual skills report 2022, of the ten power skills necessary to flourish in the new world of work and helps participants to become more aware of and to adopt these powerskills and habits.

The outcomes will introduce you to these areas:

  • Mental resilience – awareness and working with the negative Emancipated communication
  • Generating  positive emotions at will
  • Physical resilience – the foundation of antifragile
  • Aligning to what matters most – becoming antifragile in life

How? Through an awareness of:

  • Greater emotional awareness and range, and improved ability to use negative emotions constructively as catalyst for adaptive action
  • Learning 7 super powerful practices for generating enabling positive emotions at will (5 mental and 2 physical practices)
  • Learning the optimal practices in eating, sleeping, exercising and deep rest and adopting new supportive habits in each of these physical fundamentals
  • Setting worthwhile goals, deepening personal meaning and purpose, reprioritising relationships, and living in alignment with personal values as the four pillars of the worthwhile, on course and antifragile life

 

Upcoming Workshop:

Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2023
Time (SAST): 10:30 – 12:00
Investment: R400

Book for this event

 

In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net

The Powerskills of the New World.

To remain relevant in a world of work of exponential increases in information, automation, digitisation and rapidly transforming technologies, people will have to learn the cornerstone skills of continuous learning, frequent and rapid career evolution and continuously mastering emerging technologies.

This workshop is based on the LinkedIn annual skills report 2022, of the ten power skills necessary to flourish in the new world of work and helps participants to become more aware of and to adopt these powerskills and habits.

The outcomes will introduce you to these areas:

  • Time management
  • Change resilience
  • Reinventing self and continuous learning
  • Tech savvy, innovation and creativity

How? Through an awareness of:

  • Learning how to eliminate distractions and develop superior focus, using working blocks and lists that help us prioritise what is important and becoming masterful at managing our energy and restoration
  • Fortifying our basic needs of security, belonging and identity in the face of change, accepting change as a powerful doorway to personal growth and self-actualisation and taking a scenario approach to skills development, ultimately building the muscle of adaptability and agility
  • Understanding the necessity of continuous learning and personal reinvention, understanding the self (and the best future self), and developing a three-year L&D skills development plan
  • Learning into a digital world and selecting a potential tech discipline in which to become proficient and adopting powerful creativity and innovation techniques to embed within your teams

 

Upcoming Workshop:

Date: Thursday, 20 April 2023
Time (SAST): 10:30 – 12:00
Investment: R400

Book for this workshop

 

In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net

Creating a Learning Organisation

Cultivate Daily Wellbeing

Future-fit Young Leaders

Leading Hybrid Teams

Mental Toughness

Obsessive Customer Service

Strategic Planning Made Simple

Systemic Stairway TM

Values-based Leadership

Virtual Leadership

Virtual Intelligence

Virtual Time &  Stress Management

In-house Workshops

Our workshops are customisable and we would love to work with you to design this workshop to meet your outcome requirements.

For more information, please contact Kym on 082 453 9393 or at kym@symphonia.net