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Leadership Workshop: The Puzzle of Dynamics

Date: Monday - February 06, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: PNAIS Office, Seattle, WA

Who Should Attend?  

Current and aspiring leaders who would like to build skills, knowledge as well as share a transformative professional growth experience with a small group of group of colleagues from across the PNAIS region.

Please note: Due to the nature of this workshop, registration is limited to 20 participants.  

Workshop Description
The Puzzle of Dynamics: What’s Underneath What’s Going On?
It’s all interpersonal and it’s going on all the time: the tangle of relationship and group dynamics pervades every aspect of work. Ahead of trying to communicate meaning, or introduce change, or negotiate agreements is understanding the emotion and dynamic in front of us – awareness we can use to design messages, timing, and approach. Using FIRO theory as a framework, and weaving in the new research about emotion from neuro- and behavioral science, we will build new awareness of the tangle of what’s going on underneath the dynamic and practice working with it – rather than against it – to communicate and engage others.

Leaders will come away with:  
  • An expanded understanding of why people might respond the way they do, particularly during times of stress
  • A model for identifying communication and work group dynamics in areas like problem solving, decision-making, response to change, and conflict
  • Tools for shaping the interaction of the work group
  • Practice in constructing productive communication, particularly for change and transition

Facilitator: Susan Smallidge, Smallidge & Company

Susan Smallidge has over 20 years of experience as an executive and consultant.

Susan is skilled as an executive, consultant, facilitator, and coach. She combines experience running entrepreneurial companies with professional training in planning, marketing, and operational management. She has worked with troubled businesses where immediate intervention and facilitation was necessary to correct problems that threatened the existence of the business. And, she has worked with healthy, growing companies to focus strategic direction, integrate systems, and support leaders and management to improved performance.

Her consulting experience also includes direction of organizational change, leadership and team development, and executive coaching programs for clients including AT&T, SABRE, Westin Hotels, Northern Telecom, and others from Fortune 500 to small businesses. She has designed curriculum and delivered leadership and management development programs to hundreds of leaders, management, and staff both in the US and in Europe.

As a facilitator and coach, Susan is skilled at getting to the core of issues, clarifying diverse or opposing viewpoints, and bringing groups and individuals to improved understanding, relationship and alignment.

Start and End Times
The workshop will start promptly at 9:00am.  Please plan to arrive at least 15-30 minutes early to register.  The program will conclude at 3:30pm.

Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided. Attendees will have a half hour for lunch. 


PNAIS Attendees

  • Early Bird (By January 17, 2012): $165
  • Regular (After January 17, 2012): $195
  • Non-PNAIS Attendees: $235

TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline.

  • For registrations completed by mail or online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.
  • Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.

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Cancellation Policy
Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by January 27, 2011 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after January 27, 2011 are ineligible for any refund.

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