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Program Overviews:

  • The Brilliance of Resilience: Build Your Custom Stress Busting Strategy with Mental Fitness
  • Stop The Sabotage! Mental Fitness to Stop Unintentionally Sabotaging Yourself (and Your Team)
  • He, She, They… What To Say?  Communication Strategies to Navigate Unconscious Gender Bias
  • What Did Our Brains just Say? The Neuroscience of Effective Leadership Conversations
  • Fair Is Fair Until It Isn’t: Core Values-Based Team Leadership
  • Stop Fixing and Start Coaching! Crucial Coaching Skills for Team Leaders

The Brilliance of Resilience: Build Your Custom Stress Busting Strategy with Mental Fitness

The burnout crisis is real, and the numbers are staggering. 23% of employees are chronically burned out, and 47% more are headed in that direction (and those stats are prior to the pandemic!). The stresses of our personal and professional lives often overlap one other, causing the pressure to multiply. So how do you keep yourself healthy and moving forward when times are tough?

Answer: Learn your habitual stress reactions and develop customized responses to recover faster and more effectively.

This open, honest, and funny program combines Positive Intelligence® and storytelling to help identify how your internal Judge reacts to challenging situations. Once you observe the Judge’s behaviors, you’re empowered to intentionally leverage your “Sage” mind skills such as empathy, curiosity, and innovation to counteract them. This increases mental flexibility and creates the ability to choose resilience and growth over overwhelm and burnout in the face of challenge.

  • Explore personal relationships with challenge, resilience, and growth
  • Identify specific signs that your inner Judge is influencing thoughts and behavior
  • Counteract or Prevent negative judgments using neuroscience-based pattern interrupts
  • Create a custom stress-busting strategy based on your personal reactions to challenges
Resilience Keynote Speaker Jacy "Imilkcowsonskis" Imilkowski

Stop the Sabotage!
Mental Fitness to Stop Unintentionally Sabotaging Yourself (and Your Team)

Perfectionism, people-pleasing, avoidance, micromanagement, hyper-achievement… these are just a few of the common ways we unintentionally sabotage ourselves, and by extension our teams. These behaviors can become so ingrained we become dependent on them for results and stop seeing the negative impacts they incur.

While they can generate short-term results, these “Saboteur” mental muscles (thoughts and habits based in emotions like anxiety, fear, doubt, and shame) will always cause stress, disconnection, and burnout in the long run. On the flip side, we also have positive “Sage” mental muscles (thoughts and habits based in empathy, curiosity, values, creativity, etc.). Mental Fitness is the balance of the Sage vs. the Saboteurs.

Using Positive Intelligence® (PQ), this program examines common Saboteurs and the negative impacts they have on individual and team dynamics. Participants will learn neuroscience-based pattern interrupts that can be used at any time to weaken Saboteur habits and strengthen their Sage mental muscles. As Mental Fitness increases, so does individual and team performance.

  • Learn the basic neuroscience of habit formation and change
  • Assess the long-term costs of Saboteur behaviors, despite producing short-term results
  • Execute three different PQ pattern interrupts to weaken Saboteur habits
  • Build a personalized three-step plan to leverage Sage skills in times of stress.

He, She, They…
What to Say?

Communication Strategies to Navigate Unconscious Gender Bias 

Everyone wants to be a good communicator and connect with others effectively. Unfortunately, the fundamental nature of human perception creates unconscious biases that undermine our best intentions. The good news is: We can build awareness and take specific actions that create a better culture of communication for everyone.

This session creates a safe, compassionate space for people of all genders to explore the impacts of unconscious bias on themselves and others. Discussion, reflection, and story sharing will help participants learn from each other’s experiences as well. Furthermore, they will receive tools and skills to better navigate unconscious gender bias while communicating in today’s dynamic workplace.

People of all genders (male, female, non-binary, trans, and all additional identities) are invited to participate in this session. Whether or not individuals have experienced gender bias directly, everyone can learn to be more of an ally and create an overall more effective culture of workplace communication. Participants will learn to challenge the status quo, support people whose voices might not always be heard, and ensure more equitable communication.

  • Examine outdated expectations and stereotypes placed on all genders
  • Recognize unconscious gender bias in self and others
  • Practice techniques around interruption, respecting boundaries, and listening to connect
  • Adapt and combine traditionally gendered behaviors to achieve more successful outcomes
Resilience Keynote Speaker Jacy "Imilkcowsonskis" Imilkowski

What Did Our Brains
Just Say?

The Neuroscience of Effective Leadership Conversations 

Have you ever said something to someone that unintentionally upset, or even offended, them? Even with the best intentions, our words sometimes have unintended impacts. How do you recover from the disconnection and rebuild trust when that happens?

This session provides one solution to that problem: Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ®). C-IQ is a neuroscience framework for recovering from unintentional impacts and building trust in communication. During a conversation, there’s a neurochemical cocktail that’s influencing all parties involved. These influences are unconscious, however, we can learn to recognize the signs of neurochemical impacts. That knowledge is key to building relationships with intention and having effective conversations around challenging topics.

Participants will learn easy-to-use tools for engaging in effective, connected conversation with clients, peers, and team members. Through this session they’ll:

  • Identify the impact of different neurochemicals on communication and trust
  • Differentiate three levels of conversation and how to switch between them
  • Overcome blind spots that negatively impact trust
  • Apply three neuroscience strategies to restore positive relationships following a disconnection

Fair Is Fair Until It Isn’t:
Core Values-Based Team Leadership

Does “fair” mean that everyone is treated the same, or that everyone is treated as an individual? The answer is: Yes.

Core values are the foundational, guiding principles that dictate human behaviors and actions. How we recognize people’s core values is one of the fastest ways to create a foundation of connection (or conflict) for the entire project. Identified values contribute to successful, customized solutions. Missed values lead to lowered team morale poor solution outcomes, and the cost of re-work while trying to meet their needs. 

Participants will learn to identify core values by:

  • Listening to what people are saying, and not just the words they use
  • Seeing personal and environmental cues that can indicate the expression of core values
  • Inquiring directly about values with positivity, respect, and acceptance

Knowing your team members’ core values gives profound insight into what keeps them connected and moving forward, even with conflicting beliefs or points of view. Following the session participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between personal, professional, and organizational values
  • Engage each team member uniquely using their personal and professional values
  • Apply a three-step process to prevent and resolve conflicts using core values
  • Build stronger relationships between team leaders, members, and stakeholders

Stop Fixing and Start Coaching!
Crucial Coaching Skills for Team Leaders

Leaders tend to be problem solvers by nature. It’s rewarding to fix things and help people! When someone shares a challenge the first instinct is often, “How do we fix the problem?”

However, fixing has a dark side: It take growth experiences away from others by not letting them discover their own solutions. It can also add to stress and overwhelm to our already full plates.

The truth is that not every problem needs to be fixed, and that our personal solutions aren’t always a good fit for someone else. This program explores different motivations for fixing and identify which impacts them. From there they’ll learn coaching skills to support others through a challenge without fixing anything. Making space for team members to grow is a key leadership skill to ensure a strong, connected, high-functioning team. Participants will:

  • Reflect on personal motivations for fixing others’ problems
  • Describe how independent problem-solving fits into the personal learning process
  • Contrast coaching, mentoring, and consulting as problem-solving approaches
  • Practice three crucial coaching skills to help others without fixing

Bring Jacy In Today

Jacy’s skills-based training programs are customizable to your wellness program, Learning & Development strategy, conference, and team-building events. Participants receive tools, skills, and strategies they can apply that same day to cultivate resilience, adaptability, and growth when facing challenges. 

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