FutureLink NOW has the following training programmes on offer: 

  

All these programmes have leadership practice at their core, be it to promote effective teamwork or to manage private or public sector business with the best soft skills possible.

 

Each programme can be customized to suit the needs of your particular business / industry and to reflect your corporate culture. In the interest of SMEs and NPOs we also offer public programmes at our premises in Walmer, Port Elizabeth. at very affordable rates.

 

Context & Consciousness: Big Picture Thinking to help your Business Flourish

 

Ethical Governance and the Leadership Trinity of Integrity, Interdependence and Flow

South Africa, Africa and the World - the stage, the players and the props forever changing. In one sense business may be slow, in another sense is is very dynamic, even revolutionary. It is not just that the activity, place, things and people change, each setting has its own sense of being and vibrates at its own particular frequency. Add to this the cultural diversity that is South Africa.

 

To be successful in the market place it behoves business and community leaders to be responsive to the particular ‘note’ different suppliers, clients, shareholders and stakeholder groups sound.

 

Businesses flow with greater ease when...

External focus: managers are culturally intelligent, aware of current social memes and are responsive to the prevailing consciousness of a particular setting.  

Internal focus: managers are aware how their own consciousness influences their leadership style and values. 

 

You will learn:

·         How to recognize the levels of consciousness that prevail in a particular context

·         How to increase your Cultural Intelligence

·         How to be responsive to a context while remaining true to your own value system and beliefs

·         How to reduce conflict and misunderstanding using advanced communication and nation building skills.

 

Big Picture Thinking is Strategic Thinking: Even as response times get shorter and shorter, certain organizational traits and infrastructure remain the same. It is about knowing what to change and what not, when to go fast and when to slow down, when to go local and how to go global.

 

Who should attend: business owners, managers, team leaders, negotiators, shop stewards, social change initiators.

 

Duration: one day or two half days

 

This programme draws on Spiral Dynamics and Wilber’s Integral Approach.

 

 

Leadership Trinity Model emphasizes Authenticity, Oneness and Flow. It’s about balancing the leader’s personal drives, focus and intention with those of the collective, be that company, community, country and ensuring that the outcome is in the interests of both.  

Integrity & Authenticity: To live a purpose driven and meaningful life leaders need to be fully cognisant of own personal agendas play out and how the choices we make become statements of who we are.

Interdependence: This refers to our intrinsic interconnectedness; the fact that ‘what we do to our brother we do to ourselves’ and that our current behaviour determines the future of our communities and planet.

Flow: When we do things with right intention and right action, we experience flow. Instead of struggle work becomes effortless and solutions are innovative and elegant.

 

Ethical Governance:  Beyond rules and policy guidelines, ethical governance is about finding a way to do business that allows people and planet to prosper. Competition is unavoidable and motivates us to excel, but can we manage organizations in such a way that ‘I’ and ‘we’ collectively thrive?

 

You will learn:

·         How to clearly state who you are, what your values, worldview, culture and beliefs are and how these underpin your actions and relationships.

·         How to assess the needs, values and culture of the collective

·         How to deal with the paradoxical demands of the workplace.

·         How to balance personal and corporate agenda with those of the greater good.

 

This programme is both deeply philosophical and highly practical as it deals with the tough issues of daily life.

This programme draws on Wilber’s Integral Approach to Leadership. 

 

Ennea-Emotions: When Managing People means establishing Right Relationships 

 

The Challenge of Change Initiatives and the Possibility of Transformation

This workshop combines Emotional Intelligence with the Enneagram Personality Profiler in a bid to dramatically improve workplace relationships and team performance.

At work, as in life, we are constantly confronted with different personalities. Generally our work involves teamwork, networking, brainstorming, dealing with customers, suppliers, associates and other departments.

Research into “key organizational stressors” identifies personality clashes as the number one stressor. For example, when stressed, the down side of one’s personality tends to show up. This is not only true for you but you are often on the receiving end of the down side of another person’s personality.

We seldom get to choose who we would like to work with and often have to accommodate personalities we would not voluntarily engage.

 

The Enneagram is my personality profiler of choice. Why? Being in the oral tradition it is practical, interactive and explains how the different personality types need each other and compensate for one another. It does not put you in a box but rather shows you the way out of the box!

 

Emotional Intelligence Emotions are regarded as the language of the soul. How we 'do' our emotions is largely determined by our personality. So, for example, we do not all do anger in the same way nor express love in the same way.

 

You will learn:

·         About the nine different personality types, what their strengths and weaknesses are and what motivates each type.

·         How to identify your own personality at work and how to increase your options to respond in constructive ways.

·         Learn how the core emotions of anger, fear and shame show up differently in people and how to naturally bring forth loyalty, compassion, order, care and harmony, creativity and excellence in colleagues.

·         Overall, to be a more empathic people manager while at the same time ensuring that targets are met in a more efficient way.

 

Who should attend: trainers, managers, team leaders, negotiators, shop stewards, social change initiators.

 

Duration: 2 days or 4 half day sessions 

 

 

Put together a learning programme on change to suit the particular needs of your company using an Integral Approach to leadership and oversight.

Select from any of the following change management protocols:

 

The ESP of Change A SA culturally appropriate use of the ESP Change model which emphasizes the need to balance Empathy, Space and Pressure through all five stages of the ESP model. On the basis of this your change initiative and learn the parameters by which to measure the success of implementation.

 

Consequence Management

Master the skill of holding people accountable in an emotionally intelligent way. Learn how to use power and authority in a positive way.

 

Manage the Politics of Change: Learn how to unite the Resistors, Lagers, Adaptors and Enthusiasts.

 

Transformative Scenario Planning: Based on Adam Kahane’s work in South Africa and Otto Scharmer’s Theory U, dialogue is central to deep organizational change i.e. the hearts and minds of people are transformed and thus people are more willing to adopt new behaviours.

 

Foundational to change management is an understanding of the five Physical Laws of Change. Science at its best, these laws need to be kept in mind when venturing into the otherwise uncertain world of change.

 

How will you learn:

·         Presenting the change initiative you wish to embark on or may have started already.

·         Practical exercises and real plays giving you the opportunity to demonstrate mastering of certain change management skills.

·         Between session workplace assignments that demonstrate your ability to apply what you have learnt.

How should attend: All those currently involved in change initiatives in the workplace.

Duration: 1 to 3 days spread out over a period of time to make workplace application and between session mentoring possible.

Team building and Vision Quests using Theory U

 

Training trainers in the Art of Facilitating Learning Groups

FutureLink Now does Team Building interventions for teams who are experiencing difficulties. Following a conversation with you, the client, and a needs assessment the best course of action is charted.

 

Team building events are specifically designed to help when…

·         You and your team are stuck.

·         There is conflict in the team and it has become stressful.

·         Office politics and hidden agendas are compromising the focus and delivery of the team.

·         A new system, policy, procedure or technology is about to be introduced and this involves restructuring the team or work protocol.

The outcomes of such one day events are team learning, camaraderie, focus and unity.

 

Vision Quests are about finding the most advantageous direction to take, especially when multiple, often conflicting, factors and parties are involved. The process brings together managers and leaders from the same company or different organizations e.g. a service organization, a supply chain, an umbrella body who need to work out their strategic way forward.

 

Such vision quests are preferably done over a week-end in pristine nature, a key requirement being quietude, a stepping away from the urban bustle.

 

A process known as Theory U is used which encourages deep listening and true dialogue / conversation. It’s about making space for new realizations and transformation. The process is gentle but very powerful.  Are you prepared for this?

 

Facilitating group processes with the intent of maximizing the learning experience is different from lecturing or doing presentations. With the latter the presenter is regarded as the expert answering questions and giving professional opinion.

When training involves already competent adults, it is better to use an organic, experiential process that allows the group’s collective knowledge to come forward, and for group members to counsel each other.

 

Group Dynamics With such a process the facilitator honours the collective wisdom and experience of those present. Essentially the leader facilitates a process whereby members connect with their inner knowing and, in sharing with each other, they uncover new realities and ways of solving problems.

 

 

You will learn how to:

·         Prepare and Organize training events that honour indigenous knowledge

·         Facilitate dialogues and conversation

·         Read group dynamics

·         Monitor and direct the group process

·         Ensure the group arrives at productive outcomes

 

Who should attend: trainers, managers, team leaders, negotiators, shop stewards, social change initiators.

 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth
 

I developed the following programmes for the NMMU Business School and present them on an on-going basis:

  • Integral Leadership for Established managers – NQF L7
  • Emotional and Cultural Intelligence – NQF L6
  • Applied Emotional Intelligence – NQF L5

For more information on these fully accredited corporate training programmes please contact Lee-Ann Vasi at the NMMU Business School’s Leadership Academy.

 

Please contact me for references from my client base.