Speaking – Workshops

Gain in·sight: ?in-?s?t

See what you can’t see now, so something  new, fresh and different can emerge! 

Using intelligent and intuitive insights, decision makers expand internal capacity to use complexity fluently, to create meaningful outcomes and greater value.

Ninety percent of startups fail. (Startups drive the economy)

New research shows well established companies won’t make it past their tenth birthday.

Decision makers at every level have the chance to remove barriers to reach beyond assumed limits.

Engage talent to achieve a inspiring purpose and higher profitability by working with uncertainty and complexity as catalysts for growth and quantum leadership.

Speaking and Workshop Topics

For every speaking topic there is a customized workshop serving as a companion. You'll find more listed under Programs.

Speaking Topic #1: Reducing Resistance to Change through Organizational Design

Context for doing anything is everything. How does the approach taken to implementing change in your company create the very resistance that slows response? Companies are waking up to the reality that thinking must change to match the speed of change in the world. Doing so means considering the impact of organizational design and the approach to implementation. Gain insight into:

  1. What words manager's use in their communication that creates resistance. 
  2. Why traditional decision making constricts growth and disengages employees. See through an interconnected world-view.
  3. What self-managed companies can teach traditional companies. 

Walk away with insights into more accurate communication, decision making and perception to grow internal capacity to handle uncertainty. 

Dawna Jones -Speaking
Spark the Change Toronto-2016

Executive Level: Reducing Resistance to Change through Leadership

Ask any CEO what their focus is and the short answer amounts to: increase revenue, cut costs, spark innovation. One out of three of those goals ignites protection not growth. On top of that, the levels of employee disengagement should signal that working harder and faster will get you to the same finish line. In a context of radical change your company won't survive and neither will your retirement plan.

This executive brief outlines the ways in which leaders can rethink change and expand from seeing one point of focus to seeing how the fortunes of the company can expand. Talk to Dawna about customizing the message to fit your current view of business realities.

Speaking Topic #2: Treating Companies as Living Communities: Tickling Transformation

(for change agents and decision makers -managers responsible for effecting change)

Companies are living, networked communities working collectively toward achieving a shared goal. Conventional change methods rely on changing the parts rather than working with the whole system leaving the immune system untouched. By applying principles from systems thinking you’ll gain insight into how to choose change processes that fit complexity.

Learner Outcomes

  1. Understand how the power of the human spirit can overcome systemic obstacles.
  2. Know which change processes fit complexity and why.
  3. Learn the principles that transfer application to different sized companies.

Speaking Topic #3: Using Ambiguity and Uncertainty to Strengthen Decision Making

With an overwhelming amount of data and immediate pressures to decide, decision makers need clarity and confidence.  Although working with uncertainty and complexity means not knowing what will happen next, you have unrealized intelligence to draw on. All the technology in the world won’t replace the power of the human technology embedded in your biologyLearn how you receive social and emotional data critical to informing timing and overseeing the impact key change initiatives.

  1. How to improve accurate interpretation.
  2. How perception informing decision-making is distorted by inflexible thinking or hidden biases that only design can solve.
  3. Uncertainty leverages your growth and helps you make better decisions under pressure. Are you ready to take advantage of it?

See video.

Workshop: Handling Uncertainty in the Decision Making Process-Bringing Your Body's Technology On-Line

The highest performing and most agile companies in the world work with uncertainty to develop creative solutions to emergent issues. In the context of high-speed complex change, an over abundance of data is not always in the form you need. And how do you blend it with your gut instinct?

Getting to know your personal blueprint for seeing and sensing the best decision in the context of complexity starts with greater self-awareness and self-knowledge. Otherwise focus is too narrow, options either too many or too few and key information in the working environment gets missed. Learning from high stakes mistakes strengthen your decision-making tool-kit.

Today, uncertainty and unpredictability are the new norm.  With complexity, most of the information you need is outside of your immediate view. And since the days of engineering controllable outcomes are over you need more tools to see subtle influences.

In this workshop:

  1. Identify your intuitive strengths that blend social data with factual giving you insight. Apply listening and sensing to detect what isn’t in clear view.
  2. See how focus in decision making can intentionally stimulate innovation and achieve cost savings.
  3. Observe the conditions in your workplace that steer decisions away from growth.  Identify patterns companies fall into when making decisions.
  4. Learn why making mistakes builds decision-making strength. You’ll also learn why setting an environment for making mistakes is key for leadership and business growth.
  5. Install checkpoints to mitigate risk of error caused by complacency. Use diversity of perspective to make better decisions.

Speaking Topic #4:  Leveraging Adversity to Lead with Clarity

Traditionally managed companies are heading straight for a wall. Massive disruptions from innovation, shifting market conditions challenge leaders to raise their capacity to gain clarity and flexibility through complexity. But what do you do when entrenched beliefs block the capacity of talent (specifically Millennial talent but not restricted)? By engaging the workforce in tackling business issues together management stance shifts from controlling the uncontrollable to removing barriers in the way of personal satisfaction and organizational accomplishment.

Customized to fit the challenges facing your company this talk will bridge the past to designing agility and the future.

Speaking Topic #5. Using Life's Interruptions to Gain Personal Leadership Resilience

How do you use what shows up and turn it into leadership resilience?

Not only does life not always go according to plan the assumptions about stability and security are being challenged as larger economic, social and ecological issues emerge. Whether an unexpected interruption in your personal life has thrown you for a loop or whether you care about making a difference on a larger scale face adversity with a sense of purpose and belonging.

Walk away with relevant tools and personal skills to convert the worst that’s happened to you into a better way to lead your life at home or work.

All experiences are customized to sync with your business goals.

Contact Dawna 

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Other Tidbits
To activate a quantum leap in leadership, Dawna started the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast in 2008. Author of Decision Making for Dummies, a speaker and a tad nomadic, Dawna has written a treatment for a Virtual Reality program to accelerate business culture change and human potential. A maverick, she brings personal experience with resilience and transformation to her leadership. Dawna's current podcast Insight to Action is aimed at raising the concsiousness and know-how to create great workplaces and a quantum shift in the role of business in society. www.FromInsightToAction.com

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