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Myth Making

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Learn how the ground-breaking study on cognitive bias can help your team(s) avoid costly mistakes. In this course, you’ll discuss how to recognize faulty thinking, inflated self-assessments, recognize blind spots, and discover business myths that often masquerade as facts - precisely because they feel like facts. If there’s one course every company should take, it is this course on organizational myth making.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Introduction to the Dunning Kruger Effect

  • Case Study on human wrongness

  • Explore the root cause of faulty thinking

  • Observe how ill-informed ideas can spread like a virus

  • How the Dunning Kruger Effect manifests at work

  • Important tools and insights on overcoming the all-too-common Dunning Kruger Effect at work

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Demonstrate functional knowledge of cognitive biases & data fallacies that affect personal and professional life.

  • Analyze personal strengths and assess bias risks, then make an action plan to manage that bias.

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The Bike-Shed Effect

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Solving difficult problems is hard work - and often, individuals and teams can fall into the trap of Bike-Shedding - that is to say, focusing on trivial things at the expense of more important things. Learn how to recognize the signs of Bike-Shedding and what to do about it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • The case of the nuclear power plant and a bike shed

  • Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

  • Bike-shedding at its finest (worst)

  • How to invoke the Bike-Shed metaphor

  • How to stop Bike-Shedding

  • How to tackle difficult tasks efficiently

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss how Parkinson’s Law of Triviality shows up at your work space

  • Learn and practice tools to identify and prevent bike-shedding

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High Performance

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

High performing organizations understand the vital role of cooperation, coordination, and strong systems. This course helps teams identify areas where they can strengthen alignment, identify vital behaviors that contribute to operational excellence, and what’s needed to succeed. High performance not only signals strong teamwork, it embodies it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Team/coordination object lesson

  • An historical look at operational efficiency

  • Then & now; what’s needed to succeed

  • Diagnose breakdown in performance

  • Clarify vital behaviors to close performance gaps

  • Achieve team alignment

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The Cost of Incivility

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COURSE OVERVIEW

This module explores several facets of incivility and its effect on team dynamics.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Recognizing the many faces of incivility

  • Group exercise: identifying/classifying uncivil behavior

  • Understanding the price of incivility

  • Social experiment (3 videos)

  • The collateral effect of incivility

  • Exploring the root cause of incivility

  • Toxic culture assessment

  • Understanding the difference between toxic and hostile

  • Preventing/repairing hostile work environments

  • Addressing the root cause of incivility

  • How the BMCBF series works

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Identify toxic, uncivil, unethical, and illegal behavior

  • Understand the difference between toxic and hostile work conditions

  • Assess current work culture (culture assessment)

 
 

The Psychology of Being Organized

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COURSE OVERVIEW

This module explores science-backed research that shows what happens to performance and productivity when we’re organized. This training uses fast-paced group exercises, inspirational concepts and focused tools to bring the point home.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Being messy isn’t just about manners, it’s about your brain

  • Structure sets you free

  • Tools for an organized mind

  • How your cognitive load weighs you down

  • Improving workflow structure

  • How organization affects efficiency

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Experience, then characterize the cognitive drag of being disorganized (exercise)

  • Learn and apply the 4 Keys to Organization

  • Construct personal workflow based on organizational preferences

 
 

Developing Problem-Solving Skills

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This module offers tools to solve problems by looking at patterns and principles that are universal.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Stealing an idea is stealing from the team

  • New ideas spring from elevating other’s good ideas

  • Nothing is original

  • Steps to creative success

  • How to improve your creativity

 

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Channeling Negativity

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

We’ve all heard Henry Ford’s wise observation, “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” That kind of sage thinking played a vital role in his company that would soon become a world leader in auto manufacturing. Mr. Ford understood that mindsets are a lot like what happens with accumulating interest … the savvy people earn it, the not-so-savvy pay it.

Our mindsets play a vital role in our ability to see and solve problems, or flounder in disbelief and denial. In this module, we explore the price of negativity and the benefits of being positive.

This is not an esoteric course, but rather digs into the practical and tactical aspects of producing results while guarding against counterproductive mindsets and channeling negative energy into a productive tool for growth.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Industry research and observations on the financial toll of negative mindsets

  • A closer look on the financial and opportunity costs of negativity

  • Signs that negative mindsets are turning toxic

  • How to productively manage negativity

  • The cost of negativity in personal & professional relationships

  • Group and individual exercises to assess the tendency to be negative

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Priority Management

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

John Maxwell observed that “Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time you have.” In this course, discover some key factors that maximize our available time and those that minimize it. Also, discover some valuable insights and tools on how to evaluate and prioritize tasks.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Discover activities and mindsets that sap focus, time, and productivity

  • Discuss common errors in judgement that contribute to wasting time and misuse priorities

  • Explore a method to evaluate the merits of tasks and how to prioritize them

  • Learn how to use The Focus Funnel

  • 5 Tips for Better Use of Time

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Managing Dynamic Priorities

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Do members of your team recognize the signs of thrashing? If left unchecked, organizations can find themselves with a chronic time famine; always busy but never enough time to get anything done. In this course, learn the general signs and symptoms of thrashing, then dig deeper and discover your teams silent symptoms and what tod o about it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Managing dynamic priorities

  • How thrashing is killing your productivity

  • Signs & symptoms of thrashing

  • Conduct a thrashing root cause analysis

  • Determine corrective actions

  • Automate, delegate, or delete

  • The sure way to fail

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The Trouble with Multitasking

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COURSE OVERVIEW

This module sheds light on some rather common mistakes and faulty thinking that lead to multi-tasking.  In this presentation you’ll demonstrate quick and powerful object lessons to illustrate the mental drag of context switching and its cost to productivity.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • To do two things at once is to do neither (Syrus)

  • It’s easy to confuse being busy with being productive

  • The culprit: faulty thinking

  • Demonstration of fast and slow thinking (object lesson)

  • The cost of context switching

  • What’s really happening

  • Tools for mono-tasking

  • Understand the barriers to switching tasks

    • Recognize multi-tasking feels like productivity

    • Identify, eliminate, & manage distractions

    • Learn to filter priorities

    • Focused time allocation

    • Helpful responses to the unexpected

  • Group discussion on ways to better mono-task

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the cognitive gap associated with context switching

  • Develop plan to identify, eliminate and/or manage distractions

 

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Personal Accountability

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Gain a fresh perspective on creating cultures of accountability. In this course, we examine the the vital behaviors that distinguish good and great accountability cultures. Through guided talking points, your team will be encouraged to discuss ways to improve vertical and horizontal accountability. At the end of this course, your team will have a heightened awareness for things they can do to contribute to to a better accountability culture.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • The surprising truth about high performing sports teams and peer-to-peer accountability

  • Understanding the difference between accountability and responsibility

  • Group discussion about creating an accountability culture

  • Methods for self-management/accountability

  • Group & self-assessments

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Navigating Change

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

On a simply human level, change is hard. Organizationally, it can be harder, still. In this module, learn from some fascinating case studies where some global organizations made small but vital changes to adapt to outside factors. With a brilliantly designed group simulation exercise, your team will develop a deeper appreciation for the struggles found in running a department or a business. Reduce the organizational drag often found when teams resist change as they discover a new-found empathy for what its like to navigate new frontiers.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • A look at the only true constant, everything changes

  • Explore the psychology of change and why it’s difficult

  • Examine two case studies where industry icons adapted

  • Tips on overcoming the fear of change at work

  • Choose between two simulated exercises, offering your team a hands-on experience with running a department or business

  • Learn new tools to better adapt to change

  • How to make the best of the unexpected

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