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   21st Century Leadership

Why do we have so many bad bosses?  One critical factor to consider is that only 41% of US managers have received leadership training.  Another thing to consider is that the way we used to lead just doesn't work in the environment we find ourselves in today.

So whether you've had years of experience leading people -- and are frustrated with the results you're getting.  Or you're a new leader that wants to get it right -- 21st Century Leadership will provide you with the tips, tools and methods to set you up for success with today's workforce.  

Learn... the leadership skills that are essential for today’s workforce
Discover... a model for growing and developing others
Determine.. how to set expectations and create a culture of accountability

   Tapping into Employees' Discretionary Efforts

Every day your employees make a choice. Are they going to do just what they HAVE to do or are they going to do what they are CAPABLE of doing? That decision -- whether it's conscious or not -- can change the trajectory of a career, project, team, department or organization.

During this workshop leaders will:

  • Identify the cost of untapped potential
  • Uncover why most employee engagement programs don’t work
  • Discover the barriers that keep employees from giving their all
  • Determine how leaders -- and their organizations -- can tap into discretionary effort  

  Self-Awareness:  Strengths and Blindspots 

When we drive – we know what our cars can do, and we know where our blind spots are.  But do you know the extent of your personal power?  And do you know where your professional blind spots are? 

Many people don’t really know themselves.  And Carter Cast, professor of business management for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University says we have “blind spots because most of us have a hard time being objective about ourselves.” 

It’s time to find out!

  Truth-telling:  Clear is Kind

Midwest nice – is NOT nice at all. 

Many leaders have resorted to telling “little white lies” or providing vague responses in order to avoid having conversations that MIGHT be difficult. Working through conflict — without brutalizing one another may be one of the most important responsibilities a leader can tackle.

During this workshop participants will: 

      • Recognize the importance of clarity in our words, our vision and plan, and our intentions and energy
      • Discover how to be explicit (versus implicit)
      • Practice how to tell the truth in difficult circumstances 


Ever wonder why your employees: don’t speak up in meetings, lack initiative, resist change and/or constantly seek approval?

Often, it’s because leaders have not learned the skill of facilitation.     

During this workshop leaders will: 

  • Understand the consequences of being “right”
  • Recognize why relationship needs to proceed task
  • Discover how to build psychological safety
  • Learn the importance of vulnerability and empathy
  • Practice the power of inquiry 

      Learning to Lead based on Outcomes and Outputs

    We used to lead based on face-time.  The old 8am – 5pm.  Unfortunately, that model overworked our good employees and allowed slackers to slow down and skate by. 

    Today’s high-performers don’t accept this model.  They know they add value.  And they want to be recognized for their contributions – not the number of hours they sit at their desks. 

    During this workshop participants will: 

    • Recognize the benefits of leading based on outcomes and outputs
    • Learn how to transition to an outcome and output based culture
    • Discover a simple model to hold people accountable and track results
    • Find out how to respond to the “fairness” question from poor performers

      Creating a Culture of Accountability 

    If you played back a tape of typical workplace conversations… Would they sound something like this?

    “I just did what you told me to.”

    “Everything’s done but…”

    “You need to talk with ________ because they haven’t gotten me anything.”

    “What am I supposed to do?  I don’t have control over the situation.”

    “It’s not my job!”

    Excuses and blaming others are symptoms of a common organizational issue… the lack of accountability.  And while the idea of holding people accountable for their actions (or lack of action) is not new – there is a new awareness of the link between accountability and employee engagement. 

    When an organization has a culture of accountability:

    • Productivity increases
    • Projects get completed
    • Deadlines are met
    • Employees are more engaged

    This program is designed specifically for leaders that are looking for results.  They want to get rid of the excuses.  They want to move from blaming to collaboration.  And they want a team that is excited about growing and contributing more.    

      Changing Hearts, Minds, and Cultures through Storytelling

    According to Steve Clayton, Microsoft’s Chief Storyteller, “our attention is under attack by data.”  Most of us are exposed to more data before the start of our workday than our grandparents were exposed to over their entire work week.  And data doesn’t fill the needs of today’s workforce to belong and be significant.  Stories do.

    In this interactive session participants will: 

        • Learn the neurological benefits and impact of storytelling
        • Discover where they can find stories
        • Experience how they can tell stories to change hearts, minds and cultures

      Leading Without Leading to Burnout

    Burnout, often called the occupational hazard of the 21st century, is causing profound harm to workers AND the organizations that employ them.  Some companies have responded by providing well-being and resiliency training for their employees. 

    Yes, and.

    Most leaders are completely unaware of how they contribute to employee burnout.  Supporting employees in crisis and teaching mindfulness is important.  Arming leaders with tools to mitigate the root causes of burnout is crucial. 

    During this workshop leaders will: 

    • Discover how “typical” managerial behaviors result in burnout
    • Learn productive ways to respond to employees on the burnout continuum  
    • Identify leadership behaviors that build a culture of resiliency


    Contact Us

    Aveea Partners

    507 Elm Street, West Des Moines Iowa 50265