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Community and Adult Programs

For organizations and businesses which want an in-depth learning experience for staff, our custom professional development programs offer a powerful experience. Below is a sample of the professional development sessions provided to other organizations. Peace Learning Center creates special sessions to match your needs. Contact Community Program Director John McShane today for more information or complete a Program Interest Form to get started creating your own Peace Learning Center program.

Click on a title below to learn more about each workshop:

Appreciating Differences and Similarities      Goal:

    Participants will be able to demonstrate an appreciation and value of differences and similarities within the organization and develop the knowledge and skills to lead and participate in diverse teams, organizations, and communities.

Objectives:

    • Identify strategies to understand and appreciate differences and similarities in groups, organizations, and communities
    • Explore concepts of diversity as they directly relate to leading and interacting with others
    • Understand a framework for valuing and appreciating differences
    • Apply knowledge to improve interactions and sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment

Topics will include:

  • Framework for appreciating differences
  • Attitudes toward differences
  • Appreciating differences mindset
  • Moving from tolerance to appreciation

Sample Agenda:

Understand, Drive, and Implement Change

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify an actual organizational change to assess
  • Understand the four phases of change
  • Assess one’s current stage in the change process
  • Identify both productive and nonproductive change behaviors
  • Establish positive strategies for coping with change

The old adage “the only thing constant is change” has never been more true than it is in today’s work world. Factors such as the economy, technological advancements and customer demands require organizations and individuals to act quickly to adjust and innovate. Our group workshop will help team members and individuals understand their response to change, confront challenges and successfully move through the four change phases: Denial, Resistance, Exploration and Commitment.

Positively strengthen morale, build trust and increase productivity as you use this tool to support each other through the change process. This workshop is ideal for intact working teams and is also a very insightful experience for individuals and small groups confronting organizational or lifestyle change.

Understanding Your Personality Style

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify an individual’s dominant personality style
  • Learn about the 16 different personality styles
  • Discover the characteristics, strengths, and potential blind spots of each style
  • Understand how each style interacts with the others—and how to improve these relationships
  • Discover what types of tasks are suited—or not suited—to each personality style
  • Develop an action plan to improve performance and relationships with others

Self-understanding is a necessary prerequisite for learning, growth, getting along with others, and building a more peaceful work environment. Without it, no amount of formal learning or on-the-job experience will enable people to reach their full potential or improve their relationships with peers, coworkers, team members, and managers. Blind to their own behavioral patterns, people sometimes trip over themselves in the same old ways, making the same mistakes.

The Personality Style Workshop includes an accurate, statistically reliable personality-style assessment and interactive facilitated dialogue session which reveals each participant’s dominant personality style and sheds useful light on the critical question: “Why do I behave the way I do?”

Based on Carl Jung’s well-known personality theory, the assessment identifies deep-seated style preferences along four paired dimensions:

  • Extraversion or Introversion
  • Sensing or Intuiting
  • Thinking or Feeling
  • Perceiving or Judging

Workshop participants gain greater insight into their personality preferences and personal choices, making it easier for them to recognize how they think, act, and feel. This knowledge allows them to improve their communication, team work, leadership, and interpersonal relationships. Thus, creating a more effective organization.

Understanding and Managing Conflict Challenges and Strategies

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the different ways in which people typically react to conflict
  • Identify one’s own preferred strategies for managing conflict
  • Gain an understanding of the five basic strategies for handling conflict
  • Create a plan for coping with future conflicts

Conflict is inevitable in every aspect of life. It’s an individual’s approach to coping with it that impacts his or her ability to achieve a beneficial resolution. The Understanding Conflict Challenges and Strategies Workshop is designed to address the challenge of conflict management. As participants work through 10 hypothetical workplace scenarios, they will attain an understanding of the five basic strategies for dealing with conflict and identify their personal conflict management preferences. Finally, they will take steps to apply the tactics they’ve learned in existing or future conflicts.

Five Conflict Strategies:

  • Avoiding: Staying away from or withdrawing from a conflict.
  • Smoothing: Giving in to the other party and ignoring one’s own goals.
  • Competing: Forcing an issue to one’s own way.
  • Compromising: Giving in on one need in order to get another satisfied.
  • Integrating: Focusing on one mutually satisfying outcome.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Workshop

“Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.”
~ Patrick Lencioni

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what’s expected of a cohesive team
  • Measure the degree to which teams meet their expectations
  • Take steps toward building trust and resolving conflict
  • Develop a plan to improve commitment, accountability, and results

Learn and practice the same team-building lessons Patrick Lencioni himself has delivered to hundreds of organizations. Based on his New York Times bestseller, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team workshop addresses the obstacles that prevent even the best teams from succeeding:

  1. Absence of Trust
  2. Fear of Conflict
  3. Lack of Commitment
  4. Avoidance of Accountability
  5. Inattention to Results

This combination assessment, workbook, and workshop is the tool that will help your team achieve greater cohesiveness and productivity.

Leadership Challenge and the Leadership Practices Inventory

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand that effective leadership skills can be learned
  • Measure leadership competencies
  • Learn the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Model
  • Discover how to apply practices to organizational challenges

The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) approaches leadership as a measurable and learnable set of behaviors. Developed by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, this well-known 360-degree assessment tool and workshop helps individuals measure their leadership competencies and learn how to apply the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership to real-life organizational challenges.

The newly revised LPI offers in-depth, precise results. The Scoring Software produces a detailed Feedback Report for each participant and has the capability to save data for score comparisons over multiple administrations. Designed to be user-friendly, the updated Participant’s Workbook quickly takes participants to the heart and soul of their Feedback Report. And the new Leadership Development Planner can be used over several months of coaching sessions.

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Include:

  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart

Team Building Survival Simulations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between Cohesive, Fragmented, and Divergent teams
  • Learn and practice nine key elements of effective teamwork
  • Experience vital group-process skills
  • Demonstrate the balance between planning and implementation
  • Recognize the impact of individual behavior on group productivity
  • Establish action-planning steps for improved team performance

Fully immersed in survival scenarios, teams are challenged to work with and for each other. The hands-on activities enable participants to discover and practice critical group-process skills such as team planning, problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution. Before they know it, participants will gain first-hand knowledge about the differences between a cohesive team and one that’s Fragmented or Divergent.

Stranded in a remote and challenging environment, teams are challenged to overcome difficult obstacles and model teamwork and collaboration skills in order to survive. Starting with a planning phase, they discuss how to execute the project, devise a strategy, and guarantee their survival.

Simulations can include:

  • Jungle adventures. Click here to see a sample challenge.
  • Space adventures
  • Desert adventures
  • Isolated island adventures
  • Advanced custom-designed Eagle Creek Park adventures