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Insight Series

Using emerging knowledge of the brain to re-think how you manage and lead

By better understanding your brain, what if you could...

· Become a more effective, authentic and results-oriented leader?
· Expand your thinking skills to better communicate, solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflicts, negotiate, sell, and more?
· Learn skills and a process that will allow you to use more of your brain to better collaborate with others to solve your team’s most complex problems?
· Tap into your ‘visual’ brain to expand your perspectives and talk more authentically?
· Overcome others’ resistance to change?
· Empower teams to better work together by understanding the social nature of the brain?
· Develop greater emotional resilience by controlling the brain’s unconscious emotional processing? 
· Create work environments more conductive to creativity and innovation?

This series of four powerful workshops links emerging knowledge of the brain to management and leadership and exposes the disconnect between what neuroscience knows and current management practices. By better understanding how the human brain works, it is possible to better control your mental processes in order to become a more effective leader.

This Insight Series inclues four workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

Brain & Leadership: September 29-30

Applying emerging knowledge of the brain to improve your leadership skills



The exciting field of neuroscience is revealing new insights into the brain that are challenging how we lead and manage individuals, teams and organizations. Emerging knowledge of the brain is helping us better understand how to motivate and increase the productivity of workers – increasing an organization’s ability to attract and retain top talent. This innovative, one-of-a-kind workshop, which is the core workshop in this Insight Series, will present some of the most recent findings about the brain together with implications for managing and leading employees. The workshop will challenge many current management practices by presenting relevant research on the social and emotional nature of the brain. Participants will exchange ideas and gain insight into how to overcome the brain’s natural tendency to resist change and will learn how to create the ideal conditions to help employees innovate.
 


Objectives
At the end of this workshop participants should be able to understand:
· How the brain functions and why this is relevant for leadership development
· The need to build a work culture that challenges employees while respecting their innate human needs and motivations
· The concept of whole brain thinking and how to broaden one’s thinking skills
· The social nature of the brain and its relevance to leading others to work together
· Five fundamental human drives essential to human motivation
· The emotional nature of the brain and how to develop all-important trust in the organization’s work culture
· How to create a work environment conductive to solving complex problems and innovating
· The brain’s tendency to resist change and how to overcome this natural tendency

Topics Covered

· Neuroscience principles as applied to management and leadership
· The Brain’s Organizing Principle
· Managing a team’s stress level as a basic leadership necessity
· An overview of Whole Brain Thinking™
· How to broaden one’s individual thinking style
· How to lead and coach others based on the social nature of the brain
· Five fundamental brain-based motivational drivers
· Understanding the true emotional nature of the brain
· The importance of visual stimuli to the brain and how this is related to building trust and relationships
· An overview of the Points of You™ coaching & team-building process
· An overview of the Simplexity™ Thinking Process and expanding one’s ability to think in greater depth
· How to unleash creativity by stimulating the brain via physical acts such as building things
· Understanding the brain’s natural resistance to change and how to break bad habits

Guest speaker: Dr. Sarah Roberts, Assistant Director, MindSpace Clinic



Individual Workshop Fee: $895

Authentic Leadership: October 28-29

Applying emerging knowledge of the brain to discover your leadership purpose

The objective of the Authentic Leadership workshop is to help each participant discover and tell his/her authentic leadership story, define his/her leadership purpose and apply the latter to a leadership-oriented project within his/her organization. The primary material to be used during this phase is a modern and proven leadership development approach and tool called Points of You™.  It helps generate new perspectives, greater depth of thinking and authentic conversations that achieve concrete business results. Points of You™ has gained international acceptance and credibility and is an exciting advance in adult education and leadership development. The key brain concept leveraged during the Authentic Leadership workshop is the finding that evocative visual stimuli ‘light up’ more of the brain’s regions to enable individuals to better understand, tell and gain important insights from their personal leadership stories. Each participant will receive a Points of You™ kit and will use it during the workshop.

Individual Workshop Fee: $895

Complex Problem-Solving: November 24-25

Applying Your Brain’s Resources to Solve Complex Problems

The problems faced by managers in organizations today are very complex and beyond the capability of any one individual or team to solve. The complexity of many of today’s organizational problems and issues therefore demands new processes and the development of deep thinking skills. The Complex Problem Solving workshop will focus on equipping participants with tools, processes, skills and methods to help them resolve their organization’s most complex problems. The workshop will introduce participants to the Simplexity™ Complex Problem-Solving process, which utilizes a methodology that enhances each individual’s ability to think in greater depth. Repeated questioning allows each individual to ‘drill down’ into his/her implicit memory to connect mental maps that are the core of the innovation process. This complex problem-solving process then encourages team members to express themselves, build off each other’s ideas and collaborate to resolve tough problems. Simplexity™ helps individuals and teams identify and prioritize real problems (as opposed to their symptoms), generate original solutions and overcome common obstacles to implementation.

Individual Workshop Fee: 
$895

Balanced Thinking Skills: December 15-16

Applying emerging knowledge of the brain to broaden your thinking skills

One of the most critical business skills is the ability to have a well-balanced thinking style when solving problems, making decisions, communicating and leading others. Understanding the limitations of one’s individual thinking style, while recognizing the different thinking styles of others, is a critical step in developing oneself as an effective manager and leader. This workshop, based on the work of the renowned Herrmann Institute in North Carolina, will help participants better understand and broaden their individual thinking styles – becoming better communicators, decision-makers and leaders in the process. Ned Herrmann, founder of the Herrmann Institute, was a pioneer in early brain research that has helped managers all over the world increase their ability to think in a broader, “whole brain” manner. The focus of the workshop is to provide each participant with individual feedback on their unique thinking style and personal needs and the corresponding impact on their leadership style.

Objectives
•To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to communications.
•To better relate the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument and the concept of whole brain thinking to oneself and the leadership/management role.
•To better understand how differences in thinking styles can result in conflict.
•To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to leadership and one’s personal leadership style.
•To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to problem solving and decision-making.
•To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to teamwork.
•To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to giving feedback to people with different thinking styles.
•To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to strategic planning.
•To understand one’s personal needs and how they relate to one’s leadership style.
•To help participants understand the Johari Window and how others might perceive them.
 
Topics Covered
•Whole brain, balanced thinking,
•Individual needs
•Leadership
•Communication
•Conflict resolution
•Giving and receiving feedback
•Problem solving and decision making

Individual Workshop Fee: $995


Fee for the complete series: $2,995 plus applicable taxes


Who should attend

Professionals wishing to grow as leaders by understanding and applying neuroscience concepts to enhance their ability to lead.


Registration

Click here to register.

McGill Alumni and current McGill students benefit from special rates: Click here to register.

OIQ Members: Click here to register.


Facilitator

Robert Paris, MBA

The series will be facilitated by Robert Paris, one of the first and very few professionals in Canada who have earned their Certificate in the Foundations of Neuroleadership from the Neuroleadership Institute led by Dr. David Rock.

Robert has developed a reputation as a pioneer in using neuroscience-supported tools and processes that challenge current management practices that date back over 50 years.  Robert has 35 years combined practical management and consulting experience that spans 5 continents. He has 15 years of results-oriented management experience at blue chip companies such as Johnson & Johnson and has an established track record of successfully designing and facilitating management, leadership, team-building and coaching programs that give organizations a long term, sustainable competitive advantage. Robert is an exceptionally engaging executive coach whose advice is highly valued by CEOs, other C-Suite executives, middle managers and first-time supervisors

Robert has 25 years teaching experience at McGill University. He currently lectures at McGill’s School of Continuing Studies and is certified in the Foundations of Neuroleadership, Points of You™ Leadership & Coaching, Whole Brain Thinking™ and Simplexity™ Complex Problem-Solving. Robert’s dynamic personality, business and academic experience and use of 21st century leadership and coaching tools place him among the leaders in corporate training and development programs.


Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.


Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca