Leadership Conversations From Purpose to Impact

Leadership Conversations From Purpose to Impact

Dr Dean Williams

11 - 12 Jan 2021 | 09:00AM - 05:00PM

Online via Zoom

Join Dr Dean Williams as he distils the communicative art of problem solving, facilitating change, and getting things done through people into tangible, actionable steps.

Programme Overview

As you observe life in organisations across all sectors, what you will see are your people engaged in multiple unfolding conversations; conversations between individuals, in teams, between divisions and with various stakeholders.

The productivity of organisational performance is, therefore, a direct reflection of the quality of the communication and conversation that constitutes the team or organisation, especially as it pertains to the design and implementation of core strategies, dealing with difficult problems, and responding to the demands of a changing environment.

Real leadership requires producing and managing a network of conversations that become the pathways for the facilitation of adaptive work and the accomplishment of breakthrough results. As a “conversation manager", the leader speaks and listens in a way as to maximise understanding, minimise distortion, and promote shared learning. These leaders also work with others to clarify their positions, test their assumptions, and produce a richer understanding of challenges and to foster stronger partnerships and agreements.

Based on Dr Dean Williams deep appreciation of the Asian culture and commitment to personal leadership development, he will work with you to generate insights about your actions, predilections, and possible blind-spots, distilling the key principles of successful organisational communication into practical skills and tips for leaders, like you, to move your conversations from purpose to impact.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, you will learn how to:

1. Develop your conversational and communication capacity so that you can better exercise leadership and mobilise individuals and groups to tackle problems, learn from error, and achieve breakthrough results.
2. Converse more powerfully with others to resolve differences and address troubling issues and concerns.
3. Generate healthy partnerships and enrol others as contributors to important programs and initiatives.
4. Use leadership conversations to advance the adaptive work of change.

Programme Trainer

Dr Dean Williams taught leadership and change management at Harvard for two decades and was the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence. He was also a graduate student at Harvard for eight years where he immersed himself in the study and research of human development, problem solving, and organisational performance.

Dean has taught thousands of students and consulted companies and governments all over the world, including several presidents and prime ministers. He is the author of two popular books, namely Real Leadership: How to Help People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges, and Leadership for a Fractured World: How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change.

For more than a decade he has led Social Leadership Singapore, an important programme bringing leaders from government, business and the social sector together to share experiences and build leadership capacity to address the nation’s social challenges. Over the last 12 years, Dean has trained more than 1200 leaders from the public, private and civic society sectors in Singapore and his work has been consistently rated as both excellent and outstanding. He has also conducted customised, in-house leadership development interventions for senior management teams in Singapore. In partnership with Civil Service College since 2018, Dean designed and led The Art of Leadership: Crossing Boundaries, Building Bridges, and Leading Change programme for the senior leaders in the civil service focusing on leading organisational change. He has also twice served as a visiting professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.

Originally from Australia, he served as a faculty member at Harvard University for nearly two decades, based at the Center for Public Leadership. In recognition of his teaching, he regularly received “the most influential course award,” and was also the recipient of the university’s prestigious Carballo Award for teaching excellence and contribution.

He earned both Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Harvard, specializing in leadership studies, consulting psychology, and organizational change. His dissertation was on the leadership development process at the Matsushita Seikei-juku in Japan. Dean has consulted, lectured, and led workshops all over the world with companies, governments, and educational institution.

Some of the long-term projects he has been a part of include: Consulting on the implementation of the “High Commitment Work System” model of change at Aetna Life and Casualty; leading the four year organisational transformation process at Suncorp Australia; building the senior leadership capacity of M&T Bank in New York; serving as the lead consultant for the comprehensive reform of the state educational system of Queensland, Australia; consulting for organisational culture change at the New York Times; facilitating the reform of the public service of Brunei as an advisor with the Harvard Institute of International Development; coaching the top political leaders of East Timor in the transition to an independent and functioning nation; assessing the adaptive challenges facing government and local communities in Myanmar; for six years serving as chief advisor to the President of Madagascar in leading one of the most innovative reform processes in Africa; and for eight years directing the Global Change Agent executive education program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

In his early years, Dean’s first job was as a factory worker at Ford Motor Company and later as a junior executive with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, based at the state’s coal mines and power plants. He also spent two years in Japan studying Japanese culture and language, and another two years as a consultant with the National Productivity Board of Singapore. He also spent two years in Borneo studying tribal groups and their adaptive capacity, living for a time with the nomadic Penan tribe. He continues to work with businesses, governments, and institutions around the world on building leadership capacity to respond to the demands of leading in a complex world.

Dr Dean Williams

 

Programme Conduct

The workshop is split into 12 sessions, namely:

Session 1: THE PROBLEM AND THE CHALLENGE
How communication in the organisational drift produces a limited learning system and impedes the accomplishment of desired results.

Session 2: LEARNING CONVERSATIONS
How to generate a high-performance learning system that promotes shared learning, better problem solving, and an increase in individual and group commitment and responsibility.

Session 3: CASE STUDY
Space Man: Lessons from NASA

Session 4: SMALL GROUP CONSULTATIONS
Participants work in small groups and consult with each other on individual cases from their work environment.

Session 5: ASPIRATIONAL CONVERSATIONS
How to converse with others to generate a compelling sense of possibility and a desired future.

Session 6: CONVERSATIONS FOR ACTION
How to converse with others to enrol them, generate partnership, and increase the strength of their commitment.

Session 7: BRIDGE BUILDING CONVERSATIONS
How to address conflict and resolve differences.

Session 8: SMALL GROUP CONSULTATIONS
Participants work in small groups and consult with each other on individual cases from their work environment.

Session 9: CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS
How to harness the power of diversity and use a mixed, diverse group for creative problem solving and innovation.

Session 10: BREAKDOWN CONVERSATIONS
How to take breakdowns, mistakes and failures and turn them into learning conversations to produce breakthrough results.

Session 11: SMALL GROUP CONSULTATIONS
Participants work in small groups and consult with each other on individual cases from their work environment.

Session 12: REFLECTIVE CONVERSATIONS
How to converse with the self and partners to learn about the effectiveness of your strategies, style, approach and interventions, and to be able to make modifications and mid-course corrections.

Programme Fees

INDIVIDUAL

S$2,500

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

CLOSES 11 DEC

S$2,200 FOR 1
S$6,000 FOR 3

GROUP DISCOUNT

S$6,600 FOR 3 PAX

APPLICABLE AFTER 12 DEC

*All programme fees subject to prevailing GST

Price includes 2 days training and materials.

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