A terrific facilitator can make all the difference in producing successful staff trainings and retreats...
After receiving her certification in High and Low Ropes Course Training, Karleen pursued her interests in leadership development through building training initiatives and facilitating leadership workshops and retreats. With her curiosity in group dynamics piqued as she facilitated these workshops and retreats, she began doing additional research on personality types, studying materials such as
William Sheldon's Body and Temperament Types, Jung's Psychological Types, Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers' Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and Lailan Young's The Naked Face.
Working with you to design a personalized training for your staff, Karleen guarantees interaction and enthusiasm from your group as they walk away with a new understanding of how every member
of a group influences positive (and negative) group interaction. Karleen has presented keynotes and facilitated trainings and workshops for national conferences, honor societies, women's groups, volunteer organizations, colleges, and corporations.
Leadership of Seuss
What is the Leadership of Seuss?
The Leadership of Seuss is a workshop that demonstrates the basics of leadership through the eyes of the children's author, Dr. Seuss. Through a series of leadership activities and the introduction of Dr. Seuss stories, participants will discover that leadership can be a simple process; so simple, in fact, that it was taught to us as kids through the writings of Dr. Seuss. This interactive program gives participants a peek into the world of
leadership and offers an understanding of how leadership can be built within an organization with some basic steps.
- What are some of the basic components of leadership?
- How can I build leadership within my group and organization?
- What are the leadership strengths for my group?
- What are the areas of leadership challenge for my group?
- How can I integrate the Leadership of Seuss in my group and organization?
Earth, Wind and Fire
What is Earth, Wind and Fire?
Earth, Wind, and Fire is a workshop that allows participants to assess their personalities and how their personalities affect the way they work and interact with co-workers,
friends, and family. Through a process of discovery, participants will learn more about themselves. Once they identify their personality strengths and challenges, they will be able to assess what types of people create conflict with them. This interactive program gives participants a peek into the world of personalities and offers an understanding of why some people get along so well and others don't.
- What is my work style?
- How does my work style affect my performance - and my co-worker's performance?
- What types of people do I work best with?
What types of people do I tend to clash with?
- What are my strengths?
- What are my areas of challenge?
- What types of people enhance my productivity?
Communication is a workshop that allows participants to assess how their communication style either nurtures or breaks down positive working relationships. This workshop is designed to illustrate how assumptions about what we think we are saying versus what we are actually saying create communication barriers. Through a series of activities and challenges, the group will gain an understanding of the communication process, skills that
facilitate communication, and the barriers to effective communication.
Communication is the cyclical process of sharing ideas, information and feelings. Without effective communication, a group cannot reach its goals
efficiently and effectively. By simulating a communication experience, participants will be able to discover how the communication process works and how they pay a major role in the communication process.
- How can I communicate more effectively with my co-workers?
- How can ineffective communication be alleviated?
- What are some of the underlying causes of communication problems?
- What role does non-verbal behavior play in the communication process?
Physically and emotionally trusting the people you work with is one of the necessary foundations toward developing teamwork and achieving goals. Trust is imperative to creating the synergy needed to establish cooperation and coordination within working teams. Learning to trust one another
in this competitive world isn't easy and it requires more work and understanding than most would think. In an environment of low trust, members tend to be unmotivated and uncommitted; high trust environments, however, foster effective communication, high achievement, and cooperation.
The Trust workshop demonstrates the importance of this cooperation in a work group by showing
participants how their trust in others influences how willing they are to work toward a common goal. Through participation in trust activities and challenges, participants will discover how difficult it is to truly trust their co-workers. With this discovery, participants will break down the anti-trust barriers and begin to build their team.
- How to understand and relate to others' differing trust levels.
- How to build trust in a group.
- Why trust is important in the workplace.
- The difficulty of building trust.
- The joy of success with a trusting team.
- The mechanisms behind trust development.
We are constantly challenged to make decisions in today's quickly changing business environment. Some of the decisions we need to make can be risky, especially those decisions that are
creative and innovative for the organization. The risk taking workshop will allow participants to develop an understanding of how they accept or reject "risky adventures" and how their perception of risk influences their work groups. Experiential learning activities will allow participants to work together to accomplish tasks that, for some, can be a challenging process. This interactive process both mentally and physically challenges participants to achieve success as a group.
- Participants will discover their own risk taking styles and understand how their style influences others as they take risks.
Participants will gain an understanding of intelligent risk taking.
- Participants will appreciate their own risk taking and recognize the importance of risk taking.
- Participants will gain an understanding of the risk taking obstacles and encouragers.
- Participants will explore their perceptions of risk as related to their experience in the risk taking exercise.
- Participants will gain an understanding of what they can do to deal with risk when it makes them
- Participants will explore how they can challenge themselves, and their group, effectively.
Building a successful team begins
with the principle, "Be efficient with things, effective with people. Many groups fall short of the latter portion of that principle. The Team Building workshop stresses the importance of recognizing that people approach work (and life) from different points of view, utilizing different styles and strengths.
The Team Building workshop mentally and physically challenges
participants to bring their team to a higher level of performance. The program is customized for your group, based on the issues, needs, and goals of your group. Participants will learn the importance of team through trying out new ways of working together, observing the results, and processing the experience. Participants will work with their team to solve challenges that require collaboration, communication, and an understanding and recognition of individual strengths and weaknesses. After
the challenges are completed, debriefing and reflection on the activities takes place in order to relate the experiences to the work environment.
Team initiatives and challenges presented to the group will call upon every
member of the team to participate in order to open the doors to self-discovery and team growth. These initiatives are presented to assist participants in feeling more comfortable in their group environment and appreciate the relationship between their co-workers. Participants will begin to gain a sense of accomplishment through cooperation and group cohesion as they progress through the challenges. Principles of creative problem solving, effective brainstorming, generating options, and idea
stacking are introduced and reinforced throughout the team initiatives as participants confront the various challenges. The challenges allow participants to expand their comfort zones - - sometimes dramatically -- and recognize fears that may block personal achievement.
- Understanding the stumbling blocks to building a team.
- Understanding the importance of a team.
- Discovering new ways to work together to accomplish group goals.
- The difficulty of creating team - - and the joy of success after building a team.
- The ability to identify strategies for group improvement.
- Greater enjoyment and satisfaction from collaboration.
Increased productivity and efficiency of work groups.
- Closer working relationships between co-workers.
- Shared understanding of goals and steps to attaining goals.
- Opportunities to celebrate and expand on team successes.