Stewart Levine is a creative problem solver.
He is widely recognized for creating agreement and empowerment
in the most challenging circumstances. He improves productivity
while saving the enormous cost of conflict. His innovative work
with "Agreements for Results' and his "Resolutionary"
conversational models are unique.
As a practicing lawyer he realized that fighting was a very ineffective
way of resolving problems. As a marketing executive for AT&T
he saw that the reason collaborations fall apart is that people
do not spend the time at the beginning of new working relationships
to create clarity about what they want to accomplish together,
and how they will get there.
This is true for employment relationships, teams, joint ventures
and all members of any virtual team. As a result of his observations
he designed conversational models that create "Agreements
for Results," and a quick return to productivity when those
working relationships break down.
He uses his approach to form teams and joint ventures in a variety
of situations. He works with individuals, couples, partners, small
and large organizations of all kinds. His models for problem solving,
collaboration and conflict resolution were endorsed by the house
He has worked for American Express; Chevron; ConAgra; DC Government;
EDS; General Motors; Honda; Kaiser; NASA; Oracle; Safeco; University
of San Francisco; U.S.Depts. of Agriculture and the Navy. His
book “Getting to Resolution: Turning Conflict into Collaboration”
(Berrett- Koehler 1998) was an Executive Book Club Selection;
Featured by Executive Book Summaries; named one of the 30 Best
Business Books of 1998; and called "a marvelous book"
by Dr. Stephen Covey. It has been translated into Russian, Hebrew
"The Book of Agreement" (Berrett- Koehler 2003) has
been endorsed by many thought leaders. It has been hailed as "more
practical" than the classic "Getting to Yes" and
named one of the best books of 2003 by CEO Refresher.
Stewart is an instructor for the American Management Association
and IBI Global. He has delivered programs for Career Track; Fred
Pryor Seminars; Esalen Institute; HR.com; and the American Bar
Association. "The Cycle of Resolution" has just been
selected for inclusion in the Second Edition of "The Change
Getting to Resolution
Conflicts cost organizations billions of dollars each year in
diminished productivity and litigation fees, plus the emotional
drain and the loss of trust in essential relationships. Most people
avoid dealing with conflict until it is acute because they never
learned how to get to the core of the matter and create win/win
from all viewpoints.
* Identifying the real costs of conflict
* The Cycle of Resolution
* Learning the Seven Steps to resolution
* Developing the Attitude of Resolution
Managing by Agreement: the new MBA
We often waste time and end up in conflict with people we need
to work closely with. We never learned how to craft effective
agreements that specify what we're doing together.
* Learning the ten essential elements of effective agreements
* Beginning with a vision of where you're going
* Creating deep and satisfying partnerships
* Acquiring tools that allow you to stay productive
The Effective Leader
Leaders create the context in which others thrive. Learn how
* Tap the natural genius of those you work with
* Resolve ambiguity
* Communicate effectively
* Inspire and motivate
Hi-Speed Collaboration: The Miracle of Agreements for
Collaboration is the source of all productivity. This program
will give you the tools to quickly establish a joint vision and
create a road-map to the results you want. It will get you on
track together, and enable you to stay on track.
* 10 Essential Elements of Agreements for Results
* The Power of "AND" over "OR"
* Have all the Steps in Place
* Resolving conflict with a new agreement
The Power of Request: Productivity Beyond Expectation
All accomplishment begins with a request. The trick is to make
requests that are irresistible
* How to make requests people say yes
* How to move from yes to making the request come alive
* Turning requests into agreements
Team Requires Clarity: Building the High Performance
To build a high performance organization you can't have any loose
bolts. This program will tighten every bolt, and show you how
to keep them tight.
* Team defined: Are you really a team?
* Resolution and Agreement
* The value of Instant Feedback
* Falling in Love with Teammates
The Art of Negotiating: Crafting Win/Win Agreements
Life is one large negotiation – both personal and professional.
people think that negotiation is something you need to win while
loses. They fail to recognize what the most powerful negotiators
* How to craft win / win agreements
* The importance of leaving something on the table
* Developing the most powerful negotiating tool
Technical Skills To Management Excellence: Making the
Organizations often promote their top performing technical people
management roles without proper training or orientation even though
skill set required to succeed as a manager is just the opposite
of what it
took to succeed as an accountant, programmer, designer or lawyer.
* How to refocus your attention for success
* Using your strengths to succeed
* Getting it done through others
* Delegation – what, why, how
* Avoiding the common traps
Executive Retreats - Finish Quickly, Enjoy the Time
Quickly discover what needs to be done to get you where you want
to be and design the path to it. Providing the right context that
engages contribution is a key to desired outcomes.
* Mission, Vision,
* Agreement for Results
Designing and Facilitating Large Meetings that Work
Move your large group through critical meetings by keeping them
engaged, empowered and entertained as they learn. There is definitely
an art to designing the kind of experience that generates the
outcome you want. I will work with the best to make that happen.
Saving the Real Cost of Conflict - Stop "Stewing"
and Start Talking
Moving people to engagement from posturing by teaching them how
to ask them the right questions of themselves and others
* Four Fold Way
* Assessing Risk
* Assessing real cost
* Designing the Process
Positive Attitude - Get It, Keep It and Work It
Knowing what to think and learning how to continue thinking it
* Using your brain for change
* Installing new software
* Keeping the goal in sight
Management / Employee Development - Core Skills Essential
These common skills that cut across all learning silos will improve
satisfaction and productivity
* Bottom Line Communication
* Taking command no matter what
* Managing Expectations
Solution Development - Focusing on Results Not Problems
Leave problems behind you by focusing on desired results instead
of the past
* What problems really cost
* Getting Creative
* The Power of Vision as a Motivator that Pulls