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Master Effective Communication and Collaboration by Becoming a Certified DiSC Facilitator

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If these past six months have taught us anything, it is the need for effective communication skills especially in a virtual/remote team environment.

Many companies found that people could be productive while working from home, but the challenges of maintaining connection and building trust are becoming more apparent over time.

Some of the challenges we are hearing from clients now include:

  • Trying to recreate the “water cooler” impromptu conversations that tend to happen in a physical work environment or conference
  • Maintaining a culture of teamwork and cohesiveness
  • Onboarding new employees so they feel connected to their team, their leaders, and the culture
  • Getting to know new team members, customers and clients, and building trust with new people in this virtual working world
  • Getting p...
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Our New Capabilities to Help You Navigate the New World of Work

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It goes without saying that the world has changed dramatically for all of us in these last 5 to 6 months.  Many of the well-laid plans we had in place for 2020 were disrupted if not downright demolished.

We have all had to become more resilient, more agile and flexible, and certainly more digital than ever before.  Now that we have been into this crisis for more than a few months, it is apparent that this situation will be a marathon and not a sprint.

In the short-term, many organizations had to put aside their plans to grow and develop their people to deal with the urgent needs of the moment due to the global pandemic. However, not preparing your people to deal effectively with the new world of work is not sustainable. This email outlines just a few of the new, enhanced capabilities we...

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Celebrating Success! A WPDN Panel Discussion | Wednesday July 29 | 11:00 am

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Success is meant to be shared and celebrated. Small successes that lead to bigger successes are something that most women entrepreneurs hope and plan for. This month we are bringing together three, talented long-time WPDN Members, to dive deep into a frank and juicy conversation about “success”. We will explore the different faces and phases of success, staying the “long game” in business, from how they all began to what life looks like now. This conversation is designed to engage and inspire you and lead you to your “next steps.” Bring your journal, a tasty bite, and be ready to participate as we “Celebrate Success”.

Join Laura and the rest of the Women’s Professional Development Network Panel for a Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (EDT...

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Mending the Engagement Gap in Turbulent Times | Watch Our Sponsored On Demand Webinar

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Employee disengagement can be damaging and expensive especially in turbulent, disruptive times. Creating an environment where employees can remain productive and fully engage with their work while operating under uncertainty and high-pressure requires leaders to know their people on a deeper level.

It also requires a commitment to recognize and meet the individual needs of every employee by understanding there is no “one size fits all” solution. When leaders take action to make these circumstances possible, employees are able to stay connected and engagement and productivity increases.

Join me for your complimentary, personalized PXT Select assessment and demo after watching the On Demand Webinar “Mending the Engagement Gap in Turbulent Times.” Laura A...

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Feel Like No One is Hearing You During This Rollercoaster Time?

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Hopefully you caught our first communication about Managing Yourself During a Crisis. As promised, we are providing some helpful guidance on how to Manage Others. One key is to increase the quality and quantity of your conversations.

By now, you have heard someone say that fear is as dangerous as the virus itself as they urge people to stay calm and not panic. In a work setting, rumors, misinformation, and all kinds of worst-case speculation can spread as quickly as a virus. Now more than ever, it is important to overcommunicate with clarity and compassion. Here are some tips to uplevel the quality and quantity of your communications.

First, be authentically human and communicate with transparency.

When internal and external clients—your stakeholders—have confidence in your motives and co...

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Virtual COVID-19 Support: Moving Forward Together & Complimentary/Strategy Sessions

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First, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and well. The purpose of this message is to outline some ways we can help support you and your leaders and teams during this time of disruption.

During this unprecedented situation, fear and confusion abound. To survive and ultimately thrive in a very “business as unusual” scenario, it is important to lean on people who can help you create structure, clarity, focus, and direction.

While you may be most familiar with us as a transformational executive leadership coaching and training firm conducting in-person training and facilitation, we at Laura A. Davis & Associates, Inc. have been coaching and consulting virtually and conducting instructor-led virtual, interactive training sessions for many, many years.

Rest assured tha...

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Unleash the Power of Teamwork

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The Five Behaviors® Personal Development Virtual Showcase

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the way we work is fundamentally changing. Things certainly aren’t slowing down either. To keep up, we need teams that see change as an opportunity instead of a burden. We need individuals with the skills and knowledge it takes to be effective team members. It’s time to rethink teamwork and make the most of the opportunities to collaborate. That’s where The Five Behaviors® Personal Development can provide a solution.

Join me for the virtual showcase, “Unleash the Power of Teamwork,” and learn how The Five Behaviors gives individuals the skills they need to thrive and amplify the work of others in team settings. To sign up for the virtual showcase on Wednesday, March 18, 11 AM Eastern | 10...

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The Mechanics of Conflict

Conflict is an uncomfortable, yet unavoidable part of every workplace.

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That’s not the first time you’ve heard this sentiment from us, and it won’t be the last. Because on the one hand, conflict has the potential to cripple organizational culture. But on the other hand, it can also fuel productivity, problem solving, and innovation. So an in-depth look at what conflict is, common approaches to it, and opportunities for improvement is more than warranted.

Conflict presents itself in many ways—unfortunately, most of them are pretty destructive, and in some instances, even toxic. You’ve probably run into damaging conflict behaviors like passive-aggression, gossiping, stonewalling, or hypercriticismmore than once throughout the course of your career...

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If You Aren’t Stretching, You Aren’t Learning

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“Stability is a shut off switch for your brain.”

This is the central idea of Inc.’s article, “Science Has Just Confirmed That If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You’re Not Learning” written by Jessica Stillman. Her statement is backed by research from Yale University that says brain regions associated with learning basically shut down when we are operating within a predictable pattern. When uncertainty comes into play, our brains snap into learning mode.

“This makes sense,” Stillman writes. “Once you’ve figured out the best way to behave in a given learning environment, learning new techniques or approaches is pointless...

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Simple Ways to Create a Culture of Listening

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When we feel heard, we feel good. Whether you’re the type of person who always speaks their mind or prefers to save their opinions for select instances, we can all agree that we feel valued when people listen to us. Katie Sanders’ article, 6 Ways to Get People to Listen to You (Fast Company) gives the reader tips on ways to command an audience and have your message really land with others.

In a quick snapshot, the points Sanders makes are:

  1. Always be present and prepared
  2. Practice gratitude and empathy towards your audience
  3. Be self-aware of your communication weaknesses
  4. Value silence and pauses when speaking
  5. Ensure follow-ups are timely and intentional
  6. Have faith in yourself as a speaker

While we agree with Sanders’ tips, we also think there’s an opportunity to pause and reframe ...

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