“Louise’s workshop is completely different to anything that the company has done in the past. But oh my! It REALLY worked…..” Louise Searle, Interim HR Director, Visit Britain
Switch Off to Switch On! Creative Leadership Coaching for Teams and Groups: Directors, Senior Managers and Women’s Groups.
Change is an inside job and the management of change creatively is at the heart of Switch Off to Switch On! The creative space, without which no new thinking can emerge, can only be accessed in a relaxed state. I work with innovative SMEs in the public and private sector and Women’s Groups and have, over the years, created ‘Switch Off to Switch On!’ workshop programmes to meet many different briefs.
My signature workshop uses poetry, storytelling, and metaphor to emotionally engage you and switch on your ‘right brain’ integrated with The Golden Wheel Creative Leadership Coaching to provide a safe space in which to explore, examine and experiment and what’s more it’s swift.
It is tailored to the client brief and is delivered as a one-day workshop in a venue or tailored for Zoom; or as part of a bigger programme for managing change. Whatever the situation, participants will:
Clear blocks quickly, safely, and securely
Know how to move forward.
Here are some of the key benefits from switching off stuck thinking, stress, resistance to change – be that for teams or for key groups – and switching on your creativity.
Empower and bond your teams
Greater employee engagement and higher productivity
Release blocks to change
Explore innovation, discover new ideas
Experience emotional engagement
Recover your inner power
Relax, refresh, recharge
For Women’s Groups the overarching outcome is Recovering Your Inner Power where individually and collectively we:
explore and examine inner and external power
look at where each participant is losing inner power
we discover what’s in the way of recovering it, and
transform the issue.
The nourishment of the team spirit is deepened by the co-creation of a group poem where each participant contributes and which I craft later. This demonstrates how the individual’s creativity benefits the whole group and captures the unique creative dynamics of the group. It serves as a reminder of our collective experience of creativity and the outcomes achieved.
The Business of Poetry
Teeming e-mails and nihilistic twitters, that are mere crumbs from the banqueting table of human communication ensure that our minds become so cluttered we become discombobulated. In an attempt to decipher at the speed of the web we cease to listen. In fact, we can’t. Throw in the fact that it is rare to find businesspeople who have been taught to read and write effectively and communication ends up in disarray.
Poetry opens up the ways in which we use language, thinking and requires the art of deep listening. As an art form it is a resource to improve your communications.
A poem will always go to the heart of the matter, transform the global to the personal and make sense of a world that too often rattles the bones of madness. In overwhelm – reach for a poem.
“Working with our own creativity is safe, fun and revealing.”
Thinking this is all a tad woo-woo? Take a look, too, at what Futurologists are predicting about business, society and what we need to be prepared for. Anne Lise Kjaer – Futurologist and Visionary for one is saying that companies will need to be transparent, focused on whole brain thinking, holistic wellbeing and universal awareness. Since we create our futures in the here and now this does mean that companies need to ensure that they are delivering not only their best performance, but the right performance to meet these challenges and change.
Then let me bring in the scientific heavyweights. Brain experts in Arizona, Columbia, London, Montreal, and Oxford have all, by a myriad of different routes, come to the same conclusion. Far from being the lowly, primal seat of suppressed desires and even darker instincts, the unconscious is in fact a sophisticated powerhouse that designs and implements rapid and efficient strategies. Wow, we can have a sophisticated powerhouse on our side: what’s not to like?
 BBC2 (13 March 2012), ‘Horizon’
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Washington, DC: American Psychological Association