Kick Off Program and Roundtable – Disrupting Unconscious Gender Bias, a Primer for Men and Women. (February 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. -Noon)
Meet and greet cohort members and receive and in-depth overview of the program requirements. Join this informative and evocative workshop facilitated by Jeffery Tobias Halter of YWomen, a Strategic Consulting Company focused on “Helping Men (i.e. Y Chromosomes) and Women to Understand and Unleash the Power of Women in Organizations.”
Receive your program passport, journal, a copy of Dare to Lead book by Brene Brown, and more.
Stories We Live – Storytelling and Inclusive Leaders Dialogue - 2 Credits (Required) - February
Experience how stories shape us, improve our social intelligence, and relational abilities. Join this two-hour lab to exchange personal narratives from your life or leadership experiences in a non-judgmental space. Stories may be those that have shaped your identity, inform the way you lead, or highlight a diversity moment in your journey from inclusion to exclusion or exclusion to inclusion. Requires pre-work to listen to at least one 4-6 minute story. Then draft a story that can be read or told in 3-4 minutes. Come prepared to read or tell a story in an intimate circle of story listeners and story coaches. Work with story coaches to excavate details, boost your creativity, and refine your story. Stories may emerge for publishing in the Institutes’ growing digital story library.
INCLUDE E-Learning, 1.5 Credits (Required) - February
Complete three e-learning study modules. Neuroscience research shows that our social behavior is governed by an organizing principle of minimizing threat and maximizing reward. By understanding common factors that can activate a reward or threat response in social situations, leaders can communicate more effectively and create an inclusive work environment. Learn to engage diverse employees and ensure they feel respected, valued and included and more. Utilize practice tools from the Neuroleadership Institute to actively support inclusion in everyday conversations based on the SCARF® Model.
Week 1, Module 1, Find Common Ground
Week 2, Module 2, Lift People Up
Week 3, Module 3, Help Create Clarity
INCLUDE Webinar, 1 Credit (Required) - March
The INCLUDE 60-minute interactive webinar will review key concepts from your three weeks of study on the INCLUDE Modules. You will learn to use decision guides that support inclusive behaviors in-person, in virtual meetings, and otherwise to improve psychological safety in the work environment.
DECIDE: The Neuroscience of Breaking Bias 1.5 Credits (Required)
The program focuses on teaching individuals to label types of unconscious bias, and to leverage strategies to mitigate the bias that naturally impacts the way we interpret information.Decide outlines the 5 major categories of unconscious bias that interfere with people and business decisions, organized into the SEEDS Model®.
Week 1, Module 1, Bias and the Brain
Week 2, Module 2, People Decisions
Week 3, Module 3, Business Decisions
DECIDE Webinar 1 Credit (Required) - April
The Decide 60-minute interactive webinar will review key concepts from your three weeks of study on the SEEDS Module®. Review and reinforce concepts for reducing bias in critical decisions and to take preventative measures that remove the triggers for bias.
Wisdom Labs (Two Hours Each)
Resilience Wisdom Lab - 2 Credits (Elective) - February
During this creative lab, facilitated by Certified Daring Way Facilitators, participants will learn the story-driven, Rising Strong Process™ based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D. Identify ways to transcend fear, disconnection, isolation, and scarcity thinking through challenge, change, or setback. Increase personal resilience, create stronger connections with others, exude realistic optimism, and improve your ability to achieve your goals.
Leading Bravely through the Art of Empathy and Self-Compassion™ 2 Credits (Elective) - March
Empathy is a fundamental social skill that helps us to feel and understand the emotions, circumstances, intentions, thoughts, and needs of others. The greater our practice of self-compassion, the better our ability to extend empathy to others. When exercising empathy, we offer perceptive and appropriate communication to others. Learn discrete steps to exercise calm, skillful, empathetic responses that generate good will and model interpersonal effectiveness.
Identity Cores, Self-Acceptance, and the Power of Authenticity Wisdom Lab 2 Credits (Elective) - March
Discover the power of choosing authenticity. In this deeply reflective engaging dialogue, presence fully, who you are, how you show up with people, and the impact you have on others. You’ll reflect upon your natural traits, chosen ones, and core values. Reflect on the degree to which you honor who you are and what aspects of your identity you play down or don’t disclose. Notice what the impact of not bringing your full authentic self to work has on you. Learn the impact of this phenomenon on the work environment and tactics for modeling authenticity and fostering a sense of belonging among your direct reports.
Mitigating Unconscious Bias Wisdom Lab - 2 Credits (Elective) - March
In a hyper-connected world where poor decisions can multiply like a chain reaction, breaking free of unhelpful bias has never been more urgent or important – for individuals, teams, and organizations. You can’t manage for bias in the moment you are making a decision. You must design practices and processes in advance. Preventative measures can support you and your team in identifying and mitigating bias before it undermines decisions. This fast-paced lab provides an opportunity to review best practices for mitigating bias in a safe environment for practicing easy-to-use techniques.
Group Coaching Sessions (90 Minutes Each)
Stories We Live Leadership/Diversity Story Writing Lab – 1 Credit (Required) - February or March or April
Participants should bring a story or story idea they have been inspired to create as a result of participating in a story workshop earlier this year. Through journaling, the use of diversity story writing prompts and other tools finish writing a 3-5 minute story. Refine one of the stories you have already begun writing. Story coaches will be available to work with individuals who’d like to engage in reflective writing time. Stay for 30 minutes, one hour, or the whole 90 minutes.
Micromessages and Unconscious Bias Group Coaching - 1.5 Credits (Elective) - April
Behaviors set the tone for the organizational culture, sub-cultures, and climate. In this session, participants will reflect on principles of authentic conversation and review a variety of micromessages to discover blind spots. Generate self-insights about how small things we do exert a positive or negative impact on others.
Emotional Intelligence Group Coaching – 2 Credits (Elective) - April
Identify personal saboteurs and limiting beliefs to avoid self-sabotage and mercilessly judging yourself over perceived inadequacies or mistakes. Engender greater self-compassion, strengthen emotional fluency and efficacy to achieve greater success in work and life. Requires pre-work to take a 20-minute Saboteur assessment which will be debriefed in this session.
Mitigating Unconscious Bias Through Self-Acceptance, Bias-Resilience™ & Story Group Coaching – 1.5 Credits (Elective) - April
Leaders learn to increase connection, create psychological safety and inclusive workplaces where diverse employees experience belonging, and therefore become more productive. During this session, leaders:
- reckon with the truth of bias as well as common fears and feelings we all have when discussing bias
- examine their unique “in-group” and “out-group” identities, and bias blind-spots and triggers
- learn how to rise from existing stories, scripts and beliefs to increase psychological safety using the Rising StrongTM process based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D
- identify additional evidence-based techniques to mitigate bias
Leadership Legacies: The Importance of Connection, Power, and Wholehearted Leadership Dialogue – 2 Credits (Required) - May
Join this trending conversation to explore whether you are positioned to leave the leadership legacy you intend. Learn the impact that power naturally has on people, and the challenge created by the “why and how” of power traps. Hear cautionary tales to prevent derailment. Gain insights on wholehearted humanistic behaviors to foster inclusive and engaging workspaces.
Participate in this interactive, self-affirming conversation, where leaders:
- reflect on their accomplishments and who they are
- identify triggers and armor which may derail or impede success
- translate awareness into action from the head, through the heart, to the hands
- learn how to practice wholehearted leadership
Dare to Lead (Required)
Book - Read along and assigned workbook exercises between February 5th and April 30th (Prerequisite for Leadership Legacies dialogue participation in May). Reading partners, small circles and discussion groups are encouraged. Periodically post questions and comments for reactions on Inclusive Leaders Facebook page.)
Approved Alternative Activities - Spring 2019
Fierce Generations - 2 Credits (Elective) - April
Fierce generations is a three-hour workshop that teaches leaders how to effectively recruit, retain, and motivate a multi-generational workforce. “Through the beach ball method,” Participants will learn to embrace similarities between diverse groups creating an atmosphere for inclusion and appreciation. Every individual holds their own piece of the truth and views reality in their own context. Practice perspective taking and learning to leverage talents of a multi-generational workforce to arrive at the best decisions for the team. Productively move conversations forward and enrich team relationships.
Welcoming Diversity in the Workplace: Prejudice Reduction Workshop - 2 Credits (Elective) - May
Every human being has the capacity to discriminate and be discriminated against, and every individual’s behavior impacts the workplace environment. This one-day course helps to reduce prejudice in the workplace by assisting individuals: identifying the information and misinformation we learned about other groups; identify and express pride in the group(s) to which we belong; learn how groups, other than our own, experience mistreatment; learn the personal impact of specific incidents of discrimination; and learn how to interrupt prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs.