2024 GovFollowMyLead Program™ 

Grow, Thrive and Lead in the Public Sector

Highlights of our Program

Our comprehensive 2024 GovFollowMyLead Program is tailored for all professionals committed to public service, aiming to cultivate both personal and professional development while strengthening leadership skills within the distinctive context of the public sector.

Participants embark on a journey of self-discovery, guided by expert speakers and facilitators. The 2024 GovFollowMyLead Program delves into multiple topics that are carefully cultivated to foster personal growth and to help participants succeed and thrive in the workplace, including essential leadership competencies, emphasizing adaptability, strategic thinking, and effective decision-making. Through immersive workshops, the newly created Guided Practicum and the small group Mentorship Huddles, participants gain practical insights in how to navigate complex challenges that they can apply directly to their roles, driving tangible results in their respective government positions.

A key highlight of the 2024 GovFollowMyLead Program is the emphasis on fostering diversity and inclusion. Recognizing the value of diverse perspectives, our program cultivates an environment where everyone collaborates seamlessly, leveraging their collective strengths to drive innovation and excellence in their workplace. By combining comprehensive leadership training, mentorship, and a commitment to diversity, this program equips participants to not only thrive in the unique public sector workplace but also contribute meaningfully to the advancement of their organizations and the communities they serve.

We welcome all genders

From 2020-2023, our Follow My Lead Programs have been opened only for participation by women and those who identified themselves as women. For the 2024 GovFollowMyLead Program, we are expanding our program to include all genders. Our reasoning for opening our Program to everyone is rooted in a commitment to fostering a truly inclusive workplace culture. Recognizing that gender equality is a shared responsibility, we have broadened our initiative to empower both women and men in the workplace. By embracing diversity and inclusivity, we aim to create an environment where individuals of all genders can collaborate, learn from each other, and collectively contribute to a more equitable and effective professional landscape. Including all genders in our 2024 GovFollowMyLead Program is a strategic move to break down traditional gender stereotypes and encourage collaboration across diverse perspectives. We wish to have everyone understand the unique challenges that different genders may face in the workplace, we promote a deeper understanding of gender dynamics and create a more empathetic and supportive work environment for everyone. By offering a program that addresses the needs and aspirations of all genders, we enhance the overall effectiveness and impact of our initiative, fostering a workplace culture that values the strengths and contributions of every individual, regardless of gender, resulting in a more robust, dynamic, and successful workplace for everyone involved.

Registration Information

Please note that separate registration and fee for the 2024 GovFollowMyLead Program is required to attend the Program (whether you are a Community Member or Premium Member of The Koa Club). Registration fee for the 10-month 2024 GovFollowMyLead Program is $795 per person. Details of the 2024 GovFollowMyLead Program are described below. To register, click on the registration button below.

The GovFollowMyLead™ Program is designed to:

  • Strengthen the leadership, personal and workplace skills of professionals in the public sector so they can build the confidence to succeed, gain insights on being effective leaders, managers and team members, and be armed with useful tools to navigate commonplace workplace challenges.
  • Equip professionals in the public sector with strategies to maintain their well-being, especially during these high stress times.
  • Help professionals in the public sector establish supportive relationships with other professionals at work, providing them an affinity space to share best practices and informal advice with each other. While the workshops and Guiden Practicums are inclusive for all, participants have the option to select from mixed-gender, men-only, or women-only Huddle groups, allowing for tailored and supportive environments, based on individual preferences and needs.
  • Foster collaboration and mutual understanding between different genders in the workplace, promoting an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives harmonize to drive collective success and innovation.

Program Bonus

Once you have registered for this 2024 GovFollowMyLead™ Program, you will also be automatically made a Community Member of The Koa Club. While the primary goal of The Koa Club is to empower women to live life boldly, both in their professional and personal lives, we recognize the importance of fostering inclusivity. Therefore, even though the community is intentionally created to empower women, men are welcomed to join as a member of The Koa Club. The Koa Club offers workshops, events and activities that are designed to help its members gain new knowledge and skills so they can be empowered in unexpected ways, not only in relation to their careers, but also practical life skills that are designed to encourage skill building so they can live their lives boldly. The Koa Club will act as your extended learning club outside the Program and as your alumni club when you complete the Program.

Fees

Please note that separate registration and fee for this Program is required to attend the Program (whether you are a Community Member or Premium Member of The Koa Club).  Registration fee for the 10-month 2024 GovFollowMyLead Program is US$795 per person.

Note: If you are registering for someone else, please make sure to register using the intended participant’s full name, email address and contact information (not your own name, email or contact information if you are not the intended participant). If you are registering for more than one person, please register for each person separately. 

Registration for this 2024 GovFollowMyLeadProgram opens on December 1, 2023 and will close on February 12, 2024.

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Workshops will be held online and the Zoom dial-in details will be provided to you once you have registered.

2024 program overview

The 2024 GovFollowMyLead™ program is a ten-month long program and has two phases:

Phase 1 (Personal Skills Development) February 2024 – June 2024

5 workshops focused on providing participants with valuable insights to master essential skills for personal growth and development. The topics for this Phase 1 include eliminating self-defeating beliefs that hinder success, building confidence to present one’s best self and acquiring tools for effective communication. As part of our Phase 1 workshops, we integrate crucial strategies and tools to effectively handle stress and cultivate resilience.

Phase 2 (Workplace Skills Development) July 2024 – November 2024

5 workshops dedicated to equipping participants with practical strategies for workplace effectiveness. These workshops cover the development of much-needed leadership skills, including those agile leadership skills necessary for changing times, mastery of workplace goals and the significance of emotional intelligence. The final workshop is focused on learning persuasive and influential techniques to garner the necessary support for workplace achievements.

Program Introduction Session (Optional)

Monday, January 29, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 12:45pm PT

Program Introduction


Agenda:

12:00pm –12:45pm(PT): Program Introduction, Goals, Expectations, Practicum, Huddles and Q&A

*Note that this Session is optional to attend – recording for this Session will be separately shared with all registrants to the Program prior to the first workshop of Program on February 12, 2024. 

Description:

Join our 45-minute session for an insightful introduction to our program. We’ll delve into program goals, set expectations, discuss the newly created Guided Practicums, and provide details about Mentorship Huddles. We will also offer instructions on how to access the Program Workshop Dashboard where you will receive resources and details about each workshop, and the Koa Network where you can find your special Huddle group to engage in private conversations viewable only by members of your Huddle team. We will wrap up with a dedicated Q&A to address all your queries. Don’t miss this comprehensive overview of what is in store for your journey ahead.

Workshop 1

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, February 12, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 2pm PT

Managing Well-Being During Stressful Times and Building Resiliency


Agenda:

12:00pm-1:30pm: Speaker Presentation
1:30pm-2:00pm: Guided Practicum – Fostering a Supportive Work Environment

Description:

In today’s fast-paced and demanding work environments, the ability to manage well-being during stressful periods and cultivate resilience is paramount. According to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America survey that measures attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public, it found that a majority of Americans consistently cite work as a significant source of stress. A moderate amount of stress can sometimes be positive – making us more alert or performing better in certain challenging situations – but only if stress is short-lived.

This workshop focuses on equipping participants with practical and unexpected tools and strategies to effectively manage stress and promote well-being, both in their professional and personal lives. Participants will learn to recognize the signs of stress, implement stress-reduction techniques, and develop a deeper understanding of the factors that contribute to resilience. This essential skill set empowers individuals to navigate challenges with confidence, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and bounce back from adversity.

By the end of this workshop, participants will leave with the knowledge and skills to not only manage their well-being during stressful times but also to proactively build resilience, contributing to a positive and thriving workplace environment.  Our speaker for this workshop will bring you a different understanding of belonging, steeped in the sciences and your own experiences, that’ll put you back into your power to belong wherever you choose, and especially in your wellness.

Guided Practicum

Creating a workplace culture characterized by support, collaboration, and inclusivity is crucial for employee well-being and overall organizational success. Through this interactive practicum, participants will be placed in small groups in breakout rooms to actively engage in group activities and practical exercises to develop a better understanding of what it takes to create and maintain a supportive work environment. The goal is to help the participants gain knowledge of tangible strategies and a commitment to champion a workplace where every team member feels heard, valued, and motivated to contribute to their fullest potential. A supportive work environment not only enhances employee well-being but also leads to increased job satisfaction, better organizational performance, and a positive corporate culture.

February Mentorship Huddles Key Focus

Formation of peer support networks and mutual assistance to enhance emotional and mental well-being among colleagues.

Workshop 2

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, March 4, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 2pm PT

Conquering Self-Doubt and Empowering Self-Confidence


Agenda:

12:00pm-1:30pm: Speaker Presentation
1:30pm-2:00pm: Guided Practicum – Superpowers and Amplification

Description:

Self-doubt can hinder our willingness to step out of our comfort zone, preventing personal and professional growth. It erodes self-confidence and can oftentimes lead to indecision, hesitation, heightened stress and under-achievement. Valuable opportunities and experiences may also be missed due to a lack of self-belief. This empowering workshop is designed to equip participants with the tools, insights, and strategies needed to overcome self-doubt and emerge with unshakable self-confidence. Some key components of this workshop include the following:

  1. Understanding imposter syndrome and self-doubt and how it affects their lives.
  2. Recognizing and addressing patterns of self-criticism that hinder their self-confidence.
  3. Fostering awareness of their unique strengths and talents that form the foundation of self-confidence.
  4. Cultivating a resilient and empowering mindset that encourages self-belief and inner strength.
  5. Learning practical strategies and techniques for boosting self-belief and conquering self-doubt.

Participants will be guided on a transformative journey of self-discovery, self-belief, and personal growth, with the goal of learning key strategies to form a renewed sense of self-confidence, a clearer understanding of their strengths, and a toolkit to overcome self-doubt as they navigate the challenges of life.

Guided Practicum

In a world where each individual possesses unique strengths and superpowers, the practicum is designed to harness the collective potential within a group Through this interactive practicum, participants will be placed in small groups in breakout rooms to actively engage in group activities and practical exercises that are designed to empower participants to identify their own strengths and superpowers, learn how to effectively recognize and amplify the unique strengths and talents of others, including for those whose voices are often underrepresented, with the goal of empowering one another and fostering a supportive and collaborative environment where each person’s unique abilities are celebrated.

March Mentorship Huddles Key Focus

Setting individual and collective goals to leverage superpowers and holding one another accountable for success. Use the Feedback Plan Worksheet to create a plan to request feedback for better self-awareness:  Define objectives, identify feedback sources; craft clear and specific questions, request feedback; actively listen, reflect and analyze, set improvement goals, implement changes, and follow up.

Workshop 3

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, April 8, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 2pm PT

Effective Time Management for Increased Productivity


Agenda:

12:00pm-1:30pm: Speaker Presentation
1:30pm-2:00pm: Guided Practicum – Optimizing Time Through Strategic Delegation

Description:

In the modern, high-speed and demanding environment, the ability to manage time effectively and boost productivity is a valuable skill for achieving both personal and professional success. It’s common for people to occasionally waste time due to procrastination, distractions, or inefficient time management. However, the extent to which individuals waste time can vary depending on their habits, priorities, and self-discipline.  This workshop is designed to equip participants with the tools, strategies, and mindset needed to maximize their productivity, achieve their goals, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Some key components of this workshop include:

  1. Understanding core principles of time management, including goal setting, prioritization, and planning.
  2. Recognizing and eliminating common time-wasting activities and distractions.
  3. Learning techniques for identifying and focusing on high-priority tasks that align with personal and professional goals.
  4. Tips for effective task and project organization, including the use of to-do lists, digital tools, creating time blocks for dedicated focus on specific tasks and activities.
  5. Tips for managing email and other forms of communication to prevent overload and enhance productivity.

This workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive toolkit for effective time management to increase productivity, where they will learn to take charge of their schedules, to set and achieve meaningful goals, and to have increased efficiency.

Guided Practicum

Time is a finite resource and effective time management allows for optimization of this resource. One way to do so is to learn to delegate effectively and optimize time by leveraging the strengths of a team or support network. Through this interactive practicum, participants will be placed in small groups in breakout rooms to actively engage in group activities and practical exercises that encourages participants to become adept at managing their time and resources by distributing tasks strategically. Participants will work on effective delegation skills and work as a team to address common challenges and obstacles in the delegation process, such as trust, control, and accountability, with the goal of optimizing their time, and make the most of the resources at their disposal.

April Mentorship Huddles Key Focus

Sharing strategies for overcoming procrastination which is a time-waster and maintaining motivation to complete tasks.

Workshop 4

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, May 6, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 2pm PT

Master Decision Making Under Pressure


Agenda:

12:00pm-1:30pm: Speaker Presentation
1:30pm-2:00pm: Guided Practicum – Collaborate and Solve Problems in High-Pressure Situations

Description:

Good decision making and problem-solving skills help individuals to navigate challenges, make informed decisions, and help improve efficiency, saving time and resources. Under pressure, we may end up making questionable decisions, or even non-decision, due to heightened stress which can impair our judgement, cloud our thinking and lead to impulsive or avoidance behaviors as a coping mechanism. This workshop is designed to equip participants with the strategies and techniques needed to make sound choices even in the most demanding situations. Some key components of this workshop include the following:

  1. Participants will gain insights into the psychological and physiological effects of pressure on decision-making.
  2. Explore how emotional intelligence can help manage stress and emotions when making decisions under pressure.
  3. Understanding strategies for sharpening critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving, even when time is limited.
  4. Learning techniques for quickly assessing risks, anticipating consequences, and mitigating potential issues.
  5. Gaining an overview of decision-making models and frameworks tailored for high-pressure scenarios.

The workshop will further discuss how leaders can provide guidance in making decisions when the stakes are high. By the end of this workshop, participants will have developed a robust toolkit for making effective decisions when the pressure is on, leaving with the skills and confidence to navigate high-pressure scenarios, minimize the impact of stress, and make choices that lead to successful outcomes.

Guided Practicum

Through this interactive practicum, participants will be placed in small groups in breakout rooms to actively engage in group activities and practical exercises that will challenge the participants to collaborate and solve complex problems together, especially under time constraints and high-pressure situations. The participants will need to ensure that decisions made under pressure continue to maintain equity, inclusivity and fairness as a priority.

May Mentorship Huddles Key Focus

Discuss in the Huddle Team real-life high-pressure situations and brainstorm how to resolve these high-pressure situations using tools learnt from the workshop.

Workshop 5

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, June 3, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 2pm PT

Building Relationships Through Effective Communication


Agenda:

12:00pm-1:30pm: Speaker Presentation
1:30pm-2:00pm: Guided Practicum – Enhancing Cultural Diversity and Build Inclusive Relationships Through Communication

Description:

Effective communication is the cornerstone of building strong, meaningful relationships in both personal and professional life. Most people have encountered various instances of poor communication in the workplace, often leading to misunderstandings, decreased teamwork, increased conflicts and hindered productivity. This workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the skills and insights needed to connect with others, foster trust, and build lasting relationships through clear, empathetic communication. Some key components of this workshop include:

  1. Exploring the core principles and techniques that underpin effective communication and the importance of good communication to foster relationships for personal and professional success.
  2. Learning techniques for active listening and how it enhances understanding and empathy.
  3. Understanding the significance of non-verbal cues, body language, and facial expressions in building rapport.
  4. Apply strategies for providing constructive feedback and having difficult conversations in a considerate manner.
  5. Build trust and credibility in nurturing strong, lasting connections.

The speaker will also discuss strategies for building and maintaining relationships in the digital age. By the end of this workshop, participants will have gained a comprehensive toolkit for building and sustaining relationships through effective communication. They will leave with the skills and confidence to connect with others, foster trust and nurture relationships that contribute to personal and professional success.

Guided Practicum

In today’s diverse and interconnected world, recognizing and respecting cultural differences is essential for effective and inclusive communication. Through this interactive practicum, participants will be placed in small groups in breakout rooms to actively engage in group activities and practical exercises specifically to work on ways to navigate cultural diversity, foster respect, and build inclusive relationships through communication. Participants will apply strategies to identify and overcome stereotypes and biases in communication, promoting understanding and empathy, and to recognizing the impact of language and communication styles on cross-cultural interactions and tailoring communication accordingly.

June Mentorship Huddles Key Focus

Take turns to practice active listening with one another without interruption, summarizing key points heard and asking questions, with the goal of building empathy, respect and understanding, the cornerstone of effective communication and relationship building.

Workshop 6

Phase 2: Workplace Skills Improvement

Monday, July 1, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 2pm PT

Mastering Workplace Goals


Agenda:

12:00pm-1:30pm: Speaker Presentation
1:30pm-2:00pm: Guided Practicum – Brainstorming strategies to overcome challenges in achieving workplace goals.

Description:

This workshop is crafted to provide participants with practical tools, insights, and strategies to elevate their goal-setting proficiency and navigate the path to success in the workplace. The workshop delves into the fundamentals of effective goal setting, providing participants with practical strategies for strategic planning, adaptability in goal achievement, and fostering a culture of collaboration. Some key components of the workshop include:

  1. Understanding the core principles of effective goal setting in the workplace, from specificity to alignment with organizational objectives
  2. Engage in strategic planning to create actionable steps towards reaching goals, including the crafting of Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART) goals.
  3. Identifying methods for prioritizing tasks and projects to align with overarching professional objectives,
  4. Implementing tools for tracking and measuring progress, ensuring accountability, and celebrating milestones
  5. Communicating goals with precision to ensure alignment within your team and organization.

Participants will learn the keys to effective goal setting and achievement in the workplace.

Guided Practicum

Through this interactive practicum, participants will be placed in small groups in breakout rooms to actively engage in group activities and practical exercises to discuss a past workplace goal that they found challenging to achieve, and then as a group discuss the obstacles they faced and brainstorm alternative strategies to overcome those challenges, with the goal of leaving with a toolkit of strategies to anticipate and address obstacles in their future goal pursuits.

July Mentorship Huddles Key Focus

Each Huddle team member will identify a workplace goal they want to achieve, then pair up in the Huddle team to collaboratively help refine each other’s goals using the SMART criteria, and for the remainder of the Program year, check in with one another (on a mutually agreed frequency) on the progress of achieving the refined workplace goal.

Workshop 7

Phase 2: Workplace Skills Improvement

Monday, August 5, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 2pm PT

Leading with Agility


Agenda:

12:00pm-1:30pm: Speaker Presentation
1:30pm-2:00pm: Practicum – Agile Leadership Strategies for Hypothetical Change Scenarios

Description:

The ability to lead with agility has become an essential skill for success in today’s workplace given the rapidly changing and uncertain environment we all operate in. As a leader who is not agile during times of change, you may lose trust and risk resistance from your team who may feel you are not adapting to the changing environment nor be able to lead them through the change effectively. This workshop is designed to empower participants who are leaders or who aspire to lead with the skills, mindset, and strategies needed to adapt, innovate, and thrive in the face of evolving challenges. Some of the key components of this workshop include learning:

  1. The importance of cultivating an adaptive mindset that embraces change, uncertainty, and continuous learning.
  2. The strategies for effectively leading teams and organizations through times of transition and uncertainty.
  3. The techniques for fostering innovative thinking and creative problem-solving within the leadership context.
  4. The knowledge to build high-performing teams and foster collaboration and synergy in an agile leadership environment.
  5. Navigate change, setting a vision for the future, and guiding teams through transitions.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have a better grasp of the skills and confidence to adapt to change, navigate uncertainty, and lead with resilience.

Guided Practicum

One of the necessary competencies to excel in leadership roles within dynamic and evolving organizations is to demonstrate adaptability and a willingness to embrace change, driving innovation and growth in an ever-shifting landscape. Through this interactive practicum, participants will be placed in small groups in breakout rooms to actively engage in group activities and practical exercises, working together to analyze hypothetical change scenarios and to apply agile leadership strategies to address the challenges.

August Mentorship Huddles Key Focus

Assuming you lead a team at work, brainstorm ways to manage resistance to change by some of your team members, including finding solutions that address the concerns for marginalized individuals.

Workshop 8

Phase 2: Workplace Skills Improvement

Monday, September 9, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 2pm PT

The Power of Emotional Intelligence at Work


Agenda:

12:00pm-1:30pm: Speaker Presentation
1:30pm-2:00pm: Practicum – Practical Application of Emotional Intelligence Tools in a Diverse Work Environment

Description:

Emotional intelligence (EI) or sometimes known as Emotional Quotient (EQ) in leadership refers to the ability of leaders to recognize, understand and manage their own emotions and the emotion of others in a way that positively influences their leadership effectiveness and the overall performance of their teams or organizations, In this workshop, participants will discover how to harness the power of emotional intelligence to enhance their leadership skills and drive positive outcomes but will also learn the pitfalls of there is excessive or inappropriate use of emotional intelligence. Some of the key components to this workshop include:

  1. Understanding the importance of self-awareness in leadership and learning techniques to recognize and manage one’s own emotions, fostering better decision-making and authenticity.
  2. Exploring the role of empathy in building strong relationships and effectively managing teams. This includes learning to recognize and respond to the emotions of others with compassion.
  3. Uncovering how emotional intelligence can help one to lead authentically and inspire trust and loyalty within one’s team
  4. Discovering how emotional intelligence can provide the guidance needed to make informed, emotionally balanced decisions that align with one’s organizational goals.
  5. Understanding the “dark side” to emotional intelligence and some potential negative aspects when used in an inappropriate manner or when it is used excessively.

Through this workshop, the participants will get to appreciate how emotional intelligence can help them as leaders to create a positive work environment, build strong relationships with their teams, and make decisions that consider the emotional impact on people. This, in turn, will lead to increased engagement, productivity, and organizational success.

Guided Practicum

Emotional intelligence in leadership is highly regarded because it leads to a more inclusive, empathetic, and effective leadership style. Through this interactive practicum, participants will be placed in small groups in breakout rooms to actively engage in group activities and practical exercises to learn to recognize and address the emotions and needs of diverse team members, fostering stronger relationships and enhancing their leadership skills.

September Mentorship Huddles Key Focus

Engage in role playing exercises to practice resolving conflicts with empathy and effective communication.

Workshop 9

Phase 2: Workplace Skills Improvement

Monday, October 7, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 2pm PT

Your Leadership Style: Understanding the Good and the Bad


Agenda:

12:00pm-1:30pm: Speaker Presentation
1:30pm-2:00pm: Guided Practicum – Adapting and leveraging leadership styles for effective inclusive recognition, validation, and feedback practices.

Description:

Understanding one’s personal leadership style is a key part of effective leadership practice. There are many types of leadership styles and the most known leadership styles have names such as democratic, autocratic, transformational, participative, laissez-faire, transactional, servant, coaching, bureaucratic, and authoritative leadership. Each style has its own set of strengths, attributes, and considerations.

Understanding the different approaches can help leaders be more effective through comprehending how and why they do what they do, as well as helping them identify where and when they need to adapt their style. Effective leadership is not linked to only one approach – it is a combination of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors with a focus on both the task in hand and concern for those undertaking that task.  One of the key goals of understanding different common leadership styles is to help the participants advance in their career, increase their chances of success as well as the success of those they lead.

This workshop is specially designed to help the participants identify their own leadership style and understand the benefits and drawbacks of each style. The participants will learn how to adapt their leadership style to different situations and become a more effective leader. By understanding the implications and outcomes of each style, participants will be taking an essential step towards becoming a more effective, adaptable, and impactful leader.

Guided Practicum

Through this interactive practicum, participants will be placed in small groups in breakout rooms to actively engage in group activities and practical exercises to work on adapting and leveraging a variety of leadership styles when providing inclusive recognition, validation, and feedback to people in different circumstances with different motivations. Participants are encouraged to define recognition criteria that consider various contributions, not just traditional or visible ones; to use language that avoids bias in recognition and feedback; and to provide constructive feedback that supports growth, regardless of an individual’s background or role.

October Huddles Key Focus

Each Huddle member will conduct a self-assessment to identify their strengths and weaknesses as a leader. Look at past successes and failures and identify patterns which can help with understanding one’s leadership style and share findings with Huddle team.

Workshop 10

Phase 2: Workplace Skills Improvement

Monday, November 4, 2024

@ 12:00pm – 2pm PT

Applying Strategic Persuasion and Influence in the Workplace


Agenda:

12:00pm-1:30pm: Speaker Presentation
1:30pm-2:00pm: Guided Practicum – Using the power of influence to create unity to advocate for common causes with potential allies with shared concerns and values.

Description:

When someone engages in “Strategic Persuasion”, it generally involves using persuasive techniques, rhetoric, and communication strategies to convince others to adopt a specific viewpoint, take a particular action, or decide in alignment with that person goals. When someone engages in “Strategic Influence”, it typically involves shaping decisions, behaviors, and opinions indirectly through context or creating an environment where individuals or groups willingly align their actions with that person’s goals or objectives. In some cases, influence may be more appropriate when we want to create lasting change in the organization’s culture or values. In other cases, persuasion may be the preferred method when we need to convince individuals to take immediate and specific actions. Both can be potent tools when used effectively.

This workshop is designed to provide participants with the skills to strategically persuade and influence others in the workplace to achieve desired outcomes and build strong, collaborative relationships. Some key components of this workshop include:

  1. Exploring the psychology of persuasion and how to craft compelling messages that resonate with one’s audience.
  2. Learning a range of influence tactics and persuasion techniques that can be tailored to diverse workplace scenarios.
  3. Understanding the importance of ethical considerations and responsible communication in the workplace to build trust and credibility.
  4. Gaining knowledge on how to apply strategic persuasion in negotiation processes to reach mutually beneficial agreements and win-win outcomes.

This workshop is designed to help leaders, managers, professionals, and individuals looking to enhance their ability to strategically persuade, influence, and communicate effectively in the workplace.

Guided Practicum

Who doesn’t know the famous saying “It takes a village to raise a child”? A coalition of voices can often be more persuasive than an individual advocate, as it leverages the collective strength, credibility, and diversity of perspectives to make an advocacy effort more compelling. It demonstrates that an issue at hand is not an isolated concern but one with significant impact, increasing the chances of being taken seriously and driving positive change. Through this interactive practicum, participants will be placed in small groups in breakout rooms to actively engage in group activities and practical exercises to work on identifying and engaging potential allies who may share their concerns and values, and how to use the power of influence to create unity to advocate for common causes.

November Mentorship Huddles Key Focus

Form a debate club within the Huddle group and members will take turns to advocate for and against selected controversial topics provided by the Program organizers to the Huddle teams.

mentorship huddles

As part of the GovFollowMyLead Program™, we will also be organizing several Mentorship Huddles for the participants who have signed up for the Program.

The Mentorship Huddles is a group mentoring program within the GovFollowMyLead Program™ that enables the participants to collaborate with colleagues within an organization who share common interests or learning objectives and develop together. Each Mentorship Huddle is made up of 6-10 participants who have registered to attend the GovFollowMyLead Program™ and is led by a Huddle Mentor. The Mentorship Huddle brings together smaller groups of participants to collectively explore and discuss workshops and other relevant issues – while being mentored and guided by a Huddle Mentor, who will be someone who has knowledge and/or experience with the various issues and challenges raised by the workshops.

For the 2024 GovFollowMyLead Program, we will be offering participants the choice of joining a mixed gender Huddle team, a women-only Huddle team or a men-only Huddle team.

why mentorship huddles?

  • It encourages the expansion of knowledge pool as participants from across departments and generations in an organization can collaborate to learn from one another.
  • It gives members a place where they can have a voice that matters to build confidence and develop or improve leadership and other skills.
  • It connects people with varying skillsets to tackle challenges or issues raised during a Huddle meeting.
  • It fosters the building of trust between participants that allows them to come together in support of each other’s goals, while simultaneously seeking to achieve their own.It aims to be more fun than traditional mentorships with group activities including role play and brainstorming that creates energy and camaraderie.

how does a mentorship huddle work?

  • All participants will be assigned to a Mentorship Huddle, facilitated by a Huddle Mentor, who will be a peer to the participants. The assignment will be based on various factors, including stated preferences of the participant, the suggested scheduled days/times for Huddle meetings and the makeup of the Huddle team to determine the most appropriate fit.
  • After each workshop, questions and details of that workshop will be shared with the Huddle Mentor who will use the provided information as the base for group discussions at Huddle meetings.
  • Huddle meetings will be scheduled by the Huddle Mentor as appropriate with that specific Huddle group and will be held no less than once a month.

guided practicum

For the 2024 Program, we will also have a Guided Practicum for the last half-hour of each workshop in the Program. The Guided Practicum supplements the Program workshop and the Mentorship Huddle. It offers a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity designed to bridge theory and practice.  Participants engage in real-world application of the program’s concepts, gaining practical skills and insights covered by the workshop topic. This immersive experience provides a structured environment for individuals to apply their knowledge and contribute to meaningful tasks/activities. The Guided Practicum is intended to enhance participants’ understanding on the topic discussed at the workshop and blends virtual classroom learning with practical experience. 

In addition, the Guided Practicum integrates a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) by providing participants with targeted experiences that raise awareness and foster cognizance of DEI issues. Participants is engaged in scenarios that highlight the significance of diversity, promote equitable practices, and encourage an inclusive mindset. The goal is to equip participants with the insights needed to foster a more informed and conscientious approach to diversity, inclusion and belonging in their workplace endeavors.