The Art of Conscious and Skillful Conversations

Detailed Course Outline

Module One

Instructional Hours: 3.5
Methodology: In-person training
Components: 10% facilitator-led instruction and 90% pair/triad role playing/practice. Participants will have fieldwork to hold a challenging conversation between modules using the new techniques and tools.
Learning Outcomes:
• A bit about neuroscience, social threats, and how to re-establish psychological safety.
• How to design relationships to foster clarity, authenticity, and mutual development.
• How to initiate and navigate direct conversations via skilled and conscious dialogue, including manager / employee scenarios using multiple paired/triad role play sessions and group debriefs; often employees choose to practice with a colleague over a real-life challenge they are facing together.
• How to acknowledge someone powerfully.

Module Two

(held 2-3 weeks after Module One):

Instructional Hours: 3.0
Methodology: In-person training for 2 hours + 1:1 coaching afterwards (as requested/needed) to help participants with real work situations.

Components: 10% facilitator-led instruction and 90% pair/triad role playing/practice.

Learning Outcomes: Via group discussion, participants will share their insights, mistakes, and tips gleamed during their challenging conversation fieldwork, then move into multiple pairs/triads for more practice on either a topic of their choice or one provided.

Assessment Method: Sign-in sheet and full participation. There are no written exams with this course.
Total Training Duration/Length (days): 3-4 weeks in total with the second module held 2-3 weeks apart
Total Training Hours: 6.5 hours
Total Cost of Program: $4,000
Course Capacity (maximum number of people allowed in one course): 24 participants
Delivery Method: Instructor-led

Instructor Biography:

Brad Herbert is a certified Leadership Coach (CPCC, PCC) with 27 years in HR spanning multiple sectors, countries, fast-growth start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies. He was the VP, Talent Development and Organizational Effectiveness for Electronic Arts’ 9,000 employees, and prior to that the VP of HR for its 15 worldwide studios. He’s been the HR Leader for two start-ups and began his career in Silicon Valley working at Netscape and EA during their hyper-growth years. It’s been quite a ride, and since 2008 he’s had the incredible privilege of contributing to others’ success via his own practice, where he specializes in cultivating adaptability via leadership assessments (including pre-hire, online, and stakeholder interviews), leadership coaching for individuals and teams, and custom leadership development programs.

His clients are usually CEOs and their direct reports in high-growth organizations. They are committed to achieving goals in all areas of their lives, and creating thriving, adaptable businesses where people love to work. Promoted to a Vice President and relocated to a new country at age 35, Brad truly understands the experience and pressure executives feel when trying to simultaneously execute strategies and develop the capacity of themselves and the company.  Blending progressive talent theory and strategies, pragmatism, and a positive, casual style Brad’s partnership helps leaders achieve results, develop outstanding leaders, and strategically approach people and culture development to stay ahead of the growth curve.

Brad has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Michigan State University, a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, is a Certified Co-Active Coaching Professional and graduate of the Leadership Program from the Coaches Training Institute, is certified as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation, and holds certifications in The Leadership Circle Profile, The Leadership System, Hogan assessments, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tools. He has deep interest and additional training in adult development (in particular the Immunity to Change methodology), neuroscience, and progressive approaches to organizational adaptability, leadership, and culture.  Brad is married, loves learning, travel, dogs, experimenting with ketogenetic diets and intermittent fasting, meditation, early morning workouts, and is an active member of the ICF Vancouver chapter where he was a finalist for the 2016 Coach Impact Award.

Please visit his website or LinkedIn profile for more information. Brad can be reached at Brad@AdaptiveTalent.co and +1 (604) 562-7560.

This page is structured to meet the requirements of the Employer Training Grant’s reimbursement criteria, but approval is at the Government’s discretion. Please connect with any Adaptive Talent Coach to better understand how your company may be eligible for training reimbursement.

Course Title:

The Art of Conscious and Skillful Conversations

Course URL:

https://adaptivetalent.co/the-art-of-conscious-and-skillful-conversations

Course Description:

Enhance collaboration, candor, and results with a practice-rich course configured to your teams’ most challenging situations and conversations.  Your team will learn:

  • A bit about neuroscience, social threats, and how to re-establish psychological safety.
  • How to design relationships to foster clarity, authenticity, and mutual development.
  • How to initiate and navigate direct conversations via skilled and conscious dialogue, including manager / employee scenarios using multiple paired/triad role play sessions and group debriefs; often employees choose to practice with a colleague over a real-life challenge they are facing together.
  • How to acknowledge someone powerfully.