Workshops

I offer a series of workshops covering all the most important leadership practices, from a biblical perspective. Most are 3 – 4 hours in length. I use the guided discovery method, with a blend of teaching, some video, and small group breakout discussions and exercises. Just a half day can accelerate the development of your leadership team or elder's board.

Workshop Topics:

5 Hallmarks of Great Teams (3 1/2 hours)

Could it be that all teams thrive and struggle for the same reasons? Could it be that high performing teams all have something that distinguishes them from all others? 15 years of building the teams I led across Canada and now another 15 years of working with a great many teams, within and outside the church, through Gaynor Consulting has convinced me that there are five hallmarks that have always been prerequisites to satisfying high performance teams and these are clearly articulated throughout scripture.

During this half day, I'll share these distinguishing characteristics, sharing why and how they affect team performance and supporting each with scriptural references. I'll offer practical guidance to assist participants in moving their teams in the right direction.

You'll discover how to build a team that works with passion, moves smoothly through the biggest changes and rises to meet each challenge. This highly practical workshop will provide the tools for leadership teams and individuals to diagnose where their teams can focus to improve the most.

Whether yours is a good team looking to get better, or a struggling team looking for some answers, this is a workshop that everyone should experience.

Building Culture (3 1/2 hours)

Culture is a powerful force – the foundation of job satisfaction and performance. Most leaders are unwittingly victims of it, the best are builders of culture. All great leaders understand and accept their roles in shaping it. Nehemiah understood this reality. While he undertook rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, his most important work was reshaping a culture that had lost its way. My business experience reinforced the reality that culture drives performance. So how is your organizational culture doing today? During this workshop you'll discover how to assess and purposefully shape a culture that honours God as it brings out the best in everyone.

Feedback that Builds Strong Teams (3 1/2 hours)

Great teams don't just happen, they are created one person one situation at a time. This is why all great leaders have great feedback habits. The Apostle Paul was a master with feedback as he went about building up the emerging church. During this workshop, you'll discover 7 purposes feedback serves, including unveiling characteristic behaviour. You'll receive a three step pattern for delivering effective feedback and we'll unpack the characteristics that make for the best team building feedback. I include a couple of movie clips in this one that are always fun and instructive. You'll leave equipped with the understanding of feedback every leader needs to build an ever improving team.

Performance Management and Difficult Conversations (3 1/2 hours)

Poor performers, in all their varieties often present the tests of conscience that cause leaders to avoid many of the most important encounters. There are many biblical illustrations that guide us in our approach to confronting poor performance with skill and grace. During this workshop we'll look at how best to respond to both great and disappointing performance. We'll examine a biblical process for performance management but more important, we'll look at the big forces of pain and confrontation. You'll also receive a practical approach to holding difficult conversations with confidence.

Communication that Engages and Informs (3 1/2 hours)

Words are powerful, they have the power to build up or tear down. Great leaders know when and how to use them well. During this workshop I'll share the many purposes communication serves both corporately and individually as well as a formula for great staff meetings, one that served me very well over several newspaper assignments. You'll discover what makes for great communication and how to avoid all the most common mistakes.

The 7 Most Important Leadership Choices (2 1/2 hours)

Leadership is all about choice, and leadership choices are powerful. Jesus tells us that we cannot serve both God and money – this represents the first of seven choices we consider. Also on our list is the choice between confrontation and avoidance – a key choice for every leader and one that often determines whether the team stagnates or grows. In the choice between sincerity and hypocrisy, we consider the power of the leader's example. This is a great overarching workshop ideally suited to retreat settings and speaking engagements.

Power as a Creative Force (3 hours)

Power gets a bad rap these days but the reality is that it is an essential leadership tool. The Bible has a lot to say about the way we are to use it. During this workshop we explore the way the most effective leaders use power to build up the organization and its members. We look at authority and influence as two different and essential expressions of power. We also look at power expressed as control, considering when control is and is not appropriate, as well as how, why and went to delegate.