We live in a complex global world where demands of leaders are increasing everyday. With a focus on transparency, inclusion, equality, agility, possibility and collaboration, how can leaders leverage themselves to live, work and play in a way that is respectful, sustainable, and most important, fun? The answer is simple. Curious conversations.
Hiding behind texts, emails and social media, conversational skills are the most important skills leaders are failing to engage in. Research out of Stanford is showing that 9 out of 10 conversations miss the mark. Research is also showing organizations are focused on ‘soft’ skills that have hard impacts: communication skills, critical thinking, agility – all of which require curiosity. These are skills that are expected of leaders but are never taught. Curious conversations are the disruptor needed to thrive in our global, multigenerational workplace.
In our interactive workshop, participants will experience how curious conversations are at the forefront of innovation and collaboration in a time where demands are high and resources are low. Participants will experience and learn: -The value of different perspectives, there is never just one way to do anything – Communication skills to shift leaders from reacting to intentionally responding – Self-awareness, clarity around how they are showing up as a leader, their impact and turning barriers into bridges – The skills needed to collaborate, innovate, problem solve & manage emotions. Skills that are currently expected of leaders but have never been taught Canada’s success lies in our leaders’ ability to confidently disrupt the status quo, step out of comfort zones while also being inclusive and collaborative, as they reflect rather than react.
Kirsten Siggins and her mother Kathy Taberner are executive coaches who have specialized for over 10 years in helping people have conversations and build relationships that don’t suck, especially in emotional or high stakes situations. Focusing on skills that we all have the ability to do, but are rarely taught, Kathy and Kirsten’s unique approach for handling conflict makes it easier to have conversations that hit the mark. They are the founders of the Institute of Curiosity and authors of ‘The Power of Curiosity: How to Have Real Conversations That Create Collaboration, Innovation and Understanding (Morgan James 2015), available in English and Japanese.
Kathy Taberner has a background in occupational therapy, a MA in Leadership and is a Certified Executive Coach, both obtained from Royal Roads University. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation(ICF) for which she sits on the Internal Review Board which hears all ethical complaints. She is also a certified physician coach. Kirsten Taberner Siggins is a certified executive coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation, with experience in the business world and the entertainment industry. With the birth of her first child, Kirsten gained a greater appreciation of the importance of communication as a parent, and the deep influence it has on the development of our children as leaders. Kathy and Kirsten work as speakers/ trainers/ executive coaches/ facilitators recognizing curiosity is essential to personal growth, success, innovation, health, and happiness.