Gwen@GwenKinsey.com / 605-212-8462

Speaking

 

Leadership blind spots derail change readiness

 

Inspire Engagement & Change Readiness

People must grow to meet new challenges. A learning culture lays the ground work. Engagement gives people the confidence that helps them to adapt. At the rate things change, people must learn-as-they-go. When people have safe opportunities to learn they:
• see obstacles as problems they are eager to solve
• feel emboldened to succeed despite limited resources
• can collaborate

Leadership Blind Spots & Change Readiness

Watch this 3 min. video about how one leader’s blind spot interfered with his team’s learning. See how a shift in his mindset improved his strategic effectiveness and opened the door for people to learn-as-they-go.

Experts Have Blind Spots, Too

Experts also have blind spots that keep their clients from adopting new solutions. Here’s a short video  about one group of experts who kept trying to solve the wrong problem! They mistook a lack of stakeholder engagement as a communication problem. As a result, they failed to convert skeptics into partners.

Are you sure you’re solving the right problem? Helping people adapt to changes means successfully navigating the psychological undercurrents that swamp the unprepared.

Why Training Falls Short

Unfortunately, traditional training solutions fall short if the training doesn’t incorporate real world situations. I frequently hear people say “I don’t know what that looks like” when I talk to individuals who’ve been through one-off training sessions.

Without opportunities to safely practice and lock in adaptive behavior change, they go back to doing what they’ve always done.

Book Gwen for Learn-as-you-go Tactics

Hear this and other stories about high-impact, low-cost learning tactics you can use today. My programs are customized with pre-event interviews and when possible, post event activities that lock in the learning.

I learned hard lessons about leading change as a first time VP and General Manager of a television station. The station was a poor performer in need of a turn around. We created learn-as-you go opportunities that enabled the station to increase it’s community following and win prestigious journalism awards.

I travel from Northern Virginia, USA to deliver keynotes on leading change.

  • "Gwen led a professional development series for us. She was a fantastic find who articulated new ways to navigate change while leveraging personal strengths."
  • "Gwen asked what we wanted/needed then spoke to those needs. She gave us helpful information we can use this year."
  • "Gwen is a masterful storyteller with a unique way of inspiring new thoughts, ideas and actions while you discover–for–yourself–what you may be overlooking."
  • "Gwen was captivating in the way she presented information with real-life stories and examples. We could take what we learned and apply it the very next day."

Speaking Topics Include

  • Employee Engagement
  • Modeling Transformation

Speaking of Employee Engagement: It’s more powerful than you think

Three keys to employee engagement that turned a poor performing station into an award winner. Leave with actionable takeaways you can use immediately to improve employee engagement.

Gwen’s a story oriented employee engagement speaker. She tells a humorous tale of how this dysfunctional station learned to pull together to gain market share,win news awards,and prototype a new digital business model adopted by other stations in their group.

Modeling Transformation: Capturing Daily Insights

Gwen speaks about tools and daily practices leaders can use to reimagine and meet emerging opportunity.

  • Attendees learn techniques that cultivate deep personal insights.
  • Gwen includes stories of what it’s like to actively work on your next big idea…even before you know what it is.
  • And, while no one can totally avoid setbacks, her speech includes examples of the power in a shift of mindset from loss to possibilities.