leadership development program

Design Thinking to Solve THE Challenges OF LEADERSHIP

Registration is open for the 2020 Level X Workshop Series. Receive early bird pricing on any session with discount code 2020HEADSTART.

 It’s time we started treating leadership with the reverence and appreciation it deserves — not as a series of fires to put out, but as an exciting opportunity to connect; to problem solve; to build trust, engagement, and impact.  

Join us for this series of workshops that examines leadership through the lens of design thinking. We’ll tackle your specific challenges and move beyond the theoretical to innovate practical solutions to your leadership quandaries.

To aid in your learning, we’ll use the metaphors of velocity and vehicle dynamics to frame activities and discussions. They are perfectly applicable to leadership, and starting with a topic we are familiar with will help connect and embed the learning. You’ll leave each session with a concrete action plan and a new appreciation for your opportunity to lead and impact those around you.

Velocity = speed in a given direction. Level X provides the velocity for your team to innovate solutions to their biggest leadership challenges.

Level X is a pseudo-acronym for Leadership Velocity Experience (LEadership VELocity eXperience).

How It Works

The Level X program is faciliated as a series of half-day workshops over the course of the year. The content for the program was developed to work both as a series and as standalone sessions. Participants may choose to enroll for the entire program or choose the sessions that address the topics most resonant with them.

Do you have an intact team that you’d like to do some real problem solving with? The Level X program is also avaialable as a full-day workshop for groups of up to 12 team members. We’ll deep dive into the content that is most releveant to your organization as we learn, collaborate problem solve, and build a custom electric go kart together. The building of the kart is not a gimmick to increase the “fun factor” — it’s a tangible way to reinforce content and ensure that learning is absorbed, retained and applied. It just happens to be fun, too! To learn more about a customized Level X program for you team, contact us

Program Content

Consider your organization as a finely-tuned machine. When things are humming along smoothly, multiple components are working together in harmony. However, with so many moving parts, an imbalance with one component can disrupt the whole system. Your job as a leader is not only to troubleshoot, but diagnose and repair when necessary. 

The Level X program is divided into a series of half-day workshops where the following leadership challenges are addressed in a collaborative, peer-to-peer environment.

2o2o Workshops: Schedule and Agendas

Registration is available for any individual session or the entire Level X workshop series. Three and six session packages are also available.

Anyone that registers for at least 3 sessions will be invited to the final November session free of charge — where we will drive the kart, share wins, and celebrate the work that everyone has accomplished throughout the year.

Leadership Power: Empowering Self, Team and Organization 

  • What is leadership power and how is it used effectively?
  • Identifying and navigating the balance of power within your organization
  • The differences between wielding authority versus empowering your team
  • Keeping self-charged in order to be a power supply for your team

During each session, participants will do a deep dive into their specific challenges regarding the leadership topic. We will utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype and test solutions that they can implement with confidence when they return to the workplace.

Date: January 24, 2020

Location:
M House
3554 Brecksville Road, Bldg 500
Richfield, OH 44286

Time: 8:30am – 1pm, breakfast included

Leading Authentically: Growth Mindset and Building a Personal Leadership Style

  • Positive mindset and impact on performance
  • Leadership masks
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Building an authentic leadership style and identity
  • Overcoming interpersonal dissonance and its effects

During each session, participants will do a deep dive into their specific challenges regarding the leadership topic. We will utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype and test solutions that they can implement with confidence when they return to the workplace.

 

Date: February 28, 2020

Location:
M House
3554 Brecksville Road, Bldg 500
Richfield, OH 44286

Time: 8:30am – 1pm, breakfast included

Leadership Support: Harnessing Strengths to Support Team Weight 

    • Attributes of supportive leaders
    • Understanding “team weight” and how to support it
    • Appreciative inquiry
    • Reflection on personal support systems
    • Mental readiness and ongoing learning

During each session, participants will do a deep dive into their specific challenges regarding the leadership topic. We will utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype and test solutions that they can implement with confidence when they return to the workplace.

Date: March 27, 2020

Location:
M House
3554 Brecksville Road, Bldg 500
Richfield, OH 44286

Time: 8:30am – 1pm, breakfast included

Leadership Illumination: Creating and Honing the Bright Ideas

      • How to light the path for team members via inclusion versus filtered information
      • Providing opportunities for role ownership
      • Why leaders aren’t obligated to have all of the answers
      • Encouraging and promoting innovation
      • Planning and improving focus

During each session, participants will do a deep dive into their specific challenges regarding the leadership topic. We will utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype and test solutions that they can implement with confidence when they return to the workplace.

Date: April 24, 2020

Location:
M House
3554 Brecksville Road, Bldg 500
Richfield, OH 44286

Time: 8:30am – 1pm, breakfast included

Leadership Friction: Understanding and Managing Conflict

      • Conflict as a positive catalyst
      • Understanding common workplace conflicts
      • Effective ways to manage conflict
      • Using constructive evaluation
      • Diffusing conflict and reframing in proper context
      • How conflict resolution changes based on relationship (e.g.team member/peer/boss)

During each session, participants will do a deep dive into their specific challenges regarding the leadership topic. We will utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype and test solutions that they can implement with confidence when they return to the workplace.

Date: May 29, 2020

Location:
M House
3554 Brecksville Road, Bldg 500
Richfield, OH 44286

Time: 8:30am – 1pm, breakfast included

Leadership Velocity: Charting Speed and Direction 

      • How effective leadership allows team members to pull in the same direction
      • How over or under correction affects the organizational course
      • How to effectively pivot when leadership change is required
      • Organizational pace and tempo
      • Knowing when it’s time for a right turn

During each session, participants will do a deep dive into their specific challenges regarding the leadership topic. We will utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype and test solutions that they can implement with confidence when they return to the workplace.

Date: June 26, 2020

Location:
M House
3554 Brecksville Road, Bldg 500
Richfield, OH 44286

Time: 8:30am – 1pm, breakfast included

Leadership Fears: Overcoming Personal and Team Fear

      • What a leader’s responsibility is to protect their team
      • How to push team members appropriately while still providing “guardrails”
      • Confronting personal and professional fears
      • Building belief and self confidence
      • Creating the situations and environments for success

During each session, participants will do a deep dive into their specific challenges regarding the leadership topic. We will utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype and test solutions that they can implement with confidence when they return to the workplace.

Date: July 27, 2020

Location:
M House
3554 Brecksville Road, Bldg 500
Richfield, OH 44286

Time: 8:30am – 1pm, breakfast included

Leadership Toxins: Providing a Clean and Safe Environment for Your Team

      • How to determine the difference between personality clashes and toxicity
      • The hidden impact of toxic people on an organization
      • Proper work/life balance and dissipating internal toxins
      • Building trust 

During each session, participants will do a deep dive into their specific challenges regarding the leadership topic. We will utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype and test solutions that they can implement with confidence when they return to the workplace.

Date: August 21, 2020

Location:
M House
3554 Brecksville Road, Bldg 500
Richfield, OH 44286

Time: 8:30am – 1pm, breakfast included

Leadership Traction: Digging In and Propelling the Team as One 

  • Setting clear goals
  • How engagement and inclusion leads to commitment
  • How a leader provides momentum to their team
  • Respecting and appreciating each person’s contribution
  • Ways to maintain momentum after initial launch

During each session, participants will do a deep dive into their specific challenges regarding the leadership topic. We will utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype and test solutions that they can implement with confidence when they return to the workplace.

Date: September 25, 2020

Location:
M House
3554 Brecksville Road, Bldg 500
Richfield, OH 44286

Time: 8:30am – 1pm, breakfast included

Leadershp Vision: Seeing and Sharing the Big Picture

  • Effective ways to share leadership vision
  • How communication engenders shared trust and engagement
  • How to manage leadership distractions
  • The leader’s role as navigator, not back seat driver
  • Framing performance errors and setbacks as opportunities

During each session, participants will do a deep dive into their specific challenges regarding the leadership topic. We will utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype and test solutions that they can implement with confidence when they return to the workplace.

Date: October 23, 2020

Location:
M House
3554 Brecksville Road, Bldg 500
Richfield, OH 44286

Time: 8:30am – 1pm, breakfast included

Do you have an intact team that you'd like to send through the Level X program?

Call 440.808.9843, drop an email to info@gobigcreativelab.com, or contact us here. We look forward to working with you!