Course Bundles

Course Bundles


Take a journey with us in our course bundles! Explore three to four related topics during our day long adventures. Collaborate with team members and employees from across Grounds while discovering and enhancing your knowledge and skills.

Recommended Sequence & Descriptions

Our six course bundles are organized and aligned to a cluster of competencies defined by the Korn Ferry Leadership Architect Global Competency Framework. While you can select any unique bundle that interests you, the bundles are designed to be taken in sequence to maximize skill acquisition and practice.

  • 1. Being Open

    Do you often keep things to yourself? Tend to hold back information or opinions? Err on the side of non-disclosure? It may not be your intention, but people around you may begin to wonder. Wonder what you’re up to, what your agenda is, whether you’re hoping to gain an advantage over them. Why aren’t you sharing more openly? It may be that you have a reserved nature or prefer privacy or that you don’t want to lose control or appear less authoritative. Regardless of the reasons, it may be time to make some adjustments. Organizations function on the flow of information. Greater transparency is expected at all levels. Find out what people want and need to know and begin to comply. Sending information on relevant topics is a start. Better still, talk or meet with people for open, two-way exchanges. Practice showing and telling it like it is. 

    What will this program help me do? 
    • Become proactive in planning difficult interactions and conversations in a way that will get you the results you really want. 
    • Model consistency between words and actions. 
    • Ensure that your relationships are based on mutual trust, credibility, and respect. 
    • Enable yourself and your team to work past relationship missteps. 
    Topics Covered 
    • Healthy Dialogue: Identify strategies and approaches for staying in healthy dialogue when stakes are high, emotions are volatile, and opinions are opposing.  
    • Managing Conflict: Diagnose conflict before it intensifies and apply the appropriate conflict resolution techniques to specific situations. 
    • Self Trust: Learn how to deliver every day on what you promise – starting with yourself. 
    • Emotional Intelligence: Examine the connection between how people think, feel, and behave. Explore how emotions affect job performance and review the importance of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. 
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  • 2. Being Authentic

    Trouble with consistency? Align your words and actions. Probably nothing chills trust more than a person saying one thing and doing something else. People want consistency. You can deliver an inspiring message with convincing calls-to-action. But, if the next day you do something quite contrary, people may no longer buy it. Worse yet, they may question your credibility. Having integrity means representing yourself accurately. Knowing who you are. What you believe. And practicing what you preach regardless of the setting.

    What will this program help me do?
    • Ensure that your relationships are based on mutual trust, credibility, and respect.
    • Handle a crisis for your team or department by making a timely decision.
    • Find the balance between collecting information and making a final decision.
    • Recognize the critical role that self-awareness plays in authentic leadership (formal and informal).
    Topics Covered
    • Emotional Intelligence: Examine the connection between how people think, feel, and behave. Explore how emotions affect job performance and review the importance of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.
    • Relationship Trust: Apply the BRAVING trust inventory to examine and discuss the elements of trust in a relationship that is suffering.
    • Authentic Leadership: Identify how values operate in our professional lives and the role they play in integrity and authentic leadership.
    • Decision Making: Gain confidence in assessing problems accurately, evaluating alternative solutions, and anticipating likely risks.
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  • 3. Influencing People

    Not sharing the big picture? When people understand the organization beyond their own role, they can better appreciate the significance of what they do. They realize the importance of their cog in the wheel. Without that broader perspective, a job is just a job. They focus on their own role but not the overall goal it contributes to. It’s the difference between “laying bricks and building a cathedral.”  Clearly communicate the strategy to them.  Talk in their language.  Help them see where their role fits in.  How does what they deliver contribute to the achievement of the overall purpose of the organization? Let them see the connections that link them to the end user. Illustrate how their achievements impact other roles.

    What will this program help me do?
    • Talk to others about stealth expectations in a way that yields two-way accountability and allows further progress to be made.
    • Position views and arguments appropriately to win support.
    • Share ideas in a compelling manner to gain commitment from others.
    Topics Covered
    • Healthy Dialogue: Identify strategies and approaches for staying in healthy dialogue when stakes are high, emotions are volatile, and opinions are opposing. 
    • Influencer: Identify high-leverage behaviors you can focus on and effectively motivate and enable others.
    • Building Accountability: Explore the concept of accountability and what it means to hold oneself, as well as others, accountable. Examine the accountability conversation and discuss practices that encourage and discourage accountability.
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  • 4. Building Collaborative Relationships

    Not clear on where others are coming from? Work to make connections. Collaboration is not just creating dialogue. It is about making connections with others. Research suggests that the best collaborators are connectors. They connect ideas outside of the organization with internal challenges. They help build bridges throughout the organization. Ultimately, they link people, ideas, and resources that would not normally connect with one another.  The key is to connect. Build trust. Build relationships. Connect your priorities to those of others. In each situation where you are working with other people, it is important to think about their perspective.

    What will this program help me do?
    • Proactively handle workplace conflict through the creation of conflict norms.
    • Increase the knowledge of your team. When teams are actively collaborating, they are constantly learning new things from each other.
    • Feel more confident, less pressured, and more productive as you begin to remove obstacles and see results.
    • Discover ways to change the culture of meetings and produce positive results.
    Topics Covered
    • Time Management: Discover ways to maximize your efficiency, such as organizing your workspace and aligning your priorities. Become a productive, energetic person as you manage your activities more effectively.
    • Managing Conflict: Develop strategies to foster a conflict management culture. Take a proactive approach to dealing with workplace conflict.
    • Collaboration: Examine opportunities to leverage collaboration, the biggest barriers to effective collaboration, and the key behaviors of successful collaborators.
    • Leading Effective Meetings: Identify the skills necessary to lead an effective meeting as a participant as well as a leader. Practice constructing an agenda and planning your next team meeting.
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  • 5. Optimizing Diverse Talent

    Most people have stereotypes—simplified and generalized views of people from a particular group. They can be based on a wide variety of elements including gender, race, religion, or age. Due to social norms and political correctness, these tend to lie under the surface and people may not even be aware of them. But they still influence behavior. The process is automatic and very fast. In neuroscientific terms, making the connection between a person and a stereotype occurs within 300 milliseconds (less than a typical blink of an eye) of encountering that person. Because the conscious control is not there, responses can be prejudiced and socially inappropriate. Learn to examine your biases and assumptions.

    What will this program help me do?
    • Turn negative stereotypes into positive working relationships.
    • Analyze one’s own biases, stereotypes, and life experiences.
    • Critically examine your own attitudes about diverse and underrepresented groups.
    Topics Covered
    • Multicultural Fluency: Learn about your identity and about the identities and experiences of others. Create a Brave Space for honest dialogue.
    • Growing Deeper: The Power of Privilege: Discuss racial identity as a way to understand unearned privilege. Examine personal experience and develop a deeper understanding of diversity of inclusion.
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  • 6. Focusing on Performance

    Teams are the primary way to accomplish coordinated, integrated tasks. Team members need each other and work interdependently to achieve common goals. For some, this is good news—a chance to collaborate with a variety of people. For others, it’s a burden—a productivity drain. Many have had a peak experience working with a dream team that clicked from the start and went on to achieve great things. They wonder why all teams can’t be like that. Here’s the reality—great teams rarely just happen. They require attention to purpose, tasks, relationships, and processes. The rewards can be significant for you and your organization when you set teams up for success. Whether you’re a team leader or team member, whether your team works under the same roof or across several time zones, it pays to be smart about how to structure things and contribute so your team performs at its best.

    What will this program help me do?
    • Talk to others about stealth expectations in a way that yields two-way accountability and allows further progress to be made.
    • Bring your team together by creating a more positive, enthusiastic, and cohesive team.
    • Drive sustainable behavior change on your team.
    • Build a culture of engagement and continuous improvement.
    • Become more confident and comfortable in delivering feedback to your colleagues, team members, and leaders.
    Topic Covered
    • Building Accountability: Explore the concept of accountability and what it means to hold oneself, as well as others, accountable. Examine the accountability cycle, building blocks of accountability and discuss practices that encourage and discourage accountability.
    • Giving and Receiving Feedback: Discuss the common barriers in giving positive and constructive feedback to others. Analyze a feedback framework that can be utilized to deliver highly effective feedback.
    • Team Trust: Learn how to use the BRAVING inventory as a way of understanding and discussing the elements of team trust.
    • Implementing Change: Explore the emotions associated with change initiatives and determine the vital behaviors that make change successful. Diagnose resistance and apply sources of influence to any change initiative.
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