Increase staff productivity

Increase staff productivity
Increase staff productivity

Every business leader needs to make smart choices when faced with changes. This 5-step model will teach you the 2 most significant qualities of successful leaders, and how to determine your next steps. This 38-minute speaking seminar includes an introduction and a call to action!
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Handbooks Activities, case studies, and more to enhance Adventure Coaching effectiveness! Getting the Message Leave the Familiar Confront Challenges Return with a Gift Serving OthersmManaging Interpersonal Relationships Emotional Intelligence Participants Guide: This 45 page guidebook contains an assessment inventory, a convenient framework, case studies, powerpoint slides, and over 100 activities that will help you or your organization develop your emotional intelligence.

Adventure Coaching Intake Manual: This resource binder contains all the supplies, forms and contacts to get you started as an adventure coach.

Adventure Coaching Trainers Manual: This detailed resource manual contains the course competencies, course design, course xxx objectives, activities and all course materials used in the Adventure Coaching Seminars (ACS, 1-4 day) and Seminars for Coaches (2-day for those interested in becoming a Certified Adventure Coach.

Adventure Coaching: A XNXX Guidebook for Anyone in Life and Work by Doug Gray Adventure Coaching: A Guidebook for Anyone in Life and Work Wondering about your next adventure goal? This book is both a map and a compass. This readable, practical 240-page guidebook is ideal for professional coaches, managers, educators, parents, athletes, and leaders in all directions of life. Each page is filled with realistic stories, activities, clever tips from the worlds of business, family, career, athletics, and outdoor adventure travel. The adventure cycle has five steps that can help you or your clients:

Get the message and get moving Leave familiar habits or behaviors Confront challenges with confidence Return with a gift such as wisdom Serve others in your work or life Order your signed copy today!

Assessment Inventories Adventure assessment inventories are 20-questions each and lead to specific competencies that can be developed by you or your colleagues.

Leadership Development Services by Action Learning Associates
There is a leader within each of us! That belief is central to all of our training programs. After we determine your organizational needs, we design a program that targets those competencies so that we can assess our effectiveness. All of our programs are active, experiential designs using the action learning model. For sample program outlines contact us.
Program titles include:

Emotional Intelligence at Work Managing Interpersonal Relationships Improving Customer Satisfaction Change Management Leadership Development Creating Adventure at Work Sample Descriptions of Customized Leadership Development Programs Adventure Coaching Programs

In today’s competitive environment some of the most successful business leaders have experienced the benefits of coaching. Results have included increased revenue and productivity, career advancement, higher employee retention, and the development of more effective business strategies. Coaching is a learnable skill.

The adventure coaching model uses 5 proven steps to help you get the message, leave the familiar, confront challenges, return with a gift and serve others in your business. This program provides essential skills and models a coaching relationship that you can apply to personal or professional goals.

The 12 Foundations of Leadership seminar is a provocative seminar for leaders who want to learn how to make a difference and guide their organizations to higher levels of success. Using a combination of experiential activities, power point presentation, and group brainstorming, leaders are given the opportunity to deeply explore the many dimensions and challenges of leaders today and how to develop enduring wisdom and practical insights essential for growth in challenging times. Managing Interpersonal Relationships, or Emotional Intelligence 101

You may know from personal experience that you need to manage your interpersonal relationships with your direct reports, customers, or colleagues. Since interpersonal relationships determine 60% of the work place climate, and 25% of a group’s performance, we know this training investment will pay off for you and your colleagues. Everyone contributes to defining work place climate through daily actions, and this training is designed to enhance and strengthen how you perform. This is an interactive training program that applies recent insights from behavioral research that helps people respond more effectively to work place challenges. We use a simple conceptual model, an assessment inventory, case studies, and provide hundreds of practical techniques that improve interpersonal relationships. Each participant receives a participants guide filled with activities and information that can be used in any work environment.

Emotional Intelligence Services

Emotional Intelligence Services
Emotional Intelligence Services

by Action Learning Associates Emotional intelligence may be defined as managing oneself and others. Extensive research has found that the most effective leaders have high degrees of emotional intelligence (EI), that EI can be developed by anyone, at any age, and there is a strong business case for doing so. One of our most popular programs, the “EI and My Work” program, is a keynote, 4 hour, 1 day, and 2-day program. For sample itineraries, contact us. Free online self assessment of your emotional intelligence (To view this assessment, you’ll need Adobe Reader. Click here to download it for free.) Free chapter one of Adventure Coaching: A Guidebook to Work and Life, by Doug Gray with examples from EI training programs. Free article on Emotional Intelligence published in the Business Monthly, January 2002. Click here to read it.
To join our quarterly newsletter, click here. Free Sample Coaching Session To request a free sample coaching session from Action-Learning Associates, CLICK HERE Home What is Action Learning? Action Learning can be defined as a process whereby groups of stakeholders use real problems to acquire learning and implement system-wide solutions.

The result is that the Action Learning process can help individuals and groups become true learning organizations. In fact, Action Learning is the building block of Learning Organizations. “A major 1998 study of managerial and sales training programs offered in a large corporation demonstrated the superiority of experiential training methods for social and emotional learning… “The programs that used experiential methods produced twice as much improvement in performance, as rated by supervisors and peers, as did the other programs. Furthermore, the return on investment for the experiential programs was seven times greater.”
Source: L. Spencer, in L.J. Bassi and D. Russ-Eft, eds., What Works, ASTD, Alexandria, VA, 1997.
Self-Assessment of Four Adventure Domains As discussed in chapter six of Adventure Coaching: A Guidebook for Anyone in Life and Work (Gray, 2004), there are four adventure domains, four ways to look at adventure. These domains are based upon recent research in multiple intelligence, the different ways that we each interpret the world. Also, these adventure domains are familiar to you. When you embrace an adventure, you may notice these four domains– physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual adventures.
This self-assessment is designed to help you focus on your professional life and work, but it also can be applied to your personal life. For each of the statements listed below, circle the number that best indicates how you currently think or feel about yourself. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers, only your honest responses. Take about 10 minutes.
1. I am aware of the physical warning signs about my physical
2. At work, I know how my emotions impact my performance.
3. I know my strengths and limitations concerning my expertise at
4. I practice ways to tap into and nurture my spirit.
5. I am aware of the interplay between my mind, body, emotions, and
6. I get enough rest and sleep so that my energy is renewed.
7. I can bounce back after feeling disappointed.
8. When I express my values and beliefs, I try to do so in confident
and constructive language that is neither aggressive nor defensive.
9. I know when I’m feeling whole or fragmented in how I’m living in
the world.
10. I am aware of the impact of my self-talk on my emotions, body,
and spirit.
11. I am aware of how my physical presence affects my connection
with my community and colleagues.
12. I am able to read other people’s emotions from their affect and
body language.
13. When noticing what others say and do, I assume best intentions.
14. I feel compassion for those struggling in life and recognize we are
part of one mutually connected human community.
15. I follow the deeper wisdom of my body, mind, heart, and spirit to
know what to do in emergency situations.
16. I mentor, coach, or intentionally contribute to developing others.
17. I regularly ask people about their emotional reactions to situations.
18. When in discussions with others, I have the integrity and courage
to maintain my beliefs even if they are unpopular.
19. When I could speak ill or well of another, I choose to speak well.
20. An integral part of my life involves speaking up for the dignity of those less fortunate, or the balance and sustainability of nature. Step One: From the previous page, write into Scoring Chart #1 (below) your scores for each statement. Add the scores for each of the statements to determine your score for that adventure domain. Use that number and the table in step two to determine your need for attention or change strategy. My Scoring Chart #1: Add your scores for each of the following statements:

13+ Low Reinforce
11-12 Moderate Observe
10 or below High Develop
In the last two columns of your scoring chart, write whether there is a low, moderate or high need for attention in that adventure domain. Then write whether there is a need to reinforce, observe, or develop your change strategy. Hopefully you have just defined some areas with lower scores! These are areas with a “Moderate” or “High” need for attention. Not to worry– that is the value of any assessment inventory! To the extent that you were honest with yourself when you completed this assessment, it is a snapshot or a mirror of who you are right now. Step Three: From the previous page, write into Scoring Chart #2 (below) your scores for each statement. Once again, add the scores for each of the statements to determine your score for that adventure quadrant. Use that number and the table in step four to determine your need for attention or change strategy. My Scoring Chart #2: Add your scores for each of the following

You may be wondering about the four quadrants described in step three. As described in chapter six of Adventure Coaching: A Guidebook for Anyone in Life and Work (Gray, 2004), this four quadrant model is a simple way to look at any domain of adventure. You can apply these four quadrants to any adventure domain, whether physical, emotional, cognitive or spiritual. The left side of the quadrant looks at an individual adventure, the right side looks at a group adventure. The top half of the quadrant looks at your awareness of adventure, the bottom side looks at your actions in adventure. Think of this four quadrant model as four ways to approach your adventures.

So, how do you develop skills or competencies in any of these areas? Start by circling those areas with a moderate or high need for attention. Your adventure goal may be to develop some aspect of your self in that way. Thankfully, there are many ways to do so! Here are some practices in each of these adventure domains. I am sure that you can add some practices of your own. Use these 16 sample practices, small adventures from each quadrant of each domain, to give you an idea of how simple an effective practice can be. Physical Adventure Practices Self-Awareness: Notice where you hold tension in your body– such as your jaw, stomach, neck, back, and so forth. Pay attention to your breath, right now – is it shallow or deep? Notice when you find yourself holding your breath, and when you breath in a smooth, continuous way.

Self-Care: For one week, eat nutritious and healthful foods, have caffeine or sugar in minimal amounts, walk or exercise 20 minutes daily, and get a good night’s sleep every night. Journal what results from your adventure.
Social Awareness: Notice what messages you get from the way others present themselves, physically, and how they use their body to express who they are. Social Contribution: Experiment with different ways that you can physically express your openness and accessibility to others when in conversation. Ask a coach or a friend for some feedback around this. Emotional Adventure Practices Self-Awareness: Be aware of when your emotions shift throughout the day. As accurately as possible, notice when you are feeling happy, sad, angry, or fearful. Self -Care: When you are angry, recognize that you are in that emotion and pause until the anger is no longer controlling you. Then see what difference that makes in what you say and do.

Social Awareness: Notice the emotional impact that others have when you are in the presence of a group. How do their emotions affect yours?
Social Contribution: When someone you know is suffering (with sadness, anger, or fear), notice the impact on their well-being when you are with them in a nonjudgmental and compassionate way. Refrain from trying to fix them or make things better.
Cognitive Adventure Practices

Self Awareness: Notice your internal dialogue when reflecting on your day or life. Is your language appreciative or critical? How does that impact your larger attitude? Self Care: When feeling hesitant about what others may think about your opinions, speak your views calmly and clearly. Even if it is a struggle to do so, then ask how did speaking in that way affect your sense of intellectual integrity? Social Awareness: Notice the different responses from people in positions of authority when they speak to others in a well-reasoned manner. What do reason and logic contribute to a group?

Social Contribution: In a conversation, if something disrespectful of a person or group is being expressed, speak up and ask if that was the intention. Let it be known that you are standing witness to the dignity of others. See what difference your witness makes in the integrity of others, and the integrity of the conversation.
Spiritual Adventure Practices

Self Awareness: Notice when you experience a sense of connection and flow with life. What is it that you are grateful about in your life? Make a list and add to it for two weeks. Read over that list every morning for the following week. Self Care: Take time daily to do whatever helps you feel more harmonious with life–- whether through art, music, dance, being in nature, meditating, volunteering to serve others, or some other avenues.

Social Awareness: Be attentive to what kinds of activities build a sense of esprit de corps in groups or organizations. Notice what impact those activities have on the energy and creative power of the people involved.
Social Contribution: In group discussions, experiment with introducing a topic that is important to the well-being of the world community (e.g., international conflict, diversity, AIDS, pollution and so forth). Help moderate diverse views in ways that maintain mutual respect and allow insights for learning. Help others learn to listen and inquire. Then journal about your experience. So, how can help you pursue your adventure goals?

How are you responding to change

How are you responding to change
How are you responding to change

Can you afford to respond in the same way?

Many of my coaching clients ask these questions daily. Perhaps you ask them too. I want you to embrace changes and challenges as if they were adventures. To me, the word “adventure” has only positive connotations. Historically, the word means both “to go” and “to arrive.” And the bottom line is that “adventure” requires movement.

Where you are now?
Where do you want to be next?

As a coach, I often use questions like these to help you determine what is possible, what is next. My experience, after coaching hundreds of people, is that the most important question is not “where do you want to go?” but “HOW do you want to get there?” I want you to be intentional about your action steps.

One action step is to purchase and read Doug Gray’s book, Adventure Coaching.

You will gain hundreds of ideas and activities when you read Adventure Coaching. I wrote this book for people just like you who need to get off the couch, get past their fears, or embrace the next adventures in life.

Recent readers have said:

I received your book 2 days ago, just in time to keep from resigning my position. Instead, I’ve lit a fire under my own feet and challenged myself to step into leadership! Thank you! – Juhl Drelick, Michigan.

Lorie Falk, PsyD and an executive coach in the U.S. Federal government said: This is the adrenaline book of all coaching books. Adventure Coaching gets you focused and fired up with energy to move forward in new, positive, exciting directions!

Don Mann, founder of Odyssey Adventure Racing and former U.S. Navy SEAL Special Operations Trainer said: Adventure Coaching is a must read for anybody interested in taking the next step toward living a life with more adventure. Buy this book today! To subscribe to our ezine newsletter click here.

You may be thinking, well, it’s just a book… how can it truly help me? There are thousands of great books in the universe. You need more than a great book. I agree with you. Coaching is a process, not a product. This guidebook will help you select a course, much like a map or a compass. But the real work comes when you work with someone else.

Another action step is to contact a coach like Doug Gray, or one of his associates for a complimentary session.

Coaching is a professional relationship, a contract that helps you achieve your goals. Like an athletic coach, I hold you accountable and teach you skills so that you can move forward on your agenda. Most of the time I ask questions to identify your strengths, resources, skills, or barriers. Coaching outcomes vary for everyone. If you were to hire a coach like me, what would your outcomes include? Can you imagine

  • completing a specific action, like attracting new clients or writing that book?
  • increasing awareness of your strengths and career choices?
  • developing more balance in your professional and personal life?
  • committing to specific performance goals as an athlete or professional?
  • practicing a new behavior, that will help you attract new business markets?
  • moving into a life of adventure? For a free assessment of your next adventure click here. To request a complimentary sample coaching session with Doug Gray or one of his associatesclick here. To subscribe to our ezine newsletter click here. Many coaching clients have achieved astounding results. Consider these comments:

“The business results of my coaching with Doug have been incredible in the past 14 months. I have better systems, more clients, and my revenue has increased more than 300%. I encourage you to work with him too! – Pat Heidrich, Sandler Sales Coach, Cornelius, NC

Can you even imagine a 300% increase in your revenue?

I am at least 60% more productive as a result of my coaching over the past 16 months. I am able to handle more responsibilities, juggle time and people better, and I’m much clearer in my head when I make those decisions. – Tony Azola, VP Azola Building Services, Baltimore, MD

Can you imagine being 60% more productive? Can you imagine adding your testimonial to this web page some day soon?

Doug GrayI specialize in helping small business owners, financial advisors, or independent consultants and coaches. Our services, incorporating the Action Learning Model include:

  • Executive and Business Coaching
  • Life Coaching
  • Performance Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Speaking Engagements

If you are seeking information about other coaches I invite you tocontact me today. To request a complimentary sample coaching session with Doug Gray or one of his associatesclick here now. To subscribe to our ezine newsletter click here.

Adventure Coaching: A Guidebook for Anyone in Life and Work
Order your signed copy today! Wondering about your next adventure goal? Just in time for the holidays, this book is both a map and a compass. This readable, practical 240-page guidebook is ideal for professional coaches, managers, educators, parents, athletes, and leaders in all directions of life. Each page is filled with realistic stories, activities, clever tips from the worlds of business, family, career, athletics, and outdoor adventure travel. The adventure cycle has five steps that can help you or your clients: Get the message and get moving Leave familiar habits or behaviors Confront challenges with confidence Return with a gift such as wisdom Serve others in your work or life The appendix contains the adventure assessment inventory, list of activities, and extended reading list. The author, Doug Gray, is a coach, trainer, competitive adventure racer, family man and adventurer. So, what is your next adventure goal?