The world has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Growth and dominance by Far Eastern countries now presents more complex business challenges that carry higher levels of risk and which increasingly require more urgent responses. The pace of change is relentless and furthermore it is increasing.
Alongside well developed analytical and technical skills, today’s businesses need leaders who are capable of imagineering new strategic options and executing high quality strategies through their teams, their peers and all the stakeholders whom they need to influence. In short, businesses require leaders with a profoundly developed ability to connect with and move people to action, leaders willing to take risks and act courageously and leaders who are capable of thinking creatively and imaginatively, demonstrating flexibility and adaptability in response to each new challenge or opportunity.
Research consistently shows that while technical knowledge and high IQ are helpful in determining Leadership competency, it is the development of high levels of Emotional Intelligence and the application of the associated skills which differentiate great leaders from average leaders.
In our work with senior leaders, it has often been our experience that encouraging successful professionals build from the significant psychological investment that they have made in achieving high technical and IQ standards through additional investment in Emotional Intelligence brings significant benefits. Equipping Leaders with a wider range of skills and abilities further enhances critical thinking and improves effectiveness, leading to greater business success and deeper personal satisfaction.
Conversely, the inability to successfully build these complementary skills may leave leaders feeling frustrated, disillusioned or burned out.
So what is Emotional Intelligence? Becoming emotionally intelligent involves deepening levels of one’s own self-awareness and self control resulting in deeper awareness of others alongside the cultivation of more effective communication skills in relating to others.
The Seven Rocks approach to Leadership Development, Teambuilding and Selling incorporates leading edge thinking to:-
How to live a meaningful life is a question that has been pondered deeply by the wisest and the most respected members of the human race for thousands of years. And although the conclusions are as varied as the dappled shadows on the bark of a tree, most would agree that the answer is only as profound as the seeker’s question and that the response is both a skill and an art. The complexity and speed of modern western life both within the world of business and commerce and in many aspects of our private lives requires a response that is both intellectually robust and emotionally satisfying – in short, it requires us to build new skills and develop an artful, imaginative and unique response to every challenge we are presented with.
Participants work with their current business challenges. The combination of painting with Acrylics and using established Leadership Development tools and techniques forces them to move beyond intellect and begin to develop and trust their innate creativity and intuition and see how courageous action brings deep satisfaction, occasional setbacks and often surprising results.
By regularly debriefing learning and analysing challenges, we work in a structured way to show how emotions (as opportunities or barriers) enhance participants’ ability to connect with and engage others, sparking creativity in themselves and others and easing the emotional challenges associated with taking risks.
Combining sound rationale and theory with the hands-on experience of designing, drawing and painting a work of art brings many advantages for participants, including:
We apply these techniques in three areas:-
If you are an experienced Leader who is finding the world of leadership increasingly frustrating and challenging, this workshop will help you to build core coaching skills, enabling you to refocus and re-energise.
If you lead a team and would like to improve your ability to motivate and energise your team members, improve their individual performance and results, free some of your time to focus more on being proactive rather than reactive, you will benefit from this workshop.
If you are a new leader who wants a practical and powerful introduction to key Leadership competencies you will find the tools and techniques used in this workshop invaluable in your new role.
The two day workshop enables leaders to connect with the core leadership skills essential in the early 21st Century and to deepen Coaching skills, applying them to current workplace challenges identified by and chosen by the participants. Areas for focus might include Conflict Resolution, Delegating, Performance review, Partnering within and across Departments and Enterprises, influencing superiors, peers and team members to deliver Business Objectives.
The workshop content and structure is challenging and dynamic, with short bursts of theory interspersed with high energy activities and skills practices assessed by other participants and workshop facilitators.
If you are a new leader who wishes to jump start a new team, this workshop will give you a great opportunity to start with clarity and energy.
If you lead a well established team and want to improve team performance and results, this workshop is for you. You may want to work with the standard content or prefer to focus on your particular perceived development areas or leverage the team’s perceived strengths.
The two day workshop will enable your team to develop or refine the team’s Vision and Values, build team member mutual understanding and respect, identify team strengths to leverage high performance and identify limiters to high performance and how these can be addressed.
Seven Rocks offers a three day Sales workshop. You can enrol for three days, including day one which focuses on Strategic Sales or for two days only (days two and three) where we focus on improving sales process, enhancing sales skills and managing the sales team to achieve optimal results.
If you are a Sales Manager and you wish to sharpen your strategic and tactical sales skills, this workshop will help you to identify and strategise around the key buyers in your sales process, creating influencing strategies to accelerate your sales opportunities towards a concrete sale.
If you are an experienced sales professional, you will benefit from clarifying and improving your key skills in both the strategic and tactical sales areas.
Workshop day One – focus on Strategic Sales
Workshop days Two and Three – focus on Tactical Tools and Skills
We achieve the results that we want by working with and through others. There is just about nothing significant that we do that doesn’t involve others. In many sectors, the workplace is adapting to reflect this reality – companies are flatter and more nimble, responsibilities and accountabilities are increasingly more devolved down the chain of command, position power is increasingly being superseded by people power (i.e. the ability to influence) and in response to increasing complexity, product and service sophistication and global interconnectivity, the need to successfully partner within and across divisions and industries is now an essential skill without which high performance levels are not achievable.
The skills and techniques needed to be successful in the areas of influencing and partnering fall into two categories:
If you are a Leader at any level who needs to influence and then partner with others within or outside your department, organisation or industry this workshop will help you to ensure that you are attending to the core process and structural elements for successful influencing and partnering and will enable you to enhance your interpersonal skills to more effectively engage and inspire others.
If you are a team member who needs to successfully influence and partner with others who do not report to you in order to successfully achieve your objectives, you will find this workshop invaluable.
The two day workshop introduces the core practical steps which must be adhered to in successfully developing an influencing strategy and then achieving the desired results through partnering.
The workshop uses dynamic exercises in which participant groups develop best practice process and then experientially test the tools and techniques working with real life challenges.
“Leading Change” is one of the most commonly identified “challenges” among leaders at all levels and from all backgrounds who attend the workshops we run. Leaders are primarily leaders of change. The Leader’s role in relation to change is to transparently create opportunities for change, to focus on and successfully execute change which is already in process and to overcome innate resistance to change.
The reason “Leading Change” frequently appears on a Leader’s “list of challenges” and the reason it is often described as “difficult” is simple and it is profound.
Our two day Workshop addresses these difficulties at two levels:
Like nature, we combine the advantages of each approach. A Newtonian perspective is helpful as a vehicle to direct and control and a Quantum approach takes account of the reality that Nature is essentially uncertain and unpredictable, that there are many ways to get things done, that non-hierarchical networking is critical in getting things done, that network members are co-creative partners and that change can start anywhere in the organisation and is perpetuated through meaningful relationships.
If you are a Leader at any level who wishes to implement a change programme, this workshop will help you to identify the critical steps and skills you need to successfully bring others with you.
If you are a team member who is finding the range of change and the speed with which it impacts increasingly demanding you will benefit from better understanding why humans are designed to resist change and how to work effectively with this at a personal and professional level.
The two day workshop enables participants to better understand the nature of change, the challenges that human beings face in effectively responding to change and to learn a range of tools and techniques which help to successfully navigate the sometimes stormy waters of change.
The workshop uses dynamic exercises in which participants explore change experientially and then learn from reflection and feedback and draws on a range of well established tools and techniques for successfully managing change.
For a taster price of just £175 per head, come and see for yourself how we combine Art and Leadership Theory by attending a workshop in the Beaconsfield area.
You’ll get a chance to meet us and experience how we do things. You don’t even need to bring a paintbrush.
Please contact Martin on (0034) 971 630 518 or email him
You can pay for your taster course using Paypal here
Jordans Quaker Meeting House, Welders Lane, Beaconsfield,
Buckinghamshire. Click here for more information.
Our Mallorcan workshops take place in the beautiful Son Gener Country Hotel – a beautifully refurbished 18th Century farmhouse in the quiet north-east of Mallorca, between Arta and Son Servera.
Each Workshop/Programme develops Seven Rocks of Natural Leadership which together develop Wisdom.