Defining Authentic Leadership
Leadership and Conflict
Emerging Leadership
Strategic Visioning for Management Teams
Putting Creativity to Work
Bullett
Tuning In - Unleashing Creativity

Introduction to Collaborative Negotiation Skills
Advanced Collaborative Negotiaton Skills
Effective Relationship Building

Presenting with Ease
The Uncluttered Executive

Overcoming Fear of Flying
Quit Smoking Today








What does it take to be a truly great leader?

Outstanding leaders embody a very specific set of qualities that actually inspire people toward a particular goal or action. Successful leadership requires vision, courage and conviction. It requires compassion, a willingness to look inward and the ability to motivate. It requires self-discipline, huge energy and, above all, personal integrity.

And yet, it is often the quality of authenticity that makes the leader truly effective. It is the honesty, the personality revealed, the values shared - the qualities that make leaders unique - that allow people to trust them and therefore trust their leadership.

This workshop is specifically designed to help leaders and emerging leaders carefully define their visions of what successful leadership means for them. We will draw on current and past leadership experience as a basis of exploration. Participants will discuss the issues facing leaders in various stages of development and access the group for relevant insight and support. Through group coaching, as well as individual and team exercises, each leader will leave this workshop with a clearly developed leadership vision and a plan to attain that vision.

Workshop Leader: Karen Beckman


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When any two or more people work together, conflict is inevitable. In fact, conflict arising from business challenges is often the spark that pushes breakthrough thinking and innovative problem solving to the surface. Business leaders, in particular, find themselves not only engaged in everyday conflict but also called upon to mediate disputes among staff, clients and business partners. Indeed, leaders are frequently looked upon as models for effectively managing conflict in the workplace.

This workshop identifies and explores the challenges leaders face regarding conflict "on-the-job." This two-day intensive teaches conflict resolution skill building and theory based on the highly successful legal mediation practices used to resolve disputes in our Federal and State court systems. With an 85-90% success rate, legal mediation technique is an extremely powerful and productive skill set for any leader dealing with conflict.

Led by Karen Beckman, a seasoned leadership and executive coach and corporate front line veteran, and Elaine Rosenblum, an attorney and legally trained mediator who has conducted 60 + court-referred mediations, this workshop uniquely ties the applications of mediation technique to the conflicted situations corporate executives often face.

Workshop Leaders: Karen Beckman & Elaine Rosenblum, Esq.


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Even top performers can struggle on the road to leadership. Displaying mastery and exuding confidence in junior and middle management positions, the concept of what is expected from emerging leaders as they step into more senior leadership roles can be vague and sometimes altogether elusive. Compounding this is the misguided belief that leaders should intuitively know how to conquer evolving challenges and responsibilities without any support. This series of half-day workshops are designed to bring consciousness, structure and support to the process of emerging leadership.

Participants will actively engage in a series of group dialogues about what leadership means to them, who their role models are and why, the differences between leadership and management, and the roles that vision, integrity and personal values play in successful leadership. Importantly, they are asked to consider how the way they carry and present themselves (in meetings, presentations and even around the halls) impacts the effectiveness of their leadership. Discussion is ultimately focused on what people need from leaders and what participants can specifically do to better meet those needs.

By including participants from different disciplines/areas in the company, a built-in support network is automatically developed that emerging leaders can draw from on an ongoing basis.

These workshops are led by Karen Beckman, leadership coach and Founder of Empowerment Toolbox and are tailored to meet the needs of each particular group/company.

Workshop Leader: Karen Beckman


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This workshop, which can be offered in series or as a stand-alone session, brings management team members together in a unique environment that leverages their full potential as a group. Facilitated by Karen Beckman, veteran leadership coach and corporate front liner, these coaching workshops have proven valuable in improving long- term functioning of teams by facilitating the honest dialogue necessary to create actionable, valuable and sustainable change. Coaching management teams consistently brings increased focus, productivity and energy to ongoing meetings.

Tailored to meet your company's specific needs, management team coaching typically helps senior teams to:

  • Define/refine strategic visions
  • Confirm relevance and assess status of current goals and plans
  • Brainstorm/identify highest value initiatives to pursue
  • Generate actions plans for each chosen initiative
  • Determine ownership/accountability for each initiative.
  • Delegate down so that middle management is empowered in process
  • Create a system whereby team regularly updates each other on progress

Ms. Beckman works very closely with team leaders to design and lead these programs.

Workshop Leader: Karen Beckman



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What is the role of creativity in the workplace?

Creativity is the inspiration for every breakthrough achievement. It is the ability to imagine-not only brilliant solutions but new, truly innovative ideas. Creativity can show up in the simplest of clever approaches, as a unique way of thinking or a revolutionary way of "doing."

How much creativity is being put to work at your company? Is it a value that is supported?

Creativity is a gift that everyone has the ability to tap into. Understanding the "anchors" that trigger that peak creative state for each individual or particular group allows direct access to explosive, creative thinking. This workshop, tailored to meet your group's specific needs, explores the benefits of creative thinking in all areas of business from productivity to people management. Participants will deconstruct their own personal creative process and leave with blueprints to access their best creative state. With support from the group, participant's best creative thinking will be applied to a current business challenge.


Workshop Leader: Karen Beckman


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Business executives are negotiating everyday. In fact, the ability to negotiate effectively is one of the most highly valued business competencies for those working in today's super-paced, technology-driven corporate environments. Whether negotiating business deals or building relationships with business partners and vendors, collaborative negotiation skills enhance the ability to effectively manage virtually any business discussion.

This seminar offers an introduction to collaborative negotiation. Participants will be introduced to the ideas behind negotiating workplace issues with decency, respect and integrity, using proven negotiation techniques rooted in collaborative theory. Facilitator uses popular media and inter-active exercises to continually maintain interest among participants.

Collaborative Negotiation workshops enable clients to:

  • Build strategic partnerships, essentials for success in a team-oriented environment
  • Create non-judgmental forums for discussion
  • Gain a better understanding of other positions and underlying interests in order to enhance effective communication
  • Create appropriate environments to generate customized, win-win solutions


* Half-day workshops include 3 skill-building exercises and basic introductory discussion
* Full day workshops include above exercises, in-depth skill discussion and role plays

Workshop Leader: Elaine Rosenblum, Esq.


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This two-day seminar offers an in-depth skill building opportunity for those seeking to master collaborative and integrated conflict management skills. Theoretical basics offered in the introductory programs are included in addition to a second full day focusing exclusively on skill building and coaching through role plays.

In preparation for day two, participants (in pairs) are asked to provide conflict scenarios for role play. This is to assure relevancy to specific workplace issues. Pairs are asked to act out their conflict, modeling skills taught in day one. Together, the facilitator and participants coach and critique role plays using neutral, collaborative language to enhance skill mastery.

Advanced Collaborative Negotiation enables clients to:

  • Build strategic partnerships, essential for success in team-oriented environments
  • Enhance interpersonal relationships with direct reports, supervisors and outside business partners via respect and integrity
  • Create non-judgmental forums for discussion
  • Gain tools to better understand other positions and underlying interests in order to optimize effective communication
  • Obtain greater levels of support and cooperation by using direct, neutral language
  • Learn to identify and address crucial obstacles impeding resolution
  • Create appropriate environment to generate customized win-win solutions
  • Develop agreements that consider all parties' needs and interests
  • Practice and apply key conflict management skills

Workshop Leader: Elaine Rosenblum, Esq.


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Distinct and subtle communication skills are the key to building effective working relationships. This workshop focuses on the delicate language of alliance and relationship building. Often used to enhance mediation, the skills of active listening, looping, neutral language and win-win mindset are remarkably useful for relationship management among colleagues, teammates, superiors and subordinates. When consistently employed, these skills offer the opportunity for respectful, productive relationships, negotiated with frankness and genuine integrity.

Workshop Leaders: Karen Beckman & Elaine Rosenblum, Esq.


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The key to successful presentations is often the comfort level and confidence of the speaker. Yet, facing an audience - the fear of public speaking- is actually the number one fear in America. This full day workshop enables executives at all levels to improve their presentation and public speaking skills through self-hypnosis. By learning to stay relaxed and focused, presenters step into more powerful and confident states.

First, important aspects of the physiology of stress and the stress reaction in the body are covered so that presenters understand their own reactions. Next, presenters learn the importance of preparation, and the most effective ways to prepare for presentations. Ultimately, presenters learn powerful relaxation and focusing techniques like visualization for 'rehearsing success', desensitization for removing fears, and use of a self hypnosis anchor for calmness, which can be used before and during presentations. These valuable relaxation tools are learned and then internalized so they may be used to improve future speeches, meetings, presentations, performances.

Workshop Leader: Susan Spiegel


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Being well organized is a pillar of success in today's business world. Too often executives lose time, money and energy because they simply lack the skills and support systems to keep them on top of things. Designed to support people caught between the pressure and time constraints of corporate America and the daily barrage of incoming paper, this half-day workshop provides tools and customized systems for filing, calendar and time management.

Do not underestimate the impact of a flawless filing system. We offer step-by-step, practical solutions that anyone can learn to create systems that will actually work for them. This workshop is guaranteed to free up time and space and is valuable for anyone who has difficulty focusing because his/her desk or office is cluttered or who is currently unable to swiftly locate important documents.


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There has never been a more urgent need for people to have tools to ease their anxiety about flying. Fear of flying has risen dramatically since the tragedies of September 11th. For some, the fear can be debilitating; with people even changing their work to avoid flying. Even seasoned travelers have new levels of anxiety as they fly.

Learning techniques to distract and calm the mind and the body are key to overcoming fear of flying.

This half-day workshop begins with lucid, left-brained information, including a basic understanding of flight, as well as the physiology of stress and fear in particular. Next, cutting edge technology is taught about how to separate from, watch and distract our minds from reflexive thoughts and the accompanying fear that results from them in order to affect new behavior. Participants learn the relaxation response and desensitization, simple and effective self-hypnosis, take-with-you tools that can be called upon for any actual flight experience.

This workshop is specifically designed to be inclusive, so that participants with all different levels of fear can feel safe and have their needs met.

Workshop Leader: Susan Spiegel


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It is common knowledge that smoking has serious health consequences; the unfortunate truth is that well before causing life-threatening disease, smoking contributes to respiratory infections, shortness of breath, low energy, and suppressed immune response. In short, it hurts the smoker, and can translate to lower productivity in the workplace.

Sadly, many smokers feel powerless to quit. Often describing the habit as a way to deal with stress, smokers are challenged by and fearful of giving up this measure of 'comfort'. Over time, they experience less and less enjoyment and more and more physical problems: the cough, the smell, the burns, the social consequences. The smoker is often stressed about finding a way to quit.

Hypnosis is a well-known way to quit smoking. Stop Smoking Today can provide the means for smokers who are ready and want to quit, to be free of the habit forever.

In this 3-hour workshop, guided self-hypnosis is used to close the door on the old habit and open the pathway to feeling healthier and better. First, there is some important sharing of the issues and reasons the participants have for liking smoking/hating smoking. These are later utilized as each person comes to his own inner commitment to quit, when in a relaxed hypnotic state. Then, simple techniques for relaxation of the body and mind are taught to replace some of the old behaviors, like reaching for cigarettes in times of stress.

The level of success for this program is very high; many people never reach for a cigarette again. Offered in this type of group setting, there is the additional benefit of the 'support' group that is created by quitting together.

Workshop Leader: Susan Spiegel



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