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Essential Conversations

Essential Conversations include any conversations between two or more people where the stakes are high and “agree to disagree” is not an option. A leader’s life is full of situations that require these conversations and this workshop helps improve them.


Essential conversations are where the stakes are high and it is no longer possible to “agree to disagree.” Your essential conversations could include:

  • confronting staff about problems with their performance

  • misalignment or competition with allies and peers

  • struggles with the board or boss

  • dealing with misbehaviour by colleagues

  • negotiations with clients and stakeholders

  • conversations around power and privilege

In this workshop we explore a model for one-to-one essential conversations and a model for group essential conversations. You will have an opportunity to plan and practice essential conversations and will leave with all the skills need to implement the critical skill of having essential conversations.

This Essential Conversations workshop is designed to facilitate good communication and to search for the truth(s). This workshop is an opportunity to give yourself and others the benefit of being genuinely curious. Fully understanding a situation is the first step to dealing with it effectively. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to address negative behaviours to ensure those behaviours don’t become the norm.


Our blended format includes two components:

Workshop Activities (one day virtual session): practise and feedback of key concepts with our facilitator engaging with you live using coaching, scenarios, activities, reflection and discussions

Post-workshop Activities (at your own pace): we’ll touch base with you several times to remind you to apply what you’ve learned


Registration closes on April 16

Learning Outcomes

This workshop focuses on...

  • having the conversation that is needed to address and change behaviours

  • and attitudes

  • knowing when feedback and coaching are no longer appropriate, and

  • confrontation of issues is needed

  • concluding the conversation with a stronger, enriched relationship

  • identifying and avoiding the common errors that we see when leaders try to have difficult conversations

Who Should Attend

This workshop would be great for:

  • Executives
  • HR Leaders
  • Managers
  • Future Managers

Offer this Workshop Privately

If you would like to have us provide this workshop privately to a group of staff within your organization, please click here.

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