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Decoding the Hidden Dynamics of Teams

Mar 04, 2016 09:00am -
Mar 04, 2016 04:30pm

Event Description

Kathryn Stanley, PhD and Gillien Todd, MEd, JD, instructors

This unique workshop will provide leaders, teachers, coaches, consultants, HR and organizational development professionals with the tools to work at a much deeper level within groups and systems. Running for the first time in the US, the workshop will introduce participants to the theory of ‘Structural Dynamics’, which deconstructs the hidden dynamics of group interaction and links them to observable behaviors in the room – ultimately creating the opportunity to change stuck patterns of behavior which are not working. The workshop includes the Kantor Baseline Instrument and debrief.


By participating in this program participants will:

  • Discuss Dr. David Kantor’s model of structural dynamics through the use of the Kantor Baseline Instrument

  • Identify and work with typical behavioral tendencies and stuck dynamics

  • Practice a range of ways to change stuck behavior and dynamics

  • Learn to use Structural Dynamics as a powerful way of developing yourself, others and teams

Program Code: SD16
6 CE Credits, $295
Location: William James College, Newton

Enrollment limited to 20 people.

Kathryn Stanley, PhD, enjoys working with leaders and teams to help them to strategically respond to and positively thrive in today’s volatile market environment. She specializes in building capacity for collaborative teaming through dialogue, creating structures and cultures that engender innovation, and coaching leaders to be more authentic. Her ability to work with international teams across organizational silos has ensured the success of large-scale change initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, culture change, strategic realignment and organizational redesign. Kathryn’s Ph.D. is in Organizational Psychology. Her research includes the creation of two psychometric instruments including the Authentic Presence Inventory (API©) that has helped hundreds of leaders enhance their executive presence and the Radical Innovation Readiness Inventory (RIR©) that assesses an organizations capacity to radically innovate. She has presented at the Academy of Management on her research on Mindfulness. She is Co-Principal Investigator with David Kantor on the Reading the Room project to test Structural Dynamics in high performance teams.  She also co-authored the popular management book, Which Bird Gets Heard? How to Have Impact Even In a Flock.

Gillien Todd, MEd, JD, is an organizational consultant, coach, trainer, and teacher, with a background in interest-based negotiation and managing difficult conversations. Gillien has worked in a variety of organizations ranging from small charities to large institutions such as the Massachusetts General Hospital. Gillien is on the faculty of Harvard Law School, where she has taught negotiation and interpersonal communication skills to law students and executives for more than fifteen years. She has more recently developed expertise in consulting to groups and teams using the Structural Dynamics framework. She has designed team-level interventions using Structural Dynamics for executive teams, business partnerships, and long-term cross-organizational collaborations. Gillien is currently the Principal Interventionist for the Kantor Institute / Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology research project, which aims to quantify the efficacy of a Structural Dynamics approach within an executive team. She believes in the importance of having direct and honest conversations, and she strives to create a calm and a non-judgmental learning atmosphere. She is recognized for her creative problem solving, skillful listening, and directness.


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Organizational Leadership
Early registration ends on Sep 06, 2015.
Regular registration starts on Sep 07, 2015 and ends on Oct 19, 2015.
Late registration starts on Oct 20, 2015.


Registration Fees
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 Decoding the Hidden Dynamics of Teams - SD16
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Non-Member Fee: $295.00$295.00$295.00

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