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With Al Siebert, Ph.D., author of The Resiliency Advantage

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Resiliency: The Key to Surviving and Thriving in Non-Stop Change

Keynote by Al Siebert, Ph.D.

Resilient people and resilient organizations have a competitive advantage. They adapt and thrive better than others in non-stop change. Highly resilient people bounce back from difficulties, "read" new realities rapidly, adapt to changed circumstances quickly, are change proficient, sustain good energy under constant pressure, cope well with crises, and have a talent for serendipity. Dr. Al Siebert, internationally recognized author of The Survivor Personality, shows how to be highly resilient in circumstances that overwhelm others.

Participants will take Al Siebert's popular quiz "How Resilient Are You?" and will learn:

  • how to handle constant change and bounce back from difficulties no one prepared you for.

  • why some people are more resilient than others.

  • what it takes to sustain yourself under constant pressure.

  • how to avoid resiliency fatigue.

  • how to make the shift from job descriptions to professionalism and from stress to resiliency.

  • how to overcome counter-productive habits and inner barriers to resiliency.

  • why "learning" is essential to handling change.

  • how to gain strength from adversity and find ways to convert difficulties into good luck.

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The Resilience Imperative

Keynote by Al Siebert, Ph.D.

Managing in today's world is more challenging than ever. Resilient executives and managers must get more work done in less time with fewer people with less budget while managing non-stop change. In this session, Dr. Al Siebert draws on thirty years experience teaching management psychology and his knowledge of highly resilient survivors to show how to develop workforce resiliency. This will be an interactive session with discussions that facilitate expert learning.

Participants will learn:

  • Why some people are more resilient than others. How to hire and develop resilient employees.

  • Why managers must develop emotional intelligence to effectively manage transitions and change. Fundamentals of transition psychology. Why the best way to manage change is to manage learning. How to shift from managing with instructions to managing with questions.

  • How people and groups learn to be excellent: Essential processes in a learning organization. How to create attitudes of professionalism.

  • How to avoid "groupthink" in teams. Why a successful positive attitude includes negative thinking. Techniques for handling people with negative attitudes in positive ways.

  • How to overcome barriers to resiliency learned during childhood. Why trying to be a "good" person prevents effective coping.

  • The latest findings about resiliency training.

  • How to bounce back from unexpected difficulties. How to gain strength from distressing experiences and convert misfortune into good luck.

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The Highly Resilient Executive

Executive Briefing by Al Siebert, Ph.D.

Highly resilient organizations have a competitive edge in a business climate where employees must get more work done, of higher quality, in new ways, in less time, with fewer people, with less budget. This fast-moving, tough-minded, interactive session reviews executive actions that will increase or impair organizational resiliency.

Dr. Al Siebert has over 30 years experience teaching management psychology and conducting pioneering research into the inner nature of highly resilient survivors. He has a deep, practical understanding of what to do and not do when executives want employees to be resilient and change-proficient.

Participants will learn the payoffs gained from using advanced emotional intelligence:

  • How to identify resilient, self-confident "risk takers" for hiring and promotion while keeping "caretakers" and "undertakers" where they are useful.

  • How to develop highly resilient, change-proficient employees--the latest research findings.

  • How power is derived from controlling the choice point between counter-balanced, paradoxical forces.

  • Ways to convert employee negativity from an energy drain into a useful resource.

  • How to create stable, high performance systems in a corporate culture that embraces constant change

  • Taking advantage of the time tested methods of Peter Drucker, Chris Argyris, Fred Herzberg, Irving Janis, and David McClelland, while testing newer methods developed by Peter Senge, Dee Hoch, Andrew Grove, Tom Peters, Steven Covey, and Jack Welch.

  • Transition psychology: Why the key to managing change is to manage with questions.

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Workforce Resiliency

How to Develop Resiliency in Yourself, Your Work Teams, and Your Organization

Managers Seminar by Al Siebert, Ph.D.

Resilience is essential in today's world of non-stop, disruptive change. Organizations, work teams, and individuals best suited for non-stop change in high pressure situations are much different than in the past. In this session participants will receive a manual on how to become highly resilient, take Al Siebert's popular quiz "How Resilient Are You?" and discuss how to be resilient in circumstances that overwhelm others.

Participants will learn:

  • How to become highly resilient.

  • Why it is important to be a role model for resiliency.

  • How to develop resilient, change-proficient employees.

  • How to identify resilient people for hiring and promotion.

  • Inner barriers to resiliency.

  • Overcoming the widespread myth of job stress, while paying attention to employee fatigue.

  • How managers with advanced emotional intelligence facilitate resiliency.

  • How to neutralize negativity in work groups. Positive ways to handle people with negative attitudes.

  • Why the key to managing change is to manage with questions and work to create a culture of self-motivated learning.

  • Developing a learning organization: How to keep getting better and better.

  • How to develop attitudes of professionalism in employees.

  • How to manage employees who resist change.

  • Bouncing higher--guidelines for converting setbacks into good luck.

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Resiliency: An Essential Skill in a Rapidly Changing Workplace

Employee Professional Development Workshop by Al Siebert, Ph.D.

Resilience is essential where everyone feels pressured to get more work done, of higher quality, in new ways, with fewer people, in less time, with less budget in a constantly changing workplace. In today's workplace everyone must learn how to be change proficient, cope with unexpected setbacks, and overcome emotionally draining adversities. In this interactive workshop each person will take Al Siebert's popular quiz "How Resilient Are You?" and receive a copy of his booklet Resiliency: An Essential Skill in a Changing Workplace.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Develop resiliency strengths, thrive under pressure, and avoid "burnout"

  • Bounce-back from disruptive changes and set-backs

  • Develop excellent problem solving skills

  • Strengthen self-confidence

  • Keep a sense of humor

  • Maintain optimism and good morale

  • Stay detached from negativity and "victim" reactions in others

  • Bring stability to unstable situations

  • Avoid resiliency fatigue by becoming change-proficient

  • Keep learning lessons in the school of life

  • Overcome the widespread myth of job stress and learn better coping skills

  • Master all five levels of resiliency

  • Develop a talent for serendipity

  • Become stronger and more resilient all your life

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The Five Levels of Resilience

Professional Development Session by Al Siebert, Ph.D.

In today's workplace everyone needs to be change proficient, cope with unexpected setbacks, and overcome unwanted adversities.

Highly resilient people know how to bounce back and find a way to have things turn out well. They handle constant change well because they are flexible, adapt quickly, synergistic, and learn from experience. They handle major difficulties better than most people because they know how to gain strength from adversity. When hit by major setbacks they don't complain about life being unfair. Like cats, they manage to land on their feet and often end up stronger and better than before.

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will take Al Siebert's popular quiz "How Resilient Are you?" and receive a copy of his booklet that covers the five levels of resiliency.

The five levels are:
  1. Maintaining Your Emotional Stability, Health, and Well-Being
  2. Focus Outward: Good Problem Solving Skills
  3. Focus Inward: Strong Inner "Selfs"
  4. Well-Developed Resiliency Skills
  5. The Talent for Serendipity

  • The first level is essential to sustaining your health and your energy.

  • The second level focuses outward on the challenges that must be handled, it is based on research findings that problem-focused coping leads to resiliency and that people who see their jobs as stressful are the least resilient.

  • The third level focuses inward on the roots of resiliency--strong self-esteem, self-confidence, and a self-concept of professionalism.

  • The fourth level covers the many attributes and skills found in highly resilient people.

  • The fifth level describes what is possible at the highest level of resiliency. It is the talent for serendipity--the ability to convert misfortune into good fortune.

Fortunately, everyone is born with the potential to become highly resilient. In this workshop you will learn how.

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Survivor Resiliency

Professional development session conducted by Al Siebert, Ph.D.

Dr. Al Siebert's research into the inner nature of life's best survivors to shows how to be resilient in circumstances that overwhelm others. In this session participants will take and discuss Al Siebert's popular quiz "How Resilient Are You?" and will learn about the five levels of resiliency.

Participants will learn:

  • How to be resilient under pressure and thrive in difficult circumstances.

  • Why some people are more resilient than others.

  • How to overcome barriers to resiliency learned during childhood. Why trying to be a "good" person prevents effective coping.

  • Typical self-defeating habits and how to overcome them.

  • Why a practical positive attitude includes negative thinking. Techniques for remaining positive around negative people.

  • How to bounce back from difficulties no one prepared you for.

  • How to gain strength from adversity.

  • How to handle the emotional side of reorganization and downsizing, if necessary.

  • How to talk with people about what you've been through.

  • How resilient survivors combine creative thinking and intuition with practical problem solving.

  • How to remain optimistic by knowing that misfortune is temporary and can be converted into good luck.

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Resiliency For a Long, Healthy Life

Workshop by Al Siebert, Ph.D.

How long a person lives is determined by four factors: genetic endowment, life style, environmental factors and natural events, and psychological resiliency.

Dr. Al Siebert's pioneering research into the inner nature of life's best survivors shows how to be resilient in circumstances that overwhelm others. In this workshop participants will take Al Siebert's popular quiz "How Resilient Are You?", learn about the five levels of resiliency, and learn how psychological resiliency contributes to a longer more enjoyable life.

Participants will learn:

  • How to be resilient and thrive in difficult circumstances.

  • Why some people are more resilient than others.

  • The five levels of resiliency and how to develop them.

  • How to overcome barriers to resiliency learned during childhood. Why trying to be a "good" person prevents effective coping.

  • Typical self-defeating habits and how to overcome them.

  • How to remain optimistic and avoid feeling helpless and hopeless.

  • Techniques for remaining positive around negative people.

  • How to neutralize the negative effects from the myth of stress.

  • How resilient survivors combine creative thinking and intuition with practical problem solving.

  • The ways that resiliency contributes to longevity.

  • How to bounce back from difficulties no one prepared you for and gain strength from adversity...at any age.

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Caregiver Resiliency: Strength from Within

Keynote or Professional Development Session by Al Siebert, Ph.D.

Individuals who make the best caregivers sustain their spirit while working with people in distress. They remain calm in crises, and can cope effectively with unasked for difficulties. Participants will take Dr. Al Siebert's popular quiz "How Resilient Are You?" Caregivers will learn how to benefit from his research into the inner nature of people who gain strength from life's roughest challenges.

Participants will learn:

  • Why some people hold up better and are more resilient than others.

  • The personality characteristics of caregivers who cope well with crises and adapt quickly to new situations.

  • Guidelines for developing caregiver resiliency.

  • How to overcome the negative effects of the myth about stress.

  • How caregivers can remain human while being exposed anger, complaining, and despair.

  • Tips for developing immunity to chronically complaining people who don't handle life well.

  • How to gain strength from adversity and distressing experiences.

  • How to sustain a positive attitude while overcoming disappointments and set-backs.

  • Healthy, revitalizing ways to take care of yourself.

  • Strengthening the roots of resiliency through support from friends.

  • How healthy self-esteem and self-confidence allow you to avoid feeling helpless.

  • How to cope with uncertainties and pressures, and be resilient in the rapidly changing health care field.

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CAMP RESILIENCE: Leadership Skills for Developing Resiliency in Yourself and Your Workforce

A two- or three- day retreat that you arrange for your management group

Camp director, resiliency psychologist Dr. Al Siebert, will tailor a multi-day retreat for your organization.

Non-stop, disruptive change is pressuring everyone to do more work with fewer people, in less time, in new ways, with a reduced budget. During changes in the past, executives and managers had to learn ways to be resilient on their own. Now, for the first time, the new science of resiliency psychology shows how to develop resiliency strengths that work for you in your unique circumstances. In this innovative, interactive series of "camp" sessions, participants learn how to develop the five levels of resiliency, how to be flexible, adapt quickly to new circumstances, thrive in constant change that overwhelms others, and how to increase workforce resiliency strengths.

At Camp Resilience, participants receive a copy of The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Thrive Under Pressure, and Bounce Back from Setbacks by Al Siebert, PhD, the creator and director of the camp. The book is used as the primary resource and workbook for the course. Siebert's interactive methodology allows participants to influence which topics are emphasized.

Camp participants learn:

  • Why some people are more resilient than others. What to look for in resilient employees. How to hire and develop resilient employees.
  • Key attitudes and beliefs that help or hinder resiliency.
  • What it means to develop professionalism and learn the art of leading.
  • Benefits from using a flexible management style.
  • Why the transition process must be understood and managed well whenever "change" occurs. Why the best way to manage change is to manage learning. How to increase work team resiliency by managing with questions.
  • Advanced emotional competencies:
  • Effective ways to handle cliques and informal group leaders.
  • How to hold meeting during emotional times.
  • How to strengthen workforce resiliency by increasing workplace morale and job satisfactions.
  • How to be optimistic while avoiding "groupthink" during group decision making. Why a successful positive attitude includes negative thinking.
  • Techniques for handling negativity specialists in positive ways. The importance long-term optimism, balanced by short-term pessimism.
  • Guidelines for having compassionate empathy with people in distress without taking on their pain; when to make an EAP referal.
  • The most important element in resolving workplace conflicts
  • How personal power is derived from being at the choice point between counter-balanced forces: the benefits of being "both/and."
  • How to orient quickly to new realities and bounce back from unexpected difficulties. The importance of being a role model for gaining strength from distressing experiences.
  • How to transition the workforce from obediently following position descriptions to working with inner attitudes of service and professionalism
  • Guidelines for bouncing back from unexpected difficulties and gaining strength from challenging experiences
  • How workforce resiliency enhances good health and increases organizational productivity

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