Building Bridges Instead of Walls

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There is WAY too much talk about walls these days. Not just in the political arena. It’s in the way we interact with one another. Lots of anger, uncertainty, and mistrust everywhere, even at work. Some say there is a battle of the sexes going on, prompted by the #MeToo movement. I absolutely agree that it was highly time that we “out” the behaviours that led to the #MeToo, pointing out inappropriate behaviour and sexual misconduct.

But now what?

Calling out is not enough. We need to figure out how to fix this. And I believe building walls is not the answer; we need to build bridges.

This starts with talking about how gender differences permeate the everyday business landscape – affecting how people communicate, make business decisions and get judged for those decisions. I’m not talking about whether those gender differences are right or wrong, better in one gender versus the other. They just ARE. And they affect how we interact.

This is why I created the workshop Building Bridges Instead of Walls – How Gender Differences Affect Decisions in the Workplace, which I will be presenting it for the first time on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at IncentiveWorks in Toronto.

In my work with entrepreneurial couples and family business owners, I have found that women and men tend to think and behave differently, both at work and at home. This sometimes leads to unfortunate misunderstanding and conflicts, all of which are avoidable if we just learn to communicate.

What’s more, I don’t believe this applies just to entrepreneurs! Which is why I jumped at the chance to create something new when one of the organizers (who happened to also manage Truck World where I spoke in April) extended the invitation. This workshop will help any business professional understand how to create a healthier work environment for both sexes. One that fosters inclusivity and sound decision-making. This will be a homecoming of sorts for me.  I attended IncentiveWorks for many years as a hospitality and meetings industry professional.

Building Bridges Instead of Walls – Learning Outcomes

This will be a two-hour, highly interactive workshop during which participants will learn to:

♥ Discern fact from folklore with concepts like empathy, intuition, risk-taking and conflict
♥ Recognize and counteract stereotype threat
♥ Use research-based, self-management techniques to gain confidence in potentially tricky business situations where gender may be underlying issue
♥ Create business meeting environments that are more inclusive and productive.

I’m so excite to ve sharing my research review on how women and men think, communicate and make decisions differently. I believe it’s not about making one gender right or wrong; it’s about understanding and working together more harmoniously!

Presented by Edmonton Tourism

light blue Edmonton Tourism logoIn a very cool, serendipitous turn of events, the good folks at IncentiveWorks have paired me up with Edmonton Tourism, an organization which whom I had the pleasure of working on several occasions in the past. The Edmonton Team will be there to assist me with the group discussions and  interactive exercises.

This is very much something that was “meant to be” because they were attracted by the bridge imagery of the workshop title… Which of course is very much aligned with what Edmonton is all about: a multicultural city with lots of bridges crossing the North Saskatchewan River, and with a brand-new bridge: the Walterdale!

Check out the registration information. On behalf of Edmonton Tourism and IncentiveWorks, I look forward to welcoming you at the event!

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