Communication & Innovation for Professional & Business Growth
Communication & Innovation for Professional & Business Growth is a cycle of physical and online workshops helping participants identify and address the challenges that are getting in the way of their own professional and business development.
The work we'll introduce you to here, draws on leading-edge growth programmes like that of Netflix and our own five-year research with universities and industry across Europe. Built upon the rigour of action science, we have created a physical and virtual forum where you can practice skills and behaviours required to develop and facilitate across your company a different kind of leadership -- one that energises personal, professional and business growth.
At the event, you will be joined by trusted representatives of our creative learning community who are practising the same skills to solve problems collaboratively and facilitate responsible change. In a confidential environment, they act as critical friends, help design work place experiments, and share their own lessons learned.
Improve productivity or enter new markets
These workshops serve as excellent preparation grounds for participants seeking to implement internal change or to position their companies in new, unfamiliar and emerging markets – to take advantage of opportunities created by political, environmental, social, technological, legal and environmental change. These tools can be applied in most business development contexts, from export trade, low carbon and life sciences to circular economy, financial technology and future cities.
As well as developing skills and behaviours to facilitate change in your own work setting, the workshops will help you make more of conferences, trade missions and expos by helping you draw out, capture and promote your learning.
This Introductory Workshop is offered as a stand-alone session or as a first step on a new learning journey, with the following outcomes:
• Social & emotional – engaging and developing a fellowship of peers sharing lessons in creating change in their individual work settings;
• Intellectual – introducing a template of skills and behaviours;
• Commercial – exploring your growth spiral and collaboration with others.
Whether or not you continue on the journey, the content delivered in this Introductory Workshop is yours to keep and use as you see fit. All handouts are included in the price.
Today's global environment is one of rapid change. To survive and thrive, we need to understand how that change can bring both risk and opportunity. Contented has developed a quality framework for participative and experiential learning that helps address these challenges.
Action Learning is a process that helps individuals improve performance by studying their own actions and experience. It's a means of successfully engaging small groups of people who, working together on real challenges, can use their combined knowledge and experience to grow.
Attend the workshop cycle to develop the practice of Action Learning and plan how to deploy it in your personal or professional life; explore how the process can drive values-led growth and help develop new products and services.
All Contented facilitators are experienced in projects for change.
Gerard Davies is a certified business advisor, specialising in learning for sustainability and organisational development. After 20 years as a media producer, he gained an MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice from the international Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice at Bath University’s School of Management, where he started to develop his enquiry-based approach using creative skillsets to support sustainable relationships between enterprises and educational establishments. Gerard is a member of the Association of Sustainability Practitioners, member of the Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurs, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufactures, and Fellow of the Institute of Learning.
John Dooner specialises in helping our clients improve workplace wellbeing and productivity and leads on embedding emotional intelligence across the Contented team. He has designed and delivered workplace skills programmes incorporating developmental coaching and he has delivered and facilitated processes to support organisational development, conflict resolution and mediation and customer care programmes. He helps leaders negotiate, avoid the need for conflict resolution, raise self-esteem and accept change.
We have prepared and scheduled a full-day introductory workshop in Birmingham – with a number of chances to catch this. Just book your preferred available date. Once your booking has been confirmed, we will send you links to some materials to help you prepare – you should set aside half a day to complete this at the computer with internet. For this reason, booking will stop 36 hours before each workshop is due to commence.
Space is limited so do book as soon as possible. We'll try to arrange something for those who want to work with us and can't travel; if this is you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please select the appropriate price category and bring to the workshop evidence of eligibility where requested.
Contented has a number of promotional offers on our newsletters, emails and social networking pages, so it pays to engage with us!
We currently offer our programmes in Birmingham and are scheduling more to make them more easily accessed. The Birmingham venue is a ten-minute walk from Birmingham New St station. Directions will be sent out with your activity pack once you have confirmed your booking on EventBrite.
An extensive reading list will be made available after the workshop.
An overview of action learning is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_learning
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Communications for Change & Innovation
Who we are
Contented is a communications company helping clients around the world to produce digital content and learning events that make a positive difference to the people and places that matter to them.
What we do
We create communications for change:
- We work for innovators from business, media and academia, helping them communicate their work to wider audiences.
- We produce a range of communications – from creative workshops and technical infographics to apps and multimedia.
- We run professional and business development programmes and study visits with prestigious organisations, inspiring ideas and promoting them to new markets.
Contented is an equal opportunities employer: our diversity feeds our creativity.
- Creative events and professional development programmes
- Project development programmes and Study Visits in Britain & abroad
- Multi-platform media production and technical editing
- Knowledge transfer, research, evaluation & audit preparation
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