Announcing a New Teleclass Series: Creativity, Resilience and Making the Most of Transitions

Transitions teleclass

Are you going through a transition in your career, workplace or life?

If you are an artist of any genre, you know that transitions are an ongoing part of your creative life. How can you maximize your resilience to cope with them, and even thrive?

Are you in a leadership role, charged with leading your staff or a work team through a transition? How can you help them develop resilience in times of rapid change?

After considerable feedback from our clients, readers, friends and colleagues, we have decided to offer some high-value learning and coaching opportunities, co-facilitated by Cathryn Hrudicka (Creative Sage™/Cathryn Hrudicka & Associates) and Linda Naiman (Creativity at Work.).

Announcing a New Teleclass Series:

Creativity, Resilience and Making the Most of Transitions

Starts Tues Feb 15, 2011

With facilitators Linda Naiman and Cathryn Hrudicka

Why do some people suffer real hardships, yet not flounder?
What exactly is that quality of resilience that helps people bounce back from adversity and even excel?
How can you access and use your creativity to become more resilient in your journey?

If you are going through a major transition in your career, workplace or life, or…if you must guide your staff through a workplace transition, join us for our 4 week program:

Teleclasses will take place on four Tuesdays:
February 15 –March 8, 2011, at
1:00 -2:00 p.m. PST / 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST

Calls will be recorded and made available only to those who enroll in the program. If you are unable to attend all four sessions, you’ll be able to listen to the recording for any session you’ve missed.

UPDATE, January 28, 2011 — Registration is only open for TWO MORE WEEKS for this series! RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW.

Learning Benefits for You or Your Work Team:

  • Find your North Star and create your personal compass
  • Draw observations, insights, and wisdom from your coping experiences in order to learn and grow,
  • Facilitate coping skills and growth in your staff.
  • Develop a strategy for creating goals and making decisions, for yourself or your work team.
  • Enhance creativity and learn new improvisational skills to enhance resilience and effectiveness, in yourself or your staff.
  • Build bridges from present day transitions to a more fulfilling and successful future.

Why is resilience so important?

Resilience is a reflex, a way of facing and understanding the world, that is deeply etched into a person’s mind and soul. Resilient people and companies face reality with staunchness, make meaning of hardship instead of crying out in despair, and improvise solutions from thin air. Others do not. — Diane Coutu, “How Resilience Works,” Harvard Business Review, May 2002

We live in a world of turbulent change, and most of us are facing transitions in our lives. Many people have lost jobs, are unhappy in their careers, or have sustained personal losses, due to the challenging economy, changes in life stage, or for other reasons.

Companies, associations and nonprofit organizations are also facing rapid transitions and the necessity to change to meet the demands of a challenging economy, coupled with exponential technological changes. Sometimes pressure can freeze us into non-action, but that is a bit like treading water. It works temporarily, but if we don’t move forward, we sink.

For organizations, treading water is unsustainable and often has disastrous consequences. Standing still and not adapting effectively to change is no longer an option—for individuals, work teams, or organizations.

In times of turbulence, it’s helpful to focus on what is truly in our power to control. As Albert Einstein wisely said: “Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.” Finding opportunity takes imagination and creativity.

Who Should Attend this Teleclass:

Leaders and managers of companies, nonprofits, associations and trade organizations; individuals and work team members who are undergoing major workplace, career and life transitions; individuals at mid-life or at other change points who want to thrive and achieve success in the next stage of their lives.

Questions we will discuss and explore:

  • What are the transformational coping traits of resilient people?
  • Do I have the most effective attitudes and habits to thrive in adversity? How can I guide my staff or work team toward adapting their attitudes and habits?
  • Do I truly understand—and accept—the reality of my situation? Does my organization?
  • What values do I (and my organization) need to embrace to maximize resilience, mastery, and ability to thrive in the rapidly changing economic landscape?
  • How do I find meaning and purpose in my situation? How do I motivate other staff to find meaning and purpose in our work together?

Learning Topics:

  • Distinctions between change, transition, and transformation. Why transitions are so difficult, and how they can impact us emotionally, physically, spiritually, and economically
  • Adaptive change, and the Hero’s Journey (Campbell)
  • Strategies for developing resilience
  • How to face internal and external challenges and opportunities without sugarcoating them—and create strategies for dealing with or exploiting them;
  • The spiritual quest for meaning. Finding meaning and purpose in life or work. How to utilize the meaning-making power of communicating and developing mission, vision, values
  • How to develop and enhance your imagination, and nurture creativity Get support to take the necessary mental and action steps needed to solve problems effectively
  • Rehearse “what if” options that lead to meaningful insights regarding change.

Resources:

We will draw upon the work of William Bridges and his book, Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes; Joseph Campbell‘s book, The Hero’s Journey; Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning; and the research of Diane Coutu, on “How Resilience Works,” as well as the considerable wisdom and experience of the Teleclass facilitators and participants.

UPDATE, January 28, 2011 — Registration is only open for TWO MORE WEEKS for this series! RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW.

Register for Creativity, Resilience and Making the Most of Transitions in Virtual space: Phone number TBA  on Eventbrite

Your investment is only $199.00, for a limited time only. In the future, we will be raising the cost for this very timely and valuable learning experience.

SPECIAL OFFER: $50.00 discount if you refer a friend, colleague or work team member. You pay only $149.00—what a great deal, for such important and in-depth information!

Refer friends and work colleagues to our Teleclass. Sign up here to be an affiliate and earn a $20 bonus for every person who registers through you: http://bit.ly/FebAffiliate

UPDATE, January 28, 2011 — Registration is only open for TWO MORE WEEKS for this series! RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW.

About the Teleclass Facilitators:

Linda Naiman

Linda Naiman is a creativity and innovation consultant, coach, speaker and author, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is founder of Creativity at Work, and as co-author of Orchestrating Collaboration at Work, she recognised internationally for pioneering arts-based learning as a catalyst for developing creativity, innovation, and collaborative leadership in organizations. She has spoken at US Navy Leadership Symposiums, the Creativity World Forum,
and the European Summit on the Arts and Business. Clients include Fortune 500 companies and public sector organizations.

Linda has learned about transitions and transformation through embarking on her own Hero’s Journey. She has been featured in Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) stories about Career resilience: Midlife prompts many to act on career aspirations, and Managing a Mid-Life Makeover, She is a an associate business coach at the University of British Columbia and coaches managers on resilience, creativity, innovation and leadership. Visit Creativity at Work for more information about coaching and consulting.

Cathryn HrudickaCathryn Hrudicka is Founder/Chief Imagination Officer for her company, Creative Sage™ / Cathryn Hrudicka & Associates. Her experience includes executive, transition, creativity and innovation coaching and consulting with individuals, work groups and organizations. She has served in senior management positions, has owned her own company for over 30 years, and has achieved recognition in a parallel career as a multi-disciplinary artist and author. Most relevant—Cathryn has gone through major transitions, learned how to develop resilience, and has developed dynamic, creative, successful approaches to help other people go through them.

Creative Sage™ / Cathryn Hrudicka & Associates has won awards for innovation and communication using social media. Cathryn is a contributing author to two landmark books on the subject, The Age of Conversation 2 (2008) and The Age of Conversation 3 (2010), as well as a forthcoming book, A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing: Practical Tips, Advice and Examples from Leading Experts in the Field, edited by Paul Sloane, with a foreward by Henry Chesbrough (coming in March, 2011). Two of her blogs provide more information, at: http://www.CreativeSage.com/blog and:
http://www.CreativeSageArts.com/blog

UPDATE, January 28, 2011 — Registration is only open for TWO MORE WEEKS for this series! RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW.

Register for Creativity, Resilience and Making the Most of Transitions in Virtual space: Phone number TBA  on Eventbrite

Teleclasses will take place on four Tuesdays:
February 15 –March 8, 2011, at
1:00 -2:00 p.m. PST / 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST

If there is enough demand, we will open a second section on the same Tuesday dates, at 3:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EST (U.S.). We will consider additional days and times, subject to participant requests and facilitator availability.

Calls will be recorded and made available only to those who enroll in the program. If you are unable to attend all four sessions, you’ll be able to listen to the recording for any session you’ve missed.

Your investment is only $199.00, for a limited time only. In the future, we will be raising the cost for this very timely and valuable learning experience.

SPECIAL OFFER: $50.00 discount if you refer a friend, colleague or work team member. You pay only $149.00—what a great deal, for such important and in-depth information!

Refer friends and work colleagues to our Teleclass. Sign up here to be an affiliate and earn a $20 bonus for every person who registers through you: http://bit.ly/FebAffiliate

Registration for this Teleclass is easy, convenient and secure.

Please note that we are limiting this initial Teleclass to a small number of participants, to more effectively facilitate discussion and attention. We will close registration by Feb 11.

Available Follow-up After the Teleclass:

Follow-up workshops, teleclasses, group and individual coaching will be offered to interested participants who need or want to explore these topics in more depth and receive additional support, skill-building and individual attention. Some offerings will be specifically geared toward artists, writers, musicians and creative professionals of all disciplines. Most sessions will be available by telephone, Skype or Webinar, but some workshops and coaching will be available in person, depending upon location. Further information will be provided at the conclusion of this introductory teleclass—and you can follow registration updates here.

Don’t hesitate or procrastinate—take charge of your ability to be resilient, cope with transition and adapt to rapid change.

UPDATE, January 28, 2011 — Registration is only open for TWO MORE WEEKS for this series! RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW.


Register for Creativity, Resilience and Making the Most of Transitions in Virtual space: Phone number TBA  on Eventbrite

Confidential one-on-one coaching is available at a special price for participants. We will also be offering some follow-up, in-depth coaching groups, which we’ll announce at the end of the Teleclass series…or ask us about options.

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