Leadership Practices for Challenging Times

This is a leadership and team development program. The overarching goal is to teach and model the pathways for creating high performance teams. Creating and sustaining such high performance teams is an organization's best investment in a world of constant and unpredictable change.  Both the six and eight day programs provide participants learning experiences through lecture, modeling, practice and direct application. Steve Zuieback has been evolving this program over the last 30 years in business, government, and non-profit sectors. Over the last 15 years, Steve has spent the majority of his time working with school systems - sites, districts and county offices of education.

Six or Eight Day Programs

6-Day Program:

  • Is desisgned for intact teams that are prepared to work on strategic issues as they learn the leadership and facilitation process, tools and skills.
  • It is a superior model in terms of transferability to the site and to practice.
  • It requires fewer days away from the work site.
  • The formal site leader must be present with their team.

8-Day Program:

  • Is designed for individual practitioners – principals, district administrators, and coaches
  • It provides a wider array of processes and frameworks than the 6-day model

Both programs provide four essential components:

  1. Leadership and organizational frameworks
  2. Leadership communication skills - Micro Skills
  3. Strategies to create high functioning teams
  4. Proven conversational and planning processes

Generallly, the program consists of three or four 2-day training modules spaced 4-6 weeks apart.  Each specific process and practice is modeled by Steve Zuieback and practiced in small groups by participants. 

Some of the key training topics:

  • How to successfully navigate change and transition.
  • The 5 essential micro skills of facilitating powerful conversations.
  • How to move your team to high performance.
  • The Process Enneagram - the most effective systems change map and process. 
  • The 7 most useful facilitation processes for navigating complicated and complex site and organizational challenges. 
  • What to do when the leader is perceived as the problem.

 Participants will learn how to:

  • diagnosis and design interventions for teams and organizations.
  • assist your teams and organization to navigate change processes and implementation of new initiatives.
  • utilize a range of facilitation processes and learn what process to use for different type of situations and desired outcomes.
  • design rational and experiential outcomes to guide your facilitation designs.
  • recognize and handle the most common difficult group dynamics.
  • shift your style and approach based on the needs of your teams.
  • be a more effective member of a team that is facilitated by another person.

Course Materials - participants receive the following materials as part of their registration fee:

  1. Leadership Practices for Challenging Times by Steve Zuieback
  2. Facilitation Skills for Chaotic Times Process Flash Cards by Steve Zuieback
  3. From Cat Herding to Leadership by Steve Zuieback with Michael Grinder
  4. Access to Video Library by Steve Zuieback

“The Desert/Mountain SELPA has been honored to work with Steve Z. for the past ten years. Through our work with Steve, we have built an organization that is values-based and focused on building people. I have personally learned how to lead effectively through my participation in Steve’s  facilitation training for educational leaders. I highly recommend this training for those leaders who want to create sustainable transformation and who want to improve their ability to effectively lead in chaotic times. Steve’s down-to-earth and practical approach focuses on real work and results in a deeper level of self-reflection and personal learning.”

Dr. Sheri Wilkins, Formerly Program Manager Desert Mt. SELPA, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools