You’re caught in the middle.
Execs demand results, teams want flexibility & empowerment.

We’ll help you break the conflict.

They feel pressure from their own leaders to have a detailed understanding of what’s going on with their teams’ work. This creates a natural desire to be in the middle of it all. To show up to all the team meetings. To ask for status updates. To share opinions about the work.

On the other hand, they’ve experienced how moving decision-making to the people closest to the work can create greater engagement and better solutions. So, they also feel a desire to try to stay out of the weeds. But it seems like the more empowered a team gets, the less information the leader has about the details of the work. That’s great when things are going really well. Not so good when the team is stalled or accidentally going in the wrong direction. And what leader wants to tell their boss, “I don’t actually know what’s going on with the project”?

The result is a feeling of being trapped between two unsatisfying options: micromanagement and staying hands-off. Neither seems like good leadership.

And yet, many leaders find themselves on a see-saw between these two unsatisfying options. They try to leave teams alone and let them self-organize for a while. But then, they’ll find themselves diving into the details of the work to try to be able to give status reports and keep projects on track.

Neither feels good. Most leaders remember how much they disliked micromanagers when they were an individual contributor. They don’t want to be that boss. (Not to mention how much time it takes to keep up-to-date on everything—we’ve seen leaders’ calendars!) But staying hands-off leads to a nagging sense that they should be able to bring more value as a leader.

Fortunately, that apparent dilemma is a false dichotomy. Both micromanagement and remaining hands-off are bad options.

The best leaders do something different. They ensure their teams have clarity so they can self-organize in the right direction. They mentor, develop, coach, staff, and fund their teams so they have the capability they need. They help teams make work visible so micromanagement isn’t necessary. And they pay attention to creating a system around teams that makes it easy for them to do the right things now and in the future.

This kind of leadership requires a different way of thinking about the role, a fresh set of skills, and often, deliberate personal development.

Enter Humanizing Work’s New Leadership Intensive. NLI is an is an eight-week cohort-style program designed with a series of practical half-day workshops on the concepts, skills, and tools leaders need to lead empowered teams and individuals effectively.

The workshops are spaced out to provide time for practice and integration between sessions. No more drinking from a firehose for two or three days while email and tasks pile up back at the office.

How it Works

Many leadership training offerings are scheduled over the course of a few consecutive days. This structure is particularly good at creating what is known as a “peak state,” where participants feel great and confident at the end of the training. However, research shows that peak states rarely translate to successful application of the content.

Short Sessions

For that reason, the Humanizing Work Leadership Intensive is structured as a series of practical half-day workshops on the concepts, skills, and tools leaders need to lead empowered teams and individuals effectively. The workshops are spaced out to provide time for practice and integration between sessions. No more drinking from a firehose for two or three days while email and tasks pile up back at the office.

Expert Coaching

Between workshops, participants attend instructor led, group coaching sessions to help work through practical application challenges. The workshops have plenty of inspiration packed in, but the incremental and iterative structure lets participants practice using the content before the trainers leave the (virtual) room, leading to much stickier results.

Leadership Intensive Program Timeline

Cohort Connection

This program is deliberately designed as a cohort-style learning model where leaders engage in deep discussions, drawing upon diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. By collaborating within a cohort, participants not only deepen their understanding of leadership concepts, but also develop lasting professional connections that extend well beyond the program’s duration.

Program Schedule

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Week Description
1 Session 1: Leading Through Complexity: Empowerment, Adaptability, and Creative Leadership
2 Group Coaching Session
3 Session 2: Crafting Purpose and Vision: The Heart of Effective Leadership
4 Group Coaching Session
5 Session 3: Creating High-Performing Teams & Org Structures
6 Group Coaching Session
7 Session 4: Coaching for Growth
8 Group Coaching Session

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Our leadership team’s development work with Humanizing Work was purposeful and actionable. It gave our team a clearer understanding of how to lead our organization to thrive in complexity.

The knowledge, experience, and models shared weren’t presented just for philosophical contemplation of leadership concepts or responsibilities. Rather, they helped us make sense of different aspects of our work as leaders and gave us a structured way to act upon it.

—John Bigay, Chief Revenue Officer, Universal Audio

Beyond the core program, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Join a Community of Like Minded Leaders. Become part of a global network of leaders committed to results-driven, people-first leadership. Learn from others, share what you’re trying. This ongoing collaboration beyond the training sessions enables you to be part of a community dedicated to sustaining and amplifying the impact of positive leadership.
  • Choose Elective Workshops Tailored to Your Needs. Continue learning with a range of electives focused on enhancing your leadership capabilities, from giving inspiring presentations to leading effective meetings, resolving conflict, setting engaging goals, and mastering feedback.

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Workshop Details

Session 1: Leading Through Complexity: Empowerment, Adaptability, and Creative Leadership

Today’s leaders face the daunting challenge of navigating an ever more complex business landscape, where the old ways of leading fall short. This complexity not only demands a new level of adaptability but also requires a leadership style that balances the pursuit of business results with the fundamental human need for empowerment and creative expression. This core half-day session in our leadership series addresses this challenge head-on by introducing participants to the Cynefin framework for navigating complexity, the Three Jobs model for managing empowered teams, and the Leadership Circle for personal leadership growth. By the end of the session, leaders are equipped with the tools and insights to lead with confidence in unpredictable environments, ensure their teams achieve peak performance, and foster a culture that brings together business success with a deeply human-centric approach.

Session 2: Crafting Purpose and Vision: The Heart of Effective Leadership

The skill most highly correlated with effective leadership is the ability to create clarity through strong purpose and vision. This is as true for a project as it is for an organization. Unfortunately, the typical purpose or vision statement is too vague and “corporate” sounding to inspire and to set as a clear foundation for strategy, goals, and execution. In this session, you’ll learn the characteristics of effective and ineffective mission, purpose, and vision statements, as well as a method for reliably harnessing the creativity of a group to write a great one.

Session 3: Creating High-Performing Teams & Org Structures

Establishing the optimal team and organizational structure directly impacts a company’s ability to succeed, but it’s a complex puzzle. Without the right structure, teams work on the wrong things, get stuck waiting on others in order to deliver anything of value, and never get into the flow that is the hallmark of all great work. This workshop reveals how leaders create the six conditions for effective teams and introduces strategies for effective organizational structures that emphasize the importance of collaboration within teams for complex tasks and coordination across teams for ordered tasks, thereby enhancing overall team performance and organizational agility.

Session 4: Coaching for Growth

As leaders try to be less directive, to avoid the micromanagement everyone hates, they can end up adopting a hands-off approach that provides neither clear direction nor growth for employees. Turns out coaching is a skill most leaders haven’t had a chance to develop. And just asking more questions doesn’t do the job. In this session, you’ll learn and practice a coaching approach leaders use to catalyze individual and team growth, broader and deeper thinking, and greater collaborative capability. This session is consistently rated among the most immediately applicable and transformative concepts we teach leaders—coaching skills really are a multiplier!

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Who Should Attend

This program is right for you if…

  • You manage a skilled team, and you’d like to see them bringing their best efforts to the table
  • Your teams are working on efforts that matter, so leveling up your leadership capability would have a meaningful impact in the world
  • You’re not interested in micromanaging your people, but you also want to make a concrete contribution in your work
  • You’d rather be a gardener, creating an environment where people can thrive, than a chess-master, shaping the details and making all the decisions

The Instructors

Peter Green Photo of Peter Green

Peter helps leaders discover how to create the outcomes they care about the most. He draws on a unique combination of deep empathy and keen insight developed by an almost stubborn insistence on staying actively involved in seemingly disconnected fields, including the creative arts, business, psychology, leadership, organizational design, and philosophy. Peter majored in music composition at Arizona State University. He is an in-demand trumpet player and recording engineer.

At Adobe Systems, Peter led an Agile transformation that enabled the shift to a subscription business model. He co-developed the Certified Agile Leadership program for the Scrum Alliance. He has trained, coached, and advised dozens of organizations to create outcomes that range from leadership development, to creating vision and strategy, to creating a culture of innovation, to clarifying and validating customer segments and needs, to reinventing business models and products, to creating high performing, Agile teams.

Peter is a Certified Scrum Trainer, a graduate of the ORSC coaching system, a certified Leadership Agility and Leadership Circle coach, a certified Innovation Games practitioner, and the co-founder of the Humanizing Work company. He is an avid reader and idea-combiner. He is a firm believer in the power of range and a growth mindset. He spends his working hours dedicated to nudging the world of work towards a more human-centric, meaningful, and prosperous future. He spends his other waking hours enjoying time with his wife and five kids, running, hiking, playing golf, and making music and visual arts.

Richard Lawrence Photo of Richard Lawrence

Richard Lawrence’s superpower is bringing together seemingly unrelated fields and ideas to create new possibilities. Drawing on a diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, design, and political science, Richard trains and coaches people to collaborate more effectively with other people to solve complex, meaningful problems.

Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the accelerated learning method, Training from the Back of the Room. His book, Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber, was published by Addison-Wesley in 2019 (for more information, visit bddwithcucumber.com).

When he’s not working with clients, you’ll often find Richard cooking, playing music, practicing Muay Thai, or flying down a mountain on his mountain bike.

Private Workshops

Bring this training program into your organization! Public offerings are great for individuals or small groups to grow their skills in a cost-effective way. But there’s nothing like a private engagement that just includes people from your organization. Private workshops allow for the incorporation of additional elective options to align with your organizations’s unique challenges and strategic goals. Explore our program electives here.