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    This 90-minute interactive workshop is for leaders and team members who wish to improve the quality of communication in all their interactions. Participants will increase their awareness of how they "show up" in conversations in their workplace or community. Through exercises and conversations based on the Ladder of Inference, Knower-Learner Survey, and Mutual Learning Model, participants will better understand their behavioral tendencies in stressful circumstances and how to shift their behavior to increase connection and improve communication outcomes. Participants will explore what it means to have a courageous conversation and effectively engage with conflict through genuine inquiry. Further, this workshop will make indirect use of certain “habits of systems thinking,” e.g., noticing and examining our own mental models, seeing circular cause and effect relationships, and seeing a situation from another’s perspective. Cultivation of these capacities will lead to increased productivity for the team, stronger work relationships, and improved individual well-being.

    Steven Byers, The Athena Group

    Steven ByersSteve is an interdependent consultant whose impact is to increase leadership capacity to take wise action. He is a graduate of the Organization Systems Renewal program at Seattle University and teaches systems thinking in the graduate leadership studies program at St. Mary’s College of CA. He advises leaders and leadership teams.

    He designs and teaches interactive workshops about systems intelligence, leadership, and mutual learning for teams. Steve consults with community groups and organizations in several sectors. The Conversation is the Relationship is about his work and learning.

    Nonprofit and public sector clients include South Sound Parent to Parent, Senior Services for South Sound, PULSE-NW, Friendly Water for the World, King County Library System, Timberland Regional Library, WA Department of Ecology, and the Seattle Housing Authority. Steve has served on the Board of Directors of Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) in Olympia for nearly 10 years. Steve also consults as part of The Athena Group in Olympia.

    120 State Avenue NE, #303
    Olympia, WA 98501