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The path to high-performance leadership

The Tony Thayer Leadership Dojo

Our Leadership Dojo is a 6-month, small-group skills-development program for leaders who want to play a bigger game in life. The Dojo is for people who understand the reciprocal power of making a difference for others, and who want to set the skills to do so deep in their muscle & bones.

The group experiences the energy, openness & bonding that occurs as you move from Team-2-Tribe.  Each month, you'll learn a new set of skills & take them back to your own team to produce transformatieve growth and engagement.

Elevate your team to its tribal potential!

SCHEDULE A FREE LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL CONVERSATION WITH TONY

Take Your Team to the Next Level!

What is your team's Real Potential?

How to Make Your team shine

The New Tools From Neuroscience to Extend Your Impact as a Leader

Want to become a better leader? The first step is to create a climate where people thrive. We offer a new playbook, built on insights from brain-science, that will give you the power to make an impact and dramatically improve results.

 Our brains are social organs, designed to foster cooperation and alignment.  Traditional work cultures simply fail to understand how easy and natural it can be to activate the brain of your business and build a collective intelligence.

You can easily become a brain-savvy leader, who  lifts your people to their full-potential & become resourceful & powerful.

 Whether you are the owner of a business or a front-line team leader – you can transform your your results in a few short months.  We help leaders realize their potential, so that they can help their people realize theirs!

 The Brain of Your Business is here to help you amplify the energy & fulfillment of your people. You’ll discover they have more capacity & resourcefulness than you’ve ever imagined!

Contact us below to set up a discovery session 

Activate the Brain of Your Business For Greater Success & Fulfillment

High-performance teams are the key to securing a competitive advantage and accelerating your career. 

But few leaders know how to bring out the best from people.  This is what we do!  

A Better Way to Lead 

If you want to take charge of your career, if you want to transform your team & exceed everyone’s expectations, then look over our Leadership Dojo program. If you own a business & want to establish a leadership development program, we can create a dojo at your business.  Or, we can work directly with you and your team to create a transformation to engage everyone on the team. We help managers become leaders of people.

All people love being part of a winning team; it inspires us to rise up & play a bigger game. We start to act as one. 

This is what it means to activate the Brains of Your Business. Amazing things happen when people pull together!

We help leaders engage and inspire people, to create workplaces where everyone goes home at night feeling bouyant, energized & fulfilled!  

The Power of Collective Intelligence

THE BRAIN OF YOUR BUSINESS

How to Invigorate Your People, Move the Needle & Transform Your Company.  In Just 6 Months!

The Power of Brain-Healthy Work Climate

Each of your people is like a distinct part of the brain.

Our brains don't function well until our brainstem, limbic, cerebellum & cortex integrate into common purpose.

Integrating the Brains of Your Business is the key to outrageous performance.

How Well Are The "Brains Of Your Business" Performing?

 Which brain AREAs Does Your Team work from?

We Build “Neuro-Leadership” Skills

Brain-science is transforming business; we help you improve results by activating the collective intelligence of your team.  Simply stated, the brain is a social organ.  We can transform the mood & energy at work – and our results – by helping on another touch the hearts & minds of the people we serve & care about. 

The Nature of My Presence

What You Get By Connecting With Tony

I help you connect to the best within you so you can connect with the best in your people.

I help you see your capacities – so you can make a powerful new impact on your staff, your customers & your earnings.

These testimonials summarize the qualities that keep clients raving about my mentoring & coaching skills.  

If you want to raise your teams’ Performance Potential, if you want to be known as a natural-born leader, then I invite you to schedule a conversation and start a journey with me!

His Mentoring Qualities

a powerful Presence

 “What stands out about Tony is his presence.  When he’s there, really on, there’s a flow, a back & forth to the interaction that I can feel” 

-RD, Oakland, CA

“He has a magical way of creating a safe environment. He listens openly, without judgment. His honesty & self-awareness let me reflect on my world & notice the best parts of my journey“

-RD, Oakland, CA

“He provides acceptance & a very safe space, a really warm, positive atmosphere”
-IK, Oakland, CA

“What’s awesome about Tony is that he’s super comfortable with who he is. There’s no angst. A word that comes up for me – for him – is Peace.  Peace comes off him like waves.  It comes from how he show ups, how he is just who he is.”
– Dana Cory, Portland, OR

 

“Tony is an Urban Shaman”

-KM, Berkeley, CA

He Connects with & Encourages You

“Tony encourages others to be themselves, to feel good about themselves, and to grow and participate in life.”

X.L. Coach & Leadership Consultant

“Tony connects really well.  He’s available in a way that many people never are. He’s really good at holding space

-RD, Oakland, CA

“Tony connects quickly with others, but what’s amazing is how he connects – he lifts you up; he encourages you to feel good about yourself”

-RD, Oakland, CA

“Tony is really open.  He has a quiet strength and an amazing heart.  He’s gone through a lot yet he still leads with an open heart. Tony offers an upward spiral of positive expectations.”

Susan B, St Louis

He Helps You find & Be Your best self

“Tony sees the best possibilities in the people he’s with. There’s no sense of pushback or evaluation – he’s just fully there & the energy flows easily”
-RD, Oakland, CA

 

Tony “encourages others to be themselves & to grow and participate in life.”
-XL, Oakland, CA

 

“Tony asks penetrating questions that help me to face things I tend to avoid or overlook. He looks deep and helps me go there with him. He asks really good questions.”
-PM, Los Angeles, CA

 

“He lets me feel better about myself – that’s huge. I’m inspired by him – by his own adventure – it makes me want to amp up my commitment to being myself – because of the example he sets
– PM, Los Angeles, CA

 

“He looks deep & helps me go there with him.”
-RD, Oakland, CA

 

“Tony makes me feel welcome, safe and appreciated. He allows those parts of me that I normally keep hidden to feel safe and express themselves.”
-PM, Los Angeles, CA

 

“When I’m with Tony, I feel seen, heard, & appreciated.  I I can open up & be myself with him.“
-SB St Louis, MO

He helps you get the right things in focus

Tony helps people clarify what they want, what gets in their way, what stories they are holding onto from the past, and who they need to be – now – to get what they want. He helps you tune into who you are becoming, rather than who you have been.”

 

“When I talk with Tony, I start to unravel my thoughts & gain new clarity.”
 – Irina K, Oakland, CA

 

“I was able to mute the static in my head and start allowing my heart and body to have a voice. It was very insightful”

 

“Tony guides his clients to their truth. He helps them quiet all the noise & chatter so that their truth is unobstructed. Then something reveals itself.”
– Dawn, Los Angeles, CA

 

“I was able to mute the static in my head and start allowing my heart and body to have a voice. I find him very insightful.”

 

“Tony helped me clarify what has been holding me back, all those old patterns that I’m still attached to.”
-Sara M

 

“Tony provides relief so that your life challenges do not get the best of you. You can move forward in a healthy, wholesome way and feel more in control of your own life. He helps you find greater confidence in the decisions you make and stop getting stuck.”

 

“What’s amazing about Tony is how he listens – he plugs into you. He creates a space, an aura, which helps me understand my thoughts so I can more clearly express them & gain new clarity…

 

“He gives me a place where I can think through what I have to say to myself.
-IK, Oakland, CA

 

 

He's energizing & Uplifting

“Tony has incredibly good energy, he’s uplifting. He gives me the sense that I can go anywhere and explore anything from any angle.  It’s pretty special – he has an “up” way of listening, so you find yourself in this assured space.

-KG, Seattle, WA

“He has an infectious sense of fun”

His optimism is uplifting, energizing & contagious. I feel enriched & supported.

-TG, Alameda, CA

“He has a self-deprecating humor & he invites you to laugh at yourself.  When he’s around, there’s laughing. That’s pretty rare”

-RD, Oakland, CA

The energy is really impressive – his optimism is uplifting, energizing & contagious. 

-T.G., Alameda

“The way he sees the world is uplifting.”

“He has an engaging sense of humor & brings a lightness to even the darkest conversation” 

-RD, Oakland, CA

Resilient & Resourceful

“He surprises me by how he responds when problems arise. He’s right there with his ability to see solutions & opportunities. He keeps his head when others lose theirs.

“Tony is one of the most resilient people I know.  When faced with the unexpected, he doesn’t complain – he turns to find – & focus on – where the opportunities lie. Quickly.
                                   -RD, Oakland, CA

Tony turns to find – and focus on – where the opportunities lie. Quickly.

-RD, Oakland, CA

Tony holds incredible space. He brought in the power of the bigger picture to give me a new space. He gave me a positive new perspective, one which helps me avoid getting caught up in the emotions of the moment.
– Jenny Knowles, Oakland, CA

“When Tony coaches or facilitates, his attention & intelligence move with his purpose; he helps me “get in the zone” & find new doors to walk through”
                                      -HK, Auburn, CA

Tony is a “Possibility Agent who helps you become your dream”
-Yu Lin Kong, Los Angeles, CA 

 

The Nature of My Presence

What You Get By Connecting With Tony

I help you connect to the best within you so you can connect with the best in your people.

I help you see your capacities – so you can make a powerful new impact on your staff, your customers & your earnings.

These testimonials summarize the qualities that keep clients raving about my mentoring & coaching skills.  

If you want to raise your teams’ Performance Potential, if you want to be known as a natural-born leader, then I invite you to schedule a conversation and start a journey with me!

His Mentoring Qualities

Tony's Presence

 “What stands out about Tony is his presence.  When he’s there, really on, there’s a flow, a back & forth to the interaction that I can feel” 

-RD, Oakland, CA

“He has a magical way of creating an environment of safety. He listens very openly, without judgment. His honesty & self-awareness let me reflect on my world & notice some of the best parts of my journey“

-RD, Oakland, CA

“Tony is an Urban Shaman”

-RD, Oakland, CA

He Connects with & Encourages You

“Tony connects really well.  He’s available in a way that many people never are. He’s really good at holding space

-RD, Oakland, CA

“Tony encourages others to be themselves, to feel good about themselves, and to grow and participate in life.”

X.L. Coach & Leadership Consultant

“Tony sees the best possibilities in the people he’s with.  There’s no sense of pushback or evaluation – he’s just fully there & the energy flows easily”

-RD, Oakland, CA

“Tony connects quickly with others, but what’s amazing is how he connects – he lifts you up; he encourages you to feel good about yourself”

-RD, Oakland, CA

He Helps You Accept & Be Yourself

“What’s amazing about Tony is how he listens – he plugs into you. He creates a space, an aura, which helps me understand my thoughts so I can more clearly express them & gain new clarity…

“He provides acceptance and a very safe space, a really warm, positive atmosphere.  I can say to myself – it’s OK, it’s OK; he gives me a place where I can think through what I have to say to myself. 

-IK, Oakland, CA

“He lets me feel better about myself – that’s huge. I’m inspired by him – by his own adventure – it makes me want to amp up my commitment to being myself – because of the example he sets”               – PM, Los Angeles, CA

Tony asks penetrating questions that help me to face things I tend to avoid or overlook. He looks deep and helps me go there with him. He asks really good questions.
-PM, Los Angeles, CA

“He provides acceptance & a very safe space, a really warm, positive atmosphere”

-RD, Oakland, CA

He's Uplifting

“Tony has incredibly good energy, he’s uplifting. He gives me the sense that I can go anywhere and explore anything from any angle.  It’s pretty special – he has an “up” way of listening, so you find yourself in this assured space.

-KG, Seattle, WA

“He has an infectious sense of fun”

“He has a self-deprecating humor & he invites you to laugh at yourself.  When he’s around, there’s laughing. That’s pretty rare”

-RD, Oakland, CA

“He has an engaging sense of humor & brings a lightness to even the darkest conversation” 

-RD, Oakland, CA

“Tony is really open.  He has a quiet strength and an amazing heart.  He’s gone through a lot yet he still leads with an open heart. Tony offers an upward spiral of positive expectations.”

Susan B, St Louis

 

The energy is really impressive – his optimism is uplifting, energizing & contagious. 

-T.G., Alameda

He's Resourceful

“When Tony coaches or facilitates, his attention & intelligence move with his purpose; he helps me “get in the zone” & find new doors to walk through”
                                      -HK, Auburn, CA

“He surprises me by how he responds when problems arise. He’s right there with his ability to see solutions & opportunities. He keeps his head when others lose theirs.

“Tony is one of the most resilient people I know.  When faced with the unexpected, he doesn’t complain – he turns to find – & focus on – where the opportunities lie. Quickly.
                                   -RD, Oakland, CA

 

 

The Six Areas of Focus at the Dojo

Leadership is a gift! Nothing else lets you touch the lives of people in such positive, transformational ways! Dream of when your people go home feeling energized, excited & fulfilled!

 

1. A Progression of Leadership Levels

Leadership, like any skill set, is developed and expanded over time. 

The first level of leadership is getting the title, but once you do, there are a sequence of levels that gain you greater loyalty, influence and assurance to lead your people.

2. People-Building - Help People Show Up As Themselves

When people are encouraged to play a bigger game in their own lives, they come to believe that they matter and gain assurance to express their voice & seek to make a difference.  You'll be astounded by the degree of hidden talent that has always been there, hidden beneath the surface.

3. Transition From Team to a Tribe

When you show up as a leader who builds people, you will be seen in powerful new ways & will gain the power to take them through even greater transformations.

Team-building moves your group past the golf-team phase, where they are just a collection of individual performers, to the tribal stage where they join together to make a difference. People are wired to tribe. Birds flock, wolves pack and people tribe.

4. Mindsets for Massive Success

Mindsets are tools for transforming your smarts. They help us see the mental lenses through which we see the world.

Once we do, we see new choices to see & think differently; then we can help one another see our blind spots, play a bigger games & make a bigger difference.

 Mindsets bring tribes closer together (and chase bigger goals)  by helping everyone see how it is and where they can help

5. Moods, Energy & the "3Rs"

Moods drive energy & energy drives confidence.  We help leaders recognize when their people are in bad moods.

When they are, the “3-Rs” take hold. People become 

Reactive, Resistant & Resentful.

We help you get out of the the dead-end struggle with the 3R’s & shift  into the ease & joy of tribal aspiration

6. Communicate With an Ear For Action

 In the final segment of the program, we explore insights & practices that make communicating transformative - with customers, with stakeholders & within the team.  

The way we listen & talk shapes how we think; in this session, we'll focus on the thought processes that put ideas into action and drives results..

OUR VALUES

Our Values are summed up as building greater C.A.P.A.C.I.T.I.E.S. across your team

Contribution

When we make a difference in the lives of others, we feel great.  This is what makes work compelling, creative & energizing

Assuredness

Rising up to our best capacities involves overcoming our natural insecurities & caution 

Challenge your people to play a bigger game in their life.  As their assurance grows, so will their contributions 

When you help people find their sense of assurance, you unwind the defensiveness of an "everyone out for themselves" culture.

When your people play big, everyone wins.

Personal Growth (Was Positive Expectations)

We live in a VUCA world - conditions are Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous, and we all get caught off-guard. 

But when you communicate your confidence in your team, & in their ability to rise to the occassion, they generally will.

Positive expectations help people get  back in the game, with more curiosity, confidence and resourcefulness

Acceptance

Another key to leadership is building an inclusive environment, where people feel accepted for who they are, and know they are allowed to share their perspective and see and hear what is here & now. 

This let's the team gauge more clearly the brutal truth of your outside reality, and respond more effectively.

 

Connection with a bias for action

Team building brings people from different backgrounds and creates shared values, experiences and identity.

We help shift your culture from "camps and silos" to a tribe out to make an impact on the world - together

Over time your people will gain the socially flexible to appreciate others and stay aligned.

Intentions & values

We intend to include and unleash everyone we work with. We find, articulate and embrace values that unite us, and we set intentions to live by those values in our work.

Tribal Elevation

We recognize that social climates are subject to negative expectations, and that leaders have great power to influence the culture to bring about positive qualities and expectations.  

We believe that, as we do, the team become a tribe and everyone comes to realize that there is greater stregth in having each other's backs than securing our own selfish self-promotion.

 

Inclusiveness

 We apmlify autonomy, creativity, self-expression & self-discovery through inclusion

Everyone sees a different piece of the truth, and we value  everyone's perspective when we take stock of the "outside-reality."  Before we change or introduce our services, we ask everyone what they see and hear from their unique perspective.  We seek input equally from the shy & soft spoken as we do from the assertive, powerful & articulate members of our tribe.

Energy

We bring great energy, passion and spirit to our lives & our work.  We amplify energy with our presence, by taking an active interest in others, enjoying who they are, rooting for them & by seeking to make a difference for everyone whose lives we touch.

Self-Responsibility /Satisfaction

"It all comes from here."

Whatever is going on for you, you are creating it. Yes, this is what is going on, and take responsibility for this experience.

Focus; How is this happening for you?

We strive to foster well-being in our workplace, so that everyone goes home every evening feeling bouyant, energized & fulfilled.

services

Build Resilient Teams With a Brain-Healthy Social Climate

At Brains of Your Business, our mission is to guide you to  become a leader of an amazing team. A brain-savvy leader - one who builds & nurtures a team that delivers outrageous results, who fosters conditions that raise people up to their natural potential, and that navigates through crises with resilience and imagination.

Whether you are a front-line team leader or the owner of a Small & Medium Enterprise - or anywhere in between - we guide you as you learn to become a Leader of powerful, passionate & resilient people - a leader who both fulfills a vision & makes a difference in the lives of everyone around you.  

career acceleration

The faster you master the elements of resilience & leadership, the greater your financial rewards and career choices will grow (and the greater the compounding rate will expand your financial returns)

It is surprisingly simple -The most essentail quality of leadership is BEING, which takes no effort.

 

leadership mentoring

 Mentoring builds "muscle-memory" so that, even in the heat of a crises, your skills & composure arise as your natural, immediate response. 

Mentoring also places you in a team of learners, where you build life-long relationships with peers, people who see your strengths & blind spots, to support your learning.

Tribal Bonding

Most "teams" function like golf-teams; groups of individuals with a nominal sense of a group score.

"Tribes" is the term we use for real teams, where everyone is in it to win it. 

Let me guide you master the most essential, but most neglected skill:

Tribe-Building

The Energy & Mood of Your Team

 Leaders have one primary task - to light the match & ignite the fire in the hearts of your team

I guide managers to master the  most essential, yet most often neglected skill, that dramatically improves team cohesion, innovation & performance - The Resilience Process

The link between Human Energy and Business success

Power RESILIENCE with STEAM

To build high-Performance Tribes, it’s essential to have a clear lens through which to observe their behaviors and interactions.  Then, day-by-day, you can continuously nudge them along to become stronger, more resilient, more united and more innovative. 

It’s a process of creating the conditions by which people can more easily get into flow & consider, collaorate & produce superior results, & derive a sense of belonging and fulfillment so that they value their role within the tribe.

We call our framework for Producing flow “The STREAM”

How High-performance teams are made

Science of Brain Healthy Teams

The new evidence-based leadership skill is to establish a culture in which everyone plays a bigger game in life.

High-performance teams start with a positive, pro-social, positive attitude.  Upbeat moods replace the wariness and silos that hold so many organizations back.

Whatever your business, your team will excel as you develop the Agile Mood and your staff get more confident, collaborative and assured that they’re among friends who have their back.

Trust & Belonging

A stunning amount of mental energy (and the brain’s blood supply) is dedicated to scanning the environment for danger.  When people start climbing up into better moods, they do so together, and their sense of trust and safety grows, too, freeing up energy and creating new possibilities

Resilience

Resilience is built with a focus on positive possibilities;  the negative can overwhelm and discourage.  When you build a positive mood, you surround your people with other resilient people who support and encourage them. Resilient people inspire and build up resilient people.

Emotional Agility

When people activate the reward circuits in each otherr’s brains, they feel good, and when they feel good, they think more clearly and creatively.

When this happens, the brain produces four chemical nuerotransmitters, which neuroscience shows can be jumped-started with simple behaviors. Do your people gett a daily DOSE?

You can follow Alex Haley’s advice and “Find the Good and Praise it.”

Upward spirals of Engagement

The safer and closer people feel to their colleagues, and the more they are lifted by mutual encouragement and beliefs, the more their brains shunt additional blood to the brain’s creative centers.  This generates greater confidence, assurance, innovation and courage

People say it just Feels great to work here

You know it when you got it!

The vital Challenge of leadership

Get Your Team Into An Agile Mood

The problems that business people tell us they have is rarely their real problem.  The real problem is the mood or climate of your workplace and people

We can help you develop an agile mood for your business, with your choice of entry points.

Raise the “Performance Potential” of your team and accelerate your results

Executive Coaching

Gain clarity on where you are and where you want to be and how to give up the skills that got you this far so you can adopt the skills you need to blast through to the next level

Executive Team cohesion & Synergy

Resolve the conflicts and open the silos that separate your key executives

Generating Positive Energy and Moods

Whether you’re a successful team that is afflicted with too much stress and tension, or a company trying to break through and inflection point and meet your numbers, the mood that prevails at your company may be the factor that limits your growth. Learn these neuro-science based skills that lift your people and help them keep elevating the social climate to keep everyone at their best

STRESS MANAGEMENT AND ENERGY SURFING

The great challenge in today’s business climate in maintaining a creative spirit under stress.  We provide powerful tools of awareness and choice for staff to manage the pressure and keep their mojo.  We call it energy surfing.  If the ride is fun, you’ll always paddle back for more!

REENERGIZIE YOUR SALES & SUPPORT DIVISIONS

The most compelling way to evaluate the power of the agile mood is to unleash your sales and support people. Contact us if youo want to see results start with the bottom line

The vital Challenge of leadership

Power Your Team with  “STEAM”

We mentor leaders to turn their teams into resilient “tribes.”

They way we frame it, most business teams are modelled on golf teams; they’re just a loose affiliation of independent competitors. Teams lack resilience

Tribing is what effective humans do. Birds flock, wolves pack, humans tribe. Tribes pull people together & put indiduals at cause.  

Few organizations understand the performance potential of tribes or the power of resilience

To help you move from Team 2 Tribe, we offer a simple 5-step framework which we call “STEAM.”

These 5 independent but mutually-reinforcing principals turn unexpected setbacks into opportunities to build your as a leadership chops & strengthen the bonds of your tribe.

Tribes evolve from teams through shared experinces,  STEAM assures that your tribe understands how each experience unites and defines them.

Raise the “Performance Potential” of your team & amplify results by establishing:

  • Safety
  • Trust
  • Energy & mood
  • Acceptance &
  • Meaning

Safety

Gain clarity on where you are and where you want to be and how to give up the skills that got you this far so you can adopt the skills you need to blast through to the next level

Trust

Resolve the conflicts and open the silos that separate your key executives

Energy & Mood

Whether you’re a successful team that is afflicted with too much stress and tension, or a company trying to break through and inflection point and meet your numbers, the mood that prevails at your company may be the factor that limits your growth. Learn these neuro-science based skills that lift your people and help them keep elevating the social climate to keep everyone at their best

Acceptance

The great challenge in today’s business climate in maintaining a creative spirit under stress & duress.  We provide powerful tools to manage the pressure so staff can keep their mojo.  We call it energy surfing.  If the ride is fun, you’ll always paddle back for more!    Whether you’re a successful team that is afflicted with too much stress and tension, or a company trying to break through and inflection point and meet your numbers, the mood that prevails at your company may be the factor that limits your growth. Learn these neuro-science based skills that lift your people and help them keep elevating the social climate to keep everyone at their best

Meaning

The most compelling way to evaluate the power of the agile mood is to unleash your sales and support people. Contact us if youo want to see results start with the bottom line

The link between Human Energy and Business success

How to Get Your Team in FLOW

To build high-Performance Tribes, it’s essential to have a clear lens through which to observe their behaviors and interactions.  Then, day-by-day, you can continuously nudge them along to become stronger, more resilient, more united and more innovative. 

It’s a process of creating the conditions by which people can more easily get into flow & consider, collaorate & produce superior results, & derive a sense of belonging and fulfillment so that they value their role within the tribe.

We call our framework for producing flow “building STEAM”

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Emotional Agility
Positive emotions are consistently associate with better eprformance, quality and customer services – and holds true across roles, industies and organizational levels

Emotional moods are based on a sense of safety.  They influence employee satisfaction, teamwork and such hard measures as financial performance and absenteeism.

When managers gloss over emotional culture, they gloss over a vital part of what makes people tick.

Mental Agility
Many companies now manage their cognitie culture, but without e=the emotional layer, cognitive excellence is not possible.  When you create a foundation of safety and belonging, you can turbo-charge everyone’s mental contributions.  A tremendous energy is released when our brains are able to stop scanning for danger in the environment and fully trust their surroundings and tribe.

This create a chain of possibilities that leads to greater curiosity, energy, engagement, collaboration, innovation and, in turn, greater profits and growth

Social Agility
There’s a vital shift from when we see coworkers and think “they are so different” to saying to ourselves “we are, in so many ways, just the same.” Over time people become socially flexible and can easily shift perspectives and stay aligned with one another.
Creative Agility
The agile mood establishes a climate of trust, safety and belonging, so that everyone feels free to express their perspectives, feelings and ideas.  This opens up new dimensions of creative expression.

Mindsets

Observances

Values

Elevating Emotions

Relationships

Strengths

The difference that makes a differnce
In anything you seek to do, there are typically half a dozen things that make 80% of the difference. Focus on those things.

1. Team-Building with On-Site Guidance

If pulling your team together is a corporate priority, this is our premier offering.

This includes the Dojo, personal coaching, observation and on-site mentoring of both you and your team.

Does your team have more potential than they imagine?

We can help you develop a team-building process that will take your business to the next level

2. The Tony Thayer Leadership Dojo

A powerful skills development program designed for individuals who aspire to play more dynamic leadership roles.

You’ll develop a “felt-sense”  of what to do, even in the most challenging circumstances.

In this 6-month program, you learn to build a team by becoming part of one yourself. 

Experience the challenges & breakthroughs as a member of a team & guide your own team through them back at the office.

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3. Leadership Development Programs

 
For business owners and executives who want to create an effective leadership development program for their leadership team.

Schedule a team expedition strategy session to explore our group leadership programs & personalized mentoring.

We’ll meet you where you are and design a program to get you where you’re meant to be.

Sign up now for an assessment 

The link between Moods & Human Energy

Negative Moods Neutralize

Energy, Engagement & Creativity

Stress and bad moods diminish mental agility & pull down performance.

In  it’s annual multi-nation surveys, Gallup reports that just 13-15% of employees consider themselves engaged at work;  63% are not engaged and up to 24% are actively disengaged.  

A driving force of disengagement is incivility between coworkers. 

For example, The Harvard Business Review cites polling that finds:

  • 43% of those on receiving end of rudeness at work say it decreases their level of effort
  • 47% (after being treated rudely) cut back how many hours they’ll put in at the office
  • 38% intentionally reduce the quality of their work
  • 80% said they lose time brooding over being treated rudely by others
  • 63% said they avoid the offending party, resulting in lost work time
  • 12% (1 in 8) say they left a previous job becuase of an incivil workplace culture

What could a brain-healthy social climate at work do for your team’s productivity?

What are bad moods currently costing your business (or chances for promotion)?

  • Added labor, turnover & training costs?
  • Ineffective leadership development programs for your people
  • Missed opportunities?
  • Offended clients?
  • Lack of innovation and follow-through?

Bad moods are major blocks to productivity.

There’s an irony here: EVERYONE wants to work in an upbeat climate & the rewards for lifting the mood are huge!  It’s not just outrageous results; you’r going to feel great & enjoy the fun & fulfillment of touching people’s lives & seeing the difference take hold! 

Ready to roll up your sleeves?

Are you lifting your people up to their potential, or do you let their bad moods affect you & push your team into their shells?  Isn’t it like adding a single drop of black ink into a pitcher of clear water?

What kind of social climate are you going to create?

Get the Mood Right!

Nothing motivates people like being on a winning team. Harness the human energy around you & foster a brilliant team.

See your team go home every night feeling buoyant, energized & fulfilled!

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The link between Moods, expansive Energy and success

Bad Moods Suffocate Your Team’s Energy, Excitement and Innovation

Bad moods grow and spread unless you resolve to change the climate where your people work

When bad moods descend on your company, it creates huge costs that get written off to “human nature.”

What do moods cost you?

  • Added labor costs?
  • High turnover?
  • Stalled revenue growth?
  • Quality problems?
  • Lost opportunities?
  • Offended clients?
  • Lack of innovation
  • Lack of initiatve and accountability?

Moods spread like viruses, and NO company operates without a mood.  SOMEONE has to nudge your people into  the agile, high-performance mood.

 

Stress and bad moods diminish our mental agility.  Resentments and ambivelence interfere with initiative, creativity, accountability and motivation.

Is it affecting your company?

It’s affecting EVERYONE’s company.

In a 2013 survey, Gallup reported that only 13% of employees consider themselves engaged at their jobs

63% admitted they were not engaged and

24% said they were actively disengaged.  

A Driving Cause of bad moods is incivility at the workplace

The Harvard Business Review cites research that found

  • 43% of those treated rundely at work decreased their work output
  • 47% cut back how many hours they spend at the office after being treated rudely
  • 38% intentionally reduced the quality of their work
  • 80% said they lost time brooding over on an incident of incivility
  • 63% said they avoided the offending party, resulting in lost work time
  • 12% said they left their job after the incivility occurred

What will your company accompish when you pull people together?

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Is your company stuck?
Do You Face These Types of Challenges With Your People?

Challenges

    • Are your results falling short of your goals?
       
    • Does it drive you nuts when your team-members
      undercut on another to push their own agenda? 
    • Is the pace of work stressing & depleting your staff?

     

    • Do day-to-day crises keep you putting out fires & leave you NO TIME for your key priorities?
    • Are results undermined by conflict and rivalries? Are staff working with or against one another?
    • Do you grind your teeth each time you jump in to handle other people’s job responsibilities?
    • Do your people have blind spots that they just won’t address or resolve?
    • Do you lose it when you have a great opportunity but can’t source talent to staff a new initiative?
    • Does the workday leave you exhausted? Do you carry tension home from the office?

    Solution

    “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

    – Tolstoy, in Anna Karenina

    The most productive companies share a set of characteristics we call the Agile Mood.

    These characteristics are cited in studies on emotional intelligence, neuro-science, positive psychology, and business journals such as the Harvard Business Review.

    Let us show you how to shift the direction of your business.  Put aside those persistant old frustrations that stand between you and your goals.

    Fix it up so that your people open up and come alive. Dial in your corporate culture to promote inter-emotional intelligence.

    Help your people work together, all on one page!

    Features

    Choose Your Approach to Pick Up the Mood

    free your team from the Dysfunction Junction

    Leaders who take a lessai-faire approach to team dynamics often end up with classic corporate dysfunctions, including:

    • Office politics & turf wars
    • High Turnover
    • Open conflict or hollow harmony
    • Silos
    • Poor morale & underachievers
    • Verbal acid & toxic relationships

    • Office gossip 

     These sap your performance potential and magnify your overhead costs.  Can you really afford the costs of staff turnover, recruiting, retraining and disruption?  The loss of dissatisfied clients?

    it's a matter of moods

    Everyone longs for the excitement & energy of being on a winning team. Once you build up individual engagement and group buy-in, the energy builds itself

    It turns out the good moods and positive connections among team members boost the performance potential of your people.  They simply become more:

    • Creative
    • Involved
    • Dynamic
    • Etc

     

    The Leadership Ladder

    Few leaders get much training before they get their first role, and they start out just doing the best they can. 

    At first we're leaders-in-title-only

    Through grit, luck or determination, we post a few accomplishments and management starts giving us the added authority bequeathed on those who have shown they can deliver results

    But the most elevated leaders are those who have successfully endured the hard climb and gain the assurance to connect and listen; these are leaders of a compelling cause 

    the "empowerment ladder:" Going_From Team 2 Tribe

    Once you've climbed the Leadership Ladder, you can bring your people up.

    Most Teams play their game like golfers - everyone keeps their own score, and they're called a team just because they ride alongside one another.

    Tribes are a deep, human way of being.  Birds flock, people tribe.

    The leader who understands that people's neurological social needs are self-emergent properties of the brain, is the leader who can nurture powerful human connections to make a difference 

    Mindsets & Reframes

    Mindsets are our structure of internal reality, and are the basis for how we assess what is possible.  All our behaviors arise from the set of our inner reality.  

    Surprisingly, mindsets are easier to exchange than the beliefs within them.  It's like buying a new car - you drive in with one and drive out with another, but you don't know how to align the tires in either.

    Or it's like changing radio stations and finding a more powerful one.

    Minsdsets reframe how we see ourselves, the motives of others and the nature of the world.  New mindsets let us climb the leadership ladder and the empowerment ladder.  A new mindset might help us move to the next level, but will eventually need to be exchanged later.

    The 2 most important mindsets of all are our intention and our understanding that we don't know!

     

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    Communicate to Build Assurance (the best way to move the needle)

    Language is how we share information & energy; it is also how we structure our relationship to the world; it reflects our Mindset & our level on the Empowerment Ladder

    To change our language is to change our awareness, our mindset & our level on the empowerment ladder

    Self-conversation is tightly connected to our sense of self-worth, beliefs and mindsets, as well as our beliefs about what is possible.

    "Who you are" is a conversation you are having right now; it's a conversation that changes. Its a conversation that you can allow others to note & comment on.

    By careful attunement to how we speak, listen & connect, we can dramatically raise one another's beliefs & expectations of what is possible to achieve together 

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    People who make their own choices control their own experience.  People who choose to be at cause in their lives create outrageous results.

    What people say at work both reflects their sense of self and either encourages their sense of empowerment - or discourages it.

    Learn the communication triggers that lift your people up the empowerment ladder

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    Communicating with an ear for Action

    The way we communicate structures our thoughts. Few of us learn the simple techniques that move people from being passive observers of what happens at their workplace to becoming active agents of action.

    The Performance Equation

    Your people have far more potential than you have ever tapped.  The simple formula, as first presented in Timothy Gallwey's Inner Game of Tennis, is that  Performance = (potential-inner interference). The Electric Leader helps his or her people play a bigger "inner game" so that the team can play a better "outer game."

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    People-Building to:

    • Elevate Performance 
    • Deepen Engagement & Involvement
    • Put people at cause

    Team-Building to produce:

      • Team Cohesion & Trust
      • Positive Expectations
      • Accountability
      • A spirit of involvement & ownership

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    7 Moods That Stifle Business Success

    High Stress

    Dazed & Confused

    Used & Abused

    Dissed & Pissed

    Cut-Throat

    Discouraged

    Despair

    How Mood Contagions Start and Proliferate

    Bad moods arise when people feel unsafe, lack trust in others, and suffer from disappointments without having voice to resolve and rectify conditions.

    When people fall into a bad mood, they flounder and passively wait for things to change. It creates a , toxic downward spiral of disempowerment 

    When people get into a good mood, they energize and find a sense of personal capacity to contribute to further empowerment – to building upward spirals

    High Stress 

    THEME:

    Deplete, exhausted, unimaginative

    What the boss notices: 

    You feel the tension when you enter the room.  The energy is flat, there’s no spark

    How your staff feel:

    Depleted, exhausted, compromised

    What they’re thinking: 

    This has to stop, my spouse is ticked, I’ve got other obligations

    The Issue;

    Whether your company is struggling to meet its numbers or growing expontntially, stress creates a corrosive effect on productivity and engagement.

    What’s at stake:

    If you want your people to stay fresh, creative & engaged, they need to breathe; they need ways to hit the reset button.

    Ongoing stress undermines people’s health. HEalth-care costs at high-pressure companies is 50% higher than for other organizations. It is estimated that over 550 million workdays a year are lost to job stress at a cost of $500 billion

    What the agile mood provides 

    • Prioritization
    • Perspective,
    • Reassurance,
    • Sense of humor & resilience
    • Revived & invigorized

    Dazed & Confused

    THEME:
    Doubt, inaction, paralysis,  feelings of inadequcy, perplexity.

    What the boss might notice: 

    Lack of initiative, don’t act on clearly stated expectations, don’t seem to understand you

    How your staff feel:

    Baffled, worried. disoriented. turbulence, bewildered, confused. caution, cold feet

    What they’re thinking:

    I’ll be damned if I do, damned if I don’t” “I wish this wasn’t happening”

    The Issue;

    Things no longer make sense to your staff.  New actions – directives, promotions, or other changes – contradict their model of reality. They can’t kame meaning and feel confused.  They son’t know what to do or how to approach issues.  They  no longer trust their own judgment.

    What’s at stake:

    If you want your people to take initiative, they need to see the world as you do, to understand your decisions and direction

    What the agile mood provides

    • Safety & Trust
    • Clarity & Confidence
    • Feedback & transparency
    • Re-engagement

    Used & Abused

    THEME:
    Hurt, betrayed, apprehensive.

    Silos.  Loss of trust, 

    Walking on eggshells; cowed, shut-down, resentful, victimized

    Scared, wary or “on-guard.”

    Bullied, catch-22s, double binds

    What the boss notices: 

    Tension. heat, rigidity.

    Staff seem withdrawn and separated into camps. Sullen, cautious, defensive & disengaged. Divisions break into silos, lack of collaboration of of “We-ness”

     How your staff feel:

    Violated, shocked, offended,  taken advantage, trapped

    What they’re thinking:

    “No one’s got my back,” “I’m a victim,” “I’m not going to share my resources with ANYBODY” “Someone else always gets credit for my contributions,” “I’ve been burned too many times.”

    The Issue;

    Careless comments and cut-throat internal competition demoralizes staff, especially if “winners” took credit for the ideas of others. It fosters  hostility & envy.

    Hostility can’t be expressed overtly, so it arises as passive -aggressive behavior and throwing others under the bus,

    Competition is a two-edged sword; if you rely on it, you soon have invisible wars

      

    What’s at stake:

    Your staff will continue to look busy, but performance takes a back seat to self-protection.  Many of their actions and decisions will seem foolish or senseless.

    What the agile mood provides

    • Safety and Trust
    • Communication
    • Acknowledgment 
    • Re-engagement

    Dissed & Pissed

    THEME:

    Hurt, anger, antogonism,  hostility, smarting, prickly, vindictive, grouchy

    Reactivity. Lack of creative imagination

    Devaluation,  disrespect, shame, open conflicts

    What the boss notices: 

    Staff are withdrawn; go through the motions but  seem lackluster, without energy

    How your staff feel:

    Numb, duped, cynical. mutual distrust. persecuted. victimized

    banished,

    What they’re thinking:

    They tell themselves stories that how no one cares, and they resent every rude  or judgmental comment throw in their wake.  They wish for a moment of glory.

    The Issue;

    Your support staff may see themselves as victims of a disrespectful culture. They may assume they will never be acknowledged  – even if they produce significant  contributions.  They can hold grudges and hold back effort

     

    What’s at stake:

    This is why over 60% of American workers are disengaged. You pay them a lot of salary, but let others reinforce their bad feelings

    What the agile mood provides

    • Safety & Trust
    • Dignity, value & inclusion
    • A sense of mattering
    • Re-engagement

    Cut-Throat –
    (Eat or Be Eaten)

    THEME:

    A “caste system” with stars and chumps.  Arrogance, Disrespect for others, “I’m great but everyone else is a loser”

     What the boss notices: 

    A sense of foreboding. Staff hint at disdain for the company management or direction, or disdain for the decisions of their managers.

    A climate of humilitation among half the staff, countered by complaints and demands for more from the favored class, who always want more support

    How your staff feel:

    Isolated, wary, defensive 

    What they’re thinking:

    I don’t get enough support, the staff aren’t smart enough, I could do so much better, I deserve better, I could run this company better.”

    The Issue;

    People of both classes take comfort by criticizing management among themselves.

    What’s at stake:

    When you create an “achievement at any cost” culture, and give away resources to top producers, you pay a higher cost than you imagine.  A sense of injustice arises that depletes the goodwill of your rank and file.

    When sadness settles in, creativity and innovation fly out the window

    When people’s natural motivations and contributions go unappreciated or criticized, they lose the fun of contributing to the cause

    What the agile mood provides

    • Safety & Trust
    • Reassurance
    • Transparency
    • Re-engagement

    Clear, two-way communication of expectations 

    Discouraged

    THEME:

    Manipulated, unimportant, Invisible, no chance to advance,  no control over one’s future

    What the boss notices: 

    There’s a sullen mood of dread.  no one acknowledges it, but people hold on to old resentments and forgotten actions

    How your staff feel:

    Betrayed, wary, resentful, sad, lack of justice, duped, set-up, cheated, defrauded, swindled

    What they’re thinking:

    “What’s next?” “Anything I say can and will be used against me;” “No good deed goes unpunished here.”

    The Issue;

    Your people used to trust management, but feel they got sold out.

    If you don’t know what you’ve left behind in your wake, you may find bad moods fester and spread. 

    What’s at stake:

    What the agile mood provides

    • Safety & Trust
    • Encouragement
    • Curiosity
    • Re-engagement

    Despair

    THEME:

    Hopeless resignation; grim and gloomy, despiritied, lost

    Groupthink, toe-the-line, no room for autonomy or independent thought

    What the boss notices: 

    A sullen, sinking  energy in the room.  It feels like someone threw a wet blanket on you if you enter the room in a good mood.

    Despair and resignation arise when staff feel powerless, to express their mood, and powerless to change the mood.  You can feel the energy drop in your own body when you walk into a room of people with a resigned mood.  Everyone is numb, with no emotional energy.

    How your staff feel:

    Jealousy, envy, dejection, angry,  moody, depressed, cheerless

    What they’re thinking:

    “There’s no hope; no one, not even God, can change this.”

    The Issue;

    Despair arises when there is  favoritism, especially when those who are rewarded are known as poor performers, kiss-ups or manipulators.

    Staff stop caring if they feel they are playing a rigged game, and begin to feel contempt for leaders whose choices make no sense to them

     People came on board with high hopes, but feel disabused of those expectations.

    People may behave as a team, but the simmering resentments and hopelessness kill off openings for mutual regard, affection and inspiratioin

    What’s at stake:

    What the agile mood provides

    • Safety & Trust
    • Reassurance
    • Hope & engagement
    • Re-engagement

    The link between Moods, expansive Energy and success

    BAD MOODS STIFLE BUSINESS GROWTH, SUCCESS AND INNOVATION

    Is your company in  bad mood? Ask yourself a few simple questions:

    Is your staff stressed out, running on fumes?

    Are you failing to meet your numbers?

    Do you grind your teeth when you hear your senior team badmouthing each other?

    Do you pound your head against a wall whenever you see a dynamic, high-profit opportunity (because you can’t source good talent to launch a new initiative)?

    Do it drive you crazy that your people keep dragging you into day-to-day operations?

    to resolve problems they were expected to anticipate?

    Do you carry tensions and frustrations home with you when you leave the office?

    Does the workday leave you exhausted?

    Do key lieutenants have blind spots that they won’t acknowledge or resolve?

    Does your body tense when you see ongoing conflict obstructing your growth?

    Are you unable to meet with key thought leaders to help influence the market?

    Do you WISH you could schedule time to map out a coherent strategy?

    Getting Things Done is easier when your people are excited

    Being a leader is NOT about innovation or rolling out a product, its not about closing deals, opening up a new production facility, or even marking items off a list as “done.”

    It’s also anticipating what things they’ll need to get done in the future.

    Being a leader is about engaging others to get those things done.  IT’s about keeping their engagement positive, sociable, and excited.  It’s about managing the mood of the people engaged in your processes

    But mostly it’s about noticing the effect of the process on the people engaged within it.

    The skill of leadership is a state of noticing – watching the iterations and evolution of the processes people use.  IT’s a way of thinking that involves not just planning and execution, but of watching the iterations and reflecting.

    What are the differences that make a difference in this process today?

    Most of us are so focused on the planning, the visual representations of our process (Gannt charts…)  and  that we fail to notice how our people are doing today.

    Is your staff stressed out, running on fumes?

    Are you failing to meet your numbers?

    Do you grind your teeth when you hear your senior team badmouthing each other?

    Do you pound your head against a wall whenever you see a dynamic, high-profit opportunity (because you can’t source good talent to launch a new initiative)?

    Do it drive you crazy that your people keep dragging you into day-to-day operations?

    to resolve problems they were expected to anticipate?

    Do you carry tensions and frustrations home with you when you leave the office?

    Does the workday leave you exhausted?

    Do key lieutenants have blind spots that they won’t acknowledge or resolve?

    Does your body tense when you see ongoing conflict obstructing your growth?

    Are you unable to meet with key thought leaders to help influence the market?

    Do you WISH you could schedule time to map out a coherent strategy?

    OUR MISSION

    Raise performance by putting people at cause in their lives

    The real key to leadership is creating conditions in which individuals thrive.

    It's the experience people have of their own lives that limit their effectiveness, and teams are the best-kept secret for expanding energy & potential.

    Few companies - or leaders - take responsibility for the emotional climate they create; they take a laissez-faire approach and hope for the best.

    What they get is all kinds of self-limiting emotions and moods undermining the energy and conviction of the team's efforts.  People get reactive, feel down, de-energized and frustrated.  These moods generate social dysfunctions, including office politics, silos, disengaged staff and hobbled performance.

    We show leaders how to raise the energy & resourcefulness of your people.  We help you mobilize the minds of your people to ampify results, innovation and conviction.

    FInd out how to raise the energy & resourcefulness of your people.  When you mobilize their minds, they amplify ampify performance, innovation & results

    We take you from Team to Tribe
    We guide leaders like you through the simple, natural steps that transform old-school teams into what we refer to as "tribes." To us, tribes are supercharged teams where people pull together & tap into their "collective intelligence. When they do, they get on the same page to better navigate challenges, setbacks, tension and confusion that create stress. They become resilient!  

    When you activate the "Brains of Your Business," you engage an inter-personal social intelligence that connects & integrates your tribe.  It makes everyone smarter because it aligns them in an engaging, positive social climate.

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