Available courses

Ten two-hour session program prepares you to change your organization the way you want.

Introduction to PeterD and the seven Truths. 

Some wonder: "Do I need to be a better manager?" or "Do I need to be a better leader?" The Seven Truths show how management works together, with leadership, so you can: Manage to Lead.

Each truth is simple; disarmingly simple. The truths also apply equally well at any level of system. Which means the truths apply to: 

  • A person trying to get fit. 
  • A team that wants to work better together. 
  • An organization entering a new market or rolling out a new product. 
  • A township improving its attractiveness. 
  • A country overthrowing a dictator. 

It is in this sense that the truths help Change the World, whatever that world happens to be. We study each truth, the actions it drives, and how to carry out those actions along a maturity continuum.

Finally, all seven truths are active all the time. They are not steps or stages. Leaders assess where their organization is, considering each truth, and work to progress towards ever more maturity of action, starting with the one that then most constrains performance and growth.

Note: An in-depth version of the Immersion Program is available to those who want to learn how to offer it to others in their organization or to clients. Those who have been through the program and done well are invited to apply to serve as Program Assistants in upcoming sessions.

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Two-day workshop to “see yourself” fully, so you can choose more effective action.

Effective leadership of others starts with being able to lead yourself first. Yet, leading yourself is often the most difficult person you’ll lead in your career! The challenging journey to self-mastery is a life-long process. Being grounded and as clear as possible on your own values, beliefs, preferences, and innate ways of influencing others, especially in times of stress and pressure, is a vital first step to becoming an effective leader. This module is about giving you an opportunity to increase your self-awareness, thus improving your capacity for choice over what attitudes, behaviors and leadership approach will best serve you and others.

Specifically, the Leading Self module is designed to:

  • Provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your personal “leadership lens” and how this largely unconscious “operating system” impacts every action you take as a leader
  • Utilize the EQ-i 2.0 to help you identify your emotional intelligence strengths and challenges
  • Introduce skills and behaviors that, when applied consistently, demonstrate managerial self-discipline and inspires follower support
  • Give you space to self-assess your own capacity in these skills and identify areas for improvement
  • Help you to create a self-directed action plan for continued development post workshop


Two-day workshop to increase leadership effectiveness in important 1-to-1 interactions.

Throughout your career, you will rarely accomplish anything significant alone, leaders must work through others. Thus, your success is largely dependent on the quality of your personal relationships, and strong relationships are built through sound communication. The best leaders can adjust their communication style to meet the needs of others. They also can navigate difficult conversations like delivering critical feedback and outright conflict. Most importantly, they practice coaching conversations that help to unleash the potential in others.

Specifically, this Leading Individuals workshop is designed to:

  • Use the DiSC® assessment to create an opportunity for reflection on your behavioral, temperament, and personality preferences
  • Provide you with a comprehensive overview of the way other people think, act, and interact with your specific DiSC® style.
  • Increase awareness of your non-verbal communication tendencies and how you can cultivate more leadership presence
  • Give you frameworks and tools to support more masterful managerial specific communications to include: making effective requests, delivering feedback, and coaching conversations
  • Help you to create a self-directed action plan for continued development post workshop

Two-day workshop to help you build a culture that enables teamwork and high-performance.

Teamwork is the single most untapped competitive advantage in most organizations! Unfortunately, many  “teams” today are merely groups of interdependent people working together. They lack a mutually agreed upon common purpose and challenging goals related to that purpose. They don’t engage in healthy debate and lack peer accountability towards for results. Most importantly, they lack a culture that promotes vulnerability with one another and creates trust. We all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves…So, why don’t most groups engage in these activities and create high-performing teams? First, it’s hard work and requires us to get uncomfortable. This requires leadership to help the group deal with discomfort and take tangible steps towards becoming a team. Second, most leaders are untrained on how to do that well. This workshop eliminates the guesswork and provides a proven process for building a culture that enables effective teamwork.

Specifically, this Leading Teams workshop is designed to:

  • Build comprehension of The 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® framework through taking The 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® assessment and assessing your individual/team results
  • Create space for greater connection and practice engaging in vulnerability-based trust
  • Enhance understanding of how teams engage in conflict to gain shared commitment
  • Explore how the best teams hold one another accountable to achieving results
  • Help you as a leader in developing a plan for applying these concepts in your own team culture

Two-day workshop to build social-awareness and group intervention skills that increase influence.

The most difficult leadership task one can undertake is influencing across organizational boundaries or moving a group towards a purpose when we have little or no formal authority. Success in these situations requires a leader to exhibit a complex set of skills. It begins with examining yourself as data, and using this information to diagnose the group’s situation. Then, through mindful interventions, a leader can test assumptions, challenge, and support as necessary to keep a group moving forward. Masterful leadership in these moments requires strong empathy, and the ability to hold multiple perspectives simultaneously. Not for the feint of heart, this experiential workshop moves beyond learning “about leadership” and creates the conditions for practicing it by encouraging real-time risk-taking in the classroom.

Specifically, this Leading Organizations workshop is designed to:

  • Help you to distinguish between when a group faces a technical or an adaptive challenge
  • Provide opportunity for you to observe yourself as data and interpret group dynamics
  • Offer mindful intervention strategies that surface factions, name the elephant in the room, protect voices, regulate discomfort, and keep groups focused on the work of learning/problem solving
  • Introduce Adriano Pianesi’s Change Model Canvas© to help you assess and strategize for an upcoming initiative where group dynamics, power, and politics must be accounted for

Two-day work shop to prepare you to make the sale you want.

The easiest way to prepare a sales presentation is to start with content from past presentations...but in the end the presentation looks suited to no one in particular which does not tend to lead to a good result. In the course we walk through and practice a tried and true way to develop messages and themes and then put them in an order that works!

 

 

 

 

Eight one-hour sessions for leaders to learn to work with a personal effectiveness coach.

This course is not your parents’ textbook/lecture. What distinguishes this course is that it offers a chance to learn from two people who have grown wiser from being in the trenches, mainly because the two of us see every mistake and success (we have had lots of both!) as yet another new opportunity to learn and to grow.

Peter is a successful serial entrepreneur and leader who also coaches hundreds of upwardly mobile professionals. Brent is an executive coach and workplace psychologist who coaches both leaders and those who have problems with leaders. 

What we bring to you is a compendium of real-time experience, dealing with leadership that works and leadership that doesn’t. Through experience, research, and analysis we have discovered some hidden truths about being an effective leader. These insights can change the odds for success in simple yet powerful ways. We have incorporated many of these lessons learned into this course to share with you. We hope you will incorporate what makes sense to you into your own approaches to leadership now and in years ahead.