While Paul has spoken at conferences on productivity, math and science teaching, leadership, coaching, and parenting, his passion is working with individuals and groups in organizational settings.
These training programs look at being effective from three points of view: as an individual contributor, as a project team, or as a management team.
Within these tailored programs, the critical skills and variables that have the most impact and are most likely missing are explored and put in place.
The programs provide pragmatic, common sense approaches that are effective in all aspects of work and life. Here are some examples:
Making Meetings Matter
The majority of us find ourselves in too many meetings that are unproductive, uninspiring and, quite frankly, a waste of time. Paul Axtell redesigns those crucial sessions so they are essential and powerful ways not only of getting things done, but of enhancing the experience for everyone in the room. This remarkable transformation comes from Paul’s work in helping organizations learn to communicate effectively.
There is something ordinary about wanting to be extraordinary. Being remarkable is a matter of attitude, work ethic, and preparation. It doesn’t take much to stand out in a world where many people are doing enough to get by or have accepted being mediocre. In every discipline, there are a few things that determine success. This also holds with being remarkable in an organization.
In all fields where human performance is on the leading edge, people have coaches—except in many organizations. Our human defense mechanisms have shut down the possibility of being remarkable because of our stubbornness about being coached. This must change. Paul outlines coaching strategies and conversations that enable performance to surpass what one could achieve on one’s own.
Building Powerful Groups
Individual work is the foundation of everything we do. Still, some goals or projects simply will not happen unless you put a group together for the sole purpose of achieving that goal. Highly effective teams have practices in place that don’t happen naturally—they must be achieved by design, on purpose. Without thoughtful design, special teams are not likely to be the norm in your organization.
This is a core development program for individuals. The goal is to make you five times more productive while working fewer hours and being less stressed.
Conversational Skills has been designed to impact:
- Your individual performance and ability to contribute
- The results of your group and your organization
- The establishment of a network of supportive relationships
- Your ability to make a difference away from work
- How you come across when interacting with others
This program blends the key ideas from project management and the essence of conversation, connecting with others, and best meeting practices.
Leadership and the Art of Conversation
Leadership is a matter of speaking and listening in a way that is out of the ordinary. Leadership is not some gene you either have or don’t have. If you notice, people who make things possible and then make them happen simply speak and listen differently than the rest of us.
Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids
There is an old adage: If you want to change your kids, change their playgrounds and their friends. Kids are raised within a network of family conversations. These conversations are either empowering or disempowering, either grounded in attention or in distraction, either creating the possibility of an expansive future or limiting them to the past. Paul provides ten powerful ways to create great relationships and remarkable kids.
Robert Hughes, Executive Coach“If I were running an executive development or MBA program, this would be mandatory reading.”
Audie Penn, Master Black Belt, Caterpillar Production Systems Global Deployment, Caterpillar, Inc.“I have been following Paul's teaching in organizations for more than a decade now. The essence is: When people matter, things get done, and they get done in amazing ways!”