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Workshops and retreats bring people together across functions so that they can learn from each other, gain a better understanding of the organization, and develop new allies. People are more likely to be motivated, productive and engaged if they are connected beyond their job roles and understand how their work contributes to a common purpose.

Lianne and her team design and deliver engaging workshops and retreats with a an educational component, discussion, reflection and experiential learning.  Programs are designed according to a theme such as: learning to thrive at work, preparing for leadership, navigating your career, communicating with confidence, and coaching for leaders.

We work with diverse audiences in face-to-face or virtual platforms, and have experience with students, professionals, managers, executives and boards members. Our workshops are fun, practical and lead to actionable change.

Workshops and Speaking Engagement Subjects:

For teams who want to learn more about different work styles and develop practical strategies for working more effectively together. EverythingDiSC© is a user-friendly model that measures individual works style preferences and priorities. It is a simple yet powerful model that describes four basic styles: D, i, S, and C, and serves as the foundation for the Everything DiSC® Application Suite. Participants receive personalized insights that deepen their understanding of self and others, making workplace interactions more enjoyable and effective. The result is a more engaged and collaborative workforce that can spark meaningful culture improvement in any organization.

Professionals often move into leadership roles as experts in their field, yet lack the knowledge and skill to behave as leaders. Being a skillful professional doesn’t necessarily translate into communicating powerfully, influencing or mobilizing others around a common purpose. Great leaders understand themselves well and how their behaviours impact others. They also recognize and acknowledge the differences of their team members, and know how to adapt to communicate more effectively, motivate and mobilize. Based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©, this workshop will give participants a chance to explore how they lead and contribute to the team, and how to activate and adapt their behavioural preferences to get better results.


As lawyers progress in their careers, they don’t necessarily see themselves as leaders.  It’s not uncommon for even senior lawyers to lack confidence and feel unprepared for the challenges of leadership. Being a good lawyer is not always enough to becoming a great leader. The research shows that the best leaders know and use their strengths first.  They have a keen understanding of self and others, and an ability to adapt in order to influence and motivate others. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to consider their unique leadership strengths, reflect on how they are showing up as leaders in their communities, and learn new leadership behaviours to become more effective in a legal environment.

Powerful conversations emphasize strengths and possibilities, instead of deficits and roadblocks. Rather than focusing on the problem and telling people what to do, a powerful conversation engages both participants in thinking creatively about possible solutions and taking joint ownership for results. Lawyers, who excel at advising and advocating for clients about their legal problems, sometimes find it difficult to make the shift from problem-based talk to a solutions focused approach.  This workshop will introduce participants to a coaching skills model that will lead to more engaging and productive conversations with associates, staff, colleagues and clients.

Communicating with confidence starts with understanding yourself and your audience.  Using the concepts of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, this workshop introduces different communication styles, and how to adapt to communicate more effectively with colleagues, employees and clients.  Participants will receive a personal interpretive report identifying their communication preferences, with tips for how to leverage their strengths, communicate across differences, and handle common pitfalls more skillfully.

Mentoring involves supporting people to develop their potential through informal learning channels and shared experience. It is a relationship based on trust, mutual respect and open communication. While mentors are often expected to lead the way, the most successful mentoring relationships empower mentees to take initiative for their career development. Mentoring is at its best when both partners are energized and learn from each other. It’s a two way street! This workshop will enhance mentoring relationships, through learning about best practices in building trust, accountability and communication.

The levels of anxiety, depression and stress among lawyers are well documented. This year, the challenges of being healthy and resilient are greater than ever.  While there is no easy roadmap to follow, it is more important than ever to take time out to assess well-being and develop strategies for resilience.  This workshop will draw on participant experience and empirical research to explore the key factors that contribute to health and happiness with a view to understanding how to navigate the ups and downs of professional life.

Learning to be a Coach-Leader requires a challenging paradigm shift from giving direction to getting the best out of each person on your team. Using coaching skills is a proven method for making this powerful shift. It starts by letting go of being an expert and taking a different stance in conversations with your team.  Instead of focusing on how to fix the problem, Coach-Leaders focus on how to act as a thinking partner to empower each person to come up with their own creative solutions.  Listening, asking, and challenging others to take responsibility for learning leads to powerful positive change and new behaviours.  It also builds better working relationships.  As a result of taking a Coach-Leader stance, you will notice how conversations at work become more engaging and productive, and a diversity of ideas and results will begin to emerge.

The best teams are made up of diverse individuals with different personalities and ways of approaching their work.  Understanding how to work with differences is essential for optimal team performance. Drawing on the theory of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, this workshop will introduce participants to 16 different personality types, common strengths, pitfalls that teams encounter, and practical tips for adjusting preferences to improve performance. Using a common language for work style preferences will enhance learning, decision-making, planning and working together so that team members are empowered to contribute their best and maximize their potential.

As remote work has become the new normal in many professional environments, people are struggling with how to sustain and build a professional network. Whether you are a job seeker, entrepreneur or professional whose job relies on strong relationships with clients and colleagues, learning to connect in a virtual world is essential to navigating your career. In this workshop, we will look at best practices for networking, connecting and interviewing, and how to communicate with confidence using virtual platforms. Topics will include tips for holding engaging conversations, active listening online, crafting your key messages, and preparing for networking meetings to set yourself up for success.

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Lianne Krakauer

Lianne has experience working with entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders in corporate, not-for-profit, and public sector organizations.

Contact Lianne for more information and fees.