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Conscious Conversations in the Workplace

  • 04 Mar 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Webinar


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Thursday, March March 4, 2021

Remote Meeting

      8:30AM - 8:35 AM Welcome from Amy Sabato
             8:35 AM - 8:55 Legal Update and Q&A with Deb Najjar

             9:00 - 10:30 Program

      Approved for 1.50 SHRM credits, HRCI credits pending

Topic:   :  Conscious Conversations in the Workplace

This workshop will be framed around the four major conversations we undertake everyday with our colleagues: 

· Narrative  Conversation 

· Collaborative Conversation 

· Creative Conversation 

· Commitment Conversation 

The audience will be taught the concepts behind each of these conversations and ways to improve their day-to-day interactions with individuals and teams.   

They will learn how to: 

  • Distinguish facts and judgmental opinions to improve stressful conversations.   
  • Identify and understand how thoughts trigger emotions  
  • Listen openly and empathetically to others with opposing perspectives.  
  • Learn four significant questions that can unwind narratives and create clarity and collaboration. 
  • How well made and well-kept promises build trusting relationships.  
  • Avoid “conversational bypasses” in meetings where a rush to make a decision hinders open and fruitful exploration of all the perspectives and issues that should be properly discussed 


Specific issues for HR professionals that the four conversations can be applied to: 

· Giving meaningful feedback in performance reviews 

· Mediating difficult meetings between staffers who are experiencing conflict in their relationship 

· Handling conversation concerning allegations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace 

· Speaking truth to power in giving critical feedback to senior executives 

· Communicating about Covid safety measures by establishing standards and commitments to abide by those standards 

    Our Speakers: Chuck Wisner

    Chuck is a highly sought-after thinker, coach, and teacher in the areas of organizational strategy, human dynamics, and leadership excellence. He has spent twenty-five years as a business and personal consultant and a trusted advisor to leaders in high-profile companies across industries. His methods are anchored in years of leading-edge research, theoretical development, and the practical application of the foundations of conversations.  

    Chuck earned an architectural degree from the Boston Architectural College, and for fifteen years he worked at HKT Architects in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then he served as a partner for ten years. His first position after his career in architecture was as a senior affiliated mediator with the Harvard Law Mediation Program. He was subsequently among the first to be certified in a Mastering the Art of Professional Coaching program with the Newfield Network, one of the world's leading transformational education organizations over the past thirty years. He then became a specialist in organizational learning and leadership associated with MIT’s Center for Organizational Learning. 

    Chuck is currently working as an advisor with leaders and their teams at Google, Apple, DTE Energy, and PSEG (all Fortune 200 companies). His client list has included Tesla, Harvard Business School, Toyota, the Detroit Mayor’s Office, General Motors, Shell, and Chrysler Motor Company.  

    Chuck lives in New England with his wife, Kata, an artist. They have two sons, who are living their creative dreams in New York City.  


    Our Sponsor: Interesting in Sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at 



    For more information:

    Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Phone: 978-204-3207


    183 Rockingham Rd., Ste 2 East

    c/o Landmark Benefits

    Windham, NH 03087



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