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What is it Like to Attend The Leadership Challenge Workshop® and Facilitator Training?

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An insider’s guide to The Leadership Challenge® Workshop

"When I'm at my personal best, I can go home and say I did something good today." - Workshop Participant

We learn a lot from hosting 20 – 25 participants regularly at The Leadership Challenge® Workshop and Facilitator Training. As we debrief these sessions, we always come to the following conclusion: “This was the best group ever.”

Year after year, we are wowed by the learning, cohesiveness, and insights the participants bring from different industries, levels, and locations. We're equally amazed by what they report they get from the program. So if you'd like to know what makes The Leadership Challenge® Workshop different, and why it is such a good value, here are a few takeaways from past participants:

It invigorates and empowers leaders: The Leadership Challenge® is not a generic "one and done" leadership development program. Backed by over 30 years of research, the behaviors that participants learn in the workshop are proven to work for everyone, regardless of industry, gender, country, company size, or even age. Participants report The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® are an elegant and actionable leadership development process for developing leaders across levels and industries. The two-day workshop is designed so participants can go deep and take away numerous insights and goals to become a better leader, while our training helps uncover and leverage each participant's authentic capabilities to help bring others along.

The content resonates: Not too hard, not too soft, but also not "just right," the content is a challenging and rigorous opportunity to develop and practice real-world leadership capabilities in a safe setting. The LPI®Leadership Practices Inventory® 360 assessment, taken as pre-work 2-3 weeks ahead of the workshop, prepares leaders to set the stage for developing a feedback relationship with their managers, co-workers, and constituents. Often, leaders are surprised, flattered, wary, or even defensive about getting feedback. The workshop camaraderie equips participants to see beyond any initial surprise and recognize we're all in it together – and now here is what you can do to improve. Participants also receive a personalized LPI® debrief coaching session with a master coach and that time is theirs to use any way they see fit.

The experience is rigorous and rewarding: Whether participants attend only the workshop or continue with Facilitator Training, the actual experience starts 3-4 weeks ahead of time with rigorous attention to detail in preparations. Attendees receive pre-work, the LPI® assessment links, information on what to expect, directions, and assignments so that they arrive prepared and ready to get to work. Over the course of the training, attendees can expect to be active participants through activities, reflection, teamwork, experiential learning, and yes, homework. The workshop facilitators are all Certified Masters of The Leadership Challenge®, with the deepest roots and understanding of the program and how to bring the content to life for everyone, no matter how different or diverse the group. Our post-workshop reinforcement program, e-Coach, provides encouragement and activities to put the learning into practice. Fortunately, a lot of fun is also built in, with excellent food, networking, and–of course–special evening events.

So what do Participants actually say about what they learn?

Here are some observations, takeaways, and insights from recent workshops:

"The content & activities were phenomenal. The LPI® is an incredibly powerful tool."

"Stunning and truly incredible location, meals and networking events were amazing."

"The style and personality of the group along with the beautiful scenery set the stage for energetic learning activities for all sections. Loved the LPI® too."

"I really liked how quickly the group came together. The conversations with other group members was invaluable. It was awesome to share with individuals outside my work group to gain different perspectives."

"The content is very applicable and the curriculum was well laid out with activities and time to share. Program was very well organized and loved the positive attitudes of all staff."

"In addition to the dynamic content, I gained so much value from my peers & sharing feedback."

"I truly appreciated the in-depth analysis of the LPI®. The structure of the classwork and activities were very effective. No lags in energy."

"The atmosphere was key, we were comfortable and relaxed which is to me the best environment for learning."

"Leadership is a chain reaction. The LPI® 360 assessment is a tool that shows the reality of how you are with others."

"I feel like I can now have conversations with a genuine desire to receive feedback."

"Authentic learning environment, experiential practice, welcoming and engaging participants. It was great."

"It was real. It was difficult. It makes sense and it actually appropriately and effectively sets you up for the real world."

"I enjoyed being challenged by practicing the facilitation which helped ground me in the material."

"The environment that was created left no doubt about the intention to help facilitate our learning and sharing."

"Great opportunities to stretch & learn in a supportive and feedback rich environment."


And Here's a roll up of recent feedback:

JULY 2017 OE Feedback-01-2.jpgWe are often asked what makes us different, or why should an attendee choose a FlashPoint session. We'd love to hear from you if you have any more questions or would like to give us feedback! Help us Challenge the Process by suggesting innovative ways we can improve what we do to deliver on our promise of developing exemplary leaders. 


The Leadership Challenge® Workshop is proven to increase leadership effectiveness. Based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®, by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, this two-day workshop is a highly interactive experience that develops leaders across all industries and sizes of organizations. Through practical hands-on exercises, participants will learn to apply The Leadership Challenge® principles to their current roles, build a personal leadership development plan for applying key learnings from the workshop in the workplace, and be prepared to implement new leadership practices in their daily actions.

Not ready to register yet? Download an overview of the program or reflect on if you're ready to attend The Leadership Challenge.


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Lauren Parkhill

Lauren Parkhill leads the marketing team in creating creative content that helps organizations develop their leaders and teams.

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