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The Change Forum - Learning Solutions for Leadership & Change

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...mastering the power of constructive conversation

Hi – Bill Cropper here with some thoughts on conversations... Is your conversational culture constructive or caustic? Caustic conversations kill off trust, ruin relationships and turn teams toxic. Our latest E-NEWS looks at handling toxic emotions and coping with caustic conversations at work – links included below... and speaking of conversations, a reminder about our Constructive Conversations coaching clinic for leaders coming up in Brisbane October 5-6. More on this follows...

Those of you who’ve been along to my clinics, know I take a practical, tool-kit type approach backed up by some seriously useful self-coaching guides to support you applying the tools back at work. Hope you can join us for this great conversational capacity-building program. If not, perhaps you have colleagues or staff who’d like to. And yes – we do run conversational coaching clinics in-house for groups of 12 or more!    Cheers, Bill

...Coaching Clinics for leaders who want their conversations to count

Conversations they're the life-blood of leadership...

The calibre of conversations leaders engage in is a telling indicator of the performance culture of their workplace and a key element in the effective functioning of any team.

Conversations are at the core of what leaders do. Whether you’re leading a change effort, co-ordinating a project, dealing with difficult situations, revitalising a team, energising classrooms, coping constructively with complaints or coaching for better performance – the essential actions leaders take happen almost entirely through conversations.

Leadership is really a string of conversations. Through conversations, leaders inspire, influence, motivate; connect, make decisions and move people to action. In fact, they’re really a core business activity! Many leadership flaws hark back to a lack of solid conversational skills. When a leader’s conversations are off-colour, coordination breaks down, relationships and feelings suffer, mistakes and misunderstandings multiply and productivity plummets.                  Read more >>>

Lots of leaders say their conversational skills are already well-honed so they don’t need to work on them. They already see themselves as persuasive communicators, who always get their point across. They don’t see how they’re often hampered by old habits of talk that obstruct constructive conversation-making. Many discussions still rotate around debate. We argue for our own views, we compete, we fail to explore each other’s thinking, we talk ‘at’ not ‘with’ – all common approaches and all conversationally corrosive. Constructive conversations are characterised by skillful discussion – by staying in dialogue in ways that encourage openness and healthy give-and-take.             Read more >>>

As a leader, you’re the role model for the way conversations happen in your place. Your ability to conduct constructive conversations is an indispensable leadership tool – and knowing how and when to use different conversational tools is also a vital element for personal and leadership success!

And that's where our conversational coaching clinics come in...



Leading through Conversations

7 essential principles for leaders who want their conversations to count


Leading through Conversations is a 2-day coaching clinic for leaders at any level wanting to revitalise their discussions, achieve more from meetings and make every conversation count.

The clinic centres on seven essential principles for more powerful, penetrating and constructive conversations; and equips you with a set of straightforward, effective, easy-to-learn tools that will boost your ability to conduct more effective conversations in all sorts of settings – one-on-one, team meetings, problem-solving sessions and public forums.

















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EI at Work:

1-day STAFF seminar


Dealing with Difficult Discussions


TOOWOOMBA -- Dec 1-2

Personal Mastery:

Leading with EI


TOOWOOMBA -- Nov 17-18

Leading through Conversations

7 essential principles for leaders who want their conversations to count…






Leading through Conversations

Dealing with Difficult Discussions


Easy to apply tools and a process to follow to convert destructive confrontation into constructive conversation...

No matter how conversationally competent we are, we all have times when things just don’t go ‘right’ – no matter what efforts we make or conversational strategies we try! Poorly handled or avoided, challenging, confronting or contentious conversations cause so much conflict and stress in workplaces – they're something we could all learn to handle better. ‘Dealing with Difficult Discussions’ is 2-day coaching clinic that equips you with a robust, step-by-step process to navigate your way through those troublesome moments...

Fabulous learning experience! Anyone who has to deal with difficult discussions should do this course.” Georgina McGrath, Qld Health
“Everyone can benefit from this clinic - regardless of degree of experience... A very positive learning experience in a comfortable, safe environment...” Kim Cree, Rockhampton Regional Council

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Personal Mastery: Leading with EI


Key dimensions and practices for EI leaders to cultivate more positive productive emotional climates at work...

Your success as a leader has a lot more than you may think to do with your own level of personal mastery and emotional intelligence. How leaders manage their moods and how aware they are of their emotional patterns, profoundly affects work culture, team climate and ultimately, job performance and business success.  'Personal Mastery: Leading with EI' is a 2-day practise-intensive clinic to help leaders at all levels create more connective and constructive relationships at work...

“A great learning experience - useful, enjoyable, informative and quite relevant to my life - both work and personal - especially the 7 practices of EI Leaders... well balanced mix of theory, practical and humour in a relaxed atmosphere..." Mickey Polkinghorne, Disability Services Queensland
“The most interesting and relevant training I’ve ever attended. Content and structure excellent - every topic entirely relevant to my work as a manager and my everyday work practice.” Graham Stark, Queensland Health

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Leading through Conversations


7 essential principles for constructive conversation to build leadership capacity and enrich workplace culture...

Knowing how and when to use different conversational tools is a vital but neglected element for personal mastery and leadership success!  Conversations are at the core of what all leaders do – whether leading change, reenergising teams, reviewing performance, coping constructively with complaints or creating exceptional customer service climates. Through conversations we most visibly demonstrate our level of personal mastery and emotional intelligence and build the relationships and quality of interactions that influence workplace culture and team effectiveness. ‘Leading through Conversations’ is a 2-day coaching clinic that demonstrates principles and tools for becoming more conversationally aware to help you engage in more positive, effective conversations and facilitate more skillful discussions at work.

Powerful, compelling, easy to participate – influenced me in ways I never thought possible!” Dennis Wyatt – The Townsville Hospital
“Conversation is important to every office supervisor and manager. I learned skills that count in day to day issues!” Michael Dore – Qld Transport

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EI@Work: Working with Emotional Intelligence


Interactive 1-day seminar for those you rely on most: your STAFF...

We believe it’s just as important for staff as it is for leaders to understand and manage emotions at work. Emotional Intelligence is the basis for great teamwork and positive, productive workplaces – and decreasing dysfunctional behaviours that drain energy and turn teams toxic. EI at Work is a lively, down-to-earth 1-day seminar that will show your staff what EI is, why it matters and how to start applying basic EI tools and behaviours at work. Here’s a fantastic way to give a boost to your staff’s motivation and commitment levels not to mention improving the way they relate to you and the rest of the team!  What do staff say about this stimulating, informative and interactive seminar?

“EI at Work was awesome….A great learning experience that everyone should partake in.” Kyle Leary, Qld Health

“A worthwhile course applicable to any profession. Course content excellent and very applicable to my work.” Mary Cataldo, Disability Services Qld

“Impressed by the way you unpack EI - I see how it can transform workplaces, relationships & the way we live & learn.” Jan Fenlon, Gracemere SS

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Know others interested in leadership skill-building? Greatly appreciated if you'd share this information with staff, colleagues and associates who may be interested to learn more about building more connective and constructive cultures at work.  And if you would extend this circulation to your wider management, HR or other business networks, we’d also be most grateful.

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Bill Cropper
The Change Forum


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Learning to Lead: Foundational leadership skills for new and emerging leaders - learn how to really lead not just manage.


BRISBANE  -- OCT 29-30

The Coaching Leader's Clinic: Tools and techniques to adopt a more facilitative, coaching style of leadership


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Preparing People for Change:  Help people come to terms with and engage with change constructively.


Fundamental Facilitation: 2-day skills clinic on tools and practices to facilitate teams and groups...

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Bill Cropper, Director of The Change Forum, has an extensive background in workplace change management, team development and leadership learning and has been delivering public leadership coaching clinics and learning forums in major centres around Queensland for around 7 years.

“Bill, you are passionate about what you present and an excellent facilitator” Stefanie Bishell, Wide Bay Water Corporation

“I appreciated the way you spoke in a way that we could relate to – a very relaxed and inclusive style that made it easy to keep focussed on what you were presenting.” Karen Sellars, Bluecare

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