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Teams are the life blood of organizations yet struggle often to succeed. We know what success looks like when watching sports teams that win consistently. The same goes for special operations teams that overcome the odds to free captives or win a hard fought battle. How do they do it?

Thanks to advances in brain science technology, big data analytics and a growing body of evidence from multiple disciplines, the good to great journey is clearer. Great teams strengthen their mental agility and toughness in concert with constantly improving “habit loops”. They practice, practice and practice more. They conduct pre-and post-mortems. They constantly learn. They are accountable to each other. The hard work does pay off. And, great persons do the same.

The secret lies in our every-day routines. Change them up, change the results. New habit loops take over. The research-based tools and techniques are well-known and available to any person or team wanting to make progress. Linda’s interactive, practical programs, workshops and short presentations teach participants how to take advantage of the habit loop.

Workshops and Presentations

The “habit loop” skills are part of every workshop and presentation. They cover both the necessary mindset as well as behavioural changes for mastery.  Workshops and presentations are typically customized (content and timeframe) to align with the interests of the participants or audience.

Here are some samples of supportive workshop materials based on different personal, team and organizational challenges. For short presentations, back up visuals are telescoped accordingly.

“Linda has superb high energy. She was fantastic. Time flew by. She did a great job of keeping everyone involved, focused and participating. We gained many tools and techniques for practical use on “the shop floor’ “.        

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NoKidding Leadership

Linda’s on-line journal capturing reflections on personal and organizational leadership based on her recent learnings, discussion with peers in her network, and from the rich pageant of daily news events.

The Rage of Bias and How to Tame It.

What the Marshmallow Test Teaches Us About Following Through on New Year’s Resolutions.

How Come We Humans are Biased?.

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About

Linda is an award-winning facilitator and designer of leadership and personal development programs. She was named as instructor of the year in 2010 by McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education. In 2012 she received CCE’s “Instructor Appreciation” award. Linda designed and delivered an advanced leadership program for McMaster managers which won a combined five program awards in 2010 from the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education (CAUCE), Canadian Association of University Business Offices (CAUBO), CAUBO Ontario, McMaster President’s award and the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD).

Linda is founder and CEO of Pickard & Laws. It focuses on teaching the latest neuroscience-based soft skills so that people happily bring their “A” selves to work. In her interactive sessions, top leaders, managers and individual contributors learn how to ‘change up’ their interpersonal, team and collaborative habits to adapt more easily to the constantly challenging work environment. Topics are custom-designed to the client situation. Through the lens of the latest insights on performance management, topics may include the real drivers of engaging and motivating people who think and learn differently; the hidden, yet learnable factors of successful teams and easy-to implement, practical habits for better problem-solving, strategic thinking and decision-making in a group. Linda’s tool kit for skill development draws on research from a number of disciplines, including learning and brain science, decision science, evolutionary biology, behavioural economics and positive psychology.

Linda writes a blog at http://nkleadership.blogspot.com and is an active “tweeter” at www.twitter.com/lindapickard. Her most recent published article – What really motivates employees? It’s not what you think – is featured in the 2011 October edition of Municipal World.

Pickard & Laws’ clients include banks, universities, cities, towns, city-regions, conservation authorities and organizations in pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, high-tech, health care, food services, professional services, not-for-profits, industry associations and logistics.

Linda is an adjunct professor and instructor at McMaster and Brock Universities and member of the International Leadership Association. She is a graduate of University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science (nutrition), Diploma in Public Health Nutrition, Master of Education and Ph.D. in educational psychology.

Pickard & Laws’ clients include banks, universities, cities, towns, city-regions, conservation authorities and organizations in pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, high-tech, health care, food services, professional services, not-for-profits, industry associations and logistics.

Linda is an adjunct professor and instructor at McMaster and Brock Universities and member of the International Leadership Association. She is a graduate of University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science (nutrition), Diploma in Public Health Nutrition, Master of Education and Ph.D. in educational psychology

What Linda’s Clients Say:
“As a facilitator, Linda is intelligent, creative, professional and engaging. Her curriculum is well-researched and consistently interesting to a professional audience. Her delivery style is thoughtful, deliberate and spirited.” – Jenni Allerton, Program Manager, Custom Corporate Training & Professional Development Programs, McMaster University, Centre for Continuing Education

“I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Linda in co-delivering leadership programs. Through Linda’s understanding of how learning works, we developed a real-life, interactive and emotional leadership case study for my session. I have seen first hand the satisfaction of the attendees and the loyalty of her partners.” -Norm O’Reilly, Ph.D., Former Visiting Scholar, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Associate Professor of Sports Business, University of Ottawa.

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