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Session Samples

Breakout Teams 


Are you a member of a workplace team? Have you ever asked:

  • Why do I clash with certain people in the team, and immediately gel with others?

  • What is expected of me on this team?

  • If teams are so great why can working in one be so difficult, slow and frustrating?

  • There has to be a better way to work with other people?

  • What’s going to happen to this group after the project is done?


If you have asked these questions then please consider our “Breakout Teams” program.



Teams have become common in organizations big and small. The potential benefits to individuals and the organizations we work in are high, but we have also had the experience of being in teams that seem to drain our time and rob our productivity. As our workplaces move more and more into a team-based structure it is important for us to find a way to elevate the productive, positive side of team while managing and minimizing the negative aspects.



Mâwandônan Consulting has drawn together its experiences and expertise to design a workshop that can give team members the skills and knowledge to be part of Breakout Teams. The 2-day program will equip HR managers, team-leaders and employees with the tools and concepts to keep their teams firing on all cylinders.

Why this Working in Teams program?

1. The training can stand alone or fit into a larger organizational training plan.

2. The DiSC Profiling System™ gives individuals self-awareness and increases the understanding of personality and behavioural differences between team members.

3. It provides the much-needed knowledge and skills for human resources to recruit and revitalize teams in organizations big and small.

4. Builds relationships through promoting communication and collaboration skills.

5. Gives participants skills that are designed for the workplace and can be transferred to life outside the office as well.

What People Are Saying About Mâwandônan Consulting's "Breakout Teams" Workshop

“This is the third workshop that I have taken from them, and as usual they were great.” (Sharon – HRDC)

“You guys did a great job. Considering that I have sat in your “other” workshops, I am impressed that you find fresh and humorous ways to engage your participants.” (George – Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation)

“Jeff and Clayton are excellent at what they do. Everyone from our organization should attend their sessions.” (James – Saskatchewan Health)

“We have to get these guys back here to do sessions for the whole company. They are gems.” (Janice – Sherwood Credit Union)

“Their use of humour and their ability to facilitate group discussion is amazing. Any time you guys put on a workshop I want to be there.” (Doug – Saskatchewan Power)

​Leadership Connection

This workshop will help leaders – established and emerging – to develop the skills and learn practices that will help them grow in their leadership ability.

Leadership always starts with the person in the mirror. Self-leadership and self-awareness are the foundation. The workshop begins with the participants exploring their own personalities and behaviours through an assessment tool.

By its very nature leadership involves connecting with other people – it is not a solitary endeavor - it can’t be done in isolation. Nobody leads in isolation. A good leader connects with people to engage their strengths, unlock their potential and challenge the team to achieve its goals.

The Leadership | Connection Workshop will bring these two aspects of leadership into one focus. Through the two days the facilitators will draw on their experience as well as the experiences of the participants to create leadership development strategies that will work in the workplace (and beyond).

The Leadership | Connection Workshop will look at three critical areas for increasing leadership awareness and ability: (1) Creating an Environment that Facilitates Success, (2) Developing a Model of Leadership and (3) Personal and Organizational Effectiveness.

More than ever before, the workplace is dependent on strong leadership skills at all levels of an organization. As many organizations move towards teamwork and project groups it is necessary for all employees to understand their leadership roles in those settings. Some members will take on formal leadership roles and others will need to understand and exhibit self-leadership as they support others for the good of the shared task.

Creating an Environment that will Ensure Success

Workplaces are made up of people with many different personalities, backgrounds and interests. As we try to work together it is important to recognize the different perspectives we bring to the organization. Based on the DiSC Profiling System™, participants will be guided through the process of determining awareness of self and others and what impact personality can have on leadership.

Therefore, the different skills and tactics we bring to the project at hand bring a mix of benefits:

  • Impact on teams—our values, preferred influencing styles, how to adapt our preferred behaviours to increase team effectiveness

  • What style do we and others use when working under pressure?

  • Value to the organization

  • How we judge others’ preferred styles

  • Impact on problem solving

The benefit of understanding our uniquenesses is felt by the individual employee and the workplace through:

  • Self-management and increased interpersonal skills

  • Self Understanding

  • Valuing the diversity and unique contributions of others

  • Identifying sources of conflict and stress

What people are saying:

"Clayton and Jeff provided insight into what a great leader is and how a person becomes one. They used real-life examples and humour to make the workshop a memorable two days." (Kelly – CPSP)

"This is the second workshop that I have taken with Clayton and the first with Jeff. Clayton’s second workshop was as valuable as the first one he facilitated for us." (Brigitte – CPSP)

"The way these two guys lead us through the many complicated facets of leadership development made this workshop come to life. Thanks you two." (Jim – CPSP)

"Humour is such a great way to spend two days. Thankfully they weren’t just funny they were willing to discuss the hard stuff as well. This combination is why organizations need to hire Jeff and Clayton." (John – CPSP)

"This workshop was devoid of the clichés and the usual theoretical mumbo-jumbo. This workshop was as practical as any workshop I have participated in.

Thanks Jeff and Clayton you did a fantastic job." (George – CPSP)

"Please let me know when your next offering is as I want to invite my friends as well." (Mark – CPSP)

Collaborative Conflict Resolution

Are workplace disagreements left unresolved?

Do you wonder why some people behave the way they do?

Do you wonder why you clash with certain people at work?

Do you feel uncomfortable raising issues that are important to you?

Do you wish that workplace conflict would just disappear?

If the answers are “yes” then please consider this innovative Interest-Based conflict program.

Conflict is an inevitable part of organizations both large and small. The challenge of managing ongoing and often escalating internal disputes can be draining and counterproductive. Today many organizations are adopting large complex alternative dispute resolution systems giving managers and employees various options for handling their disputes.

As part of this ideal, Mâwandônan Consulting and LM Consulting have pooled their talents and expertise to create an Internal Dispute Resolution Training Program that can stand alone or serve as an integral part of a larger more complex Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system. This three-day program will equip managers and employees with invaluable knowledge and skills to resolve conflict in a respectful, collaborative fashion.

Why this “conflict’ training program?

1.Provides the much needed foundation of knowledge and skills for human resources to manage internal organizational disputes in organizations large or small.

2.The training can stand alone or fit into a larger more complex system of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

3. Increases respect for personality and behavioural differences with the use of the DiSC Profiling System™ (Dominant, Influential, Steady, Conscientious).

4. Encourages autonomy, self-regulation and skills for individuals to resolve their own disputes through “Interest Based Problem Solving”.

5. Builds relationships through communication and collaborative skills training.

6. In this training Conflict Resolution is the responsibility of parties involved, thus promoting individual choice and control for the creation of a durable, satisfactory outcome.

Promotes early dispute resolution which decreases the potential for conflict escalation resulting in:

  • Less expense for outside conflict intervention or legal counsel,

  • Less productive downtime hours lost.

  • Fewer grievances and complaints.

  • Reduced staff turnover, absences, or sick time used.

  • Increased job satisfaction and productivity. 


What participants are saying:

“Clayton and Laurie did an excellent job as team facilitators. Enjoyed the rapport. The last day tied it all together, but the first two days were equally important in laying the groundwork” (Marilyn – Canadian Information Processing Society).

“All parts of the workshop were valuable. From the theory and models to the Personality Profile to the hands on practice” (Alisa – Sr. HR Coordinator – Great West Life).

“Excellent! Very knowledgeable. Day three – little working groups; discussions; role playing exercises; were very affective in bringing everything together” (Devin – Saskatchewan Crop Insurance).

“Great job both of you. I was able to relate much of the theory back to job issues. This tied it together very well for me” (Lee – Saskatchewan Crop Insurance).

“I have taken another class from Clayton (Aboriginal Awareness) and now this one. Both Clayton and Laurie are excellent facilitators and I would highly recommend this course to others” (Bev – Regina Public Library).

“The facilitators are excellent. They have extensive knowledge on the subject and the information was presented in a friendly relaxed manner. Very non-threatening. Excellent workshop. Thank you so much” (Katherine – Manager, Finance and Control – Great West Life).

Key-Note Addresses

G.O.A.L. (Growing our Aboriginal Leaders)

  • Would you want to work for you?

  • What is a leader?

  • Leading from the second chair

  • Will I lose myself in the process?

  • Why do I fear success?

Duty to Consult

  • Why is it the smart thing to do?

  • When should I start the process?

  • Getting past the have-tos

How did I get here?

  • Did I always want to be an Entrepreneur?

  • What did I believe and who stole my dreams?

  • Where do I move now that I got off my chair?

What is Social Justice?

  • How does Social Justice serve Aboriginal people?

Are you interested in different ways to manage conflict?


Do you want to know what it takes to have a healthy workplace?


Then one or more of our Key-Note Addresses might be what you are looking to increase your knowledge on a variety of different topics.

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