Vivo Group Sci/Tech Leadership & Feedback Workshops

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This workshop is for managers & leaders working in life science and technology companies to improve their skills.

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This program is designed specifically for leaders and managers in life science and technology organizations.

This workshop provides participants with the know-how to avoid the most common mistakes made by managers, the capability to apply appropriate leadership styles in varied situations, delegate effectively, and learn strategies for conveying difficult information about performance – honestly and proactively.

The virtual program format is highly interactive, and involves combinations of small-group discussions of case studies and typical scenarios, whole-group conversations, best-practice brainstorms, short role-playing exercises, quizzes, time for self-reflection, as well as opportunities to gain perspective from and share best practices with other attendees. Participants are given theoretical background and overview, as well as practical tools, tips and techniques that can be implemented in the work place.

Target Audience:

  • New managers and leaders within the first few years of their responsibilities in life science or technology organizations
  • Individual contributors preparing for leadership roles in the future in life science or technology organizations
  • Technical experts who have roles both as individual contributors, and as supervisors
  • More experienced leaders without formal training, who want to: expand their fundamental understanding of leadership and management, fill in potential skill gaps, or coach/mentor their own manager reports
  • Sci/Tech team leads, project managers, and directors who want to improve their skills


  1. December 8, 9am-12:30pm: Leadership Roles & Styles; Management Effectiveness
  2. December 10, 9am-12:30pm: Delegation Best Practices; Leadership Communication
  3. December 15, 9am-12:30pm: Providing Performance Feedback; Difficult Conversations

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NOTE: No refunds within 30 days of event. Tickets are transferrable to another person at no additional fee.


“Being in HR the tools I learned will definitely be helpful when working with other's in helping them communicate with their team.”

“Gwen's knowledge was super helpful and answered any questions. The program put all aspects into actually learning events to apply to everyday situations which was helpful.”

“The ability to go into breakout groups in Zoom was great!”

“I think it worked well for the breadth of topics that were covered. Gwen did very well with working the Zoom interface.”

“The frameworks and workbook will remain useful and applicable as I try to bring these practices into my work.”

“Interactive training, strong presentation and clear agenda and topics.”

“Tremendous amount of information.”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Clearer understanding of leader roles and responsibilities
  2. Ability to delegate more effectively (without micromanaging)
  3. Better leadership communication skills
  4. Capability to set clear goals, roles & expectations
  5. Understanding of how to motivate and coach reports
  6. Greater awareness of leadership styles and choices
  7. Tools for providing effective performance feedback
  8. Ways to continue improving leadership skills

Benefits for the Organization:

  • Faster learning curve for new leaders, resulting in fewer mistakes
  • Continued staff development through increased knowledge of resources
  • Higher success rate of projects due to improved management skills
  • Increased employee engagement as a result of more positive supervision
  • Fewer workplace conflicts due to more clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  • Increased morale of managers through investment of company in their capabilities
  • Higher productivity resulting from more effective performance feedback


SESSION #1: Tuesday, December 8 9am-12:30pm

Topic A: Leadership Roles and Styles

  1. Expectations of individual contributors vs. leader/managers (discussion)
  2. Characteristics of good vs. bad leadership (brainstorm)
  3. Identifying styles and role models (self-assessment)
  4. Elements of influential leadership (discussion)
  5. Leadership levels and competencies in organizations (discussion)
  6. Impact of leadership influence and authority (case study)

Topic B: Management Effectiveness

  1. Roles of managers: People and task (discussion)
  2. Iron triangle of project management (case analysis)
  3. People management fundamentals (discussion)
  4. Importance of interviewing and hiring well (interactive quiz)
  5. Providing clear goals, roles and responsibilities (case analysis)
  6. Establishing context and clear expectations (practice)

SESSION #2 Thursday, December 10 9am-12:30pm

Topic C. TEST Delegation™

  1. Delegation advantages (brainstorm)
  2. Overcoming resistance to delegation (small group discussion)
  3. Maximizing team output and ensuring results (discussion)
  4. TEST™ Delegation and TEST™ Styles (case analysis)
  5. Choosing appropriate TEST™ style based on circumstances (exercise)
  6. Flexing delegation styles and conversations (self-assessment and practice)

Topic D. Leadership Communication Best Practices

  1. Ladder of inference and assuming good intentions (case examples)
  2. Ensuring leadership transparency and trust (exercise)
  3. Communication formats pros and cons (exercise)
  4. Management by walking around (discussion)
  5. Ensuring successful one-on-one meetings and coaching (self-assessment)
  6. Asking questions and Active Listening Skills (Practice)

SESSION #3: Tuesday December 15, 9am-12:30pm

Topic I. Providing IDEAL™ Performance Feedback

  1. Performance feedback common mistakes and best practices (brainstorm)
  2. Balancing positive vs. negative feedback (small group discussion)
  3. IDEAL™ Feedback Formula (case examples)
  4. Providing IDEAL™ Feedback (case study)
  5. Focusing on observable outcomes rather than inferring intent (exercise)
  6. Performance feedback application (practice)

Topic II. Handling Difficult Conversations and SCARY™ Responses

  1. Analysis of difficult conversations (self-analysis)
  2. Preparing to successfully handle SCARY™ Responses (discussion)
  3. Responding to feedback challenges (exercise)
  4. Receiving accurate feedback (practice)
  5. Distinguishing between efficiency vs. effectiveness (discussion)
  6. Leadership “Framing” (practice)
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