The Mentor’s Journey: a Workshop on Improving One’s Effectiveness as a Change-Initiator

Project Brief

  1. Course Objective

How can managers and supervisors become more effective given the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) reality of the 21st century?

The Mentor’s Journey aims to awaken the participants to the power and responsibility that they hold over their own teams and the results that they create, individually and collectively. By increasing the level of awareness of the change-initiators, they too are given the chance to empower people who follow their lead and create better structures towards a more sustainable growth.

Using Joseph Campbell’s Hero Cycle structure and the Systems Thinking approach, participants are intended to surface their assumptions and identify mental models that are already ineffective in order make the necessary shifts to be a more successful mentor and coach.

In the end, it is hoped that participants get to develop a skeletal framework on how to best move forward towards the direction of better results for themselves as an individual and for the organization where they belong.

  1. Who Shall Attend? 

    This workshop is designed for trainers, managers, and supervisors who are directly involved in a team’s progress and performance, and would want to better understand how be more effective in handling people in the workplace and creating better results for the team.

  2. Workshop Outline 

    Module 1:    Call to Adventure             [A call to be bigger than ourselves]
    This module opens up the participants to the theory of change to better understand how they themselves respond to the VUCA reality of the 21st Century. Through this module, the participants are intended to locate themselves as heroes who are now called to a bigger journey as mentors.Module 2:    Separation                          [Where are we going?]
    This module increases the awareness of the participants’ mental models and long held belief systems that affect their current reality at work. By looking more closely at their own results, the participants are invited to journey towards the inner self and engage in a self-confrontation to better understand themselves as mentors.

    Module 3:    Reconnection                     [Connect with the whole]
    This module provides an opportunity to honestly look into one’s communication style and how it affects the performance of other team members towards the shared goal or vision. This module explores the dark and sticky issues that are often ignored or mishandled at work, and provides the participants the tools to better manage these issues and increase productivity at work.

    Module 4:    Reciprocation                    [Give back to the whole]
    This module empowers the participants, having seen the bigger picture and how the parts form into a whole, to create a skeletal framework on how to confidently move towards better results and initiate changes that will bring about more sustainable growth for the individual and for the team.

  3. What’s in it for the Participants? 
    • If you don’t know exactly how to handle a team due to some fears or feelings of incompetence, then immerse yourself to some concepts and hone some skills in leading a team.
    • If you know the rudiments of managing a team and have a good amount of experience but can’t seem to drive a team towards all forms of results, whether it be team cohesion or results by the numbers, then take a step back and really see where the shift can happen.
    • If you know how to handle a team and can deliver results but would want to level up your leadership, then take this chance to identify new leverage points in making your growth more sustainable and impactful.
  4. About the Facilitator 

    Eric N. Cruz is a young facilitator and speaker who has been doing capacity-building seminars and workshops for at least half a decade now to schools, companies, and organizations. He is an administrator in an international school and has been teaching high school students for close to 12 years now. He has written textbooks and has done several book projects for the educational sector. In 2012, he helped the Philippines host the Olympics of Debate in Manila and served as the Executive Committee’s External Tournament Director. He volunteers as a life coach in a leadership program called LEAP which he himself took 4 years ago and eventually led to him becoming the head coach of the upcoming LEAP 71.