Crescendo Connect Conversations

Crescendo Connect ConversationsCrescendo Connect Conversations focus on connecting emotional intelligence to other relevant topics (e.g. 360 assessments, Brain Science, Values and Purpose, Branding/Marketing, Peer Coaching etc…). These 45-minute, bi-monthly conversations provide EI Practitioners an opportunity to learn and to share expertise with our broader EI Community of Practice.

Upcoming Crescendo Connect Conversations include:

  • EI Practitioner Roundtable Discussion
  • Emotional Intelligence and Strengths 
  • Emotional Intelligence and Personal Development
  • Emotional Intelligence and Teams
  • Emotional Intelligence and Equine Therapy
  • Emotional Intelligence and Career Development

Who should attend?

Anyone connected to Crescendo Inc. is welcome to attend. This is a perfect chance to connect or re-connect with the Crescendo EI Practitioner Community!

What is the cost?

There is NO COST!!!

How do I register?

Register here to be added to the Crescendo Connect Newsletter.

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July 27, 2015 - Emotional Intelligence and the Leader as Visual Artist with Bernie Saunders and Katie Cooney

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What does neuroscience say about the importance of visual acuity in a leader? What can photography reveal about the limits of judgment and perception? How is the quality of "seeing" linked to emotional intelligence?   

EI and The Leader as Visual Artist  addresses the ways in which photography -by deepening self-awareness, expanding perception, and supporting the habit of reframing situations-helps to strengthen the emotional intelligence of leaders.  The session is based on the work of Katie Cooney and Bernie Saunders, which is gaining acceptance as a new and vibrant approach to leadership development.

Bernie Saunders is an artist, bestselling author, conference speaker, and organizational consultant, who has worked in the human development field for forty years. He is passionate about inspiring people to connect more deeply with themselves, and to enrich the important relationships in their lives.

Bernie is the co-author of the internationally acclaimed book,

Ten Steps to a Learning Organization, and the author of the personal enrichment program, Boundless Renewal. His most recent book, The Grace of Ordinary Days, was co-authored with his mother poet Kay Saunders during the last four years of her life.

He has a Masters of Applied Theology, is a licensed emotional intelligence practitioner, a clinical faculty member at the Centre of Applied Leadership, and has taught at St. Catherine's University, St. Thomas University, and the Carlson School of Management.

Katie Cooney is a globally experienced executive coach and leadership development consultant who has coached leaders in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Working through assessment, observation, and reflective conversations, she helps her clients develop a deeper and wider awareness of themselves and others to improve their performance in the organizational context.

Katie is a published writer, facilitator and speaker focused on purpose and resilience. She holds a Master's Degree in Human Development from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, where she explored the links between emotional awareness and physical wellness.  

She teaches the principles of coaching and team development at the graduate level. She is one of the developers of The Leader as visual Artist program.

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May 11, 2015 - EI Practitioner Roundtable with Mary Ann Djonne, Bob Huff, and Monica Seme

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If you feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to designing, developing and implementing emotional intelligence (EI) training and coaching programs - you are not alone! This is not an easy task by any means. The good news is that our Crescendo Inc. EI Practitioner Community is filled with extraordinary talent and generosity.

 Join us for this Crescendo Connect Conversation to learn how 3 of our EI Practitioners designed, developed and implemented EI Coaching and Training programs (large/small scale) for their clients (internal/external.) This is a great opportunity to get your 'now what' questions answered and learn more about how to build successful programs.

Mary Ann Djonne is a learning and development consultant in the Office of Leadership and Organization Development at Mayo Clinic. She has been at Mayo since 1992, serving the past several years in a variety of education and management-related positions. Prior to that, she practiced clinical dietetics for 18 years, and then received a Master of Science degree in education from the University of Minnesota in adult education and a post-graduate certificate in human resource development.

Mary Ann has coached directors, administrators, managers, and physicians. She completed her coach training at the College of Executive Coaching, and was the first of Mayo's internal coaches to achieve a certified coach credential from the International Coach Federation. She holds certifications in the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory® (MBTI), Everything DiSC®, Hogan Leadership Series, EQ-i2.0 and EQ360. She was the program coordinator and certified platinum facilitator for Crucial Conversations® and Crucial Confrontations® for seven years, a skill-building programs for handling difficult conversations of disagreement and performance gaps.

Her career at Mayo extends beyond the clinical practice and into a range of experiences in management and staff development. She created and facilitates peer coaching groups, and has taught hundreds of courses and worked with teams and individuals on emotional intelligence, leadership effectiveness, and communication/conflict.

Bob Huff has spent the bulk of his career building and growing brands. Now he is focused on building and growing people. As the Learning and Development Director for Aimia Inc. he is leveraging adult learning and leadership principles to close gaps in knowledge, skills and performance. He believes that it is as much about EQ as it is IQ in addition to clarity of vision, alignment of strategies and a sense of fulfillment and contribution. Bob is energized and inspired by helping individuals, teams and organizations get where they need to go.

Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions at SUPERVALU and Minneapolis-based marketing agencies Fallon, Olson and LaBreche. He has also taught leadership development at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Bob holds degrees from Northwestern University and Columbia University and is a certified EQ-i2.0 and EQ360 practitioner. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, two children, one dog and a cat.

Monica Seme is currently the principal consultant for Superior Insight Consulting, Inc., a firm that focuses on improving organizational performance by improving individual and team performance. In this role, Monica specializes in the areas of leadership and executive coaching, talent selection, performance management, employee development, and team building.

A graduate of the College of St. Scholastica with a degree in Human Resources and Psychology, Monica is a seasoned professional in the areas of talent development and human resources. Her experience includes leadership roles in a variety of business settings from small, start-up firms to large global organizations. She also holds certifications in several assessment tools including the EQ-i2.0 and EQ360, DISC, Values Index and Attribute Index. She is also certified in three coaching sciences including The Integrated Leader Framework, 5th Level Coaching, and Emerging Advantage Generation Y Coaching.

Monica has a passion for helping leaders discover and develop their unique strengths in order to improve the performance of the people they lead, thereby improving the performance of the entire company.

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March 30, 2015 - Emotional Intelligence and the Social Brain with Ann Holm

Ann HolmMany have of heard of Maslow's pyramid representing the hierarchy of needs. Maslow proposed that physiological factors such as food, drink, air, and protection from the elements were first, followed in order by safety, love/belonging, esteem and finally self-actualization.   The Social Brain will cause you to rethink this long-standing model of human needs proposing instead that love/belonging is the primary need of the human being.  

In this session, we will look at the work of psychologists Matthew Lieberman, author of The Social Brain and John Medina author of Brain Rules.   Both suggest that the need for cooperation, bonding, and other pro-social behavior is essential for us as a species, even more critical than food or drink.  If this is true, what does it mean for emotional intelligence?

Ann Holm, MS, ACC, draws on 25 years of experience as a speech pathologist to help clients achieve maximum personal potential using brain-based principles.  Now as a leadership and personal development coach, she uses a broad base of individual assessment tools and her knowledge of brain science to serve her clients.  Ann is an MBTI Master Practitioner, Intentional Leadership Master Coach; she is also certified to use the MBTI Step III and the EQi 2.0.

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