June 2014 I thought our retreat was very effective in helping us re-calibrate after a period of transition. Over half of our group has worked with me for a period of years but a large handful of folks were very new to the Company and our team. It put me in an interesting position because the veteran team members needed to be able to see me in a new role as their team leader, while also being reassured that I wasn’t going to change who I am because I was put into a new position of authority. The newer team members needed to be able to build trust in me quickly and believe that executive turnover didn’t mean that their jobs were also in jeopardy. That’s a tall order.
By building the day around focusing on each person’s individual strengths, we were able to see the value in each person to the healthy functioning of our team as a whole, and it set the stage for the fact that I want to lead by inclusion. Everyone has a voice and everyone’s voice carries equal weight. By celebrating each other’s unique strengths, we were well poised for the meatier part of our meeting, which was strategic planning and goal setting. The dialogue flowed freely, and we came up with some really good stuff. As a leader, I was able to sit back, listen, and learn from the team… and ultimately implement things that came from them. There’s no better way to create buy-in than that!
We ended the day with the Build-A-Dream team building experience, which you know profoundly impacted our group. It was a great way to come together by rallying around something bigger and more important than us.
It was a very productive day, and I think that everyone in the group walked away feeling like they had contributed. Celia Catlett, General Counsel Texas Roadhouse
May 2014 The feedback I received from my team regarding our day spent at the workshop was inspirational. The team is very motivated. I already see them spending more time pulling one another into their respective work. Paula Beckmann, VP OD Humana
May 2014 Hope all is well with you and WorkShop people. I am going to leave both Four Roses and Kirin Beer & Spirits because of a new assignment in Japan. I have learned so much from both of you and it was my pleasure working with you. Toshi Maeda, Vice President & CFO Four Roses Bourbon Co.
May 2014 I initially engaged Stephanie to conduct a team-building exercise which incorporated social responsibility. The end goal was to get a blended team working well together, setting aside personal issues to reach an important team-wide goal. Stephanie designed and implemented an excellent program, working with my associates and consulting with me throughout to make sure we achieved the desired outcome. She and her staff are highly creative, work well within financial and logistical limitations, and stay engaged throughout to make sure everyone is participating, contributing and collaborating. Joel Henson, Vice President, Strategic Sales Operations at ADP
May 2014 Stephanie and her staff at Workshop, The Creative Workplace bring an energy and engagement to their work that creates a fun and productive environment where people can do their best work. Whether the task relates to creatively brainstorming new ideas, building team unity, or transferring specific skills and knowledge to staff, I can trust Stephanie and her associates to produce great outcomes, AND help us to feel good about the process and results! Barry Gary, Director, Learning and Development for Norton Healthcare
May 2014 Stephanie is the ultimate motivator, strong coach, dedicated philanthropist and all around great person. I have initiated and attended several workshops that she has led, all with amazing results. Soon after the first workshop, the sales team I worked with had one of their best months of growth in over three years. I simply cannot say enough about Stephanie or the impressive business that she has built. Candace Portman, Sales Manager/Marketing Director, Willis Klein
“Staff was perfect, there but not intrusive. Environment was comfortable and 'creative' juice generating. Perfect. We will come back. If you ever do a meeting where you really want team members to come together, not feel inhibited and generate business generating results, WorkShop is THE place.”
Barry Younkie, Maker’s Mark
“Excellent and very reliable - we always have everything we need at our fingertips.”
Allen Howie, Idealogy
“It was great and The WorkShop Crew always had what we needed when we needed it. Every time I go, I discover more items to use and wrap into facilitating sessions. The last time was the container full of costumes and props. This added a whole other dimension to our time there and greatly increased the learning about our team members and our work.”
“Most productive day I have had at an offsite meeting in years. LOVED the GUITAR and ELMO.”
Greater Louisville Inc.