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Big change, like an organizational restructure or leadership change, and even smaller shifts such as a new policy or the sudden departure of a teammate, can ignite unnecessary turmoil. During periods of adjustment, a team that was once allied and functional can spiral into negativity and dysfunction. Leaders are challenged to foster a constructive culture that won’t fall victim to unnecessary anxiety, gossip and distrust. Buck Davis is an expert on human behavior and relationships in the workplace. In his workshop “Change, Adaptability & Shock-Absorbing Resilience,” Buck invites employees to pause and reflect on some of their own emotional patterns. In a safe and supportive (and fun!) environment, he teaches techniques and tools for replacing unhelpful patterns with more positive ones. During the workshop, participants will see that while shifting dynamics at work can’t be avoided, there are more ways to respond than they may realize. They’ll be encouraged to think about experiences from their own lives and how they have handled challenges like change and failure. Buck will help participants stand back and examine their perspectives to determine if they're seeing events and circumstances as they really are. They'll see that the stories we tell ourselves about our experiences influence our emotional states far more than the experiences themselves. They'll notice that anticipating a change can feel more stressful than the new reality when it finally arrives. Participants will be inspired to think about the attitude they show up with at work. They’ll leave the workshop with a practical set of tools to increase adaptability and resilience. They’ll see failures as opportunities for growth, and change as a chance to flex their resilience muscles. Key Lessons
  • Adaptability: What exactly is it, and what are the levers that influence how much of it we have
  • Rumination: How can we recognize when we’re doing it and distract ourselves from it?
  • Asking for help: There are surprising misperceptions about asking for help at work.
  • Change: We think it should take place in a predictable smooth curve. Reality is much messier.
  • Explanatory styles: It’s not what happens to us, but what we tell ourselves about what happens, that determines whether we experience events as positive or negative.
  • The power of emotions: Emotions profoundly affect relationships, work performance, health and even longevity.

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