Leadership for Teams


A Playbook for Building A Thriving Team Culture


Remote working has been around for a while and will continue to prevail as companies try to adapt to working in an increasingly digitized world. According to the World Economic Forum, 78% of business leaders think hybrid and home-working will have a negative impact on productivity.

Despite organizations having had the opportunity to adapt their processes and enable their workforce’s technical infrastructure to work remotely, the question remains on how do you motivate and increase productivity? 

Simultaneously, many workers still face the stress and anxiety of feeling disconnected from their colleagues. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) identified three negative motivators (emotional and economic pressure, and inertia) that often reduce work performance. These have likely spiked in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Emotional stress and economic anxiety are soaring as people worry about losing their jobs, paying their rent, and protecting their health.

Even before the pandemic became a reality, the WHO found that Worldwide, 615 million people suffer from depression and anxiety and cost the global workforce an estimated $1 trillion in lost productivity each year. The eponymous Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) conducted a survey of 7,500 full-time employees by Gallup found the top five reasons for burnout are:

  1. Unfair treatment at work
  2. Unmanageable workload
  3. Lack of role clarity
  4. Lack of communication and support from their manager

Training Objectives


Increasing Stress Tolerance, Building Resilience and your Social Toolbox


Managing stress in the workplace has been pre-occupying organizations for decades as disruption, transformation, and change continue to be part of everyday reality. Chronic stress levels have to lead to an all-time high in burnout, depression, and long-term absenteeism with soaring costs as a result. Especially now where remote working during a pandemic weighs down on people. The zoom fatigue, the blurred lines of work-life balance, the continuous pressure to deliver, and to stay focused in times of global uncertainty and anxiety because of external disruption is challenging.

We help your teams exercise new mental models while navigating uncomfortable emotions inherent with increased levels of stress. Participants leave with tools & techniques that work in their world map to feel more empowered and calm during times of heightened stress.

Building resilience is all about people’s capacity to recover quickly and effectively from a crisis, but it means different things to different people. The global pandemic has changed the paradigms of working in the increasingly digitized world. Hybrid forms of virtual teams are expected to increase productivity and performance levels while navigating the challenges of remote working. The magnitude and complexity of change organizations are dealing with require a people-centric approach to meet people and their map of the world. The alternative is short-lived change with decreasing engagement levels, increasing costs, and loss of value to your customers and stakeholders.

We help your teams exercise feeling comfortable with the uncomfortable and leverage their leadership skills to navigate change from within. We use the science of character strengths that focuses on leveraging what motivates people based on what is strong in their personality. Increased well-being, engagement, and a sense of purpose are a consequence of empowering your teams based on personal leadership.

Online collaboration has been accelerated because of COVID-2019 and is here to stay. Developing new social skills for online and (remote) collaboration in the increasingly digitized world is no longer a luxury for organizations. Many managers struggle to motivate and engage their teams and even themselves while building trust and rapport through online tools. The face-to-face element and the non-verbal cues the human mind picks up on when meeting in person seem to be irreplaceable. The question becomes, how do you navigate these new ways of working with the cards you are dealt with and make the best out of it?

We help your team understand how social-emotional intelligence can help them foster greater self-awareness with new perceptions and a toolbox with various exercises to learn how to thrive. Navigating the new ways of working with an old toolbox will yield little to no results. We help you turn this around by providing you with new tools and skillsets. 

What’s Included?




8hrs in-person facilitation and/or 4hrs on-line training per day.

An interactive briefing that combines the theory, science and the practitioner ’s view.

Creative exercises to boost engagement levels alternating between break-out groups and main room sessions.

Multiple remote work simulation scenarios for groups larger than 10 people.

Role-play multiple ‘business personas’ during the break-out sessions.

Access to secure client share point portal with access to training material.

Online trainings can be delivered on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Cisco Webex platforms. 

In person trainings are possible, within the limitation of the current safety and security regulations.




No sooner had your session finished than I received a message from one of the team that read, “WOW. That was AMAZING”. I wanted to let you know that the team appreciated you. Your talk was the perfect addition to our day and gave us something to think about. I’m feeling confident that many will make some positive changes as a result!

Emma F.

Deputy Head, UK Government

Nadja impeccably designed and facilitated a two-part online EQ training for a dozen emerging leaders from the Eastern Partnership countries. She was a real pleasure to work with and I greatly appreciated her creativity, good sense of humor, openness to dialogue and flexibility to build a training program for a diverse group of individuals. Through a mix of crisis simulations, role play, presentations on how emotions impact the ability to make decisions and one-on-one coaching, Nadja helped each of the members of the group become better decision-makers and increase their impact in their communities. Nadja is a passionate coach and leader, and an inspiration to all those she helps grow. I strongly recommend her to any organization that works on leadership development.

Ana Aelenei

Head of Leadership and Democracy Initiatives , German Marshall Fund of the United States

Nadja’s grasp and explanation of EQ, along with explaining its application within the personal and work environments, is something I believe should be incorporated not only into every business but educational systems as well – the information received is that important. Being able to give a person a foundational understanding of where they fall in the range of 15 different areas – and how to balance over and under-compensating factors – truly is a gift of clarity.  Nadja’s reporting also provides strategies for improving areas which is exciting as you have a starting point, an actionable game plan, and a truer knowledge of yourself. Speaking with Nadja was never a like a lecture that she needed to get through, it was always a meaningful conversation – she put me at ease, asked thought-provoking questions to get to the heart of a matter, and practiced active listening.  If you want a better functioning team – in any capacity, but I know her focus is cybersecurity – do yourself a favour and get set up with Nadja. I cannot recommend her services enough!

Sue Lemm, PMP

Naval Federal Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union

Cyber Tabletop Exercises for Teams

If you are interested in our Tabletop Exercises to mitigate human error during social engineering attacks, we also deliver:

  • The design and development of real-life inspired cyber crime scenarios to exercise  collaborative leadership across the entire life-cycle of a cyber security attack. Learn more…


  • Fuelling your IQ & EQ, Increase your Stress Tolerance, Building Resilience, Stakeholder Engagement, Exercise Crisis Communications, and Building Thriving Team Cultures. Learn more…


  • Dynamic and interactive virtual team workshops with break-out groups leveraging creative problem-solving and decision-making to real-life inspired cyber crime scenarios. Learn more…

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