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Board Development, Leadership, & More


We help board directors and executive team members to stay emotionally accessible and responsive to maintain emotional safety and connection. We address change management, board/team dynamics, leadership effectiveness, and productivity. Research demonstrates that improving engagement, collaboration, and effectiveness results in an increase in revenue.

A highly interactive board or team enables the effective management of an intricate mix of opportunities and risks. Our specialty encompasses to connect board/team members together, creating a more cohesive board/team function. There are many reasons why board dynamics are essential to board function, here are the elements affected by improved board dynamics in our experience. Learn more about our method by downloading our brochure now.

If you or your board/team members feel…

  • drained after board meetings

  • that board members vent privately to each other instead of openly sharing concerns

  • disconnected and/or distanced

  • decreased motivation
  • that decisions are made without considering the company’s core values

  • that time and resources are being wasted

Then it’s time to make a change with BDP. Improved Board Dynamics Leads To:

  • productive board meetings with amazing energy

  • board members feeling validated and valuable

  • the ability to navigate difficult topics

  • collaboration and exploration of new opportunities
  • a truly open and transparent dialogue

  • more effective problem-solving

Who Benefits From Our Consulting and Training

Directors & Board Members

Every director can improve upon their skills by addressing their own emotion and becoming more accessible, responsive, and engaged. All boards fall into distress at one point or another.

CEOs & Executive Team Members

You’ve gathered your team based on their merit: their skills, insight, intelligence, innovation, and experience. You’ve got all the right people; maybe you’ve gotten so far as getting everyone into the vehicle, buckled up. Unfortunately, the car just isn’t moving anywhere…

Lawyers & General Counsel

Lawyers have a new and exciting way of approaching board meetings that encourages better collaboration, more fulfilling experiences, and better solutions.

Internal Auditors & Fraud Examiners

Emotional connection is key for any internal auditor. Disconnected committees are dysfunctional committees. Risk management and assessment of governance start with full transparency, which can only be gained through an emotional connection.

HR Professionals

Whether assessing and optimizing performance, navigating conflict resolution, or working within your own team, every human resources professional can improve upon their skills by addressing their own emotion and becoming more accessible, responsive, and engaged.

Consultants

As a consultant, you’ve no doubt got an array of resources that help you improve board/team function. How does emotion fit into your toolkit? The corporate arena is moving in an exciting new direction with the Board/Team Dynamics Process (BDP).

Development for Directors & Board Members

Every director can improve upon their skills by addressing their own emotion and becoming more accessible, responsive, and engaged. All boards fall into distress at one point or another. It’s the natural course for this kind of social engagement. The difference between a functional board and a dysfunctional board? The functional board doesn’t stay distressed. Dysfunctional boards/teams get stuck in a cycle of imbalanced emotional responses and negative interactions. BDP teaches the framework of emotional connection, and how it can keep your board functioning, positive, and productive.

When directors and board members are emotionally connected, they deal with emotions differently. They don’t see lapses of attention or someone turning away as a sign of rejection or abandonment. They are much more emotionally balanced, they know how to call for each other, and they know how to create moments of connection. They might flip into anger, prodding, or withdrawal at times, but they don’t stay there. They help each other out of these negative patterns so they can stay accessible, responsive, and engaged —  because every interaction counts.

This structures a new pattern of interaction that sets your board/team in motion.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation or learn about training opportunities.

“Of all the boards, committees and groups that I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of serving with, our board meetings have become by far the most fun, most engaging and most productive.” – Victoria Collins, Ph.D. Board Member Hospitality and Financial

CEOs & Executive Team Members: Lead your Board/Team Forward

You’ve gathered your team based on their merit: their skills, insight, intelligence, innovation, and experience. You’ve got all the right people; maybe you’ve gotten so far as getting everyone into the vehicle, buckled up. Unfortunately, the car just isn’t moving anywhere — or if it is, it’s as if someone learning to drive stick is behind the wheel. Throw in a couple of backseat drivers and boom! You’re stuck. How do you get these hand-picked, brilliant individuals to work together and move forward?

By addressing and working with their emotions.

Most often the culprits behind getting stuck are disconnection and miscommunication. When people are frustrated or afraid that they aren’t being understood, they may not be able to express themselves with emotional accuracy. Often, this leads to unclear emotional cues and ineffective, negative interactions. These signals organize key emotional responses, and in distressed situations, the process of emotions and the patterns of responses become narrow and constricted.

BDP, based on the scientific research on emotional connection, is game-changing. When applied to your board/team, it provides a new framework for understanding and interacting. We reconstruct emotional responses that change the negative pattern of distress and guide board/team members into new emotions.

This structures a new pattern of interaction that sets your board/team in motion.

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“I feel that we have become a much stronger Board together. Our meetings have become more enjoyable and productive. I would say that as a result of this process, we are much more focused on our mission and the vision of our organization.” – Shahin Vosough, Center Club Orange County, Hospitality

Lawyers & General Counsel: Improve and Enhance Client Relations

Lawyers have a new and exciting way of approaching board meetings that encourages better collaboration, more fulfilling experiences, and better solutions.

Many attorneys serve on boards, or even committees, within their firms. We’ve noticed a lasting trend: boards need help staying connected in times of stress. When lawyers have emotionally-focused skills, not only do they benefit personally, but they are able to achieve better results in their boards. Approaching board effectiveness with a new focus on emotional connection is revolutionizing board effectiveness. General counsel and business lawyers can use this research to develop a method of working with boards. This method applies to more than boards—it can be applied to any client, colleague, or even in your personal life to get more fulfilling experiences all around.

Level Five Executive has developed an approach to achieving emotional responsiveness that will take you into the new era of collaboration. We call this approach the Board/Team Dynamics Process, or BDP. By addressing emotional connection, you can stop major problems before they start and get superior results. This is your chance to get ahead of the game — develop your emotional connection skills. Practice and hone them with the BDP. You will soon see the difference it makes for you and your clients.

Contact us today to learn more. 

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“Creating a more effective and dynamic board through the Board/Team Dynamics Process has given me the strength, courage and comfort to be a much more effective Chairman. It has helped me to rise to higher levels. The result is that my Boards come together and are more incentivized, more engaged and more productive.” – Paul Evan Greenwald, Esq.,  Chairman of the Board, Hospitality and Commercial Industries

Be More Effective and Efficient in Fraud Auditing and Fraud Prevention

Emotional connection is key for any internal auditor. Disconnected committees are dysfunctional committees. Risk management and assessment of governance start with full transparency, which can only be gained through an emotional connection. We here at Level Five Executive understand that internal auditors have a tough job—they have to enter a team and gain full trust and transparency in a limited amount of time. Engagement is essential to any successful committee. The more you engage, the more conversations you have, and the better you understand each other. When your committee is emotionally connected they are able to stay united and face any challenge that comes their way.

Emotionally connected internal auditors value their relationships. They know that creating an effective team is challenging and takes a lot of work. They also know that when the team is emotionally connected, serving as an auditor becomes a lot more fun and personally satisfying. Learn how to navigate and master the skill of creating emotional connection with BDP.

Level Five Executive offers several trainings that you and your team can utilize to create a new and functional interaction cycle, leading to a culture of trust and higher productivity.

Fraud prevention is essential to any business, big or small. Every case of fraud that you have ever encountered could have been prevented through creating emotional connection. The risk of fraud is highest when individuals feel disconnected from their board or company, and develop of disregard or resentment toward them.

“The training really connected our entire team and has led to a more synergistic energy in our office! We continue to reinforce the training and strengthen our emotional connections with each other, our clients and our personal relationships!” – Chris Tooker, President/CEO Trendzitions, Service Industry

Be More Effective in Human Resource Management

Team DevelopmentWhether assessing and optimizing performance, navigating conflict resolution, or working within your own team, every human resources professional can improve upon their skills by addressing their own emotion and becoming more accessible, responsive, and engaged. BDP leads to effective teamwork and high trust cultures. It helps encourage open dialogues, deal with challenges, and form secure bonds within a team – creating effective corporate cultures.

Human beings thrive in secure and trusting environments. As a result, trust improves productivity, performance, and innovation. Human Resources Professionals can expect better engagement and responsibility resulting from positive behavior change, increased work satisfaction, and better working relationships.

At LFE, we help leaders and HR Managers create a system that consistently and repeatedly reinforces trust behaviors so that teams can work together to achieve company goals and promote company’s values.

It is recommended that every team member has a set of Be Cards and every leader has TRUSTMAKERS. In using TRUSTMAKERS, it becomes amazingly easy to create high trust and high collaboration.

See how BDP compares to Franklin Covey and you will be impressed by the added benefits BDP provides.

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Trustmakers Book

TRUSTMAKERS

TRUSTMAKERS is an amazing tool for developing effective teams, growing future leaders, and creating high trust cultures.

Be Cards

Be Cards

Be Cards distills decades of research in group dynamics to 11 convenient cards, each highlighting a value needed for effective business relationships.

Consultants: Add an Invaluable Skill in Your Tool Kit

As a consultant, you’ve no doubt got an array of resources that help you improve board/team function. How does emotion fit into your toolkit? The corporate arena is moving in an exciting new direction with BDP.  This is invaluable for consultants. This is something that the business and corporate governance community has never had up until now —  a real sense of how things go wrong, a clear understanding of what you need to do to get your clients operating at their highest potential.

Emotion is what directs our interactions. It literally moves board/team members in very specific ways. So, in training BDP, we don’t teach communication skills or negotiation skills: instead we focus on how key emotions and emotional signals are constructed during the interactions.

Learning this framework and perspective gives consultants a strong, effective approach to analyzing board/team dysfunction as well as guiding them into emotional connection and responsiveness. Because this approach is revolutionary, consultants will be on the cutting edge of their field and offer something that the majority of consultants cannot.

Embrace BDP. Learn it, teach it. Stand out.

“Through the process of creating emotional connection, our communication has drastically improved.”– Connie Carey, Manager, Chino Hills Medical Group Healthcare

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All in all, consulting can be a pretty tough gig. Companies usually hire a board consultant when things are getting pretty bad and they generally expect fast results. It can be tempting to go into a consult with a set of expectations and a detailed plan to get things done based on the research you’ve done on the company. Our experience has shown us different.

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