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"I was blown away by the experience. Alicia Korten has a brilliant mind and a huge heart.

I left ready to take culture action."

Natalie Taylor Kapoulas 

OPX / Work Better Day

SPEAKING

Alicia Korten is a leading voice on creating unified, values-led culture. Virtual & in person keynotes and workshops will:

Inspire Your Audience

Build an Engaged & Aligned Workforce 

Retain & Ignite Your Talent

  

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Values-Led Cultue Video

"Alicia's passion for the power of values-led work is infectious! Her session was energizing, fun, even joyful. I left inspired to act. She gave us concrete tools for building a culture of highly-productive, values-led teams."

Jim Schulman 

Alliance for Regional Cooperation

KEYNOTES

From Us & Them to We Culture

In a world more divided than ever, an Us and Them Mentality is growing in our workplaces. Learn a powerful model for unifying your workforce and types of tools that will move you from Us and Them to We Culture. 

 

Alicia draws on her experiences living in We Cultures in Asia and Latin America to help audiences bust out of individualistic management frames to learn the real secrets to what will align your teams and help your workforce thrive.

Your Audience Will Learn:

  • Current forces causing Us & Them Culture to grow in today's workplaces.

  • A We Culture Model to align your workforce. 

  • ​​We Culture Tools that get your teams moving in the same direction.

Your Audience Will Learn:

  • The six principles that underpin highly successful culture initiatives. ​

  • The most common mistake leaders make when implementing culture initiatives.​​

  • The most effective way to start a culture initiative.

The pandemic has left many workers burned out, struggling with loss and seeking deeper meaning and purpose at home and at work. Against this backdrop, employees seeking change in their lives are fueling trends like the Great Resignation and Quiet Quitting.

 

How do employers respond to current workplace dynamics in a way that not only inspires their diverse workforce to stay--but also creates a culture where people work at their best?

In this interactive keynote, you will learn the six principles that underpin successful culture initatives in the post-pandemic era. You will have an opportunity to practice one of the most important success principles for launching your culture initiative. Putting the six principles to work will ensure your organization meets the future with confidence. 

The Six Principles of Highly Successful Culture Initiatives 

Navigate Turbulence with Values-Led Culture

In a world experiencing massive change, values provide you and your organization clear direction. Connecting to values helps you understand what is most important, ensuring you make your best decisions.

 

Consistent adherence to values provides a competitive advantage building loyalty among your customers and your workforce. You will be inspired by examples of companies living their values and the success they have achieved through a values-driven management approach. And you will learn models for using your values to attracti new talent and new markets.

Your Audience Will Learn:

  • Why values create more loyal customers and teams. ​

  • How to find and translate values into aligned and strategic leadership decisions

  • A model for using values to navigate change.

WORKSHOPS

"I absolutely loved Alicia's presentation. It brought to life real examples of brands we know and follow and how they are bringing values to the marketplace. The models and case studies were enlightening." 

Sana Rasul  

HR Girlfriends

Facilitate High-Engagement Meetings with Values Storying 

The modern meeting has been inspiration for endless Dilbert cartoons and cynical jokes. That pain and lost time has real consequences for organizations.

 

Yet humans have been gathering since we were hunters and gatherers to talk about what is most important to us. How do we recapture the power of meeting in the modern age?

 

Your presenter Alicia Korten spent several years working with the Guna Indigenous People in Panama who run their meetings through stories. Through this work, she learned the power of story to quickly connect people to what matters most to them. Through a process Alicia calls Values Storying, you can breathe life back into your meetings.

You Will Gain:

  • Understanding of the neuroscience behind why stories shape culture.

  • New skills for breathing life into your next virtual or in person meeting.

  • Greater connection and empathy between your team mates.​​​​

Retain & Ignite Your Talent with Values-Led Culture

The pandemic shifted the priorities of the US workforce. Over the last few years, workers have experienced unparalleled levels of loss. At the same time, many have had more time to reflect. In response, many are seeking meaningful change at home and at work. 

 

In today's high-opportunity environments, how do you build a high-retention culture that inspires your diverse workforce to stay? How do you keep the Great Resignation from wreaking havoc on your organization?

 

Teams explore turbulence in their environments, learn why a values-led management style attracts and retains talent, and through storytelling explore the importance of values in their own lives. 

You Will Gain:

  • Insights into how turbulence is affecting your workforce.

  • Greater understanding of what is most important to you and your workforce.

  • Greater cohesion across your teams that will help you both retain and attract talent. ​​

Retain & Align Your Teams with a Values Declaration 

In post-pandemic environments of increasing turbulence, many teams are struggling to relate and perform at their best. Yet with the right tools, teams can thrive in turbulent environments.

Studies from Harvard and Google reveal that the number one factor that creates cohesive and highly-productive teams are shared values to which people adhere. In this innovative and interactive workshop, participants experience a co-creative process for defining the values and behaviors that inspire people to stay at your organization and work at their best.

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You Will Gain: 

  • Shared values that help your team align behind agreed upon behaviors and expectations.

  • Greater team cohesion to help your team reach its next level of performance.​

  • Stories and rituals that bring shared values to life.

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"Alicia inspired us to walk into a bigger vision. We are still talking about the conference she 

facilitated a year later."

Jorge Ventocilla

Hispanic Access Foundation

Build Values-Led Habits 

For values to thrive in your life or organization, they need to drive daily behavior. Values flourish when the micro-decisions being made across your organization support your core values. 

 

In this workshop, you learn the skill of mindful action. To move from autopilot to mindful values-led action, you learn to break down key behaviors into micro steps. By bringing your attention to each micro step, you can build new values-led behaviors. Over-time these behaviors become habits. 

You Will Gain:

  • Knowledge of the science of habits and how to build them.

  • Greater ability to turn off autopilot and lead with values in daily action.​​​​

  • Stronger values-led behaviors within your team or organization.

Mindfulness for Workplace Wellness 

In today's world, we are experiencing unprecedented levels of trauma. In addition to the daily challenges we face at work, we have recently emerged from three years that have threatened our survival and those of our loved ones.

Your ability to master mindfulness practices is essential to successfully navigating high-stress environments. In this workshop, you learn mindfulness techniques for regulating your emotions. You leave with actionable tools for calming your reactive reptilian brain and activating your prefrontal cortex, which helps you respond with confidence under stress. 

You Will Gain:

  • Understanding of why mindfulness is an essential skill to thrive in today's work environments.

  • Breathing practices to activate your prefrontal cortex under stress.

  • Use cases for using breath work and presencing to regulate your emotions.

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How to Run an Effective Meeting

Organizations spend roughly 15% of their time in meetings. Yet most people believe the meetings they attend are largely unproductive. Ineffective meetings waste huge amounts of organizational resources.


Facilitating meetings is one of the most important and undervalued skills in the workplace today. In this workshop, you learn criteria for determining if you need a meeting, and when you do, how to keep them on track.

You Will Gain:

  • Criteria to decide whether to have a meeting.

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  • Skills for crafting an effective agenda.

  • Simple facilitation methods for keeping your meeting on track.​

Are you seeking tools to rapidly build understanding and empathy across your organization? Do you wish you could create breakthrough organizational alignment on your team? 

In this advanced workshop, you learn how to facilitate a workshop to solve an organizational challenge. You will answer why, what, when, who and how questions to design a workshop that leads to breakthrough results.

You Will Gain:​​​

  • Understanding of why meetings that quickly cull collective wisdom are critical to your success.

  • A tool to help people quickly surface insights on complex challenges.

  • Templates for answering why, what when, who and how questions to craft your successful workshop.

Launch Your Wisdom Workshop  

Craft Your Decision-Making Brief  

In today's highly turbulent environments, decision-makers need to understand options and weigh risks. Decision-making briefs give decision-makers the data they need to weigh the risks and rewards of alternative decision-making paths so they can make decisions in the best interest of their organization. In this workshop, you will learn what makes a powerful decision-making brief and how to craft one. 

You Will Gain:

  • Understanding of why knowing how to make your best decisions is vital in turbulent environments.

  • Questions and sources of data to consider when creating your brief. 

  • Decision-making brief templates to get you going. 

"I am so grateful to have engaged Alicia and Orange Grove Nine in multiple workshops to build an innovator mindset. Each workshop was mind-expanding, multi-sensory, and impactful in reminding us all about our power within and how sharing stories connects us and helps build strong relationships that push us all forward together." 

Peter Newell  

REI

Cultivate Your Innovator Mindset 

The Culture Company is partnering with Orange Grove Nine to offer this unique Innovator Mindset training.

 

Teach your teams skills for mindful innovation and awakening creativity while solving a values-led design challenge. Grounded in neuroscience, participants receive learning cards with clear session takeaways. Watch this 90-second video to learn more. 

You Will Gain: 

  • Enhanced team creativity for breakthrough ideas.

  • Memorable experiences that lead to greater team cohesion.

  • Breakthrough ideas solving a defined values-led design challenge.

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