Improve Dynamics to Get Results

Members of successful teams, boards, and working groups trust one another on a fundamental level.  They are comfortable being vulnerable with each other not only about their strengths, but also their weaknesses, mistakes, shortcomings, and behaviors. They get to a point where they can be completely candid with one another.

This is essential because members of teams and working groups who trust one another are not afraid to engage in conflict around ideas, which is the key to individual and group success. They do not hesitate to disagree with, challenge, and question each other, all in service of finding the best solutions to challenges. 

You Will Learn How To

  • Build Trust in Your Team, Board, or Group

    Create an Environment of Integrity

  • Improve Communication

    Learn About Different Behavioral & Communication Styles

  • Navigate Crucial and Challenging Conversations

    Create a Structure for Healthy Debate

  • Develop Confidence in Dealing with Conflict

    Empower Members of the Team or Board

Workshop Includes

Group exercises to get you out of theory and into practice

Expert facilitation by two leadership trainers

A DISC Assessment

Workshop Schedule


Modules (6 Hours of Learning)

  • Introductions and orientation (consciously designing the workshop)
  • Building on each other's ideas (exercise)
  • Exploring and sharing individual motivational and behavioral styles (DISC)
  • Alignment vs Agreement conflict tool (demo and practice)
  • Designing group dynamics (activity)
  • Creating group norms around conflict (activity)
  • Giving and receiving feedback (demo and practice)
  • Completion (consciously completing the workshop)

This Program Works Equally Well Onsite or Online

Workshop Facilitators


David Langiulli uses his courage, compassion, and wisdom as an experienced Certified Professional Coach (CPCC, PCC) to help leaders and their organizations flourish and thrive. Especially in the face of uncertainty and change. As an Executive Coach, David's been described as: "gently fierce!" Before starting Fundraising Leadership, David led a team of ten development professionals at Princeton University responsible for raising $35million each year for the University. Before this, he served as the Chief Development Officer for Stony Brook University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  In the for-profit world, David transformed a division of an early-stage entrepreneurial company in San Francisco, where he built and led a team of three dozen researchers, artists, engineers, and marketing managers. He’s a graduate of the Coaching Training Institute's Leadership and Coaching programs. He holds master’s degrees in business and engineering and an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics-engineering.  Fun-Facts: David is a world master's champion in Jiu-Jitsu on a 10-year quest for a black belt and an author of several books on leadership and personal development.

Michelle Maloy Dillon (CPCC, PCC) is an experienced entrepreneur, trainer, and certified professional Co-Active coach who specializes in leadership development. With over twenty years of entrepreneurial business experience, she brings a playful and creative mindset to leadership development. As a coach, she is passionate about helping her clients be aware of their strengths and stretching themselves as leaders to be conscious of their impact. Michelle holds a PCC certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a CPCC certification through the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). She is also a CTI faculty member, teaching coaching skills that shift the leadership paradigm to one of self-authorship, self-authority, and relationship. As a volunteer, Michelle provides coaching to United Nations humanitarian staff located around the world.

Margaret Katz Cann is a Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC).  She specializes in executive fundraising coaching, board training, and consulting, Margaret works with nonprofit executives to stop tripping over their ask, to connect to passion and leadership – and step into the world of compelling fundraising. Margaret is an experienced and joyful fundraiser, having spent 22 years at the Community Foundation Boulder County. She is passionate about the intersection of coaching with fundraising, and the way leaders who are willing and wanting to up their game can step away from anxiety and dread can step into their leadership as fundraisers for their organizations. Her nonprofit clients include executive directors, board members, and development staff, where she works with organizations to plan and then adds coaching to make the plans become reality.

What People Say About This Workshop

"Well-paced and interesting.  Diverse in content.  Active."

"This workshop helped our team set the stage for engaging with each other in a healthy way."

"Very insightful and instructive."

"The program helped me better understand my own management style, while also learning how to interact with members of my team that have different styles."

"Safe but not comfortable."

"I really enjoyed the training and am applying the insights I learned while also making a plan to strengthen some of my areas of leadership based on the DISC assessment and workshop. I would certainly recommend that every person do a similar assessment and workshop."

"Kind of like therapy, unusual, valuable, and worth it."

"It was an eye-opening, energizing, and a fascinating workshop! The feedback from the team was so positive and it's safe to say that we learned more about ourselves, each other, and the way we communicate."

"Really opened my eyes to what's possible for our team."

"Very helpful and great experience for our team.  Thank you."

"In some of my favorite post-session news, one leader reached out to me afterward and said that she really understands another teammate in a new way and now realizes how she needs to work with her. I seriously almost cried happy tears. Another leader on the team had an epiphany where she realized that she needs to just be herself. And I renegotiated a commitment with one of my direct reports."

"This workshop was powerful and transformative."

"It's about as much personal growth as you can pack into 6hrs.  Awesome!"