Upcoming Sessions

Live Lesson: June 13, 2022 | 9AM - 12PM PDT

Course description

Managers are a hub for communications in any organization. Disagreements and difficult conversations are inevitable within any workplace, as are conversations about performance.

Understanding concepts like psychological safety, unconscious bias, and the dangers of poor communication will enable you to take a thoughtful and respectful approach to tricky or sensitive topics. In a guided process with peers, you will use the course learnings and co-create a tool kit of communication strategies, frameworks, and techniques for difficult conversations. 

The course consists of short pre-session reading and reflections, followed by a LIVE 3-hour lesson in Zoom and Miro with practical group work and instruction by our organizational development experts. This course will be open from June 13 - 17, 2022.

Who is this for?

  • Middle managers, supervisors, and team leaders responsible for maintaining a healthy and productive workplace

  • Managers from the private or public sector as well as from any industry will benefit from attending

Benefits for you

  • Understand and explore the concepts of psychological safety and unconscious bias

  • Co-create a toolkit for respectful conversations

  • Identify types of difficult management conversations and explore communication strategies and skills to handle them effectively

  • Create talking points and processes to use in difficult conversations

Course topics

  • Psychological Safety

  • The Role of the Manager

  • Dangers, Biases, and Costs

  • Communication Strategies

  • Timing and Preparation


All of our instructors are experts in their fields and practicing consultants, bringing you the latest insights and best practices grounded in research and current trends.

Alison Marshall

Principal Consultant and Senior Instructor

Alison Marshall has over twenty years of consulting experience supporting public-sector and non-profit organizations in strategic planning, organizational design, and change management. With both an MBA and a BA in Psychology informing her approach, Alison is uniquely skilled at helping institutions identify opportunities, navigate challenges, and optimize strategies to support their mission. She has worked at Realize Strategies for fourteen years and is an expert in facilitating in-person and virtual sessions with Boards, leadership teams, and management groups. Alison’s people-centred method to strategy and development ensures that the most valuable resources of an organization, its employees, are considered throughout the process.

Makeda Henry

Organizational Development Consultant and Senior Instructor
MA Organizational Psychology, Prosci® Certified Change Practitioner

Makeda applies her background in research and data (qualitative, quantitative, SPSS) to help client organizations achieve their full potential and foster positive workplace cultures. Prior to joining Realize Strategies, she supported leading for-profit companies in making informed decisions about their branding, products and services, and customer experience. Through the lens of employee engagement and well-being, Makeda uses a data-driven approach to identify core challenges within organizations and design happier, more effective workplaces. Makeda has worked with various non-profit organizations to implement changes that lead to improved programs, better services, and thriving cultures.

Reserve your seat today!

Respectful Conversations for Difficult Topics
Live Lesson: June 13, 2022 | 9AM - 12PM PDT