Playing to Your Strengths

(am workshop – 09:30 to 12:45)

This workshop explores what strength really is, as just being able to do something well, doesn’t necessarily mean it is strength. Knowing your own strengths, and as a leader helping others to discover theirs, can also help teams work together more effectively.

Aims and Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Understand your key strengths;
  • Identify how to incorporate one or more of your underused strengths into work;
  • Recognise why some “strengths” deplete your energy;
  • Plan how to enable others to understand their strengths.


Courageous Conversations

(pm workshop – 13:30 to 16:30)

This workshop is a chance for you to explore and learn how compassionate conversations can support the development of compassionate cultures. It’s a chance to explore, understand and practice ways to put compassion at the heart of how we connect with others, compassionate enabling us to speak truthfully without malice; to engage with emotive situations with clarity; and empower others to take action. By transforming reactive communication we learn how to communicate with compassion and authenticity.

Aims and Objectives

By the end of the day you will have had an opportunity to explore, better understand and have practiced compassionate communication, including:

  • Understanding the principles of compassionate communication and how these can be applied in your everyday conversations
  • Being aware of your personal triggers and reactivity and the value of self-empathy and self-compassion as a way of creating the space to remain present and connected
  • Exploring and practicing compassionate deep listening
  • Exploring and practicing authentic self-expression and the ability to stay connected and present in difficult situations
  • Exploring how the learning can be applied in personal everyday situations and different leadership contexts


  • What is compassionate communication? – Principles of compassionate communication for building a compassionate culture
  • The foundations of Compassionate Communication – Self-compassion as a first step to effective communication
  • Staying connected – Compassionate intentions as our guide
  • Responsive communication – Listening deeply
  • Authentic Communication – Speaking from the heart
  • Building Compassionate Cultures – Applying the learning to everyday conversations

Pre work

The VIA Characteristics free online questionnaire needs to be completed before attending and brought with you to this workshop.

This workshop is aimed at:

  • Equality and Diversity Leads
  • Freedom to Speak Up Guardians
  • Leadership Programmes Alumni
  • GMTS / GMTS Alumni/ GMTS Programme and Placement Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Clinical Leaders
  • Programme / Project Managers
  • East of England accredited Coach/ Mentors and HLM Feedback Facilitators

East of England Leadership Academy Cancellation Policy – 2019

When delegates cancel their place in the days leading up to an event it can have a major impact on its success. Occasionally events have to be cancelled or postponed.

When events run with reduced delegates it affects the breadth and value of learning for other delegates. We do understand that cancelling places at short notice is sometimes unavoidable; however your commitment to attending is crucial to the success and outcome of the event.

This cancellation policy has been produced as part of our aim to ensure value for money and to maximise utilisation of places. Clearly communicating our approach to cancellations will enable us to effectively manage non–attendance.

Cancellations should be made at the first available opportunity. This can be by email or telephone; however email will be considered as formal notification. In return, confirmation of your cancellation will be sent by an email.

If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute in your place if agreed with the Leadership Academy (depending on any waiting lists that may be in operation for this session). Substitutions can be made in writing subject to the new participant meeting the event/programme criteria and their place is supported by your organisation. Please ensure that you forward us the new participant’s details, i.e. name, job title and email address, prior to the event. This is to ensure that they participate in post-event evaluation and receive information about any future development opportunities. Should it not be possible to provide a substitute the sponsoring organisation will be informed of the non-attendance.

Where a programme requires full attendance over a series of workshops, attendance at all elements of these programmes is expected. Failure to attend all sessions will have an impact on both personal development and programme delivery and may impact on the individual’s opportunity to access any future development offers.

By booking a place at one of our events individuals are agreeing to attend unless full notice along with a rationale for non-attendance has been provided.

Cancellation Timeframe Action
More than 2 working weeks’ notice No action
Less than 2 working weeks’ notice Sponsoring organisation notified of non-attendance


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone an event/programme should unexpected circumstances occur. We will always endeavour to avoid this and will provide as much notice as possible. Should an event need to be cancelled we will not be held responsible for any travel or accommodation costs incurred by the attendee.

Please contact East of England Leadership Academy team on 01223 596908 or if you are unable to attend an event or would like to send a substitute.

Please click the link to view our Bookings & Refunds terms.