Bullshift Workshops

How to get more honesty and straight talk at work

How much more effective could we be if our team members, colleagues and managers were all able to be open and honest and talk straight to each other? Imagine if we could give and receive feedback? Imagine the increased energy and the saving of time and money.

This hilarious, interactive session explains the practical things we can do to shift the bull.

As a result, the participants may get the following outcomes:

  1. Inspiration to be more professional, mature and robust.
  2. Insight into why we struggle to be open and talk straight.
  3. Practical things we can do to be more open and honest ourselves.
  4. Practical things we can do to encourage others to be more open with us.

When teams practice the principles of BULLSHIFT, they report: more efficient meetings, quicker negotiations, more honest and useful performance appraisals, greater enthusiasm, better ability to accurately analyse and solve problems and better relationships.

Andrew’s book BULLSHIFT contains fourteen principles.  He usually addresses seven in the presentation. The first is the most important and forms the basis for the rest of the work.

It is: Don't be defensive / Be Curious

Andrew uses his skills as a stand-up comic and expert facilitator to gently draw people’s attention to the many and varied defensive reactions that typically flare up whenever we receive critical feedback or hear things we don’t like. He then explains what is really going on beneath the surface – how the ego is protecting itself – and how to replace that defensiveness with curiosity. He calls on all to replace defensiveness with professional curiosity; to make it easier to have more robust, open, clear, professional, mature and critical conversations.

The other principles include:

  • Don't make excuses / Say what happened and take responsibility
  • Don't have an opinion if you don't need one / Stay open
  • Don't express opinion as fact/ Express opinion as opinion
  • Don't get too emotionally invested / Detach and reflect
  • Don't mutter / Speak up.

Participants laugh and gasp as they see themselves and their workmates. They also see the folly of wasted energy and feel inspired to commit to more open, honest, professional dialogue.

Archetypal Leadership: The King/Queen, Warrior, Magician, Lover

In this interactive, entertaining and illuminating workshop, we explore the four primary Archetypes of the human psyche:

  • The King/Queen – authority, responsibility, vision, order, leadership.
  • The Warrior – courage, action, discipline, persistence, skill, training, detachment.
  • The Magician – innovation, insight, intuition, mentorship, independence.
  • The Lover – passion, relationships, care, compassion, service, celebration, joy.

We firstly look at each of these Archetypes and how they show up in films, stories, our culture and every day life.

We then meet the Shadow types, such as the Tyrant, the Manipulator, the Bully, the Fool, the Victim and the Addict.

We’ll see how a great team combines all of the best elements of the Archetypes, how an inspiring leader can draw on each Archetype at will, and how – under pressure – any one of us can fall into Shadow types.

Dealing with difficult people, solving problems, generating ideas, working as a team, being disciplined in the use of processes – all of the things we do at work are expressions of a much deeper Archetypal energy. When we draw on that great energy, we do the task with greater presence, passion, focus, skill, quality, creativity and determination.

Similarly, when we’re not at our best, we fall into those Shadows. And one of the great challenges of daily work is dealing with people who are operating out of Shadow energy while not getting sucked into that energy ourselves.

In this session, in amongst the laughter, you’ll get a whole new insight into your own strengths and weaknesses and those of the people around you.

Together, we can draw consciously on these energies to be more confident, happy and effective at work.