Culture eats and TREATS Strategy to Breakfast! – CultureShift

Positive Organisational Shifts and effective Change management, begins and ends with a Change in Culture

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Change is todays’ new norm. Organisations encounter change everywhere. These continuous changes, influence the way we do business.
For companies and people to thrive and flourish, they will have to embrace change as the new norm in the workplace. In order to embed this new change-everywhere-all-of-the-time, norm – leaders and managers need to change the prevailing culture to a more flexible, resilient Appreciative inquiry based culture and team members need to upgrade their think to being more conscious flexible and resilient.
This new more effective culture starts at the top with leaders and managers… Not “Greeders”, nor “Bleeders!”… but REAL Leaders!
By empowering team members with autonomy, mastery and effective leadership, organisational culture can begin to be re-molded into a more inspiring Trusting, Resilient, Engaging, Appreciative, Truthful, Supportive culture (iTREATS). Because we know… culture eats strategy every time.
This new more effective conscious culture creates a space for greater performance, and accountability for results, which will impact on results and morale.
Our research and experience, with the new science of happiness at work TM tm insights, has proven that leadership culture impacts performance and results by up to 55%. Once people have had our MindShift experience and the culture is transform to a more appreciative and supportive conscious culture, they are more empowered, energized and amenable to taking greater responsibility and accountability.
Individual and organisational success requires a strong foundation of personal and leadership consciousness as well as a culture that inspires people to keep going the extra mile. This is not simply a nice to have in your business it a vital component.
The ever-accelerating pace of change makes “doing-more-with-less” a mandatory competitive advantage. The way we interact, the relationships, the thinking styles, attitudes, energy and trust levels we create… reactively …directly impact our working relationships, culture, experiences and organisational results.
Our Science of Happiness @ Work reveals the causal factors that impede optimum performance and results.
Worldwide Research shows that employees who are happier at work:
 Are 180% more energized
 Are 155% happier in their jobs
 Are 108% more engaged at work
 Are 150% happier with life
 Love their jobs 79% more
 Are 50% more motivated
 Have 40% more confidence
 Achieve their goals 35% more
 Contribute 25% more

Businesses that intend thriving, must re-mold their office culture and their staff’s mindsets to… where people are eesilience, energised, appreciative, happy, committed and actively “achieving their potential”.
Without energy, passion and effective leadership and great team dynamics – accountability will be dream.Any typical change management process breaks down unless you have a platform, process and culture, that supports people along the way and eliminates the usual resistance to change and staff reactions.
With the Appreciative inquiry approach and the science of happiness at work TM tm insights, people are more likely to fully embrace their role in enabling and supporting the necessary changes and buying-in/ taking ownership to facilitate true culture transformation.
When the process of introducing Appreciative Inquiry and the Science of Happiness@work for peak performance accountability is done effectively, it creates a culture with greater transparency, openness, energy, effective teamwork and trust. Clear communication and open dialogue improve with a stronger focus on successful performance
Ensure that effective conscious leadership is a strong thread that runs through the fabric of your organisation, along with a now positive supportive, appreciative happy culture… and you can see amazing results. Greater energy, focus, mastery and inspiration always produce better results.
The most crucial thing you need to understand as a LEADER is this… to change your workplace culture takes time, commitment, focus, energy, authenticity, integrity and consciousness.
Culture change in an organisation will remain impossible without ensuring that there is a REAL MINDshift. If staff continue operating the way they always have…they will continue to create the same results.
If you want anything in your world, or business, to change, then it is imperative that the change starts with a shift in mindset…a REAL MindShift… which can then be used to create a shift in culture.
The culture in your business, created by leadership and perpetuated unconsciously, directly impacts the results you and your tea achieves. It doesn’t matter what your strategies are… Culture eats strategy every time.
Our Life Masters destiny, cause and calling as a revolutionary change management company is to support, facilitate and enable you to co-create a new, more effective, culture of responsibility, accountability, effective conscious leadership, with ongoing MindShifts and appreciative action towards greater, more sustainable, results for ALL.
Nothing changes, until we change.

Tony Dovale
Beyond Motivational Speakers Gauteng

Effective Teamworking – Trust building

Effective Teamworking Tips

With The new science of happiness at work TM we know that happier people are more productive and provide greater value to the organisation.

Building effective teamwork and a productive team is always a team building challenge in the workplace.

Creating ways to monitor and measure team development effectiveness is also a challenge and is necessary if you are going to get the Team Effectiveness development project sponsor (C-level) to define what they see as great value in teamworking development.

We have a variety of assessments like The New science of happiness at work TM , Culture Scan, Workplace Burn-out, CASTLE, Resilience, Stress, Trust LEvels etc to enable you to get a REAL picture of how your team is running and what areas require deveIopment and attention.

Based upon our extensive team rebuilding and effective trust building experience and research, we have created a variety of positive, appreciative inquiry style approaches and Team Effectiveness questions to discover speciific areas of positive impact potential in building a REAL effective team

One primary area for improving workplace culture and performance is the area of team TRUST.

This weeks Team Building with Apreciative inquiry to increase your teams’ effectiveness.

A workplace culture will be the overarching influence on a teams level of trust to start. Next… the leasdership style influence and then the influence of managment and immediate supervisors.
And then the individual reactions and responses to the prevailing team dynamics will sculpt the teams level of trust.

In most of our research we find that the average teams level of trust settles at around 2,3,4,5,6 out of 10. Seldom have we discovered high levels of trust – automatically created in a workplace or team culture.

Usually the team leader has consciously created the team cohesion and team culture intensionally.

One version of trust and its dimensions we use in our team effectiveness building workshops includes






Depending upon how a preson assesses the situation or the person based uponthe following criteria… trust will either be increased or decreased… Wither way based upon a very rapis scan of a persons memoery banks, feelings and present state… trust will either be exercised or not…

Trust can be defined in multiple ways. One of the most simple ways to measure trust is to make sure it can be observed behaviorally

Team Trust – The ability to rely upon other team members to be truthful and to do as they say/promise to do, and to follow agreed/established rules, procedures, workplace cuture customs and practice.

Score your present and ideal team trust level below…

1=perfect/ideal trust ; 10… ZERO trusy ; 0 or somehwre in between.

What would it take to move your team trust levels just 1 point higher on the scale?

What would the benefits and productivity improvments look like?

Teams Buildings- Peak Performing Teams Know, Like, Trust and Connect

Team buildings Effectiveness: Your Teams Must Know, Like, Trust and connect with you as a Leader and with each other

Keywords: leadership workshops training, REAL Appreciative Team Building Activities

As every astute and awake person knows… people buy from someone who they like and trust. The unconscious decision making process is driven by emotions and validated later with “logic”

Our emotions are the powerful motivating force. Great leaders understand the importance of connecting with followers on an emotional and intellectual level. The emotional connection… where followers get to “like”, trust and begin to really connect with their leader is vital for real team building and peak performance. Emotional impact enables the smart leader to truly inspire and ennergise their team and move them towards optimised and effective teamwork

Out Hearts emit a stronger impulse singla than our brains.. measurably so. Our emotions drive the actions we take. So when leading a team be aware of the impact of your emotional influence. Imagine a time, when you heard a really inspiring talk. How did the speaker behave. How did they espouse an endless list of “do-it-like-this- facts”, or did the keynote speaker engage you on a an emotional level with engaging stories, which aroused your emotions?

For most effective team building, you must learn the art of connecting with the hearts of each of your team members. Because; Motivation is manipulation, and inspiration is the “breath of God from within”. People yearn to be truly inspired and ennetgised and moved to action by someone, who truly lead with LOVE / From their heart.

Truly effective leaders , avoide sitting in their ivory towers and barking a list of instructions to thier minions. Smart and effective leaders know that in order to draw out their teams best perormance and passion. to give thier extra discretionalt effort… they must respect and trust you as a true leader.. not by your title. but by your actions,

When you touch their hearts, they will unleash their full passion with thier hands. Emotions are the unconscious drivers of our most effective actions and all decisions in our life and workplace teamworking.

Smalrt leaders understands that in order to move people into massive action, where they consistently give their best, you connect with them on a deep emotional level first. Leaders who force or coerce thier team with threats and maipulation, will drive them with negative emotions, such as fear, animosity and anger… This can only work for a short-term. It is unsustainable for optimised peak and team performance.

Eventually staff become burn-out, demotivated, with draw thier discretionary effors and deliver the bare minimum, so as to avoid the consequences of your punitive threats. If you truly plan inspire more efficient teamworkl and personal peak performance, you must find the ways you can connect to thier hearts and souls. By using the positive Appreciative Inquiry approach you can begin to engender and connect the workplace culture with positivity and empowering emotions. When people are happy, inspired and fuelled by thier positive emotions, they have increased energy and passion to explore, expand, discover and deliver peak performance.

When someone experiences negative emotions, automaticcally their amygdala (Small part of the brain focussed on survivale a/ avoiding danger) narrows thier focus on the “danger/threat. The mind goes onto “Protective mode”. When teams are happy, ennergised and inspired with positive emotions, their focus broadens and builds. They can be RESPONSE-ABLE rhather than reactive… and engage in pro-active discovery, exploration and expansion.
Negative emotions automaticaly contract and positive emotions automatically expand focus and possibility.

When teams experience negative emotions they unconsciously focus on “what-is-wrong” instead of “what-is-right”. So instead of being enabled and empowered to delivering their best, they resort to a protectivew ” avoiding loss” rhather than playing to win. When teams are truly INSPIRED using positive visualisation to generate positive emotions, they become more constructive, more ennergised and more open to seeing new and more innovative possibilities. This empowers better performance and teamworking on multiple levels and inspires and transforms them to be able to give their best each day.

The stronger the positive, resectful, relationship a leader has with their followers, the more likely the followers will want to deliver thier best efforts. A leader builds credibility with thier her team, by walking thier talk… By leasding with their head and their heart. and shows by thier actions that they care for and only want the best for their teams.

The secret of effective leaders, is that they connect with each member on an individual level. They discover and understand thier dreams and desires, their fears and hopes. Effective leadership requires that you focus more on the positive than on the negative, It requires that you are hones, open and confident… even in the face of the storm. The leader creates the space for thier followers to “show up”. They create the vibrational possibility of success in spite of the prevailing, possibly negative environmental messages.

Smart leaders ensure continued energy and contribution, by providing regular guidance, coaching and sincere, specific personal praise and appreciation. A leader must walk their talk and live the values ascribed to, and described by, the teams vision, mission, and values.

Remember that the responsibility for building staff engagement, connection and trust with your team is the leader’s Response-Ability. The Workplace culture must be consciously crafted to create a positive, supportive, high performance space. Leadership is about WE more than ME. Explore and discover the talens, passions and unique value each individual brings to your teams and teamworking. Show them that you sincerly care for them as a person beyond the JOB / workplace. Connect with them and thier dreams each day… and you will empower thier thourgh a positive appreciative approach to deliver their best.

Author: Tony Dovale Leadership Training Workshops and REAl Team Building

Appreciative Team Building & Happy @work

Team Building with Appreciative inquiry and Science of Happiness @work

New Appreciative Team-Building process from transforms Me to WE   

South Africa – Johannesburg: Tony Dovale of Life Masters Team Building launches his latest service…TeamShift: REAL –  “REAL Teams” – Appreciative Inquiry company Team-Building process.

REAL TEAMS, is the first of 5 teamwork transformation steps using an appreciative inquiry based team building activity, and relationship improvement initiative that transforms teams, builds trust levels, enhances staff satisfaction and productivity, on a long-term basis with High-Voltage Leadership, Hawkins Consciousness levels, Human Sigma, Appreciative Enquiry and the science of happiness at work TM (SOHAW) as the teamwork foundation.

Most corporate training and motivational-style teambuilding workshop events are a waste of time, and money, if you are looking for value and long-term results says Tony Dovale – Chief Results Coach and Science of Happiness @work Coach & Consultant at Life Masters.

In order to resolve this dilemma, says Dovale, based upon our past corporate team building events experiences and extensive teamworking improvement research, we have designed and launched an innovative appreciative team building intervention and
staff Happiness / engagement improvement process, that impacts people on a head, heart and Soul level, called –  “R.E.A.L. Teams”

Results reveal that the “REAL Teams” Appreciative SOHAW  process has long-term efficacy for both company and staff. Where normal entertainment-style team-building events impact may last 1 to 2 weeks, the “REAL Teams” Appreciative Team transformation method  with Happiness at work Tools and principles has documented efficacy greater than 2 years, with lifeShifting  consequences for participants.

The “REAL Teams” experiential activities incorporates a leading-edge approach with the understanding that all results are driven by the positivity of the Human Element Spirit, an incorporates AQ/Resilience and Team AQ & Employee Engagement, Team fitness profiling,
Higher-Voltage Leadership philosophies, an Appreciative Enquiry foundation, and Emotionetics Innergetic Releasing Technologies to create an accelerated and profound R.E.A.L. teams building transformation experience.

Utilising a uniquely spirited approach, groups from 10-60 can be accommodated in the “REAL Teams” Appreciative SOHAW process. The initial competitive aspect of the team development process is incrementally tailored towards a team/collaborative/ win-win approach
– with teams finally ending up with an enlightening and engaging company or department… Rules of Engagement, Destiny, Cause and Calling and Stop… Start…  Continue agreements.

Extensive pre-event research enables the “R.E.A.L. Teams” coaches to understand, and continuously guide and direct the groups’ and individuals’ actions and energies towards the eventual successful outcome of substantially better synergy, during the appreciative
inquiry and Happiness at work engagement building process.

Life Masters Team Building Coaches and facilitators adjust the events from basic small company team-building events, right across the spectrum to high impact, full transformational, “Corporate Team Soul Surgery”.

In a “REAL Teams“ Team transforming activities experience, lasting anywhere from 1 day to 5 days, teams are put through their paces on a head, heart and Soul level. As they compete and collaborate towards building the ideal culture and departmental / corporate “Destiny”, they encounter the full range of experiences, from playful fun, to full-contact… high-performance pressures and stressors.

The significant advantage that Life Masters and Tony Dovale deliver with the “R.E.A.L. Teams team building” approach, is ongoing coaching support to sustain the shifts achieved during the initial group process. This ensures optimal retention and application of insights, commitments and agreements.

Today, companies want maximum bang-for-their-HR buck. Building a “REAL Teams” is an authentic team dynamic
development approach that focuses on strengths, delivers true trust-building, positive support, increased employee
engagement, Response-ability, commitment, compassion and collaboration, and not just short lived group-entertainment.

At the conclusion of our first phase, “R.E.A.L. Teams”, clients truly begin to appreciate that we are all really part
of the ONE team and that REAL leadership is required to grow and maintain the full range of Rational and Emotional Engagement, says Dovale.    This is real teambuilding at it’s best.

Claim your free CultureShift staff development report by emailing For more information contact

Tony Dovale –  Life Masters Team Building REAL Team building

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trust building Gauteng, trust building, team building workshops, tony dovale, lifemasters, appreciative Inquiry, science of happiness at work TM tmtm, SOHAW.

Life Masters is a Personal Transformation and Higher Ground Leadership development team building company providing leading edge corporate team building, leadership coaching and staff engagement strategies in South Africa.

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In order to become more competitive, sustainable and effective/leverage the Psychological Capital and the Human Element, Leaders will…

1. …for their organisation…

Need to empower and co-create a CultureShift to a workplace environment that applies Appreciative principles on both the starategic and tactical levels, in order to build trust, elevate engagement and unleash passion against a unified, clearly branded, organisational CAUSE.

2. …for themselves…

Need to have a MindShift and BehaviorShift on all 3 leavels, Head, Heart & Soul… to build new awareness, consciousness, choice and actions around physical energy, mental /emotional energy, Happiness at work and a “Higher Ground” focus for their personal, team, and organisational DESTINY.

Namaste’ – Tony D

Have a wonder-filled day – for REAL Appreciative Gauteng Team Buildings

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