FlexTalk for the

Workplace

The most valuable asset in your organization is your people. We’ll help you develop them – both personally and professionally.

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The FlexTalk advantage starts with our massive library, designed to spark eye-opening conversations for everyone on your team. Start with our 6-week “Essentials Track” below or work with us to create your own customized plan.

Fix Yourself

Key Points:

  • Shifting your perspective and making changes to things you can control can help better your life and the lives of those around you.
  • When it comes to problems, we can either blame our circumstances our change ourselves.
  • You cannot fix the world, but you can fix yourself.
  • When we look to ourselves and our own choices and seek ways to change ourselves for the better, the challenges become something we can handle.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic? 
  2. How do you think growth and maturity tie into improving our lives?
  3. Why do we often default to blaming others for difficult things that happen?
  4. When you feel like a situation is out of your control, what are some ways to help you remember what is actually in your control?
  5. Think of a situation where you pushed aside your own feelings of doubt, guilt, or shame in order to put the blame somewhere else. When did you realize where the blame really fell? How did you make a change?
  6. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
Anger Management

Key Points:

  • Be slow to anger. Slow down, think about things, take a deep breath, and respond rationally.
  • Control the urge to speak anything negative. 
  • The consequences of your actions in the moment will stick with you far longer than the feeling of anger.
  • Ruminating on your anger will harm you mentally and possibly even physically.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic? 
  2. What does it mean to be “slow to anger?” On a scale of 1-10, how good are you at it?
  3. What is it that we really want when we are angry? How does our anger betray our true intention and work against achieving what we really want?
  4. What was the last thing you ruminated on? How long did it take for you to spit out the cud and move on? What happened that made you realize you were wasting time dwelling on the circumstance that caused you to be angry?
  5. Do you know someone who ruminates in their anger? How successful in their careers are they compared to others? How happy do they seem compared to others? How can we avoid this pattern in the future?
  6. Is anger a choice? Why or why not? How much does feeling angry has to do with self-control? What is your most common reflexive behavior when something makes you angry?
  7. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
The Internet

Key Points:

  • The Internet is making us more superficial as thinkers, keeping us from really paying attention.
  • Moving information from our short term memory to our long term memory is harder now, thanks to technology addiction.
  • If computers keep us from the discipline of building memory, humanity as we know it might be in danger.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic? 
  2. How often are you online in an average week? Which apps or sites do you use most often? Why are these the apps or sites you use?
  3. Describe what life would be like without the Internet.
  4. “The net is making us more superficial as thinkers.” Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
  5. “Memory consolidation” works by moving information from your short-term memory to your long-term memory to create connections between that information and everything else you know. How does the fast-paced, entertainment-based Internet interfere?
  6. When is the last time the Internet caused you to think conceptually about something? How did you follow up on it afterward?
  7. Name a famous person you admire who has positively impacted the world. How do you think this person was able to achieve greatness? What do you think some of their day-to-day activities were?
  8. What are some steps you can take to “Find time every day unplug, calm down, and focus on one thing at a time?”
  9. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
More Personal Topics
The War Within

Key Principles:

  • Ownership: All responsibility for every failure rests with the leader.
  • Accountability: There are only two types of leaders – effective and ineffective.
  • Buy-In: The leader has to be a true believer in the mission and vision.
  • Humility: Ego clouds and disrupts everything.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. Which of the four principles stand out most to you, and why?
  3. Which principle is your strongest personally? Which is your weakest?
  4. What happens to a team where the top leaders don’t take extreme ownership? Give an example.
  5. “There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.” Agree or disagree? Explain.
  6. What are some signs that someone is failing to buy into the team’s mission? Do you have someone on your team like that?
  7. Give an example of ego disrupting the team.
  8. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
Laws of Combat

Key Principles:

  • Alignment: Cover and move as a team to accomplish the mission.
  • Clarity: Keep the plan simple enough for everyone to communicate it.
  • Priority: Execute on the most important strategic objectives first.
  • Empowerment: Decentralize command to let everyone make decisions.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. Which of these four principles is your team’s strongest point? Which is the weakest? Explain.
  3. Explain how “cover and move” applies to your team. Give an example.
  4. Make a list of the things you need to simplify in your organization. How has complexity hurt your team?
  5. What are the top three priorities for your team right now? How long will it take to execute on those priorities?
  6. How many people on your team would say they feel empowered to make important decisions? How confident are you in their ability to make the right decisions?
  7. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
Maintaining the Edge

Key Principles:

  • Planning: Create a strategy that clarifies “Commander’s Intent”.
  • Verticality: Learn to communicate up and down the chain of command.
  • Decisiveness: Make the call even before you have all the facts. 
  • Discipline: Self-control leads to more freedom, not less.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. Which of these four principles is your team’s strongest point? Which is the weakest? Explain.
  3. Are there plans in place for your organization to be more standardized or more ambiguous? Explain.
  4. How can you make your planning process simpler, more actionable, or repeatable for your team?
  5. As a leader, how clear are your intentions to your team? When have you listened and used feedback from your team?
  6. When have you made a good decision with the best information you had at the time? When have you waited too long to make a decision? What happened?
  7. How can you find the balance between working within established procedures and having freedom to be creative?
  8. As a leader, how can you be aggressive without being overbearing?
  9. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
More Professional Topics

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