TEAM Journeys™ for Remote Companies
Speaker Sessions and Workshops to Inspire, Energize, and Connect Your People.
Unsettled’s virtual learning and development experiences bring teams together to explore the most relevant ideas in today’s rapidly changing world through Connect Facilitated Conversations, Discover Speaker Sessions and Custom Growth Workshops.
From single sessions, to day-long mini-conferences to full week offsite retreats to month-long, custom-designed programs, our Team Journeys™ deliver both personal and professional growth for lasting impact on organizations around the world.
An Unsettled approach to teambuilding
We believe that feeling a little bit “unsettled” can be a positive impulse for growth, innovation, and discovery. While this willingness to embrace the unknown certainly isn’t the traditional approach to learning and development, it’s a timely one, as we confront the challenges of a new and dynamic future of work.
Without the central office serving as HQ, progressive workforces must continue to foster employee development, build operational resiliency, and head off loneliness before it starts. Our Team Journeys™ methodology leans into solutions that address these issues, create internal connection, and build stronger, more inclusive workplaces.
Connect: Facilitated Conversations
Creating deep connection across geography, role, and seniority level.
Each Connect session is an opportunity for the members of your organization to develop new bonds. It starts with setting up a safe, intimate virtual environment. We lead off with icebreakers to get warmed up, before diving into more thought-provoking content that quickly brings coworkers closer together, even if this is their first time meeting. Many companies report online connection to be more inclusive and effective than in-person events, because it represents an opportunity to break out of traditional silos like department and role. We utilize breakout rooms of varying sizes to get the conversation going, along with prompts to set up intentional conversation.
Discover: Unsettled Speaker Sessions
World class talent delivering new perspectives to your team
Our Unsettled Speaker roster calls on a deep well of talented experts from around the globe. We tap into this diverse community for their leadership and knowledge of themes that dive into today’s most interesting opportunities and pressing issues. We offer a variety of formats, from assembled speaker panels for lunch and learns to interactive keynote sessions across your entire company.
Sample high-level themes to explore:
- Effective Communication Across Cultural Boundaries
- Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
- Managing the Shift From On-location to Remote Work
- Storytelling and Play in the Workplace
Grow: Unsettled Custom Workshops
Expertly facilitated and thoughtfully designed programming
Unsettled’s portfolio of live, virtual workshops combine live sessions, interactive workshops, practical tools, original frameworks, and peer-to-peer conversations to enhance communication and build tight bonds between teammates. Over the last five years, thousands of Unsettled experience participants have realized significant growth through these exercises, both at home and at work.
A sample of Unsettled’s programming:
- An Explorer’s Mindset to Embracing Uncertainty
- The Enneagram for Teams: Emotional Understanding
- Mindfulness for Remote Teams
- Ikigai: The Okinawan Approach to Uncovering Our Purpose.
Selections from our Unsettled Speaker Roster
CEO of BridgePeople LLC, a consulting firm advancing equity and inclusion by building bridges through dialogue, Itzbeth has led international teams working to advance economic empowerment and justice across 40+ countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
“Beyond Diversity & Inclusion, Towards Equity & Belonging”
Combining education on anti-racism and inclusive best practices with dialogue on race and other factors of exclusion, Itzbeth focuses on developing shared language and tools. At the heart of this talk is participation, and a framework for propelling the organization’s strategy and goals forward with a sense of common purpose, told through a lens of non-dominant African, Indigenous, and Eastern culture. The result? Leaders who show up in a holistic manner – mind, body, and spirit – and actively work to learn and unlearn cultural practices, expanding their appreciation and respect for diversity.
Founder and President of Create Forward, a social impact firm that produces experiences to advance equity and justice, Piper is a NYU Gallatin School Professor, TED Speaker, and author of “Black Girl Speak” and “In Her Memory”
“How Stories Can Become and Instrument of Justice”
Stories create catharsis for the teller, and empathy for the listener. Piper shares the lessons learned from her advocacy work in prisons across the country. In spring 2016, Piper was awarded a TED Residency to develop an innovative storytelling project called Mass Story Lab, which has traveled to more than thirteen U.S cities making the stories of people impacted by incarceration an instrument of justice. Through these stories, she’s helped inmates relay so much about what it means to be human, and the power of resilience in the face of darkness and tragedy. Each story is an opportunity for us to show up more fully human as agents of change.
Founder and Lead practitioner of Transforma Consulting & Coaching, Christophe draws on 15 years of international experience with senior leaders and their teams in strategy design, leadership communications, and organizational culture change.
“Cross Cultural Confidence and Expression”
In a remote business environment that transcends frontiers, confidence in your messaging – both verbal and non-verbal – is more important than ever. This talk covers setting up your “virtual stage” home office for maximum impact plus exercises for refining your virtual presence and etiquette. Building on the work of Erin Meyer, author of “The Culture Map”, we’ll also explore how to manage cultural attitudes toward authority, feedback, collaboration, information consumption, and communication styles, with focus paid to the cultural makeup of Spotify’s individual teams.
CEO of UYD Management, Tayo hosts the popular podcast As Told By Nomads, and is author of Use Your Difference to Make a Difference: How to Connect and Communicate in a Cross-Cultural World
“Managing a Diverse Workplace Across Borders”
As work moves out of the office and into a remote setting, how can we effectively communicate objectives and expectations to global team members and external partners? This talk delves into cross-cultural understanding, its key role in avoiding common communication mishaps, and managing the pitfalls that can slow down productivity and hurt company culture. From guidance on teamwork and leadership to strategies for building organizational capacity that practices cultural competency and awareness, benefit from knowledge and insights from 70+ countries.
As Team Experience Manager at Buffer, Stephanie works to reimagine what remote team collaboration looks and feels like on a global team. Buffer is widely recognized as a pioneer in building successful remote culture by leading media including FastCompany, Fortune, and Entrepreneur.
“Vulnerability in the Remote Workplace”
It’s the question we’re all asking; how can we create remote spaces for people to do their best work? In this talk, Stephanie dives into vulnerability, and how creating psychologically safe spaces for people allows them to bring their whole selves to the virtual office. Particular focus is devoted to cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding, drawing on her 4+ years of creating strong culture for a remote team around the world.
Caliopy Glaros helps organizations worldwide develop dynamic global teams and essential skills for effective communication across cultures. Drawing from her expertise in fundraising and academic background in Anthropology and Adult Learning, Caliopy has facilitated cross-cultural training programs in 60+ nations on five continents.
“How to Communicate Across Cultures When Knowledge is Not Enough”
While some people don’t cope well in multicultural environments, others seem to adapt with surprising ease and agility. What makes some of us successful at navigating cultural differences while others struggle? Social science has a surprising conclusion: that knowledge of the other culture is the least important factor in determining success. In this session, Caliopy Glaros will explore each of three factors that contribute to effective communication across cultures and provide tips and tools the audience members can begin applying right away.
Founder of CultureDesign.org, Eva is on a mission to make human-human-centered company culture a standard for all organizations. Trained in design thinking at the HPI d.school in Berlin and a BDVT certified business trainer, she’s studied and worked on four continents in the last 10 years.
“Creating A Culture of Trust: The Hidden Force That Shapes Our Interactions”
A session that dives into the components of trust in our lives. Drawing from Brene Brown and other’s research, this talk explores how trust shapes our individual relationships and our interactions with others. Who do we trust? Why do we trust them? How does this affect our personal and professional interactions? We will explore the invisible glue to strong relationships and the key to radically unlocking the creative potential of humans through this interactive session.
Working with Unsettled was an amazing and unique experience. Our 10-day leadership learning journey was not only well organized but thoughtfully crafted and curated. The team worked hard to blend our leadership program into a seamless experience, and our group left with new inspiration and a renewed sense of purpose. I would highly recommend partnering with Unsettled, as they are true experience designers and know how to make every moment count.
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