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Natalie Johnson

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Natalie Johnson is a motivational speaker, consultant, and coach with over 30 years of experience working with organizations globally. She is the Co-founder and Chief Visionary of ViDL ("vital") Work, a culture transformation firm that supports organizations so they can function at full capacity. Natalie's work focuses on developing strategies to ignite behaviors that align with what matters most. She creates inspiration and extraordinary experiences for her audiences all over the world. Natalie has a background in human performance, specifically performance psychology, human resilience, exercise physiology, and culture. She is an industry-recognized Performance Coach and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Natalie is known for her engaging and high-energy personality, her approachable style, and her ability to help people align behaviors with what's most important to them.

 

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All programs can be combined or customized as needed in order to best serve client needs!


Intentional Culture: From the Inside Out
Workplace culture is a common topic among organizational leaders, with good reason. Recent research suggests culture is ten times more important than compensation in determining whether valuable employees will stay or leave. But culture is a complex concept to understand – and even more complex to change. The audience will:

  • Learn a simple, operational definition of culture
  • Understand where culture comes from and, thus, what is necessary to transform it over time
  • Identify the three most important responsibilities of every person and leader when it comes to intentionally designing and nurturing a thriving culture

 

Dare to Lead™
Based on the research of Brene Brown and led by a facilitator trained directly by Dr. Brown, Dare to Lead™ is a training session focused on brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts. In particular, it focuses on the development of the four skills of courage: rumbling with vulnerability, living into your values, BRAVING Trust, and learning to rise. The audience will:

  • Learn what it means to "rumble with vulnerability" and understand the vital importance of vulnerability in great leadership
  • Identify core values and explore the difference between professing and practicing values
  • Explore the seven elements of trust and learn a framework for more productively resolving issues related to trust in the workplace
  • Practice a simple but powerful "learning to rise" strategy that immediately shifts mindset and improves performance

 

Coaching for Leaders (often customized for healthcare leaders)

Coaching is an essential tool in a leader's toolbox, but the skill of coaching is not widely known or practiced. Further, many leaders have been taught to be the "expert", a mindset that can often impede the learning and growth of their team members. To be most effective in leading teams, leaders must know when and how to act as coaches rather than experts. Leaders who participate in this training will:

  • Identify how the coaching mindset is different than the expert mindset
  • Explore how to shift from the aim of "getting people to do things" to the aim of "creating the conditions" where growth, learning, and self-efficacy flourish
  • Explore the basics of coaching as a leader: listening, asking powerful questions, eliciting the best thinking, and helping others reduce drama and ego
  • Apply the basics of coaching for leaders to specific scenarios relevant to their workplace settings

 

Above the Line: Effective Thinking for Today's Workplace Challenges
Our thinking either sparks empowered emotions, productive behaviors, and desirable outcomes - or it keeps us stuck. In today's uncertain, complex, and demanding workplace, mindset matters more than ever. Audiences in this session will be able to:

  • Summarize two forms of thinking that lead to divergent sets of feelings, actions, and results
  • Describe two simple but powerful concepts to generate effective thinking in any situation
  • Assess a workplace challenge through the lens of mindset and apply effective thinking tools

 

Call to Connection: Cultivating Quality Relationships with Diverse Personalities
Our relationships with colleagues in the workplace offer some of life's greatest opportunities – and challenges. Particularly when we are navigating a variety of personalities, it's important to know how to work through differences and cultivate connection, which is the key to team success. Audiences in this training will:

  • Define the most significant roadblocks to cultivating productive, quality relationships
  • Learn about a "cycle of collusion", which is a common pattern of unresolved tension that often leads to unnecessary conflict and drama
  • Identify at least three practical strategies for strengthening our professional relationships

 

Creating a Culture of Accountability
Lack of accountability is one of the most frequent frustration triggers for employees and one of the biggest culprits of underperformance and friction on organizational teams. While most people want to be a part of teams where accountability is the norm, many oversimplify the idea or are unsure of how to enact it. The audience will:

  • Describe the accountability continuum
  • Define the 4Cs of accountability
  • Identify their strengths and gaps in each of the 4Cs
  • Develop a plan of action for


Courageous Communication: The Inner Game
Traditional efforts to help improve their communication skills focus on models or strategies that, while valuable, overlook one key factor: the internal work that is often necessary to improve the way we communicate with others. Developing an impactful communication style requires that we attend to important elements of our "inner operating system" such as thoughts, feelings, values, and decision-making models. The audience will:

  • Describe at least five communication traps humans fall into that undermine communication
  • Identify their most pressing personal challenge when it comes to communication
  • Understand how their inner narrative will influence their communication style
  • Apply two simple but powerful tools for generating the right mindset to support better communication


Courageous Communication: Clear is Kind
Especially when we are faced with a difficult conversation, we often find ourselves avoiding, sugar-coating, clumsily landing the message, or reacting defensively. This session helps participants identify and overcome these challenges so they can become more confident and comfortable giving and receiving feedback with candor, kindness, and conviction. The audience will:

  • Define empathy and apply it to an actual workplace conversation
  • Define radical candor and apply it to an actual workplace conversation
  • List at least three ways to reduce defensiveness during difficult conversations
  • Describe what it means to listen with intention

 

Optimize Performance Through Energy Management

The research is clear that well-being, work performance, and organizational outcomes suffer in the long term unless leaders develop the ability to balance the demands of the modern work world through better management of their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy. This rich, interactive, and inspiring training helps leaders understand that self-care is not a luxury, but rather an absolute necessity for showing up as the best versions of themselves at work and at home. The audience will:

  • Connect daily decision-making about energy management to a greater purpose and a powerful motivator for change. 
  • Learn science-based strategies in each energy dimension (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) to support them in managing and expanding their own energy.
  • Practice a resiliency strategy that will help them identify their own stress as a performance enhancer
  • Define the barriers to managing their energy and understand why managing energy (instead of time) has more value


Your Emotional Impact
The importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace has become a significant topic for forward-thinking organizations. If a person doesn't have a high level of emotional intelligence, their IQ or work ethic will only take them so far. The audience will:

  • Define emotional intelligence
  • Learn at least three new practices for managing their own emotional energy for the
  • benefit of themselves and others around them
  • Learn at least three new practices for better understanding the emotional states of
  • other people

 

Mastering Mental Focus: Training for Today's Attention Economy
Smartphones, stressors, to-do lists, interruptions, and distractions deplete our mental and emotional energy all day long, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and "crazy busy". Today's world requires skillsets and practices around mental attention that help us sift through the stimuli, create clarity, and stay present. The audience will:

  • Identify how their personal relationships and professional contributions would improve through the development of a stronger mental focus
  • List the two most powerful disruptors of mental focus
  • Identify at least two internal practices and external strategies that will reclaim mental energy
  • Commit to a realistic action plan for improving mental focus and clarity

 

Stress: It's Your Superpower!
Work and life today are busier and more emotionally demanding than ever. Although stress is a predominant factor in all our lives, research has revealed that the traditional way of viewing stress isn't helpful and actually contributes to burnout. The science suggests we can use our stress to foster performance, better connect with those who matter, and even extend our lives. The audience will:

  • Update their thinking on stress based on the newest research
  • Identify their biggest stressor and practice a powerful technique for changing their stress response
  • Connect their experience of and response to stress to a greater purpose that serves to increase resilience

Natalie Johnson's Experiences

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The Montana Hospital Association

Dare to Lead Keynote

The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Annual Breakfast

Courageous Leadership in 2022

Deloitte: CFO Vision Event

Harnessing Stress to Improve Performance

Deloitte Global - Energy for Performance

Leadership: New York City

Vital Voices

The Corporate Athlete

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