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Bredenberg Associates provide proven approaches and leading-edge resources for harnessing your team's energy, talents, and creativity. Our coaches mentor leaders to cultivate cultures of trust, accountability, synergy, and get the work done. We equip your team with the leadership skills and innovation solutions to navigate nimbly and sustainably in today's environment of dynamic change.

Services we offer:

⚬ Leadership Development

⚬ Executive & Team Coaching

⚬ Strategic Visioning & Planning

⚬ High-Impact Workforce Training

⚬ Community Conversations Facilitation

⚬ Train-the-Trainer & Certificate Programs

⚬ Organizational Learning Design & Systems

⚬ Multimedia Communications & Documentation

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wonder Woman's Connection with DiSC

William Moulton Marston was a man of many talents. He was the inventor of the first functional lie detector, conducted research that led to DiSC, and author of the Wonder Woman comic. Jill Lepore, Harvard Professor and New York Times contributor, dissects the life and work of this fascinating man in,  The Secret History of Wonder Woman. To learn more, check out this radio broadcast interview HERE!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tips for Making Learning "Stick"


Developing talent is one of the most important investments successful organizations make to build and sustain high-performing cultures. This can be an expensive proposition if there isn't a strategy for having classroom and online learning be reinforced and applied before, during, and after training and coaching.

Here are some Tips for Making Learning "Stick". Contact us to help you apply these tips for more impactful training.

1. Pre-work - Prepare learners for their classroom or online learning by informing them about:
  • Purpose of training - Why are they attending this program?
  • Learning outcomes - What will they leave the session with?
  • Expectations - What do they need to bring, wear or be prepared to present?
  • Article, assessment or survey - Engage participants by learning about themselves or the topic prior to the session
2. Content absorption - Participants learn more when they are physically and mentally involved.
  • WII-FM - "What's in it for me?" - Assessments help people learn more because the content can be directly related to what they are learning about themselves.
  • Depending on the program content, having people review, share and/or teach a portion of what was just learned to another person in the class helps learners "digest" the material more fully.
  • Feedback & Commitment - A simple feedback form that has people complete the following phrases encourages them to reflect on their learning and provides useful information to the trainer.
                        -I liked...
                        -I learned...
                        -I wish...
                        -I'm committed to...

3. Follow-up and reinforcement - critical to the success of any training is assuring that it is "applied".
  • Follow-up communication to participants AND their supervisors with a review of the training purpose and outcomes will remind them of the content.
  • Activity suggestions or requirements to apply their new knowledge and skills at work.
  • Using MyEverythingDiSC platform so participants can access and continue to learn about themselves through their DiSC reports.

Want more tips like this? Contact us to set up a strategic coaching session or training that might be right for you, your organization, or your team!

Friday, August 15, 2014

History of Holacracy

Many people confuse Holacracy with sociocracy and other systems. History of Holacracy®: Discovery of an Evolutionary Algorithm, is an excellent article that clarifies what Holacracy is and how it came into being. As this is an excerpt from Brian Roberston's upcoming book, Holacracy®: Evolution for Organizations, there's more to come!

If you want to know more about Holacracy contact us! We are certified practitioners and trained coaches in Holacracy.

Click HERE to read!

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

with leadership author and expert Julie Straw

Teamwork is the single most untapped competitive advantage in today's dynamic marketplace. The process of building effective teams doesn't need to be complicated.

Bredenberg Associates is pleased to join the Basketball Hall of Fame and OIC Group in hosting this special team event to learn about The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team by Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author of Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Wednesday, August 13, 8:00 - 10:30am
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
1000 Hall of Fame Avenue, Springfield, MA 01105

$60 at the door - limited seating
$30 Pre-register by August 6 and use code TeamBA
Download a flyer

Designed for team leaders, Julie will introduce the benefits of assessing your team's strengths and performance level.  In addition, you'll receive:
  • Free e-book of Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Annotated Team Report
  • Same day admission to tour the Basketball Hall of Fame

Monday, June 30, 2014

Creativity = Essential Leadership Skill

Creative? Of course you are.

Artistic? Maybe...or maybe you just haven't yet built the skills and confidence to apply a brush, play a tune or pop a move. The important thing is that we use our brains, bodies and spirits to learn and evolve.

Why is creativity so important to leadership?

The recent IBM study of CEOs in a time of increasing complexity identified creativity as the #1 desired leadership skill. Consciously evolving organizations and their leaders recognize that, along with lean and agile processes, companies benefit when teams and individuals are skilled in thinking and innovation techniques.

At the 60th anniversary conference of the Creative Problem Solving Institute, over 500 educators and innovation practitioners came together to learn and share facilitation, coaching and leadership practices. Participants from companies like Proctor & Gamble and Seimens along with international governments, NGOs and consultants met in University of Buffalo classrooms. We came to learn from creativity and innovation experts, as well as from each other.

I had a blast presenting a daylong Visual Facilitation Skills workshop with Leanna Murphy and Mike Werner. Twenty five participants learned how to capture ideas and present them visually to facilitate productive collaboration. Some students even applied their new skills in graphically recording evening lectures and panel discussions.

Leanna Murphy Dono is an energetic, skilled and supportive teacher. She makes graphic recording looks easy by breaking down the process into simple strokes. She had lots of tips for ease and effectiveness...right down to the kinds of pens and tape that work best.

Mike Werner brought his honed illustration skills that showed how powerful imagery is. His work added color, definition and clarity to the conference activities.

My role was to give examples of how I use graphic facilitation in my work in organizations, helping teams see the big picture and co-creating a vision of the future.
Schedule an exploratory session to determine how you can add impact and clarity to your meetings and planning.  413.522.0811


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Building a Culture of Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO Risa Lavisso-Mourey gives a compelling description of the current healthcare and social landscape at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

After describing the many problems in the system, she spotlights innovative solutions and programs that are already yielding results in building healthy communities and organizations. She makes a business case and raises a challenge to use the power of ideas and synergies to build a more healthy society. She invites a conversation that creates connections and leverages alliances.

We need more effective storytellers like Risa to weave the web of integrated healthy organizations, communities and countries. Nurses and other health care providers need to step up and speak up in conversations with business, education and political leaders as well as with the communities they serve. By their own account, many nurses admit that their perspectives and insights have not been well represented in high level discussions and policy making. Many of them are now ready to step up to leadership and just need to be prepared and given opportunities to serve on boards and leadership teams.

Working with the CT League for Nursing, the CT Nursing Workforce Center and the CT Action Coalition, I am designing a program to prepare nurses to sit at leadership and policy-making tables.

The Institute of Nursing Leadership & Innovation equips current and emerging nursing leaders with essential leadership skills, proven processes and resources to contribute to the evolution of healthy, resilient communities.

We just launched the program at the Nursing Workforce Centers Forum in Hartford.  Essential Skills for 21st Century Nurse Leaders will be held in July 2014 with an exclusive Nurse Leadership Roundtable launching in October. For more information about these and future leadership programs, contact us at 413.522.0811.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Sneak Preview for CPSI Workshop!

Ingrid will be presenting at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) conference on June 18th-22nd, 2014, which is coming up fast! This year will be CPSI's 60th anniversary, making it the longest continuing creativity conference in the world. World-class facilitators join together to create an active learning environment, teaching ways to maximize creative thinking and innovation skills to move to the next level. The entire experience is focused on helping move ideas into action, get a chance to meet with top business leaders, educators, practitioners and learners from all over the world to build your personal network!  

To learn more about the CPSI conference click HERE!

Ingrid will be co-creating an integrative workshop on visual facilitation and the power of visual communication in organizations and strategic planning. Interested yet? Well, here is the sneak peek to what you'll be experiencing with her at the conference!

Click HERE to check it out!