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Organizational psychologist & expert on integrating mindfulness at work; creator of Zen Workplace, Forbes columnist & author of Zen York Work.

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Karlyn Borysenko: Speech Topics


① ZEN YOUR WORK | ② PLAYING POLITICS | ③ CREATING REAL EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT | ④ 10 THINGS MANAGERS NEED TO KNOW | ⑤ EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MANAGING | ⑥ LOOKING INSIDE FOR LEADERSHIP | ⑦ BUILDING A RESILIENT TEAM | ⓼ WORKSHOP

① Zen Your Work


Success at work oftentimes has less to do with the context you’re operating in as it does with how you approach each person and situation. This talk will teach you how to change the way you work from the inside out by bringing simple and practical mindfulness strategies into your day. Grounded in psychological and mindfulness research, it will inspire audiences to empower themselves to create their own best work experience.

Time: 45-90 minute Keynote; Workshops running 2-3 hours, half day, or full day. (The longer the session, the more exercises we’ll work through and the deeper into the topics we’ll explore)

Key takeaways:

•Understand how to integrate mindfulness into your day to increase your focus, amp your resiliency and confidence, reduce your stress, and access the areas of your brain that drive creativity and innovation.

•Learn to build better relationships with people throughout your organization, even the most difficult and challenging people to work with.

•Gain highly practical tips and tricks to that you can use to create a better work experience for yourself and for your team members, simply by changing your perspective.


② Playing Politics: The Psychology of the Human Workplace


When most people think of office politics, they have a visceral negative reaction. But here’s the thing: When you learn to navigate the unspoken rules of the workplace, you can achieve more than you ever dreamed! Playing Politics offers five concepts you need to know based on the science behind how human beings make decisions at work. It’s a crowd pleaser, a talk that with entertain, inspire, and offer practical advice for improving your office effectiveness.

Time: 45-90 Minutes Keynote

Key takeaways:

•Understand the psychological drivers of how people make decisions at work.

•Build better relationships at work with people at all levels in your organization.

•Inspire you to think differently about the dynamics of your organization so that you can be an influencer and change agent, using “politics” for good rather than for evil.


③ Creating Real Employee Engagement Without Spending a Dime


No one will ever turn down extra money in their paychecks or additional resources, but if you want real employee engagement, you have to connect with people on a human level. This presentation will teach you the psychology behind employee engagement and offer highly practical tips and tricks you can use to increase morale, drive productivity and creativity, and create a culture your people love coming to work in every day.

Time: 45-90 Minutes Keynote

Key takeaways:

•Understand the psychological drivers of employee engagement based on how the brain is hardwired to work.

•Learn what holds employees back from engaging with their job and their organization, and what you need to do differently to drive productivity on an intrinsic level.

•Come away with highly practical tips that you can take back to your job and begin applying them immediately.


④ 10 Things Managers Need To Know


We’ve all heard the saying “you don’t quit your organization – you quit your boss.” If you want your people to do their best work, you have to provide them a work experience that will support their success. There is a science to being a great boss that starts with human psychology. This presentation will explore 10 things every manager needs to know about driving productivity and setting their team up to do their best work on a psychological level.

Time: 45-90 Minutes Keynote

Key Takeaways:

•Understand the psychological drivers of performance, and why adaptation to your team is key for driving productivity, enhancing morale, and getting results.

•Discover how to empower your people to bring our their most creative and innovative work through effective feedback and goal setting.

•Gain 10 highly practical tips that every manager needs to know based on the psychological drivers of performance and motivation.


⑤ Everything You Need To Know About Managing People


Note: This is the workshop version of 10 Things Managers Need to Know

We’ve all heard the saying “you don’t quite your organization – you quit your boss.” If you manage a team of people small or large, this workshop will be your key to the engagement and productivity kingdom. It’s a crash course in everything you need to know about managing people from a human perspective so that you can bring out the best in your employees and give them an environment they’ll love coming to work in.

Optional line depending on audience: And if you’re responsible for training the managers in your organization, this workshop will set you up with the knowledge to distribute this information to your teams.

Time: Workshops, 2-3 Hours, Half Day, Full Day

Key Takeaways:

•Learn the psychological drivers of performance, and why adaptation to your team is key for driving productivity, enhancing morale, and getting results.

•How to communicate effectively on a one-on-one level, cohesively as a team, and across the different departments in your organization.

•Discover how to empower your people to bring our their most creative and innovative work.

•Understand how to provide them the support they need (but may not ask for) through effective goal setting and feedback.


⑥ Looking Inside For Leadership


Anyone with any title at any level can be a leader. This work will teach you how to grow your leadership muscle by providing a highly practical framework that will fit for any job. You’ll learn how to rally the people you work with around a common goal (even if they don’t report to you), when to speak out versus when to seek counsel and collaborate, how to create buy-in for your vision from stakeholders across the organization, and what to do to inspire your colleagues to see the plan through to reality.

Time: 2 hours minimum for the full talk (it could potentially be shortened if the opportunity was right); Half day or full day workshop.

Key Takeaways:

•Learn a practical leadership framework that you can use in any type of role, regardless of if you have a team reporting to you or not.

•Understand the psychology behind why people buy into a decision, and how to rally others around your goals.

•Discover practical things you can do to build and sustain momentum when you execute projects or change initiatives.


⑦ Building A Highly Resilient Team


Less than 2% of teams working in organizations today are highly resilient teams. Those who are have a distinct leg up on their competition - they are the ones that prevail over the long term. Resilient teams are able to engage with adversity, persist in the face of significant odds, bounce back quicker than average, and learn from their experiences. But what makes a team resilient? This talk will discuss the five dimensions of team resilience - direction, connection, alignment, performance, and attitude. It will explore data collected over 15 years from Fortune 100 companies, and provide highly actionable steps that you can take to develop resilience on any team of any size in your organization.

Time: 45-90 minute keynote; Half or full day workshop (The longer the session, the more exercises we’ll work through and the deeper into the topics we’ll explore)

Key takeaways:

• Understand the attributes that lead to a highly resilient team, and the difference between teams that are evolving and those who are resilient.

• Explore what the data from Fortune 100 companies tells us about team resiliency.

• Discuss the committed actions you can take with any team of any size to help them become highly resilient.


⓼ DISC Training & Facilitation Workshops


Effective teamwork comes when you can effective adapt to the people you’re working with. DISC is your magic bullet to working together more effectively. It empowers each individual to understand their own unique work style, how they are similar or different than their colleagues, and how to adapt to each other to work better together. This workshop starts with each individual completing their DISC profile. From there, we’ll explore the different DISC types and do practical exercises to bring the team together with a new understand of the strengths that every person brings to the table.

Time: Half or full day workshop

Key Takeaways:

•Gain an in-depth understanding of your unique work style, and the work styles of your colleagues.

•Discover different strategies for communication and effective team work based on the work styles on the team.

•Work through practical challenges that help you understand how to bring out the best in the team and create a better experience for all.



Karlyn Borysenko: Books


Zen Your Work: Create Your Ideal Work Experience Through Mindful Self-Mastery

Use mindfulness techniques to handle toxic stress in the workplace and to create your ideal professional experience from the inside out … ➡︎

Karlyn Borysenko: Bio



      

Karlyn Borysenko is the force behind Zen Workplace. An organizational psychologist and executive/performance coach, she helps individuals find greater happiness and fulfillment in their professional lives, and works with organizations to help create amazing environments for their teams that drive productivity.

Karlyn's approach is grounded in organizational and positive psychology, and mindfulness techniques applied in a highly practical way. She holds an MBA and a PhD in Psychology, is an experienced trainer and facilitator, author, and award-winning speaker. She is based in the greater Boston area and serves clients all over the world.

Karlyn's Podcast: Zen Your Work


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KARLYN BORYSENKO


Organizational psychologist & expert on integrating mindfulness at work; creator of Zen Workplace, Forbes columnist & author of Zen York Work.

SPEECH TOPICS

① Zen Your Work

Success at work oftentimes has less to do with the context you’re operating in as it does with how you approach each person and situation. This talk will teach you how to change the way you work from the inside out by bringing simple and practical mindfulness strategies into your day. Grounded in psychological and mindfulness research, it will inspire audiences to empower themselves to create their own best work experience.

Time: 45-90 minute Keynote; Workshops running 2-3 hours, half day, or full day. (The longer the session, the more exercises we’ll work through and the deeper into the topics we’ll explore)

Key takeaways:

•Understand how to integrate mindfulness into your day to increase your focus, amp your resiliency and confidence, reduce your stress, and access the areas of your brain that drive creativity and innovation.

•Learn to build better relationships with people throughout your organization, even the most difficult and challenging people to work with.

•Gain highly practical tips and tricks to that you can use to create a better work experience for yourself and for your team members, simply by changing your perspective.


② Playing Politics: The Psychology of the Human Workplace

When most people think of office politics, they have a visceral negative reaction. But here’s the thing: When you learn to navigate the unspoken rules of the workplace, you can achieve more than you ever dreamed! Playing Politics offers five concepts you need to know based on the science behind how human beings make decisions at work. It’s a crowd pleaser, a talk that with entertain, inspire, and offer practical advice for improving your office effectiveness.

Time: 45-90 Minutes Keynote

Key takeaways:

•Understand the psychological drivers of how people make decisions at work.

•Build better relationships at work with people at all levels in your organization.

•Inspire you to think differently about the dynamics of your organization so that you can be an influencer and change agent, using “politics” for good rather than for evil.


③ Creating Real Employee Engagement Without Spending a Dime

No one will ever turn down extra money in their paychecks or additional resources, but if you want real employee engagement, you have to connect with people on a human level. This presentation will teach you the psychology behind employee engagement and offer highly practical tips and tricks you can use to increase morale, drive productivity and creativity, and create a culture your people love coming to work in every day.

Time: 45-90 Minutes Keynote

Key takeaways:

•Understand the psychological drivers of employee engagement based on how the brain is hardwired to work.

•Learn what holds employees back from engaging with their job and their organization, and what you need to do differently to drive productivity on an intrinsic level.

•Come away with highly practical tips that you can take back to your job and begin applying them immediately.


④ 10 Things Managers Need To Know

We’ve all heard the saying “you don’t quit your organization – you quit your boss.” If you want your people to do their best work, you have to provide them a work experience that will support their success. There is a science to being a great boss that starts with human psychology. This presentation will explore 10 things every manager needs to know about driving productivity and setting their team up to do their best work on a psychological level.

Time: 45-90 Minutes Keynote

Key Takeaways:

•Understand the psychological drivers of performance, and why adaptation to your team is key for driving productivity, enhancing morale, and getting results.

•Discover how to empower your people to bring our their most creative and innovative work through effective feedback and goal setting.

•Gain 10 highly practical tips that every manager needs to know based on the psychological drivers of performance and motivation.


⑤ Everything You Need To Know About Managing People

Note: This is the workshop version of 10 Things Managers Need to Know

We’ve all heard the saying “you don’t quite your organization – you quit your boss.” If you manage a team of people small or large, this workshop will be your key to the engagement and productivity kingdom. It’s a crash course in everything you need to know about managing people from a human perspective so that you can bring out the best in your employees and give them an environment they’ll love coming to work in.

Optional line depending on audience: And if you’re responsible for training the managers in your organization, this workshop will set you up with the knowledge to distribute this information to your teams.

Time: Workshops, 2-3 Hours, Half Day, Full Day

Key Takeaways:

•Learn the psychological drivers of performance, and why adaptation to your team is key for driving productivity, enhancing morale, and getting results.

•How to communicate effectively on a one-on-one level, cohesively as a team, and across the different departments in your organization.

•Discover how to empower your people to bring our their most creative and innovative work.

•Understand how to provide them the support they need (but may not ask for) through effective goal setting and feedback.


⑥ Looking Inside For Leadership

Anyone with any title at any level can be a leader. This work will teach you how to grow your leadership muscle by providing a highly practical framework that will fit for any job. You’ll learn how to rally the people you work with around a common goal (even if they don’t report to you), when to speak out versus when to seek counsel and collaborate, how to create buy-in for your vision from stakeholders across the organization, and what to do to inspire your colleagues to see the plan through to reality.

Time: 2 hours minimum for the full talk (it could potentially be shortened if the opportunity was right); Half day or full day workshop.

Key Takeaways:

•Learn a practical leadership framework that you can use in any type of role, regardless of if you have a team reporting to you or not.

•Understand the psychology behind why people buy into a decision, and how to rally others around your goals.

•Discover practical things you can do to build and sustain momentum when you execute projects or change initiatives.


⑦ Building A Highly Resilient Team
Time: 45-90 minute keynote; Half or full day workshop (The longer the session, the more exercises we’ll work through and the deeper into the topics we’ll explore)

Less than 2% of teams working in organizations today are highly resilient teams. Those who are have a distinct leg up on their competition - they are the ones that prevail over the long term. Resilient teams are able to engage with adversity, persist in the face of significant odds, bounce back quicker than average, and learn from their experiences.

But what makes a team resilient? This talk will discuss the five dimensions of team resilience - direction, connection, alignment, performance, and attitude. It will explore data collected over 15 years from Fortune 100 companies, and provide highly actionable steps that you can take to develop resilience on any team of any size in your organization.

Key takeaways:

• Understand the attributes that lead to a highly resilient team, and the difference between teams that are evolving and those who are resilient.

• Explore what the data from Fortune 100 companies tells us about team resiliency.

• Discuss the committed actions you can take with any team of any size to help them become highly resilient.


⓼ DISC Training & Facilitation Workshops

Effective teamwork comes when you can effective adapt to the people you’re working with. DISC is your magic bullet to working together more effectively. It empowers each individual to understand their own unique work style, how they are similar or different than their colleagues, and how to adapt to each other to work better together. This workshop starts with each individual completing their DISC profile. From there, we’ll explore the different DISC types and do practical exercises to bring the team together with a new understand of the strengths that every person brings to the table.

Time: Half or full day workshop

Key Takeaways:

•Gain an in-depth understanding of your unique work style, and the work styles of your colleagues.

•Discover different strategies for communication and effective team work based on the work styles on the team.

•Work through practical challenges that help you understand how to bring out the best in the team and create a better experience for all.

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Karlyn Borysenko is the force behind Zen Workplace. An organizational psychologist and executive/performance coach, she helps individuals find greater happiness and fulfillment in their professional lives, and works with organizations to help create amazing environments for their teams that drive productivity.

Karlyn's approach is grounded in organizational and positive psychology, and mindfulness techniques applied in a highly practical way. She holds an MBA and a PhD in Psychology, is an experienced trainer and facilitator, author, and award-winning speaker. She is based in the greater Boston area and serves clients all over the world.


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