mentor training

Interpersonal Dynamics
Project Management
Diversity and Inclusion
Interpersonal Dynamics

This workshop provides insight into how to recognize the value of diversity within teams and organizations. Participants will improve both personal and professional skills around diversity issues, increase individual and team performance, and create a better organization in which diversity can thrive. This course examines not only race, gender, and age, the common notions of diversity, but other issues such as self, other, and group.

6 hours

Audience and Size

  • High potential individual contributors, managers, and organizational leaders
  • High influence employees and opinion leaders
  • Challenged intact groups
  • Diversity of enrollees is encouraged. A minimum of 10 participants is recommended, with a limit of 25

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the many ways in which we are each different
  • Appreciate the value of diversity between individuals and within groups/organizations
  • Understand the complexity and dynamics of a diverse workforce
  • Identify obstacles to exploring difference and ways to get past them
  • Learn how social norms relate to diversity
  • Recognize common traps in dealing with diversity
  • Practice effective ways of approaching and working through difference, benefiting both oneself and others

    Each module of the workshop begins with a brief lecture introducing one or more new concepts. Each short lecture is followed by break-out exercises, typically in groups of two to four, in which the new concepts are applied and new behaviors are practiced. Exercises are followed by facilitated group discussions of the experience, as well as individual learning and its applicability to unique work situations. Each course is led by two experienced facilitators from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The high facilitator to participant ratio supports true experiential learning and ensures individualized attention to each participant’s learning goals.

    All Facilitators of Mentor’s Leadership workshops and programs are active at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). Each has many years of experience facilitating the nine-week “Interpersonal Dynamics” course at the GSB, upon which Mentor’s Experiential Learning Series courses are based. All of Mentor’s Facilitators have advanced degrees and are thoroughly trained in group development, individual and group facilitation, feedback, diversity, conflict management, influence, rapport building, and group dynamics. All have worked in a variety of organizations, and many are also executive coaches.