Start Date and Duration


Series 1:
May 11, 2023
3 sessions, Thursdays

Series 2:
June 1, 2023
3 sessions, Thursdays


Series 1: 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
Series 2: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15
6 - 7:30 p.m.

Location and Format



Series 1: .6 CEUs; Series 2: .6 CEUs; Total CEUs: 1.2



Early Bird/Alumni (ends 4/19)
Single: $600
Bundle: $1,100

Standard (ends 5/3)
Single: $750
Bundle: $1,400


Program Details

Being a leader today requires a lot. In addition to the operational responsibilities of running a team or department, you’re also expected to be an expert in the qualities of leadership, such as emotional intelligence, team dynamics and coaching. This can be overwhelming for many professionals, and it’s hard to know where to start.

The Adaptive Leader program at Western Washington University provides you with the foundational skills you need to connect with your staff, coach them to learn and grow, and build and lead adaptive teams that achieve results. In this program, you can expect to:

  • Share your learning goals as a leader
  • Learn practical tools and practices to use with yourself and your team
  • Improve your team’s alignment and engagement
  • See an improvement in results for you and your team

Avoid leaving your professional development to chance, or hoping your team will get better on their own. After taking the Adaptive Leader series, you’ll have the skills and clarity you need to take your team to the next level.

Technology Requirements

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Reinvent Your Career

This course is designed for leaders who oversee a team or department and would like to improve performance for themselves and their team. In each session, attendees are given real-world tools and practices that they can use with themselves and their teams (both 1:1 and as a whole).

This would also be a great overview course for new supervisors, or managers transitioning to a new or larger team.

You'll Learn

Series 1:  Foundations for Adaptive Leadership
Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Leadership

Knowing how to manage oneself and effectively engage with others is a hallmark of great leadership. In this session, you’ll explore the practical concept of emotional intelligence, the common roadblocks around it and how to increase it to improve your effectiveness as a leader.

You’ll learn how to: 

  • Recognize and discuss the core components of EI
  • Develop habits and practices to improve EI for yourself and others
  • Make improving EI a part of your team’s norms

Coaching for Growth 

In this session, you’ll learn the fundamental skills of coaching and how to use questions to help guide your direct reports to be more self-sufficient, problem-solve and contribute to their team and the company. 

You’ll learn how to: 

  • Motivate and empower your reports 
  • Help your reports become proactive and independent 
  • Listen and communicate more effectively 

Courageous Conversations 

Conflict. It’s one of the most avoided topics at work, to the detriment of teams everywhere. In this session, you’ll learn how to have ‘healthy conflict,’ and how to engage in tough conversations with your team, coworkers and supervisors.  

You’ll learn how to:

  • Stop avoiding conflict and see these tensions as opportunities for improvement 
  • Use practical tools to approach the conversation 
  • Create shared team dialogue and behaviors around conflict that people appreciate

Series 2: Building Adaptive and Effective Teams

Leading Adaptive Teams 

Too much focus on leadership is about the qualities of ‘being a leader,’ while forgetting the fundamental job of a leader: to help a team achieve results. In this session, you’ll learn core practices of effective teamwork and how to lead a team to achieve its goals. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Align a team around a shared mission, vision and goals
  • Set shared norms for collaboration, communication and conflict 
  • Motivate the team to achieve results 

Leading Results: Personal and Team Productivity 

Leaders work to achieve results, but it’s hard to make that happen well when you or your teams get distracted, are putting out fires or don’t have a system for getting things done. In this session, you’ll learn the common issues that everyone in a management position faces, how to overcome them and how to empower your team’s productivity.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize common barriers and challenges to productivity for you and your team 
  • Develop a practical system for reviewing your productivity and how to improve it 
  • Create team practices that encourage time awareness and productivity 

Leading Teams: Managing Remote and Hybrid Staff 

Managing remote or hybrid teams requires different approaches, but too many leaders simply do what they would in person and expect the same results. In this session, you’ll learn the shifts you need to make to help the remote/hybrid staff connect and engage as a team.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Structure your weekly team meetings/communications to support goal alignment
  • Foster connections as a remote/hybrid team to support collaboration and accountability
  • Develop best practices for internal communication to avoid misunderstandings and support productivity


Reuben Rail is the CEO at Drayton Archaeology and the founder and principal consultant at Culture 47, a business consultancy that helps leaders become great at learning, leadership and change.

Over the past 15+ years, Reuben has helped leaders and organizations to develop adaptive strategies, healthy cultures and drive meaningful performance. He has worked across a variety of industries such as finance, professional services, healthcare, nonprofits, education, software, real estate, B2B tech and small business.

In his spare time, Reuben enjoys reading (Village Books is a weekly hangout), weightlifting and going on adventures with his wife, two kids and their dog Nemo.

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