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What Cats Can Teach Us About an Engaged Team

Are you looking for a unique way to reinvigorate your team?


These last few years have been hard on all of us and the workday has drastically changed. Those of us used to seeing our teammates in person are now accustomed to online meetings. No longer can we just stop by and chat about a project or a new idea, or even just to see how the weekend was. We have to schedule everything, calling, even through an app like teams is invasive. We're more disconnected than ever despite all of the ways we have to connect. 

Have you experienced significant attrition in the last year?

Now, more than ever, employees are seeking more than a paycheck. They want the opportunity to grow, personally and professionally, to feel valued, and for their work to be recognized. Employees are ready to move to a new employer who reflects their own values, who demonstrates that the employee experience is at least equal to the company profit. 

Have you noticed even your most enthusiastic employees have stopped coming to you with new ideas? Are your team members less likely to innovate?

This is a sign that your team is disconnected and disengaged. They are likely watching the clock and logging off after their 8 hours are complete. 

What can you do about it?

Traditional corporate workshops are all the same, using silly "trust" exercises that only serve to make most employees uncomfortable, never mind that they can't be done virtually! Your team spends the workshop anxiously waiting for it to end, taking away nothing more than a feeling that a few hours had been wasted and now, they will have to work later to get their day-to-day work done. This will only serve to build resentment, not camaraderie. 

That's where Kimberly and her innovative "4 Cats" workshop comes in. Kimberly pairs her unique approach demonstrating how cats, believe it or not, teach us valuable things about creating a solid team with a proprietary attitudinal assessment called the Energy Leadership Index (E.L.I.). Ahead of the workshop, each team member and manager takes the ELI Assessment and an aggregate assessment is then shared during the workshop. This presents the team members with a shared language they can use to communicate with one another and begin to understand themselves and those around them more deeply. Throughout the workshop, you'll hear the word leader mentioned often, you don't have to be a people manager to be a leader. We all lead aspects of our own lives inside and outside of work, don't let this word make you feel as if this workshop cannot benefit you and your teammates. It can. 

Kimberly uses the power of open conversation to engage you and your team in meaningful talks that have the power to dissolve the feelings of disconnect and disengagement. We use real-life scenarios to help one another understand what we need, what we expect, and how we can help. Teams leave this workshop feeling empowered, heard, and reconnected. 

Curious about the E.L.I?

A Mirror That Reflects Your World 


The Energy Leadership™ Index (E.L.I.) is a one-of-a-kind assessment that enables leaders to hold up mirrors to their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities.  The E.L.I. forms the initial launching point for the Energy Leadership Development System, helping give you a baseline for your current performance and situation.  Whether you proceed through the full system or not, the realizations that you'll gain from the Energy Leadership assessment and debrief process alone will change the way you view your world.


Background: An Attitudinal Assessment

There are two main types of assessments: Personality and Attitudinal. Personality based assessments, such as Myers Briggs and D.I.S.C. are very valuable tools that pinpoint certain personality types so that people can have more of an understanding about what their strengths and weaknesses are. By understanding your personality and how it relates to what you do, you can adapt your behavior to "work with what you have," to function effectively.


The E.L.I. is an attitudinal assessment, which is based on an energy/action model. This assessment differs from personality assessments as it is not intended to label a person and have them work well within that label. Instead, it measures your level of energy based on your attitude, or perception and perspective of your world. Because attitude is subjective, it can be altered. By working with a coach using the E.L.I., you can alter your attitude and perspective, make a shift in your consciousness, and increase your energy and leadership effectiveness. 


There are no limits as to the potential growth that you can achieve. Once you realize that your level of consciousness is directly related to your actions, you can move from functioning effectively, to functioning optimally.



As part of the Energy Leadership Index assessment and debrief process, you'll learn about the 7 levels of leadership and how much energy you currently have in the catabolic-suppressing range and in the anabolic-inspirational range.  You'll be debriefed on the findings of the assessment, and coached on how to navigate yourself to higher performance.

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