May 30 - June 1, 2014
FRIDAY: 5 - 10pm SATURDAY: 9a - 10p SUNDAY: 9a - 5p
Redwood City, CA
Hear from four founders about their T-Group experience:
A T-group weekend is kind of like a hackathon: Intense focus and long hours over a single weekend. Lots of experiments and iteration that drive quick learning. A gathering of super smart, highly skilled and deeply passionate people who may have never worked together before.
But, in a T-group, the product you are building is you—a more self-aware, emotionally intelligent and effective-startup-leader version of yourself.
Over the course of one intensely productive weekend, you will gain several insights, including:
~ When and how you are most influential to others
~ What other people (really) think and feel about how you act and how you lead
~ What behaviors or attitudes from others trigger specific emotional responses from you
You will walk away from the T-group Weekend with stronger interpersonal skills that you can start using right away with your startup team. For example:
~ How to give feedback that actually motivates others to change their behaviors
~ How to express your emotions in a way that will elicit the response you want from your teammates/co-founders
~ How to regulate your emotions so you neither repress your feelings nor let your emotions undermine your leadership
There are various models of T-groups used in business schools, executive education programs and other organizational development/HR training programs. The model of T-group that we will be using is based on our training and facilitator experiences at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which has been operating T-groups as part of the MBA curriculum for 48 years.
You can read more about the legendary Stanford GSB “Touchy Feely” course and T-groups in this 2004 CNN Money/Business 2.0 article.
Anamaria has a deep-rooted passion for start-ups and the entrepreneurs who lead them. A former entrepreneur herself—she was employee #3 at ElliptiGO—she now coaches founders full-time through her company Foothold Coaching. Anamaria believes that the world’s scrappy revolutionaries (read: entrepreneurs) should have access to the professional coaching & training usually reserved for corporate executives. That belief inspired her to bring her T-group facilitation experience at the Stanford GSB to the wider startup community. If you’re an entrepreneur with a desire to grow as a leader—she can’t wait to spend a T-group weekend with you!
Favorite Piece of T-group Wisdom: “There’s no way to think through your struggles. You can only act, feel, and talk your way through them.”
Michael has coached leaders around the Bay Area for the past several years through his company the Terrell Leadership Group. He has spent hundreds of hours facilitating T-groups at the Stanford GSB, and has repeatedly witnessed their amazing power to help people improve their self-awareness, communication, and influence. Michael strives to show up in the world with both thoughtfulness and spontaneity, (mostly) enjoys tussling with the written word (feel free to check out his blog or book), and loves unwinding on the hiking trail and the city-league bball hardwood. He’s incredibly excited that you’re considering opting in for this impactful weekend!
Favorite Piece of T-group Wisdom: “Really ‘stepping in it’ is often where the biggest learning happens, but whoever told you it’s fun getting doo-doo on your shoe was definitely lying.”
*T-Groups for Startups is not always a stay-over retreat, but this session will be. For further details, see “Where do I sleep?” below.
This cost includes:
1) two expert facilitators to guide you through 15+ hours of T-group and 4+ hours of content/seminar discussion;
2) a spacious retreat home with sleeping accommodations for everyone
3) dinner on Fri & Sat; breakfast & lunch on Sat & Sun; snacks/coffee/tea during breaks; and
4) a truly unique and unforgettable interpersonal learning experience.
If you are interested in applying, please go ahead and complete the application using the link below and we will contact you about your application status by Noon on Friday, April 18th.
The application is short, and asks you for: 1) basic contact & background info and; 2) short reflections on what you’re hoping to learn from a T-group Weekend and what might be particularly challenging for you.
We’re excited to receive your application!