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AKL DA Course: The Business of Design: team culture and performance

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This three-part short course has been designed to help studios large or small with continuous improvement of the things that keep an agency running well – clear and informed strategic planning, sound financial management and building great teams.

Whether you have been in business for one year or many there’s always more to learn. As 2020 so deftly taught us, change is ever present and with it can come both adversity and opportunity, so it pays to keep the three legs of your stool well maintained.

The course is set across three workshops, you can come to one or all three

  • Workshop 1: Wed, 19 May 2021 – Setting the foundations
  • Workshop 2: Wed, 30 June 2021 – Where’s the money at?
  • Workshop 3: Wed, 11 August 2021 – Team culture and performance

For information and discounted registrations for the full course, please click here.



Wednesday, 11 August 2021

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The ability to identify the unique strengths and preferences of your team makes a bunch of things easier – hiring, performance and development conversations, collaboration, even strategy setting.

This workshop will cover:

  • What is the Gallup StrengthsFinder Assessment and how can it be used to strengthen the performance of people and teams by focussing on what is good about each of us. Note – participants will complete a Strengths Assessment before the workshop
  • How to set actionable and empowering goals for individuals and teams, which align with business strategy, using the OKR Framework
  • A model for how to identify and build good managers that can coach for performance and grow teams and the business.

What will you come away with?

A view on how strengths can be used to bring new ways of working to your team, informed by each person’s uniqueness and a copy of your own Gallup StrengthsFinder profile. An intro as to how to set and use OKR’s and a strength-based model around how to find and build great people managers.

Meet the facilitators

Donna Maxwell

Donna was an owner and director of DNA for 10+ years. The last three years of her tenure at DNA were in the role of General Manager, responsible for ensuring the agency was well-designed to hit both commercial and strategic goals.

Donna now runs a consultancy called Running Mate, which she set up to help business owners and leaders grow and sustain good businesses. Donna offers coaching, strategic consulting, project-based work and business-sitting. She also has multiple governance positions.

Jason Biggs

Jason worked in the corporate sector for over 19 years, marketing brands like NESCAFE, KLEENEX and HUGGIES. He started his consultancy eight years ago and operates as a leader performance coach, trainer and facilitator. Jason has now worked with over 50 organisations from large organisations to teams of 5 and coached 100’s of people.

Jason’s focus is on helping people understand why they do what they do using Gallup StrengthsFinder as a tool to unearth this, and how to leverage this to get what they want our of their business role.



August 11
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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The Grid AKL
101 Pakenham Street West
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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