Using vivid, real-life examples, Sally helps participants recognize the common triggers that can undermine efforts to build strong relationships in a volatile and at times reactive workplace. These triggers include:

  • How we position ourselves to be visible
  • How we communicate across boundaries
  • How our beliefs about fairness shape our expectations
  • How we engage with and develop networks
  • How we use humor to bond or provoke

Sally’s emphasis is not on eliminating triggers– which are environmental and lie beyond our control– but on managing our responses in a way that serves our interests and enables us to engage allies broadly. She offers proven ways to do so, with an emphasis on avoiding stock responses and writing scripts that give others the benefit of our generosity– even if we aren’t sure they’ve earned it.

Participants will come away with:

  • An enhanced understanding of how they can build stronger and more harmonious relationships
  • Tools for diffusing common triggers
  • Practice in crafting effective and generous narratives that serve them


    Event Time

  • 12/13/2023 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location

  • Virtual
  • Price

  • Complimentary for IMS Members


Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen, cited in Forbes as the world's premier expert on women's leadership, is an internationally best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach. She has been ranked number 6 among the world's top 30 leadership thinkers by Global Gurus, honored by the coaching consortium MEECO for her transformational influence on organizational cultures and chosen as the Thinkers 50/Marshall Goldsmith world's top coach for women leaders. Sally's most recent book, How Women Rise, co-authored with legendary executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, examines the behaviors most likely to get in the way of successful women. It became the top-seller in its field within a week of publication and rights have been sold in 15 languages. Previous books include The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership, hailed as the classic in its field and continuously in print since 1990, and The Female Vision: Women's Real Power at Work, which explores how women's strategic insights can strengthen their careers. The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time and is credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business. In addition to delivering leadership workshops and keynotes for companies around the world, Sally has consulted with the United Nations on building more inclusive country offices in Africa and Asia, led programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College and been visiting scholar at Northwestern University, U-Nordic Stockholm, and the Lauriston Institute Melbourne AU. She is a contributing editor for Strategy + Business magazine and a member of the MG 100 Coaching Network and the New York and International Women's Forums. She lives in Chatham, NY.

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