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Status and Power: Becoming a Workplace Jedi

Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Michael Burns, Artistic Director, The Mopco Improv Theatre and Livia Armstrong, Senior Facilitator, Koppett

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Have you ever shared a wonderful idea only to have it ignored? Do you ever feel tension in the air and suspect you might be caught in a power struggle? Do you want to have influence at a higher level? Would you like to be able to shift the group climate to be more collaborative and productive?

As facilitators, trainers, leaders, or any other type of human, a conscious awareness of the dynamics of status and power can help you:

  • Inspire trust
  • Have your ideas heard and taken seriously.
  • Minimize unhealthy conflict.
  • Create environments where people feel engaged and respected.

In this webcast, you'll learn how to:

  • Recognize and employ the nonverbal vocabulary of status dynamics
  • Expand awareness of your habitual status behaviors and where they help and hurt your cause
  • Practice applying status fluency to facilitation, presentation, and one-on-one interactions to increase influence and impact.


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Michael Burns
Michael Burns

Artistic Director, The Mopco Improv Theatre

Michael Burns is the co-director and founder of The Mop & Bucket Company, an improv theater in Schenectady, New York. Before settling in the area, Michael studied theatre at SUNY Purchase, and then improv with David Shepherd in New York, where he directed for the American Modern Dance Theatre and the American Folk Theatre. He was a member of The Big Apple Experience, a short-lived but cleverly named improv troupe. He has since worked for several upstate theaters including Home Made Theater, The Theatre Barn, and Steamer 10 Theatre.

Michael developed (with David Shepherd) the Compass Institution, an improv troupe touring senior centers and hospitals. He directed inmate-written plays for Very Special Arts at Greene Correctional Facility, and has created youth theater troupes for several human services agencies. He is the author of First You Sit on the Floor: A Guide to Developing a Youth Theatre Troupe.

Livia Armstrong
Livia Armstrong

Senior Facilitator, Koppett

Livia Armstrong, senior facilitator at Koppett and director of youth programs for the Mopco Improv Theatre, studied theater and psychology at SUNY Fredonia. As a Koppett facilitator, Livia has delivered programs for diverse clients including the New York State Governor’s Office for Employee Relations, Russell Sage College, Greene County Women in Business, GreenTech High School, and multiple clients in the SUNY system. Livia is a co-author of the TD at Work issue “Listen Up!” (ATD 2017) with Kat Koppett and Michael Burns. She is a member of the Mopco Main Stage company, the Mop & Bucket Co., and house teams Alf Pacino and Electric City Puppets.