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“Leading a team is easy!”

(Said no one ever.)

No matter how badly you want an engaged team that functions as well as it can, knowing how to get them there (and keep them there!) can feel awfully murky.

At Thought Design, we come alongside leaders and teams to help you overcome tired patterns and embrace new opportunities as a unified force on a collective mission. We offer both ready-to-go and custom-designed workshops that bring to life all your team development dreams. Let’s dive right in with a couple of options.

Option #1

Choose one of our popular workshops.

As instructors, we’ve worked for decades with hundreds of teams; these workshops are a culmination of what’s proven most transformative. As you scroll, you’ll notice that several of our workshops come with an optional culinary enhancement. That means you have the option of moving your workshop to the kitchen where we’ll engage all five senses—a practice proven to help learning stick!

Popular workshops

Communication Lab

Gain tools and strategies to identify patterns of communication that create frustration, catch miscommunication “in the act,” and minimize inefficiencies, conflict, and disconnection.

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Rethinking Imposter Syndrome

Overcome the limiting effects of impostor syndrome as you identify unhelpful patterns of thinking, make way for new ones, and learn to take actions rooted in healthy confidence.

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The Path to Resilience: A Failure Workshop

Explore your personal patterns of thinking and behaving before, during, and after a “failure” experience so you can remove barriers that hamper learning, growth, and innovation.

Productive Conflict

Dare to disagree! Learn how to safely and confidently leverage “creative abrasion,” which helps people do their best thinking without destroying relationships and psychological safety.

Get Unstuck

Identify and focus on an improvement goal important to your team’s success. Then, through guided exercises, reflection, peer feedback, and experiments, remove barriers holding you back.

Powering Possibilities

Using assessments, group learning, discussion guides, and reflection tools, our year-long process helps teams deeply understand and leverage who they are and how they work.

The Psychological Safety Toolbox

Explore foundational tools for communicating and collaborating in ways that create psychologically safe workplace conditions and position your team to do their best work.

The Effective Team Toolbox

Learn four foundational tools to reduce drama, amplify engagement, and strengthen teams: Empowered Relationships, Four Simple Rules of Agreements, Gold Bars, and Navigating the Line.

Radical Ownership

Nothing can create drama in an organization like the issue of accountability. We’ll help your team identify tensions, change patterns of behavior, and embrace a healthy culture of ownership.

Add an optional culinary enhancement!

Team Synergy: Leveraging Team Strengths

In this workshop, teams will learn to identify the critical strengths of each member of their team and create strategies to apply their skills to roles that will support the team’s shared goals.

Add an optional culinary enhancement!

Team Dynamics: Encountering Complexity

Break the cycle of never-ending problems. Learn a model of identifying and understanding the types of problems and decisions you’re encountering and embrace new habits of thinking.

Add an optional culinary enhancement!

Leading in Ambiguity

As a leader, analyze how well you’re communicating and learn to remove uncertainty, doubt, and vagueness so everyone is crystal clear about expectations and free to get things done.

Add an optional culinary enhancement!

The Connected Team: Making Your Team a Tribe

Creating a safe culture where all voices are appropriately heard and contributions are valued is essential but often difficult to achieve. This fun workshop helps teams make significant progress.

Add an optional culinary enhancement!

Navigating Change: Staying Buoyant Through the Changing Tides

Whether a shift in leadership, organizational structure, or location, or updated priorities, expectations, or goals, change is hard. Help your team successfully manage the transition.

We also offer e-courses.

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Take Back Your Time Course

Transform your life from scattered & stressed to calm & in control! By the end of this five-week course, you will feel in control of your time, priorities, and ultimately, your own happiness!

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Mental Hygiene Course

Take care of your brain! This course introduces practices that help build mental muscles to aid you in navigating not only today’s stressful challenges but also the challenges of the future.


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    Option #2

    Get a custom-designed workshop.

    Whether you’re interested in bits and pieces of several of our popular workshops or want something developed just for your team, we can help. Simply click “Request Workshop,” and we’ll reach out to discuss a custom-designed workshop that covers your most-felt needs within your goals, timeline, and budget.

    Where you learn matters.

    Your workshop will take place on our property, which was carefully designed for next-level thinking.

    Before you book your workshop, you may be wondering...

    Who teaches Thought Design workshops?

    All workshops are taught by Thought Design founder, Denise McClennen, and business partner, Tara Colvin. You can read about the extensive experience of both instructors in their bios.

    How much does it cost?

    As you can imagine, workshop costs vary based on the teaching, the length of time, and the number of attendees. We're happy to discuss specific details when you reach out.

    How many can you accommodate?

    Our space is designed to feel perfectly suited for as few as 6 people to as many as 60 people.

    Do you provide lunch?

    We can! With a professional culinary studio and private chef on staff, we're happy to discuss catering options. As a matter of fact, many of our workshops offer a culinary enhancement upgrade that moves your learning experience from the classroom to the kitchen! In these cases, your team applies what they're learning in real time as they cook their meal with their co-workers.

    Can you bring your workshop to us?

    While we deeply value the impact of being offsite and away from the workplace, we know that getting away isn't always possible. There are several instances where we would consider bringing a workshop to you. Just ask!

    What if we are just looking for fun… no heavy training?

    Ooh! We want to be on your team! Actually, head over to our team outings page. You're going to love what we have cooking over there!

    We're coming from out of town; where should we stay?

    We are happy to provide you with recommendations for hotels in the northern Grand Rapids area!

    What’s your cancellation policy?

    We understand that emergencies and unforeseen circumstances may arise and we also have a commitment to our workshop preparation and instructors. Therefore, we have a cancellation policy in place to ensure that we can continue to provide high-quality workshop experiences.

    If you need to cancel your workshop, please do so at least 21 days in advance and we will be happy to apply your 25% deposit to a new event or date within one year of the previously booked event. Cancellations within 21 days of your scheduled workshop will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and we will do our best to work with you to find a solution that is fair and reasonable for everyone.

    Have another question? Reach out!

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    Bottom line?

    Time spent
    out of the office,
    thinking in new ways,
    while bonding as humans,
    is time that gives back hundreds of times over.

    It’d be an honor to host you.

    Request a workshop.

    Did you find a workshop that sounds perfect? Or want one made just for your team? We’re happy to help you sort through what will work best for your group and your goals.

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    We’ll take it from there, so all you have to do is show up!

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    Build connections that take your team to the next level.

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