By Akane Ochi, FEW Member
The Lumina Learning Powering Up for Women’s Leadership Programme (PUWL) was held on September 26 and September 27. PUWL is a two-day training program that encourages Japanese women as authentic leaders through enhancing leadership abilities and raising confidence. 6 Japanese women attended the bilingual program (English and Japanese), facilitated by Elizabeth Handover and Miwa Fujiwara.
Learning Resources: Program participants received a Workbook in addition to a Lumina Spark Portrait. The Lumina Spark Portrait is a core resource throughout the training. Participants complete the Online Questionnaire, their answers are used to generate their professional development Portrait which helps guide participants towards a better understanding of their underlying motivation, everyday strengths and areas for growth and much more. The Lumina Spark model uses 4 Colors, 8 Aspects and 24 Qualities and this is used as the basis for many of the exercises and activities.
Day 1: The first day started with each participant giving a 1 minute speech in front of the group, this video-taking process was repeated 4 times in total over the 2 days so that participants could see their progress before, during and after the training. The videos showed the dramatic progress between the first and last speech, reflecting the executive presentation skills covered on day 1 as well as the confidence and gained over the two days. Day 1 is an introduction to the Lumina Spark Model (4 Colors, 8 Aspects, 24 Qualities) and their Portraits through which participants gain a deeper understanding of themselves. The sessions are interactive and fun, for example participants roleplay actual miscommunication situations they’ve experienced which is then repeated but that time with adjustments for a successful outcome, which they can refer back to if they find themselves in that situation again. By stressing that the key to successful communication and collaborative conversations is to adjust to the other person’s preferred communication style and building rapport, participants realize that communication is something to be improved regularly.
Day 2: Participants started the day by reflecting on Day 1 and then giving feedback to the other participants about what they appreciated and what they thought each trainee could experiment with is. Through this exercise, participants were able to understand what others are thinking and also realize the possibilities of their future personal skills. Other topics that are covered on day 2 are your three personas, individual hidden treasures (strengths you may not realize you have) and how to engage those strengths and leadership presence simulations. These sessions continue to be interactive with group discussions, pair work and roleplays with continued feedback and support from the facilitators.
My Reflection: By participating in the PUWL program, I learned the importance of practicing. Before, I used to think that I was not good at public speaking; however after the program, my speaking skills drastically improved and I realized that it is possible to quickly improve my public speaking skill through applying learned skills and practicing. Also through PUWL, I was able to understand myself on a deeper level and as well as a from a new third person’s perspective which led to finding new strengths and leading to more confidence in myself. I am now ready to commit to myself that I will not just focus on things I cannot do, but to instead focus on all of the strengths I do have and how to best nurture those skills and utilize them more in my daily life. To stay confident, I will remember to utilize my strengths which will enable me to be my authentic self while improving communications with my clients and staff.
FEW Strategic Partner Lumina Learning creates innovative psychometrics and possesses a global network of practitioners who specialize in organizational change and long-term improvement. Lumina Learning helps transform organizations by transforming their people. Learn more at Lumina’s Learning’s website and Facebook page.
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