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We eliminate your stress and teach you an effective process that will improve your board’s engagement, decisions, and dynamics so that the board can work cohesively together and you can be happy with the results.

Board Development

A new approach to board dynamics.

It takes awareness, understanding, practice, and a clear process for change.

The Emotional Connection (EmC) Process is a newly evolving structured approach to board effectiveness and improved relationships. After learning and using the Emotional Connection framework, you start to be more open with each other and trust each other more. This creates safety and space to make better board decisions. With EmC, you learn how to prevent and reverse toxic interactions from taking over and fast-track to positive board environment.

When it comes to your board dynamics, interactions that emphasize emotional connection are an impactful way to integrate positive and healthy practices into your organizational dynamics and culture.

Reverse being stuck in relationship issues and return to high engagement and performance.

Build on your EQ and positive board goals with the EmC process. Manage inevitable negative cycles that drain productivity and rise above the clouds and experience joy in working together.

With EmC, you create more productive board meetings; a clear focus and direction, and communicate with each other and management constructively; and in general, you become more engaged in the governance process.

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“You will love our training programs.”

– DR. LOLA GERSHFELD, FOUNDER AND CEO

Being able to make good decisions is the most fundamental characteristic of an effective board, but many leaders in positions of power don’t know specifically how to move board members in positive directions. They let it happen by chance or use their formal authority—getting people to do things because “they said so.” But as boards gets stagnant or get stuck in negative conflicts within their organization, using formal authority becomes less effective as they not only need to influence board members, but also external stakeholders, and investors.

In this course, Dr. Gershfeld explores the three levels of board dynamics. First, you will explore the strategies, or rules of thumb, that board members use to make decisions. Next, you will learn how to influence through uncovering what the person you want to engage wants and needs. Lastly, you will learn how to alter the emotional responsiveness in order to get the change in behavior you want. By the end of this course, you’ll have the skills to consistently draw out the desired behaviors from your board and from those around you.

"By using the process of emotional connection, we are far ahead in our approach to working together and the way we go about interaction and engagement."

Lou Delmonico, Vice Board Chair, Center Club

The traditional view of board dynamics focuses on resolving conflicts and restructuring interactions within a set of 3-stage process in order to improve the board’s performance. In this customized training, Dr. Gershfeld offers a different perspective, one founded on the premise that how you connect with your board is what simultaneously drives the board’s interactions and also its performance.

Once you have a solid understanding of the fundamental challenges that every board faces, you’ll learn a set of simple, comprehensive checklists that will allow you to both design and run any board for maximum performance.

Course: Improving Board Engagement Through the Process of Emotional Connection

By using the process of emotional connection, we are far ahead in our approach to working together and the way we go about interaction and engagement. 

Lou Delmonico

Center Club

Course: Improving Board Engagement Through the Process of Emotional Connection

Our trust level has increased – we were able to create an atmosphere of genuine respect and appreciation for each other’s ideas, and as a result, we have become a more effective and progressive working group.

Julia Rappaport

Course: Improving Board Engagement Through the Process of Emotional Connection

Our board meetings have become by far the most fun, most engaging and most productive.

Victoria Collins

Center Club of Orange County

Course: Improving Board Engagement Through the Process of Emotional Connection

Our meetings have become more enjoyable and productive. I would say that we are much more focused on our mission and the vision of our organization.

Shahin Vosough

Center Club of Orange County

Course: Improving Board Engagement Through the Process of Emotional Connection

Team engagement helped us to focus on agenda items that moved us in one direction. With the process of emotional connection, we operate with no curtains and no walls.

Paul Evan Greenwald

Center Club of Orange County

Course: Improving Board Engagement Through the Process of Emotional Connection
I have had the opportunity to work with scores of school boards and management teams over the span of 49 years in education. Dr. Gershfeld’s work will dynamically improve the leadership of organizations by bringing teams at the highest level together for success. Her work is a masterpiece for organizations of all types. The blend of great research on emotional connection and its impact on team dynamics, trust, and organizational effectiveness that she has created is groundbreaking. It will change the way boards and teams deal with decisions and conflict and will, without question, accelerate their performance.

Rich Thome

Leadership Associates

Course: Improving Board Engagement Through the Process of Emotional Connection
It’s interesting – generally, I’m rather reserved and reticent about revealing too much personal information. But I sensed something about your manner that made it safe for me to be open and candid. Having been through some really tough circumstances, I now know how important it is to develop a support network to navigating new territory. And on that note, a fellow conference attendee actually approached me and said she was interested in serving on my board. That blew me away! So that, together with your coaching, gives me courage and enthusiasm to stride into the future and taking leading the company moving forward.

T.M.S.

Distribution Company


Team Cohesion

Advantages of the Training

  • Enhance learning objectives in board dynamics.
  • Practice key skills in creating emotional connections in a fun, safe environment.
  • Learn how to work with emotions in the board environment.
  • Guide board members to manage conflicts, improving interactions, engagement, and collaboration.
  • Present a deeper understanding of self-awareness, responsiveness, and reflection.
  • Develop boards, peers, and leaders.