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Dr Jason Fox Motivation Design Masterclass

Leadership Development
Workshops & Masterclasses

with Dr Jason Fox

 

A workshop or masterclass offers the opportunity for individuals and leadership teams to positively grapple with new thinking and learning, so that they may collectively understand and apply it within their own unique context.

 
 

While the market seems to have quite the appetite for my ‘motivational’ keynote presentations, workshops and masterclasses are a different game. You see, a keynote is often delivered to a large audience in a short amount of time (usually an hour or less), with the intent to provoke new thinking and open minds to new possibilities (whilst planting seeds for better questions and richer conversations). On the other hand, a masterclass allows for much more time, and is delivered to a smaller audience in a more intimate context. Therefore, the depth, tone and intent are quite different: this is us—sleeves rolled, head cocked, brows furrowed—going deep.

 
 

The ideal inclusion for your next leadership offsite

 
 

My workshops and masterclasses make for wondrous inclusions to any strategic leadership team offsites. I’ve facilitated quite a few in my time, and have written about the many benefits of strategic offsites (and how to not screw them up). Integrating a workshop or masterclass within such could be the ideal means to enhance the efficacy of the whole event (and I would of course tailor elements of the masterclass to best serve the overarching strategic intent).

 
 

Not to be confused with ‘Corporate Training’

 

Hmm, yes well: this is not a box-ticking affair, nor is it simply ‘skills training’ to churn your people through. I work best with curious and/or clever people that can think and work at moderate to high levels of complexity. Ergo, my masterclasses are ideal for experienced senior leaders and savvy emerging leaders. 

But herein lies the rub: time is mighty valuable for these folk. To take a group of leaders out of the office for the day carries quite the accumulative opportunity cost (not to mention logistics, and my own fees). Therefore: it bloody better be good.

My masterclasses are f—king brilliant.*

* But don’t take my word for it—see what my clients say.

However, given the type of folk I generally work with (plus my own disposition), I've learnt to do a few things differently. Namely: to resist most anything that resembles corporate training.

Righto, now: shall we?

 
 

Workshops and Masterclasses

 
 

I have six masterclasses to offer you—two from each of my nebulous ‘domains of expertise’.

 
 

1. Pioneering Leadership

Useful for leaders seeking to make meaningful progress in the complex, ambiguous and oft-times counter-intuitive quest for new and future relevance (beyond the default).

Think: future of work, adaptive leadership, strategic thinking, creative innovation, transformation

2. Motivation Design

An intelligent approach to progress and change—useful for any who wish to influence and amplify the intrinsic motivation of people working toward complex goals.

Think: behaviour/culture change, high performance, motivation, ownership, productivity and progress

3. Metamodern Philosophy

Ideal for folk seeking to understand the emerging cultural and cognitive orientations of our post-industrial age, so that they may operate with more efficacy, equanimity and aplomb in our increasingly hyperconnected-yet-fragmented post-truth world.

Think: adult development, complexity theory, meta-rationality, sincere irony, post-industrial values, purpose, storytelling/myth-making

 

Workshops offer the opportunity for individuals and teams to gain new tools, frameworks and perspective. Designed for small to medium sized audiences over 1.5–3 hours, they are an ideal inclusion to any leadership offsite, or as a practical follow-up to any conference keynote. Each workshop is tailored using select elements from my masterclasses.

Masterclasses offers deep dives into theory and practice. They are designed for smaller groups of up 8 to 24 participants, and run for half a day (3–4.5 hours). The smaller audience and intimate duration of a masterclass allows for greater complexity, contextualisation and nuance.

 

1. PIONEERING LEADERSHIP

The Pioneering Leadership Masterclass

 
 

Preamble: all leaderships teams ought to have a healthy level of focus on operational excellence. It is vital. This is the leadership that brings us efficiency, reliability and continuous improvement—wondrous things for a stable and predictable world.

Alas: our world is anything but.

And so, while operational leadership is essential if we are to survive—pioneering leadership is what we need if we are to thrive. And this means having a leadership team willing and able to venture beyond their own (safe, familiar, comfortable, predictable) defaults—and deeper into a storm of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

In this provocative and positively unsettling masterclass, we will review and refresh:

  • Your team’s sense of The Emerging Context, and the new tensions that must be navigated for organisations to remain agile and adaptive in our now (mostly) hyperconnected postindustrial world.

  • Your Enterprise Operating Model, so as to see the how and why of your work (and to diagnose opportunities for leadership growth).

  • Your Leadership Values & Philosophy, wherein we move beyond the safe drudgery of word-smithing neat and pithy purpose and vision statements, so as to evoke differentiated leadership values that are relevant, compelling, real and relatable.

  • Your Capacity for Complexity, so that you can make braver, smarter and wiser decisions whilst navigating into the unknown.

  • Your Leadership Principles & Keystone Behaviours—wherein we ask: how does this leadership team respond to ambiguity? What does this leadership team want to be known for? What does this mean in terms of our shared principles? What does this look like in terms of everyday behaviours? An awkward, revealing and ultimately satisfying translation of shared intent into something tangible and mighty.

This masterclass builds upon the ideas of my bestselling book—How to Lead a Quest. For details and fees, see my services guidebook. For booking enquiries—hello@drjasonfox.com

 
 

The Quest-Leadership Masterclass

 
 

I’ve come to realise that many folks have never really been shown how to develop strategy—it’s something they’ve haphazardly absorbed. Or if they have been taught, their version of strategy is more akin to ‘planning’, or some sort of meek blend of incrementalism and bandwagonism. This might be fine for a stable, complicated and predictable world—but it’s woefully limited for pioneering in our volatile, complex and unpredictable world.

I also realise (and love) that some of the more progressive leaders positively relish the opportunity to have their team’s thinking challenged, and to court new and refreshing ways of doing things.

Either way, The Quest-Leading Masterclass is most apt. Together, we will unpack and investigate:

  • How to Augment Existing Strategic Efforts with Quests (the search for viable alternative options to the default).

  • How to work The Ethos of Antifragility into strategy by maximising upside (optionality) while minimising downside.

  • How to Explore Complex and Infinite Possible Futures to find strategic advantage and differentiation.

  • How to proactively Intuit and Monitor Potential Incoherencies between your current business model and multiple possible future contexts.

  • How to Develop and Maintain a Quiver of Options—potential strategic initiatives that may be enacted should the ideal future context manifest.

  • How to Conduct Safe, Modest and Effective Experiments to test the validity of strategic options.

  • How to Bake Curiosity, Exploration and Experimentation into your operating rhythms and work culture.

This masterclass builds upon the ideas of my bestselling book—How to Lead a Quest. For details and fees, see my services guidebook. For booking enquiries—hello@drjasonfox.com

 
 

2. MOTIVATION DESIGN

The Motivation Design Masterclass

 
 

Conventional motivational folklore is fine for formulaic work with predictable outcomes. If you're looking to improve within existing paradigms, or just feel like a bit of a temporary boost—go nuts. But if you’re looking to do something new and complex, if your goal is inherently ambiguous, or if your team is due for a refreshed approach to work—then... well. You'll need to tap into something more contemporary. Especially if you're looking to sustain motivation, beyond the initial inspiration.

Motivation design is a contemporary science wherein we influence behaviour by working on the external factors that amplify intrinsic motivation.

Importantly, motivation design is not about working on attitudes, values, beliefs or other internal factors. Therefore: it’s psychologically safe, and free from fluff or hokey hucksterism. This also means that motivation is less dependent on you. You don’t have to motivate yourself, or your team—the motivation design does the heavy lifting. 

It’s the cornerstone of my expertise, and is the most universally applicable and immediately actionable masterclass I offer. Here's an overview of motivation design. This video is nearly half a decade old now—and is slightly embarrassing and outdated (I cringe to watch it)—but it’s still somewhat apt.

 
 

Motivation Design, great! But... isn’t it manipulative?

I prefer the word ‘influence’, but yes—it is. But then: what isn’t?*

Work and life is already saturated with factors that influence our attention, motivation, focus and behaviour. Some, we are conscious of—the overt goals, key performance indicators, incentives, project structures (and so forth) clearly influence our effort at work. 

Most factors, however, we are not conscious of at all.° And so, we find ourselves steered off-track, distracted and unable to sustain the motivation for the things that matter most (which are often much more complex and ambiguous in nature).

* Okay: the key distinction is that manipulation is what happens where there is a significant asymmetry of benefit (only one party benefits, at the potential detriment of the other). I don’t like or endorse manipulation. Influence is much better: this is where both parties benefit.
° Many app developers and businesses rely on this ignorance, establishing dark patterns that covertly influence our motivation, focus and attention.◊
◊ But, with savvy in Motivation Design, you’ll become more resistant to these effects.

 
 

Likewise we observe—with frustration—that the motivation of our teams and of our clients is patchy. People are quite motivated to do this thing—but not that thing. Why is this so?

In this masterclass, you’ll learn why. And—more importantly—you’ll learn how to influence and shape motivation, through the clever design of the work itself.

I offer this masterclass in two formats:

01 / Motivation Design for Engagement, which is ideal for anyone looking to influence motivation and behaviour (without having to rely on incentives or inspiration). 

02 / Motivation Design for Your Team, which is ideal for new teams, or for established teams seeking a refresh on how you work. Together we make teamwork work better.

The Motivation Design Masterclass will show you:

  • The important distinctions between Motivation, Inspiration and Aspiration—along with intrinsic, internal, inherent, and extrinsic motivation—and where each are needed.

  • When to use Goals, KPIs and Incentives—and when to avoid them like the plague.

  • How to use the narrative framing of Constructive Discontent as a motivational and persuasive device.

  • How to use The Progress Principle to generate more sustainable forms of intrinsic motivation.

  • How to avoid The Delusion of Progress—where habituation and default thinking may be distract from meaningful progress.

  • How to differentiate between Principles, Traits and Behaviours—and why we need to.

  • How to identify the Keystone Behaviours that matter—and design the right triggers for them.

  • How to use The BJ Fogg Behaviour Model as a quick environmental diagnosis for motivation.

  • How to create and maintain the right Sequence of Triggers to bring about the desired behaviours.

  • How to Remove Unnecessary Friction between our intention and our desired behaviour manifesting.

  • How to recognise and mitigate Self -Sabotaging Behaviours.

  • How to do Recognition and Rewards in a way that is inexpensive, authentic and far more effective.

  • How to integrate New Work Rituals into your practice, to ensure ongoing progress and change (so as to serve meaningful progress).

 
 

This masterclass builds upon the ideas of my bestselling book—The Game Changer. For details and fees, see my services guidebook. For booking enquiries—hello@drjasonfox.com

Note: This is not a ‘motivational’ masterclass—it’s a masterclass in understanding how motivation works, and how you can effectively (and sustainably) influence it. And, while it’ll naturally be rather motivating and inspiring, the primary focus isn’t to motivate you (in the same way that learning the science of comedy isn’t necessarily funny). It is assumed that you're already motivated—but are looking to understand how motivation works, and how you can influence it.

 
 

 
 

The (Reluctantly Offered) Gamification Masterclass

 

Gamification—the application of ‘game-like dynamics’ in ‘non-game contexts’—is not a concept I particularly endorse. It reeks of shallow, linear, ‘quick fix’ thinking.

Having said that, as much as I have tried to shake the reputation of being a ‘gamification guru’ (what a horrid concept), my first book—The Game Changer—was launched at a time that the concept of ‘gamification’ was still nascent. It sat alongside similar (yet distinct) concepts like ‘serious play’ and ‘games-based learning’ and (somewhat incorrectly) ‘game theory’. As such, people started to associate me with gamification. They ask me to come in and help them ‘gamify’ their work, or to ‘add gamification’ to their product or service offering. That might have been nice, had gamification not turned into the (mostly) perverted mess it is today.

My stance thus far has been to educate such folks on the limitations of gamification (in the hopes they might widen their gaze and approach their challenges with more curiosity, empathy and cognitive complexity). This, though, is rather dampening to the spirits and not altogether encouraging or commercially effective. I don’t mind the latter, but I do wish to offer folks something better.

Thus! The (Reluctantly Offered) Gamification Masterclass provides those with the intention and enthusiasm to ‘gamify’ an opportunity to avoid the myriad pitfalls associated with the notion, so as to do something good. You’ll learn most of the concepts included in The Motivation Design Masterclass (above), but with a specific focus on:

  • How to use principles from Design Thinking, Human-Centred Design (and other disciplines) to ensure you are solving the ‘right’ problems.

  • How and when to craft contexts for Ludic (Spontaneous/Emergent) Play.

  • How and when to craft contexts for Ludus (Controlled/Dependent) Play.

  • How to Make Gamification Redundant by scaffolding desired behaviours to the point at which norms are formed (and such scaffolding is no longer needed—like on-boarding).

  • How to use Dark Patterns in a way that is ethical, mindful and transparent (see the Designing Mindfulness Manifesto).

  • How and when to use Game Mechanics that encourage competitive and/or cooperative behaviour (and when to avoid them).

  • How to use Semiotics, Mythology and Narrative to imbue experiences with depth and meaning.

This masterclass builds upon the ideas of my bestselling book—The Game Changer. For details and fees, see my services guidebook. For booking enquiries—hello@drjasonfox.com

 
 

3. METAMODERN PHILOSOPHY
 

The Character Building Masterclass and The Coffee Snobbery Masterclass—available soon!

 
 

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