Jill Birch

Jill Birch

Leadership and Organizational Change Expert

How will we create better leadership for our future? Dr. Jill Birch answers this question — and many more — in her captivating and customized presentations designed to inspire change, build leadership capacity, and drive competitive advantage.

Jill has spent the past five years studying relational leadership — a new way leaders achieve results that contribute to more collaborative and healthy organizations. As she was conducting her research, Jill walked the talk, experiencing first-hand the many sides of leadership as a CEO and C-Suite executive.

After leading a $40 million business unit, she developed and facilitated leadership programs for Fortune 500 companies and international not-for-profits. Her new research draws on a “P3 Leadership Framework” that focuses on the five principles, processes, and practices of a new way for leaders to lead — relationally. Her fresh approach resonates amongst senior executives, leaders, teams, Boards, and human resource professionals: leaders who are looking for impactful and innovative ways to approach leadership development.

In her engaging talks, Jill begins with a relational framework that focuses first on others, and then moves to helping leaders develop greater self-awareness, become more ethically attuned, and unlock new ways to address leadership challenges by creating collective team intelligence and a nurturing culture.

Jill is the founder and CEO of BirchGrove Inc., a holistic learning platform of keynote presentations, programs, and bespoke consulting that offers leaders a new way to think deeply about how they define the work of leadership, and how they develop and relate to others. She has spoken to thousands of leaders around the world, and provided consulting support to the high-tech, energy, finance, telecommunications, professionals services, education, health and not-for-profit sectors.

She holds a PhD from Griffith University in Australia, and an MA from the University of Toronto where she researched how CEOs learn to lead, and how they learn to learn. She is also a Certified Association Executive.


The Future of Global Leadership: Lead Like It’s 2030

What got us here, isn’t going to get us there. The top 5 trends impacting the future of global leadership will be explored in this fast-paced tour of the latest thinking in leadership, drawing on Dr. Jill Birch’s five years of research and the insights from fifty CEO interviews that reveal new ways to define leadership and develop leaders.

In this talk, participants will be introduced to a new way of developing their leadership — relationally. When we embrace a relational view, leading becomes not a “thing to do” but a way to be. The three P’s of relational leadership — principles, processes and practices — will support leaders to bring this new framework to life. Leaders will also learn how to facilitate collective team intelligence, foster a healthier culture, and support faster and more informed decision-making. Participants will also develop skilful capabilities to create real and meaningful change; generate room to maneuver in complex situations and appreciate new perspectives that spark innovation.

Game Changer: Killer Strategies to Lead Differently

Every year, around the world, over 70% of change management projects fail. At a time when we know more than ever about change and leadership and have the most sophisticated technology supporting our efforts, how is this possible? It’s a reality many leaders face because they need more time to fully appreciate their situation and need more information on how to recognize the kind of change impacting their work.

Leaders will learn in this presentation that there are eight different kinds of workplace change. Stories ripped from the headlines coupled with the latest in change research will show leaders how to optimize these different forms of change to achieve results. From first and second order change to full-blown crisis — and everything in between — they’ll learn techniques to penetrate context more clearly, identify the type of change they’re facing and how to work with it. When we harness change to work for us leaders experience greater success while also nurturing collective team intelligence.

Unlock Your Greatest Leadership Challenge: From Shatterpoint to On Point

All leaders want to succeed in the disruptive world we now find ourselves. But the ways of leadership have changed; and the problem is that leaders haven’t changed fast enough with them. What we need is to harness shatterpoints. These no turning back moments of truth move us to being on point in our way of defining, mentoring, and enabling contemporary leadership.

Shatterpoints facilitate deep questioning about our fundamental leadership beliefs. For too long, we have been asking classic “W” questions about leadership: who leads, what they lead, when, where, and why. While these questions will always remain vital, they are not enough anymore. Relational leaders need to ask a new question: “how”. How leadership happens is the least understood and least researched. It’s what’s missing in leadership vocabulary. It’s what Dr. Jill Birch has dedicated her research to understanding and practicing.

This presentation helps leaders explore their greatest leadership challenge by exploring the “P3 Relational Framework” that unpacks the principles, processes and practices of relational leadership. Beginning with the five key “hows,” participants will learn now to develop greater self-awareness, uphold ethics, make sense of our complex world, facilitate collective team intelligence, and guide positive outcomes.

When we know how leadership happens, we can change ourselves. When we change ourselves, we can change our organizations. And when we change our organizations, we can change our world.

 

Wabi Sabi: How Leadership Can Happen Differently

“Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.”

When Leonard Cohen wrote these lines he likely wasn’t thinking about the current state of leadership. But his lines reveal a different way to think about how we define leadership and how we develop leaders. This presentation draws inspiration from the principles of wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic that embraces the wisdom that comes from seeing beauty in impermanence and incompleteness. Beginning by developing a greater understanding of the concept of wabi-sabi, participants will explore how the concept translates into creating collective team intelligence or CTI. CTI deepens awareness and appreciation of behaviours that inspire our ever-evolving, messy, and imperfect cultures. Through exploring relational practices, leaders will live the how of now, learning six ways to address their biggest leadership challenges.

Wabi Sabi: How Leadership Happens

Workshop Highlights

  • Explore a new way to develop your leadership through the Japanese concept of wabi sabi, which celebrates the beauty of imperfection, appreciation of impermanence and acceptance of the messiness of life, and learn how it will change the ways you practice leadership.
  • Gain a foundational knowledge of the “P3 Framework of Relational Leadership.”
  • Learn how the concept of collective team intelligence can deepen team awareness and appreciation of the behaviours that inspire your ever-evolving culture.
  • Explore six practical ways that leaders live the how to solve their biggest leadership challenges.

Description

“Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.”

When Leonard Cohen wrote these he likely wasn’t thinking about the current state of leadership. But his lines reveal a sense of appreciation of a different way to think about how we define leadership and how we develop leaders. The workshop begins by exploring the principles of wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic that embraces the wisdom that comes from seeing beauty in impermance and incompleteness. Participants will examine how the concept translates into creating collective team intelligence or CTI. CTI deepens awareness and appreciation of behaviours that inspire our ever-evolving, messy and imperfect cultures. Through exploring relational practices, leaders will live the how of now learning six ways to address their biggest leadership challenges.

Five Key Principles of Relational Leadership

Workshop Highlights

  • Step into the evolution of leadership beginning with HOW leadership actually happens and the “P3 Kalideiscope of Change.”
  • Learn the five practices that free leaders to create and collaborate to solve organizational challenges.
  • Recognize the right different types of change impacting your workplace now and how you can overcome them.
  • Develop an understanding of how you now lead and harness the “P3 Framework of Relational Leadership” to gain self-awareness and become a 21st Century Leader.
  • Gain deep insight into leadership’s most under-used muscle — reflecting critically — and learn to how to exercise new perspectives to achieve your objectives faster.

Program Description
Working with the five key principles of relational leadership, you’ll be immersed in processes immediately applicable to your unique work environment. For groups of any size, this laboratory of leadership change is laced with the latest research, practical examples, and, most impactfully, your stories and experiences and those of your peers. Engaging with the framework will help you in the three key areas that keeps busy leaders up at night — problem solving, achieving strategic goals, and leadership development.

*Learning can be tailored to any industry or sector and can also be developed to complement your company’s strategic objectives.

Unlock Your Greatest Leadership Challenge: From Shatterpoint to On Point

Workshop Highlights

  • Ask the most pressing question — how leadership happens to unpack your greatest leadership challenge.
  • Learn how the concept of a shatterpoint can help solve your most pressing leadership issue.
  • Gain new insights into five practices to help you develop greater self-awareness, uphold ethics, make sense of our complex world, facilitate collective team intelligence, and guide positive outcomes.
  • Explore the six shatterpoint questions that facilitate deep questioning about our leadership beliefs and challenges.

Description
It’s a well-known fact that when we know how leadership happens, we can change ourselves. Yet we spend so much time focusing on who is leading, what they are leading, and why they are leading that we often don’t have time to ask the most important question in leadership today: How does leadership happen? This workshop will help participants to appreciate a new way of leading and addressing leadership challenges, by leading relationally. Participants will be asked to bring their toughest leadership challenge and will work on it throughout the program as they learn how to apply the five key “hows”. Collaborative team work will support participants to develop innovative solutions to their challenge in practical ways that build culture and new understanding.

Relational Team Leadership @ Work: Smashing Silos to Build Collaboration

Light a fire under your team by learning how to successfully navigate the intersection of team dynamics, strategy, organizational goals, and sectoral forces to achieve performance results.

We’ll examine five key questions relational leaders ask, work with shatterpoints (no turning back moments of change), and harness them to improve team dynamics and create greater productivity.

Rounding out this program, leaders will go beyond traditional old school “storytelling” and “story selling” and move towards story making.

Participants will examine the essential properties of story making, co-creation techniques, and methods to identify and harness pivot points that lead positive change. The four key processes of story making will be explored including: penetrating context; appreciating power and politics; guiding, coaching and monitoring conversations; and developing holistic team meeting strategies. Drawing from their own, and shared experiences, leaders will collaborate to create seven different types of organizational stories.

This session will provide team leaders with hands-on skills to facilitate collaboration within and across teams while achieving results, developing deeper community and building culture.