MAT’s half day, 1 day, or 2 day face-to-face workshops are perfect for addressing topics that are of interest on an organizational level. Workshops are conducted onsite for your organization by MAT staff and/or MAT National Faculty. Email Bettina Fiery at bfiery@fishwildlife.org to schedule an onsite workshop for your organization. 


Adaptive Leadership

Take a deep dive into practicing the framework of adaptive leadership. Participants experience the theory and concepts of collaborating with people and organizations to step into the unknown.

Specific Learning Objectives Include:

• Identify the five principles of Adaptive Leadership.

• Observe, explore and diagnose an issue from multiple perspectives.

• Increase self-awareness and the ability to do things differently to make progress on vital issues.

• Engage and motivate stakeholders with conflicting perspectives to work together with a shared purpose.

• Intervene purposefully and skillfully to advance adaptive work.

Building an Environment of Trust

In this session we will concentrate on the effects or influences leadership has over trust in the work environment. Participants will learn some tools that will help guide them in building trust and have an opportunity to practice using them.

Specific Learning Objectives Include:

• Recognize how trust in the workplace affects business results

• Identify common workplace behaviors that can either break or build trust

• Demonstrate behaviors that show you trust others as well as give people the confidence to trust in you

• Use interaction skills to foster open communication and build and maintain trusting relationships

• Apply trust-building techniques in challenging, low-trust situations

Emotional Intelligence

At the core of success in all organizational endeavors is the concept of Emotional Intelligence. The more emotionally intelligent people are, the more effectively they can handle stress, communicate effectively with others, and work together to reach common goals.

Specific Learning Objectives Include:

• Define Emotional Intelligence

• Increase Self-Awareness via the EQ-I 2.0 Assessment

• Learn new ways to think about and manage thoughts, emotions, and behaviors

• Understand the power of empathy in managing relationships

• Explore methods for making personal life changes and maintaining motivation

Facing Complex Challenges

Complex challenges sprawl in many directions, across many territories. It’s hard to see them clearly, yet it requires many perspectives to see them at all...Leadership comes from community members and stakeholders, integrating and applying their shared knowledge.

Specific Learning Objectives Include:

• Drawing careful attention to details and the big picture

• Surfacing individual and group assumptions

• Bridging different contexts and cultures

• Building direction, alignment, and commitment

• Helping groups and individuals get “unstuck”

Immunity to Change

A specifically designed workshop to help people and organizations understand the real reason why people often struggle with change. We often already know the behaviors that hold us back. We have tried and tried to change those behaviors and yet change continues to be illusive. This workshop helps individuals, work teams, and organizations understand their competing commitments and learn ways to overcome resistance to change in themselves, and others. Harvard University Researchers Robert Keganand Lisa Lahey discovered that behind each of our habits is a strongly held belief that not only keeps us in our groove, but also fights any change that threatens the status quo. This resistance is so strong, so adaptive, and so systemic that Kegan and Lahey liken it to a finely tuned immune system.

Specific Learning Objectives Include:

• Delegation

• Communication (speaking clearly/succinctly)

• Engaging in conflict constructively

• Speaking up with peers or executives

• Listening

• Prioritizing and creating focus

• Building trust and relationships

• Developing others

• Creating Work/Life balance

• Collaboration

Leading Change

Leading Change, focuses on the change process from the strategic or senior leadership viewpoint. This workshop incorporates several models within the change management process (Kotter, ADKAR, &Bridges).

Specific Learning Objectives Include:

• Identify change opportunities and catalyze the change

• Translate initiatives into high-impact, strategic actions

• Implement the steps from the 7-Stage Change Management Process

• Comprehend the Phases of the Change Process and the Stages of Transition

• Incorporate proven practices to remove barriers and resistance

• Ensure skills and readiness of the department for the change to be successful and sustainable

• Develop action steps for stabilizing, reinforcing, and sustaining the change while increasing readiness for the next change


The MBTI assessment is a personality tool based on the theories of Carl Jung. It is nonjudgmental and allows people to gain an understanding of their preferences, particularly with respect to energy source,information gathering, decision making, and lifestyle/work patterns. It is widely used by organizations to develop understanding of one’s self and co-workers in order to create effective working relationships.Over 60 years of research and development have demonstrated its reliability and validity. DISC is the doorway to communication. The uniqueness of each person extends far beyond the DISC model. Therefore, behavioral assessments should NOT be referred to as “personality tests.”

Specific Learning Objectives Include:

• Understand the benefits of applying a behavioral communication model

• Understand own behavioral design

• Recognize, understand, and appreciate others’ behavioral designs

• Adapt for enhanced communication, understanding, and relationships

• “People Read” all four factors: Tone of Voice, Body Language, Words, Pace

Plain, Simple, and Concise Writing

In this workshop, you will learn how to write your next Federal Aid report, briefing paper, or just about any other document using 25-30% fewer words, in plain English, and without losing any critical content. The hands-on workshop includes numerous exercises to practice the techniques you learn and time to apply what you learn to one of your own documents. You will finally understand how writing in active voice uses fewer words to say what you want to say more directly and concisely.

Problem Solving with the Public

Management of natural resources requires two kinds of work: 1) Technical expertise as biologists, law enforcement, administration, etc. and, 2) Work with publics. Leaders in fish and wildlife typically have years of technical training and experience. This course focuses on the equally important side of the job which is working with publics, structured problem solving techniques, and dealing with politics in an effective and responsible manner.

Specific Learning Objectives Include:

• How to work with various publics

• Deadly errors for involving publics

• Techniques for successful public involvement

• The Open House Technique for dealing with controversy

• Setting up the public meeting for success

• Techniques for handling public meeting problems

• A six-step problem solving process for developing solutions to any problem

Resolving Conflicts with Principled Negotiation

In this workshop, you will learn how to use Principled Negotiation to resolve conflicts, including the four steps of: separating people from the problem; focusing on interests, not positions; developing options for mutual gain; and, using objective criteria in negotiating. Based on the world-renowned Harvard Negotiation Project and the best-selling book, Getting to Yes.

Storytelling as a Leadership Tool

Best selling author Brene Brown has said that, “Stories are data with a soul.” Leaders use storytelling to connect with people on an emotional level and to influence attitudes, behaviors, and values. Storytelling is effective for leading change, making recommendations, managing diversity and inclusion, providing coaching, teaching important lessons, setting a vision, defining culture and values, and more. This workshop covers the process for crafting and delivering effective stories to achieve specific goals. Participants will have the opportunity to create and deliver stories, receive constructive feedback, and retell their stories incorporating that feedback.

Specific Course Learning Objectives:

• Exam and identify the sacred myth(s) that define our organizational culture.

• Explain the value of storytelling.

• Describe the process for crafting strategic narratives.

• Identify the elements for turning a good story into a great story.

• List effective behaviors for delivering compelling storytelling presentations.

• Construct and deliver stories following storytelling and presentation guideline