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A Unique Approach to Having Difficult Conversations -March Meeting

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • OSF: Conference Room B (use main entrance): 1400 W Park St, Urbana and Teams


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A Unique Approach to Having Difficult Conversations

Lunch at 11:30, meeting starts at noon. 

Registration:  Please RSVP no later than Thursday, March 7 if attending in person to ensure adequate resources. 

By utilizing intentionality, difficult conversations can quickly turn from a negative to a positive simply by eliminating Mischief™ and focusing on trust. During our conversation, you will be introduced to our concept of Mischief™ and how it can be used to enhance your ability to have those difficult conversations when they arise.

The Mischief ™ model is critical in understanding the importance of intention in the pursuit of aligning perception and reality. Misalignment in these areas can generate the need for difficult conversations to take place while also negatively impacting productivity and trust. Additionally, we will discuss how to utilize different approaches to resolving conflict based on the importance of the outcome and relationship.

Providing awareness around intentionality, perception, reality, and effective conflict resolution will provide unique insight into how to have difficult trust building conversation with your team.

About the Speaker: Kevin Martlage, President, Nextier Advisors, LLC

With over 25 years of service to corporations and associations, Kevin has supported both domestic and international organizations on the journey from strategy to implementation with a focus on team culture, development, and awareness. Kevin enjoys leading organizations in the process of creating a nurturing business culture designed to provide the biggest strategic advantage possible.

Kevin has been employed by Xerox Business Solutions, FedEx Office, Bowne Business Solutions, and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) including professional experience facilitating workshops and speaking at conferences around the world. His corporate and non-profit experience has allowed Kevin to develop a unique facilitation and coaching style focused on personal awareness and the positive impact that awareness can have on team effectiveness.

Using his background and unique approach to leadership, Kevin started his consulting firm, Nextier Advisors in December of 2019. Nextier Advisors specializes in working with organizations, executive teams, and individuals who are dedicated to an intentionally transparent work culture focused on trust and communication. In 2023 Kevin co-founded a second consulting firm called Switchback with a business partner in Brownsburg IN. Switchback focuses their efforts on helping leaders engage and keep their team on purpose by providing context which allows the path to a better future to be trusted. Together, both firms focus on individual and team awareness in the pursuit of alignment, advancement, development, and impact.

Kevin is passionate about using self-awareness and understanding as a vehicle to help eliminate what he calls Mischief™ while advancing alignment and direction. He is a certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner, Certified Myers-Briggs Strong Interest Inventory Practitioner, has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University and is a volunteer advisory board member for IndyCar Ministries.

Event Location

Meeting will be at the OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center. When arriving though the main entrance, go past the information desk and walk through the double doors on the left. The Auditorium will be immediately on your left.

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