The Gift Mindset® Culture Program

Unwrap the 12 gifts to create and lead a workplace culture of purpose, connection and contribution.

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  • Is your organisational culture one that is built on sharing challenges and successes?

  • How open are people to sharing the lessons they have learnt with others?

  • How are people connecting and contributing to each other’s growth and performance?
  • Imagine creating a GIFT MINDSET CULTURE, one where our biggest lessons come through embracing, not resisting, the challenges and successes we experience and sharing these.
  • Are you ready to deepen and develop the 12 key soft skills in your organisation?

Right now, many organisations are facing these challenges:

  • Dealing with change, adversity and new ways of thinking and working.

  • Leaders are juggling many responsibilities and getting caught up in the “doing” and not the “being”.

  • Lack of reflection time resulting in low self-reflection, connection and collaboration.

  • People feeling time-poor and often skill stretched, leading to disengagement, disconnection and low motivation.

  • A lack of time and focus on sharing the lessons gleaned through individual and team challenges and successes.

  • Process, progress, and performance are key, and the “people” piece is being missed.

  • Highly technically focused leading to a lack of development of soft “life” skills such as; resilience, gratitude, courage, connection, empathy and curiosity.

  • Low trust within teams with many working remotely and feeling disconnected.

  • Too busy to challenge the status quo resulting in a focus on “maintenance” type activities and conversations vs. progressive.

  • A culture that has or is becoming transactional and performance based.

  • Limited inward focus that can result in lack of adaptability, innovation and learning.

  • Fear of judgement from others resulting in suppression of individuals and teams sharing experiences and lessons.

Workplace culture is made up of shared values, beliefs and social behaviours and so often these can be hidden, stifled or not lived within the organisation. The lessons we learn need to be shared to empower others, create openness and trust and in the process, become a survival guide for others, including that for future leaders.

Gifts can come in many ways; we just have to be open to seeing them. These lessons can come from people and situations and can be from the past, the present or the future. By adopting a Gift Mindset®, we get to live our legacy now by leading a culture of purpose, connection and contribution.

Challenging situations and people can be seen as ‘gifts’ that are just as valuable as the amazing positive situations and people we encounter in life. To embrace them, we need to raise our awareness, accept them as gifts and apply the lessons they present both as a limitless leader and in our own life.

We need, in other words, to adopt and foster what I call a Gift Mindset. This mindset is a key trait of a Limitless leader.

Why we need to create a gift mindset culture?

If we choose not to learn from and share our lessons or close ourselves off from receiving lessons from others, we risk robbing the world of our insights or, worse, contributing mindlessly to a world already heavy with distraction and clutter.

Never before have we lived in such a connected world, but at the same time being so disconnected.

It is important to remember that no-one is you, and that is why sharing your gifts is vital. The sharing process can get you out of your own head and reinforces your uniqueness. It gives you the ability to help others grow through your lessons, both positive and negative. Contribution is a core human need, as is connection: we are all wired to connect. By adopting a Gift Mindset, you satisfy these needs, not only for you but for those around you.

To address organisational challenges and survive and thrive in a fast-paced and challenging environment, we need to tap into the four areas of VUCA. This is a philosophy coined by the US Military to present the context in which organisations view their current and future states. This includes Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. Adopting the Gift Mindset can assist with this.

This pathway demonstrates how an individual and organisation can transform:

  • individuals and the workplace as a whole can leave the gifts and lessons wrapped up and be unaware of them. This where we may come from a place of inertia which can stifle the success of building a culture of openness and sharing.

  • once we create a culture to untie and unwrap the gifts we go from being limited to courageous and look at the challenges and successes we face as experiences and not events that are often swept under the rug.

  • we then expose and share our gifts, we are living our legacy and can educate and engage with others of what we have learnt. This takes us to being limitless and increases overall success of individuals and the organisation as a whole.

Adopting the Gift Mindset is a key trait of Limitless Leaders and Organisations

A Gift Mindset® culture can:

  • Provide the forum and tools to embrace challenges and successes as an opportunity to share and learn from each other.

  • Reinforce learnings ongoing and make this part of the culture moving forward.

  • Prevent lessons learnt from challenges and successes being swept under the rug.

  • Build a rhythm and cadence of accountability to share experiences and lessons gleaned.

  • Embed the habit of sharing positive or negative experiences to serve and contribute to the wider team.

  • Provide insight into the 12 key Gifts that are necessary traits for success, performance and growth in any role and life.

  • Increase communication and promote open dialogue.

  • Create an intentional space of openness, learning, trust and appreciation of diversity.

  • Foster the sharing of successes to enable best practice across the organisation and break down the silos.

  • Increase vulnerability, connection and collaboration.

  • Fast track performance as learnings can be shared and implemented in real-time, not down the track.

  • Build respect and appreciation for what others have experienced.

  • Can provide ‘gifts’ that could be a survival guide for someone else.

Creating a culture where we adopt the Gift Mindset within the workplace can take leadership, connection, collaboration to the next level. By sharing the experiences and lessons we encounter, both challenging and positive, we can empower others and create a culture of honesty and openness and live our legacy.

The good news is we have created a transformational pathway to do just that!

The Gift Mindset® Culture Program!

Throughout this highly interactive immersive program, participants will understand the benefits and application of the gift mindset and the importance of sharing their learnings at work.

Program Overview

The program will run as a series of interactive sessions to explore and expand on the Gift Mindset concept and will then deep dive into each of the 12 gifts. These gifts can be run in any order based on your priority needs. All sessions will take place in a learn and do environment with a plan of application back into the organisation.

This Program Is Tailored to Your:

  • Organisational objectives

  • Current needs and focus

  • Timelines

  • Mode of delivery (virtual or face to face)

  • Group sizes

  • Geography

  • Skill gaps to grow

This Program Is Ideal for Teams and Organisations Who:

  • Who are ready to deepen and develop the soft skills to leverage the hard (technical skills).
  • Are ready for a different and meaningful approach to “positive thinking” or just looking on the bright side.
  • Wanting to create a culture of human connection, empathy and understanding to lead people through self-managed change.

  • Want to empower their teams and leaders to take personal responsibility for overcoming obstacles and barriers to their own growth.

This Program Is Not Ideal for Organisations Who:

  • Are looking for a tick and flick mindset exercise.

  • Don’t have an authentic commitment to shifting a toxic team or culture.

  • Aren’t ready to take on the Gift Mindset at the most senior levels in the organisation.

  • Are not interested in developing and deepening soft skills within the organisation.

The program consists of 13 immersions.

These can be run face to face or virtually.

Immersion 1
Unwrapping the Gift Mindset

  • What it is and why is matters
  • The 4 drivers
  • The pathway to a Gift Mindset Culture
  • Hidden, past and present gifts

  • Barriers that stifle

  • How to adopt the Gift Mindset

Immersions 2-12
The 12 Gifts

In each of the 12 Gift sessions we:

  • deep dive into each gift providing stories, insights and a structured process to apply
  • provide 6 key take outs to embed back in the workplace to deepen and develop these soft skills
  • open up the space for the group to work through the G.I.F.T process and unwrap their gifts and share this with the wider group
  • plan of action to implement back on the job

The G. I. F. T. Mindset Process

The 12 gifts can be run in any order – here is an overview:

What makes you optimistic now, in the past, for the future?

Optimism is a key trait of success, happiness and effective leadership of self and others.

In this session we explore and expand on the challenges with optimism and the benefits of it in our professional and personal life. We then unwrap the 4 stages of optimism and how we can move from pessimism to optimism. The “6 Keys” to bring optimism into the workplace are then workshopped and individually, then as a group, we work through the G.I.F.T process to unwrap and share each individuals story and experience of optimism and what has been learnt.

Courage transforms fear, and sometimes even shame, into determination. At times when we want to give in, courage helps us continue; it’s the fuel to propel us forward. It helps us reach beyond our comfort zone and welcome new challenges. Above all, it helps us to accept the challenges life throws at us. In any role we need to build our courage muscle and access the gift of courage in our lives.

In this session we explore the three operating zones of courage to go from our safe zone to our stretch zone. We workshop the 6 keys of building this gift. Individually and as a group we unpack the process to share our gift of courage with the wider group and how to apply the lessons learnt.

Resilience is the strength of spirit to recover from adversity. It enables us to find hope and the courage to continue, even when faced with tragedy or negative circumstances. Resilience isn’t a trait but, instead, a result of tapping into internal and external skills and resources.

In this session we explore the 3 key elements of resilience and the 6 keys to building resilience in the workplace including; developing supportive relationships and empathy, fostering gratitude and reframing the script. We also deep delve into ways to spark your motivation and confront the things you fear. Each person then shares their gift of resilience and a plan of action to build this gift.

Gratitude is the glue that can fortify relationships and serve as a backbone to human society. Organisations that practise gratitude regularly by creating activities and forums to share see people who are more generous, kind and wanting to build strong relationships. We need to ‘feel into’ gratitude – something often missed in today’s busy world. The pace at which we live, and workplaces fostering a ‘performance culture’, can stifle the Gift of Gratitude.

In this session we explore the key obstacles to gratitude and the benefits of it within the workplace. We then apply the H.E.A.R.T model to create a gratitude practice and uncover tips and tools to fast track this. The group then shares their plan and gift of gratitude.

Curiosity is a skill and also a characteristic – a motivated desire for more information. It’s the engine that drives learning and achievement, and it’s almost like a state of arousal that needs to be provoked. Being curious requires us to ask questions of ourselves, situations and others. This helps us grow and be what I call ‘in flow’ in and out of the workplace.

In this session we explore state and trait curiosity and the importance of it in the workplace to spark creativity, innovation and future thinking. We break down the 3 steps to curiosity to shift from observation, to provocation and then to exploration. We look at the keys tools and insights to embed curiosity into your everyday approach and then share our individual gift of curiosity through storytelling.

Change is the only constant in life. It can be chosen or forced upon us. Change can be the portal to growth, possibility and new directions. Our ‘why’ to change must exceed our ‘why’ to stay the same. To embrace known and unknown change we need a compelling reason and the motivation to do so.

To unwrap the Gift of Change, we will explore how to embrace change and the reasons why, as humans, we usually resist it. We will then expand on the 8 key strategies to deal with any change, in both your professional and personal life. Many people resist change, while others embrace it. Certainty is a core human need, therefore it is natural to resist what is unknown to us. Individually and then shared with the wider group we will unwarp our gifts of change, what we have learnt and how it can be applied in the workplace.

Pushing ourselves outside our safe zone triggers learning by expanding our thinking. Growth is anything outside what we think we know – being stretched outside what you know helps you discover new ways to do (and not do) things. Taking risks and challenging the status quo can set the scene for others to follow and adopt a ‘comfortable being uncomfortable’ mindset. With change as the only constant, stretching ourselves and others is key to staying relevant, challenged and innovative in today’s business landscape.

In this session we look at the key obstacles that stunt our growth and ways to get comfortable being uncomfortable. We explore the 6 key strategies to ensure growth becomes part of who we are and what we do. We unwrap our lessons of growth through the G.I.F.T questioning process and formulate a plan of action to implement back in the workplace and ensure ownership of this.

Connection is an innate human need; we are all wired to connect. We need to make the time to connect with ourselves and others, both in and out of the workplace. This builds and strengthens relationships and interactions, much needed in the busyness of the world today. In this session we explore: the 5 ways to connect as a leader, the 4 drivers of whole connection and eleven hacks to build connection. We workshop through these processes then use the G.I.F.T model to reflect and then share our stories and lessons of connection.

Expressing and receiving empathy is vital in any role, interaction and relationship. Living the Gift of Empathy throughout our lives helps us to live from a place of understanding, care and empathetic connection. Empathy is a key trait for effective self-leadership and leadership of others and is often neglected when time poor or disconnected from ourselves and those around us.

In this session we explore the Gift of Empathy and unwrap the 3 layers including; cognitive, emotional and compassionate empathy. We look at the difference between pity, sympathy and empathy and the role each plays. We workshop the 6 keys to building empathy and then share our stories and lesson around this gift and how to play it in the workplace.

Psychologists define forgiveness as a deliberate and conscious decision to let go of, or release, feelings of resentment towards a person, a group or a situation. It is a process of letting go of hurt and anger, whether or not forgiveness is deserved. When we come to forgive, it doesn’t mean we forget or condone what has happened. Instead, we forgive to create peace and a space to move forward. Holding onto resentment is like poison, and every human deserves peace within.

Forgiveness is rarely discussed in the workplace. Imagine, though, if you could share your Gift of Forgiveness and the lessons you gleaned? Relationships would be truer and stronger, and this could lead to a more collaborative culture.

In this session we workshop the benefits of forgiveness and the key strategies to practice this gift in the workplace.

Contribution is a core human need. Contributing to both ourselves and others can assist us in leading a more satisfying and purposeful life. Contribution is the gift that keeps on giving and can create a legacy that touches others and enables them to contribute themselves. We need to contribute to ourselves, our work team, home team and community.

In this session we unwrap the four keys of Contribution and the areas and ways you can contribute to achieve purpose, balance and fulfilment in and out of the workplace. We workshop tools and ideas to contribute in each of the four areas and create a practical action plan to embed these in the areas of contribution that may be lacking. This could be to your work team and includes; supporting others, sharing skills, giving your time, setting goals around ways to contribute and share ideas and providing feedback. We then use the GIFT process to unwrap the Gift of Contribution for each individual and share it.

Re-energising is vital to be our best selves. Having deep awareness of when and how to re-energise is key. It’s important to reflect, refocus and recharge to restore our energy. In the workplace, know what ‘good’ energy looks like for you and your team. If you notice a gap in energy in your team or peers, you need to open the door to explore this and see what is going on. When we re-energise, we need to tap into the four pillars of our wellbeing – physical, emotional, social and spiritual – to ensure balance. Too often our energy is depleted and this may be caused by; unclear role expectations, communication breakdowns, dysfunctional team dynamics or a lack of work life balance.

During this session we identify what depletes our energy and how this can affects us in and out of the workplace. We unpack the seven strategies to live the gift of re-energising including: living with purpose, understanding what lights you up, adopting a positive mindset, excercise and sleep and practicing mindfulness amongst a few. We share our lessons relative to this gift and create an action plan to re-energise.

What Our Clients Say

We all strive for answers on how we connect and Gift Mindset is a powerhouse of examples that can change culture in organisations and our everyday connection with the world. Highly recommend that all organisations use this book as a benchmark on how to drive a culture that inspires leadership.

Michael Ritoli, General Manager, CUB Premium Beverages at Carlton United Breweries

I have observed Renée working with our Metricon Regional teams, quickly identifying our key values and talent, then turn them into meaningful ways for us to better lead our teams for greater outputs. The Gift Mindset is a very valid way of both valuing oneself and worth. It becomes a better way of presenting yourself to others and interacting with them on a higher level of mutual understanding.

Phil Barrett, General Manager, Regional Housing Victoria, Metricon Homes

We are subject to a multitude of scenarios and interactions every day; we all have the choice as to how they will affect our work and our relationships. The Gift Mindset shows us how to not just confront or resist, but embrace challenges and leverage successes and consider them as ‘gifts’ in our daily lives.

Karen Littlepage, Chief People & Culture Officer, GS1 Australia
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