BRING OUT YOUR BEST THINKING

Brain-Friendly Dynamics integrates the best methods

of coaching, group learning and team facilitation

with the latest research in Positive Psychology,

Social Cognitive, and Psychological Neuroscience

to deliver engaging and impactful initiatives that stimulate growth,

personal and team development, or change within a system or process

for individuals, teams, and organizations.

TRAINING & COACHING

Utilizing innovative learning models and expert facilitation, we improve knowledge application, deepen commitment, enhance communication, and leadership capacity. The result is increased trust and alignment throughout your organization.

RETREATS & FACILITATION

We provide expert retreat and meeting facilitation focused on building connection, inspiring creativity, creating clarity and driving commitment. We help leaders think strategically and collaborate effectively.

FACILITATION ACADEMY

 This training presents effective facilitation models and techniques that can be used to increase individual knowledge and group performance. It’s for professionals responsible for developing and managing teams, designing training programs, providing counselling services, or leading performance improvement initiatives.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


 

RADICAL COLLABORATION

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The Radical Collaboration Training creates an environment of high trust and builds skills and behaviors to maximize your teams' strengths, productivity and ultimately, organizational well-being and profit.

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SHIFT YOUR MIND GAME

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The FreshBiz Experience centers around a new board game that playfully reveals how you interact and engage with your coworkers, teams, workplace, communities--and life in general.

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CASE STORIES

Building Collaborative Organizations

An Opportunity for HR to Create a Collaborative Culture and Benefit the Bottom-Line When too many people in a company lack collaborative skills we call it a Red Zone organization, which is a very low trust, high blame, unsupportive workplace. People in the Red Zone...

How to Turn Defensiveness into Success and Satisfaction

Collaboration isn't magic. It's a mindset and a skill-set that employees at all levels can learn quickly. Are you frustrated by the collaboration void in your workplace? Wonder why, when you’ve struggled to hire the best and the brightest, tempers flare and...

Who Me? How To Deal With Defensive People.

A co-worker responds with anger whenever someone disagrees with him. A husband retreats into silence whenever he gets into an argument with his wife. An employee buries her boss in piles of irrelevant information whenever she is asked a question. These behaviours...

Five Essential Skills to Develop Collaborative Influence

Organizations live or die on relationships. Your ability to create successful collaborative relationships can make or break your career. Effective executives have one skill in common — collaborative influence — the ability to get things done by getting people to...

Brain-friendly refers to the conditions

that are needed for your brain to function at its best.

Factors like psychological safetycertainty, predictability,

a sense of controlrespect from others, a need for social connection, and trust 

have been shown to increase your brain’s ability to think critically and

problem solve more effectively.

OUR TEAM


Scott Winter

Scott Winter

Chief Facilitation Officer

Scott has over 30 years experience designing and delivering brain-friendly training programs and strategic initiatives for corporations, governments, communities, non-profits, and schools. 

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Scott has led, trained, and directed leadership programs for organizations throughout Russia, Taiwan, Portugal, Japan, Australia, and the U.S. Scott’s clients also include organizations in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, agribusiness, telecom, food and beverage, manufacturing, sports, and technology industries.

Yosef Funke

Yosef Funke

Chief Collaboration Agent

Yosef is an innovative marketing strategist and resourceful business developer with a successful track record at producing double-digit growth for his for-profit and nonprofit clients. 

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Industries include high tech, government agencies, wellness retreat programs, sustainable development, higher education, and experiential learning programs.

Lauren Ball

Lauren Ball

Master Facilitator

Lauren Ball is an engaging and highly skilled facilitator with 28+ years of experience utilizing her combined education in the areas of Industrial and Behavioral Psychology and Educational Kinesiology.

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She is Myers Briggs/MBTI and Best Year Yet certified and specializes in the Interaction Method to focus on building relationships within teams, and creating strong connections to the process with meaningful results. Clients include corporations, international and non-profit groups, education and other organizations. Based in Northern San Diego County, Lauren facilitates programs throughout the United States, Canada, UK, Russia, Japan and Ireland. 

Barry Rellaford

Barry Rellaford

Committed Listener

For over 35 years Barry has been inspiring individuals and groups by deeply listening for their great work—the intersection of gifts, passions, and situations where they’re manifest.

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 He’s a co-founder of FranklinCovey’s Trust Practice, co-author of A Slice of Trust, a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Inventure Coach, and Power of TED* Practitioner. Based in Utah, Barry has traveled to nearly 30 countries and worked with people from over 100 more, continually helping people find and fulfill their purposes.

John Park

John Park

Creative Bureaucrat

John Park has over thirty years of doing great and innovative things in municipal government in the State of Utah.

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He served in many capacities in city government, including police officer, fire fighter, building official, assistant city manager, public works director, as well as city manager. He is and has been a driving force in many public/private partnerships, mentored many cities and counties in these partnerships, and co-created the largest municipal open infrastructure fiber optic network in the United States.  He worked with both public and private sector organizations with the Arbinger Institute’s “Developing an Outward Mindset”, as well as a facilitator with the “Speed of Trust”.

Marra DeGraff

Marra DeGraff

Creativity Specialist

Marra is an educator, facilitator, and innovator excited by the possibilities of human-centered design.

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While working on her masters thesis in marine biogeochemistry at Stanford University, Marra began exploring creative approaches to science communication and education. She subsequently took an Innovations in Education course at the Stanford d.school, fell in love with human-centered design, and has been ideating and iterating ever since. She has led hands-on math and science explorations for K-12 students all around the United States, hosted webinars on grit and growth mindset, and held design thinking workshops with professionals and young adults. Marra is inspired by the energy and efficacy of strong teams and is passionate about helping all teams reach their full creative potential.

Adrian Vazquez

Adrian Vazquez

Communication Artist

Adrian has been performing improvisational theater for the majority of his life and has been teaching for over a decade. 

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He has experience teaching students of all ages encompassing account managers, artists, entrepreneurs, script-actors and more. While he is mostly self and peer taught, Adrian has studied with veteran coaches from Bay Area Theatresports (BATS), iO Chicago, The Groundlings, and Upright Citizens Brigade. He is a has performed as part of the main cast of Craigslist Missed Connections at Pianofight, and in the mainstage casts at Pan Theater, and All Out Comedy, as well as at venues throughout the Bay Area with his itinerant improv troupe, Jurassic Pope

WORKSHOPS

RETREATS

CLIENTS COACHED

FACILITATORS TRAINED

PARTIAL LIST OF CLIENTS


 

Corporate Clients:

  • AT&T
  • Big Lots
  • Boeing
  • Carrier Family Farms
  • Durham Pump
  • Chase
  • Courtyard Marriott University
  • Facebook
  • Ford
  • USAA
  • Verizon
  • Wyndham Vacation Ownership
  • FranklinCovey
  • Gallup
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KIPP
  • Kroger
  • Leapfrog Consulting
  • LEGO
  • Lenovo
  • Lundberg Family Farms
  • Medtronic
  • Merck
  • Merit Medical
  • MetLife
  • Microsoft
  • Moss Adams
  • Nike
  • NISSAN
  • OneOK
  • ORIS Intelligence
  • OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC
  • P&G
  • Paul Components Engineering
  • Pearl Izumi
  • Phelps-Dodge
  • PowerBar
  • Publicis
  • Real Property Management Humboldt
  • Recover Integrity
  • Sierra Nevada Brewery
  • Stone Brewing
  • TD Bank
  • The FruitGuys
  • Toyota
  • Underscore Film Production
  • Van Duerr Industries, Inc.

 

Non-Profit/Board Work:

  • 1Life Fully Lived
  • Auburn Chamber of Commerce
  • California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Chico Chamber of Commerce
  • Chico Interfaith Council
  • Compassion International
  • Downtown Roseville Partnership
  • FamilySearch International
  • Feather River Health Foundation
  • Henderson Chamber of Commerce
  • Lodi Travel & Tourism
  • North Valley Community Foundation
  • Paradise Citizens Alliance
  • Quantum Leap Mastermind Group
  • Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce
  • Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism
  • Ryan Nonprofit Consulting
  • Sac Metro Fire
  • Torres Shelter
  • Tuolomne County Chamber of Commerce
  • The Narrative Method
  • Western Shasta Resource Conservation District
  • Westside LA Jewish Community Center

Education:

  • American Jewish University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Butte County Office of Education
  • Butte/Glenn Community College
  • California State University Chico
  • California State University Sacramento
  • California Teachers Association
  • Chico High School
  • Hebrew Union College
  • Merced County Office of Education
  • Ohio State University
  • Oregon Education Association
  • Stanford University
  • Stratford Schools
  • Tulsa Tech
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • UC Merced
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri Executive MBA

 

Government/Municipalities:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Auburn Parks & Recreation District
  • Butte County Courts
  • Butte County Office of Administration
  • California ISO
  • Chico Area Recreation District
  • City of Chico
  • City of Cottonwood Heights
  • City of Live Oak
  • City of Miami Beach
  • City of Rancho Cordova
  • City of Vallejo
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • National Conservation Leadership Institute
  • Nogales Community Development
  • Presidio Trust
  • Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Town of Paradise
  • United Nations Environmental Program
  • US Army
  • US Navy
  • Veterans Administration Healthcare Administration Center
  • Yolo County Office of Administration

 

Healthcare:

  • Dignity Healthcare
  • Enloe Medical Center
  • Intermountain Homecare
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Ohio Health
  • Paladin Healthcare
  • Queensland Health Systems
  • United Health Group

 

Associations:

  • Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Association
  • Association of Young Leaders - Russia
  • CalChamber - California Chamber of Commerce
  • California Association of Student Councils
  • California Community College Contract Education Collaborative (CCCCEC)
  • Church Music Publishers Association
  • City Clerks Association of California (CCAC)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • Young Presidents' Organization (YPO)

CONTACT US


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