OPA! Work

Meaning at Work

When you discover Meaning in your work, everything else changes.

Many of the traditional approaches to work are no longer working, resulting in low levels of engagement, resilience, performance, and innovation, as well as negatively affecting health and well-being. People want to know that they belong and that their work matters. People want to interact with organizations whose products and services contribute to increasing meaning around them. The OPA! Way® is a new mindset and approach to creating the conditions for a more meaningful workplace and, in turn, creating more meaningful products and services. It all starts from the Core of Meaning.

Join us for the OPA! Work and OPA! Leader workshops, keynote speeches, meaning tests, and mentoring services, to learn a new way to approach your work that will re-energize and inspire you. Invite us to share our unique approach to building and sustaining an OPA! Organization, one built on Meaning. In these challenging and fast-changing times, it has to be about Meaning First®!

OPA! Work Workshop 

The OPA! Work workshop is a three part module core program. This core program or curriculum is customized to fit a range of time periods—from a short one-hour workshop up to a more interactive three-day workshop or retreat.

(The typical OPA! Work workshop is either one or two days in length. Obviously, a longer workshop or retreat allows for more time and space to get away from your day-to-day routines to explore new ways of working...especially when the workshop/retreat is held at our OPA! Center for Meaning in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico USA, or in Greece!)

Pre-Workshop: OPA! Work Meaning Test and Reading

We encourage you to take the OPA! Work Meaning Test to help you better understand your perception of the current state of meaning in your work. Results are confidential but serve as an excellent reference point and guide for you to reflect upon and identify areas of your work where you could deepen your sense of joy and meaning. Additional OPA! Reading is distributed prior to the OPA! Work workshop with the objective of stimulating reflection on the topic of meaning.

Modules

The OPA! Work workshop is structured in three separate modules which focus on the core lessons of The OPA! Way®: 

  • Connect Meaningfully with Others
  • Engage with Deeper Purpose
  • Embrace Life with Attitude

Objectives 

  • Increase your awareness of the topic of meaning in your work through dialogue, discussion, and practical examples
  • Understand the "costs" associated with not being aware of meaning in your work
  • Address what's holding your back from finding joy and meaning in your work
  • Learn specific, practical techniques for working from your Core of Meaning® so that Meaning becomes the foundation for improving your work

Format 

  • The OPA! Work workshop uses stories, photos/videos, and practical examples to help you better understand the concept of Meaning and to learn how others have succeeded in bringing more joy and Meaning to their work
  • Focused discussion, authentic dialogue, and insightful exercises (which are engaging, inspirational, memorable, and fun!) are used throughout the workshop. We also dedicate time during the workshop for everyone to create a personal and/or group action plan
  • The OPA! Work workshop can be offered within a specific organization or at a specific meeting/conference. Occasionally, we offer OPA! Work workshops that are open to the public. Check Calendar

Post-Workshop: Mentoring 

  • We offer both short-term and long-term mentoring programs to support individuals in the search for joy and meaning in their work, employing the core lessons and practices of The OPA! Way
  • Clients have included individuals from leading companies, governments, and nonprofit entities, from the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics, and others who, in general, are seeking greater Meaning in their lives and work

Strictly confidential, these sessions take place in person (at your location and/or at the OPA! Center for Meaning in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA) or via telephone/Skype

OPA! Leader Workshop

Increasing demands are leading to increasing frustration, stress, and burnout. It's time to create a new type of workplace—one built on Meaning First®!

A more meaningful workplace reduces employer turnover, as well as health care costs, including those related to sick time/time off. A more meaningful workplace leads to higher levels of engagement & resilience, health & well-being, and innovation & performance. A more meaningful workplace brings out the best in the team!

"Leadership is first and foremost about finding meaning for yourself and then inspiring others to do the same."—Elaine Dundon

The OPA! Leader workshop is a three part module core program. This core program or curriculum is customized to fit a range of time periods—from a short one-hour workshop up to a more interactive three-day workshop or retreat.

Pre-Workshop: OPA! Work Meaning Test and Reading

We encourage you to take the OPA! Work Meaning Test to help you better understand your perception of the current state of meaning in your work. Results are confidential but serve as an excellent reference point and guide for you to reflect upon and identify areas of your work where you could deepen your sense of joy and meaning. Additional OPA! Reading is distributed prior to the OPA! Leader workshop with the objective of stimulating reflection on the topic of meaning.

Modules

The OPA! Leader workshop is structured in three separate modules which focus on the key sources of Meaning and the core lessons of The OPA! Way®: 

  • Connect Meaningfully with Others
  • Engage with Deeper Purpose
  • Embrace Life with Attitude

Objectives 

  • Reflect on your own style of leadership and the impact your behavior has on others
  • Learn how to lead from your Core of Meaning® so that Meaning becomes the foundation for improving your life and work
  • Understand and identify the practices needed to create the conditions for Meaning in order to transform your team and workplace
  • Learn tools and techniques to help you lead with and to Meaning

Format 

  • The OPA! Leader workshop uses stories, photos/videos, and practical examples to help you better understand the concept of Meaning and to learn how others have succeeded in bringing more joy and Meaning to their workplaces
  • Focused discussion, authentic dialogue, and insightful exercises (which are engaging, inspirational, memorable, and fun!) are used throughout the workshop. We also dedicate time during the workshop for everyone to create a personal action/leadership development plan
  • The OPA! Leader workshop can be offered within a specific organization or at a specific meeting/conference.

Other options include: a modified version of the OPA! Leader program specifically targeted to, for example, an executive team, senior level leaders, mid-level managers, new managers, etc.; a modified version of the program to be included in a leadership development program; supported by additional leadership mentoring.

OPA! Work Certification

OPA! Work Certification is open to internal trainers/facilitators within a specific organization who want to gain the experience and build their capacity (i.e., knowledge, skills, attitude) they will need to inspire their co-workers to find deeper levels of meaning in their workplace. This type of "train the trainer" approach provides a scalable solution for an organization who wants to expand or roll-out the OPA! Work program on a larger scale, become an OPA! Organization, and play a leadership role in the Meaning Movement.

OPA! Work Certification is a three-day intensive certification course involving four steps:

  1. Reviewing the OPA! Work curriculum in order to gain a deeper understanding of the program
  2. Learning a step-by-step process and additional tools and techniques on how best to facilitate the OPA! Work program
  3. Learning the most appropriate methods for adapting the OPA! Work program for a specific organizational culture

Engaging additional support and follow-up mentoring (if desired) to help increase the learning, sustain the impact of the certification course, and further position the trainer/facilitator as a role model for "Leading with Meaning."

 

OPA! Work Keynote Speeches

Add the stimulating topic of Meaning to spice up your next conference or meeting!

Invite one of our OPA! keynote speakers to inspire your audience with a new way of working based on the emerging hot topic of Meaning. The OPA! Work keynote speech can be easily custom-designed to fit your audience, time period, and meeting objectives.

Specific objectives include: 

  • Gain a clearer understanding of how the three core lessons of The OPA! Way can provide the roadmap for bringing more joy and meaning into your work and workplace
  • Learn specific and practical techniques for working from your "Core of Meaning"
  • Build engagement and resilience by focusing on what really matters and engaging with deeper Purpose
  • Learn how other leaders and organizations have benefited from improving their connection to Meaning

Alternative Titles/Customization include: 

  • Everybody Say OPA!—Working with Meaning
  • OPA! Day of Inspiration, Joy, and Meaning
  • Meaning First®
  • Leading with Meaning
  • Meaning Before Innovation
  • The Human Side of Innovation
  • Anthrocapitalism (Meaningful Capitalism)
  • Becoming an OPA! Organization


OPA! Organization

There is a better way to work!

Transform your organization into an OPA! Organization based on Meaning.

Find out how to make Meaning an organization-wide initiative that drives engagement & resilience, health & well-being, innovation & performance.

Meaning First®

Working in partnership with leaders of your group or organization, the OPA! Team facilitates a five-step process:

  1. We begin with understanding your group or organizational culture, strengths, and challenges, along with any specific Meaning objectives
  2. Then we administer the OPA! Organization Meaning Test
  3. And analyze the results
  4. From here, we recommend an OPA! Meaning framework with specific strategies and action steps to improve the level of Meaning throughout your group or organization
  5. Importantly, we assist in rolling out/implementing a variety of improvements which could include OPA! Work and OPA! Leader workshops, certification, retreats, mentoring, and speeches.

These meaning-focused initiatives help build capacity and impact culture change throughout your group or organization by guiding and supporting everyone to gain a clearer understanding of what is truly meaningful to them, both individually and collectively.

We've partnered with a wide variety of outstanding organizations (see Client List) to create more meaningful work and workplaces.

To find out more about OPA! Work and OPA! Leader program offerings (workshops, retreats, mentoring services, certification, keynote speeches), or to discuss building an OPA! Organization, contact the OPA! Team at: info@theopaway.com

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