Take your work life off autopilot


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What is Pause by Kensho?

Pause is a training course focused on self awareness, relationship-building, and other "soft" skills. The entire program is 5 modules and each module builds on a foundational knowledge of values, strengths, working styles, and behaviors.

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I feel like I’ve been given the cheat codes to life.
— Caleb V.

Take your work life off auto-pilot

Do you live out the same, boring experience every day at work?
Are you puzzled at decisions made by leadership teams?
Having trouble connecting with your team(s)?
Has your job been commandeered by the needs of others?

Pause brings increased self-awareness, communication, presentation, and relationship-building skills to the workplace. Modern, innovative ideas are coupled with proven professional approaches.

We offer Pause modules individually or you may enroll in all five modules at a discounted rate. Each session offers 2 hours of instruction/activity and 30 minutes of (optional) meditation.

Kensho Pause has increased my confidence to develop meaningful relationships with my leaders and colleagues.
— Sumy J.

Customization Options

We've written a blog post detailing the various ways you can experience a custom tailored Pause delivery that's catered to you, your team, and your company. We can modify content, delivery location, and more.

Module 1: Know Yourself

Duration: 3 sessions

Development of self-awareness and introspection is a key piece of the puzzle we see missing in employees at many companies. Most people have never asked themselves simple questions about strengths, weaknesses, learning methods, and more. So, we start with the basics and continue these learnings throughout the course.

Foundational Materials

Practical Goals

  • Understand and analyze your strengths.

  • Understand and analyze your values.

  • Understand and analyze your learning style.

  • Begin questioning yourself in a way that leads to awareness and compassion.

Philosophical Questions to Answer

  • Who are you and why are you here?

  • What are you good at?

  • What are your weaknesses?

  • How do you learn?

  • Do you work well with others?

  • What are your values that drive your behaviors?

  • Are you contributing meaningfully?

Kensho offers a third alternative to finding another job or waiting for the job that I am currently in to change.
— Steve G.

Module 2: Know Your Company

Duration: 3 sessions

Most people have a sense of how their companies make money, but many don’t understand the connection between how the company makes money and their role in the generation of that revenue. Module 2 seeks to close that gap and establish a sense of purpose for employees.

Module 2 builds on what we learn about ourselves in Module 1 and we apply it to learn more about our company.

Foundational Materials

Practical Goals

  • Be able to identify how your company makes money and why your company exists

  • Understand and identify dysfunctional behavior

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the STARS model, and where your company is in the company lifecycle, and how that changes organizational behavior

  • The ability to document and understand what success looks like in your organization, and how the organization celebrates success

  • An understanding of alignment between your personal values and the culture/values of the company you work in.

Philosophical Questions to Answer

  • What does your company do?

  • Where is your company in the business lifecycle?

  • Why did your company hire you?

  • What were the differences before you started at your company and after?

  • How does your company make money?

  • What are your company’s organizational norms?

  • What is the company’s expectation for interpersonal conflict resolution?

  • Do your company’s values align with your values?

  • How is the company organized and why?

The focus on bringing my best self to any situation has been such a simple theme, yet helps me focus and has amazing results.
— Heather L.

Module 3: Know Your Peers

Duration: 3 sessions

We all work with other people. This module focuses on how to understand the people on your teams who work closest to us and depend on us the most.

Module 3 builds on what we learn about ourselves in Module 1 and we apply it to learn more about our peers.

Foundational Materials

Practical Goals

  • Understand why the ability to have crucial conversations is important.

  • Understand your style under stress (self-evaluation)

  • Identify the Six Sources of Influence model and understand how they can be used

  • Understand and spot attribution error, and other biases

  • What do dysfunctional teams look like?

  • Understand your people ecosystem; rivals, allies, stakeholders

Philosophical Questions to Answer

  • Who influences your success?

  • Who are your stakeholders?

  • Who are your allies?

  • Who are your rivals?

  • Who are neutral?

  • What are your emotional triggers and hot buttons?

As a result of Kensho, at work, I just seem happier.
— Carmen M.

Module 4: Know Your Boss(es)

Duration: 3 sessions

Nearly all of us have at least one boss. Some unfortunate souls have multiple. What are we to do? How do we manage the expectations of our boss(es), meet the strategic goals of the company, maintain a sense of our own success, and prevent politics from getting in the way? This module seeks to provide some insight into these questions and expectations.

Module 4 builds on what we learn about ourselves in Module 1 and we apply it to learn more about our boss(es).

Foundational Materials

Practical Goals

  • Understand different management styles.

  • Understand your boss's management and communication styles/modes under normal and stressful circumstances.

  • Document and understand your boss’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • Identify when a conversation becomes crucial.

  • Understand the 3-step framework for having a crucial conversation.

Philosophical Questions to Answer

  • Do you receive coaching and mentorship from management?

  • How accessible is your manager?

  • What is your manager’s preferred form of communication?

  • How does your manager learn?

  • What are your manager’s strengths?

  • What are your manager’s weaknesses?

  • How do you complement your manager?

  • Do you face conflict with your manager?

  • How do you resolve conflict with your manager?

  • Does your manager listen when you talk?

Just knowing that I was coming to a Kensho session today automatically made me more aware and calmer.
— Heather L.

Module 5: The Alliance

Duration: 3 sessions

Equipped with an understanding of our relationships with others throughout the workplace, we can begin with a new approach. The Alliance Framework gives us practical, humane tactics to elevate ourselves and our company to new heights. It is a game-changing book that has had significant impact on each of the Kensho founders.

Foundational Materials

Practical Goals

  • Document the terms of your Tour, and distinguish between those that are agreed upon and which are inferred.

  • Create a plan of action for creating your personal Alliance.

  • Understand your network of strong, weak, and potential ties.

Philosophical Questions to Answer

  • Are you currently on a Tour of Duty?

  • If yes, what are the terms of the tour? What type of tour?

  • If no, how soon can you and your manager determine one?

  • Do you have a professional network that extends beyond your company? How do you take advantage of it?

  • Are you connected to people with whom you used to work?

Definitely better than a Saturday in traffic school.
— Andrew F.



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