ABstrategies

Need help deciding which Everything DiSC® solution is right for you?

About Us

Antonia Bowring, principal, ABstrategies
EverythingDiSC certified facilitator, Antonia Bowring, MBA, MPhil, ICF certified coach

ABstrategies helps teams and individuals improve how they get along with each other so that they can focus on the substantive strategic, operational and other issues in order to meet their revenue and productivity goals. Research has shown that when people feel psychologically safe in their interactions with co-workers on the job, they contribute more and achieve more.

DiSC-based assessments are critical components of our toolkit when we facilitate or coach on these issues. What is the power of Everything DiSC and 5 Behaviors?
• Help gain awareness about ourselves (why do I behave like I do and what is the impact on others?)
• Encourage us to value different styles in the workplace (how can I better appreciate behaviors and communication styles of others so that we can be more successful together?)
• Improve employee satisfaction, collaboration and performance (what would work be like if our contributions were valued and appreciated?)
In a nutshell, these tools can help unlock a culture-driven competitive advantage for your organization.

We can help you determine which DiSC product should to use and when. The starting point is a conversation with us to assess where you and your team should focus your professional development resources.

Antonia Bowring, principal of ABstrategies, has over 20 years’ experience in corporate America and the nonprofit sector. She has held C-suite positions in environmental and entrepreneurial organizations. Her interest and experience working with professional services firms, with an emphasis on law firms, has developed from her experience as a management consultant, and client engagement manager in the technology sector.

Antonia has coached and consulted across a wide variety of industries from legal and financial to media and nonprofit. Antonia holds a B.A. in Political Science, M.Phil. in Development Economics and an M.B.A. She is an ICF certified coach with an Executive Coaching Certificate from New York University. Antonia is a proud authorized partner of DiSC products and the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team program.

Testimonials For ABstrategies

  • Our entire senior leadership team absolutely adores Antonia. Her style, honesty, and perceptiveness are her greatest coaching assets. She has helped our team learn about each other's work styles through DiSC and shown us how to use DiSC-based insights to become a more effective and collaborative team. As an HR leader, she has truly inspired me.

    Bineta HR Director, National Food Company
  • Antonia not only helped me grow as a leader and manager, she helped me turn my team around. When we started my team that was hindered by a lack of trust and cooperation, and by the time we completed the coaching sessions, I had a happier, more productive and collaborative team.

    Sara Nonprofit Program Executive
  • Antonia has been an incredible resource for both myself and my talented, eager team. She has helped us reset our approach to communication and team building in this next phase of our expansion.

    Christina Founder and CEO, National Food Business
  • Antonia helped me overcome personal and professional hurdles and the impact couldn’t be more tangible since I was just promoted! She helped me break down fears that were holding me back and develop a clear plan to move forward, take action, and demystify the work of leading others.

    Yasmina Nonprofit Executive, NYC
  • Antonia successfully coached our group of four financial services professionals and created a positive dynamic amongst us. She guided us through goal setting for personal and professional development, assessment of our progress, accountability and eventually accomplishment of the goals. I was privileged to have Antonia as my coach.

    Attorney Assistant Counsel, Financial Services Firm, NYC

Solutions

  • Learning Workshops powered by Everything DiSC®

    Having a team or department or even an entire organization take a DiSC-powered assessment provides a powerful platform for designing and implementing a dynamic and highly relevant learning experience around interpersonal communication, improving team dynamics and management skills.

    We prefer to use Everything DiSC® Workplace for large groups because it’s the most accessible of all the DiSC-based assessment.

    For more information and some examples of recent engagements, please click on the PDF.

  • Executive Coaching

    Antonia knows that individual coaching helps drive her clients' professional success, and contributes to stronger organizational and business outcomes. Antonia is recognized for building trust with her clients early in the coaching process through her passion, pragmatism and humor.

    Coaching Approach. Antonia’s practical, evidence-based coaching approach is backed by research: increased self-awareness + changed behaviors = greater professional success and stronger organizational and business outcomes.
    Her process starts with understanding the business context for your coaching and defining what success will look like. The process usually continues with 360° interviews or Wiley’s 363 online assessment to identify behaviors getting in the way of effectiveness. She delivers your feedback directly and with empathy, and it forms the basis of your coaching action plan with identified objectives, methods for achieving both professional and business goals and specific success metrics.

  • Strategic Facilitation

    Strategic facilitation is a core offering of ABstrategies and something we excel at researching, designing and implementing. The success of an off-site or advance (we don’t call them retreats) in large part depends on the skill of the facilitator. How do you gather inputs and insights to ensure the day’s content is “on point”? How do you ensure that participants feel safe enough to be honest and that the atmosphere is dynamic enough for creativity? How to you move the group towards insights, decisions and clear next steps? And most critically, how do you build on the momentum AFTER the off-site?

    We are skilled at finding the right answer to these questions for varied teams, departments and organizations. Thoughtful planning, the ability to get inputs from many different sources, and skillful building of the agenda and its execution step by step are core to our process.

  • Everything Disc Workplace

    Everything DiSC Workplace® delivers a comprehensive, easily customizable workplace development solution to engage every employee—regardless of title or position, department or function—in building more productive and effective relationships at work.

    Combining facilitated classroom training with online pre-work and follow-up tools, you can create a personalized learning experience to help participants understand the different priorities, preferences, and values each individual brings to the workplace, and how they can learn to adapt to the style of others.

    Participant Results
    • Discover their own DiSC® style: recognize priorities, motivators, and stress triggers that shape their workplace experience
    • Explore other styles: understand the differences and similarities among the DiSC styles
    • Identify strategies to make more meaningful connections with colleagues of various styles and work more effectively to reduce tension, solve problems, and contribute positively at work.

    Videos

    Intro to Everything DiSC® Workplace
  • Everything Disc 363 for Leaders

    Everything DiSC 363® for Leaders isn't just any 360. It’s a dynamic 360-degree feedback tool plus 3 personalized strategies for leaders to put into action immediately—a 360 + 3!

    The richness of Everything DiSC® comes together with the research-based Eight Approaches to Effective Leadership framework to help any leader—emerging high-potentials and experienced executives alike—incorporate critical feedback from direct reports, peers, and bosses into a development plan to increase their effectiveness in a leadership role. Whether coaching one-on-one or working with small groups of aspiring leaders, this powerful set of resources includes tips, techniques, and step-by-step guidance to help you introduce Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders into an organization, get buy-in from senior leadership, determine the scope and timeline for implementation, and deliver a fully customizable 360-degree feedback and coaching offering that meets your client’s specific leadership development needs.

  • Team Coaching

    ABstrategies is a certified facilitator of the The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® Powered by Everything DiSC program. These core principles form the basis of our work with teams. Five Behaviors is not a workshop; it’s a program that requires a deep commitment from the team’s leadership and the team itself to be successful. We have seen fabulous results in terms of communication improvements, key work milestones met, improved decision-making, increased revenues, and deeper work satisfaction.

    Based on Patrick Lencioni’s international best-seller, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® Powered by Everything DiSC® helps teams apply The Five Behaviors™ model of Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results to drive team effectiveness and productivity. The program uses Everything DiSC to build effective team communication and relationships, to help participants understand their individual DiSC® style and discover how each style brings value to the team.

    Videos

    Intro to Cohesive Team Behaviors
  • Everything DiSC Productive Conflict

    Everything DiSC® Productive Conflict helps participants improve self-awareness around conflict behaviors. Rather than focus on a step-by-step process for conflict resolution, Everything DiSC Productive Conflict provides participants with techniques to curb destructive behaviors and effectively respond to conflict situations. The program features an exploration of DiSC® in a conflict context, provides an opportunity for participants to explore their destructive conflict responses, and offers them a method for making more productive choices in their response to conflict.

    Results for Leaders
    • Appreciate how their style of handling conflict affects the people around them
    • Learn how to “catch” themselves when going down a destructive conflict path
    • Learn how to reframe a conflict situation and choose more productive behaviors
    • Build a common language in the organization around appropriate conflict behavior

    Videos

    Intro to Productive Conflict
  • Everything DiSC Management

    Everything DiSC® Management offers a customizable development solution proven to increase the effectiveness of anyone in a management role--whether managing direct reports or the relationship with their own manager. A complete program of classroom training, and online pre-work and follow-up focuses learning in five key areas:
    • Understanding DiSC® styles
    • Directing and delegating
    • Creating a motivating environment
    • Developing others with different styles
    • Identifying strategies for working more effectively with managers.
    Participants learn how their management style influences how they manage time, make decisions, approach problems, and what they need to do to adapt to the styles of others to bring out the best in each and every employee in their charge.

Everything DiSC® Certification

Choose your learning format:

Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification

Online

Everything DiSC Workplace Certification is your best resource to gain foundational knowledge and tools for facilitating Everything DiSC. Designed with your busy schedule in mind, this online course gives you the flexibility of self-paced learning, paired with live-collaborative sessions led by Wiley’s expert trainers.

Increase your confidence and competence in delivering Everything DiSC Workplace in your organization. This course offers rigorous new content on the principles of the DiSC® model and the supporting research. During the live sessions, you will practice facilitating small groups and explore challenging scenarios that could arise during workshops. You’ll also learn how to keep Everything DiSC alive within your organization by creating a culture of DiSC and explore MyEverythingDiSC, the mobile-friendly, interactive learning portal that is exclusive to Everything DiSC.

This program Includes:

  • Four modules of self-directed and live collaborative learning (each requiring three to five hours of time per week), conducted over a four week period
  • Active knowledge checks to help participants assess how well they understand the content and to improve learning and retention
  • Final Certification exam (self-directed/graded activity)

Start your journey toward building your confidence and competence in effectively delivering Everything DiSC Workplace!

Upcoming Classes

  • May 02 – May 30, 2019

    Live session each Thursday from 9:00 – 10:30am CT
  • May 31 – June 28, 2019

    Live session each Friday from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT
  • June 27 – July 25, 2019

    Live session each Thursday from 10:00 – 11:30am CT
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Workplace Certification

Everything DiSC® Certification

In Person

The in-person, Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification begins with online, self-directed learning and culminates in two days of practical application facilitated by Wiley's expert trainers. With Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification, participants will:

  • Gain expertise in the Everything DiSC® model and supporting research
  • Discover how to apply the Everything DiSC Workplace reports to daily interactions
  • Customize the Everything DiSC Workplace program to meet specific participant needs
  • Navigate challenging scenarios that could arise during a workshop or coaching session
  • Create strategies to promote a DiSC®-based culture
  • Explore MyEverythingDiSC® and discover how to utilize it as an ongoing development tool
This course is held at the Education Center in Minneapolis, MN or in London, England.

Upcoming Classes

  • May 21 – May 22, 2019

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • June 25 – June 26, 2019

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • July 30 – July 31, 2019

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
Take the next step!
Workplace Certification

Showcases

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Featured Skills

  • Executive Coaching
  • Strategic Facilitation of Off-sites and Advances
  • Learning Workshops powered by Everything DiSC
  • Expert experience using Everything DiSC® assessments and tools

Credentials

  • Authorized Partner Everything DiSC
  • Certified Coach - International Coaching Federation