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Learn To Transform Drama and Create a Culture of Empowerment with 3 Vital Questions

From Challenging Conflict to Purposeful Outcomes Workshop Overview

This workshop provides a pathway for shifting away from a problem focused, anxiety based, and reactive approach by teaching a frame-work that results in more resourceful and effective ways of thinking, relating, and taking action.

One of the most powerful things we can do is to be conscious of how we think, act, and interact. Only then can we be aware of and choose the ways we prefer and engage in practices that help—rather than hinder—us in achieving our desired outcomes.

TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)® is applicable to all aspects of your life, not just work. Whether you are a Fortune 500 company, peer group, school, or family, this framework provides value for all audience groups.

the Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT) to TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)®

The Empowerment Shift

Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT) Roles


"I can help you"'
Reinforces helplessness of the Victim


"This is all your fault"
Dominates, blames, and tears down


"Poor me"
Feels powerless and hopeless

TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)® Roles


"How will you do it?"
Supports and assists


"I/we can do it!"
Focuses on outcomes

TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)®️ and 3 Vital Questions®️ are registered trademarks of Bainbridge Leadership Center (dba Center for The Empowerment Dynamic).  Used with permission.

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Dreaded Drama Triangle Roles
How Do We Know We’re in the Dreaded Drama Triangle
What You Can Do When You’re Triggered
TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)® Triangle Roles
TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)® & Drama Triangle Summary
What We Can Do To Train Our Brains to Be in TED* More: Change Our Focus
Gratitude Exercise
Cost of Drama
DDT Scenario Worksheet
Do Over Worksheet
3 Vital Questions®️
Action Planning Worksheet
1VQ Breakout Group
Commitment Behind the Complaint
2VQ Breakout Group
Dynamic Tension
3VQ Breakout Group
Baby Steps & 7 Commitments
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This half-day skill-building participant-centered workshop is designed to enable participants to transform workplace drama into workplace empowerment.
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This full-day skill-building participant-centered workshop is designed to empower leaders to instill the tools, tips, and resources to lead their team to empowerment.
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This in-depth 2-day skill-building participant-centered workshop is designed to enable leaders participants collaborate together to transform workplace drama into workplace empowerment.
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The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) Questions

Where are you placing your focus? Do teams or individuals focus on reacting to problems or on creating outcomes/results?

Human beings operate from two different mindsets or Orientations. The first—and predominant default—is the Problem Orientation. In this mindset, the focus is on the problems and issues that employees and the organization don’t like or don’t want, which then drives reactive behaviors that are less-than-sustainable. The second mindset is the Outcome Orientation where organizations, teams and individuals focus on outcomes they are passionate about—what they do want and care about. Such an Orientation leads to engagement, sustainable change and results. Understanding these two Orientations and how they act as human “operating systems” allows a deliberate “upgrade” to more resourceful and effective ways of working. This is the focus of the first Vital Question.

How are you relating to others and organizational realities? Does the way of relating for teams or organizations produce or perpetuate “drama” or do they empower others, teams and the organization to be more resourceful, resilient and innovative?

If the focus is on problems and what they don’t like, employees’ ways of relating will tend to foster and perpetuate the Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT)® and its interplay of the roles of Victim, Persecutor and Rescuer—all roles that cause workers to become disenchanted and disengaged.

When workers (and teams) live and work from the Problem Orientation, action-steps are normally reactions to the problems they face. They tend to react to whatever problem comes up in the moment, looking to complain or blame. When they adopt an outcome focused Creator Orientation, the capacity of individuals, teams and the organization increases. They learn to relate through the roles of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic), which are the roles of Creator, Challenger and Coach. This results in new and engaging ways of communicating and relating to one another. Now passion and creativity fuel engagement.

What actions are you (and the organization or team) taking? Are actions merely reactions to the problems of-the-day or are they generative in creating outcomes and results, while solving problems in service of the organization’s mission and vision?

When employees live and work from the Outcome (Creator) Orientation, and relate to others as Creators, Challengers and Coaches, the actions they take are small steps—Baby Steps—in service to what they want to create. The Dynamic Tension planning process is introduced in this third Vital Question as a structure for learning to take action that provides momentum toward moving closer to—and getting clearer about —envisioned and desired outcomes. They learn to tackle problems and choose their response to obstacles when they arise, while always keeping their focus on the outcomes.