Below is a sampling of the courses and services we have available. Within each category there is flexibility. We believe it’s our job to build the programs our members want. If you don’t see the right thing for you, let us know. Don't forget to look at our "Events" section for upcoming activities.
All workshops are available in two hour, three hour and full day packages. These workshops are based in current research and practice. See our events page for details on upcoming workshops or contact us for custom packages and upcoming events.
Problem Solving-Building Solutions
Faced with constant change and ever-evolving technologies, enhancing our creativity allows us to manage change more effectively. Every problem is an opportunity for a creative solution. The greater the problem, the more opportunity there is for solutions. Through our problem-solving workshops you will learn:
- Reframe problems
- Challenge assumptions
- Connect ideas
Many of today’s personal and professional challenges involve solving complex or wicked problems. This methodology uses a human centric approach with an emphasis on empathy. It’s popularity is driven by the fact that is a highly successful approach.
Through our design thinking workshops you will learn how to :
- Reframe problems
- Challenge assumptions
- Understanding user issues
- Build solutions with empathy
Creativity is central to entrepreneurial thinking and a requirement for a host of things from problem solving to opportuity enhancement. In this workshop participants are taught that everyone can learn how to be more creative. They will explore
- Different ways to improve their creative skills
- Daily exercises
- How to develop a creative lens
Creativity - Brainstorming
Core to the success of any initiative is finding ways of staying innovative. Our brainstorming services and tools are intended to provide participants with ways of staying open to ideas, possibilities and solutions. We can help you reach your customers, better engage your audiences or improve your emotional brand. We show our participants how they can:
- Develop and maintain a creative environment
- Brainstorm effectively as an individual or as a group
- Use visuals to support ideation
- Develop inspiration boards
Modern society is youth-obsessed and frequently presents ageing as disengagement and decline. This course dismantles the framework of negativity that currently accompanies the contemporary narrative of ageing. Participants will discover:
- Cultural and personal biases on ageing
- The language that empowers older adults
- How to overcome internalized ageism
Optimism & Gratitude
There is growing evidence of the success achieved by adopting an optimistic mindset. Our workshop teaches participants how to identify their personal paradigms and adopt optimism and its transformative power to turn challenges into opportunities. These workshops are based in current research and practice. Participants will explore:
- The power of positivity
- The pitfalls of a negative mindset
- How to overcome negative habits
- How to embrace an optimistic outlook
Coaching and Mentoring
Transitioning to a new career path or lifestyle can be challenging. Through coaching and/or mentoring, individuals can identify their core strengths and learn new skills for managing in an evolving world. In addition to traditional methods, the Top 60 also uses a psychometric tool, Emergenetics, to explore thinking styles and behavioural preferences. Participants will learn to:
- Understand self and others
- Understand others’ perception of you
- Make better decisions
- Value your gifts
- Increase efficiency
- Improve communication
All organizations are facing increasing challenges with communication. How can we be heard above the noise is one of the most common communications’ questions we hear. We have workshops that help you to be better heard inside and outside of your organization. Whether you are an individual or a group, we can show you the skills that support your objectives from interpersonal communication to public relations.
- Social media 101
- Personal branding
- Branding 101
- Corporate communications
In this workshop participants explore the power of shifting their mindset in order to find opportunity and avoid blind spots. Participants will learn on-purpose traits that bring them into synch with their values and improve their ability to see disruptive trends and behaviours. Participants will learn:
- How to spot paradigm shifts
- How to manage ambiguity
- How to align values with personal and professional goals
All personal and professional goals necessitate vision. Creating an effective vision is the aim of this workshop. Participants will learn to:
- Develop accurate time-lines
- Ensure vision is aligned with goals
- Access opportunities
Governance structures are changing and becoming more important to the health of private and not for profit organizations. Top Sixty Over Sixty can help you to create a strong and focused board or help your existing board to strengthen their skills.
- Gap analysis
- Risk assessment
- Crisis communications planning
- Communications and advocacy
- Governance basics
TOOLS & SERVICES
Personal Interview Strategies for the 50+
Personal Interview Strategies for the 50+ is a digital toolkit for managing entrepreneurial and change of career interviews. From bank managers to investors, the older entrepreneur has to develop effective methods for showcasing their experience and strengths. This toolkit provides step-by-step advice on how to prepare and present your talents and strengths.
Facilitation of Groups
When groups need to make important decisions, using a Top Sixty Over Sixty facilitator can provide a neutral guiding voice. Top Sixty Over Sixty facilitators keep the group on task and provide the opportunity for group members to learn, change and make decisions. Our facilitators ensure that all group members are heard and provided with a safe environment. We offer facilitation for:
- Change management
- Process improvement
- Issues analysis
- Event design
- Problem solving
- Conflict resolution
Team Building/ Organizational Culture
Team building contributes to a strong and productive workplace. Team building is really about building trust among colleagues. Top Sixty's effective team building approach can help organizations/businesses enhance communication, improve performance and focus on success. Emergenetics provides the psychometric tool used as a foundation. Our team building services include:
- Creativity and innovation building
- Intergenerational cohesion
- Morale building
- Intrapreneurial strength building
- Integration of new members
- Career transition
Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset with ReSet - 12 - 18 hours (2-3 days)
The focus of ReSet is to reduce ageism and increase the entrepreneurial mindset of participants. The Top Sixty Over Sixty’s definition of the entrepreneurial mindset encompasses intrapreneurship, social entrepreneurship, green entrepreneurship and digital entrepreneurship. Whether entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial, having a strong sense of self-agency is critical to effectively achieving objectives. The ReSet program is delivered in two ways, for individuals in a group setting and for organizational teams.
The efficacy of the ReSet program was evaluated in partnership with Ryerson University, the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The research verifies that the program is effective at both reducing ageism and increasing entrepreneurial mindset.
For more information on ReSet, vist HERE.
Every month the Top Sixty Over Sixty team creates and curates content of interest to the older entrepreneur. From personal development and ageing well to financial advice and best practices in human resources we bring content together in one convenient spot. Our members receive additional information and insights directly in their inbox or can access our member library, communities of practice, social innovation committees or discussion forum through the member portal.
Top Sixty Speaking Topics
The Top Sixty Over Sixty is happy to deliver presentations on a range of topics related to the challenges and benefits of working in later life. Don’t See What you’re looking for? Talk to us. We are always developing new content and we are happy to create
ReSetting Old - Reframing the conversation on growing old
Exploring what it means to be old in the 21st century. When ageing is viewed as momentum not failure, the opportunities for businesses and individuals are unlimited.
The Future Of Work Includes Older Workers - Why older workers will continue to work longer in the future
From technology to experience the reasons for our ageing workforce won’t disappear with Boomers. Up and out will no longer be the preferred or successful employee path for strategic businesses.
The Best You All The Time - Reaching personal and professional potential is lifelong
Building the best you and the best business starts with knowing who you are. From employee benefits that are fair, personalized and agile to knowing how to leverage your personal strengths.
Intergenerational Power - Breaking down workplace age silos to build better workplaces
Segregation based on age permeates most of our society including many workplaces. These divisions undermine our work communities and our productivity. Breaking the barriers is all about adjusting attitudes and opportunities.
Entrepreneurial Activity for the Intrapreneur - Older workers in the gig economy
Older workers are looking for more flexible work arrangements. Businessees benefit from the experience and innovation of their senior employees. Leaders can use the characteristics of the gig economy to create a win-win opportunity for employers and employees.