FIERCE CONVERSATIONS: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversational at a Time

Three sessions are scheduled as follows. Participants are members of a cohort and attend all three sessions together.


Session 1: August 23, 2016 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Session 2: August 25, 2016 (8:00 a.m. - noon)

Session 3: August 30, 2016 (8:00 a.m. - noon)

workshop purpose

The Center for Learning & Organizational Development presents Fierce Conversations®, a program that teaches attendees how to ignite productive dialogue that interrogates reality, provokes learning, resolves tough challenges and enriches relationships. It’s the place to begin, the cornerstone of great leadership, healthy cultures, intelligent strategies and whole-hearted execution.


The simplest definition of a fierce conversation is one in which we come out from behind ourselves, into the conversation, and make it real. While many fear real, it is the unreal conversations that ought to concern us because they are incredibly expensive.

Once you’ve tasted this illusive thing called candor, served up with intelligence, passion and skill, all possibilities will expand and, when sustained, will revolutionize your culture.

we are not neutral

We believe that the conversation is the relationship. Careers and companies succeed or fail, one conversation at a time. Conversations are the work horses of an organization. The central function of any team member is to engineer productive, spirited dialogue that reveals we are capable of original thought and provides clarity and impetus for change and results.


Paul Biwan and Kristen Magis, Center for Learning and Organizational Development
Office of Human Resources
OSU Campus

participation fee

A $200 participation fee is billed to your department index. The fee covers workbooks, materials, beverages for each day, and lunch for Session 1.


Details about the program and a link to registration is provided in the workshop flyer.