Levin-Raffio Corporate Team Building & Consultation:
The Antidote Program
Stress in corporate America is costing billions of dollars and deeply affecting men, women and families. From a 50% divorce rate to the pressures of paying for increasingly less reassuring college diplomas for their kids, business people are suffering from stress on and off the job.
The Antidote Programs teach your people how to let go of stress and find creative, dynamic ways to feel better, connect with colleagues, work with more focus, balance and confidence and increase the bottom lines because of more contentment and cooperation in the workplace.
In thirty-six year careers as a businessman, teacher, psychotherapist and life coach, Tom and Jeff have learned four very powerful facts that inform the Antidote Programs:
- The ability to shed stress and connect deeply with oneself and colleagues can be taught.
- Kindness, connection and civility in any group– a law firm, corporation, family, sports team – help the people involved feel welcomed, cared about and safe, and in that social environment, the bottom line gets happy.
- Here in Digital 2018, almost everybody is stressed: too many emails, not enough time. Too much to do, not enough unplugging. The fabrics of connection in the office and at home in every employee or partner’s life might have begun to fray a bit. No one’s exempt and, in some business environments, no one’s talking about it, letting alone solving the problem.
- There are relevant “secrets” known to psychotherapists and savvy corporate leaders which, when de-mystified and taught in business settings, free people thru powerful “Aha” experiences and give them the tools to be happier and more connected at work and home and to behave with the kind of civility that creates company unity and productivity.
1. Leadership Team Retreat
This one- or two-day retreat gives firm leaders an immersion experience in relaxation and connection. Through a really enjoyable process of both individual and group meetings, participants come to know themselves and one another far more deeply. Emails and responsibilities are tabled for the day(s), and a joyful stress-free environment is established in which people can truly relax and learn. Insights are developed around the ways in which stress affects people’s lives and how resolve conflict and increase joy on and off the job. Freud’s Repetition Compulsion, to date a dreary, complicated psychoanalytic concept, is demystified and explained; the “Aha” moments people will enjoy around why they keep repeating the same old unproductive behaviors of mind and action will be terrific and go a long way towards bonding the group. “Let’s knock off this craziness!” becomes the new mantra of the Leadership Team. A new, fresh, far more productive and coherent team emerges with vibrant cutting edge plans for the company.
2. Team/Group Retreat
A wonderful experience for associates in the firm and, similar to the Leaders’ Retreat, this one- or two-day retreat provides any team an immersion experience in relaxation, connection and team building. Through a really enjoyable process of both individual and group meetings, participants come to know themselves and one another far more deeply. Emails and responsibilities are tabled for the day(s), and a joyful safe environment is established in which people can truly relax and learn. Insights are developed around the ways in which stress affects people’s lives and how to resolve conflict and increase joy on and off the job. Freud’s Repetition Compulsion, to date a dreary, complicated psychoanalytic concept, is demystified and explained; the “Aha” moments people will enjoy around why they keep repeating the same old unproductive behaviors of mind and action will be terrific and go a long way towards bonding the group. Following the retreat, you have a team of people re-energized, armed with fresh, invigorating knowledge about themselves and their teammates and ready with a new, detailed plan for personal and team success.
3. Firm-Wide Transformation Day
This one-day/evening experience provides a vibrant experience in connection and change for the entire firm. Beginning with an all-firm, two-hour workshop, the notion of the power of connection and self/other-knowledge is discussed and literally experienced as people go through a series of exercises designed to break down barriers and engender a joyful, new sense of camaraderie among and between people who might normally connect. The intellectual and felt sense of the literal power of “corporation” is discussed and built upon. Among other exercises, many individuals all the way from the managing partner to the newest intern find themselves at the microphone, talking about personal dreams and adversity; the cohering sense of team and purpose is palpable, and the day ends with music! That evening, Mr. Levin, a highly skilled singer and guitar players, leads an eight-piece soul band in a celebration of the day’s growth and learning! Participants are encouraged to sit in as well as take the microphone to talk about what they’ve learned and experienced that day. The evening concert culminates in a commitment ceremony where people share what it is they’re going to work on for their own personal enrichment and that of the firm.
4. Emotional Intelligence in Business: Tapping the Collective Creativity
In this one-hour workshop, participants are provided an understanding of the research on emotional intelligence in order to maximizes people’s strengths, and invigorate communication and collaboration. In addition, participants take away a new, broader comprehension of their own emotional I.Q., which supports their lives and relationships, both in and out of the company. The workshop can only increase individual and collective productivity, raising people’s spirits and levels of self-awareness.
5. The Juggling Act: Work, Family and Self
This two-hour workshop offers busy participants an opportunity to take a nurturing breather together to examine ways of balancing the important responsibilities in their lives in an effort to engender more stability, satisfaction, fulfillment and contentment. People will design new plans for managing their time and decreasing stress, all with an eye toward building a personal understanding of one’s deepest goals and objectives. This newfound contentment is developed with an eye towards building the bottom line!
6. Maximizing the Click
It is well-understood that in anyone’s personal or professional pursuits, there come those magic times when everything falls together – the energy is just right, things are working perfectly and the results are absolutely terrific. This takes place for almost all of us at different times in our lives involving differing pursuits from athletics, dance, music, personal relationships, meditating – the list is as long as that of human activities. This click may last for a chorus of your guitar solo, for the half hour meeting with your biggest client or for a week’s vacation with your fiancée. The question any leader of an organization needs to ask is, “How do I find ways to maximize the click?” In other words, what can be done proactively to create the kind of synergy, force, spirit and creative juices, which seem to fuel the click? This half-day workshop provides the forum where these answers can be discovered, and the results will be fantastic.
7. Right-Brain Rehab: Writing Your Own Prescription for Creativity & Joy
In the sway of professional and family responsibilities, important dreams can be lost along the way. The One-day Rehab workshop will provide you with proven methods to re-connect with personal creative goals and energy. Is it the saxophone you’ve always wanted to play in lieu of those oppressive piano lessons you were forced into as a kid – never found the time to pick up your old paintbrushes – do you yearn to spend more time with your journal or in the natural world? Whatever your creative/personal/spiritual desires, this half-day experience will help you set your priorities, organize your time and slowly, but surely invigorate your personal and professional lives as you begin to fulfill your deeper creative strivings. You can expect:
- to leave with a concrete plan for increased joy and creativity
- to make a strong commitment to the specifics of that plan
- to feel increasing energy, passion and positive self-regard
- to begin right away actualizing your long-held and perhaps long-shelved creative, personal or shared family plans and dreams
About Jeff Levin
Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Dartmouth College, Boston College School of Education and the Smith College School for Social Work, Jeff Levin has devoted his professional life (38 years and counting) to supporting people. He began his professional career as a middle-school English teacher in Carlisle, Massachusetts, and since then, Jeff has worked with individuals and groups in a wide variety of settings helping individual athletes, young people, families and corporations. Jeff was a practicing psychotherapist for over twenty-five years; for the last ten years, he has been a life coach based in New Hampshire and Boston who works with both individuals and groups. He has been a consultant and coach to kids, parents, families, schools, teams/athletes and corporations all over the U.S.
Jeff has worked with firm members, students, student-athletes, faculty, coaches and parents at institutions including:
Northeast Delta Dental
Orr & Reno
Ransmeier and Spellman
Nutter, McClennen & Fish
Alkon & Levine
The Farm Baseball Academy
Avon Old Farms School
Bridgewater State University
Wayland High School
Souhegan High School
Lincoln-Sudbury High School
Wellesley High School
UMass Lowell Men’s Hockey
Newton South High School
Newton North High School
St. Paul’s School
Watertown High School
New Mission High School
St. Mark’s School
St. Sebastian’s School
Connecticut Oilers hockey
University of Hartford
About Tom Raffio
Tom Raffio is President & CEO of Northeast Delta Dental, which administers the dental benefits for nearly 800,000 people in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Well known for its customer service, Northeast Delta Dental has been recognized regionally and nationally for its human resource management, corporate social responsibility, and management practices. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Great Place to Work® Institute ranked Northeast Delta Dental among the 25 Best Small Companies to Work for in America for five consecutive years.
A graduate of the Leadership New Hampshire class of 1997, Tom is a graduate of Harvard University, earned an MBA from Babson College, and is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.
Tom has been recognized by a variety of organizations for the leadership he provides to his company and to the numerous community nonprofit boards and advisory committees on which he serves. For example, in 2011, Tom was awarded a Doctor of Science, honoris causa from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for his distinguished leadership in New Hampshire’s health care system. In 2010, Tom was named the Business Leader of the Decade by Business NH Magazine and the NH Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and he received a Doctor of Humane Letters from New England College and an Honorary Associate’s Degree in Science from NHTI, Concord’s Community College; he was honored as Distinguished Citizen of the Year by Daniel Webster Council, BSA; and he was awarded an Early Learning Champion award for the third consecutive year from Early Learning NH. In 2009, Tom was selected by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce as its Outstanding Citizen of the Year, he was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award by The Rotary Club of Bow, he was selected as a Champion for Children by the NH School Administrators Association, and he received the Mary Stuart Gile Award from the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families.