An appreciation of the ‘givens’ of human nature provides a framework for understanding human beings, and this knowledge in turn creates an awareness of an individual’s ability to function effectively in a workplace setting. Recognizing and acknowledging these ‘human givens’ can help managers and employers determine how to approach individual employees and handle different types of conflict situations.


‘Human Givens @ Work’ is a series of workplace-focused personal development workshops and presentations, which are run in conjunction with one-to-one and team coaching sessions. These sessions are designed to facilitate greater understanding of human behaviour as well as provide practical information and guidance on how to help people improve their performance in the workplace and bring about positive changes in an organization.

The Human Givens framework can be adapted to the specific needs of the organization.

Human Givens training and workshops

Common presentations and workshops:

Science of Self-care

The Science of Self-care training module draws on recent knowledge and research to give the layperson a better understanding of human behaviour – both our own behaviour and that of other people. The Science of Self-care module provides an understanding of the innate needs of all human beings and it explains how our brains have developed and evolved to help us get these needs met.

Motivation and Performance

The Motivation and Performance module describes the innate needs underlying all human motivation and performance, and provides practical tools for how to harness and utilize this drive to maximize results.

Interpersonal Communication

The Interpersonal Communication module focuses on identifying and building our innate capacity for human connection. Interpersonal relationships underlie all transactions and interactions within and beyond the workplace. The quality and integrity of that communication is fundamental to success in business and in life. The Interpersonal Communication module is centred on the RIGAAR framework for relationship development. This framework has been shown to underpin success in areas as diverse as sales, customer service, team building, leadership and people management.

Team Building

The Team Building module demonstrates how a deep understanding of innate needs and resources can facilitate a healthy and highly functioning group dynamic. This enables a team to achieve specific goals through experiencing the rewards of being part of a positive group intelligence process within a challenging, stimulating and stretching environment.


The Leadership module examines the essence of leadership how to harness within oneself and how to develop it in others through a true understanding of people’s innate needs and resources, the capacity for leadership is distilled and simplified. This allows the leader to mentor and develop staff while simultaneously nurturing individuals’ potential to deliver enhanced performance.

Creating a Sustainable Workplace Culture

The Creating a Sustainable Workplace Culture module examines how an organizational culture evolves and is maintained. It focuses on understanding the process of learning (and unlearning), and how it can be used to sustain the organization’s ability to meet the needs of customers, employees and key stakeholders.

Change Management

The change management module focuses on the process of behaviour change and what can both hinder and assist it. One of the laws of human nature is that most people will change their behaviour not because they are asked to do so, but because the change serves to meet some aspect of their own needs. Any change management process needs to be based on that reality if it is to succeed.


Bespoke training and workshop modules

Bespoke training and workshop modules can be developed to meet the specific requirements of your organization.


The function of most organizations is to ensure that employees deliver a product or service to customers. The approach used in the Human Givens workshops described above provides managers with the necessary tools to produce measurable outcomes. These tools are based on the most recent advances in neuroscience. They provide clear explanations as to why people function differently in different environments.

The tools consist of ‘organizing ideas’ i.e. ideas that can be scaled to suit any particular environment or any particular set of challenges facing employees. While these tools can be used to effect change in individual situations, they are likely to produce the best results when they are implemented systematically across an entire workforce and are also incorporated into all aspects of the organization’s systems and processes. The objective is to use the tools to create a shared vision and purpose, and to design work practices that are compatible with the organization, are in line with the business strategy, and serve to meet the needs of employees and customers alike.




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