Get to the Root Cause! Eliminate Project Problem Reiteration with Neuro-Axiology with Traci Duez

Prework: Yes

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to: 

  • Apply the seven dimensions of motivation to influence behaviors and actions.
  • Integrate the T.E.A.R. model into their self-leadership and leadership (thoughts – emotions – actions – results).
  • Create purpose, reclaim power, and raft a plan for becoming a three-dimensional leader.


Have you ever wondered why project managers seem to consistently complain about the same problems? Are you tired of the same challenges recurring on your projects over and over again? Sadly, most project managers and leaders are churning because they are not focusing on the true problem; they are spending their time, energy, and resources addressing the symptoms. Finding remedies for the symptoms (i.e., troublesome behaviors, frustrations, time management, and other problems outside of your control) doesn’t address the root cause of the problem.

In this training, you will learn how to use the science of axiology to better see, analyze, and address the root causes of problems and challenges. You will discover the “what” and the “how” of leading in three dimensions—head, hands, and heart. Leadership isn't merely about changing the behaviors of the human “doing.” Exceptional leaders also know how to transform human minds and human hearts. Join us to discover how the best leaders don’t shy from emotion, but rather embrace emotion as a tool. You will learn the T.E.A.R. model of motivation so you can influence the minds of your team members. And when it comes to you, we will measure all three dimensions of your life and you will learn how to use your cognitive assets, emotional intelligence, and talents to get out of your own way and become a more powerful, impactful, and authentic leader.


Learners will be required to complete a three-part assessment prior to the training. The cost of this assessment is US$125 and will be charged at checkout. The assessment cost is nonrefundable.



    • Introduction to 3D Leadership 
      • Definitions
      • Traits versus states
      • Head, hands, and heart
    • Behaviors (Hands) 
      • Review participants’ DiSC profile results
      • Group exercise on discovering another’s DiSC style(s)
      • Leverage each style in communication
      • Role-play influencing each style
      • Create a personal cheat sheet
    • Power of Emotions—Understand the T.E.A.R. Model
      • Discover why most models for change don’t work
      • There are no positive or negative emotions
      • Study Atlas of Emotions website
      • Increase emotional vocabulary 
    • Motivators (Heart) 
      • Review participants’ values/motivators report
      • Learn all seven motivational styles and 14 driving forces
      • Group exercise on driving forces
      • Case studies on team motivation
    • EQs (Emotional Intelligence) 
      • Introduction to EQ
      • Review EQ capacities and EQ readiness scores from assessment
    • Thinking and Valuing Habits (Head) 
      • Introduction to neuro-axiology
      • Review VQ profile; jump-start report
      • Individual exercises; complete primary biases worksheet
      • Complete primary assets worksheet
      • Rewrite your story 
    • Application of T.E.A.R. Model 
    • Using Head, Hands, and Heart to Lead Better
      • Confronting with confidence
      • Group exercises and role-playing for increasing project sponsor engagement
      • Addressing and motivating a low performer
    • Pulling It All Together 
      • Creating your purpose
      • Reclaiming your power
      • Crafting your plan
    • Using the Head, Heart, and Hands to Shape Your Stories to Inspire and Lead
    • The Power of Celebration 

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Power Skills and Business Acumen PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Ways of Working PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials. *Please note that the asterisked row below applies to the PMI® Agile Certification Journey and includes Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) certifications.
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acumen Total
CAPM® / PMI-CP™ / PMP® / PgMP® 0 21 0 21.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 0 21 0 21.00
PMI-SP® 0 21 0 21.00
PMI-RMP® 0 21 0 21.00
PfMP® 0 21 0 21.00
PMI-PBA® 0 21 0 21.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle



Traci Duez

Traci is a sought-after speaker in the project management community. She has spoken at over 120 PMI events in the past 6 years to over 14,000 project managers and leaders including 4 four PMI Global Congresses in North America and Europe. Traci earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She then entered the master's program in athletic coaching at The Ohio State University. She has coached basketball at the high school and collegiate levels. She was a project manager for 17 years and a director of over 100 consultants for a nationwide IT consulting firm.

Training Information

4 - 6 December 2023
3 Days


Member Price
(US$2065.00 before 23 October)
Nonmember Price
(US$2265.00 before 23 October)
Government Price
Student Price

Assessment Fee

Please note that this training's cost will have a built-in $125 Course Assessment Fee on the registration platform.

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