Authentic Leadership Leverage
A Conversation of Discovery, Adaptation, and
When you're "in the zone" as a leader things just seem to hum;
they seem natural, easier, and filled with purpose. You have many
areas of focus through which you can achieve great leverage and
real impact…but you can't achieve much acting alone. However,
acting alongside engaged and inspired others, anything is possible.
When in the zone as your most authentic self, you radiate outwardly
to develop more potential for impact. This immersion offering
explores the connection between your intentional grounding in your
own authentic inner strength, trust, and wisdom…and…your search for
greater impact and leverage for change.
I maintain that a leader's highest and best hope for leverage
and greater (sustained) impact on one's organization, community,
and world is by focusing on:
In many instances these areas of organizational life suffer from
leaders' benign neglect, not by design so much as by sensing the
required work is too amorphous to guide and shape. In other
instances, leaders intervene with a strongly directive hand --
often with the best intent -- in ways that end up feeling
manipulative or unsustainable. The result can leave leaders feeling
inadequate, ineffective, and further isolated-all while still
feeling responsible for larger outcomes.
Many of the best leaders believe that to be successful and
fulfilled, they must truly open themselves fully (open mind,
open heart, and open will) to ground their work/approach in their
conscious awareness and act accordingly. This conscious awareness
-- which is typically not single-sourced or one dimensional -- is,
nonetheless, an animating force for right action and good. Because
it is an expression of what is truest and best about the
individual, it produces a radiating humility and greater ease in
approaching the engagement of others whose innovation and energy is
essential to harnessing the untapped potential of any organization.
Properly grounded, leaders can then: contribute in new, healthy,
sustainable ways to organizational culture; unleash imaginative
initiatives that help the entire organization and key stakeholders
learn from the future and from one another; and foster a sense of
gravitational pull for donors and investors who seek true alignment
between their highest imagined personal impact and the social
transformation your organization aspires to bring about.
Through all prior Conversations, we've come to believe
-- and trust -- that we all have something to teach and
something to learn. We've also come to recognize that some of the
most beneficial conversations include times of high interactivity
and other times of quiet reflection. We've also come to believe
that learning is often enriched in a community of practice
approach, where connection is made, supported, and sustained.
Therefore, we see Conversation 2017 as a coherent package
of components over a 9-month period that includes one immersion
workshop/retreat, reflective readings before and after the retreat,
participation in moderated audio conference calls, and individual
virtual coaching throughout the period.
We design our small gatherings to foster interactivity and deep
learning. In the workshop/retreat setting, there's no lectures; no
PowerPoints; no "sage on the stage." We prefer a guided exploration
of our topic, done in a way that builds a sense of community -- a
safe environment for genuine exchange where we can (re)discover our
individual work and contribute to envisioning something powerful
and shared. Additionally, we discover the benefit of being on a
similar path with others from whom we can learn, often those least
like ourselves. This immersion builds community among practitioners
that can be further explored and amplified over the succeeding
months of connection and exchange.
Those for whom this learning/sharing immersion most resonates
are people who are:
Diversity/mix (of experience, sub-sector, level of
organizational responsibility, gender, race/ethnicity, etc.) is a
high priority for each cohort, as is breaking out of the
traditional blinders about "leadership" as defined by one's
Desirable backgrounds could include:
Individuals are nominated for consideration to participate --
not because of any exclusivity; rather, we take great care to
assure a proper fit with experience and expectations. Once
nominated, we'll arrange with you a short phone or Skype connection
to properly become introduced and to begin to explore your
Confirmed participants are sent a few brief reflections prior to
the workshop/retreat gathering, thereby building a rich scaffolding
for our Conversation. Our time together is deeply
reflective, so we invite participants to hit pause when arriving,
minimizing the use of tethered devices to be fully present to the
exchange, absorbing and contributing in richer ways.
Each workshop retreat will be hosted
by Conversation alumni who personally and
organizationally model the kind of leadership authenticity and
impact we seek to explore.
Following the workshop/retreat, we'll be connecting with you to
support your continuous reflection upon, and application of, the
learnings. Supporting you on your path is a central part of our
commitment to the Conversation concept.
Our current thinking is that we'll be back on Hilton Head Island
for Conversation 2018, likely exploring some different
formats and leaning in to issues like collaboration and scaling
solutions. Stay tuned and, as always, we welcome your
To be considered for invitation to our next offering, please
Thanks for being part of this network and for joining me in
leaning into conversations that matter.
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Offices in: Milwaukee, WI and Hilton Head Island,
Website by: Marco