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I've coached hundreds of leaders across the globe-and the same practice makes a huge difference in almost everyone's performance

By Johann Berlin for Business Insider

When we think of productivity in business, we often think of people pushing themselves past their limits — pulling all-nighters at work, eating lunch while responding to emails, zooming from one project or appointment to the next.

But in my experience, this definition of productivity is mostly a myth that serves neither the employee nor the organization.

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Listening Deeply, A Leadership Competency

Earlier this month, we attended the Othering and Belonging Conference in Oakland, California. It was a healing experience to be able to be grounded in art, music, and dance to find answers to what belonging and othering truly mean. We were tasked with analyzing the systems that create belonging and othering. One of the most inspiring themes from the convening was the need to listen deeply to each other’s stories. This is the role of social justice movements and of leadership development. Listening, deeply, is a leadership competency that creates change. As each presenter acknowledged, this country is highly divided and by not listening deeply to one another we create othering, we can leave many outside of the work.

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Meet the Creating Space Design Team and Hear about Objectives for Creating Space

I am excited to introduce the Creating Space design team assembled by Patrick Brown our design team lead and facilitator. He has assembled a powerful team with depth in racial justice work, a passion for leadership development, a commitment to generative learning and spirit. I have an important job this year, to stay out of the way and make room for new approaches, ideas, and talent to craft an event that can shape and support leadership development practices that will unleash the potential of leadership development to contribute to greater racial equity.

 

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Register for Bay Area StarPower Simulation

We look forward to sharing and dissecting the process of this powerful tool with Leadership Development Practitioners in the Bay Area!

Bay Area Learning Circle: Star Power

July 13, 2017 | 12pm-5pm

Oakland, California
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Leadership Tools for Sustaining A Network: The Technology Behind The Scenes

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Wednesday May 31st, 2017

11:00 am Pacific | 2:oo pm Eastern

 

 

Sustaining a network requires strategy and technology to leverage the full potential of a network is a critical 21st century leadership competency. With so many options, it can feel overwhelming to know what to use and how to use it. In this webinar, we will walk through some of the platforms we use to leverage the work around us for some of our consulting projects. This will be a technical walkthrough to inspire you to use these tools in your own leadership work. Our objective is to share how we create and sustain network structures in our work and introduce you to the possibilities available to you.

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Welcoming LLC’s New Board Members

 

 

LLC is excited to introduce you to two new board members and to share our process of board development. There will be opportunities for you to plug into the process. First though, a big welcome to Uma Viswanathan and Linshuang Lu.

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How Leadership Development Programs Can Harvest Social Change Though Their Alumni Network

Earlier this month we announced, via email and social media, the finalists of our Action Learning Seed Fund. In case you missed it, our finalists are The WISE Network, Black Muslim Youth Rising - Intensive Leadership Retreat, and VigilantLove Creative Organizing & Healing Justice.

 

The Model

In January, the Leadership Learning Community announced it would disburse $25,000 in Seed Funding. It would be a small fund intended to seed work developing the leadership of people of color that could foster learning in the network to increase racial equity work. Thanks to you all we were able to engage hundreds of different people in this collective and networked process. The applications did not require a large lift for any of the applicants and reviewers were able to score each application on four criteria.

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Mindfulness Meditation 101: What It Is, Why Its Great, and How to Start By Leighna Harrison

The benefits of mindfulness meditation practice are vast, far reaching, and still being discovered – from better sleep and improved mood to clearer thinking and increased compassion it seems like mindfulness meditation can revitalize our lives from top to bottom. It even changes and strengthens the structure of our brain in only eight weeks.  But what is it really? Mindfulness. Meditation. These terms get thrown around a lot these days. Seems like every time you turn around there’s an article on your news feed, a flyer in your workplace, or it’s even being taught at your kid’s school.

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Re-thinking Leadership: Deborah Meehan on Racial inequalities and Individualism By Sofia Trigo

Sofia Trigo is a student at Claremont McKenna College she published an interview with Deborah Meehan in the Kravis Leadership Institute publication, The Illumine.

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DeborahMeehan is the founder and executive director of the Leadership Learning Community where she works with a network of over 4,500 people on improving leadership development programs both nationally and internationally. In her presentation at the Kravis Leadership Institute’s 25th Annual Kravis-de Roulet Conference, “What in our Current Approaches to Leadership Development Contributes to or Undermines Greater Social and Racial Equity?”, Ms. Meehan explored how individualism and concepts of meritocracy permeate the ways we think about leadership and inequality. She also examined the influence race and racial tensions can have on leadership and leadership development programs. After her discussion, I was able to sit down with Ms. Meehan and continue discussing leadership and its current relationship to individualism and race.

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Seeing, Reckoning & Acting: A Practice Towards Deep Equity By Sheryl Petty

From our partners at Management Assistance Group, prepare for Creating Space 2017 this year in New Orleans with this Sheryl Petty's article. 

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Recently, we have noticed a great deal of energy and focus from organizations and groups wanting to pursue equity in their work. In our experience, this is a significant increase from past years. This level of attention and intentionality is inspiring. Equity (beyond “diversity” and “inclusion”) is essential to how we define “quality,” “high performance” and “success.”

For us, equity is core to what we seek in the world: dignity and well-being for everyone, and ensuring that resources and power are shared in ways for all people to realize our full potential, and contribute to thriving, sustainable communities.

Below you will find some of what we have learned in partnership with our clients and peers, about what transformation toward deep equity is and what it takes to advance equity and liberation (with a strong emphasis on racial equity), within our organizations, networks and beyond.

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