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Another Take on Leadership Development Action Learning Projects: Could a Network Seed Fund Approach Work?

‘Hands on’ learning and application are important principles of how adults learn, so many leadership programs incorporate a learning action project. Maybe yours is one of them. There are different names for these projects that require the leadership participant (and sometimes teams of participants from the same program) to come up with a project through which they will apply what they are learning. These projects usually align with the leadership program’s larger purpose. For example, if the leadership program is focused on health equity, the learning action projects would be intended to contribute to improving health equity in addition to providing an opportunity for participants to hone their skills as they put them to use on the project. There are several inherent challenges often expressed by leadership program participants:
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Mindfulness Matters | RESOURCE: Mindful Leadership Summit 2016

Our board advisor, Don Lauro, forwarded the following opportunity. Given our commitment to Mindful Leadership, we also wanted to share this opportunity with you. The Mindful Leadership Summit takes place in Washington DC, November 3-6. 

More details on this Summit here

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LLC Webinar | A New Take on Scale: Matching the reach of your leadership work to your social purpose With Ed O'Malley

In partnership with the International Leadership Association, LLC is excited to present this webinar.

 

November 15, 2016

11:00am-12:00 pm Pacific | 2:00 pm Eastern

 

The Kansas Leadership Center has set out to change the civic culture of the state and to do this requires working at a scale of huge magnitude. This drives everything: their assumptions about leadership; humility about their own capacity and the need to partner and give their curriculum away; and the need to experiment with delivery strategies. KLC now directly trains 2,000 people a year  AND upwards of 40,000 people have had access to their core programming. Join a virtual conversation with KLC President Ed O'Malley to hear about their experiments, challenges and innovations being driven by a commitment to scale.
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Leadership Webinar Series | Materials for Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Curriculum

Date: October 27, 2016 | 11:00 - 12:00pm Pacific | 2:00 PM - 3:00pm Eastern

     

CAPD, MP Associates and World Trust have recently launched the Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity training curriculum online, (link - https://www.racialequitytools.org/module/overview/transforming-white-pri...), through the Racial Equity Tools website and community (link - https://www.racialequitytools.org). The curriculum was created to help formal and informal leaders identify, talk productively about and intervene to address white privilege and its consequences, in all of their many spheres of influence.

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Seeking Everyday Opportunities To Be Network-Like

In the past few days, I have been a part of conversations with groups who are working to address racial injustices both locally and nationally. Interestingly regardless of scale, one of the recurring themes heard during these meetings centered on the tension between a network mindset and an organizational mindset. These groups are not the only ones talking about this; I’ve heard many different conversations embark on these same around partnership in the leadership development field.

I personally find that it’s helpful to identify these tensions to make informed decisions that truly align with our stated intent and values. However, this tension seems to come up in the most unexpected ways, so here is a short cheat sheet to help you know when you might be in the middle of one these conversations and decision points.

Here are some of the things you might start to hear in the room:

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GUEST BLOG: The Power of Secular Sangha by Bidisha Banerjee

Sangha means spiritual community in the Buddhist tradition; paradoxically, during the first six summers, our task at Dalai Lama Fellows, a global network of young social innovators working at the intersection of justice, peace, and ecology, was to create a global, secular community of mindful, compassionate, and ethical leaders.

“At African Leadership Academy, I learned that there are about four thousand different definitions of leadership; the one that resonates most for me is that leadership means making yourself replaceable,” said Hind Ourahou from Morocco at our sixth annual Dalai Lama Fellows Ethical Leadership Assembly earlier this summer. Her work has focused on water and education on the African continent.

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How to Keep Learning and Strengthen Your Program : Lessons for leadership programs from an evaluation perspective

I enjoy doing leadership development evaluation and getting into the nitty gritty of how program staff think about and implement their leadership development efforts. Some of the most important work of evaluations happens upfront and it’s work that programs would benefit from doing themselves. In the spirit of our former board chair, Eugene Kim (Faster than 20), I found myself thinking about how to share some of what we are learning more broadly to give programs a leg up in clarifying program goals, design and expected change. I am not suggesting that it’s not useful to have an outside perspective and new eyes on the program, but let’s face it, a lot of programs don’t have the resources for external evaluations. So for the DIY folks here are a few ideas:

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GUEST BLOG | Benefits of Using Data to Bring Mindfulness to Your Work By Beth Kanter

Never in a million years did I ever think I would use data and mindfulness in the same sentence. For the past two months, I’ve been wearing a rock in a bra, a device called Spire.  You think of it as a Fitbit for stress developed by the Calming Technology Lab at Stanford University.  You wear it in your bra or clip it to your waist, and it measures your breath.    It streams data to an app on your phone like your step count, but more importantly gives you a report on whether you are calm, tense, or focused based on the length, depth, and spacing of your breath.

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Reflections on Leadership and Love on the Occasion of My Marriage

In other posts on leadership where I mentioned love, I quickly offer the disclaimer that I am not talking about the ‘romantic kind of love.’ Well, today is different. On Sunday, July 24th, I married the love of my life after twenty-five years of being mostly single so I have had ample opportunity to think about love and this rather momentous occasion. And yes, not everything has to be about leadership but I couldn’t quite help myself.

A couple of weeks before the wedding a friend and former board member asked why we decided to get married instead of just continuing on as a solidly committed couple. I appreciated the opportunity for reflection, one that brought me back to a leadership value that is fundamental to the way I think about leadership and life, interdependence. We chose the ritual of marriage as a way to celebrate not only our union but the union of our communities as we brought people from all strands and times in our lives together as a full reflection and celebration of who we are as individuals, who we are together as a couple and who we are in community. I was so happy to be surrounded by people who brought us to this moment with their encouragement and support and who will carry us forward. We are capable of so much more together than alone. And it was a beautiful and sweet celebration of love. Love was in the air, in an infectious way that is kindled by weddings. One person hugged me and thanked me for the chance to step away for a moment from all that is hard in the world right now and to be lifted up by love. 

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GUEST BLOG | Solo Leadership: It's Time To Change The Story By Michelle Gislason

We need to break away from the traditional, Westernized story of the heroic leader toward a more expansive, sustainable, and community-oriented leadership approach. This is the premise of this piece by Senior Project Director Michelle Gislason, which takes readers on a journey starting with thoughts on our current political landscape and ending with how we can create change in our communities—with stops along the way to consider adaptive leadership, outdated power paradigms, and nonprofit leadership. Enjoy the ride!

 

I have been watching the recent election coverage with a combination of dismay and disillusionment. As someone who self-identifies as progressive and works for social justice, the majority of the candidates not only don't speak to me, they don't speak for me. Personal attacks, verbal attacks, racism. And this is just from the left. The leading candidate for president on the Republican side is a racist, misogynistic demagogue. Just, wow. How disheartening and enraging. The one candidate who has come close to speaking to me? Well, the irony is not lost on me that hope for a revolution has been claimed by a 70-year-old white man from Vermont.

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