Go deep at the Art of Leadership at Hollyhock Sept. 2-7, 2022 

Are you ready to deepen your leadership, strengthen your connection to purpose and expand your capacity for building collaborative power?

From September 2-7, 2022, veteran leadership trainer Michael Bell and I are co-facilitating the Art of Leadership at Hollyhock, on spectacular Cortes Island, BC, Canada, territory of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose) peoples.

As with previous years, seats fill fast (it is already 2/3 full), so apply soon! Some scholarships are available. Plus, apply before June 3, 2022, and get 10% off listed prices.

Now is the time to renew our relationship with the tools and skills that will help us lead and live with more joy, ease and clarity, for our lifetimes and beyond. Together we’ll explore purpose, power, vision, collaboration, personal ecology and more, in a rhythm of individual reflection, large group dialogue and small group discussion.

Over the past two decades, thousands of participants from around the world have testified that this transformative 5-day training, originally developed and led by our mentor and friend Robert Gass, was a game-changer in their own leadership development.

Michael and I have both worked and studied extensively with Robert Gass, facilitating the Art of Leadership through Rockwood Leadership Institute, the organization Robert co-founded, for nearly 20 years.  We are thrilled that last year, Robert asked us to continue the tradition by facilitating the Art of Leadership at Hollyhock as well.

And as always, Michael and I bring a deep equity framework to all the work we do, from our stance as a multi-racial facilitation team, to our focus on power-awareness and connection across difference.  We also bring global experience from working with a range of clients  from around the world, from social justice organizations in South Africa to elected officials across the US and Canada, health care leaders in the UK, and many points between.

Tuition is tiered, ranging from CAD$825 to $1225 plus a $150 materials fee. Room and board, which includes use of the hot tub, campus facilities, and more, is extra.

Candidates are invited to complete a short application, here.   This will help us ensure our learning circle contains a diverse mix of participants, across race, gender, sector and more.  

Join Michael Bell and I at the Art of Leadership at Hollyhock Sept. 2-7, 2022 

I’m thrilled to announce that my beloved friend and colleague, Michael Bell, will be co-facilitating the Art of Leadership with me at Hollyhock this Fall! This 5-day intensive training is going to be in-person (yes!), on spectacular Cortes Island, BC, Canada.

As with previous years, seats fill fast (it is already 35% full), so consider reserving your space soon. Apply here, or read on to learn more.

There has never been a more important moment for leaders to deepen and grow their awareness, skills, inner resourcefulness, and capacity for deep interdependence. Each of us must cultivate a set of practices that provide the clarity, confidence and compassion to navigate a world where change and disruption will be the water we will be swimming in for the rest of our lives and our children’s lives.  Now is the time to renew our relationship with the tools and skills that will help us lead and live with more joy, ease and clarity of purpose. Join us in a remarkable week of self-discovery and collaborative learning.  

The Art of Leadership blends deep inner transformation with immediate, useful application to everyday work priorities. Over the past decade, thousands of participants from around the world have testified that this transformative 5-day training was a game-changer in their own leadership development. Together we’ll explore purpose, power, vision, collaboration, personal ecology and more, in a rhythm of individual reflection, large group dialogue and small group discussion.

Michael and I have both worked with Robert Gass, our friend, beloved mentor and the creator of the Art of Leadership, for over twenty years. And we are thrilled that last year, Robert asked us to continue the tradition by facilitating the Art of Leadership at Hollyhock.  

Michael and I have been co-facilitating the Art of Leadership through the Rockwood Leadership Institute, which Robert co-founded in 2000, for well over a decade each.  In 2020, we designed and led Rockwood’s inaugural virtual version, with fantastic feedback from participants, and have facilitated dozens of other virtual trainings and gatherings over the past several years.  

And as always, Michael and I bring a deep equity framework to all the work we do, from our stance as a multi-racial facilitation team, to our focus on power-awareness and connection across difference.  

We also bring global experience from working with a range of clients  from around the world for decades, from social justice organizations in South Africa to health care leaders in the UK, and many points between.

Candidates are invited to complete a short application.   This will help us ensure our learning circle contains a diverse mix of participants, across race, gender, sector and more.  

We encourage you to apply early as seats and scholarship funds are limited. Successful applicants will be contacted with a registration password. 

Book before June 3, 2022, and get 10% off listed prices

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on September 2
Ends with lunch on Sept 7

Location: Cortes Island, BC, on the wild, wet west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Tuition is tiered, ranging from CAD$825 to $1225 plus a $150 materials fee, and room and board. Please visit this link for more details about registration and scholarship.

Becoming an anti-racist organization

For companies and organizations wanting to get REAL about fighting racism, here are four powerful steps

Geese in formation: a dance of leading and following in turnFor companies and organizations wanting to get REAL about fighting racism, here’s a start:

  1. Gather the data you already have. It’s 99% likely your company has already surveyed/focus-grouped/committeed the HECK out of the topic for years; it’s time to turn that data into action
  2. Set goals – and make them explicit and measurable (recruitment, retention, leadership pipeline, feedback culture, procurement, partnerships, and more)
  3. Start measuring.
  4. Reward progress. And tie senior leadership’s compensation to progress against those metrics (Uber & others are doing this).

Here’s a great article: https://hbr.org/2020/06/is-your-company-actually-fighting-racism-or-just-talking-about-it?

Virtual Meetings for Humans

From my facilitator whiteboard to yours, here are a few principles and tips for making your virtual gatherings more effective, engaging and life-giving.  I’ve been obsessing over this for a few weeks, so have also developed a 12-page article with alot more detail; if you’re hungry for more, read on for the link.

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High angle view of French bulldog and one Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy sitting in a circle, looking up at the camera on a white background.

Hello friends, it’s been a while!  After my last trips to Alabama and Toronto in March 2020,  I shoved my travelling-facilitator suitcase to the back of the closet, as COVID-19 swept the world. Since then, like many of you, I’ve found myself developing “Resting Zoom Face” after facilitating or attending literally hours of back-to-back virtual meetings. All this collective screen time can nourish collaboration and connectivity – or it can suck a person’s life force. In my quest for more of the former, I’ve been gathering tips and tricks and am excited to share them. From my facilitator whiteboard to yours, here are 10 principles and tips for making virtual gatherings more effective, engaging and life-giving.  If you’re hungry for more detailed tips, strategies and sample activities, click here for the full 12-page article.

Top 10 Principles and Tips for Virtual Meetings

  1. Make the meeting count: don’t meet if you don’t have to
  2. Keep it short: Maximum 2 hours max, with breaks
  3. Less is more – shift one-way “content” to pre-reading/pre-watching where possible
  4. Basic facilitation skills still apply: active listening, reflection, excellent questions, tracking threads, ensuring shared airtime
  5. Make it super-interactive: use breakouts, chats, polls, hands, virtual brainstorms
  6. Invite the whole person: encourage physical movement, presence, feelings, story-telling and visualizations
  7. Start strong: acknowledge locations and context, handle introductions with care, and bring participant voices in early
  8. Share documentation: consider collective online note-taking
  9. Don’t do it alone; work with a team
  10. Communicate clearly in advance and again at the start, including the link, password, time, instructions, purpose and outcomes of the meeting and the agenda

 

Online course: Building Collaborative Teams for High Impact

Building Collaborative Teams_TWHow do you build a collaborative team that can work across difference, adapt to change and unleash their creative potential? I’m thrilled to be teaching “Building Collaborative Teams” as part of Simon Fraser University’s Executive Leadership program, part of Continuing Studies. In addition to the face-to-face offering each Fall, we’re now offering it as an online course starting March 11, 2019, and running for six weeks. Learn with other senior leaders from diverse sectors and organizations.  There are still a few spaces left!  Register soon to save your spot: http://at.sfu.ca/NxSWZK

Join me at SFU’s Executive Leadership course next week: Building Collaborative Teams for High Impact

Suzanne head shot_2773 -LARGE CROPPEDThere are still a few seats left for the second course in the 8-month Executive Leadership Certificate program at Simon Fraser University’s downtown Vancouver campus next week, Oct. 25-27th, 2018.  We’ll be exploring core leadership mindsets, specific skills and tools, and case studies drawn from the group and instructor. Topics include navigating differences across a team in terms of power, rank, equity and bias; effective listening skills; story-telling as a key skill for aligning teams; giving and receiving skillful feedback; difficult conversations; tools for decision-making and accountability; and addressing specific leadership and team challenges.  One nice feature of these courses is that several participants are taking all five courses in the entire certificate program (this is the second course for this year’s cohort), others can get a taste by diving into individual courses.  Here’s a short video about the course.  Click here for more information about cost, schedule and the application process for the entire 9-month certificate program, or here to learn more about next week’s course or module on Collaborative Teams for High Impact.

Coaching for Power Intelligence

header-web-homeOnce again, Anima Leadership in Toronto is offering an outstanding line-up of trainings this Fall.  Given my own focus on power, I’m really excited about participating in one of them next month: a 3-day seminar on “Coaching for Power Intelligence”, centered on developing the effective use of power by leaders using the new Diamond Power Index, developed by Dr. Julie Diamond.  As the Anima team describes it, “this is an essential assessment tool for anybody wanting to correct  leader’s unconscious use of power including: pulling rank, gossiping, bragging, taking credit, fostering unhealthy competition, not taking responsibility, etc. This is the Myers-Briggs of our generation.”   One option is to participate in the first 1.5 days of the seminar.  The entire three-day training covers the background and research underlying the instrument, how to administer the test, how to interpret scores and reports, how to coach and train leaders and leadership teams, as well as marketing support for using it in organizations. Successful completion of the seminar will result in certification for using the assessment

“Building Collaborative Teams for High Impact” – Vancouver, Nov 2-4, 2017

Team Huddle Harmony Togetherness Happiness ConceptHow do you build a high-performing team? Join me at SFU Continuing Studies in beautiful downtown Vancouver for an intensive leadership course from November 2-4.  Learn alongside leaders from business, tech, government, non-profits and other sectors as we explore essential skills for giving and receiving feedback, addressing conflict, strengthening our power intelligence, clarifying accountability and more, all in support of leading effective teams. Space is limited, so be sure to to register soon:

Building Collaborative Teams for High Impact

November 2 – 4, 2017

8:30 am – 5:30 pm • SFU Vancouver

Join me at the SFU Executive Leadership Certificate Program this Fall!

goldfish jumping to new bowl-iStock_000020130958XSmallI’m thrilled to be an instructor and curriculum designer for this exciting new program offered by Simon Fraser University!  It launches in the early Fall of 2017, and seats are expected to fill. The non-residential program, based out of SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus, is designed for working professionals. Over 9 months, through face to face gatherings, tele-conferences and coaching, the program offers a host of hands-on skills, frameworks and practice that will sharpen the skills of leaders from a range of industries and sectors, from business to not-for-profit. The program is also being offered as a series of individual modules, to make it more accessible.  It’s made the news, too: here’s a great article by the Georgia Strait from an interview I did two weeks ago. Click here for more information about cost, schedule and the application process for either the individual courses or the entire  9-month certificate program.

7 agreements for productive conversations during difficult times

Here’s some timely advice on working across difference. Sometimes the hardest cuts to bear are from the very people we view as being ‘on the same side’; non-profit blogger Vu Le offers some powerful medicine for prevention and healing. Source: 7 agreements for productive conversations during difficult times

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