|Have you taken the Art of Leadership? Are you passionate about racial equity – and do you identify as white? If so, I’m thrilled to share a new, virtual 5-day training my multi-racial team of colleagues and I are piloting at the BIPOC-led Rockwood Leadership Institute on December 5-9th, 2022. Together, we’ll freely explore the challenges that can diminish the potency of our work for racial equity, building self-compassion, personal power, and positive self-identity in service of liberation. This pilot training is filling up fast, so if this speaks to you, consider taking 15 minutes now to complete the application process before the deadline on November 7th, 2022.|
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.
Becoming an anti-racist organization
For companies and organizations wanting to get REAL about fighting racism, here are four powerful steps
For companies and organizations wanting to get REAL about fighting racism, here’s a start:
- 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
- Set goals – and make them explicit and measurable (recruitment, retention, leadership pipeline, feedback culture, procurement, partnerships, and more)
- Start measuring.
- 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?
Online course: Building Collaborative Teams for High Impact
How 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
Coaching for Power Intelligence
Once 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
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
“Hire Slow, Fire Fast…”
“Hire slow, fire fast” may be a well-used management cliche, but it deserves repetition. Vu Le’s excellent post today lays out why many managers avoid or delay firing under-performing staff – and why it’s almost never worth it.
Leadership Essentials: Choudhury’s Deep Diversity -Overcoming Us Vs. Them
Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them is hands-down the most useful, accessible book I’ve read on strategies for achieving deep, enduring racial equity at the personal, organizational and community level. Shakil Choudhury writes with the friendly ease and accessibility of Malcolm Gladwell, mixing compelling stories with cutting edge research, ranging from neuroscience to political theory.
It is simply not possible to be an effective leader without not only emotional intelligence, but what Julie Diamond refers to as “Power Intelligence“. Choudhury sets out a clear map for getting there, and welcomes us all to take the journey. He sets out a four-part framework (emotions; implicit bias; tribes; and power) for understanding and overcoming the devastating effects of racism and marginalization, bolstered by abundant research and his own decades of work as an international leadership trainer, teacher and consultant.
Once we have the awareness of how both unconscious bias and racism play out within ourselves and in the world (yes, racism exists, and it is everywhere; yes, all human brains are hard-wired to both see and respond to difference in ways that are unconscious and instantaneous; and yes, our emotions – not our heads – drive our actual behavior), coupled with the intention to change, Choudhury offers a set of 7 inner skills for shifting our own habits of thinking and becoming potentially powerful change-makers:
- Self-awareness – become aware of our own blind spots, unconscious bias, emotions, body language and body signals
- Mindfulness – through practice, developing our ability to witness and interrupt unhelpful habits of thinking and replace them with new habits
- Self-regulation – develop the inner power and skillfulness to master our own emotional responses, to return from a state of being reactive and brittle (or ‘triggered’) to one of emotional resilience
- Empathy – tapping into the human power of empathy to build bridges of understanding, kindness to enlarge the ‘circle of we’
- Self-education – actively seeking out stories, data and facts directly, blasting out of well-worn assumptions or reliance on ‘conventional wisdom’ from the dominant culture
- Relationship – actively enlarging that circle, personally and professionally
- Conflict skills – developing our skills, comfort and ease with conflict – an inevitable by-product of working across difference – so that we can lean in rather than contract or withdraw
Master these skills – and be a brilliant, compassionate and effective leader in any field – a leader that can help unleash the massive collective power and wisdom of diverse teams, organizations and communities.
‘Deep Diversity” is available at most bookstores, through the publisher, or via Amazon.