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Upcoming SoL Programs for Organizational Leaders

Thought some of you would be interested in looking over the Society for Organizational Learning‘s 2010 program schedule.  According to Sherry Immediato, SoL will be offering a variety of workshops for individuals and teams in 2010. “Our intention is to help those with unconscious competence – that is, all of us – develop greater capacity for organizational learning, and to make these practices the rule rather than the exception in business, government and civil society.” Please contact Frank Schneider at 1-617-300-9535 or by email if you need help with registration, have questions or would like to know more about the value these programs offer.

Upcoming SoL Programs with Peter Senge and other members of the SoL community

Foundations for Leadership

March 9-11, 2010 with Peter Senge and Robert Hanig, Bedford, MA
September 29-October 1, 2010 with Peter Senge and Beth Jandernoa, Boston Area

The purpose of this session is to explore the sources of our leadership. Leadership is both deeply personal and inherently collective. At its essence it concerns the capacity of a human community to shape its destiny and, in particular, to bring forth new realities in line with people’s deepest aspirations. Based on The Fifth Disicpline by Peter Senge, participants will come away with a renewed understanding of how they can facilitate change, both within their organizations and in their personal lives. This program goes deeply into the domains of personal mastery, collaborative inquiry, and the systems perspective applied to sustaining profound change. The session includes a few interactive lectures, many paired and small group exercises, a simulation game, large group dialogue and regular opportunities for personal reflection. It is appropriate both as a development experience for emerging leaders and a renewal opportunity for seasoned veterans. Small teams are welcome to attend to develop their collective leadership.

The Foundations for Leadership workshop places a strong emphasis on the core learning competency of a creative orientation and the discipline of personal mastery. Participants spend significant time developing their personal vision as well as one they desire for their organization. Much of the learning arises through the interplay of personal and interpersonal work. The special contribution of this leadership course comes as people discover the profound connections between personal mastery and systems thinking, seeing that deep change in our social systems and in oneself are inseparable from each other.

More at http://www.solonline.org/announcements/item?item_id=10139148

Leading and Learning for Sustainability Workshop

April 27-29, 2010 with Peter Senge and Alain Gauthier, Paris, FRANCE
November 17-19, 2010 with Peter Senge and Sherry Immediato, Washington, DC area

Sustainability is not a problem to be solved. It is a future to be created. This workshop is for leaders of all sorts who are passionate about developing sustainable strategies and practices in organizations, institutions, industries and communities across all three sectors (private, non-profit and government.) It is a synthesis of core organizational learning disciplines – systems thinking, mental model and collaborative inquiry, personal mastery and building shared vision – and the practical know-how developed within the SoL Sustainability Consortium over the past decade, much of which is captured in Peter Senge’s new book The Necessary Revolution. The stories and practices described in the book are the foundation for this workshop.

The key competencies built in this workshop are:

  • Excel at seeing systems: recognizing basic system phenomena such as limits to success, shifting the burden to the intervener and accidental adversaries.
  • Collaborate across boundaries with ease: knowing how to get the whole system in the room and respecting different interests and perspectives of all the stakeholders, building social networks and realizing breakthrough innovations
  • Move easily from problem-solving to creating: Overcoming fear and anxiety as a motivation for action and act out of one’s own aspiration and sense of possibility evoking inspiration and creativity throughout the system.

Leading and Learning for Sustainability guides participants through the process of seeing human beings and our environment as one – a connection between nature and social systems. The workshop addresses how to engage with the systems in place so that we can create a better world for our children, look closely at the profound and growing imbalances worldwide and explore how to build healthy systems for a healthy, sustainable society.

More at http://www.solonline.org/announcements/item?item_id=21461147

Executive Champions’ Workshop

August 17-20, 2010 with Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer, Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT

The Executive Champions’ Workshop is a special setting for nurturing new thinking and relationships among executive leaders in today’s rapidly changing economic and social landscape. Through a series of strategic dialogues on issues of most concern to participants, our intent is to tap the wisdom that resides, often below the surface, in our collective experience. The format is designed to build capacity for conducting conversations that matter with potentially large numbers of people while applying organizational learning tools that foster reflection, systems thinking and strategic conversation.

Offered by invitation for executives who are champions of change, the ECW is a unique opportunity to reflect, refocus, and recharge, preciously rare activities in today’s frenetic business world. The workshop is organized around in-depth strategic dialogues on a small number of key issues, and is a unique opportunity for deep conversation among like-minded executives focused on strategic issues that are shaping the future of institutions worldwide. Sessions utilize specific methods like “knowledge cafes,” and “embodied presence” practices, that maximize the quality of attention and conversation among participants. This approach allows small groups to penetrate deeply into key issues, along with the cross-pollination of ideas. In recent years, the ECW has included executives from BASF, Boeing, BP, HP, NASA, NSA, Oxfam, Shell, the Sustainability Institute, WWF and many others.

For example, over the last year the global economic downturn has affected all of our lives whether personal or organizational. It has shown us just how connected and interdependent we have become and that the decisions we make can have long-term, large-scale and often unforeseen effects. Recognizing the current crisis as an opportunity for renewal raises some initial questions with which we might start this year’s ECW.

  • What grounds our leadership in the face of ever increasing complexity, uncertainty, and change? What grounds ourselves as we experience more interdependencies and less control?
  • How do we take effective action in ways that build social well-being as well as achievement?
  • How do we attract, retain and develop the leaders of the next generation leading a network-based society? How can individuals and organizations work together to create a flourishing, sustainable world, both for ourselves and for the generations to follow?
  • An economic crisis impacts individuals not just financially, but often more so emotionally. As a result, it is predicted that more people will suffer from stress-related illness and chronic diseases. How do we take good care of ourselves and one another as we sustain high rates of innovation?

The ECW is not a training session. Nor is it a typical conference. It is both personal and substantive in the way that only deep conversation among peers can be. Participants come from diverse organizations around the world, where they are in the top 2-3 levels of management responsibility. Indeed, more than anything, it is the diversity of the participants and their common commitment to foster fundamental management innovations that makes the ECW a powerful experience.

More at http://www.solonline.org/announcements/item?item_id=9024148

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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