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Confluence 2017: Valuing Humanity

Earlier this month, I was honored to join the Management Assistance Group’s Confluence: A Sharing Of Learning, Questions, & Dreams in Chicago, in Illinois. The Confluence centered around creating and exploring deep equity. We explored how to create Leaderful Ecosystems with the premise that this cannot happen without: 1. Engaging/Cultivating the the Broader Spectrum of Leadership; 2. Advancing and Intentionally Embodying Equity; 3. Flexing Across The Leadership Spectrum by Influencing Complex Systems Change; 4. Valuing Multiple Ways of Knowing; and 5. Creating the Space for Inner Work.

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Mindfulness Matters: Fierce Love

I had the good fortune to hear two people, who I greatly admire, speak last month: first Mimi Ho from the Movement Strategy Center at the Bay Area Justice Funders Group, and then john powell from the Haas Center for Fairness and Inclusion at the Othering and Belonging Conference. What a treat. Their words converged to remind me of why mindfulness practices are so important as they both spoke about the tough leadership work we are being called to do. The anger and outrage over the attack on civil rights and the planet fuels my spirit of fight, but will only take me so far in understanding the deeper work that john calls us to recognize in extending the circle of belonging to include everyone. This is the work that calls for what Mimi described as fierce love, grounded in the love of humanity that is a powerful source of love and action.

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Leadership Development Equity Tip: Learn about and incorporate assessment tools

This month's Leadership Development Equity Tip comes from a recent conversation with Anita Patel, Leadership Programs Director at the Bush Foundation. She explained that every Bush Fellow takes the Intercultural Development Inventory, an assessment tool that helps individuals and teams assess and reflect on stages of cultural sensitivity. It can be used to increase self-awareness, encourage development and to provide a conceptual framework for discussing intercultural interactions. Bush fellows use the assessment to create goals. 

 

The fellowship is about how you strengthen yourself as a leader and how participants are naming that intercultural competence has to be part of it. The conversation reminded me that some programs use the Harvard implicit bias test and others introduce racial impact analysis tools developed by Race Forward. Assessment is an important starting point for improvement. Please share tools you are using to increase the equity competence of your participants and we can create a resource directory. Thanks Anita for the example and inspiration.

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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 Star Power 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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