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GUEST BLOG: 7 Creative Tips for Managing Email and Email-Induced Anxiety by Vu Le

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This was originally posted on Nonprofit With Balls Blog and republished with Vu Le's permision. We share it for it's fun nature and because the tips are very useful with the holidays around the corner. - LLC
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Hi everyone. Happy Thanksgiving this week! You are a sexy and awesome unicorn. I’m thankful for you and all you do to make our community better. I hope that you take a well-deserved break. One that is unencumbered with the thought that while you’re spending time with your family, there are hundreds or thousands of emails in your inbox, and they multiply by the minute, each one important, and yet you continue to neglect them because you are a terrible human being and your colleagues are probably spitting in your direction when you pass them.

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Leadership & Mindfulness

In August I attended the Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership in Stowe, Vermont.  I was invited (and strongly encouraged to attend) by one of several important mentors in my life, Sharon Daloz Parks, so I made the stretch to attend even though it was a significant commitment of time and resources.  The event, inspired by the Dalai Lama and hosted by the Mind and Life Institute, was described as an inquiry around three questions:

In this time of disruption--

  • Can we conceive of a (normative) understanding and practice of leadership that takes into account those who suffer most?  (The Dalai Lama's question)
  • Can we move the dial on shifting the leadership spotlight from a primary focus on individual leadership formation to moving the social field?
  • What is the (necessary?) role of contemplation in relationship to such leadership?

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10 Steps To Celebrate Failure Through Design Thinking

As the year comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on my growth in the last year and what increases my own development. I believe that the way we as individuals and organizations do or don’t accept, appreciate, and even celebrate failures is highly linked to our growth. Errors, mistakes, and failures are all a part of life. However the way that we respond to these moments is what defines our development.
 

Some places believe that mistakes are a demarcation of irreparable failure. However, this is a misguided sense of what leadership is. Leadership is not perfection, but rather a process towards improving individuals, organizations, and communities. This process includes mistakes because these can be opportunities to learn, innovate, and grow.

 

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Talking about Networks and Power

Last month LLC held a Funders Learning Lab: Investing in Networks and Network Leadership. It was great to have people investing in networks, working with networks and leading in networks all in the same conversation about what we are learning.  We covered a lot of ground, much of which I am still mulling over.  Fortunately, we have very skillful partners and network sages, June Holley and Allen Frimpong, helping us to synthesize lessons from the meeting which we will be publishing soon.  In the meantime, I wanted to share just one of many provocative propositions that emerged from a fishbowl conversation.  Beth Kantor, LLC board member and well know blogger describes fishbowls in this article. The kick off question for the fishbowl that began with Curtis Ogden, Elissa Perry and Allen Frimpong as our first fish was, “How can network structures and ways of thinking and doing create social equity?”

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GUEST BLOG: Trainer’s Notebook: Fishbowl Facilitation Technique By Beth Kanter

Last week, I participated in the “Funders Learning Lab: Investing in Networks and Network Leadership.”  The participants included both funders and practitioners with expertise in networks, leadership development, philanthropy and social justice. The goal was to add to our collective understanding about investing in network leadership and networks. The lab was convened by Leadership Learning Community and Center for Social Sector Leadership. It was expertly facilitated by Alison Lin and Odin Zackman.

When I get to participate in sessions that are focused on content that I’m intensely interested in AND are well designed and facilitated, it creates the perfect storm for learning in my field and the trade craft of facilitation.

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GUEST BLOG: Moving From Inclusion to Collaborative Solidarity by Curtis Ogden

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Lilla Watson

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Reflections From The Field: On Detroit

Creating Space XII took place not so long ago and it was an opportunity to learn about what it means to develop non-traditional leadership. CSXII brought together a diverse group of leaders. Interestingly enough, so many present did not consider themselves leaders, they simply saw themselves doing the work.

One of the most impactful parts of Creating Space XII for me was going to the field to understand how art and culture was transforming communities. Right away from the moment we landed, Detroit did not feel like other locations. We were not close to downtown, and the large structures close to our hotel felt 

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CSXII Perspectives | Thoughts from Jeffrey Jones

The following was written by our Creating Space XII facilitator Jeffrey Jones. 

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Greetings Creating Space XII family,

As some time has passed since our shared journey into non-traditional leadership at Creating Space XII, I have had the opportunity for reflection and I thought I would take this opportunity to relate my some of my perspectives and learning with everyone. Undoubtedly, the raw emotions and genuine examples of non-traditional leadership that we experienced during Creating Space XII are testaments to our collective commitment to this work; to witness it first-hand at Grace in Action and the Oakland Avenue Market Garden turned a mirror upon ourselves and the tremendous work that we all do.

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Lessons From Creating Space XII

Creating Space 2015 has the potential to change the conversation about leadership development if we listen deeply to the voices and experiences of people on the ground doing heavy lifting change work in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities. There were several important questions that surfaced during Creating Space 2015:

  • What is leadership (or who is a leader)?

  • What is leadership development?

  • What are the problems with these concepts and language?

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Webinar Follow Up: Questions on Self Organized Leadership in Networks: Lessons from Occupy Sandy and the People’s Climate March

When Hurricane Sandy hit, a self organized network quickly emerged from pre-existing networks and new volunteers that resoundingly out performed traditional relief agencies.  Why and how was this network able to do this?  What does leadership look like in situations such as this that are complex and ever shifting? In our webinar we explored the nuts and bolts of self organizing, strategies for supporting such networks and how self organized strategies and leadership can be applied to your work on complex problems. However, some questions remained for participants. Below are the answers to your pending questions.

 

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