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Leadership in Transition: Ceasar McDowell at Creating Space X

Leadership in Transition: Ceasar McDowell at Creating Space X
from Leadership Learning Community on Vimeo.


In this clip, Ceasar discusses the challenge of existing in a transitional state of leadership between the world that we live in and the world that social justice change makers wish to see in the future. Tawana Petty responds by discussing the New Leadership Mindset that is required to recognize and develop leadership that is more collective, networked, and inclusive. 

Ceasar McDowell's Show at Creating Space X featured June Holley, Alvin Starks, Kenny Bailey and Deborah Meehan as panelists. 





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Nonprofit Leadership Newsbrief: September 2013

This month’s newsletter will focus in an issue very important to LLC as a learning community committed to equity.  Immigration reform is crucial for creating a more equitable future for our country founded on immigrant histories, labor and culture. 11 million undocumented immigrants are left without a path to citizenship or basic rights and cannot fully participate in our society. The 1.8 million DREAMers (undocumented youth brought to the US as children) have shed light on our broken immigration system by exposing their struggle to gain citizenship by means of legal process. This month we honor the immigrant paths that have shaped your family and urge all to understand the urgency for taking action on immigration reform. 

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Management ≠ Leadership

Eleanor, Marla, and Miriam at CompassPoint’s “Take Control of Your Leadership Development: Frameworks for Emerging and New Leaders” Workshop

As part of our own leadership growth, Eleanor and I from the LLC team, were able to participate in CompassPoint’s workshop “Take Control of Your Leadership Development: Frameworks for Emerging and New Leaders.” Our facilitator, Marla Cornelius, shared many resources with us to help frame the conversation for the leadership workshop. With Marla’s permission, we are sharing some of these resources with you in this blog post.


At the workshop, Marla shared a timeline demonstrating some common Leadership Theories and dates of when they were prominent. Since leadership is a social construct, it is difficult to define leadership when there are many interpretations of what leadership is and how it shows up. You will note that many of the assumptions that show up on the timeline are still prominent today.

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Guest Blog Post: Moving From Stakeholder To Network Weaver

By Debra AskanaseCommunity Organizer 2.0
Originally Posted on the Blog


Can an organization build a “success strategy” for moving stakeholders, those already invested in the success of an organization, up a ladder of engagement to become network weavers? To become online fundraisers, too? These were the key questions I considered and spoke about during a presentation this week at the Women in Philanthropy speaker series. The audience, primarily women in development and marketing, wanted to know how they could find, connect with, and motivate their own fans to become even more engaged online.

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Guest Blog Post: Developing Evolutionary Co-Leadership to Embody a Radically New Development Paradigm

Alain Gauthier, Author of Actualizing Evolutionary Co-leadership
To evolve a Creative and Responsible Society

(Adapted from an article published in World Futures, The Journal of Global Education – Dec. 2012)


The purpose here is to explore why and how to develop an emerging form of integral leadership – called evolutionary co-leadership – that is responsibly dedicated to the co-evolution of life and humanity in the communities of Planet Earth. After offering some fresh distinctions about leadership, this article calls for a shift to a radically new development paradigm, and identifies key qualities and practices of evolutionary co-leadership. It then shares some views on the multiplying effects of an integral approach to co-leadership development and concludes with some avenues to disseminate this emerging leadership form, mainly to deal constructively with what Barbara Marx Hubbard1 calls the current “birthing pains” of a new civilization. read more »

LLC Problem Solver Miriam Promoted to Operations Manager

Miriam joined LLC a year ago, in the midst of a challenging time for the organization.  During her time with us, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to LLC’s mission and work, as well as leadership around financial management. Earlier this year, Miriam took on additional tasks around project coordination to help manage multiple consulting and grant projects.  Miriam was able to learn the new tasks and incorporate them into her role, always keeping in mind the organizational priorities. Throughout her work, Miriam shows great entrepreneurial skills in terms of adapting to priorities, encouraging innovation, and taking a proactive approach to developing and implementing projects.  We recently promoted Miriam to our Operations Manager and wanted to celebrate her promotion with the community and acknowledge her contributions to the LLC team! 

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Three Promising Lessons from the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health

LLC is always on the lookout for leadership programs that are testing new approaches, especially innovations that are going after big results.  We were excited when we were approached by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute to be part of a curriculum team that was helping to develop a new Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded leadership program.  What was most intriguing to us about the program was it's commitment to recruiting multi-sector teams who would receive leadership support as they worked together across their organizations on a community health improvement project.  We also appreciated the programs willingness to experiment with virtual learning platforms, combined with a face to face retreat, and personalized coaching to the teams.  This unique combination supports applied action learning through leadership project coaching, relationship/network building through the retreats and delivery of leadership content and skills development through online modules that help to mitigate the travel costs associated with many leadership delivery strategies.  

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Guest Blog Post: Enough Boring Meetings – A “Taster” to Explore the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter

By Beth Tener, New Directions Collaborative
Originally Posted on the New Directions Collaborative Blog

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“I hate boring meetings!” was the way Madeline Snow from UMass Lowell explained her passion for the Art of Hosting and its techniques for convening conversations that matter. She facilitated the September meeting of the Leadership Learning Community’s Boston Learning Circle where participants had the opportunity to experience a “taster” trying out several techniques including Revealed Presence cards, World Café process, Open Space technology, and the Proaction Café. The Art of Hosting is a worldwide community of people who develop, practice and share techniques for hosting group conversations in more powerful ways. The work is based on some underlying principles:
  • The wisdom is in the room – There is a power and potential that can emerge from a group that creates something better than we could create on our own, for example, sitting at our desk trying to write up a strategic plan. The art is in how to access that.
  • With the right convening methods, groups can self-organize to create valuable conversations and new insights about the things that matter to them at that time.
  • Presence – The key is to have participants present and participating with their full attention (not bored, distracted on smart phones, or sitting quietly while a few voices dominate.)
  • It’s ok to “not know” the answers or how everything is going to work out in a meeting. Feeling comfortable with not knowing while trusting the group opens up conversation and the exploration of ideas and possibilities.

LLC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: The Leadership Webinar Series Presenters

This month we recognize the many amazing thought leaders in the leadership field who have partnered with us to produce a wide range of high-quality webinars, including sessions on collective leadership, systems thinking, and leadership networks. The series, launched in 2011, has engaged over 2,000 participants across the nation, and thousands of video and slideshow viewers. Because of the support from our webinar presenters, we have received overwhelmingly positive reviews from our community, and through their generous donations, we are able continue to offer these free resources.


We highlight a few of our past webinars here, and encourage you to visit our entire catalogue of previous webinars!

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