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Guest Blog By Adriano Pianesi: No Touchy Feely Stuff! The Myth Of Rationality and My Leadership Lab

This blog was originally posted on August 19th, 2015 through Adriano's Blog and has been re-posted with his permision.

descartesDualism, the idea that thinking and feeling are separated, can be traced from Plato to Descartes, and from Kant to the Logical Positivists. For Plato, emotions were defects, irrational urges that needed controlling, and for Kant, emotions were regarded as an illness. Day-to-day life is permeated with expressions like, “Don’t be so emotional!” and “Let’s leave emotions out of this discussion.” In Anglo-Saxon cultures the word “passionate” is often used to mean erratic and unpredictable, even.

 

Guess what? Dualism has been proven false; cognition and emotions appear to be dynamic, interactive, and interdependent. Research shows that emotion and cognition jointly contribute to our mental activity and behavior. Emotions are a potential moderator of all kinds of thinking processes, from perception and attention to learning. Even if we think we 

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Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning From the Burma Center

In 2013, we spoke with Martha  Thwanghmung from the Burma Center- Battle Creek. In this month’s newsletter, we are sharing the conversation with our community. The Burma Center meets the need for  leadership development for Burmese immigrants/refugees. BCBC supports the building of  lasting and thriving relationships within the Burmese community as well as other Battle Creek residents. They continue their work today, here are some highlights of their work.

 

Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning From the Burma Center

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Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning from LINC Community Revitalization

In 2013, we spoke with Darel Ross (who is one of the Catalysts this year at Creating Space XII) and Jorge Gonzalez from LINC Community Revitalization in Grand Rapids. In this month’s newsletter, we are once again sharing the conversation with our community since we are passionate about the LINC model of community change that is focused on promoting collective impact, racial justice and civic engagement.

LINC Community Revitalization, A Model 
(originally posted 7/31/2013)

Why is LINC demonstrating important models of Leadership development?

LINC is an example of leadership hiding in plain sight, because of its holistic approach to revitalizing communities and neighborhoods in Kent County, Michigan. Holistic means that to establish healthy communities, LINC tackles issues such as 

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Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning from Detroit Community Connections Grant Program

As part of our weekly blog post leading up to Creating Space XII, taking place in Detroit, MI on September 29th-October 1st, we are reposting below a blog from 2013 which continues to be relevant and is especially pertinent to the theme of this year’s Creating Space, “Challenging Leadership Assumptions: Learning from Non-Traditional Leadership about Community and Systems Change.”

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Supporting Community Entrepreneurship: What’s Money Got to do With It? (originally posted 11/27/2013)

This past week I had the opportunity to attend a meeting in Detroit sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation called “Building Networks for Change”, #BNFC13. The meeting explored a 

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Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning from Detroit Commonwealth

As part of our weekly blog post leading up to Creating Space XII, taking place in Detroit, MI on September 29th-October 1st, we are reposting below a blog from 2013 which continues to be relevant and is especially pertinent to the theme of this year’s Creating Space, “Challenging Leadership Assumptions: Learning from Non-Traditional Leadership about Community and Systems Change.”

A New Leadership Development Mindset: Leadership Development Hiding in Plain Sight (originally posted 6/28/2013)

Over three years ago, LLC published an important thought piece, “A New Leadership Mindset.”  In the publication, we point out that most of our thinking about leadership has focused almost exclusively on leadership as the behavior on an individual influencing others.  We believe that our culture of individualism has permeated our leadership thinking causing us to look for and elevate the role of individuals in the change process missing another important dimension of leadership, i.e. leadership as the process by which many people align their efforts to take collective action on behalf of a common purpose. 

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Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning from Leadership That Works (LTW)

This week, as part of our weekly blog series leading up to Creating Space XII in Detroit, MI, I wanted to focus on coaching as a strategy for supporting non-traditional leadership. This creative approach and program, Civic and Community Leadership Coaching, comes to us from Battle Creek, MI where it was designed and implemented by Leadership That Works (LTW).  Many thanks to Virginia Kellogg from Leadership That Works (LTW) for taking the time to share her experiences with this approach.

LTW provided some context for their work.  Battle Creek is a unique city with very committed citizens and a history of a wide variety of leadership development opportunities. It is sometimes difficult for people to know what is available for their development and what to say yes to. Tradition, along with structural racism, serves to keep leadership opportunities concentrated in the hands of a few. Consequently, there has been a need for more coordinated efforts to get leadership development into the hands of the many.

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Five Lessons from the Blandin Foundation’s 30 Years of Leadership Programming

Last month the Leadership Learning Community launched our latest publication, “Leadership and Large Scale Change: How to Accelerate Learning and Deepen Impact.”  The publication provides an overview of changes in the practice and evaluation of leadership development, addresses challenges related to both leadership evaluation and delivery and offers recommendations that are grounded in examples of great work illustrated in a series of Mini Cases.  Of course in the interest of space we had to select a few programs to profile among many interesting models.  We will be running a Leadership and Large Scale Change Series for the next several months to lift up additional examples of leadership work that has much to teach us.  This month we are starting with the Blandin Foundation’s leadership programming.  We also believe that this work is especially relevant Creating Space, LLC’s national meeting.  This year’s Creating Space theme is “Challenging Leadership Assumptions: Learning from Non-traditional Leadership About Community and Systems Change.”  The five lessons below emerged during an interview with Valerie Shangreaux, Director of Leadership Programs at the Blandin Foundation.  Thank you Valerie for your wisdom and candor.

 

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Exploring Non-Traditional Leadership with Jah'Shams Abdul-Mu'min

This Creating Space XII will focus around non-traditional leadership. Some of you have already started asking: what does that even mean? Personally, I assumed it was the antithesis of “traditional leader”, but what that actually means or more accurately, what that role looks like on a daily basis was still unclear to me.

 

Our CSXII partner, Lisa Leverette from Community Connections in Detroit, immediately invited Jah’Shams Abdul-Mu'min into this conversation. Jah’Shams brings years of experience in the leadership development field researching non-traditional leadership. Although he is based in South Central Los Angeles and works at the Los Angeles Trade Tech Community College, he has traveled the world researching cultures and their leadership models. I was fortunate enough to be able to talk more with Jah’Shams about his findings and to be able to share these with you. His answers to our burning questions are below.

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Guest Blog Q&A With Claudia Paredes on Learning Through The Greenlining Experience

Last month, Claudia Paredes from the Greenlining Institute hosted a webinar with LLC. Many of you wanted to learn more after the webinar and Claudia has generously responded to your questions in a Q&A format. We hope you can continue to mine this knowledge and can also review the webinar or share with other through this link.

Following many of your requests, Claudia agregated your questions and answers them for all of you. We hope you will continue to mine these lessons and implement them in your own work.

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Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning from the Women's Co-op in Battle Creek, Michigan

As we prepare to head to Detroit, Michigan for this year’s national meeting, Creating Space XII, we thought we would bring you a weekly blog series of stories from Michigan about developing non-traditional leadership in keeping with the theme of CS XII, “Challenging Assumptions: Learning from Non-Traditional Leadership About Community and Systems Change.”   This first blog post in our series is about the Women’s Co-Op in Battle Creek and is based on an interview conducted several years ago with the Executive Director, Teresa Phillips.

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