Workshop Invitations: Following SELF and Beyond the Edge

To all colleagues, friends, and readers!

If there’s a sil­ver lin­ing to tough eco­nom­ic times, it is that we have to rethink what we’ve always done. 

If the times are pres­sured, the need has nev­er been high­er for us to be open, acces­si­ble, pos­i­tive and grounded. 

If we yearn for great lead­er­ship, it’s clear this is con­nect­ed to our own lead­er­ship capa­bil­i­ties and the ful­fill­ment of our own potentials.

If we need to learn and grow as lead­ers, now more than ever we must ini­ti­ate that learn­ing on our own.

We can­not wait for orga­ni­za­tions to “give us oppor­tu­ni­ties.” We must take on the chal­lenge for ourselves.

In this regard I am offer­ing two pub­lic workshops. 

Fol­low­ing SELF: How lead­ers can stop defend­ing and start liv­ing their own high­er cause.

This inex­pen­sive one-day pub­lic work­shop, gra­cious­ly spon­sored by Fred Hutchin­son Can­cer Research Cen­ter, focus­es on the jour­ney from defen­sive lead­er­ship to an open, par­tic­i­pa­tive, ground­ed lead­er­ship style suit­ed to the times. The work­shop will be high­ly par­tic­i­pa­tive and also offer oppor­tu­ni­ties for reflec­tive learn­ing. The work­shop is described in detail below. In addi­tion, here is a paper by the same name that sum­ma­rizes the work­shop con­tent and gives some idea of the exer­cis­es we will work on togeth­er. I’d very much like to invite you to the work­shop and to enlist your help in shar­ing this invi­ta­tion with oth­ers who might be inter­est­ed. I am offer­ing the work­shop at a seri­ous­ly dis­count­ed rate as a way to both rein­force work I’ve done with past clients and intro­duce myself to new ones. If you are inter­est­ed, please give me a call or send me an email at your ear­li­est con­ve­nience as I am lim­it­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion to approx­i­mate­ly 20 people.

Beyond the Edge: Affirm­ing your des­tiny as a leader

In addi­tion, I am hap­py to announce that a pow­er­ful work­shop I co-facil­i­tat­ed in Jack­son Hole, Wyoming for about ten years is now being reborn in the Pacif­ic North­west. Beyond the Edge is in a for­ma­tive stage, with pro­ject­ed offer­ing dates tar­get­ed for late fall, 2010/early spring, 2011. Barb Hum­mel, Jay How­ell and I are in the process of look­ing for a new home for our four-day pre­mier lead­er­ship learn­ing expe­ri­ence. Please take a look at our new web­site. If you are inter­est­ed – or know of oth­ers who would ben­e­fit from attend­ing — please let me know, and I’ll be sure to share updates about our progress, poten­tial dates, and the fee for par­tic­i­pa­tion (which will large­ly depend on site selec­tion). We believe there is no bet­ter time than now to do the deep­er work of lead­er­ship self-inquiry and self-mastery. 

Thanks and I’ll look for­ward to hear­ing from you!

Many best wishes

Dan

PS: If you’d like to for­ward this announce­ment as a pdf, you can find the pdf ver­sion here.




Following SELF

How Lead­ers Can Stop Defend­ing and Start Liv­ing Their High­er Cause

Lead­ers who acknowl­edge mis­takes, take per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ty and act swift­ly to make cor­rec­tions are gen­er­al­ly regard­ed as hero­ic. Their will­ing­ness to open the door to new infor­ma­tion – how­ev­er uncom­fort­able that may be – gains cred­i­bil­i­ty for them­selves and their orga­ni­za­tions. Yet to become gen­uine­ly open and acces­si­ble, to over­come defen­sive­ness and claim a true lead­er­ship pres­ence is no small task. It takes a cer­tain lev­el of self-knowl­edge, empa­thy, and strength of char­ac­ter. How can this be achieved?

Spend a day work­ing with Dan Oestre­ich that focus­es on build­ing these qual­i­ties, mas­ter­ing the tran­si­tion from defen­sive­ness to sol­id, cre­ative action. Dan’s approach is open, inter­ac­tive, and based on the best prin­ci­ples of thought­ful, reflec­tive learn­ing. This class is appro­pri­ate for any­one, regard­less of their for­mal posi­tion (super­vi­so­ry or non-super­vi­so­ry), who wants to use per­son­al poten­tials to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence. From cor­po­rate guid­ance to influ­enc­ing social change, from devel­op­ing your art to the self-lead­er­ship of sim­ply liv­ing the life you want (and were meant) to live, this is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to use your own nat­ur­al process of self-inquiry, with the sup­port of oth­ers, to help you achieve impor­tant per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al goals.

Out­comes include: 

· Bet­ter knowl­edge of your self-assessed lead­er­ship strengths and weaknesses

· Under­stand­ing of your defen­sive styles and how they oper­ate to pro­tect your self-image, includ­ing what you defend and how you do it

· Under­stand­ing of your impacts on oth­ers, includ­ing impacts that may uncon­scious­ly inter­fere with achiev­ing your own goals

· Devel­op­ment of spe­cif­ic strate­gies to inter­rupt defen­sive reac­tions and cycles

· Def­i­n­i­tion of the dif­fer­ences in your world you would most like to make

· Devel­op­ment of essen­tial self-inquiries and a path of pos­i­tive learning

· Meth­ods to build a stronger sense of team­work and com­mu­ni­ty into the orga­ni­za­tions in which you participate 

We will use a com­bi­na­tion of indi­vid­ual work, small group exer­cis­es and dia­logues to accom­plish these out­comes. You will leave with a record of your work and learn­ing, as well as a “vital few” key action steps to help you fol­low-through. This event is lim­it­ed to approx­i­mate­ly 20 participants.

Dan Oestre­ich is an expe­ri­enced lead­er­ship and orga­ni­za­tion devel­op­ment prac­ti­tion­er with over 20 years of expe­ri­ence help­ing peo­ple as indi­vid­u­als and groups find and ful­fill their poten­tials. He is co-author of two books on orga­ni­za­tion­al cul­ture and lead­er­ship, Dri­ving Fear Out of the Work­place and The Coura­geous Mes­sen­ger. Dan’s work is at every lev­el of orga­ni­za­tions, help­ing oth­ers through assess­ment, feed­back, coach­ing, and facil­i­ta­tion of change. You can find out more about Dan from his web­site.

Work­shop Details

Date: Tues­day, July 13, 2010

Reg­is­tra­tion: 8:00 AM

On-Time Start/Finish: 8:30 AM — 4:30 PM. Lunch 12:00 – 1:00; breaks as need­ed. Break bev­er­ages and snacks pro­vid­ed. Lunch is on your own. (Loca­tion has an inex­pen­sive, healthy foods cafeteria)

Work­shop Cost: $79 in advance*, $99 at the door. *When you con­firm your inter­est in attend­ing, I’ll give you a Pay­Pal link or you can for­ward a check.

Loca­tion: Room J2-515, Yale Build­ing (This is a secure loca­tion. Par­tic­i­pants must be escort­ed to the room from the Yale Build­ing Lobby)

Fred Hutchin­son Can­cer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave N.
Seat­tle, WA 98109–4433

Dri­ving direc­tions: Please see this map. 

Park­ing: See the map link above. Pay lots are avail­able adja­cent to the Yale Building.

This is a pub­lic event spon­sored by Fred Hutchin­son Can­cer Research Cen­ter. Dona­tions to the Cen­ter are wel­comed. Please donate here.

Please con­tact Dan direct­ly to sign up for this workshop.

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