GLC XIII Leadership & Love (report)

The thirteenth iteration of the Global Leadership Café was held at Impact Hub Tokyo (http://en.hubtokyo.com/) on Thursday, June 16, 2016. What a fantastic space! Like the GLC, it’s open, agile and working on developing new ways of working, thinking, and being.

As always, the event was organized with the principle of distributed leadership, and so everyone and no one made it succeed. However a special shout-out needs to be made this time to Jake (Jacob Erlich) for the space-setting/art direction. He created some fantastic visual supports, turning a good space into a great one for our event.

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Particularly creative was Jake’s visual representation of our agenda, showing our activities (open/launch, movement exercise (process wheel), World Café rounds & breaks, harvest, circle feedback, feedback and clean-up). Each section of the clock-chart indicated the time roughly allotted to each activity. Brilliant!

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After opening with a few words about our community and the background to “Leadership and Love”, we started with a Process work-style activity. Starting with the working definition of “loving X” as “wanting X to succeed, develop and grow”, we explored six spaces, each marked out as a physical location in the room with tape. Each space represented a ‘direction’ we could channel our love in our work:

  • Customers
  • Peers
  • Subordinates
  • Vendors/suppliers
  • Self
  • ?

The “?” represented any other entity participants wanted to explore. Interestingly, many chose “boss”. Other choices included “the environment”, “society”, and “the company as a whole”.

After moving to and trying out each perspective, participants were invited to move to the area they felt drawn to, the space that they wanted to operate from in their work. In the debrief, participants were asked to share what brought them to the space they chose and how they felt exploring the different perspectives. One interesting observation was that the group ended up spread out quite evenly – each space had a few people. Another was that in many cases, people had very different reasons for choosing the same space.

Next, the group explored three questions in a World Café:

  1. How did love impact your day today?
  2. Which leaders can you think of who embody love in their leadership? How would you define their leadership qualities?
  3. As a leader how can you support other’s passions?

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Typical for a Global Leadership Café, the conversations were rich and stimulating. There were diverse opinions shared on how ‘love’ could be defined in the context of both question 1 and 2. However, many conversations led to common discovery: that our leadership role models often operate from a place of (1) a desire to help others grow and generally make the world a better place; and (2) security – they know who they are, are comfortable with who they are, and thus are comfortable focusing their attention on others.

The Café harvest collected insights in three categories: “Head” (ideas/mindset), “Heart” (feeling/emotions) and “Hand” (concrete actions).

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In the debrief, among many other insights, we noticed that “listen” appeared in some form in the presentation of all three categories: to have a ‘listen carefully’ mindset (head); to listen with a selfless heart (heart); and to listen for other’s passions/excitement and reflect it (hand).

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In the final circle debrief, participants reflected on the event and shared some their feedback, insights, discoveries. A common takeaway was a renewed sense of purpose and a recharged desire to take greater advantage of the opportunities that we are given through our work to express, show, and embody love.

Wrapping up!

 

Global Leadership Café X: The Power of Appreciation

July 2, 2015 – A two year anniversary of the Global Leadership Café. Once again we had come together in an open and safe place to share and co-create. We began with a brief overview of the themes of the nine previous cafes, such as Freedom to Fail, Staying Foolish, Team Collaboration; each one expressed by one of the attending community members. Recurring participants recalled some of their experiences, while new participants were exposed to a humble and valued history.

The evening’s opening jolt of an exercise was simple and readily noticed. We partnered up, most with a complete stranger, and then did the following: “take a moment with this person, and whatever may come to mind, express what you might appreciate about her/him.” Expressions varied with descriptions of appearance, perceived qualities, and feelings that arose from the person’s presence. Our exchanges differed, but one could sense a greater openness and increasingly positive atmosphere. This was the beginning of an experiential understanding of appreciation.

Our first café question asked: “What is an experience in your life where you felt you were unappreciated, and would have liked to have received appreciation?”

As stories were shared some participants began to identify this missing appreciation as a lack of praise, recognition, or missing feedback for one’s work and efforts. Other participants expressed that they had not been consciously acknowledged, or that their value had been neglected. Disappointments, frustrations, and inner pains were willingly exposed. Two conceptions of appreciation were raised: “appreciation for my actions, and appreciation for who I am as a person.”

A second paired exercise: “take a moment, and think about a part of yourself that you would like appreciation for. Tell your partner, as if they were you, ‘I appreciate your ..’ Your partner then repeats the same exact words to you, reflecting that appreciation.”

“Wow! What an experience!” A diversity of reactions arose, intense and more deeply felt. There were some “feelings of warm energy,” “a powerful sensation,” “seeing a truth that you believe, or want to believe.” One of the most meaningful perhaps, was being able to understand and connect with the essence, or centrality of who another person is. In this atmosphere we were recognizing the value of one another, simply for who we were. A welcomed feeling.

Our second Café question then followed: “How can we share this felt understanding of appreciation with our communities and organizations?”

Ideas that emerged were simple yet impactful: a warm smile, words that reflect the meaning of appreciation: ご馳走様でした、お疲れさまでした. We noticed and shared nuances of culture and language. Other ideas were more playful, such as an imitation or a retelling of a story. With our community harvest we able to reflect, take in the moment, and share as a single group what we were experiencing and understanding. We could laugh, feel joy, encourage one another, and move forward with deeper insights. One takeaway, is acting with the awareness that everyone can value being appreciated, and that there are opportune moments throughout our days to sincerely express one’s recognition of another human being.

We concluded the Café with our tree of appreciation. Each one of us wrote an action item of how we would share appreciation with others, and then posted it on the beautifully paper-crafted, banyan tree.

GLC X: The Power of Appreciation, was a remarkable and heart-warming experience. A big thank you, for the participants and planning members for co-creating this highly enjoyable event. And, a moment of appreciation.

 

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If you would like to contribute or participate in the next GLC event, please feel free to contact us!

Facilitators: Gordan Gaul, Yuka Kojima, Michael Shell, David Nevin, Jorge Chiu

A Global Leadership Café at the Karenni Social Development Center

On February 20, a small team of GLC facilitators will travel to the Thai-Burma border to conduct a Global Leadership Café at the Karenni Social Development Center. The SDC is a small, community-based organization dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting the human rights of the Karenni people. The SDC’s aim is to build a new society based upon the rule of the law. To accomplish this, the SDC trains young Karenni refugees to become advocates in non-violent social change.

The objective of the Feb. 20 Global Leadership Café is to help the SDC create a long-term vision, appreciate their inner resources, and clearly articulate how other communities around the world can empower the SDC’s transformative work. Participants will include the SDC leadership team, staff, faculty, students, alumni and volunteers. Other Karenni community leaders will join the conversation, providing diverse perspectives on the shared challenges and opportunities ahead.

The SDC embodies leadership and innovation. While the GLC team hopes to contribute to the SDC’s success, this is also a fantastic learning opportunity for our community. In the context of adversity and limited resources, the SDC leadership team has created a strong and growing movement towards a more sustainable future. We believe that there are many lessons to learn from this community about the kind of leadership we need to thrive in the next 100 years. Find out more about the Karenni Social Development Center at their website here.

This inspiring project was made possible by Refugees International Japan. Find out more about RIJ’s work to assist refugees at their website here.

To find out more about the SDC Global Leadership Café, contact David Nevin (david.nevin@glpa-group.com).

You can read more about the event at our Tumblr site. You can also find more on the SDC web site.

Global Leadership Café VIII: Embodied Leadership

Forty plus people gathered to deepen their understanding about what it means to be an embodied leader. After two rounds of World Café-style discussion, we shifted into more experimental mode, exploring physical ways of being more fully present as leaders. Heightening awareness of breathing and body posture, participants themselves embodied some of the leadership qualities they felt could serve them in becoming better leaders in their work and life.

We added a meta-learning loop at the end of harvest, inquiring about the process and structure of this leadership laboratory, as well as reaping personal takeaways from the activities.

Many people wanted to learn more about how to use their body to embody leadership….

Leadership qualities embodied by participants included:

Authenticity, compassion, clarity, courage, determination, focus, inspiration, intelligence, love, being non-judgmental, space-holding, trustworthiness, vision, vulnerability.

Takeaways, in the words of participants, included:

  • “To listen to your body. Remember [and] embody the quality you want to exhibit.”
  • “I chose clarity & holding space and realized I should stop making plans and just relax…”
  • “I noticed that I become too quiet among Japanese people, Oh no!”
  • “Holding space [for others].”
  • “Reflection about how body/posture/movement can support/reinforce your emotions/thoughts.”
  • “Small group work is really effective for learning. Good format. Great people.”
  • “Our body has a lot to teach us. I want to work on my breath.”
  • “Get out of my head and connect with my body more.”

Facilitators in order of appearance: Yuka Kojima, Skip Swanson, Dori Yanagi, Michael Shell, Tatsuya Yamada, Annette Karseras, David Nevin.

A Global Leadership Café at the Karenni Social Development Center

A Global Leadership Café at the Karenni Social Development Center

On February 21, a small team of GLC facilitators will travel to the Thai-Burma border to conduct a Global Leadership Café at the Karenni Social Development Center (SDC). The SDC is a small, community-based organization dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting the human rights of the Karenni people. The SDC’s aim is to build a new society based upon the rule of the law. To accomplish this, the SDC trains young Karenni refugees to become advocates in non-violent social change.


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The objective of the Feb. 21 Global Leadership Café is to help the SDC create a long-term vision, appreciate their inner resources, and clearly articulate how other communities around the world can empower the SDC’s transformative work. Participants will include the SDC leadership team, staff, faculty, students, alumni and volunteers. Other Karenni community leaders will join the conversation, providing diverse perspectives on the shared challenges and opportunities ahead.

The SDC embodies leadership and innovation. While the GLC team hopes to contribute to the SDC’s success, this is also a fantastic learning opportunity for our community. In the context of adversity and limited resources, the SDC leadership team has created a strong and growing movement towards a more sustainable future. We believe that there are many lessons to learn from this community about the kind of leadership we need to thrive in the next 100 years. Find out more about the Karenni Social Development Center at their website here.

This inspiring project was made possible by Refugees International Japan. Find out more about RIJ’s work to assist refugees at their website here.

To find out more about the SDC Global Leadership Café, contact David Nevin.

グローバル・リーダーシップ・カフェ VIII 「体現化されたリーダシップ」2月6日 ウエスレーセンター

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主張を表す、または控えるリーダーシップの姿勢を体感することによって、人から協力を得るときに必要な行動、姿勢、在り方を理解することにつなげてゆきます。このリーダーシップカフェから学びたいことはどんなことでしょうか?あなたのユニークな貢献はどんなことになりますか?2月6日にお会いできるのを楽しみにしています。

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