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Institute for Conversational Leadership

November 5, 2013 - November 7, 2013


This three day gathering will focus on the critical nature of conversation in our organizations and how to create the conditions necessary for these conversations to be successful.
Participants will work with real life issues and challenges. The approach will be based on the body of work generated by poet and author David Whyte through 25 years of working with organizations, and David will lead a morning session.

Our organizations are complex, ever changing entities that need to respond fluidly to global conditions. We need to engage these evolving organisms with all the intelligence, respect and artistry we can muster. Our organizations can and should generate possibility in the world, honoring and tending the common good. This requires ongoing stewardship and attention to the health of both the organization and the larger community.

50 years of organizational development work has not given us a formula or equation that yields consistent generative results. Instead, we need to develop the ability to constantly adapt to what is real and emergent. This makes our job as leaders both impossible and solidly in reach. Impossible if we are looking for one approach or style to adopt; solidly in reach if we realize that what is most necessary is our authentic presence. This means being both attendant to what is going on around us and aware of what is going on inside us, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.


November 5, 2013
November 7, 2013