The Women and Innovation Lab is a one-day forum for the examination of hidden biases and barriers to feminine participation, and an incubator for the generation of insights, solutions and collaborative action.
Crucial Conversationsteaches a 7-step process for managing these conversations:
Start with heart. Ask yourself what you really want and what’s at stake.
Learn to look. Always be asking yourself whether the conversation is defensive or a dialogue. If you or the other party strays into defensiveness, simply say “I think we’ve moved away from dialogue” or “I’m sorry, I’ve been trying to force my ideas on you.”
Make it safe. Another way to deal with defensiveness in difficult conversations is to create a comfortable situation by apologizing, asking a question that shows interest in others’ views or even taking a time out.
Master your story. Focus on what happened that made you feel a certain way. Think through your emotions and then choose the appropriate way to respond.
State your path. Share your facts and conclusions so that the other party can see where you are coming from.
Explore others’ paths. Find out what the other person is thinking. Make sure that you understand each other and look for areas of agreement.
Move to action. Come to a consensus about what will happen. Document who will do what by when and settle on a way to follow up.
Strategy Made Simple - The 3 Core Strategy Questions
In increasingly turbulent and complex times, we understandably fall prey to a dangerous temptation – both as institutions and individuals. We’re tempted to abandon long-term strategy and fall back on rapid adaptation as the only winning game – sense and respond quickly enough to events as they occur and everything will be OK.
Don’t get me wrong, we all need to find ways to be more adaptable. But adaptation as a strategy is fraught with risk.While compelling in theory (who could be against adaptation?),adaptation in practice leads us to spread our resources way too thinly as we fall into a reactive mode, unable to prioritize or focus as we get bombarded with events occurring at a faster and faster rate. It leads us into a narrow incrementalism that often ends up at a dead-end.
So, what’s the option? The option is to focus more than ever on three core strategy questions that can help provide us with focus and stability even as the turbulence increases around us– and help us to prioritize where we need to respond and where we don’t.
Join us on June 7th for a unique women's leadership forum. During this one day event we will engage in current and relevant topics facing women leaders in all organizations using collaborative and participatory methods which host conversations that really matter. I am supporting this effort and helping one of my business partners, Monique Svazlian of Highest Path to get the WORD OUT.
Authentic Leadership in Action + Building Capacity for the 21st Century
Stanford Leadership Experiment is designed as a workshop intensive for undergraduates to bring their big questions and personal inquiry about leadership and have access to innovative resources, a radical model for approaching participatory leadership and guidance from a seasoned facilitation team. This event is designed to teach simple yet powerful processes that build community, activate collective intelligence and foster individual and authentic leadership practices.