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The Leading Through Change Webinars offer our latest thinking and application to larger audiences. They include a live video presentation followed by questions and discussion. The webinars may be taken singly or in a package of three.
I truly believe if we could change the quality of our meetings, not only would people's happiness and productivity go through the roof, we would need less meetings. Imagine a bright future ahead of us: no more meetings for the sake of meetings!
The training needs to get more granular and focused on the day to day skillful leading of effective and meaningful meetings. Meetings that matter! If we can change things on this day to day level we begin to build a more engaged culture within our organisations, communities and systems. The more engaged people are, the greater ownership they feel and the more motivated they are to generate results. All too often we try to bully or incentive people into action rather than shifting how we organize ourselves around our work.
This has been the inspiration for Leading Effective Meetings the new online course Tuesday Ryan Hart and I are offering. We ran a pilot last fall, got positive feedback and are now launching the training as part of Word Done Better, Together . Greater participation needs to become business as usual - rather than be a series of exciting events that give a break from the normal way of doing things. If we want to be able to respond and adapt to the constantly changing circumstances around us - we have to be able to meet, engage multiple perspectives, figure out a critical path forward and continue to learn as we go. Bluntly put - if we can't figure out how to meet properly we stand a very low chance of running a successful organisation or initiative.
Check out the Work Done Better. Together site, spread the word on the leading effective meetings program if you like it but more importantly let's all figure out how we train in the day to day of running good meetings. That way we can influence the way everything happens, rather than just a few strategic initiatives.
It has been incredible over the last 15 years seeing the Art of Hosting community grow all over the world. The question keeps coming up on what it is ... so here is the second blog post on it. The first one you can find here by guest blogger Toke Moeller. This post is an email exchange with one of the team of a training I am involved in around participatory leadership in the field of social justice and equity. Check out the website if you want to know more about that. Here's an edited version of the email exchange for those who want to understand what the Art of Hosting is, from my perspective. The titles in orange are the questions I was asked and the text below is the responses ...
The engagements enabled the library and architects to be highly responsive to public input through the design process. This has contributed to the enormous sense of ownership that Haligonians feel. Here’s a video of a newscast around the opening so you can get a sense of the vibe. There were some great conditions in place to support it happening. Here’s a few that I can name right off the bat:
The event, hosted by Now Lunenburg County, highlighted 16 projects based on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, to education, youth engagement, politics and more.
"This is a new way of approaching project work and bringing about change," said Elspeth McLean-Wile, one of Now Lunenburg County's founding members.
Last week's event was a follow up to Now Lunenburg County's launch event in May, where community members from across sectors were invited to a public forum to discuss the challenges facing the area and take action.
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