News and Project Highlights for Fall 2010
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less
traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost - The Road Less Traveled
If there is one theme that ties the work together this fall
it has been helping leaders shift their orientation from adapting
past knowledge to meet current challenges to learning from
the future as it emerges. This involves a shift from making
the visible actionable to making the invisible, visible. Too
often business becomes confused with 'busyness'To meet the
future we need to pause, reflect, and make a place around
us where we can hold presence with the unknown. Ultimately
it may be taking this road less traveled that will make all
the difference to the future we create for ourselves and others.
The Powers of Place
Michael is currently writing an outline for a forthcoming
essay supported in part by the Fetzer Institute on Place
Based Leadership - Towards an Ecological Worldview.
This essay is also supported by The
Powers of Place Initiative where Michael is a steward.
In this capacity he has augmented his writing with keynote
talks and facilitated forums on the power of place and place
- based leadership. These include The Celebrating Communities
Conference in Atlantic Canada, The Authentic Leadership in
Action Conference (ALIA) in Halifax NS, The Banff Centre and
The International Leadership Association Annual Conference.
Michael also continues to facilitate seminars, retreats and
give keynote presentations guiding leaders on the inner journey
towards fulfilling their own deeper calling and finding their
voice as leaders. Following the footprint of his book Artful
Leadership, Michael has offered these transformational
learning experiences for The Creative Education Foundation,
The Global Innovations Group at Proctor and Gamble, The Leading
for Innovation Program at the Banff Centre and other groups.
He will be offering this program for Executive MBA students
at the College of Business, University of Texas, San Antonio,
TX and perhaps St Edward's University in Austin, TX early
Connecting to Our Future
Throughout 2010 Michael has been part of a small team facilitating
a unique transformational change project with Quaker Foods.
Based on the premise that creating our future involves a shift
from a reductive and industrial to a more imaginative and
ecological worldview, this program involves introducing conversational
and arts based processes that enable leaders at all levels
to connect with their legacy, their gifts, their collective
wisdom and their aspirations for the future.
To see work in progress follow Michael's Leading
Michael has two essays due for publication in the next few
Transforming Leadership and the Power of the Imagination
Building Leadership Bridges- Leadership for Transformation
Jossey Bass and The International Leadership Association.
Publ. date January 2011
The Marriage of Logos and Mythos: Transforming Leadership
The Journal of Leadership Studies - Wiley Periodicals Publ.
date January 2011
To read both please visit the publications
Speaking and Workshops
October 4 - Montreal, Canada Arts Smarts National Learning
Michael was the opening keynote speaker setting the tone for
the conference- (click
here for Michaels blog) Setting the Tone-Putting the 'Music'
back into Keynote Presentations and speaking on the theme
The Power of Story; Learning From the Emerging Future.
His presentation was followed later in the day with an experiential
process Dialoging with Our Future in which conference
participated in conversations exploring aspirations for creating
their possible future through a set of inquiry questions.
October 26 to 30 Boston Mass International Leadership
Carrying the theme of learning from the emerging future through
the language of the arts, Michael was a session leader for
four workshops at the ILA conference this year- three on learning
from the future through the language of the poetry, story
and imagry and a fourth on leading from a sense of place.
These conference dialogues have become a 'wonderful tradition
' at the ILA and people really appreciate the space. The legacy
started with the Leadership for transformation series of dialogues
at the Fetzer Institute and was introduced into the ILA Conferences,
for which Fetzer has served as a funding partner, - The Banff
Ctr. through conferences in Vancouver Los Angeles, Prague,
Boston this year and London next October.
Michael was also a guest performer for all of the plenary
sessions featuring such speakers as; Karen Armstrong. Howard
Gardner, Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Jeff Swartz the president
of Timberland. www.ila-net.org/conferences/
November 29 to December 3 Banff Center
Leading for Innovation
Leading for Innovation is The Banff Center's flagship program
on leadership, artistry and innovation. It is a unique program
in that it offers a full immersion in models, frameworks and
practices for innovative leadership and also develops the
inner qualities of the mind and heart of the innovator. In
this respect it is based on the notion that it is not enough
to innovate - we also need to be conscious of where we innovate
As one participant said following the program -
Coming to Banff was not only about who I am, but about
who I want to be. It is never too late! I have taken other
nationally known leadership programs, but I needed this
one to get me to the next level in both my career and personal
life. The title of the program could almost be changed to
Inspiring 'Creative Leadership and Life'!
Robert Vander Wees - Concentra Financial
LIO is offered twice a year at Banff - to learn more please
Thanks for visiting this page - there will be another update
early next year.
Michael is on the faculty at the Banff Centre
Leadership Development and a Steward with the Powers
of Place Initiative. He is currently writing a book on Recovering
the Soul of Place; Place Based Leadership and Transformational