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Leadership Prime (primal?) directive

February 11, 2016 by Jonathan Gilburg

Leadership Prime (primal?) directive

Have you ever been in the Florida Everglades?  Ever been there in September?  I was there co-facilitating a wilderness expedition training for a group of instructors who might one day lead groups of a dozen at-risk teenagers on three week canoe expeditions into this unique wilderness area.  The indelible memory of that week? Mosquitos… mosquitos and heat. The other lasting memory was observing and learning from my boss and co-facilitator, Louise.

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Centering—for the holidays and beyond

December 18, 2015 by Joseph DiCenso

Centering—for the holidays and beyond

Is it OK for me to say that this time of year can be a little crazy-making? Yes, there are wonderful, heart-warming aspects to the season and there are some challenging elements we don’t hear as much about on the public airwaves. Dysfunctional family dynamics, gift-giving pressures, dietary temptations are just a few that come to mind.

And so I’m offering this simple centering exercise, drawn from my own archives, an effective and inconspicuous move you can do in public or around a family meal. WARNING: if you have a known allergy to topics on the “touchy-feely” side, you may want to skip this one!

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More than a Feeling

September 11, 2015 by Deborah Gilburg

More than a Feeling

Sadness, grief, loss … these are feelings I do NOT like to feel. Who does? And yet, these feelings are a persistent part of being human, of living. Even if we try to numb, evade or ignore feelings of sadness, they have the ability to creep into our thoughts, color our perspective, even change our memories. In its most potent, repressed and debilitating form, sadness can leave us depressed, anxious and hopeless.

So what the heck is the purpose of this emotion? What are its benefits? There must be some, right? Why are feelings of sadness such a mainstay in our development? What purpose could such feelings serve? 

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Who Gets to Breathe?

August 13, 2015 by Joseph DiCenso

Who Gets to Breathe?

We're surrounded by mountains. At some point it occurs to me that that's how this state, Montana, got its name. We're a circle of about fifty. It's the morning of our second day with a group from the US Forest Service. I'm part of a team that's facilitating a program called "Leader as Convener," a three-day workshop designed to help leaders shift their mindset about collaborative leadership and adopt new approaches and skills for working with stakeholders

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Hungry for Connection

June 19, 2015 by Jonathan Gilburg

Hungry for Connection

The new group sits around the table reflecting and sharing their answers to the question: “What inspires me about being a leader in this organization?”  After this initial check in, there is a palpable shift from worry and anxiety to tentative hope and possibility about the upcoming experience they will have together: 3 days exploring the nature of leadership in this time, in their organization—striving together to answer the question—“How can we, as leaders, best navigate the terrain in front of us?”

It is a wicked question: How can we navigate the terrain in front of us?

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Three Convening Stories

May 15, 2015 by Deborah Gilburg

Three Convening Stories

Its been a personal goal of mine to start collecting stories from our clients, program participants and friends about how they are convening others to have the kinds conversations that matter, be it about shared interests, passions, work challenges or community concerns.

I have three stories to share today, two told to me by the conveners themselves, and one that was relayed to me by some of the participants. In all three cases there were no professional facilitators involved, just committed conveners who care about their topics and the practices of convening, and were willing to take a risk by using a convening methodology and inviting others to participate. 

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Getting Perspective

April 24, 2015 by Amy Gilburg

Getting Perspective

It’s the first morning of a three-day roundtable meeting with 9 leaders from around the country. There is no formal agenda other than what the group decides. Some of them know each other but many are new faces. I can see and feel their interest and also cautious reserve. Will this investment of time and money be worth it? Will I get what I need? Will this experience be of value to me? These are the questions I imagine they are holding. 

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Telling Truth Together

March 19, 2015 by Joseph DiCenso

Telling Truth Together

It was the last run of the day, the snow so white and sun so bright it hurt the eyes. The single digit cold made the snow scritch. Tyson had chosen the red, bullet-shaped sled and he was flying down the hill. When he didn’t quite make the turn and bolted out of the sled. Edgardo and I laughed, not realizing he’d hit a rock hidden beneath the snow. And he’d hit it hard.

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2015: New Year, New Look!

January 15, 2015 by Deborah Gilburg

2015: New Year, New Look!

Happy New Year, yes a few weeks late, but still new!

As our first blog in 2015 I am super excited to announce that we have a new website! As has always been the case, it has taken nearly 9 months to get this done, but we are very proud.

Aside with a much-needed updated look and feel, we are featuring Amy’s artwork throughout the site! Its an all new GLI look with updated information that we feel is much more in line with what we do and care about.

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Building the Bridge as we Cross it

December 12, 2014 by Joseph DiCenso

Building the Bridge as we Cross it

Last week Amy and I worked with a Forest Leadership Team out in the northwestern part of the country. They were a friendly and high-functioning group who made great use of our three days together. As we were wrapping up, one of them offered us some lovely feedback, sharing that, having done a bunch of facilitation, he knew how hard it could be, and we’d made it look easy.

Amy and I both chuckled inwardly and she said, “Well, there were a couple of times when we were sweating bullets.”

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