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An Inquiry into Relational Leading Practice | March 13 - April 10

Wed, March 13, 2019

through Wed, April 10, 2018

March 13 - April 10, 2019 (NEW DATES) 

Facilitators: Ginny Belden-Charles, PhD


There are 5 live video calls which will take place at 10:00 AM US Eastern Time every week on Wednesdays: 

  • March 13 (two hour call), 20, 27, April 3, 10 (90 minutes each)

This 5-week online workshop will provide opportunities to experiment, reflect on, and apply new insights in your relational leading practice. The learning process is designed and organized around four critical questions:

  • Context And Intentionality: any situation, relationship or event we enter provides a largely invisible context that shapes our engagement. How does what we each bring influence our understanding of constraints, enablers and what we subsequently are able to create together? How do individual feelings/intentions and group intentionality influence these unfolding interactions? In this section we learn to appreciate and be “fully present” in our relational interactions within what are always new, dynamic situations, and explore how to be responsive to what is or could be emerging.
  • Framing And Problem Solving: John Shotter identifies and explores “aboutness” and “withness” thinking as two different ways of working with others, both in initially orienting towards new situations and in resolving particular problems. What is happening in these two states, and how can we learn to enter into and move between these? In this section we will make sense together of Shotter's ideas as they relate to other group process theory. We see how they help us choose modes of engagement that are alive and generative.
  • Relational Resources and Practices: Relational work is often a hidden aspect of leadership, as our current leadership models emphasize task, outcomes, and individual competencies. What helps us build trust and safety, engagement? How can we help groups deal with diversity and build collective intelligence?  In this section we will share resources, tools and practices that strengthen relationships and relational ways of working, applying these in your own leadership challenges.
  • Reflecting - Developing Our Practice: Moving between practice and theory is at the foundation of the reflective practitioner.  What are the challenges you face in offering leadership to yourself and others in your own relational practice? How might you apply the insights from this new thinking to seeing anew? What new ways of moving forward have you found to respond more systemically and creatively to what is unfolding in the moment? In this section we will reflect on our practices, see how these concepts have been and could be applied. We will conclude with a collective summary of  what we have discovered about the practice of relational leading and how might we help others engage in more effective relational practice.

In addition to the group calls, participants will be reflecting, reading, engaging in weekly partner calls, posting responses to questions in an online dialogue forum, and coaching feedback.

One on One coaching is also part of this course.

Registration Fee: $500.00 ($450 for students)

  • LATE Fee - if you register after March 1st, there is a late fee of $50 added to your registration payment. 

To register, click here: www.taosinstitute.net/registration-relational-leading-course

Presenter Bio:

Ginny Belden-Charles