Thank you for such a wonderful weekend! Your openness to learning, sharing, and growing, allowing yourselves to let go of former ideas of what is right and embrace some new ways of thinking, served you well!
I recognize I forgot to collect your evaluation forms before we left on Sunday. If you are willing, I would be grateful for any comments you could send via email.
- What you appreciated,
- what you would suggest or hope for next time, and
- any questions that are on your mind.
Email me via Amy@CareerLeadershipAlignment.com or fill in the contact form below.
Your homework checklist for this month:
- Read Extraordinary Leadership by Roberta Gilbert
- Watch The Sickie and look for the elements of the system and the Emotional Field you jotted in your notebooks and are listed on the handout in your folder. (https://vimeo.com/77235116)
- Ask someone who is around you a lot to fill out–with you in mind–the Separateness/Closeness inventory (handout in your folder titled “Two Basic Needs: Separateness and Closeness). When you receive it back from them, score it like you did your own and journal about what you are learning, what you are feeling, and what steps you would like to take for your own growth based on what you learn. Notice defensiveness or feelings of shame that come up, if any, and enfold those in your journaling.
- Also journal on connections you notice between the retreat concepts and your life, your professional life, and/or life at CCSL. The more you look for these dynamics in action, the more effectively you will apply them.
- Take the Gallup StrengthsFinder inventory — link and instructions below.
These additional links and resources will help you to go deep with the concepts:
- The Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio offers courses that teach the most crucial, basic skills leaders can use when fielding complaints and listening to agitated community members. If you would like to get started right away on building those skills, you can attend a one-day introduction and then start a six-week course. This kind of immersion over time is important for getting practice and developing your ability to access these skills in the moment when you need them. (The six-week course begins before our next retreat.)
- I have uploaded a video from Peter Steinke to YouTube that offers a great review of what kinds of elements to be on the lookout for in a healthy system, including a deeper discussion of self-differentiation.
- This video of Brene Brown talking about blame is fabulous and helps explain why blame is so automatic and relieves anxiety.
- This little home-animated video is a marvelous overview of Edwin Friedman’s work on Self-Differentiation.
- You can download the Executive Summary of Otto Scharmer’s Theory U from here.
StrengthsFinder Inventory Instructions
Please follow the instructions below to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and discover your strengths.
1. Visit https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/Register/en-US/Index
2. Copy and paste the access code SP45YQ55BS78GM58 into the available field, and then click Continue.
3. Follow the onscreen instructions to create a Gallup Strengths Center account.
4. Once registered, you will be able to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. Please give yourself 45 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete it.
By applying your access code, you’re entitled to a free copy of the StrengthsFinder 2.0 e-book, which will help you understand the StrengthsFinder assessment and the 34 themes. To download the e-book, sign in to your account and click Download My E-Book on your dashboard.
If you encounter issues with your access code, please contact me. For all other issues, please view the Gallup Strengths Center Help page.
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