The leaders who have attended Leadership+Design experiences over the years play varied roles in schools. You have come from all different types of schools and have come at different stages of your careers. But you all have one thing in common; you seek truth. You want feedback, you want to know your impact, you want to learn. In a busy and polarized world, this truth seeking is often met with fear, resistance and a careful partisanship that creates a barrier to learning. Even the best of us can get lured into echo chambers and be tempted by confirming and affirming colleagues and friends with our best intentions in mind.
But what if you had a way to reflect on your work, your actions and your decision making as a leader that was more exploratory than confirmatory? Where you and a small group of fellow truth-seekers develop a collaborative practice of asking the questions that lead your closer to that truth.
Question such as:
This spring Leadership+Design will be piloting Truth-Seeking Pods for a small group of leaders who would like to test this practice. Beginning the week of February 15, 2018 and ending the last week of April, small groups of 4-5 individuals will meet on a weekly basis for 90 minutes on ZOOM. This is a three month commitment. We have space for only 15 people (3 pods). While L+D will facilitate the pods early in the experience and on an as-needed basis throughout, the eventual goal would be that the pods become self-sufficient by the end of the three months and could potentially continue on their own in the future. The pods will be organized by time zone and will happen each Tuesday at 8:00pm PT, MT, and ET.* Participants commit to attending the meetings for the full three months.
By joining this pilot group, you would be acknowledging that this is a prototype. Leadership+Design will be asking for feedback along the way and also would be recording some of the sessions for our own learning and viewing. Our hope is that these groups will find this to be a valuable experience and we would be able to offer more in the future.
If you have questions about this experience, please contact Carla Silver or Ryan Burke.
Fee: $200.00 for the full three months
You can register for this program by clicking here. Space is very limited. You have received this invitation based on your past participation in a L+D experience.
*We are hoping that by setting the time ahead of time it will help you to know whether you can participate - if this time is a deal breaker for you and you would otherwise participate, please let us know!
I recently got back from L+D's yearly Santa Fe workshop. Santa Fe is a chance for leaders to unwind, reflect, look inward, and possibly chart a new path forward. On the first day, we address ASD (Adult Seriousness Disorder). We do this to lighten the mood as often school leaders show up in Santa Fe feeling a little lost, depleted or even possibly depressed.
Even though ASD is not a real disorder, it is real. At L+D, we practice all sorts of skills and mindsets that aim to combat this very real thing where we forget the joy and playfulness associated with being a leader, but we still tend to catch some flak for it.
Carla Silver, our Chief L+Doer recently sent me this article. Published in MindShift, this article highlights a school in Los Angeles focused on human relationships. It is called Social Justice Humanitas Academy, and it as the last line of the article that got my attention. The founding principal said, "What has made us successful, and I think a lot of people are starting to listen, is the huggy-touchy stuff", he goes on to say, "The stuff that freaks people out. Adults making themselves vulnerable. Building real relationships."
The link between my reflection from Santa Fe and this article is simply that the squishy stuff is often where we find joy, connection and a way forward within the complicated and never-ending job of leading schools. Not only that, but it also works in regards to reaching students. When will we stop calling it the squishy stuff and instead call it what it really is: