I would like to share with you a few pre-reading assignments for our time together in Palo Alto.
First, your coaching team asks you to read two articles, as they are relevant to the overarching work of the one-to-one session. Coaching session will be held at each on-site gathering as well as the intersessions between the weeks. On-site coaching is scheduled over lunch and in the early mornings or evenings. We will overview the coaching process and introduce you to your coach during Monday morning’s overview.
The first reading is Discovering Your Authentic Leadership by Bill George, Peter Sims, Andrew McLean, and Diana Mayer. The authors speak to the frank necessity of knowing who you are as a leader. For them, “Authentic leaders demonstrate a passion for their purpose, practice their values consistently, and lead with their hearts as well as their heads. They establish long-term, meaningful relationships and the the self-discipline to get results.” (HBR allows access for up to 8 articles free each month. Simply, register on their site for free online reading or download of this article.)
The second article is The Dawn of Systems Leadership by Peter Senge, Hal Hamilton, and John Kania. Here the authors contend that progress against society's most intractable problems require a systems model of leadership. Through this frame, leadership requires the ability to see the larger system and its complexity; foster reflection, question assumptions, and open the heart and mind to hear a point of view different than one’s own; plus shift from reactive problem solving to purpose driven co-creation. Importantly, it involves recognizing “we are part of the system we seek to change”.
Anil Sachdev, teaching on Wednesday, would like to share with you his thoughts on Shared Value as an inspiration from Indian Ethos. His paper explores what is at the heart of ‘Inspired and Authentic Leadership.’ Anil writes, organisations of consequence become admired Institutions that create and sustain value for multiple stakeholders. The leaders who enable this transformation are inspired by 'higher purpose'.
If time permits, Cam, Birju, and Prasad recommend a video and article for Friday’s session: The 4 Constituents of Well-Being by Richard Davidson and A Short Primer on Mindfulness as Personal Development by Cam Danielson.
Richard’s video provides a short and succinct descriptions of 4 dimensions of well-being that are neurologically based and well researched - resilience, positive outlook, generosity, and attention. Dr. Davidson is the founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin.
Cam’s article observes that behind the practice of mindfulness exists a philosophy of development that includes a deep knowledge of self and the underlying assumptions that inform our path to action. This article illustrates the implications for leaders and the case for acquiring more complex mental functioning to consciously move between inquiry and advocacy, as needed, in engagement with different people and situations.
You will also want to check back to the website at the conclusion of Week One for suggested follow-up readings and electronic access to classroom materials and PowerPoints.
If you have difficulty accessing any of the materials, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you soon, Pam