Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Living and Working In Prolonged Uncertainty

We live, work and lead now in a world of hyper speed, connectivity and vigilance, which often results in constant interruptions, reactive leadership, and even organizational paralysis. 

Every week now I hear leaders tell me during executive coaching sessions that “the whole world is just a mess.” And privately, they haven’t a clue of what to do next or where to go in order to fix it.

I remind them that when people, teams and even organizations are outside their comfort zone and feeling like the world around them is in chaos, they need three things, namely support, perspective and a safety zone to dialogue

While being a senior leader can be lonely, one does not have to choose to be alone.  This is why many leaders come to the From Vision to Action Executive Roundtables.  Twice a year, leaders from a wide variety of organizations come together to share their challenges, their solutions and lessons learned. It is a place for in-depth listening and dialogue, a time to step back from daily operational pressures and to comprehend the large and more strategic implications of all that is happening around us. As previous participants have shared with me, “the Roundtable is a place where I can pause, and catch my breath given the pace of change.”

The Spring 2014 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable is on on April 9-10, 2014 at the Courtyard By Marriott in Des Moines/Clive, Iowa

Here is the agenda for your review:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

8:30 am - Registration
9:00 am - 10:15 am - Feeling Lost In Prolonged Uncertainty
10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Rethinking The Maps We Use
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch and Networking 
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm - Navigating the World of Excellence
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Building Bridges In the Midst of Complexity
4:30 pm - Adjourn

Thursday, April 10, 2014

9:00 am - 10:15 am - Staying Centered in the Midst of Constant Interruptions 
10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Integration and Application
12:00 pm - Adjourn

If you are interested in coming, here is the link for more information and the registration form:

For all who are coming, I recommend you read the following article: “Lost And Found In A Brave New World” by Margaret Wheatley from Leader to Leader magazine, No. 68, Spring 2013. Here is the link:

It may be a messy world with a tremendous amount of chaos, but with support, perspective and a safety zone to dialogue, we can move forward. 

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

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