Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stories & Questions

When teaching leadership and organizational change, I often tell students that stories are the language of leaders and questions are the language of coaches. It is common when meeting a former student of mine to have them continue to discuss with me one of their favorite stories from class, e.g. the one about me herding sheep or the one where I canoe around the light house point in the midst of a hurricane. The story is the anchor for a key concept. While I could have lectured on the concept, it is the story that makes the difference in their learning.

At the same time, it is questions that make the difference in coaching people. Many times I will have someone who I am coaching circle back to a question I asked them months before, and share with me that they have continued to reflect on the question. Days, weeks and even years later, they have lived with the question and continued to explore it. The result is a deeper understanding of the question and the subject being explored.

The upcoming Fall 2014 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable on September 17 - 18, 2014 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa will be a time to explore good questions and to listen to new stories. As you can see by the following agenda, I have built the entire Roundtable around five distinct and unique questions.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

8:30 am - Registration
9:00 am - 10:15 am - How do leaders think and act strategically?
10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - How do leaders communicate in a purposeful manner?
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch and Networking 
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm - How do leaders change systems?
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - How do leaders grow capacity?
4:30 pm - Adjourn

Thursday, September 18, 2014

9:00 am - 10:15 am - How do leaders maintain balance in an unbalanced world?
10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Integration and Application
12:00 pm - Adjourn

If you are seeking a more in-depth time for reflection, learning and exploration, then please come and bring your team to the Fall ’14 Roundtable. Here is the link to the registration form: http://www.chartyourpath.com/pdf/2014-From-Vision-To-Action-Exec-Roundtable-Regist.pdf

I look forward to sharing, listening, and learning with all of you this coming September!

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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