December: Celebrating What Was

In November, we enjoyed a bit of a whirlwind of events that stretched our minds, provided us with some tools to say yes a little bit less, and reinforced how generous our community and how grateful we are for them. As we say goodbye to November, we hope you stay connected to a few of the ideas we shared with you: demonstrate gratitude for those in your life, be grateful for all things big and small, and be the ripple.

This month we Celebrate What Was! Beginning on December 8, we will be sharing moments from our work over the past year that celebrate our accomplishments and demonstrate how this community lives LeaderShape, in person and virtually. Without the participation, support, and energy from all of you, we could not have made our 31st year as an organization (33rd year of the Institute!) as meaningful as it was.

But first, we have Day 7 to celebrate! So spread the word, connect with LeaderShapers and get ready to Celebrate What Was.

Participants of the Institute may find that Dec 2018 Day 7 Theme (1)this theme sounds familiar to day three of the curriculum, Challenging What Is, Looking To What Could Be. Those who haven’t experienced the six-day program should know that this day begins by uncovering what values we hold and, later on, includes a practice to connect us to what we truly care about called the 5 Whys. By asking ourselves “why” multiple times, we are able to crystallize what it is we truly and deeply care about impacting in the world.

#Day7 will follow suit this month. Get ready to explore the what, and ask ourselves why? This Friday, December 7th, we will tap into a how-to guide of celebrating this past year, from an individual perspective. Folks that participate in #Day7 will be able to try out some tools to develop a mindset that will help us to take stock in our accomplishments of 2018 and then look ahead to what we hope the new year will bring. We hope to hear from you on 12.07.18!

It’s the end of 2018, friends! And we want you to join along in this month of celebration, reflection, and looking to what could be. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to do so. #toleadlive

Day 7: Gratitude

This month’s Day 7 has focused on getting behind the movement by supporting those we care about and the work they are doing and by showing our gratitude to the people who are there for us in the same way!

7 days of gratitude

If you’ve been following along on social media, you’ve seen that we’ve been demonstrating a variety of ways that you can show the support and gratitude that you have for others. Although all of the activities we have practiced this week are meaningful and sincere ways to show appreciation, one of the best and simplest ways to show gratitude is to put your thoughts into action and tell people exactly how grateful we are. We want to encourage you to take that step todayWe’ve made it easy for you, too.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

Download this template and use it for those who have made an impact in your life. Not sure where to start? Here are a few people to say thanks to:

Parents and care-givers, siblings, grandparents and other family members, friends, your spouse or partner, teachers and mentors, neighbors, roommates, advisors and supervisors, co-workers, your mail carrier, barista, or mechanic, and any other person who you can think of that makes a difference in your life.

For us at LeaderShape, we are grateful to have so many people to thank for getting behind our movement of a just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible! Campus partners, sponsors, facilitators, donors, participants, and anyone in our community who is living LeaderShape. Today we want to take a moment to show our gratitude for just a few of our past graduates.

Varun Arora –  OpenCurriculum
Varun is the CEO at OpenCurriculum, a California-based nonprofit education technology company that is helping teachers all around the world teach better. Their a mission is to bring openness and innovation to K-12 curriculum around the world.

Varun participated in the Institute in Doha, Qatar in 2009, and in 2011 Google named him a Zeitgeist Young Mind. We believe in life-long learning and appreciate Varun’s commitment to the continued learning of teachers and their students.

Marly Q. Casanova – PARK Project
Marly has been spreading kindness through her PARK Project, which stands for Performing Acts of Random Kindness. Not long ago, Marly shared a copy of her Breakthrough Blueprint from 2004 and how it has been a driving force in her life. In 2017, she came back to a national session of the Institute as a Guest Leader and was invited to do the same at the South Florida consortium session. Our thanks goes to Marly for living and sharing LeaderShape!

Jessica Ekstrom – Headbands of Hope
Founder of Headbands of Hope, named Women’s Health Magazine’s Ultimate Game Changer, professional speaker, creator of the Mic Drop Workshop, and more. Jess cares deeply about helping kids feel confident during the difficult time of cancer treatment and empowering women to join the #SisterSpeaker revolution by helping women feel confident in their story, impact, and public speaking. We want Jess to know how much we appreciate how she has activated her care for others in the world through her work and life. 

Tyler Tolson – Denik LLC
As one of the founders of Denik, Tyler is an example of someone who lives out his values and vision through his work and beyond. Denik is a social enterprise that empowers and enlivens artists and helps to build schools in underdeveloped areas – and they do this by making beautiful products like notebooks. Each purchase helps to fund education projects worldwide. With the help of their partner Pencils of Promise, they will soon build their fifth school!

“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.” Mahatma Gandhi

We know this isn’t an exhaustive list of LeaderShapers out there doing great work. But it’s a start. We hope you’ll make a start with us!

November: Getting Behind the Movement (Part I)

Here at LeaderShape, we rely on the power of our community to make what we do possible. We believe that anything is possible with a compelling vision, integrity, a supportive community and the commitment to stay in action. We spent October reflecting in the moment, and we hope you did too (check out the Mindfulness Matters activities to try and five key takeaways from the month). 

Our vision is a just, caring, and thriving world where everyone leads with integrity and lives in possibility. Where we work in community with one another. Where everyone recognizes their own gifts and finds ways to use them for the greater good. Our intention is to create spaces for others to be included and contribute in this world and then by doing so, lead others to do the same – to lead, live.

This month we invite everyone to get behind the movement with us. Our foundation is built on community and the impact that it will have on the future. The best way to enhance YOUR own personal movement is to get behind the movement of others. See the ripple effect in action this month as we ALL strive to become part of the movement.

The first step to getting involved is to support those who are doing great things.

Below is a peak at some of what we’ll be sharing on our social media platforms this month. We’re eager to reflect with the LeaderShape community this month!

#ToLeadRead Book Club

#ToLeadReadDuring National Book Month (October), we wanted to take a shot at a book club of sorts, taking #toleadread to another level. We shared four titles and through a heated bracket of tough competition, the final selection that was voted on is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. You can find the book at your local library or purchase it here on Amazon. Don’t forget to use Amazonsmile and donate to your favorite not-for-profit (*cough cough* LeaderShape *cough cough*).

We’ll have about a month to read the book, and some of us on staff will be sharing our progress as we go. And by “we”, we mean you and us together! You can do the same using #toleadread. Join along on Wednesday, November 28 at 1:00pm CST to explore the book with other LeaderShapers as some of the LeaderShape staff will be there to lead us through questions and discussion points.

Day 7

Join us for #Day7 to connect with those who are Getting Behind the Movement and using their abilities to make the world a better place. On Wednesday, November 7th, we will be taking a moment to offer our thanks to those who are doing great work! Some of those folks are people who have been a part of our Catalyst, the Institute, and Resilience programs, while some are outside of our community but doing work that aligns with our values and vision.

We hope you’ll join us in this expression of gratitude by showing support to people and groups who are connected to YOUR own personal movement. support to such groups is the first step in the direction of YOUR own personal movement.  So spread the word, get connected, and say thanks to all of those helping to make a difference this month for Day 7. Because in order to build an even more impactful community, we need to continue grow and spread the word about our mission.  

LeaderShape is built on the foundation of community and that wouldn’t be possible without such amazing supporters. Thank you for all that you do, and we hope to hear from you on 11.07.18.

7 Days of Gratitude

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Check in with us for 7 days of sharing your gratitude with those around you. We will be focusing on 7 different ways to say show people what they mean to you –  because a little gesture can go a long way! Don’t miss out on activities such as preparing a meal for you family or friends or writing a gratitude list.

 

 


This is one part of a two part blog because we have a cornucopia of events happening in November! Come back tomorrow for updates on an upcoming webinar, Giving Tuesday, and more LeaderShapers in action