Day 7: The need to talk about it

Later this month, some members of the LeaderShape co-lead facilitator community are hosting a virtual community conversation focusing on Day 7 and staying in action (more details below!). As the group has reflected on how to activate the energy cultivated at the Institute, they have reflected on their own Day 7 experiences. And one of our facilitators, Julie Larson, is here to share her thoughts. 

Julie Larsen is a Sr. Curriculum Manager at Amazon, where she uses on-boarding as a chance to introduce engineers to Thinking Big and living in possibility. Her favorite Institute snack is Swedish Fish.

I attended my first LeaderShape Institute 8 years ago. I didn’t know much about LeaderShape, I had never been on a campus with an Institute, but I knew it was billed as a life changing experience. I headed to Allerton with high expectations, and that feeling of wonder-dread that comes with a new experience.

Knights of AllertonOver the course of 8 years, I’ve been a part of 10 sessions. I’ve met participants from around the world, with ages ranging from 17 – 63. And each session has had a part in changing my life, sometimes big, sometimes small. I’ve made lifelong friendships, and had the opportunity to build relationships with those whose views are very different from my own.

I’ve been challenged, and been the one to challenge others. I’ve laughed and cried. I’ve eaten lots and lots of snacks, and sung lots and lots of Baby Shark (before it exploded the internet!).

The Institute has become an annual chance for me to dig deep into my values, and gut check my integrity. And yet, as much as I love the Institute, and am thankful for all that LeaderShape has brought to my life, sometimes I find myself wondering if it still fits into my world today?

I am 37 years old, with a strong career, a loving partner, and a healthy body. By all accounts I am in a good place, but that doesn’t mean I am without questions. What does it mean to have a vision? What if I don’t really know what my vision is anymore? How do you lead with integrity when things get hard? How do I stand up for a just, caring, thriving world when it seems no one around me understands those words? Am I doing it right?

I want to talk about Day 7, I need to talk about Day 7, because like many others I want to hear how others are moving forward when it seems like the hardest thing to do. I want to talk about how to stay grounded and focused when the magic of the Institute feels far away.

I have said for many years that the Institute fills my cup. I know that finding my way back to Day 7 will be what keeps my cup full.

Join us for a community conversation on Day 7 and staying in action! 

⚡ To participate in the virtual Day 7 gathering at 6pm CST on Monday, February 25 use this link: https://bit.ly/2VZRwel or by phone by dialing 1-646-558-8656 when prompted put in PIN: 987271038#
⚡ To participate in the virtual Day 7 gathering at 11am CST on Wednesday, February 27 use this link: https://bit.ly/2QW9VW1​ or by phone by dialing 1-646-558-8656 when prompted put in PIN: 466164951#

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

November: Getting Behind the Movement (Part II)

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!

#LeaderShapeWeb

Another installment in our LeaderShape Webinar Series returns with Saying Yes Less: Why It Matters and How to Do It with Jeffrey Cufaude on Wednesday, November 14th at 12:05 p.m. CST. Save your seat for the webinar by clicking here!

November 2018 Webinar Promotion FB (1)This webinar explores saying yes less, why it matters and the beliefs and behaviors required to do it. While the principles discussed in the webinar are relevant for individuals and organizations, our time together will focus almost exclusively on their individual application. Specifically, we will explore the following questions:

  • What beliefs influence your philosophy of yes?
  • To what offers or opportunities would you definitely say no? Why?
  • With what people or in what situations do you most often feel obliged to say yes?
  • What are potential pitfalls of embracing the improv philosophy of yes and?
  • What are helpful ways of saying no that lessen any potential negative consequences?

To Lead, Give

#GivingTuesday is a special call to action, creating a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season to inspire giving every day. As a not-for-profit organization, we depend on financial contributions and your generosity moves us closer to our mission and vision. Help us kick off the giving season on this year’s Giving Tuesday, November 28, by donating to LeaderShape. We’ll be sharing more details on all of our social media platforms later this month.

LeaderShapers in Action

LeaderShapers In ActionOver the past few weeks, we have heard from LeaderShapers across the nation who  are staying in action. Allison S. (Institute, National Session) says “[leadership] does not have one blanket definition of ‘being involved’, but it instead encompasses the actions that we chose to make every single day”. Chad E. (Institute, University of Lincoln-Nebraska), took action in being one step closer to bringing his vision to reality by publishing his own book. Ari A. (Institute, Temple University) remembers how, “we defined our personal values and learned about leading with integrity by staying true to our values at both our valleys and our peaks.” April H. (Institute, Centennial College) shares this advice with future LeaderShapers of any program: “give it as much as you got, allow yourself to be uncomfortable, because it is only then that we truly learn and grow.”

We would like to share your story as well! If, as a result of a LeaderShape program, you have experienced a personal change in thought or behavior or have put what you’ve learned into action. We can’t wait to hear from you!