LEADERSHIP FOR THE WHOLE-HEARTED - Part 1
Intensive Residential Course 3-6 October 2019
Alto Monferrato Wine Region, Italy
Registration closes 12 August 2019. Limited places still available. Contact us for group discount.
"Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together can we reach our full potential” – Jane Goodall
We work with committed women and men, who want the best for their team and organisation, but struggle to be fully effective given the speed and quantity of incoming information, daily business demands, and today's ever changing business context.
Leadership for the Whole-Hearted is designed to help women and men improve their impact, credibility and effectiveness as influencers and role models by consciously harnessing Feminine leadership qualities and integrating them with healthy masculine ones. We cultivate the feminine qualities in a spirit of interdependence and self-expression, not rebellion or exclusion, by working with the fundamental human qualities that underlie all great leadership – Dignity, Presence, Courage and Wisdom. Every competency we value, everything that allows us to learn, develop and evolve, has these fundamentally human qualities, available to all of us at any time, at its core.
Feminine and masculine are not gender specific but are rather complementary ways of being and doing – each of us has feminine and masculine traits, and great leaders like Dr M.L King, Gandhi and Mandela demonstrated the power of what we call “softening your leadership” – cultivating and integrating feminine qualities such as listening, empathy, receptiveness, big picture perspective, relationship and systems focus – and expressing them through Dignity, Presence, Courage and Wisdom. It's what we call being a Wayfarer - someone who walks their talk and is consciously taking their leadership journey and their Nobler Path. Read more about Wayfarers here.
Take a moment to reflect on these questions:
Who do you choose to be as a leader?
What outcomes are you creating for yourself, your team, your organisation?
Is your impact the one you are intentionally creating or do you feel like you're being swept along?
Know yourself, empower yourself, drive conscious business.
By knowing ourselves deeply, we can take ownership of our emotions, motivations, perceptions that drives our behaviours, communication and decision-making. This course will equip you with a reflective process and a unique model to lead yourself - and then to translate knowledge into leading others, creating the space for crucial conversations, decision-making and successful strategy creation. This is the first in a series of retreats and can be attended as a stand-alone course.
We draw from different disciplines, including Co-Active leadership, the Leadership Development Framework, systems' work, mindfulness and neuroscience, to offer experiential learning that is accessible and challenging.
What you'll experience on the course is:
Explore with others the impact of your unique way of seeing and making meaning of the world
Develop your own leadership style through connection with others and become intentional in your actions
Engage with our unique model, The Wayfarer Compass, and our specially designed reflective practices to increase emotional intelligence and strengthen relationships
Cultivate keen present moment awareness of your habitual patterns and how to work with them
Time and space to reflect on the impact and outcomes you are creating now and what you would like to create instead
Apply intellectual rigour and systems thinking to make faster, better decisions and craft effective strategy
One-to-one coaching with Magali and/or Christina
Why a residential course? Why not day training in a city?
The residential course setting has been chosen specifically to give you the space, time and environment to reflect deeply, think expansively, have open generative conversations, and share experiences with peers in an informal setting. In our overly busy lives, this kind of space and quiet time, just to take stock, think things through, gain awareness, clarity and new perspectives is immensely rare and valuable. The retreat is a chance to take care of your body, mind and spirit to get the most of your learning experience.
This course will be highly experiential and will also include time for reflection, enjoying the simple pleasures of life and, of course, connection with others. There'll be home-cooked organic food, time for you to relax in the spa and take care of yourself, and the opportunity to join a biodynamic wine-tasting tour. We believe that reconnecting with nature is an essential element and the beautiful Casa Wallace estate in the Monferrato wine region offers the perfect setting.
Ready to step into this transformative experience with us? If not yet, and you'd like a taster of our work, please contact us and we'd be happy to have a conversation with you.
Meet your Co-Leaders
I'm an avid skier and I often use skiing as a metaphor for leadership and for living one's life to the fullest. Along with photography and evolving business, skiing is a life-long love of mine. Doing the same slope a hundred times is always different. No two runs are the same, even if you (think you) "know" the piste.
I learned the same is true of every person, every business - they may seem superficially similar, but even when you enter a familiar company a few months later, everything has changed. With photography, skiing and business, I have to be ever present to the Now - conditions, terrain, people - and rapidly make adjustments as necessary. My time working in Investment Banking probably gave me the most extreme exposure to volatility and instant change.
We never know what the mountain, the weather and our fellow skiers might throw up out of nowhere, but when we feel confident in our skills, we know we can deal with it and enjoy the thrill of improvisation and grounded panic-free response.
I've learned to appreciate and revel in uncertainty and the unforeseeable in real life too - the unknowability of tomorrow. I lean into myself and others to create from what is here right now, to make the best of the situation.
That freedom and joy is what I feel called upon to share - to help you lean into your whole human self and the extraordinary connection with others available to you from there - to not be overwhelmed, but to live fully.
There is an African proverb, which says, “If you don't know where you're going, remember where you're from.” Whenever we are lost and no longer know where to go, it calls us to remember our roots. At the age of 30, I was there; I no longer knew where to go.
My professional career had taken shape rapidly and I soon found myself in the job I thought I wanted: I was in a leadership position with a very diverse team, managing complexity and operating over multiple countries in Asia Pacific. From the outside it appeared successful… And so, what’s next? I realized I was facing a blank wall, I felt lonely and disconnected, searching for a deeper sense of purpose to guide me.
Remembering where I come from brought me back to the intimate relationship I had with my brother and sister, the love from my parents and the simplicity of life surrounded by nature. This was a call for reconnection.
I have always believed in synchronicity: when one chooses to listen, truly listen; life shows us a direction and this is how my new path started.
I had the dream to transform the leadership culture by bringing back the “essence of what makes us human” into the corporate world. Putting human connections and co-creation at the heart of my work has been my vision since then. Now as a coach and facilitator, I aspire to create a space for people to connect, with themselves, with others and with humanity; and thus create a space of possibilities.
If you want to know more about my path and professional experience, I invite you to check my linked in profile
Magali and Christina have designed and facilitated one of the best coaching experiences I have ever been on. I leave feeling immensely humble and grateful, most importantly I feel confident that this experience has had a significant impact on my life
Rebecca, Senior Project Manager
This retreat gave me inspiring, surprising and challenging insights. That made me understand myself more as well as others and will support me in private as well as work life.
Karen, Master Certified Coach
I love the lightness and positivity although the essence is ‘essential’ and profound