BullS*_t - stop telling me it's impossible!

I hear it all the time in my work: “That’s nice in theory, but it’s not possible to do that here because .” Or perhaps it’s “There’s no way I could do .” Whatever the story, whether in a personal or corporate context, people tell me all the time how a change is not possible. Here’s the secret though: when we approach a problem from a place of being impossible it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Leadership is one of the most complex and potentially rewarding things you can do in life. Leading for Change starts with seeing your own fears and stories, and choosing to move past them. In this session, we will be working together to confront a fear almost every one of us has. What you will come to learn is that it’s possible to write your story your way, and not be controlled by them. When leaders learn to confront their fears, their impact goes far beyond what they and those they lead thought of as possible.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

10 mins - Introduction & case study to set the stage of how fear is holding back leadership

30 mins - exercise to have participants confronting a common fear holding them back 

20 mins - debrief and set them up to confront fears leaving this workshop

Learning Outcome

The stories we tell ourselves hold us back, and stop us from succeeding in change. Our stories serve to form fears about situations for which there is no rational reason to be held back. The real outcome from this session is to have leaders committing to confront these fears so they can be more impactful when leading change.

Target Audience

Leaders at any level from team to C-Suite

Prerequisite

Anyone is welcome in this session, as truthfully all of us are leaders. Come prepared to confront your fears.

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  • Michael Sahota
    By Michael Sahota  ~  2 weeks ago
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    Important Topic. Suggest changing the title to something more aligned with positive intent of talk.

    • Mike Edwards
      By Mike Edwards  ~  2 weeks ago
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      Hey Michael ... thanks for the suggestion.  Give me a couple days to noodle on this suggestion, as I picked a title to be intentionally provocative. Confronting our fears though is anything except comfortable, and that's what this session will do for people. Lots to think about!

       

      • Mike Edwards
        By Mike Edwards  ~  1 week ago
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        Hey Michael,

        I've been thinking about your suggestion, and I'm going to leave my title as-is even if it means not being accepted. There is a bias, in particular in North America, to focus on the positive of things which is at the expense of being able to confront the things we're facing. We're losing our ability to be with uncomfortable things and so we avoid them. We cannot fix things that we avoid. I see it in workplaces, community, politics and more. What I want for participants is to open a conversation about our fears so we can start to confront them and this is uncomfortable ... without this progress becomes difficult if not impossible.

        So again, thanks for the suggestion, but as I said up front I'm going to leave my title as-is. 

        Have a great week.


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