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Collaborative Leadership

Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Personalized Strategies for Becoming a More Effective Member of Your Leadership Team

Professional development for decision-makers—including administrators, directors, board and committee members, and faculty chairs—working in Waldorf schools or other workplace settings

No matter what your position or title is (administrator, department head, board member, faculty or section chair, director, administrative committee member, college of teachers member, staffer, key volunteer, etc.), if you participate in a planning or problem-solving process in your school, business, or organization, you have leadership responsibilities. In this highly-useful course for leaders and decision-makers, our focus is on practical work.

Through a process imbued with the anthroposophical understanding of the human being and successfully applied in organizations from multi-million dollar nationals to Waldorf schools, you will learn how to improve your effectiveness as a member of your leadership team.

Each participant is asked to bring to the course his or her own organizational question, project, or challenge. Using your real-life cases, we will apply these four core models for collaborative leadership:

– Three main leadership tasks: maintaining and creating identity / creating space for healthy, stable relationships / assuring professional results
– Diagnostic and planning tools: how to look at an organization as a whole and understand the dynamics of intersecting segments
– How to create processes toward healthy decision-making
– The balance between power and trust

Your course takeaway will be an individualized action plan for the question, project, or challenge you have brought with you, along with an understanding of the necessary skill set with which to execute it.

Bonus: Ongoing coaching support! To support you as you implement throughout the year what you have learned and practiced during the summer, this course includes conference calls facilitated by co-instructor Jessica Heffernan Ziegler scheduled from October through May. In these one-and-a-half-hour-long coaching conversations, you and your classmates will continue to hone your collaborative leadership skills, addressing and supporting one another’s progress and challenges, and so gain further insights, understanding, and expertise.

Instructor Joachim Ziegler, PhD, has been working in the fields of Organizational Development and Human Resources Development since 1994. A partner in MIRA, an international group of consultants, Joachim’s current list of American and international clients encompasses the banking, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing sectors, as well as anthroposophical institutions and Waldorf schools. Joachim is a member of the College of Social Sciences Section at the Goetheanum and the international Association for Social Development and has taught at the University of Muenster and at Germany’s first private university in Herdecke. He holds an MA in Adult Education and a PhD in Medical Education.

instructor Jessica Heffernan Ziegler has been the Executive Director of Sunbridge Institute since 2008; previously, she taught collaboration and group dynamics in Sunbridge College’s Administration, Biography, and Elementary Teacher Education programs. Jessica has worked as an executive coach and organizational development consultant for Waldorf school administrators and teachers, as well as other professionals, since 2004, consulting in diverse institutions and schools in both the US and Germany with a focus on governance issues, personnel development, and leadership skills. She was also co-founder, administrator, and Board member of a Waldorf school in Everswinkel, Germany, and is a partner in MIRA Companions for Development, an international consulting group. Jessica, who holds a BS in Business Management, did biography training with Karl-Heinz Finke and is currently engaged in training with SECA International.

Students who took Collaborative Leadership in previous summers had this to say:

~ The experience and dedication to the whole process that our facilitators brought to a very rich and full week was very, very satisfying.
~The professional material was exceptional. The clarity of the presentation was superb.
~ There was a surprisingly beautiful balance of theory and artistic work that was completely relevant and complimentary.
~ Excellent content, excellent presenters.
~ I am working in a school, yet I know I can also apply this training to any business.
~ I’ve been wanting to take this course for some time; I will encourage others from my school to attend.
~ The coaching calls have been helpful on several levels… having a like-minded community of school leadership team members reflecting on the same topic at the same time deepens the quality of our leadership process (and keeps) our summer work focused and moving forward.
~ This course exceeded my expectations!

Sunday, July 23: Optional campus tour 5:30-6pm; Registration 6-7pm; First session runs from 7-9pm
Monday, July 24-Thursday, July 27: Classes begin each day by 8:30am and run through 5:30pm, with an hour for lunch and short mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
Friday, July 28: Classes begin by 8:30am and end between 12-1pm, with a mid-morning break.

$875 (includes all materials, monthly coaching calls, and non-refundable $85 registration fee). Discounts may apply; see registration form for details.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
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