AEN Spring Meetings Workshop: The Courage to Rewrite the Future
Presenter: Kevin Gangel, Unstoppable Conversations
This interactive workshop will take you beyond your typical strategies for “getting by” and have you discover your paradigm of survival, at the organizational and personal level. The workshop will leave you able to rapidly see and change your hidden and automatic approach to innovation, collaboration, and leadership. It will leave you with a unique way to alter an otherwise predictable future.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
Whenever a group of leaders wants to create a new future, when they want real change, they almost always look to change some “thing”…the people, the resources, the vision, the goal, the plan. They rarely look at the culture or the past-based thinking that creates invisible and powerful limits to imagining and implementing what’s truly possible.
Because of this paradigm of past-based thinking, innovation is seen as a threat. Groups easily become invested in conversations for:
“How do we hang on to what we've already got?”
“How do we win, even if others have to lose?”
“How do we survive?”
Same old paradigm. Same old conflicts. Same old results. Same old world.
The net result of uninterrupted survival-based thinking is a slow and predictable downward spiral that crushes innovation, breaks collaboration, and suppresses leadership. In times of rapid, unrelenting change it becomes invaluable to uncover and then alter ones past-derived and taken-for-granted thinking. After all, it is the past-derived thinking that has gotten us into this mess in the first place.
This interactive workshop will take you beyond your typical strategies for “getting by” and have you discover your paradigm of survival. The workshop will leave you able to rapidly see and change your hidden and automatic approach to innovation, collaboration, and leadership. It will leave you with a unique way to alter an otherwise predictable future.
You’ll see what others don’t see: once you discover your own default approach you’ll quickly identify them in others. This will leave you with entirely new actions to take that will make a difference in historically stuck relationships and situations.
You’ll say what others won’t say: you will discover that the way you speak is part of a pattern that keeps situations stuck. It does take two to tango. You will create new ways of speaking that require others to also say different things; things that will move your mutual agenda forward with unprecedented velocity.
You’ll do what others can’t do: the result of both seeing and saying different things is that you’ll do different things, individually and as a group. You will naturally shed the bankrupt notion of independent action and discover the power of TRUE collaboration and partnership.