July 25, 2014 radically transforming leadership from the inside out 

David M. Traversi
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David M. Traversi leads lively, provocative, and deeply moving workshops with groups of 20 to 50 people inspired to increase their leadership effectiveness. Equipped with empathy for the leader's challenges - a high velocity, highly complex and interconnected world that has proved overwhelming to leaders across sectors - and a wealth of experience in leading organizations and working with other leaders, David delivers practical solutions in highly experiential, "learn by doing" workshops tailored to fit the group's time and topic preferences.
 
 
Description of Programs
The Source of Leadership™ Workshops are available in half-, one- or two-day programs. Drawing from the Topics below, each workshop is custom-produced to meet the preferences of the group. For instance, one group may prefer a two-day intensive program covering all topics in detail. Another group may prefer a one-day intensive covering The Source of Leadership: 8 Drivers of High-Impact Leadership (an overview of all eight drivers) and Presence: The Foundational Driver of High-Impact Leadership (the first driver). Another group may prefer a half-day session only on Intention: Ripening the Seed of Possibility Into the Fruit of Probability (the fourth driver).

Given the extraordinary effectiveness of experiential learning, these workshops are highly participatory and interactive. Attendance is limited to fifty people, and sometimes as few as twenty if constrained by space.
 
Topics
The Source of Leadership: 8 Drivers of High-Impact Leadership
Presence: The Foundational Driver of High-Impact Leadership
Openness and Creativity: Break Out of the Box or Die
Clarity: The Grease of the Success Engine
Intention: Ripening the Seed of Possibility Into the Fruit of Probability
Personal Responsibility: The Empowerment of Owning It All
The Rebirth of the Profound Power of Intuition
Connected Communication: Reclaiming the Honest Exchange
 
 
 
 
The Source of Leadership: 8 Drivers of the High-Impact Leader
Faced with an existence of extreme velocity and complexity, many leaders are struggling. They find themselves lacking the tools to succeed in this challenging new environment. On an intellectual level, they know the leadership traits they are supposed to embody (e.g., self-defined, credible, inspiring), and they know the leadership functions they are supposed to perform (e.g., generate ideas, form a vision, build a plan). But on a practical level to many, making them realities have proven overwhelming.
 
In this workshop overview of David's much anticipated book, The Source of Leadership, participants learn the eight personal drivers of high-impact leadership: presence, openness, clarity of thought and behavior, intention, personal responsibility, intuition, creativity, and connected communication. They learn how each of these eight drivers maximizes or optimizes one or more of the character traits and functions of the high-impact leader. They see a clear path unfold, leading them to empowerment and fulfillment on the personal level and then profound effectiveness as a leader of people in today's environment.
 
 
 
Presence: The Foundational Driver of High-Impact Leadership
If the historical positional advantages (i.e., superior knowledge, mobility, and communication) of a leader have nearly disappeared and effective leaders must be closer to actual reality than those whom they lead, how do they accomplish this? By being present. By being grounded in the present moment - the only reality there is - and aware of all dimensions of that reality. Presence is the new positional advantage of today's and tomorrow's leader. If a leader is lacking presence, and the grounding in true reality, then he or she will not be effective and someone else who is not so lacking will step forward and assume leadership.
 
Participants come to understand presence as the foundational driver of high-impact leadership. They learn a path to presence and arrive at powerful insights and understandings produced by presence that will irrevocably transform their lives and leadership effectiveness.
 
 
 
Openness and Creativity: Break Out of the Box or Die
In today's environment, the need for innovation - the commercialization of creativity - is generally recognized as paramount in most organizations. Regardless of the arena, an organization must innovate just to survive, let alone thrive. Creativity - the ability to discover connections in our existence - depends upon openness to "what is." Unfortunately, as a by-product of our maturation as human beings, we became "boxed in" at an early age. We grew resistant to the unknown, and blind to possibilities. Our ability to create, and thus, innovate, was seriously compromised.
 
Participants learn how to "break out of the box," and become open to all that is. They experience how openness alone fuels a leader's ability to be forward thinking and intensely curious, to generate ideas, and to form a vision. They come to understand creativity, and how it is a choice and the only choice as high-impact leaders. They learn how to develop their abilities to identify connections that elude others. They learn how creativity drives their ability to inspire and be energetic through the ups and downs of leadership.
 
 
 
Clarity: The Grease of the Success Engine
If leadership is ultimately about transforming personal energies into interpersonal results, then clarity of thought, emotion, and behavior can be thought of as the grease that facilitates the process. The healthier the thought, emotion, and behavior of the leader, the more efficient the transformation and the better the results. The leader who is positive thinking will be more effective than the leader who is mired in worry, distrust, or negative or critical thought. The leader who is emotionally stable will be more effective than the one who struggles with envy, anger, impatience, or shame. Unfortunately, such clarity is largely lacking among leaders. Not that leaders are less healthy in this respect than non-leaders, but the their lack of health affects more lives just by virtue of their being leaders.
 
Participants learn a step-by-step approach for identifying where clarity is lacking and beginning a process of increasing clarity in their lives. They see vividly how clarity fuels their abilities as a leader to be self-defined and people oriented, build a values-based core in their organizations, and optimally engage their teams to pursue the organizational vision.
 
 
 
Intention: Ripening the Seed of Possibility Into the Fruit of Probability
An intention is a desire for a result. We all have them, many of them, but we may not be getting the results we desire. That is because intentions alone have little meaningful effect; they are merely the seed of possibility. It is the practice of intention that ripens the seed of possibility into the fruit of probability.
 
Participants learn the phenomenal transformative power of practiced intention, why they often neglect it, and how they can reclaim and use it as high-impact leaders to be more focused and organized than ever before, build a plan for success, and produce results.
 
 
 
Personal Responsibility: The Empowerment of Owning It All
Through the insidious erosion of community, contagious epidemic of litigation, intense cultural focus on rights, and increasing speed and complexity of society, we increasingly blame others or disown or neglect our responsibility for conditions or events in our environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in leadership.
 
Participants learn a program for capturing the enormous power of personal responsibility - the complete ownership of "what is" - and using it to dramatically boost their credibility and courage, and their ability to build an organizational plan and create a culture of accountability to execute the plan.
 
 
 
The Rebirth of the Profound Power of Intuition
Hunch, gut feeling, impression, psychic hit…this power called intuition. Intuition is a right-brain tool for acquiring knowledge without the left-brain process of rational thought. It is the sixth sense. It is also the sense that was largely abandoned over the past couple of centuries as technology boomed and the resulting watershed of data poured into our left brains.
 
Participants learn why a new age of intuition is upon us and how the primary cause of intuition's fall - technology and all of its effects - is now fueling its revival. We simply have no choice. We are overwhelmed with data. We need to find an anchor in the storm and that anchor is intuition. Intuition helps us manage the data pouring into us. It complements the data. It makes the data more relevant. It allows us to manage the data with less stress. It helps us make better decisions and behave better. It brings us closer to, indeed right into the belly of, reality. It grounds us and rejuvenates us.
 
Participants learn the facets of intuition and a step-by-step approach for developing its power. They learn how, as a high-impact leaders, they can use that power to better define themselves, inspire their team members, form a vision for their organizations, and build responsive organizational structures best suited for the high-velocity, highly complex, interconnected environment in which we exist.
 
 
 
Connected Communication: Reclaiming the Honest Exchange
In our complex, adaptive system of existence, communication governs the exchange of energy among the parts. Up to a certain level, it is necessary for survival. Beyond that, it is a primary driver of effectiveness in all aspects of life. The better you communicate, the better your relationships. The better your relationships, the better your existence. Today, as a result of technology, we communicate more than one even a generation ago could have imagined. But many people believe the quality of their personal and professional relationships is declining. In effect, they are saying, "We are talking a lot, but not improving our lot." To improve our lot, to be more content, to live more effectively, to lead more effectively, we have to improve the quality of our communication. We have to communicate in a far more connected way.
 
Participants learn the definition of connected communication - the exchange of energy between two or more people, facilitated by empathy, honesty, and clarity of purpose and message. They learn that connected communication is more than a leadership tool or mechanical practice. It is an intensely powerful energy - a driver - deep within the high-impact leader. On a connected path, the high-impact leader is present, mindful, and completely honest. He or she is clear and concise, acutely empathic, and in complete alignment with "what is." Everyone around the high-impact leader senses the integrity, the wholeness, of who he or she is and how he or she communicates, and gathers strength in his or her presence. Participants learn the system of connected communication, from clear expression of a purposeful message by an empathic speaker to an empathic listener, and powerful tools for optimizing the process. They learn how connected communication lies beneath the high-impact leader's ability to be inspiring and supportive, and engage a team and create accountability.
 
 
 
    
 
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