Presence in Leadership ~ Embodying the Interplay of Inner and Outer Change
With Donald Rothberg, Ph.D. & Ken Otter, Ph.D.
Saturday, November 16, 1 – 5pm
Location: Faculty/Staff Dining Lounge, Saint Mary’s College
Cost: $35/$25.00 for SMC students and community
In this afternoon workshop, you learn practices that cultivate presence as the center around which the practice of leadership revolves. For us, presence is an embodied form of knowing and being that allows us to direct our attention both inwardly and outwardly. This helps us to track our own thoughts, emotions, intuitions, and reactions in the midst of action and interaction, helping us to respond more skillfully. It also supports us to attend outwardly with increasingly undistracted awareness, and to respond more and more from our wisdom, compassion, and courage.
Leadership is the activity in which we employ such skillful attention in service of cultivating meaningful change in the particular parts of the world to which we belong. Presence in leadership thus allows one to skillfully navigate the challenging and turbulent waters that arise in the process of human and organizational change.
Together we will engage such as questions as:
- How do we bring presence alive in our selves and in our actions in the world?
- What regular practices help us to develop such qualities?
- What are the challenges to manifesting these qualities in the midst of action in the world?
Through silent practice, short talks, conversations, and interactive exercises, you will learn about: (1) developing and maintaining regular mindfulness practices to cultivate presence; (2) bringing these capacities into action and leadership; and (3) focusing concretely on a practicing presence in relationships with people.
This workshop is open to all, with or without previous mindfulness experience, who are interested in learning mindfulness and how to incorporate it in every day action in work and life.
|Donald Rothberg, Ph.D. is a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Center in California and formerly at the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School. Donald writes and teaches on mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation, spirituality and psychology, and the application of mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom teachings to speech and communication, working with conflict, social service, leadership, and social action. He has been significantly influenced by Buddhism and various other spiritual traditions, particularly Jewish, Christian, and indigenous. Donald is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life. www.donaldrothberg.com|
Ken Otter, Ph.D. brings over 25 years of professional experience cultivating transformative learning and change in individuals, small groups, and organizations in the US and internationally. This work is grounded in his life-long personal inquiry on the interplay between inner and outer change and how this interplay enters into one's everyday work and life, and into the designs of organizational and institutional life. Presently, Ken is Director of Leadership Studies Programs at Saint Mary's College, and has been engaged in the practice of mindfulness and personal and social change for over twenty years.
Moraga's Future Community Leadership Series
These workshops are for anyone in Moraga that wants to sharpen their skills and connect with others who are trying to bring a bright future for Moraga. You can attend one workshop, or the full series.
Leadership Seminar Series brought to you by the combined sponsorship of:
- The Town of Moraga
- Moraga Citizen Network
- Saint Mary's College Leadership Center
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