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Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.

JANE JACOBS, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

We learn, we grow, and we are inspired when we purposefully gather.

The Humane Leadership Conference is based in intentional, connective, edifying one-on-one conversation. From this living foundation we build a variety of local events and at the global level to gather people committed to developing their own and our collective humane leadership capabilities. Continue reading Events

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The mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.


A leader depends on her ability to think clearly and creatively.

How do we sharpen our minds?  Is simply reading the latest ideas enough? We believe that our minds need more practice at thinking wisely and creatively.

To support that process, we have developed tools to assist us in training our minds to think in new ways based on time-tested wisdom.

We call these tools wisdom jigs because they help us to hold our minds and ideas in a productive new relationship just like a woodworking jig allows us to customize our tools to produce the results we want again and again. Eventually, we internalize these tools, but until then, we use jigs to train ourselves.

Here are some sample jigs to get you started:

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“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”

Richard Buckminster Fuller

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Basically, our organizations are groups of humans using a variety of tools and processes to produce something good in the world. We cannot escape that leaders are humans trying to help other humans in their pursuit of some goal.

We can try to augment, extend, and overcome our humanity, or we can seek to accept, enhance, leverage, and maybe even transcend our current conception of our humanity. Continue reading Humanity

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Performance matters.

We must improve our ability to deliver the goods and services we promise; leaders must add efficacy, efficiency and ultimately, quality of experience.

Improved performance of the team over time is the simplest measure of the quality of the team’s leadership.

Aggressive leaders can push their teams to high performance in the short run but will drive away the best contributors over the long run. Great leaders build teams and team productivity simultaneously by creating great experiences based in great performance. Continue reading Performance