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Questions: Humane Leadership Power Tool

Doubt is the origin of wisdom

RENE DESCARTES

Doubting our own assumptions and thought patterns is a great place to start any pursuit of wise, humane leadership.

In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

BERTRAND RUSSELL

Curiosity is the key to:

  • The scientific method
  • Insight
  • Refined thinking and behavior
  • Human connection

The quality of our leadership is determined by the quality of our questions

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Humanity

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.

Humans are at once simply bags of plasma and stardust and the most powerful force for creativity and good known in the universe.

Great leaders keep alive this balance in themselves and in their teams. Great leaders meet the immediate needs of their teams well also holding them to their highest aspirations and possibilities.

How do we as leaders work with both of these realities in ourselves and in our teams? [Dialectic jig – coming soon]

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Performance

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 both team and the team’s productivity simultaneously by creating great experiences based in great performance.

You can start your journey toward improved performance by using our simple P(MOCA) wisdom jig (.pdf).

This leadership tool will help you evaluate your own and others’ performance and reveal improvements to make in the areas of motivation, time usage, delegation of authority, clarity and ability.

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Conversation

Creativity and insight are often found in the space between.

Two or more people sharing questions and insights are at the heart of the collaborative, creative processes that drive innovation and improved performance. Good conversation is also at the heart of our most satisfying life and work experiences.

Conversation is a key leadership skill to be honored and developed. You can use our Hosting Coffee wisdom jig as a tool to develop your own and your team's ability to have aligning, creative, insightful conversations that support the business and organizational outcomes you desire.

[Hosting Coffee jig]

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Events

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.

We host these events with the express purpose of weaving together those who share our commitment to refining the values and learnings that support our shared, evolving vision for humane leadership.

[coffee jig]

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Tools

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

CONFUCIUS

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:

[Dialectic jig to come]

[Whole/Part jig to come]

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