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San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Embodied Leadership Circle: A Training and Inquiry
with Sabine Amend, PhD candidate and Tiffany von Emmel, PhD
Sponsored by St. Mary’s College, Leadership Center
Includes five days onsite, 9am-4pm: 9/13, 9/14, 10/6, 11/1, 12/6
The challenge to change
Three myths that keep managers and consultants struggling to facilitate change: Myth 1: Change is rational. Myth 2: Behavioral change is individual in nature. Myth 3: Leadership is a person at the top. It is no secret anymore that myths such as these, driven by mechanistic models of “change management” in organizations fail or are limited in working with the complexities of human social systems. Are you drawn to resourcing yourself more fully as an agent of change?
The Embodied Leadership Circle is an invitation for you to expand your resourcefulness and to embody leadership through practicing movement, and applying movement-based language to facilitate change in your organization or community.
Why embodied leadership?
Embodied leadership recognizes that movement is fundamental to living. Breathing, sensing, heart beating, flow, reach, stillness.Through movement, we experience relationship with ourselves, each other, and the world: Movement is a relational form of knowing. Neuroscience research points out how movement deeply influences human cognitive processes. The ways we move influence our mental models, self-awareness, capacity for holding complexity, managing emotions, regulating stress, optimizing performance, communication, and more. Movement is the language of being a human system. And, yet, it is often ignored in organizational theory and practice. In fact, we often find ourselves with a curious absence of language about embodiment and movement, let alone tools to apply movement to facilitate change.
What will we do?
We will become a learning community, using the powerful method of Cooperative Inquiry, in which participants’ interests guide the learning through action-reflection cycles. Once a month, we will gather in person. In these live sessions, participants will learn somatic and movement-based approaches to change, drawing particularly on Laban movement analysis and physical theater improvisation. Throughout the month, each of us will carry out applications of movement language to influence our own work relationships and organizational issues. Online, we will reflect on these actions, with mutual feedback and support. The cooperative inquiry will be guided by two facilitators with extensive experience in movement, performance, group dynamics, leadership development, executive coaching, and transformative learning.
* Expand your observation skills, language frameworks and methodology choices as a dynamically embodied change agent
* Develop a resilient positive relationship with yourself, others, your organization and environment
* Support your growth as a leader and change agent by accessing a collaborative learning community of skilled professionals
* Gain experience in applying movement language in your work to further your unique learning goals and organizational issues
Option for further benefits:
You are also invited to return to St. Mary’s in February 2015 for a one-day free workshop. This workshop is a space to reflect and deepen your insights by contextualizing your experiences more fully within theoretically grounded models and perspectives. The February gathering will include interviews to capture your insights from the learning experience. The material gathered during this session is to become data to inform a PhD dissertation on movement and change agentry. Participation is optional.
Tiffany von Emmel, PhD is a scholar-practitioner, executive coach and consultant. For over twenty years, she has facilitated participatory embodiment trainings, in the U.S., East Africa, and Europe, on an interdependent Use of Self, emotional resilience, and diversity. Tiffany’s approach to embodied leadership stems from her research and background in physical theater improvisation, Buddhist mindfulness practices, Tamalpa Life/Art process, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and animal-assisted interventions. Also a Facilitator for MBA and PhD students at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, Tiffany earned her PhD from Fielding Graduate University in 2005. Tiffany was the Founder & CEO of Dreamfish, a collaborative of independents and entrepreneurs in 26 countries.
Sabine Amend, PhD (candidate) is a doctoral student in the Taos Institute/Tilburg University social sciences program. She combines 15 years’ experience in intercultural management, executive coaching, and change facilitation worldwide with her journeys as a certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® instructor, (humble) learner of improvisational theater and movement forms, and her training in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, NY. She resides in the Denver Metro area, Colorado.
Independents: A payment plan with three installments is available.
Organizational members: This training, sponsored by St Mary's College Leadership Center, might be reimbursable by your organization. We can work with you to provide any necessary documentation.
Join a free introductory call:
July 29th, 7pm PST or August 20th, 7pm PST
Dial in: 1-857-232-0300 / Access code: 6229172
Free 1-on-1 Discovery Session:
Identify how movement language can address your needs through a session with Sabine Amend or Tiffany von Emmel. Schedule your session today. Email us with the contact link below.