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NESA Fall Leadership Conference 2019

Jeff Clanon

Founding Partner

Systems Perspectives LLC

www.systemsperspectivesllc.com

JEFF CLANON is a Founding Partner of Systems Perspectives LLC and the former Executive Director of the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT. His focus is on discovering, teaching, and implementing theory and practice in the area of organizational leadership and learning. He is particularly interested in leadership as a systemic phenomenon and its implications for senior managers as they create and sustain work environments which facilitate learning, tap intrinsic motivation and generate effective, collaborative action.

Most recently, Mr Clanon has focused his practice on executive coaching and leadership development in the area of education and has worked with senior administrators and faculty at the University of California at Davis, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at San Diego, and Tufts University.

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He has also worked extensively with the Heads of American international schools, leadership teams and their boards in Mumbai, New Delhi, and Chennai, India, and Frankfurt and Munich, Germany. He has also worked with the leadership staff and Boards of NESA and CIS.

He received a BA from Dickinson College and MS from the University of Illinois and has completed post graduate programs at Harvard Medical School and MIT.


3-Hour Workshop #1

The U Theory: Planning from the Emerging Future

Connect & Engage

The initial part of this workshop will include a description of the intent, goals and flow of the workshop and also a "warm up" listening practice in which participants share with a parter where they are from, their current role and some capability or aspect of themselves they feel particularly good about.

Participants will then introduce their partners to the whole group followed by a debrief of how they think they did at the 4 levels of listening.

Learn

Participants will be introduced to origins of the U Theory, how it has been advanced, and why it’s important at this particular time. Then more specifically, what the U Theory is, its components and principles.

Reflect & Apply

The third and most important part of the workshop is its application, which will occur in 3 parts. Part 1 will include a reflection and download of assumptions and beliefs that may be in the way of participants being able to effectively address their challenge. Part 2 involves taking participants to the bottom of the U - "Presencing" which involves a meditation protocol and time of silence and reflection. Part 3 - "Letting come" involves further reflection and dialogue with a partner of team members.

Finally, participants will debrief as a whole group and "check-out" by sharing how they felt about the experience and what was their most important take away from the workshop.

** NOTE: Mr Clanon will also present a preconference workshop Wednesday, October 23, entitled, "Systems Mapping for High Leverage Action" for individuals and teams. LEARN MORE



Target Audience:

School Board members, Teachers and Administrators

Continuum Levels:

ALL


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3-Hour Workshop #2

Systems Concepts and Tools for Effective Adaptive Action

Connect & Engage

The workshop will begin with a check-in regarding who is in the room and what they hope to get out of the workshop. It will then present basic systems thinking concepts and tools with an opportunity to practice each.

Learn

The focus of the workshop will be on deepening participants’ understanding of the tools and particularly the “limits to success” archetype. Each individual or team will develop a reinforcing diagram that reflects the variables driving their success (or potential success) in the particular organization or professional environment or role they choose to explore.

Reflect & Apply

The last part of the workshop will include a small group or dyad discussion regarding what currently inhibits or could inhibit their success and what they might do about it. The workshop will conclude with a check-out from participants as to what their most important learning was from the workshop and how they felt about their experiment.

** NOTE: Mr Clanon will also present a preconference workshop Wednesday, October 23, entitled, "Systems Mapping for High Leverage Action" for individuals and teams. LEARN MORE



Target Audience:

Individuals or Teams

Continuum Levels:

ALL


Learn more about how NESA plans Professional Learning
NESA'S Learning Continuum:

Handouts

Save paper and effort where possible!

For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference


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Updates to handouts may be made until shortly before the start of the conference.