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Weaving Relationships, Shifting Mental Models: An Interview with Sayra
Announcements: Eamonn Kelly and Roger Saillant
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New Executive Curriculum
Relationships, Shifting Mental Models: An Interview with Sayra
the director of the Twin Cities Latino Coalition, a community
organization in northern Massachusetts that applies systems
thinking concepts in building cross-sectoral alliances with
the aim of ensuring that Latino families achieve their highest
potential. In a forum session at the November Pegasus Conference,
Sayra and coalition partners Ed Cronin, the chief of police
in Fitchburg, MA, Dr. Daniel Asquino, the president of Mt.
Wachusett Community College, Dr. Sergio Paez of the Leominster
Public Schools, Angelita Santiago of the Fitchburg Public
Schools, and Neddy Latimer, Executive Director of the Spanish
American Center in Leominster, will share stories and lessons
from their work together.
What was happening in Fitchburg and Leominster that necessitated
this regional initiative to support education in the Latino community?
cities” are experiencing a number of issues universal to smaller
urban centers. For decades, they have been in economic decline.
And over the same period, the Latino community has grown exponentially;
it now comprises 40 percent of the total population of Fitchburg
and 22.5 percent of the total population of Leominster. Nevertheless,
over the last 35 years, there has been little progress in integrating
Latinos into the mainstream community here. Leadership is needed
to ensure access to employment, good housing, and education.
What efforts had been made in this area prior to the inception
of the Coalition, and how did they set the stage for your work?
The Spanish American Center has been working steadily at the grassroots
level for almost 40 years. Under the direction of Neddy Latimer
and Angelita Santiago, they have built a network of people with
a reputation for being credible, compassionate, and values-driven.
But various dynamics—racism and poverty—have kept them
pretty isolated and limited. With the confluence of forces supported
by the emergence of the Coalition, I hope we can help the Center
expand from a reactive social service framework to become the locus
for leadership development work in the Latino community.
who has been pivotal in this area is Dr. Asquino. As president
the local community college for the last 19 years, he has been
building an agenda around civic engagement and service learning
the college to be rooted in the community. He has, in his own way,
been building capacity for the region to meet these leadership
Tell us how the Coalition goes about its work.
It originated as part of a larger effort, funded by the Kellogg
Foundation, to assemble cross-sector multi-stakeholder teams
look at educational challenges for the Latino community in three
Massachusetts cities: Holyoke, Worcester, and the twin cities
We were the
only group that took a systems thinking approach and committed to
having a broad community development agenda. We knew that the key
to sustainable systemic change lay in shifting mental models. So,
we adopted the approach of using organizational structures already
engaged in some kind of systemic change effort—grassroots,
business, civic, or educational structures—and infusing the
concepts of dialogue and values alignment to help stakeholders talk
with and understand each other.
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Annual Pegasus Conference
Leading Beyond the Horizon: Strategies for Bringing Tomorrow
into Today's Choices
Waltham/Boston, Massachusetts, November 1315, 2006
Keynote Presenters Bring Global Foresight and Visionary Leadership
are pleased to announce the addition of two inspiring leaders who
will join Peter Senge and Dawna Markova in guiding
our inquiry into the conference theme.
Kelly is the author of Powerful Times: Rising
to the Challenge of Our Uncertain World, and CEO of Global
Business Network (GBN). He is central to GBN’s leadership
role in the evolution and application of scenario thinking and strategic
conversation to help organizations change and innovate in fundamental
Saillant is president and CEO of Plug Power, an innovative
fuel cell manufacturer that is changing the way energy is harnessed,
distributed and used. With equal measures of vision, humility and
drive, Roger models a tireless leadership style grounded in the
knowledge that the work we undertake today will never be completed
in our lifetimes.
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New Executive Curriculum
What is the
most valuable contribution executives make to their companies, expertise
or leadership? I say leadership.
The latest scientific
findings indicate that brainy but dogmatic bosses rarely rise to
be stars in an age when organizational speed and flexibility are
the keys to survival. Time magazine sifted through the current thinking
and reported, “New brain research suggests that emotions,
not IQ, may be the true measure of human intelligence.”
If the evolutionary
pressures of the marketplace make EQ, not IQ, the hot ticket for
business success, individual executives need to know how to cultivate
it. I have a proposal: embrace a highly personal practice aimed
at improving these four adaptive skills:
Self-Awareness. Think of this as thinking differently
on purpose and noticing what you’re feeling and thinking.
Imagery. Set aside time each day to dream about what
you want to achieve.
and Reframe Events.
Every time something important happens, assign as many interpretations
to it as possible. Then go with the interpretation most supportive
of your dreams.
the Perspectives of Others. The next time someone
interprets something differently than you do, pause to consider
that a gift
of perception is being offered, if you’ll only accept
recommendations suggested above may appear simplistic, they are
based on what we know about the mechanisms of the mind. The bad
news: it’s hard to change the power of habits. The good news
is that it is possible to change our behaviors. But you must have
a discipline for doing it.
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