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of you know Dawna Markova through her
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Will Not Die an Unlived Life,
However, her ability to inspire life-changing
is at its most powerful in her person-to-person
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personal presence and enthusiasm for helping
others find their purpose come to full
A few years ago at a Pegasus Conference,
Dawna led an engaged audience in
what she calls a "Q and Q"
focused on the challenge of living a life
filled with purpose and passion. She shares
the experiences that led her to write I
Will Not Die an Unlived Life and
encourages listeners to discover their
forces" by coming to appreciate the
power of living in questions. In this
presentation, Dawna advocates a shift from
linear thinking to wonder in order to
a sense of meaning in our lives. This is
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Without Giving Ourselves Away: An interview with Dawna Markova
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without Giving Ourselves Away: An interview with Dawna Markova
Markova is the creator of SMARTWired
and a renowned educator, researcher, and author who has
served as a thinking partner to several Fortune 50 CEOs.
She is the author of I
Will Not Die an Unlived Life, and The
SMART Parenting Revolution, and co-creator
of Random Acts of Kindness. In the following interview
with Leverage Points editor, Vicky Schubert, she discusses
her fascination with building our capacity for cultivating collective
In the verse that opens I Will Not Die an Unlived Life,
you write, "I choose to risk my significance, to live so that
which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which
came to me as blossom goes on as fruit." Is it possible to
help people develop that kind of generative outlook, particularly
when the turmoil gripping so much of the world right now –
whether political, cultural, or climatological – seems to
result in a general feeling of apathy or disengagement?
I think that the fragmentation and disengagement we're experiencing
now comes, in large part, from the fact that we're living in a culture
that doesn't cultivate wisdom. We don't know how to honor questions,
and therefore we're not accessing the part of our minds that creates
meaning and coherence out of our lives. If you don't cultivate a
garden, you don't get fruit.
in response to that need that my husband Andy Bryner and I have
returned to teaching the study groups we began twenty years ago.
We want to explore the question, "How do you risk your significance?"
In other words, how can we use the gifts we were given on behalf
of what we care deeply about? The format is based on the approach
we followed with several communities of commitment, as we called
them. They were made up of a mix of people from education, the healing
arts, social services, nonprofits, as well as artists from many
disciplines. It's a joy to return to them now because, after a decade
away, we're able to see how these relationships have endured and
resulted in sustained learning. We think it's a powerful model for
the complete interview
resources from Dawna:
I Will Not Die an Unlived Life, book
I Will Not Die an Unlived Life, audio of 2001 Pegasus Authors'
SMART Parenting Revolution, book
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The Art of Facilitative Leadership: Maximizing
by Jeffrey Cufaude
has been thought of as “doing the right thing” while
management has been defined as “doing things right.”
Contemporary leadership combines these two distinctions with an
emphasis on “doing the right thing . . . right.”
No one individual,
however talented or knowledgeable, can single-handedly lead an organization
to success. To advance their organizations’ efforts, leaders
must be able to actively engage others so their talents and contributions
are fully leveraged. How can they do so? Using facilitation skills.
involves using processes and tools to maximize the collective intelligence
of individuals in a group to determine the right course of action
and to then build a template for acting on the choices they make.
is a skill that almost all individuals can master and add to their
overall portfolio of leadership skills. The essence of facilitative
leadership can be summarized in six major
themes. Facilitative Leaders:
- Make connections
and help others make meaning.
direction without totally taking the reins.
managing content and process.
- Invite disclosure
and feedback to help surface unacknowledged or invisible beliefs,
thoughts, and patterns.
- Focus on
building the capacity of individuals and groups to accomplish
more on their own, now and in the future.
from a position of restraint.
literature often draws rigid lines between leadership and management,
seeming to suggest that one is right and one is wrong. In reality,
organizations need individuals who both do the right thing and
capable of doing things right. They need people who can help individuals
and groups do the right things right—the very nature of
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