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Leading with Wisdom: Sage Advice from 100 Experts

Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Jann Freed, The Genysys Group

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Through the research Jann Freed did for her upcoming book, Leading with Wisdom: Sage Advice from 100 Experts, Jann shows us how great leaders connect with empathy and compassion. This includes learning how to cope with death, loss, and grief.  It also includes understanding life's transitions.  This requires learning to "let go" and "leaning into fear."  But how do leaders learn these skills and practices?

In this webcast, participants will engage in several exercises designed to learn these skills. 

• We will go through a visualization exercise called "Metaphor of the Surviving Children" to learn what it feels like to be laid off or to be a survivor of a layoff. 
• We will write our own eulogy and talk about how this brings compassion and empathy into a clear focus.
• We will script our last moments on Earth to remind us that now is the only time we really have.  So we must be our best person/leader now.
• We will make our bucket list as a reminder of how our most valuable and democratic resource is time.
• We will discuss the power of rituals and identify some rituals that can enhance our ability to lead and to live by celebrating "letting go."
• We will explore how the way to get over fear is to "lean into it." 

And in doing so understand how to be better, more effective leaders!


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Jann Freed
Jann Freed

The Genysys Group

Jann Freed is a Leadership Development and Change Management Consultant with The Genysys Group. She primarily works with individuals and businesses in the Midwest to transition-- to get from where they are to where they want to be.   She has worked with companies such as Wells Fargo, Principal Financial Group, Vermeer Manufacturing, and Meredith Corporation. 

She is professor emerita of business management and the former Mark and Kay De Cook Endowed Chair in Leadership and Character Development at Central College in Pella, Iowa where she joined the faculty in 1981. She earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State University, M.B.A. at Drake University, and undergraduate degree in business management from Central College.

She is the co-author of four books--two on continuous improvement in higher education and a book on learner-centered assessment on college campuses. Her last book was on Mexican women leaders that evolved out of a cross-cultural research and teaching experience.

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