Perseverance: Leadership in Turbulent Times

Event Details

Date & Time October 19, 2011, 10:00pm – October 20, 2011, 7:00pm
Location Hollyhock
Cortes Island, BC
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Perseverance: Leadership in Turbulent Times

Presented by: Margaret Wheatley
Produced in partnership with The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.
Continuing from the evening presentation, we deepen our inquiry into the nature of perseverance.
Perseverance is the capacity to keep going even long after the passion for our work has dissipated. It is a continuous and conscious choice to not give up, no matter the circumstances. The Chinese character for perseverance is a knife over a human heart. This intensive program will be focused on the following themes: The effect of these times on our ability to persevere; Staying in the middle of the river; The role of mindfulness; Dealing with opposition urgency and change; and Turning to one another. Together we will explore the following questions, so that we might develop capacity for working with these conditions and dynamics, practicing discernment and developing effective leadership:

  •     Can we allow our hearts’ conviction and determination to be wounded by setbacks, criticism, and loss?
  •     Is it possible for us to live a compassionate life even under the most difficult circumstances?
  •     How do we respond when confronted by seemingly insurmountable obstacles?
  •     How do we care for ourselves when exhausted and overwhelmed?
  •     How do we not get lost?
  •     How do we maintain our good work and continue to serve and lead others amidst the aggression, anxiety and fear that define these times?

Margaret Wheatley, Ed.D., is a well-respected writer, speaker, and teacher for how we can accomplish our work, sustain our relationships, and willingly step forward to serve in this troubling time. She has written six books: Walk Out Walk On (2011, co-authored with Deborah Frieze); Perseverance (2010); Leadership and the New Science (18 languages and third edition); Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future (7 languages and second edition); A Simpler Way (with Myron Rogers); and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time (3 languages). She is co-founder and President Emerita of The Berkana Institute, a charitable foundation that works in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment. Wheatley received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Change from Harvard University, and a Masters in Media Ecology from New York University. She’s been an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, a professor in two graduate business programs, and a happy mother and grandmother. In 2002, the American Society for Training and Development awarded her their highest honor and dubbed her a ‘living legend.’ /

EVENING PLUS DAY-LONG PROGRAM: October 19, 2011 7:00-8:30 pm and October 20, 2011 9:00 am-4:00 pm

LOCATIONS: Evening Program - Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodwards: 149 West Hastings St.
Day-long Program - Segal School of Business Event Rooms 1300-1500: 500 Granville St.

TUITION: $275 general / $250 students/seniors (includes lunch and refreshments October 20th). Please note - the tuition in our print catalogue is incorrectly listed as $257. The correct amount is $275.

Note: Registration is required for this event. Cancellations/Transfers: If you cancel this reservation: One week or more prior to the event date a forfeit of 50% of the fee will be taken, with the remaining fee balance refunded. Less than one week prior to the event date: the full fee will be forfeited.