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Executive Champions Workshop - Leading Systemic Change
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Executive Champions Workshop - Leading Systemic Change

8/16/2011 to 8/19/2011
When: August 16 - 19, 2011
From 6:30 PM Tuesday thru 2 PM Friday
Where: Trapp Family Lodge
Stowe, Vermont 
United States
Contact: Frank Schneider

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"We have come together to touch the web of learning. To move beyond the illusion we are separate... we are all connected and part of something larger."
- Peter Senge

Dates: August 16-19, 2011

Location:Trapp Family Lodge - Stowe, Vermont USA.

Hosted by Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer and other SoL colleagues

For more information about the Executive Champions' Workshop please contact Frank Schneider at +1-617-300-9535.

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The Executive Champions' Workshop is a special setting for nurturing new thinking and relationships among executive leaders in today's rapidly changing economic and social landscape. Through a series of strategic dialogues on issues of most concern to participants, our intent is to tap the wisdom that resides, often below the surface, in our collective experience. The format is designed to build capacity for conducting conversations that matter with potentially large numbers of people while applying organizational learning tools that foster reflection, systems thinking and strategic conversation.

Offered by invitation for executives who are champions of change, the ECW is a unique opportunity to reflect, refocus, and recharge, preciously rare activities in today's frenetic business world. The workshop is organized around in-depth strategic dialogues on a small number of key issues, and is a unique opportunity for deep conversation among like-minded executives focused on strategic issues that are shaping the future of institutions worldwide. Sessions utilize specific methods like "knowledge cafes", and "embodied presence" practices, that maximize the quality of attention and conversation among participants. This approach allows small groups to penetrate deeply into key issues, along with the cross-pollination of ideas.

The ECW is not a training session. Nor is it a typical conference. It is both personal and substantive in the way that only deep conversation among peers can be. Participants come from diverse organizations around the world, where they are in the top 2-3 levels of management responsibility. Indeed, more than anything, it is the diversity of the participants and their common commitment to foster fundamental management innovations that makes the ECW a powerful experience.

In addition to this annual event, sessions are also held periodically in Europe, Asia and South America. For more information, to register, or to request an invitation for a colleague, Frank Schneider at +1-617-300-9535.

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"For a long time I had felt like a mouse on a corporate treadmill and I was curious to find out how the ECW was going to provide me with some new insights and fresh perspectives. As the days unfolded, I thought the program was pleasant, relaxing and a good opportunity to recharge the battery. It wasn't until I came home, however, when it suddenly dawned on me that I had subtly changed. It was as if in this moment of stillness in Vermont, I had changed a lens on my mental camera and was looking at the world in a different way. As if in a moment of connection with life and the universe, I finally understood that our greatest power to change the world lies in our power to see beyond the veil."
- Recent Participant

Facilitator Bios

Peter Senge is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Founding Chair of SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (1990), which has sold a million copies worldwide and was identified as one of the seminal management books of the last seventy-five years by Harvard Business Review in 1997. He has recently co-authored The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. He is coauthor of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (1994), with colleagues Charlotte Roberts, Rick Ross, Bryan Smith, and Art Kleiner; a second fieldbook on sustaining change, The Dance of Change (1999), with George Roth as an additional coauthor; and the award-winning Schools That Learn (2000), coauthored with Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Timothy Lucas, Bryan Smith, Janis Dutton, and Art Kleiner.

Read Peter Senge's article on Systems Citizenship: The Leadership Mandate for this Millenium, published in Reflections: The SoL Journal. While this article refers to systems change in the context of sustainability, the leadership requirements are easily transferrable to (large) systems change in other areas.

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