Posts tagged: leadership

Find Your Tribe: The “Who” of Leading Change

By CJ CallenOriginally posted at: http://www.compasspoint.org/blog/find-your-tribe-“who”-leading-changeRecently I found myself chatting with someone with roots in philanthropy about my current effort to lead my organization in a process of re-imagining our future to increase our social impact. That person provided her insights and support; she recognized that my “big idea” for my organization sounded like it built on our organization’s history and strengths. She also understood that I was doing this as a process of co-creation involving all our stakeholders.Time flew by because I did not need to explain all my terms and she had no defenses up or agendas hidden. She told me to “Find your tribe!” so that I can …   Read more

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Reflections of a Reflective Leader: Authenticity as Authority

by CJ CallenTWI Trustee CJ Callen, who has recently taken the helm at the Youth Leadership Institute, blogged about her learning so far in this new role.  Take a peak at CJ’s thoughts on leadership transition, the importance of reflection, and translating learning into practice – in this piece, published on CompassPoint’s blog earlier this month. …   Read more

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Wiser Together: Partnering Across Generations

By Juanita Brown and Ashley Cooper
Tucked away in the small Appalachian community of Burnsville, North Carolina, is a family farm and a place of meeting that has recently become the new home base for Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, Co-Founders of the World Café. Together with Ashley Cooper, a young educator, community organizer, and Executive Director of TEDxNextGenerationAsheville, they are collaborating with Juanita’s 90-year-old mother and younger members from the nearby community to deepen the legacy of the farm for future generations. In these “notes from the field,” Ashley and Juanita tell a story that was also featured in the Innovation Marketplace at the …   Read more

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Endings and Beginnings


By Chris Phillips
“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” —T. S. Eliot

The very first Socrates Café dialogue I held at Collage II coffee house in 1996 in Montclair, New Jersey, was on the question, “What are beginnings?” Part and parcel of the exploration of that question was an examination of questions like, “Is a beginning the same as a first? Does every beginning have an ending?” The Socrates Café group in Montclair has not had an ending; …   Read more

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Giving on the Right-Side of the Brain: Beauty = Truth

By CJ Callen”Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” – Jon Keats “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo Galilei Once I took a night class on “drawing on the right-side of the brain” based on the book of the same title. The instructor asked us to draw a flower and so I dutifully conjured up from my head that lame representative image that I placed on paper. Next she placed a real flower on the table …   Read more

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