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Course 4

Conscious Leadership Structures: 

Building Conscious Teams

Structures & Processes that Create an Effective Team

12-week course

This course represents a “spiral” of learning new skills and mindsets within the Conscious Leader Program. It is embedded in a structured learning process over three (3) months which includes these elements:

  • Weekly 80-min live, facilitator-led sessions

  • Structured resources in an online Course Portal and Course Workbook to support learning

  • Structured practice activities with feedback and coaching in group practice sessions

  • Mutual peer coaching

  • A conscious learning community of people learning together and offering mutual support in a multi-level cohort

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum to the women and men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." — Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands French writer and aviator 1900-1944

The primary goal of a Conscious Leader is to build a Conscious Team that is cohesive and effective. Conscious Teams are identified by:

  1. the high-level of autonomy of the team itself and of its members,

  2. clear structures of intrinsic motivation that guide choices and behaviors,

  3. and ongoing feedback and mutual accountability.

In this course, participants will learn how to:

  • ignite intrinsic motivation within your team

  • build cohesion and unity

  • define roles that are both clear and inspiring

  • supervise through trust and accountability

  • ensure robust communication within your team

  • make on-going decisions to build the team of people that you need 

  • match people into the roles that reflect their strengths and competence

  • ensure team members are moving towards personal excellence and effectiveness

  • Theme 1: Ignite Intrinsic Motivation: Inspire the way forward in alignment with Shared Purpose & Core Values - What matters to us?

    • Vision the team's purpose in light of the organization's shared purpose

    • Where are we going as a team? What will be different in 2 years? ... in 1 year? ... in 3 months?

    • Interpret the Core Values in terms of behaviors on the team

    • ​Ignite intrinsic motivation

    • Support people in the transition toward the desired change ... what's the purpose?, what's the picture?, what's the plan?, what's my part? 

  • Theme 2: Building Cohesion: Give your team voice to own the present and co-create the desired future

    • Create structures for feedback and cohesion

    • Acknowledge and embrace the current reality ... seek clarity, not blame

    • ​Invite & value feedback from all stakeholders

    • Engage team in understanding challenges, prioritizing attention, and choosing next steps

    • Create clear responsibility and accountability in taking action 

  • Theme 3: Conscious Roles: Define how each person's part contributes to the success of the whole team

    • Roles are not a list of tasks

    • Craft role ​descriptions for clarity and inspiration 

    • Identify competencies needed

    • Aim - what tangible service or product do I provide for the organization

    • Domain - what decisions am I responsible to make

    • Guidelines - what guides my decisions and actions

    • Measurements - how do you know I am fulfilling my role

    • Ensure open sharing and understanding of roles within the team 

  • Theme 4: Conscious Supervision: Presence, Seeing, Listening, Coaching, Support

    • ​Supervision is being present and bringing presence

    • See and hear your staff - activating trust

    • Lead with integrity - what you say and what you do are aligned

    • Lead by doing - be a role model for how you want staff to show up 

    • Lead by coaching - support them to get the clarity they need to make their own choices

    • Activate a culture of mutual accountability that calls people into alignment 

  • Theme 5: Conscious Communication: Create the structures and processes to facilitate communication, collaboration & connection

    • ​Define the essential meetings we need

    • Design meetings to fulfill their purpose and objectives

    • Facilitate meetings for engagement and inclusion

    • Use technology systems to enhance communication, e.g. phone and video calls, messaging, emails, documents​

  • Theme 6: The People on the Team: The proactive, on-going process of developing and sustaining an effective and cohesive team

    • ​Hiring - let the team members evaluate how the candidate performs the real tasks of the job

    • Onboarding - ensure a supportive experience in the first day, first week, first month

    • Growth & Development - every person needs a development plan

    • Termination - acknowledge and take action when the person is clearly not fulfilling the role




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