How To Lead When You Don’t Know Where You are Going
Session Three: Coaxing Order Out of Chaos
with Susan Beaumont
May 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Center for Leadership Excellence invites you to this final session of the workshop series with Susan Beaumont, How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You are Going.
How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning—when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? Such in-between times are called liminal seasons—threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos. Many of the practices associated with “good” leadership don’t work well in a liminal season, and casting a clear vision isn’t advisable when we can’t see the future with reasonable certainty. But leaders can still lead.
About Session Three:
Eventually, the disorientation we are experiencing will find resolution. The process by which this happens is known as emergence. Reorientation will occur; it is the natural order of things for coherence to emerge out of chaos. Emergence is naturally leaderless activity. Leaders cannot manage the process on behalf of the organization, but leaders can nurture a climate of disruption, innovation, learning, and risk-taking, supporting the emergence of new order as it appears. In this final session of the three-part series, we will focus on inviting meaning making, finding new purpose, and fostering innovation.
Cost: $20/person (or $35 if you register for both session 2 and session 3)
BRING YOUR TEAM – Groups of three or more receive a 20% discount!
Other Sessions in this Series:
Session One, Negotiating a Liminal Season (learn more), is a free webinar that is a prerequisite for participating in either session two or three. If you register for either workshop, we will automatically send you details to join and/or watch the recording of session one.
Session Two, Engaging the Soulfulness of Institution (learn more), focuses on the soul as the authentic and truest self of the organization. In liminal seasons, we rely upon the soul of the institution to guide our leadership choices and our learning. This session explores spiritual shifts and practices that will help leaders connect with the soul of the institutions they lead.
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About Susan Beaumont
Susan Beaumont is a consultant, coach, author, and spiritual director. She has worked with hundreds of congregations and denominational bodies across the United States and in Canada and is known for her ground-breaking work in the leadership dynamics of large congregations. Susan engages the best of business practice, filtered through the lens of careful theological reflection, and moves easily between discernment and decision making, nurturing the soul of the leader along with the soul of the institution.
Susan is an ordained minister within the American Baptist Churches, USA., and she currently teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary. She is the author of How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season and Inside the Large Congregation and the co-author of When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in the Large Congregation.