Learning with Heart

What is it to learn? When we lead, innovate, or propose new behaviors and actions with others we are on the path of learning.  The automatic response from people in our culture to new action is to take on “doing,” doing what they already know.  We live with the common approach that we get a […]

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What Is A Leader?

By Bob Dunham In the common sense of our culture a leader is one who has power, who gathers power, and who exercises it in a way that affects the futures of others. In the Institute for Generative Leadership we see this interpretation as inadequate to understand leadership well or to grow leadership capability to […]

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Elevating Enterprise Performance

The concern for any enterprise is its level of performance, and for most members of the enterprise is a concern for how to elevate the level of performance.  This elevation can be to fulfill the ambition for growth, to meet a changing marketplace, to match competition, or even for the sake of survival or to […]

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Next Generation Leadership and Generative Leadership

The reason we have interest in Next Generation Leadership is because the last generation of leadership interpretations were inadequate.  They didn’t deliver the goods of enabling actual leadership and leadership results, however captivating the leadership framework and stories. Leadership is a field that needs some clarity and usefulness where we outgrow our appetite for “next […]

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Reshaping the World, Reshaping Being Human

By Julio Olalla and Robert Dunham                                      Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.                                                                   T. S. Eliot We live in an era of global scale.  Our technologies and our massive global population accumulate and magnify our decisions and choices until they affect the entire […]

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New Thinking for the Future

By Julio Olalla and Robert Dunham We live in a historical era confronted with unavoidable issues of global scale, issues that have never been faced before in the history of humanity. Global warming is shifting weather patterns, with many warnings about severe consequences. In the face of urgent calls for global reductions of carbon dioxide […]

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Guest Blog: Terrie Lupberger: Out on the Skinny Branch

Terrie is a guest author on our blog, and shares her lessons in leadership.  We will be featuring articles by graduates of the Generative Leadership Program in which they share the results in their lives from generative leadership.  These articles will eventually become part of a book on generative leadership: leadership lessons in paying attention […]

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My 9/11 Experience and Reflection

I wrote the letter below on 9/17/2001 to the generative leadership learning community, since I was in New York on 9/11, and in the World Trade Center minutes before the first plane hit. It’s reflections of the change and challenge of 9/11 still ring true for me…   Thank You for Your Care I extend […]

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The Good Life – Who Changed the Rules?

Once upon a time long ago in a fair land, people worked hard, saved, and lived a good life. In the United States they called it the American Dream, that any hard working, diligent citizen could create a middle class life. Then things changed, and real estate began to inflate dramatically.  The game changed, and […]

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Where Are You?

It’s funny how we can be next to someone, but not be with them. It makes me sad to see couples in restaurants sharing a meal, but in silence, not even sharing eye contact.  And we have all had the experience of having our attention wander when we’re interacting with someone else, or trying to […]

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