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ADVANCED EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 2017-18
Prerequisite: three years of the Extraordinary Leadership Seminar
Meets for two-day sessions, twice a year - preceding the Bowen Center spring and fall meetings
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2017
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018
EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP SEMINARS 2016-17
This Year: "The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory for Leaders"
Meets for three-day sessions, three times during the year
October 11-13, 2016
February 14-16, 2017
May 16-18, 2017
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Advanced Seminar in Falls Church, VA
Christ Crossman United Methodist Church
Prerequisite: Completion of 3 years Extraordinary Leadership Seminar
Meets for two-day sessions, twice a year - preceding the Bowen Center fall and spring meetings
November 1-2, 2016
April 18-19, 2017
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THE NEEDOur nation’s leadership is in crisis—battling burnout, fatigue and ineffectiveness.
Ministers, priests and rabbis are resigning in record numbers. Many reach only a fraction of their potential. A large percentage burn out shortly after leaving seminary. Front pages of any newspaper are replete with examples of low level leadership stories.
Churches and synagogues are stuck in patterns of emotional intensity and ineffectiveness. Denominations are shrinking. Government, academia, business—many are ensnared in the whirlwinds of emotional process. In most cases, the leadership—with coaching—can lead them out of this.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?Nothing in the training of leaders prepares them to understand or deal with the emotional side of organizations.
EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP CAN BE LEARNED.Many people can be leaders. Very few will be extraordinary leaders. What will it take to produce extraordinary leaders?
Extraordinary Leadership Seminars provide all leaders with an understanding of the emotional side of organizations and tools to manage themselves in this emotional chaos. Extraordinary Leadership Seminars are based on Bowen family systems theory, developed by Dr. Murray Bowen. While they were begun for clergy leadership, others are taking advantage of the seminars in increasing numbers. The seminars offer didactic teaching, and both group and individual coaching.
The seminars have been extremely effective in helping people to understand and move effectively in their personal, family, and organizational systems.
TRAINING BASED ON BOWEN FAMILY SYSTEMS THEORYExtraordinary Leadership Seminars offer individual and group coaching to leaders. This training is derived from Bowen family systems theory, shown to be most effective in helping people understand family, personal, and organizational systems.
Understanding and using Bowen theory leads to improved individual functioning and leadership effectiveness in the important relationship systems of life.
The Extraordinary Leadership Seminar is designed to be different every year through a 3-year cycle. The basics of theory are reinforced each year.
Year I, called "Extraordinary Leadership," is about leadership as seen through the lens of Bowen family systems theory. It emphasizes an understanding of the human family as the emotional unit. Exploration of and working on self in one's own family is a basic step toward effective leadership. The leaders of the nuclear family, parents are a good paradigm for leadership in an organization. One does not need to be a parent in order to understand what is involved, however. The texts for this year are, "Extraordinary Leadership, Thinking Systems, Making a Difference," by Dr. Gilbert and Bowen's book, "Family Therapy in Clinical Practice."
Year II, "The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory for Leaders," highlights each of the eight concepts in successive sessions, as they derive from the most basic concept, the nuclear family as an emotional unit. As leaders gain facility with these ideas, they begin to put them into practice in their families and organizations. The texts for the year are Dr. Gilbert's "The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory," and Bowen's "Family Therapy in Clinical Practice."
Year III is "Differentiation of Self in Leadership." One of the most important of all the concepts of Bowen family systems theory, Differentiation of Self is considered over this year. Questions such as "How do we describe the best kind of leadership?" and "How do we move toward that type of leadership?" along with many others, are considered. Texts for the year are: "The Cornerstone Concept, in Leadership in Life." as well as Dr. Bowen's "Family Therapy in Clinical Practice."
As people gain familiarity with theory and apply it in their lives, overall functioning improves in leadership and in personal life. The program is designed to teach the purest form of theory available, but also to meet individual needs. One may stay in the program as long as desired. A minimum commitment of three years is strongly recommended, but each year is designed to stand alone in case three years cannot be completed. Also, some people take more than three years. It is not necessary to take the years in any particular order.
The training includes nine lecture sessions and coaching group sessions as well as five individual coaching sessions in person or on the phone with one's small group coach.
• High level versus low level leadership
• Putting theory into practice
• The importance of the heritage of an organization and family
• The transforming effect of living systems theory
• The challenges of society
• Leaders as relationship masters
TYPICAL SITUATIONS BROUGHT TO COACHING
• The non-functioning congregation or leader
• The stirred-up, anxious congregation or leader
• The conflicted organization or leader
• The “Clergy-Killer” phenomenon
• Family disruptions and disturbances
• How our own family experience and current situations impact leadership
THE SEMINARS ARE NOT
• A Quick Fix
EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP SEMINARS ARE DESIGNED TO
• Enhance Sureness
• Promote New Ways of Thinking About Management
• Improve Counseling Skills
• Enhance Leadership Potential Within Congregations and Organizations
OFT-HEARD PARTICIPANT COMMENTS“The work in family systems theory has given me hope of staying on as a pastor.”
“Thank you for opening the door to a new way of being in the world.”
“My congregation is a different congregation. Chaos and bickering has disappeared and people are positively engaged in different ministries."
"A life changing seminar"
“In thirty years of ministry, this is the most valuable continuing education I have ever taken.”
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