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Feb 18, 2011

California Workforce Association: Building the Capacity of California's Leaders

The California Workforce Association, a non-profit membership organization, develops public policy and builds local capacity to address workforce issues. Workforce leaders identified the CWA as an important force in bringing leaders together as well as a source for training and consulting.  



Feb 18, 2011

American Leadership Forum: Enhancing leadership by building on the strengths of diversity and promoting collaborative problem solving

The American Leadership Forum, a national network of chapters, builds stronger communities by joining and strengthening leaders to serve the public good.  Each ALF chapter offers a year-long Fellows Programs designed to build collaborative leadership skills and a boundary-crossing leadership network, that can serve the chapter community for decades.

Feb 18, 2011

Harvard University Leadership Programs

Senior workforce leaders, in particular, cited Harvard University programs as important resources in building their own leadership capacity. While Harvard offers a plethora of options, those specifically named by workforce leaders include: The Advanced Leadership Initiative, the Summer Leadership Institute, the Women's Initiative in Leadership, Leadership for a Networked World, and various programs offered by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  


Feb 16, 2011

What We've Learned About Workforce Leadership

Workforce Leadership Cards

We (Vinz Koller, Alison Gash, Chandra Larsen, and I) had a great time sharing what we've learned to date through our Workforce Leadership Project with attendees at the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Annual Forum, Feburary 6, 2011.

We convened a conversation about our 12 project "highlights", which include:

1. It's really more like "We-adership."

2. Workforce development comes in at least 31 flavors.

3. "In order to form a more perfect..." alignment?

4. Impact > Program +System

5. It's a global village.

6. Workforce Development = Pick-up Basketball?

7. Effective workforce leaders can play many positions.

8. Workforce leadership demands lifelong learning about learning and work.

9. The list of "need-to-knows" for workforce leaders is growing.

10. Leaders Wanted! (for the next generation)

11. Workforce Development is serious business.

12. Leadership development demands a response, but what?

We made flashcards (see image) as handouts and they went so quickly we thought we should provide an alternative means of accessing them. So here is the link to the PDF from which you can make your own. And here is the link to the PowerPoint we used to guide discussion.

We'd be happy to talk to you about this content, the project, and of course, workforce leadership. And importantly, photos of all the fun we had (and learning we did) are here. They are under a Creative Commons license, so feel free to use them and let us know.

Follow us on @WFLeadership or email Kristin Wolff (kwolff@thinkers-and-doers.com).

Feb 16, 2011

What Do Successful Leaders Have in Common?

Seth Godin says successful leaders are honest with themselves about what they want to accomplish, and then decide to be successful. Roger Martin says what successful leaders have in common is not what they do, but how they think. Successful leaders demonstrate integrative thinking - they see their job not as making a decision between "A" and "B", but creating an alternative option "C" that blends the best and eliminates the worst of previously known options. Thanks to Action Literacy for making the video available.

Feb 15, 2011

Things We've Learned About Workforce Leadership

We convened a panel at the recent NAWB Forum event in Washington, DC, in which we engaged attendees in a discussion and set of activities around 12 highlights from our work to date.

Feb 3, 2011

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Kansas

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce's motto is "Achieve More."  The Chamber helps leaders do this through its Leadership Kansas program which aims to cultivate and motivate new leaders from all over Kansas.  The one-year program includes skill building and an in-depth look at topics such as business, education, agriculture,
public policy, societal health and development, economics and

Feb 3, 2011

Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation: Eight Leadership Development Opportunities

Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation caters to a range of leaders wishing to expand their skills and enhance their knowledge of the area.  The Leadership Foundation offers eight different leadership development programs.  Examples of these programs include Impact Denver which builds confidence and leadership skills for young professionals and Colorado Experience which promotes dialogue among leaders relating to state-wide business and policy issues.

Feb 3, 2011

Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network: A Forum for Innovation Leadership

Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by bringing together leaders from business, labor, government, the universities, and the non-profit sector to share ideas and think creatively about the future of the area.  Joint Venture organizes teams of leaders to work on specific initiatives including climate change, economic development, and federal outreach.

Feb 2, 2011

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce: Over 37 Years of Leadership Training

Strengthened leadership abilities, skills for increasing organizational effectiveness and efficiency, and access to an informed network of colleagues are just a few of the things leaders will gain by participating in the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Charleston program.  One of the Chamber's core values is leadership and it aims to "advance our region’s economy, improve our quality of life and enhance our members’ success."

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