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Aug 15, 2011

Mayor Sam Adams on Leadership, Complexity, and Engaging People

Sam Adams on complexity and leadership

The complete version of Mayor Adam's interview with the Enhancing Workforce Leadership Team is coming soon.

The whole collection is available on the Weadership Vimeo channel.

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Aug 15, 2011

Fred Slone on Leadership, Change, and "Never Enough"

Fred Slone on Never Enough

The complete version of Fred's interview with the Enhancing Workforce Leadership Team is coming soon.

The whole video collection will be housed on the Weadership Project's Vimeo channel

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Aug 15, 2011

Kali Ladd on Collaborative Leadership and Doing Work that Matters

Kali Ladd, City of Portland, OR

The complete version of Kali's interview with the Enhancing Workforce Leadership Team is coming soon.

The whole video collection will be housed on the Weadership Project's Vimeo channel.

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Aug 15, 2011

Kris Latimer on Sharing Leadership and Managing Risk

Kris Latimer, TOCOWA

The complete version of Kris's interview with the Enhancing Workforce Leadership Team is coming soon.

The whole video collection will be housed on the Weadership Project's Vimeo channel.

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Aug 15, 2011

Kris Stadelman on Innovation and Building Leaders

Kris Stadelman, NOVAworks.

The complete version of Kris's interview with the Enhancing Workforce Leadership Team is coming soon.

The whole video collection will be housed on the Weadership Project's Vimeo channel.

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Aug 11, 2011

Welcome to Weadership!

 

We're glad you found us and hope you will find the material we've aggregated, developed and shared useful in your next great leadership venture.

There's a lot here, but we suggest starting out with the following:

UPDATE! We are pleased to announce the release of our comprehensive Weadership Guide. It is available here (PDF) or in hardback via Blurb here.

Kristin Wolff (kwolff@thinkers-and-doers.com, @kristinwolff)
Vinz Koller (vinz_koller@spra.com, @kollerv)
@WFLeadership

 

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Aug 3, 2011

How Did We Get to WEadership? Books and Resources on Leadership

Photo of Bibliography

So Many Books...
Amazon lists nearly 70,000 books about leadership—1,280 of them published in the past 90 days.

To inform the Enhancing Workforce Leadership project, we focused on three categories: 1) the classics: The Leadership Challenge, The Sage Handbook of Leadership and others written by scholars and experts who have made careers out of studying leadership; 2) the edges: The Power of Pull, Open Leadership and others that emphasized how new technologies or other modern social and economic trends are changing the meaning and practice of leadership; and 3) the contextual: The Why of Work, The Power of Social Innovation, Macrowikinomics and others that focus on the fields of workforce development, human resources, community innnovation, or describe the context in which these and related fields are evolving.

We also included a number of papers and blogs posts penned by practioners, agencies, or nonprofit and membership organizations in workforce development or related fields.

Our nearly complete bibilography is here (also linked to image above)—"nearly" because we find new things everyday.

We hope you find it useful and can be good-humored about the formatting challenges we experienced in converting it to a PDF.

Finally, if this is more than you were looking for, we've curated a list of our favorite leadership books in a related post here.

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Jul 25, 2011

Highlights From Our Collection of Workforce Leader Interviews. Post #4

by: Sam McCoy

Board Room
The New Workforce Leaders

A common theme that as come up in many of our interviews has been the important role that new and younger workforce staff are having on the field of workforce development and the very nature of how we perceive leadership.  

"Young people understand social networks in a profound way. They can connect to knowledge and resources with such immediacy - it never occurs to them that they cannot access the answer to the question or find a person who can help them. This orientation brings "the globe" right to Main Street. It's going to change the way we work."  Susan McNamara,  Chautauqua Workforce Investment Board 

One of the insightful strategies we gleaned from our conversation with Karen Coleman, Director of the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions at the New York Department of Labor, was from her management style.  Karen told us how they have made it a standard practice in her agency to pull non-management staff into management meetings and also seek the input and feedback from junior staff members during the front end of projects and throughout the development process.  

Incorporating the views and participation of younger and less senior staff have a dual benefits for staff and for workforce development agencies and organizations.  The practice allows for our next generation of workforce leaders to gain the experience, insights and confidence they will need as larger numbers of senior staff retire.  It also enables the organization to tap into the knowledge and inspiration of a generation with new ideas, passion and the experience with cutting edge software and social media applications the present so many needed possibilities. 

 

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Jul 20, 2011

Highlights From Our Collection of Workforce Leader Interviews. Post #3

by: Sam McCoy

Lightbub
Thinking Outside the Box

"Often there is no clear path forward, we have to have room to try different approaches, and learn from our mistakes." 
Mike KnutsonMaroney Rural Learning Center

The complexity of today’s workforce issues demand that leaders utilize every network, strategy and technology to address them.  To keep pace with the speed with which the workplace is changing, leaders must find ways to encourage new ways of thinking outside the box which is often much easier said than done. Traditional workplace hierarchies and the overwhelming fear of failure have the potential to stifle new innovation and ideas from less senior and younger staff. New technology and social media is radically shifting, not only how we view our roles as leaders and thinkers, but enabling new strategies for collective problem solving, networking, educating and organizing. 

Technology is the key to rural prosperity - and I'm a former anti-social-network guy."

Mike Knutson runs the Reimagine Rural blog and is a master of sharing high-value information on Twitter in an effort to connect with other changemakers working in rural areas. 

Come take a look at the full length collection: On-the-Ground Insight from 12 Workforce Leaders.

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