In preparation for the first session of the #4 Activate
Leadership Program, all 20 participants were paired up into
"buddies," and met at numerous café's or over the phone. This
was a great opportunity to meet at least one other participant
before the Activate course commenced. Some 30 minute catch
ups ended up being 90 minute catch ups, which was reflected by the
quality of the buddy introductions.
The course prematurely commenced with the
"carpark challenge" - an unlisted agenda item which challenged all
participants to find suitable locations with the longest parking
times. This made for great initial discussion over coffee and
from there the group seemed very much at ease with one another and
their environment at the Deakin University Geelong Waterfront
Campus. The Seminar Room set the scene for a great day of
learning, listening and participation that lay before us.
Janelle welcomed all participants and guests and gave a brief
outline of the course after which we introduced our buddies.
The introduction of buddies at the start of the course was a great
way to break the ice and learn something about other participants
and their reasons for participating in Activate. Each
introduction provided a snap shot of the participants and held an
element of entertainment - so there were plenty of laughs which
indicated how quickly the group managed to bond.
We then had the privilege of listening to our first presenter,
Kevin Larkins. Kevin delivered an amazing presentation and
looking around the group, I could see that we were all captivated
by the wealth of experience Kevin has. Kevin's knowledge of
leadership is recognised across a diverse range of industries and
provided the group with great insights into leadership and personal
development. It is fair to say that everyone took something
away from this session on "leadership - let's get started."
Some great networking occurred over lunch with many people
chatting further with Kevin to gain more insights into leadership
and his experiences in this field.
Our group then continued into the afternoon with an activity
that explored our leadership traits. This exercise explored
the traits of an emotionally intelligent leader. We paired up
to explore how and what we prioritised using a series of prompts in
the form of cards.
Our final session saw our Emotional Capital self-reports made
available and then our group documented three stand outs or "take
aways" for the session which were:
- We are not
human DOings, we are human BEings;
- No beliefs is
a belief, and
- Control what
you can control
We look forward to our second session which will look at
authentic, strength-based leadership.