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The Clear Leadership Course:

A Four Day Class in the Skills of Self-Differentiation,
Partnership and Organizational Learning

Complete with workbooks, trainer guides and numerous videos that demonstrate the skills in action, the Clear Leadership course has successfully helped participants understand and take on the challenge of creating clarity in their organizations and work groups and sustain real partnership with those they want a collaborative work relationship with.

The course is modularized for delivery one day at a time, spaced out in any sequence. The learning outcomes for each module are:

Class 1: The Aware Self

  • What partnership is and why it's the core of collaboration at work
  • Why our normal ways of "managing people" destroys partnership
  • How to learn from our collective experience
  • How our normal ways of managing anxiety create interpersonal mush
  • Why "self-differentiation" and  leading learning is necessary for collaborative work
  • How to uncover all of one's experience through the experience cube
  • The difference between clear language and language that mystifies
  • The negative effects of mystifying language and the positive effects of clear language
  • The difference between the "here and now" and the "there and then" and how self awareness can only happen "right here, right now"
  • The different impacts of talking to others right here, right now verus our normal way of talking.

 Class 2: The Descriptive Self

  • What the sub-skills of the Descriptive Self are
  • The difference between being descriptive and being "open and honest"
  • How to describe your experience in transparent ways
  • The difference between being transparent and being intimate
  • The difference between being descriptive and being judgmental
  • How to describe your judgments in ways that clarify your experience and reduce defensiveness
  • The first part of conducting an organizational learning conversation

Class 3: The Curious Self & Appreciative Self

  • What the sub-skills of the Curious Self are
  • What the sub-skills of the Appreciative Self are
  • Listening through the experience cube
  • Where your reactivity comes from and how to park it
  • Understanding the role of shame in reducing interpersonal clarity
  • How to track and fan others
  • How to confront others in a way that gets them to be descriptive, not defensive
  • The second part of conducting an organizational learning conversation

Class 4: Bringing the Skills to Work

  • The entire Organizational Learning Conversation process
  • When to have learning coversations
  • An opportunity to integrate all the skills from the previous three days
  • How to coach others through a learning conversation with you
  • How to mediate learning conversations among others
  • How to reduce conflict in all your relationships
  • How to use appreciative processes to create change


In this 10 minute video Gervase Bushe and Michael Covert explain the ideas behind, and the benefits of, the Clear Leadership Course.


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