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Creativity and insight are often found in the space between.

Two or more people sharing questions and insights are at the heart of the collaborative, creative processes that drive innovation and improved performance. Good conversation is also at the heart of our most satisfying life and work experiences.

Conversation is a key leadership skill to be honored and developed. Click on the Hosting Coffee wisdom jig below to learn how to have aligning, creative, insightful conversations that support the business and organizational outcomes you desire. 

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Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.

JANE JACOBS, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

We learn, we grow, and we are inspired when we purposefully gather.

The Humane Leadership Institute is based in intentional, connective, edifying one-on-one conversation. From this living foundation we build a variety of events to gather people committed to developing their own and our collective humane leadership capabilities.

We host these events with the express purpose of weaving together those who share our commitment to refining the values and learnings that support our shared, evolving vision for humane leadership.

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The mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

A leader depends on her ability to think clearly and creatively.

How do we sharpen our minds?  Is simply reading the latest ideas enough? We believe that our minds need more practice at thinking wisely and creatively.

If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.

― Buckminster Fuller

To support that process, we have developed tools to assist us in training our minds to think in new ways based on time-tested wisdom.

We call these tools wisdom jigs because they help us to hold our minds and ideas in a productive new relationship just like a woodworking jig allows us to customize our tools to produce the results we want again and again. Eventually, we internalize these tools, but until then, we use jigs to train ourselves.

Here are some sample jigs to get you started:

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Basically, our organizations are groups of humans using a variety of tools and processes to produce something good in the world. We cannot escape that leaders are humans trying to help other humans in their pursuit of some goal.

We can try to augment, extend, and overcome our humanity, or we can seek to accept, enhance, leverage, and maybe even transcend our current conception of our humanity.

Humans are at once simply bags of plasma and stardust and the most powerful force for creativity and good known in the universe.

Great leaders keep alive this balance in themselves and in their teams. Great leaders meet the immediate needs of their teams well also holding them to their highest aspirations and possibilities.

How do we as leaders work with both of these realities in ourselves and in our teams?

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