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    Personal Capacity Building

    Our topic today is personal capacity building.   It seems to me that personal leadership is the umbrella for our personal capacity building.  Specifically, under the rubric of one's own leadership of self, one can examine whether muscles need to be strengthened in the areas of:

    personal finance

    relationship dynamics

    life work balance

    career issues



    cultural adaptability

    Many programs and organizations encourage folks to just jump into one of these areas and strengthen the chosen one.  At the Personal Leadership Institute, we advocate a holistic approach whereby we deconstruct who you are and what your life is like and then build it to your specifications with your existing strengths and passions.  Usually what emerges from this process are areas where individuals want to build more capacity and thus from that organic process we are able to do very targeted, SUSTAINABLE work!  I put the word sustainable in caps because we feel this is the missing element to personal growth work and leadership development work.  How often have you attended a great training, workshop or even more extensive learning situation and yet within days, months or years, you have not retained what seemed so important at the time.  We find that happens all too often.  Yet, if you build your personal capacity and you have a plan that is tailored to your guiding values and passions, then it is ingrained in you.  And, in fact, we advocate that you have a plan for constantly revising and revisiting your personal leadership plan. 

    It's your life.  Are you going to just live it, or LEAD it?!!



    Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.C.C.

    The Deeper Leadership Institute


    How is Personal Leadership understood?

    I am really curious about this topic and not to try to come up with a definition, but rather to see what is bubbling up for folks when "personal leadership" is mentioned.

    I have heard that this term now has a negative meaning such that it is equated with personal responsibility.  Furthermore, I understand that some organizations are using the term personal responsibility like it is a large, heavy bat and they are metaphorically hitting their employees over the head with it.

    What's out there that you know about either in terms of your personal experience, or what you have heard about with regard to using personal leadership in a negative way?

    Thank you!


    Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.C.C.

    The Deeper Leadership Institute



    This morning is Thanksgiving in the US and I am aware that there will be many posts regarding gratitude.  This feels so trite that I am almost didn't post today at all.  But I took this as a call to action.  In my life I try and do an attitude of gratitude journal entry on a daily basis.  However, not only has that not been part of my blog posts but I am aware that over the past few weeks, I have hardly engaged this process.  So, as an important part of the personal leadership process, I am publicly committing to getting back on track with my attitude of gratitude journal entries and am challenging all of your to do the same.  In fact, if any of you would like to share you entries here, I would love to see them!



    Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.C.C.

    The Deeper Leadership Institute


    On the Eve of Thanksgiving in the US

    As I chatted today with a friend for a long over-due chat I shared with her all the learnings/happenings around leadership (many of which are posted here) over the past few weeks.  What continues to rise to the top for me is that all the concepts we have been discussing are intertwined:

    The overarching concept is to recognize the humanity in others so that one can recognize the humanity in oneself (Ubuntu) and from that place one can examine their own culture (including privilege) and the culture of others (culturally adaptive leadership) all under the lens of personal leadership.  And personal leadership may include both followship and leadership OR we may all be leading.  And that the problems arise when do not lead around a common stake.  This is what happens when there is a breakdown in a culture, whether it is a company's culture or a family's or a community's.

    And, we can all be committed to doing the work of leadership; but first we must experience forgiveness and compassion in others - their humanity - and then we can begin the other work.  So, on this eve of Thanksgiving, it seems suitable that we should think about forgiveness and compassion in our own personal leadership work!



    Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.C.C.

    The Deeper Leadership Institute


    The New Wave of Leadership

    Hi all,

    I was chatting today with a friend who is unemployed and she was mentioning how when she attends all these groups for folks who don't currently have jobs, that there is a sense that people don't just want any old job.  This time around, they want to make sure that they can embrace the job.  In fact, many are even considering career changes indicating that they never even wanted the career or job that they previoiusly held!  This is what we are referring to as the silver lining.  We couldn't be more pleased that folks are truly taking stock of who they are and what they want and then aligning their job searches accordingly!  We certainly hope that this type of thinking is truly the wave of the present and future when if comes to leading one's own life - ie personal leadershp.

    We would love to hear stories from some of you who have had such an experience (what was your old job/career, what did you not like about it, what are you doing now, and what is it about the new situation that you love?).  Looking forward to your posts!


    Ann Dinan

    The Deeper Leadership Institute