I believe that for me to become an effective leader I need to increase my self-awareness and strengthen my communication skills. In my Open Masters program, I will focus on:

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Communication
  3. Facilitation
  4. Coaching and Mentoring

This unit combines self-assessments, workshops, case studies, and a few selected texts. Depending on my financial position, I may also join a few formal training courses related to facilitation and coaching.  I hope that a Citizen Circle pops up related to one or more of these topics!


  1. Non-Violent Communication (i.e. CNVC)
  2. MBTI Facilitator Training 

Core Texts:

  1. The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling by Stephen Denning
  2. Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell
  3. Coaching for Performance (Fourth Edition) by John Whitmore
  4. Seth Godin’s Blog
  5. Harvard Business Review
  6. Stanford Social Innovation Review


  1. “What Makes a Leader” by Goleman
  2. “Level 5 Leadership” by Collins
  3. “How Managers Become Leaders” by Watkins
  4. “What Your Leader Expects of You” by Bossidy
  5. “What You Don’t Know About Making Decisions” by Garvin
  6. “Leading Change: Why Transformational Efforts Fail” by Kotter
  7. “Decoding Resistance to Change” by Ford
  8. “Saving Your Rookie Managers From Themselves” by Walker

Case Studies:

  1. Erik Peterson at Biometra Case (A) – Harvard Business School Case
  2. GE’s Two-Decade Transformation: Jack Welch’s Leadership – Harvard Business School Case Collection


  1. Toastmasters – http://capitaltoastmasters1.org/index.htm


  1. Present at one conference each semester
  2. Review and reflect on personal MBTI results from March 2012 sessions with personal coach
  3. Present at TedX or Pecha Kucha event
  4. Complete facilitation course in D.C. (i.e. non-violent communication workshop)
  5. Complete Toastmasters Competent Communicator Certification
  6. Complete all case studies and share on blog
  7. Complete MBTI facilitator training
  8. Write blog reflections about books, articles and other readings

Support Needed:

  1. Connecting with a professional coach to learn more about the field and tools of the trade

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