Author: Melissa OMara

Presence at School: Co-Creating the Future of Education 02/12 by The Voice of Leadership | Business Podcasts

Have you ever been negatively impacted by a toxic leadership culture? Hierarchical command and control leadership is no longer serving organizations. We can do (much) better than this, and co-create a better future. And it’s urgently needed!  The challenges leaders face today are more complex and thorny, more global and require more collaboration and creativity than ever before.  So, of course, it’s time to think and work differently, and honestly, it’s so much more fulfilling and humane!I had the privilege of being interviewed this week with Jane Weber and Roelien Bokxem, my partners at PresenceAtWork and PresenceAtSchool. I am bringing their co-creation – Collective Leadership for intact exec and leadership teams – to the US, and also working to bring this incredible training to 17 – 24 year olds – our future leaders. To learn more about what makes this Leadership program special, listen in to understand both the genesis and essence of this highly experiential and transformative learning. It is not about making money (although we all need to sustain ourselves, of course!). And this comes through loudly and clearly in this internet radio program, in part due to the masterful interview with Linda Lombardo. Presence at School: Co-Creating the Future of Education 02/12 by The Voice of Leadership | Business...

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Gratitude and Why I Work – Part 1

Erin (11), me (mom), Ryan (19), Kelsey (21) on Thanksgiving Day, 2014 at my parent’s home where I grew up In the US, we begin “the holiday season” with a day of Thanksgiving. This is my favorite holiday, because it is truly all about gratitude, family and centers around the tradition of “breaking bread” together.  Traditionally, this is a harvest meal, where everyone contributes, and then comes to celebrate and give thanks for a “bountiful harvest”, and for all that enables us to be together once again, year after year. This Thanksgiving, my family, including these 3 wonderful souls...

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Practicing empathy and humility instead of judgment

Today, I will be leading a 2 hour interactive introduction to collective leadership for a group of local high school teachers and administrators. And I couldn’t be more excited to work with this audience. And yet, last night, as I was doing my final prep with my internal sponsor, who is a career teacher in her early forties (I think?), she said “I know this is a bit of a step down for you, because you are used to working with corporate leaders, but I think this audience will really get value from what you are bringing”. My first...

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Kudos to Emma Watson – inspiring and activating men and women to see gender bias more completely as a human rights issue that hurts both sexes

Inspiring and activating men and women to work together to end gender bias. This is a very thoughtful speech and movement (HeForShe – UN). Emma Watson talks about gender equality, for women and men. The issues are not only about equal rights for women globally, but about the negative impacts of gender profiling on both sexes. About equal pay for women, and for “strong” women to be viewed as strong not bossy, but also about the importance of accepting vulnerability as a human condition, that men can express their feelings without being viewed as “weak”. To tie in the...

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Calling “the crazy ones” – the ones who think they can change the world… (is that you??)

I received a framed version of this quote back in my IBM days, as an acknowledgement of the work we were doing with leaders at IBM, bringing in more of a coaching culture. And it resonated deeply with me. And helped me to see things differently… Because, well, at least I knew that I wasn’t alone in feeling like a square peg in a round hole! It gave me HOPE that maybe, just maybe, I could be a game changer or even a world changer! And so I continued to work passionately for what mattered to me at the time: on...

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