At the age of 14, a note came to Kaaren addressed from Banff, Alberta. Unlike the others, this letter was written specifically for her. While taking part in a 6-week Leadership Development program at The Banff Centre, her father shared how the courses were making a real difference in helping shape his outlook on leadership; not only how it applied to his work, but also to his community and family.
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As part of a three-day Innovation and Communications Residency, put on by Leadership Development at The Banff Centre, the duo were joined by two other organizations and a creative entrepreneur, with facilitation and guest faculty sessions from Banff Centre artists scheduled around periods of focused work. The Innovation and Communications Residency supports teams and organizations in communicating a new idea and strategically identifying and leveraging the resources necessary to move it forward.
“Look at the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. In the story it left a smile and disappeared. Maybe certain things can exist without the particle, without the cat in this case. The notion of the smile comes back to dichotomous thinking. There is more than one science, more than one way to look at things.”
I could feel electric energy vibrating through my body the entire time that I was surrounded by the mountains. The beauty of the landscape and the refreshing quality of the air set the stage perfectly for a coming together of the minds. I have always been awed by the power of the circle and that is how we began our time together.
Co-create, co-design, co-make, co-whatever-you-want — there seems to be a recognition in the business and education worlds that togetherness is greater than solitude, from the most basic teachings of science to the higher purposes of philosophy.
“When we have self-awareness, we have choice. We can see our habitual patterns of mind and action and can chose differently to create different outcomes when our habits limit us,” says Lavoie. “I cannot lead others if I cannot lead myself. My ability to engage others in something new starts with my ability to see the world anew, shift my mindsets, step out of my comfort zone, tap into my own source of hopes, face my own fears, and stand in uncertainty. I cannot do this from a depleted energetic state.”