“Having participated in six Conversations myself, and sent staff members to two others, I can say with confidence that this is the best ‘professional development’ opportunity for any senior leader. I loved the ‘broad sector’ focus that characterized the early Conversations--which, from an educational standpoint, advanced strategies for how leaders might lead more effectively. And I appreciate how the gatherings have evolved, with the more recent ones focused on the cultivation of an "appreciative" orientation to the work, and the inclusion of practices that address how one might simply BE a more effective leader. While subtle, the shift (from ‘doing’ to ‘being’) is conspicuous in the agenda itself, which now incorporates greater opportunity for personal reflection and organizational planning. And while Gary is a wonderful, enthusiastic facilitator, the best and most unique element of each Conversation is the cohort he assembles. It's both invigorating and inspiring to be in the company of such thoughtful, committed colleagues. In short, Gary Hubbell's Conversations have been the most personally and professionally enriching gatherings in my 40-year career. I highly recommend them to anyone seeking fresh eyes and approaches to their work.”
Conversations 2021 - 2022
Schedule and locations TBD
This deep exploration of the foundational elements of leadership success — 1) acceptance that your work is first and always inner work; 2) unapologetically pay closest attention to life-giving forces, and 3) leadership is a relationship and relationships are conversations—is intended to engage, inform, and inspire you to be a catalyst for change in your own settings and communities of influence. With each Conversation, we seek to establish the seeds of a continuing and enriching network that nourishes us as individuals and helps each of us change how we converse, inspire, and seek new dimensions of impact.
More retreat-like than workshoppy, there are no slick presentations, no sponsored events, no vendor meet-n-greets, and no chair-lined auditoriums. Participants are the program. Together, we determine the arc and depth of our discussion. Guided with an appreciative inquiry style, I invite you to explore what it means to be in right relation to your work, what constitutes wise action and lasting impact, and what is possible through concerted action.
What if you could positively influence your surrounding environment far more than you think you can? What might you lean in to with that new grounding and confidence? At Conversation, you will come to see that, in fact, you have had influence on others…and you’ve got stories that illustrate that. Coupled with that grounding and confidence what if you could see new levels of tailwinds, resources, and shared intention right where you are today? Now what might be possible for the initiative, the cause, the work you care about most deeply? Your contributory spirit is our starting point. What you choose to do with it is up to you…AND to those around you at this gathering; people who, like you, hold one another’s stories dearly and want only to fan embers of your success.
This Conversation will open you at multiple dimensions—heart, mind, and will—which leads to seeing possibility through new eyes. Nearly everyone who applies to be part of Conversation wants to do something—involving big or small changes—that requires others to join them on the path. How might you engage these people (your social ecosystem) in ways that foster new thinking, blunts and reverses the pervasive skepticism, and results in building and sharing ownership and enthusiasm for positive possibility? These are the kind of questions we’ll be leaning into. Whether you opt to come alone or with a small group, you’ll be part of a carefully selected group of leaders with a shared sense of making a lasting difference for at least one other person…and, perhaps, for our world.