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Building Leadership Skills: Bigger Game

Posted by Andrea Hopke on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

Are you building leadership skills by playing a Bigger Game? What is the nature of a Bigger Game and those who play a Bigger Games?

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Tags: leadership development, Emotional Intelligence, bigger game

Leadership Legacy: Bigger Game Series - Invest in Your Dreams

Posted by Andrea Hopke on Tue, Apr 08, 2014

At the recent annual conference for Wiley distributors of DiSC assessments, we had the pleasure of hearing Alyse Nelson's keynote. Author of VITAL VOICES: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World, Alyse has been acknowledged as one of the voices that matters, a 40 under 40 internationally, she is co-founder of the ngo Vital Voices Global Partnership, along with Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright. Alyse is now CEO and President. 

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Tags: definition of leadership, bigger game, leadership legacy

Leadership Legacy Series: Compelled to Create Change

Posted by Andrea Hopke on Sun, Dec 22, 2013

“Rarely is it possible to study all of the instructions to a game before beginning to play, or to memorize the manual before turning on the computer. The excitement of improvisation lies not only in the risk of being involved but in the new ideas, as heady as the adrenaline of performance, that seems to come from nowhere.” ― Mary Catherine BatesonPeripheral Visions: Learning Along the Way
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Tags: definition of leadership, bigger game, leadership legacy

Leadership Legacy: Mandela Inspires a Hunger in All of Us

Posted by Conni Todd on Thu, Dec 12, 2013

“My hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed.” - Nelson Mandela

This is part 2 of a 9-part blog series focused on your Leadership Legacy: Playing a Bigger Game at Work. Considering that Bigger Game is a model and methodology that creates intentional, positive change, it felt natural to quote the departed, beloved Nelson Mandela. He was the epitome of a Bigger Game player; his was a life worth celebrating. In 1964 Mandela received a life sentence for committing sabotage against South Africa’s apartheid government and spent 27 years of his sentence imprisoned. In those years of imprisonment, Mr. Mandela’s hunger for social justice remained undeterred. 

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Tags: definition of leadership, bigger game, leadership legacy

Leadership Legacy Series: Playing a Bigger Game at Work

Posted by Conni Todd on Sat, Nov 23, 2013

Part 1 - Comfort Zone

A few weeks ago, Clearwater had the pleasure of facilitating the Bigger Game for a group of senior leaders at an ITSMF symposium in Miami. The success of the program was outstanding due to the high level of engagement from the participants. It was amazing to see their desire to "play" the Bigger Game, especially considering that the process can feel ambiguous until you understand the free-flowing approach is intential and beneficial to your success. Playing the Bigger Game resulted in the participants feeling many emotions including confidence, excitement, vitality, appreciation and pride. The ITSMF organization itself knows a little bit about playing a Bigger Game due to the passion of their mission--to help African American IT executives grow and develop while making a career impact in the technology world. 

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Tags: action planning, bigger game, leadership legacy