Many who work in the field of team and leadership development are searching for ways to introduce a spiritual element in their work. (I'm being purposeful in my use of the word "spiritual" and not "religious".)
We are, as Dr. Wayne Dyer says, spiritual beings immersed in a human experience.
By thoughtfully including a spiritual component in our work with teams and leaders we begin to touch a part of the soul (the individual's and the team's). This is where the Tao comes in...
Do you know what the Tao has to teach you when it comes to team and leadership development?
Tao (pronounced "dow") is a Chinese word meaning 'way' or 'path'.
When you understand the Tao, you understand the primordial essence or fundamental nature of the universe.
The workings of the Tao are described in the Tao Te Ching.
Taoist philosophy can have deep meaning for experiential educators because of its focus on natural spontaneity and unself-conscious learning and teaching.
The Tao in Teambuilding...
In his 2003 book The Leader Who is Hardly Known, Dr. Steve Simpson compiled a series of essays that begin with a brief story focusing on the experiences and lessons of a teacher called the Leader Who is Hardly Known. Following the story, the essay shares Taoist quotes and the Steve's thoughts that relate back to the story. This book serves as an effective way to understand the Tao as it applies to our work with teams and leaders.
Dr. Steve Simpson will be my special guest at the IATF monthly VIsiting Faculty Member call and he will share how you can incorporate teachings from the Tao into your training programs.
Steve is professor of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He is the former editor of the Journal of Experiential Education and has written over 50 articles on experiential education, outdoor recreation, and environmental ethics. In addition to authoring Leader Who Is Hardly Known, Steve has written "The Processing Pinnacle: An Educator’s Guide to Better Processing"
This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with Steve and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text). It's "just in time" training and development!
The Leader Who Is Hardly Known -- Self-less Teaching From the Chinese Tradition
Thursday July 14, 2011
Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60- 70 minutes
Dr. Steven Simpson, author of "The Leader Who Is Hardly Known"
Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF
CLICK HERE to register. It's FREE. Registration is closed.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!
Get the recording HERE for a limited time.
Read the entire Tao Te Ching HERE.