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Who's a Servant Leader Anyway?

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Co-created presentation - "Who's a Servant Leader Anyway? Using improvisational theatre practices to sharpen servant leadership practices - by Shirley Rivera and Jeff Miller. Presented at the 2013 Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Annual Conference. The workshop was described as follows:
"This workshop brings the spirit of the improvisational comedy television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” to those on their servant-leader journey. Workshop participants will review the characteristics, philosophies, and practices of a servant-leader, learn the framework and rules of improvisation that can be used in a non-performance context, and have an opportunity to practice improv-inspired activities and simulations that demonstrate servant-leader characteristics, philosophies, and practices. After this workshop, participants will understand how day-to-day interactions are fun opportunities to use improvisational practices in being a servant-leader. "

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Who's a Servant Leader Anyway?

  1. 1. 2013 Annual International Conference SHIRLEY F. RIVERA Resource Catalysts about.me/shirleyrivera @anthrocubeology JEFF MILLER, PhD Innovative Leadership Solutions jeff@inleadsol.com 317-733-8635 @JeffMiller79
  2. 2. SESSION GOALS • UNDERSTANDING the fundamentals of Improvisational Theatre and the connections to Servant Leadership • ENGAGING in warm-ups, games, and practices of an Improvisor that exercises the Servant- Leader • CREATING HABITS through Improv exercises to sharpen and develop your servant leadership practices 2
  3. 3. 3 Whose Line is it Anyway?
  4. 4. SESSION GOALS 4 FUN WHO WHAT HOW PRACTIC E FUN
  5. 5. SESSION STRUCTURE • Improv Activities • Ice breakers, Warm Ups, Games • Audience suggestions • Traditional Elements • Presentation, including Q&A, discussions • Video clips 5
  6. 6. SESSION STRUCTURE • Three Parts (or Three Beats) • WHO – About each other • WHAT – About interactions • HOW – About engaging • Inspired by an Improv format - The Harold • Opening | First Beat | Group Game | Second Beat | Group Game | Third Beat | Closing 6
  7. 7. 7 PIKTOCHART: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/d508bd3c- e2dc-4652-83c1-bbbc76f2b3a2 • The Opening • . . . Explore theme • First Beat • . . . Find a scene’s game • Group Game • Second Beat • . . . Raise the stakes. Expand the world • Group Game • Third Beat • . . . Interconnectedness & Call Backs • Closing
  8. 8. • Crazy Eights • Ice breaker • Any questions before we start 8 IMPROV WARM-UP
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  10. 10. WH O• … WE are . . . to EACH other 10 • … YOU are . . . to EACH other
  11. 11. • West Coast, USA • Navy “Brat” • Daughter, Sister, Aunt • Engineer • GCSL Academy • Improvisor • Fluevog addict • Anthrocubeologist 11 Yes, and … In querencia, be the catalyst who serves.
  12. 12. • Farm Boy • Dad, Husband • Educator • Facilitator • Linker/Connector • Recovering Administrator • Learning/Leadership Junkie 12 It's not about the "Great Man/Great Woman". It's about Great Acts of Service, large and small.™
  13. 13. IMPORTANCE OF “WHO” IN IMPROV • Relationship • Point of View • Environment / Setting • Character development approaches • Jill Bernard’s “VAPAPO” - Voice | Attitude | Posture | Animal | Prop | Obsessions • Rich Talarico’s “Walk the Plotless Path. We don’t serve plot, plot serves us.” (Who + Where = What) 13
  14. 14. • Listening • Empathy • Awareness • Developing Others • Coaching 14 IMPORTANCE OF “WHO” IN SERVANT LEADERSHIP
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  16. 16. • Mapping • Alliteration Introduction • Card Status • Listening • Self- awareness • Hierarchy / Status • High • Low • Environment 16 IMPROV ACTIVITIES - WHO
  17. 17. FIRST BEAT: “WHO” REVIEW I M P R O V I S A T I O N • Listening • Self-awareness • Hierarchy • Environment S E R V A N T - L E A D E R S H I P • Listening • Empathy • Self-Awareness • Developing your colleague • Coaching not controlling 17
  18. 18. WHO…… HAS QUESTIONS? 18 From 2012 SF AIN Annual Conference
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  20. 20. WHAT … • … does IMPROV bring . . . to a SERVANT-LEADER? 20 • … does SERVANT-LEADERSHIP bring . . . to an IMPROVISOR?
  21. 21. • Self-awareness • Listening • Developing your colleague • Coaching not controlling • Foresight 21 SERVANT-LEADER FUNDAMENTALS* *Kent Keith, “The Case for Servant Leadership”
  22. 22. 22 “The Way of Improvisation”
  23. 23. • Play • Let yourself fail • Listening • Say “Yes, and …” • Play the game • Relax and have fun 23 “Keep me posted on what else comes of your work. It sounds great. Best of luck!” Dave Morris @davemorrisisa thewayofimprovisation.c om
  24. 24. • Be honest • Commit • Make bold choices • Connections cannot be avoided • Respect choices made by others 24 WHAT ELSE IMPROV . . . EXCERPTS from “Truth in Comedy” (Halpern, Close, Johnson)
  25. 25. • Welcome the silences • Nothing is ignored • Accept and build • Avoid preconceived notions • HAVE FUN! 25 WHAT ELSE IMPROV . . . EXCERPTS from “Truth in Comedy” (Halpern, Close, Johnson)
  26. 26. 26 WHAT ELSE SERVANT-LEADERSHIP • Unleashing energy & intelligence of others • Challenge the pyramid • Humility • Building community • Empathy
  27. 27. IMPROV + LEADERSHIP • MIT Sloan • Capitol Creativity Network • UNC Keenan-Flagler • Applied Improvisation Network • Tabaee, F. (2013). Effects of Improvisation Techniques in Leadership Development. Doctoral Dissertation. Pepperdine University Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 27
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  29. 29. • Mapping • I’m A Tree • Categories / Three Things • Building community • Accept and build • Give and take • Developing your colleague • Play the game • Make bold choices • Let yourself fail • Point of view 29 IMPROV ACTIVITIES - WHAT
  30. 30. SECOND BEAT: “WHAT” REVIEW I M P R O V I S A T I O N • “Yes, and …” • . . . with your peers, family, colleagues, etc. • “Yes, and … and” • . . . with others and yourself S E R V A N T - L E A D E R S H I P 30
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  32. 32. HO W • … YOU can • . . . learn • . . . understand 32 • … YOU can • . . . practice • . . . behave
  33. 33. • Styles • Games • Short form • Long form • Different improv performance styles • Choose • Practice • Learn 33 ON DEVELOPING AS AN IMPROVISOR
  34. 34. Farnaz Tabaee LinkedIn: farnaztabaee • Styles • Laissez-faire, Transactional, Transformational, Servant-Leader, Shared, Improvisational, Conceptual-Complexity, Directive, Creative • Different leadership styles • Choose • Practice 34 ON DEVELOPING AS A LEADER Tabaee, F. (2013). Effects of Improvisation Techniques in Leadership Development. Doctoral Dissertation. Pepperdine University Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Retrieved from: http://tinyurl.com/improvPhD
  35. 35. 35 "Leadership style can either encourage or hinder the occurrence of improvisation. Servant leadership and shared leadership styles support collaboration, without strict controls or monitoring, and hence encourage the occurrence of improvisation. As servant leaders generally lead from a low status rather than a high status, focused on getting the best out of their followers, they encourage the occurrence and quality of improvisation in the organization. Similarly, in shared leadership -- another term used for rotating or team leadership -- leaders change as issues and competencies change, thus supporting collaboration and organizational improvisation." Farnaz Tabaee
  36. 36. CALL BACK - FIRST BEAT: “WHO” EACH OTHER I M P R O V I S A T I O N • Listening • Self-awareness • Hierarchy • Environment S E R V A N T - L E A D E R S H I P • Listening • Empathy • Self-Awareness • Developing your colleague • Coaching not controlling 36
  37. 37. CALL BACK - SECOND BEAT: “WHAT” INTERACT I M P R O V I S A T I O N • “Yes, and …” • . . . with your peers, family, colleagues, etc. • “Yes, and … and” • . . . with others and yourself S E R V A N T - L E A D E R S H I P 37
  38. 38. • Listening • Self-awareness • Hierarchy / Status • High • Low • Environment 38 CALL BACK – IMPROV ACTIVITIES • Building community • Accept and build • Give and take • Developing your colleague • Play the game • Make bold choices • Let yourself fail • Point of view
  39. 39. HO W • … YOU can • . . . learn • . . . understand 39 • … YOU can • . . . practice • . . . behave
  40. 40. 40 http://www.bjfogg.com/bootcamp.html
  41. 41. BJ Fogg, PhD @bjfogg bjfogg.com • Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab • . . . http://captology.stanford.edu/ • Behavior Design • . . . http://captology.stanford.edu/projects/behav iordesign.html • Tiny HabitsTM • . . . http://tinyhabits.com/ • Behavior Grid 41 “Put Hot Triggers in the path of motivated people” – BJ Fogg Mantra
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  44. 44. 44 MY FIRST TINY HABITSTM EXPERIENCE BLOG POST: http://shirlnutkin.blogspot.com/2012/02/tiny-habits-revisting.html • Overall goals • Drink more water • Tidy car • Quicker morning routine • Tiny HabitsTM • Office / Water glass • Garage / Car • Home / Work bag
  45. 45. • Self-awareness • Listening • Developing your colleague • Coaching not controlling • Foresight 45 CALL BACK - SERVANT-LEADER FUNDAMENTALS* *Kent Keith, “The Case for Servant Leadership”
  46. 46. 46 CALL BACK - WHAT ELSE SERVANT-LEADERSHIP • Unleashing energy & intelligence of others • Challenge the pyramid • Humility • Building community • Empathy
  47. 47. CALL BACK: SECOND BEAT • Play • Let yourself fail • Listening • Say “Yes, and …” • Play the game • Relax and have fun 47 Dave Morris @davemorrisisa thewayofimprovisation.c om “The Way of Improvisation”
  48. 48. SESSION GOALS 48 WHO WHAT HOW PRACTIC E FUN
  49. 49. • Dirty Hand Randy • (More) Three Things 49 IMPROV ACTIVITIES - HOW • Try that on for size • Bunny Bunny • Mapping
  50. 50. THIRD BEAT: “HOW” REVIEW L E A R N + U N D E R S T A N D • Improvisor traits • Servant- Leader traits • Similarities of being an improvisor and servant- leader P R A C T I C E + B E H A V E • Yes, and … and • Have fun • Small steps 50
  51. 51. There are BRIDGES yet to be constructed by those who live and breathe in their ENVIRONMENT— AIR, LAND, and WATER. Egos stand firm on the ground that they were born and choose not to acknowledge that to get one step closer they must go one step FURTHER. - MY VISION IS TO CREATE THOSE BRIDGES. 51 “Yes, and … AND …” Shirley Rivera @anthrocubeology Resource Catalysts
  52. 52. 52 “Yes, and … AND …” Jeff Miller @jeffmiller79 jeff@inleadsol.com

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