Maximize Yourself EEO Conference Ppt


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If you want to transform a relationship, a team, or an organization the process must begin with self-transformation. You can’t expect others to change without leading and modeling the change yourself. This session hopes to ignite a spark so people can reconnect to energy that positively fuels one’s effectiveness at work or home. In this experiential session, you will learn how to make more informed choices, realize your goals more rapidly, and move toward more desired outcomes and increased success.In this experiential session, you will learn how to make more informed choices, realize your goals more rapidly, and move toward more desired outcomes and increased success.

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  • Warm UP! 1-2-3 GO! Awareness Generating ExerciseReasons: two foldSetting tone for the day. Experiential and interactive, demonstrates the approach I will be using today.We see our automatic response when we clap…the question is where else do we have hard-wired or programmed responses? Unconscious habit….Where do they serve us? Where do they not?How might we “unbundle” our thoughts and actions to incorporate real time reflection Supports aphorism: “Actions speak louder than words.” Are you actions consistent to what your telling people. FOR EX: Org says Diversity, Inclusion and Equality are important to the org mission and vision, and what are they doing in their actions that support it….?
  • Arms Crossed ExerciseHow does that feel?What did you notice?Physical analogy of feeling uncomfortable when we cross arms in a nonhabitual manner to the cognitive and emotional experiences we have when we are learning something new. “How does our need to be comfortable and secure and aod feeling awkward potentially get in the way of our learning. It may be that the times of greatest growth occur when we step out of our comfort zone.
  • If time, maybe do “one word story” improv
  • Sit in a chair with your spine erect and your body in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing, notice your breath, there is no wrong or right technique, just observe it. Observe the air as it passes in and out through your nostrils. As you stay focused on your breath, you may notice thoughts come into your mind, sensations in your body, background noise, and other experiences. You do not need to try and will them to leave. Just notice them as well, and return to your breathing. Embrace and accept whatever thoughts or sensations appear. Why they are there is not relevant, bring your attention back to your breath. (5 min)DEBRIEF:What was that like? What did you notice?
  • DO MEDITATION AGAINBUT JUST CALL OUT WHAT YOU NOTICE. “COUGH” “ITCH” “TINGLE IN MY ARM” etcMake notes on your experience. Notice how what you are noticing from moment to moment changes frequently. Notice how at times your thinking might really wander off for a while. Notice how this practice changes your emotional state. How does your breathing and your posture change during the course of this practice? How was this different from the last time?
  • The body is the shape of our experience. This shape affects the world and the world affects our shape. This shape is our lived, felt experience that produces both a worldview and an identity in the world. There are practices we can engage in that will change our shape and thus change our worldview, which in turn makes us more effective as leaders and human beings.    This is a departure from the centuries old notion in Western culture that the rational, analytical mind can untangle all of our tough problems. This is not to degrade the value of our intellect, but we need to recognize that we’ve become imbalanced and it’s crucial that we right the balance toward the wisdom of the body.   The idea is based in the philosophical and psychological discourse called “somatics”. Somatics is from the Greek word “soma”, which literally translates as the as “the living body in its wholeness. Wholeness in this sense includes the physical world of sensations, temperature weight, movement, streaming,Pulsation and vibrations, as well as our images and thoughts, stories, attitudes, yearnings, dreams and language.
  • If you didn’t change, then you didn’t attend to what you’re doing. Improvement is not due to the movement itself, but to the increased self-awareness that comes from paying attention to how you move
  • To be an exemplary leader it’s necessary to take on new practices that will move us out of our heads and into our bodies. We first do this through CENTERING. The first of five principles that ground a leadership presence the others are: FACING, EXTENDING, ENTERING AND BLENDINGIn the first stage centering we bring our attention to the 3 somatic dimensions of LENGTH, WIDTH AND DEPTH. This is an alignment of the physical body according to the natural laws of mass gravity and posture. This means that we scan to see if we are balanced along our vertical line, Top to Bottom; horizontal line, Left to Right; and Depth, front to back. If we’re aligned along these three dimensions, we’re in harmony with the natural law of gravity.  When we’re not struggling against gravity, our attention is free to be with others. We’re inwardly calm and outwardly ready for action. We look out at the world from a position of balance and openness. Being comfortable in our own skin helps us build trust with others. MOVE TO CENTERING EXERCISE (NEXT SLIDE)For a good ki flow, several things have to be worked on, mainly:posture breathing center extension.
  • Stand with feet shoulder width apart and parallel. Your head is directly over your shouldersYour ears directly over the midpoints of your shoulders Shoulders over hips. Hips over the kneesKnees over the midpoint of your feet. Now relax the eyes,trying not to stare, but to soften the gaze. When we relax the eyes we open our peripheral vision taking in more of the world. Release the jaw at the hinge and the chin. Releasing the tension here helps to release tension in the head, neck, and shoulders. Let your tongue rest behind the roof of your mouth. Next tighten and release the shoulders. Notice the difference.  Breathe through the solar plexus­–located a couple of inches below your belly button – our center of gravity. Expanding your belly as you inhale and contracting it as you exhale. Move your awareness away from your thoughts and focus on the breath and your solar plexus. This is an antidote for stress, tension, and anxiety. Relax the pelvic area and legs, through the thighs, calves and ankles. Notice your feet. Where are you holding your body weight in your feet? Can you feel where your weight is? Are you leaning forward, backward? Are you on the inside or outside edges of the feet? Scan yourself, are you balanced? Are your eyes soft? Breathe from the belly? What was that like for you?How did centering shift your mood, thinking and the way things felt in your body?How can centering be useful to you as a leader in your professional and personal lives?IF Time ask for a volunteer: Please share a situation that is problematic
  • Add my own personal exp. And how its helped me and I how I helped others…
  • Close with Body Shake and Breathing
  • Maximize Yourself EEO Conference Ppt

    1. 1. Maximize Yourself:Leading and Living from the Whole 23rd Annual Governor’s EEO ConferenceLouisville, KYJuly 9, 2009<br />Mervin P. Antonio<br />Xuma Collaborative<br />
    2. 2. Whole Person Learning<br />What comes to mind?<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    3. 3. What is Whole Person Learning?<br />Many definitions<br />Mine is: WPL is learning that creates awareness of the interrelationship between a person’s mind, body, heart and spirit, resulting in novel ideas, beliefs and actions<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    4. 4. Why Whole Person Learning?<br />Increasing WPL provides individuals with the awareness and opportunity to<br />reduce stress<br />increase creativity and innovation<br />handle complexity<br />enhance relationships<br />improve health<br />build a more congruent and integrated life <br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    5. 5. Why Whole Person Learning?<br />Capitalize on all of our human resources to engage in the world in new ways<br />We have more choices over the emotions, moods and conditions we experience <br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    6. 6. WPL Key<br />Awareness<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    7. 7. Whole Person Learning Approaches<br />Meditative<br />Somatic<br />Creative<br />Improvisation<br />Storytelling<br />Dialogue<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    8. 8. Meditative WPL<br />Paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally (Kabat-Zinn, 1994)<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    9. 9. Meditation Exercise<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    10. 10. Meditative WPL Questions<br />Are you aware of your breathing?<br />Are you thinking automatically?<br />Are you thoughts judgmental?<br />Are you in the present or focused on the past or the future?<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    11. 11. Meditation and Leadership<br />What is required of today’s leaders?<br />Intelligence: ability to think thru complex issues, navigate through commitments, manages a diverse group of people<br />Tech skills and knowledge of his/her industry: budgets, financial reports, strategy, knowledge in an area from manufacturing, accounting, raising children, etc<br />Being a particular type of person or self: virtues, character and ethical and moral values that make up the exemplary leader<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    12. 12. Meditation and its Relevance to Leadership?<br />Practicing meditation encourages awareness and mindfulness <br />Awareness to who we are being and what we are doing in the present moment<br />Benefits include improved concentration and focused action<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    13. 13. Somatics<br />Somatics is from the Greek word “soma”, which translates as “the living body in its wholeness.” <br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    14. 14. Mind and Body Awareness<br />Turn your head slowly to the right to look over your shoulder and see how far it goes<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    15. 15. Centering<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    16. 16. Centering exercise<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    17. 17. Relevance to Organizations and Leadership<br />Expands personal, intellectual and social resources<br />Improve concentration, <br />Reduce stress and anxiety <br />Free ourselves to think act and create in new ways<br />Centering helps Leaders<br />Stay Organized<br />Stay Present<br />Balanced<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    18. 18. WPL & Personal and Organizational Development<br />Feeling stress and anxiety<br />Give and receive feedback<br />Disrupting unproductive routines<br />In situations where you feel stuck<br />Relationships<br />Need for focus action<br />Coaching<br />Strategic Planning<br />Individual and Organizational Learning <br />What would you add?<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    19. 19. Centering and Balance in Action: Randori<br />
    20. 20. Developing Your Own WPL Practice<br />When are prime times in your daily life to disrupt your “hard-wiring” responses?<br />How would you go about using Whole Person Learning and awareness to do this?<br />How can you practice WPL in your daily life?<br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />
    21. 21. What Questions Do You Have, Anyone?<br />
    22. 22. Thank you!<br />Mervin P. Antonio<br />Xuma Collaborative<br /><br />© 2009 Mervin P. Antonio <br />