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“We Shape Our Buildings; Thereafter They Shape Us”

Editors note: This is a guest post by Michael C. Obel-Omia, Head of School, Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence, RI at the Critical Transformative Leadership and Policy Conference, UMass Dartmouth 17 November 2012.

Michael Obel-Omia, Head of School, Paul Cuffee Charter School

Because you have been sitting quietly listening to us for the past thirty minutes, I want to engage you. I’ll speak later about this passé teaching technique that we are employing, but for now, let’s elicit your voice. Consider the Empire State Building. Tell me, do you think important work occurs there, yes or no? There is no wrong answer, friends, just speak up and let me know what you think. Think about the White House. Does important work happen there? How about the US Capitol Building? How about our own State Capitol Building? Does important work occur in those spaces? How about the Louvre—ah, I love your responses now; it takes a work of true art to elicit a full-throated response from you?! How about the Taj Mahal or the Palace at Versailles? How about a garage?

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Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 91 – Willa Seldon, The Bridgespan Group

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This week Pam speaks with Willa Seldon, partner, The Bridgespan Group, 2012 General Election, the fall of another American hero, Pam’s Research Report of the Week followed by more great podsafe music.

Leadership in the News

  • 2012 General Election – Concession speeches of Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney
  • Fall of another hero – The Petraeus Affair

Research Report of the Week

Weekly Leader

Posted in General Leadership, Nonprofit + Environment, Podcast, Politics + Government.

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Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 90 – Stan Baginskis, Cisco Emerging Technologies

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This week Pam speaks with Stan Baginskis, Senior Director, Business Incubation – Emerging Technologies at Cisco followed by more great podsafe music.

Weekly Leader

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Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 89 – Whitney Johnson, author of Dare, Dream, Do

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This week Pam speaks with Whitney Johnson about her book Dare, Dream, Do plus the Weekly Leader Website of the Week, Pam’s Research Report and more great podsafe music.

Website of the Week

Research Report of the Week

Weekly Leader

Posted in General Leadership, Podcast.

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Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 88 – Wendy Appel, The Enneagram Specialist

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This week Pam speaks with Wendy Appel, The Enneagram Specialist about her book InsideOut Enneagram plus the Weekly Leader Website of the Week, Pam’s Research Report and more great podsafe music.

Website of the Week

Research Report of the Week

Weekly Leader

  • Leadership lunch: Madeleine Albright, first woman as United States Secretary of State.
  • Leadership advice: “Remember your reactions are 100% with you.”

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