winter 2013
news for the pacific center for leadership learning community
Nakoda Lodge, site of one of our high ropes courses, is currently being transformed into a treatment and rehabilitation centre.  With an opening tentatively slated for late January, we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the Wesley First Nation and their new partner, Dr. Lyle Gross.
"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."      
locations in transformation
comes in many forms...  
This fall, Geoff Powter, senior facilitator with PCFL, was the winner of the  2012 Summit of Excellence Award at the Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival. Geoff's accomplishments as a climber, author, publisher, editor and psychologist along with his willingness to help others make sense of their "inner ranges" through his astute observations and understanding of human interactions, make him a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award.  We're extremely fortunate to have him as part of our facilitation team and proud to have him recognized for his accomplishments and contributions to our community.
In February 2013, Geoff Powter will be co-facilitating the recently redesigned "Leading in the Middle" course at The Banff Centre, along with PCFL's Colin Funk and Kathi Irvine. Learn more about this dynamic, interactive program and listen to a podcast from past participants by clicking here. To register, contact Sarah Van Tine at Leadership Development at The Banff Centre email.
 Great program - Leading in the Middle 
This past October, with the support of the Banff YWCA, PCFL ran the second offering of Y Leadership. Aimed at leaders aged 23-32 years, who are interested in discovering more about their leadership strengths and connecting with other young leaders in their community, this course will again be offered April 26-28, 2013.
"This was a really fun and interesting weekend. Learned a lot about myself as an individual, as a leader and as a team member. Would recommend this program not only for managers but also everyone else who wants to learn  about themselves and how they can lead/influence others not just at work but in everyday life."  October 2012 participant
 Y- Leadership 
 Upcoming  courses and workshops  
Leading in the Middle  offered by Leadership Development, The Banff Centre February 24 - Mar 1 Featuring Geoff Powter, Kathi Irvine, and Colin Funk as lead faculty, leaders  will be inspired to expand beyond their defined areas of influence to connect more intentionally for greater impact across their organizations.
Creative Results Based Management March 2012 In partnership with Dr. Phil Cox of PLAN:NET Limited,  community development practitioners and  project leaders will learn to generate rational results “road maps” to follow throughout a project life cycle.
 Creative Facilitation Spring 2013  A weekend of professional development for seasoned facilitators looking to expand their repertoire of interactive and arts- based facilitation processes. 
Foundations of Meeting Facilitation Spring 2013 A day of facilitation best practices, providing tools and processes for anyone who chairs meetings, communicates with staff, or presents to clients.
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hearing from you
At PCfL we’re always committed to ensuring that our programs are designed with — and for — you. We want to hear your thoughts about your experiences with us, about what caught your attention in this newsletter, and what else you’d like to see PCfL doing now and in the future.                                               contact us If you have any thoughts about what you’ve seen here, or would like to get more information on these or any other programs, please head to our website, or call or email Marianne Wasch or Mike Shaw at the office (403-678-2230 or toll-free 1-800-661-9400).
 winter reading 
A few interesting reads: The Hour Between Dog and Wolf; risk taking, gut feelings and the biology of boom and bust, John Coates, Random House Canada 2012.   The Four Disciplines of Execution, By Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling o A report by consultants on the success they had with their four step process to instill behavioural changes in staff that allow change to evolve.  More suggestions from The Globe and Mail Top 10 Business books of the year 
T.S. Eliot
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A couple of our favourite locations are undergoing new beginnings as well.
The Crossing at Ghost River ( has also undergone extensive renovations and improvements over the past two years and recently launched their new website, showcasing some of the numerous upgrades. This impressive property offers an excellent venue for retreats and meetings, as well as a great location for our team and leadership development offerings, in a private and serene natural setting.  Contact us, or The Crossing to find out more.
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Contact us for more information, including sponsorship for not-for-profit organizations.
 Learning Lab
 Speaking of Great Ideas
Arising from some of the previous work done in the leadership lab, PCFL facilitator Colin Funk has designed an engaging process where the outcome is an actual audio podcast. Speaking of Great Ideas is an innovative enjoyable team building experience that uses the creative medium of audio production to assist participants in communicating personal and organizational values, vision, key workplace messages and new insights.
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Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2013 from all of us at Pacific Center for Leadership.  The latter part of 2012 proved to be a very busy time for us and the beginning of 2013 certainly seems to be leading off of this end. This year saw us extending more of our work into longer sessions and integrating some new tools and technology. It’s kept us on our toes and provided some interesting insights.  We hope you continue to have interesting times, in whatever form that might be.
With our learning lab community, we've spent a few evenings this Fall exploring the use of tablets and a variety of applications to enhance our sessions with virtual shared tools. Pic Collage ; Shared Paper ; Poll Everywhere ; and Whiteboard  are a few of the apps we've tried out on our ipads.  We'll be continuing our research and exploration of these collaborative tools, as we move to better integration of technology into our work in the spirit of addressing client needs.   Our learning lab nights will continue in the new year, with a likely start in February. A BIG thank you to Leadership Development at The Banff Centre for their on- going support in providing the location and equipment for our lab nights.
Learning Lab Nights will begin in February 2013, with bi-weekly sessions exploring tools, ideas and concepts of leadership. Contact us to be added to our invite list if you are interested.
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This Fall we had the opportunity of offering our "Foundations of Meeting Facilitation" workshop to a couple of different client groups. Considering the amount of time we spend in meetings, learning some new ideas and techniques to make the most of everyone's time is a great investment for any team.  We'll be offering this workshop again towards the end of Spring. If you don't want to wait until then, call us to find out how to arrange for a custom offering for your organization.
 Foundations of Meeting Facilitation 
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Fort McMurray remains an important location for us and the clients with whom we work. This Fall, PCFL facilitator, Kim Bater, worked with this year's Leadership Wood Buffalo participants during their Opening Retreat at Winefred Lake Lodge.  This highly successful community focused program, based on the Leadership Challenge Model, offers leadership development and skills within the context of actual community issues in the municipality of Wood Buffalo.  We always enjoy working with this group of community leaders through this innovative program.   We'll be in the Fort McMurray area throughout the upcoming Spring and encourage you to contact us to see if we can be of service to you and your organization while we are there.
 Leadership Wood Buffalo 
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Understanding teams and helping teams work better together has always been at the core of the work we do here at Pacific Center for Leadership. Over the past couple of years we've noticed an increased interest from our clients in the idea of cross functional teams; creating more cohesion and sharing of knowledge and ideas throughout an organization.  As opportunities for collaboration increase through advancements in technology we see the importance and need for integrated teams growing as well. A large contract in the Fort McMurray area is allowing us to really help make this happen. Contact us to find out more about our ideas for developing high performing cross functional teams.   Here's a short article on the topic -
 Cross Functional Teams
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Today's Best Companies are      Horizontally Integrated 
And, it wouldn't be the new year without some thoughts about setting goals for the next year. Here are a few counter-intuitive ideas about goals… Read the article: Consider not setting Goals in 2013 Watch the short TED clip: Keep your goals to yourself
GOALS We’ve been quite successful with using Visual Explorer –both the online app       and the more traditional image collection - together with images participants       create themselves , with teams looking to express or articulate their vision.  The use of images to express an idea or gain clarity around a message has led to some very deep and precise results.  This activity can be used to introduce a formalized planning or strategy session, or can be expanded upon to include a progression of exercises designed to culminate in a finished statement.           “I enjoyed the opportunity to view leadership through a creative lens.  It has already led to some    interesting new ideas that we will take home and implement. Thank you”   October 2012 participant  Visual Explorer • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •