Check-in from Otto Scharmer

What was the spark or main impres­sion and inten­tion that you left our last meeting/the program with?
What has happened since?
What is brewing for you now?
What ques­tions are you sitting with now?

Check-in from Dorothy Baumgartner

What are you bringing in with you?
What do you need to let go to be present at this meeting?
What do you hope to be contributing to this?

from Margaret Wheatley’s book, Turning to One Another

  • Do I feel a voca­tion to be fully human?
  • What is my faith in the future?
  • What do I believe about others?
  • What am I willing to notice in my world?
  • When have I expe­ri­enced good listening?
  • Am I willing to reclaim time to think?
  • What is the rela­tion­ship I want with the earth?
  • What is my unique contri­bu­tion to the whole?
  • When have I expe­ri­enced working for a common good?
  • When do I expe­ri­ence sacred?

About leadership

What is lead­er­ship?
What is life affirming lead­er­ship?
How have I expe­ri­enced leading in life-affirming ways?
How could we get more of it?
When is it diffi­cult to lead in life-affirming ways?
What indige­nous forms of lead­er­ship do we know about?
What and where is my own call to lead­er­ship?
What do we believe about how the world works?
What prin­ci­ples of lead­er­ship can we derive from our beliefs about trans­for­ma­tion?
What have I learned about lead­er­ship in general?
What have I learned about my own lead­er­ship?

Collaboration starters

What works to foster human creativity, commit­ment, and respon­si­bility?
What are our expe­ri­ences with partic­i­pa­tion?
What have we learned about what moti­vates people?
What impor­tant issues in our commu­nity are we hoping to influ­ence?
What is our vision for how we want the issue to be when it is moved in another direc­tion?
How do we feel about how we impact and influ­ence these issues now?

Change starters

What is our collec­tive under­standing about how things actu­ally change?
What changes do we desire in our own lives and our ability to lead?
What is going on in the world (our own lives, our fami­lies, commu­ni­ties, society, global village) that makes our work so crucial at this time?
What is called for at this time?
What would be different in the world if we, as leaders, answered the call?
What and where is my own call to lead­er­ship?
What do we believe about how the world works?
What are the condi­tions in which indi­vid­uals and collec­tives shift their conscious­ness?
What prin­ci­ples of lead­er­ship can we derive from our beliefs about trans­for­ma­tion?
What prac­tices are avail­able to us? Where are they being used now? How can we use them in our own personal and profes­sional chal­lenges?
What are we learning that both shifts our thinking and informs our prac­tice? Where can we share and apply those learn­ings?

from Workplace Circles

  • What do you need to know from each other in order to fulfill your hopes for your work now, in this moment?
  • What does it feel like, what do we see and hear, when you are being the best kind of leader you can be?
  • How do we depend on diver­sity?
  • What is happening in our (world, country, city, neigh­bor­hood) to make it impor­tant for us to meet here tonight?
  • What is our shared inten­tion?
  • What does life-affirming mean to us?
  • What will come of this discus­sion? “So what?”
  • How do I partic­i­pate in the world? Or how do I wish to partic­i­pate in the world?”
  • What gives us courage to lead?
  • What does it take to have the courage to lead and what diffi­cul­ties arise when we lead?