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?