Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0186, January 11, 2005| 7,000 Subscribers..

Dear friends,

Our article this week is from one of our readers, John Brooker, entitled, "Creative Leadership--
Lead Yourself to be More Creative." Though this article addresses self-leadership in terms of creativity, self-leadership of course can apply to anything you want to do or be. I'm a big fan of the idea John presents here, inspired in a Tony Robbins seminar, that all of us are leaders, of ourselves first. Whether we lead others or not, we have the opportunity to lead ourselves all of the time. This is a truly inspiring concept and one I hope you'll share with those in your groups who may feel the hopelessness of returning to organizations that might not support their aspirations. This article will affirm to them that it doesn't matter. They can begin leading themselves in a different way. If they are successful following, the world, or at least part of it, will too, in time.

Also, please note our new Personal Foundation Teleclass offering starting in February that I think is very appropriate to the start of the new year. This is the 10-week Personal Foundation Program to help you polish and strengthen your core for a strong foundation on which to build a successful 2005. We're providing an early registration bonus that ends Saturday. Please see details at the end of the article.

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Feature Article: Creative Leadership--Lead Yourself to be More Creative

Personal Foundation Teleclass: New Personal Foundation Teleclass. Start the year by polishing and strengthening your core, providing a strong foundation on which to build a successful 2005.

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Creative Leadership
Lead yourself to be more creative

The Point

I recently attended an Anthony Robbins weekend “seminar”. It was an awesome event. I can best describe it as a self development rock concert, so may I suggest before you read on, you put on the music that most makes you want to dance and leap round the room screaming "Yes!"

Tony is a motivational coach. He has a lot of thoughtful information to impart, delivering it with an enthusiasm that fires up 12000 people (and that’s before the fire walk).One point he made that resonated with me was, in my words: "We all have the capability to lead. Even if others are not yet ready to follow we can still lead ourselves. We can be a leader of one."

It struck me that this might ring true with those of you who may be trying to facilitate creativity and innovation in your organisation but are finding it a challenge. At times, that challenge can deter you, especially if others are not yet ready to follow. If others are unwilling, perhaps it is an appropriate time to focus on you leading you to be consistently creative.


Here are six ideas that can facilitate you to be your own creative leader. You might like to develop this list to suit you.

1. Develop a vision for what your work place or home life will be like when you are being truly creative and innovative. What will it look, feel, sound, taste and smell like? What plan do you have to achieve that vision?

2. Actively seek external inspiration to act as a catalyst for your creativity. You could do something simple - search for ideas on the Internet, listen to a different radio station, use alternative transport to get to work, or watch a TV programme you would normally never watch. Alternatively you may consider attending events like an exhibition or concert that are alien to your interests or not directly relevant to your work. You might even start a conversation with a stranger.

3. Build on the ideas you generate. Don't seek the problems in an idea build on the positive aspects. Do the same for the ideas of others. Remember, "Yes And" not "Yes But..."

4. Use the scores of available techniques to broaden your analytical thinking and spark your creative thinking. For books of techniques just type “Creative Thinking” in to Amazon.

5. Make your environment inspiring. How might you do this? Play music? Put travel brochure pictures on your wall? Improve the lighting? Have a picture on your desk of someone who inspires you?

6. Have a more positive outlook. As Tony Robbins says, "Miserable is not unique. There are plenty of miserable people out there. Be the person who stands out. Smile. Be happy. Be curious. Be grateful for what you have." If you were to introduce some of these things in to your life, might you become even more creative? Might others notice? People follow role models. If you are modeling creative leadership then you might encourage others to be more creative. And if they don’t follow, and you lead only yourself, at least you will have lived your life to the fullest

About the Author: John Brooker is a former Senior Vice President of Visa International and is now a professional facilitator in the UK, a job he loves. He facilitates throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa and has a passion for facilitating using creative techniques. An MBA, he tutors with the UK’s Open University MBA programme (Britain’s largest), running residential programmes on Creativity and Innovation. He writes “The Creative Gorilla” a bi-weekly e-zine for people who want to make a difference, effect change and enjoy life in their organisation through creativity and innovation. To sign up, send an e-mail to with “subscribe” in the subject line, your first and family name and your country. To review previous articles first, go to

Implement just one of the ideas you have read above. Or generate an alternative list and implement one of those.
Please send us your comments.

The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development, by Cynthia D. McCauley (Editor), Ellen Van Velsor (Editor)

The authors of this impressive work examine six strategies for leadership development, along with illustrations of how each is used in practice. The strategies are: 360 feedback; feedback intensive programs; skill-based training; job assignments; developmental relationships; and hardships. They show how to use a systems approach, enhance ability to learn, and to evaluate leadership development initiatives. Other chapters are devoted to leadership growth for women and people of color, cross cultural issues, and the development of leaders for global roles. A top-notch book for the OD practitioner.--anonymous reader
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Why Personal Foundation? And Why Now?

The personal foundation from which we operate as facilitators, trainers, consultants, and professionals has a great deal to do with our success in our work and in our lives. By "personal foundation," we mean those core values, perspectives, relationships, and life habits that influence all that we create in our lives. A weak personal foundation is like a weak building foundation--it's hard to reliably build it very high and sturdy when there are cracks beneath. A little quake and we can lose what we've gained. As we move into the start of a new year, what better time to brush off and polish up your personal foundation?

How the Teleclass Format works...

Join us for ten consecutive Tuesdays from February 8th through April 12th, at 8:00 PM EST (NY Time) for approximately 75 minutes per class. You'll dial in to the call via telephone and be led by the instructors with your classmates through the program. You'll receive a workbook, one chapter per week, to work through in between sessions, applying what you're learning to your life and getting help and support back in class each week.

Course Outline

A strong personal foundation includes 10 distinct stepping stones which, when linked together, provide a solid yet personalized base on which to build one's life. And, in a world which sometimes appears to
be built on quicksand, we all need a personal foundation on which to depend. The 10 stepping stones are:

1. Honor Your Boundaries
Boundaries protect you from people that your spirit cannot easily afford.

2. Raise Your Standards
The higher your standards, the fewer problems you will experience in life.

3. Develop 10 Positive Daily Habits
Automatically developing good habits leads to good results.

4. Finish Your Unfinished Business

The fewer unresolved items in your life, the more confident you will feel.

5. Get Your Personal Needs Met
Until your personal needs are met, it’s difficult to live powerfully and sustainably.

6. Orient Around Your Values
When you orient your life and your goals around your values, fulfillment naturally occurs.

7. Build Reserves in All Areas
Having more than enough calms the mind and affords more experimentation in life.

8. Identify and Reduce Tolerations
What you put up with drains your energy and slows your development.

9. Handle the Money, Completely
Until your money is handled, you are not at choice in life.

10. Define Success for Yourself (on your terms)
When you define success for yourself, life becomes very, very simple.


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Anyone who is living a meaningful life must have a strong personal foundation so they can afford to look up at the stars instead of down at their feet. Having a strong personal foundation allows a person to fully use their skills and resources, because instead of constantly worrying about the fundamentals of their life, they are free to focus on the task at hand. The process of building a personal foundation also teaches a person how to eliminate and prevent many common problems that are usually thought of as an expected part of life.

About Marion

Marion Franklin is a Professional Certified Life Coach who coaches individuals and groups regarding personal and professional change, focus, human relations, and conflict management. Marion has coached managers at major corporations including PepsiCo, Toys’R’Us, and Reader’s Digest. She conducts and helps clients design workshops and presentations, has been a featured presenter at meetings, retreats, and an ongoing Women’s Workshop Series, has been cited in The Journal News and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on local Cable Television. Visit her website at to learn more about her and her work.

About Steve

Steve Davis, M.A., M.S., is a former electrical engineer turned learning facilitator, life coach, and infopreneur. He publishes the weekly Master Facilitator Journal, founded, a Virtual University offering resources and training for groups workers, and has writes ebooks and programs. He coaches and trains individuals and organizations over the phone and in person in facilitation, business development, and personal growth. His breadth of experience spans business, corporate management, engineering, teaching, spiritual psychology, and wellness, offering a pragmatic yet creative coaching foundation. Visit his website at to learn more about him and his work.


If you have any questions about this course, please call Marion at 914-333-0443 to discuss them. If you want to contact someone who has taken the class, please let me know.


The cost of this training is $199. Everything you read about above is included. And, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee that your life will change for the better as a result of participating in this class.

Early Registration Bonus

Register by January 15th for only $179 and also receive a free private 30-minute coaching session during the course with Steve or Marion.


Join us for ten consecutive Tuesdays from February 8th through April 12th, at 8:00 PM EST (NY Time) for approximately 75 minutes per class. Since the class is recorded and there is a workbook chapter for each week, it's easy to catch up just in case you need to skip a week.

Also included with your training...

In addition to the training described above, you also receive:
- Content rich Student Workbook
- Free access to lots of resources, assessments, etc.
- Participation on class listserve for continuity and support between classes.

- Free access to the RealAudio version of the training.


Immediately upon completion of your registration, you will receive an email with instructions to access the course. This course is limited to 20 individuals, first come, first served.

Please click here to register.
$179 by January 15th.
$199 thereafter.

About the satisfaction guarantee

We'lI will refund your money entirely if your life doesn't change for the better as a result of participating in this class. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this package, simply email us with a request to refund/credit your credit card in the full amount and we will do so immediately. It's our policy to do this and we honor this in every single case.

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