Moving to the Speed of Change: Experience Inspirational Leadership

Moving to the Speed of Change: Experience Inspirational Leadership

Today’s economy calls for disruptive innovation over incremental advance. Instead of seeking a technological silver bullet to increase productivity (an artifact of an idea from the Industrial Era), organizations need to create healthy interdependencies of trust, loyalty, collaboration, and fearlessness in order to tap into their human potential that leads to groundbreaking innovation. Instead, most companies continue to focus almost exclusively on the outcomes – “throughput” – forgetting the human variable.

This workshop uses movement as a non-hierarchical, collaborative and intuitive process that provides an alternative approach to relating to others, an out of the box way of looking at more common working systems defined by status, competition and logic. Participants will have an opportunity to stretch beyond their perceptions of what is possible and be guided in a practice that will teach them how to pause and cultivate mindfulness and awareness, take more risks at work by standing in the face of fear, experiment using their creative process, while leading teams more collaboratively, cultivating high levels of trust within their organization.

Using a process of guided physical activities, this highly interactive and movement-based practicum aims to build a sense of personal expression, experimentation, mindfulness, collaboration and trust among the participants. We will explore concepts such as open focus, non-verbal communication, group decision-making, and self-awareness. The exercises are designed to be fun, creative, and inclusive of participants of all abilities. Introducing the participants to the behavioral qualities of inspirational leadership, creativity and innovation, the activities build on simple, quotidian movements like walking in space, with variations in speed, direction and quality, ensuring everyone is comfortable and capable of fully participating.

By offering this unique movement based approach, we provide a space for participants to naturally engage with their creative process, and foster an environment to experience and practice inspirational leadership behaviors. Participants will leave the workshop with a fresh lens of what is required of 21st Century leaders to create and sustain progressive and principled performance organizations.




Leader - Governance, Culture, and Leadership Practice, LRN

Julie Arsenault is part of LRN’s Global Advisory Services practice group that helps leaders actively shape and manage the governance, culture, and leadership systems that animate behavior within their organizations. She leads an innovation/creativity workshop that sometimes call upon the arts to enhance organizational performance.

Arsenault’s diverse experience across law, business and coaching uniquely positions her you to help organization orchestrate fundamental change. She started over fifteen years ago as a corporate lawyer specializing in securities law and merger and acquisitions with an international law firm based in Montreal. In 2000, she decided to reorient her career after completing an MBA in international business development and strategic management working with international retail chains. After working alongside executives for over fifteen years, she has, for the past decade, been actively focused on leadership development, executive coaching, cultural transformation, culture assessments and team dynamics. And has been part of conceiving and facilitating transformation projects in several multi national organizations.

She has a Degree in both Civil and Common Law from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and graduated with an MBA from the University of British Columbia and London Business School (International Exchange Program).

Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, Artistic Director

Shannon Litzenberger is Toronto-based contemporary dancer, choreographer, producer, arts advocate and consultant. She facilitates workshops on creativity and innovation within the corporate setting, using movement-based creative process to foster effective collaboration, authentic personal expression and ingenuity. Through the umbrella of her company Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, she creates innovative multi-disciplinary productions that explore timely social issuesusing contemporary dance in concert with other mediums like storytelling, film, visual art and poetry. An imaginative creator, she often develops unique collaborations across art forms and communities, connecting people with artistic experiences through engagement in creative process. Her work has taken her through small towns and big cities across Ontario, Canada, the US and Europe.
As an arts advocate, researcher, strategist and policy thinker, Shannon also works with many cultural organizations including Business for the Arts, the Canadian Arts Summit, ArtsVote Toronto, the Laidlaw Foundation, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, the Canadian Arts Coalition, and the Metcalf Foundation, among others. A thought leader in her field, she has been an invited guest speaker at several events and conferences across Canada and internationally and has published over 100 articles on dance, creative process and arts policy through contributions to local, national and international publications. Shannon was the 2012 recipient of the Jack McAllister Award for accomplishment in dance.