Perseverance: Leadership in Turbulent Times Margaret Wheatley

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 7:00pm - Thursday, October 20, 2011, 8:30pm

Perseverance: Leadership in Turbulent Times


Perseverance is the capacity to keep going even long after the passion for our work has dissipated. It is a continuous and conscious choice to not give up, no matter the circumstances. The Chinese character for perseverance is a knife over a human heart.  Join renowned writer and speaker Margaret Wheatley, Ed.D., to explore how we can maintain our good work and continue to serve and provide leadership for others amidst the aggression, anxiety and fear that define these times.

Margaret Wheatley, Ed.D.,is a well-respected writer, speaker, teacher, and co-founder and President Emerita of The Berkana Institute.

EVENING PROGRAM: October 19, 2011 7-8:30 PM

TUITION: $35 general / $25 students/seniors



Continuing from the evening presentation, we deepen our inquiry into the nature of perseverance.

This intensive program will be focused on the following themes: The effect of these times on our ability to persevere; Staying in the middle of the river; The role of mindfulness; Dealing with opposition urgency and change; and Turning to one another.

Together we will explore the following questions, so that we might develop capacity for working with these conditions and dynamics, practicing discernment and developing effective leadership:

  • Can we allow our hearts’ conviction and determination to be wounded by setbacks, criticism, and loss? 
  • Is it possible for us to live a compassionate life even under the most difficult circumstances? 
  • How do we respond when confronted by seemingly insurmountable obstacles? 
  • How do we care for ourselves when exhausted and overwhelmed?
  • How do we not get lost?
  • How do we maintain our good work and continue to serve and lead others amidst the aggression, anxiety and fear that define these times?           

The day will be a combination of teachings, personal reflections, small group conversations, and music offerings from Barbara McAfee.

Margaret Wheatley, Ed.D.,is a well-respected writer, speaker, and teacher for how we can accomplish our work, sustain our relationships, and willingly step forward to serve in this troubling time. She has written six books: Walk Out Walk On (2011, co-authored with Deborah Frieze); Perseverance (2010); Leadership and the New Science (18 languages and third edition); Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future (7 languages and second edition); A Simpler Way (with Myron Rogers); and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time (3 languages). She is co-founder and President Emerita of The Berkana Institute, a charitable foundation that works in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment. Wheatley received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Change from Harvard University, and a Masters in Media Ecology from New York University. She’s been an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, a professor in two graduate business programs, and a happy mother and grandmother. In 2002, the American Society for Training and Development awarded her their highest honor and dubbed her a ‘living legend.’ /

Barbara McAfee offers keynote concerts by weaving music through conferences and composing custom songs for organizations and campaigns. Rooted in 12 years experience as an organizational development consultant, her songs explore the rich territory of change, community, vitality and balance.

EVENING PLUS DAY-LONG PROGRAM: October 19, 2011 7:00-8:30 pm and October 20, 2011 9:00 am-4:00 pm

TUITION: $275 general / $250 students/seniors (includes lunch and refreshments October 20th)

Registration for this program will take place through Hollyhock, in partnership with the Dalai Lama Center.

Contact name: 
Dalai Lama Center
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Contact phone: 
604-215-2352 Ext 4