Every team/group/organisation has an invisible matrix of interpersonal relationships - the health, depth, resilience and quality of the relationships, which make up this matrix, is massively important.
This 5-session virtual course will introduce you to a set of practices which generate a ground of health in the relational matrix and develop individuals’ and teams’ ability to collaborate, work with differences, innovate and unleash their collective intelligence.
Matrix Leadership builds relationships based on: a foundation of trust, open communication, transparency, and accountability.
The additional practices you will be introduced to are: the ability to give and receive feedback, engage with differences as resources and the means to distribute authority and leadership. These capacities liberate motivation, engagement, commitment, collaboration, innovation and collective intelligence which otherwise remain untapped. The intention is to support the health, effectiveness, responsiveness and evolution so needed in organisations today.
The Matrix Leadership Model
In the Matrix Leadership model, a group is seen as a system; a set of relationships/connections between the parts. To support leadership and authority distributing through the system, the connectivity and communication between the individuals (or teams) needs to be attended to and optimised. We re-train ourselves to listen and respond to the needs of the whole while differentiating to become more uniquely ourselves.
This is in the spirit of the perspective of inquiry and action or action inquiry and draws elegantly together first, second and third person perspectives (me, we, it) in a unique, impactful and special way. It will be of value particularly to consultants, coaches and professionals interested in transformation and supporting the evolution of development in individuals, groups and organisations.
Groups become conscious, interconnected, living systems that are:
- Free from out-dated norms based in competition and separateness
- Resilient and sustainable through times of chaos, growth and change
- Highly creative, collaborative and emergent
- Connected to a larger Source that serves each individual, our relationships and the Whole.
Who Should Attend
The Matrix Essentials™ can be applied in any group context, regardless of your role as leader, facilitator or member. This training context is appropriate for consultants, trainers, facilitators, managers, teachers and coaches and other professionals who work in a group context. It is highly experiential and relational.
This workshop is designed for group facilitators, trainers, consultants, managers, teachers and coaches who work in contexts such as organizational development (both internal and external), HR, communications, management, mediation and conflict resolution; and for those who work with personal, community or leadership development. Graduates from this introductory course will have a enough information to decide on whether they want to dive deeper into the 4-day Matrix Leadership Essentials for Professionals course.
Your Facilitation Team
Amina Knowlan, Lead Facilitator
Amina cofounded Matrix Leadership in 1990. She has been facilitating groups and trainings for over 30 years. She considers herself a social artist and works as a trainer, facilitator and consultant. She also offers team, executive and life coaching to individuals, partnerships and teams. She was a trainer for the Hakomi Institute of Body-Centred Psychotherapy for 15 years and an owner/practitioner in Wellspring, Partners in Health (a holistic medical clinic) for 15 years.
She is passionate about creating new models of leadership and group life in organizations and communities that move beyond hierarchical and mechanistic assumptions of separateness, to realize functional interconnection and support sustainable life on earth. Her recent organizational clients include small, medium and large corporate businesses; healthcare organizations; city governments; schools and non-profits. She also works internationally in partnership with the Institute for Coaching in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in Sydney, Australia with Veldhoen and Company.
In community contexts, she incorporates somatic, energetic and intuitive approaches as well as dance, movement, voice, art and practices of mindfulness into her work. Amina has two adult children and lives in the beautiful mountain foothills of Boulder, Colorado.
Nick Osborne, Assistant Facilitator
Nick Osborne is an entrepreneur in the business of shifting paradigms; co-founder of Conscious Collaboration, Evolving Organisation and Learning Edge, and former Partner with HolacracyOne and Evolution at Work.
With a wide range of experience over 30 years: in private, public and non-profit sectors; employed, freelance, entrepreneur, volunteer; with organisations including Shell, Learning and Skills Improvement Service and the Princes Trust; in the UK, Europe, North and South America. This experience combined with his fascination for and study of how people learn and work together provides Nick with an unusually wide and deep perspective on organisations, management and leadership.
Nick seeks to catalyse the transition to a way of thinking and living which addresses, rather than contributes to, today’s challenges. His work upgrades the way we learn, collaborate and run our organisations to enable better fit for the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous conditions of the 21st century. He sees this as essential for a sustainable human presence on Earth and for evolving templates for healthy human cultures.