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November 5, 2017 - In this issue:
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In the last quarter century I have enjoyed success introducing the concept of The Courageous Follower into many cultures. Now my work is to equip others to teach this subject and the related concept of Intelligent Disobedience. Last month I achieved a lot towards this goal. I'd like to share some of those events with you and ask if there is a way I can help you be a steward of these ideas?  
Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst holds as much prestige in England as West Point does in the US. It was a great honor to be the first in their speaker series at the newly established Centre for Army Leadership. I was told to expect about 80 people. 600 enlisted soldiers and officers signed up to hear about "Intelligent Disobedience", based on my book of that title. 
Cambridge is the site of the 800 year old university whose 31 colleges are found everywhere in that historic town. Only Oxford is older. I was there for the dedication of the James McGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the Moller Centre at Churchill College, named after Winston Churchill. Burns is widely regarded as the father of leadership studies based on his groundbreaking 1978 book "Leadership". I participated in a panel on leaders, followers and populism, which became an energetic dialogue. Georgia Sorenson who chairs the Academy has invited me to be a Cambridge Visiting Scholar for the coming year. I am looking forward to using that platform to further explore how courageous followership creates better leadership.
From Cambridge I and my fellow International Leadership Association (ILA) board members from the ILA took the "chunnel" train to Brussels, one of the centers of the European Union. We held our board meeting that evening at Deloitte University. For the following three and a half days I participated in presentations on every aspect of leadership and followership. One of these was a panel on teaching followership. I walked the audience through the 7 conceptual thresholds we cross in my workshops to dispel old ideas and introduce new ones on the power of the follower role when it is played well.
In December I will have completed my second term as a board member of the ILA, six years in total. As we are term limited I received a lovely warm round of thanks from my colleagues at our community meeting. I will continue to be active in the ILA and I encourage you to join us at our next annual conference in West Palm Beach, Florida October 24 - 27, 2018.  View brochure
For those familiar with the many quirks of the US form of government, let me assure you that it looks almost rational next to the complexity of the EU institutions designed to achieve commonalities among its 28 widely varying member nations. I presented two workshops on Courageous Followership at the European School of Administration, one for the most senior level of civil servants from all the EU institutions and the other for the mid-level managers of the European Commission, which is the largest of the EU institutions. Both were very well received.
For the following two days I worked in Brussels with a dozen wonderful professionals in the training and executive coaching field. Most were from Europe though one came from Australia and another from Indonesia. The purpose was to equip them to fulfill any demand stimulated by my presentations for the EU institutions and for other clients who would benefit from including courageous follower training in their leadership development programs. What a wonderful group of people!
What about you and the organizations in which you work? Would you like help in developing courageous follower or intelligent disobedience modules for those folks? If I can be of help please let me know.

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