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The Art of Convening by Patricia Neal, Craig Neal

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INTRODUCTION

The role of the Convener is to gather and hold the people

IT WAS A REMARKABLE MEETING of senior-level women executives, gathering to explore the notion of convening as a leadership competency. I was the Convener, but it was clear from the onset that these women were used to running their own show. Many had grown into their leadership in results-dominated environments, driving definable goals and outcomes, where listening skills and vulnerability were not often appreciated or wanted.

As the Convener, I had done a considerable amount of preparation, internal and external—but I have to admit, I was nervous. Most of those present were not familiar with Heartland’s work and had never experienced the Art of Convening—and many were cutting-edge ...

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