Guidelines for Creating Your Course Leadership Project
Relatively Simple: Given that your Course Leadership Project will have been completed (fulfilled) by the last day of the course (or at least have moved significantly to being completed), it obviously cannot be grand, cannot be overly involved (cannot be complicated), cannot be long-term, and cannot demand too much time or effort from you or others to fulfill.
Fulfilling or Contribute To Fulfilling: While your Course Leadership Project will be
relatively simple, it cannot be unimportant. Its importance is derived from having created your Course Leadership Project to fulfill, or contribute to fulfilling, a concern (a matter of fundamental interest or importance to one). An acceptable Course Leadership Project could be the fulfillment of, or a contribution to the fulfillment of, one of your own concerns, or a concern that involves your family or friends, or that involves this or that area of life, or a concern to be fulfilled related to your professional or business life.
Taking on the Realization of a Step That Contributes To Fulfilling A Concern: If you identify any concern you may have (or that another or others may have) that you are willing to engage in fulfilling, you may select some step in contributing to the fulfillment of that concern as your Course Leadership Project. This is likely to be the simplest and quickest path to creating your Course Leadership Project.
Use This Definition For Leadership: For the purpose of this assignment, please use
the following definition for leadership: the realization of a future that wasn’t going to happen anyhow, which future fulfills or contributes to fulfilling the concerns of the relevant parties.
Your Course Leadership Project must be a future to be fulfilled that you have some sense is fulfill-able, but that you haven’t already figured out how to fulfill. (If you
already know how to fulfill it, it would only require competent management.)
Bigger Than The Way You Wound Up Being: Your Course Leadership Project must call you to be bigger than the way you wound up being.
One To A Customer: Each course participant will have their own Course Leadership Project.
Moved, Touched, And Inspired: You will have a lot more fun with this if to some
degree the realization of the future to be realized with your project moves, touches and inspires you.
You May Use the Following Procedure to Create Your Course Leadership Project
1. By yourself, or with someone who knows you well, take the time to sit down and make a list of the concerns (matters of fundamental interest or importance) that a) could be said to make you the person you are, and b) are matters of interest or importance that may not make you the person you are, but that at least appeal to you, and finally c) matters that you are willing to speculate about as concerns you might take on.
a. If any one of these fits the criteria stated above for your Course Leadership Project, and you are willing to take on the realization of it, you have created your Course Leadership Project.
b. If all of them are too big to fit the criteria stated above for your Course Leadership
Project, move on to number 2.
2. From your list of concerns, select the two or three that most call to you. See if there is
some step in the fulfillment of one of those concerns that is small enough to fit the criteria stated above for your Course Leadership Project. If you are willing to take on the realization of that step in the fulfillment of the larger concern, you have created your Course Leadership Project.
a. If this step still does not leave you with your Course Leadership Project, go on to number 3.
Note that in numbers 1 and 2, you yourself may be the only relevant party whose
concern you are fulfilling, or contributing to fulfilling.
3. You will have to find someone who has a concern that you can identify a step in the
fulfillment of that is small enough to fit the criteria stated above for your Course Leadership Project. For this to qualify as your Course Leadership Project, realizing the fulfillment of this step must belong to you as a leader.
Note that in number 3, someone other than you is the relevant party whose concern you are fulfilling, or contributing to fulfilling. Also note, when you take on realizing the step that will contribute to fulfilling that person’s concern, you have added yourself as a relevant party.
No Matter Which Method You Use To Create Your Course Leadership Project, These Are the Two Final Steps
Stating Your Course Leadership Project: When you have created your Course Leadership Project, initially you may have to state it from the present as a future to be realized. But for it to be empowering for you, you will have to re-state it from the future. That means you stand in that future and state it as a realized future – as it will be in that future. Make certain you have stated that realized future so that you and others can actually see what it says. Nothing conceptual, rather this is what this looks like as realized.
Create a Handle: In addition to this full statement, create a name that serves as a handle – a name that calls up the image of your Project.