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WisCom Tanzania 2017

WisCom Tanzania 2017

I just returned from leading a group of of fellow learners (we call it the Wisdom Community) to Tanzania.  This was my 13th time in that amazing country.  My friend and fellow traveler Phil Goldsmith had this to say about the trip: “It was such a wonderful journey into a land I knew so little […]

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A Glimpse of India – 2016

A Glimpse of India – 2016

It was a great pleasure to lead a small group of curious people to “Incredible India”.  We visited Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur, Mysore, Bandipur Tiger Preserve, the backwaters of Kerala, Cochin, Amritsar (home of the Golden Temple), Chandigarh, and amazing Shimla.  Some deep learning came from being in the country during the demonetization of the […]

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Tanzania Leadership Exchange 2

Tanzania Leadership Exchange 2

In November my colleagues Dawn Gelderloos, Melanie Lindsay-Brisbin and I had the pleasure of conducting the 2nd Tanzania Leadership Exchange on behalf of the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Shrinking Borders was asked to return after our first Exchange last year. This year we spent 4 days with leaders from the Northern Diocese discussing a variety of leadership topics. My thanks to Bishop Dr. Fredrick Shoo for sponsoring this event and to the staff of the Lutheran Uhuru Hotel in Moshi for the great venue and food.

Undaunted Women

Sister Anna

Sister Anna

Sunitha Krishnan

Sunitha Krishnan

I’m honored to be featured in the blog at Sojourners – my favorite social justice magazine.

Learning from Undaunted Women

One of the best things about my opportunities to work and travel in developing countries has been learning from women who are having amazing impact under the most difficult of conditions.

Now Offering Spiral Dynamics Profiles from ValueMatch

Now Offering Spiral Dynamics Profiles from ValueMatch

1462912_770484469685088_9124661767890493618_n Ever since it was first introduced to me by my friends and mentors Carol & Tim at FGI, the Spiral Dynamics theory of the evolution of human values has provided a fascinating framework for interpreting the world around me, understanding barriers to change (in people, organizations, and cultures), and communicating more effectively across these barriers.

An understanding of Spiral Dynamics (based on the work of Dr. Clare Graves, and supported by decades of research) can improve leadership, make organizations more effective, and help one just “make sense” of the news. I am happy to announce that Shrinking Borders is now a partner with ValueMatch, a provider of profiles that make it easy to understand what is behind an individual’s worldview. ValueMatch profiles assess the Spiral Dynamics Value Systems active in people, teams and organizations.

Contact me if you would like to learn more about this.

Tanzania Leadership Exchange

Leaders of the ELCT Northern Diocese

Leaders of the ELCT Northern Diocese

In October, Shrinking Borders conducted a first of its kind leadership development event in Tanzania. This 2 day event provided experiential learning in Emergenetics and a variety of leadership topics. The participants included 31 Tanzanian leaders from the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) and 5 Americans. Shrinking Borders LLC, Real Life Works, Emergenetics International and ELCT Northern Diocese jointly sponsored the event.

Leaders in the church in Tanzania face very difficult challenges, working in one of the poorest countries on the planet, while operating major social services (schools, hospitals, orphanages, as well as parishes). The American participants learned much from their Tanzanian counterparts.

One of the participants, the headmistress of a secondary school for many years, said: “I can’t wait to let you know how much I am transformed by the seminar. Now I know myself better . . . Now I know why I do things the way I do them; why I take a lot of time trying to explain things to others and why I talk much. I am a new creation now.”

Poor God

“And so I sent some men to fight, and one came back at dead of night. Said he’d seen my enemy. Said he looked just like me” – from the song “Same Mistake” by James Blunt

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Certified Emergenetics Associate

Certified Emergenetics Associate

Shrinking Borders is very happy to now be able to provide Emergenetics Profile Assessments as well as consulting and seminars in the use of this powerful tool for self-understanding and team performance improvement.

Have you taken a Profile?

If you’ve already taken your Emergenetics Profile, you may want a refresher on what Emergenetics is, how your Profile works, and how you can develop your individual strengths.  Check out the Emergenetics website for the background on Emergenetics and Click Here to get a look behind the Emergenetics Profile and see what it’s all about.

Have you gone through an Emergenetics Workshop?

An Emergenetics workshop conducted by Shrinking Borders is one of the most powerful ways of learning how to excel in your work by capitalizing on your innate strengths.  See how the Emergenetics Meeting of the Minds program works and why it would be so beneficial for your team or department.  The beauty of Emergenetics is its flexibility though, so email mjmalley@shrinkingborders.com to find out more about the way Shrinking Borders approaches Emergenetics.

Do you want to know more about the science behind Emergenetics?

Real, definable brain science is one major way that Emergenetics stands out from the crowd.  If you’re someone who needs the facts and the data, it’s all right here.  Even if you’re not a science person, Emergenetics history and background will give you a great understanding of why it was created and how it works.

How is your EQ?

How is your EQ?

I recently had the pleasure of facilitating a day of staff teambuilding and coaching, followed by a day of strategic planning for the staff and board of a nonprofit organization.  It was really fun working with people who are focused on positive change in their community and beyond.

As part of the engagement I was able to see the great value of the EQ360 assessment.  This tool from MHS is really rich.  In my corporate life I had the privilege of being the subject of a few different 360 degree evaluations over the years.  While sometimes the feedback includes things that aren’t fun to hear, it is all generally golden.  EQ (a measure of emotional intelligence) has a much bigger impact on success at work (and in life) than IQ (cognitive intelligence).  It is all about relationships.

The EQ360 provides a look at the subject’s emotional intelligence as seen from the self, from manager(s), peers, family/friends, direct reports and others.  There are few opportunities in life to get rich, candid, scientifically validated input from an audience like this.

Let me know if you are interested in learning more about your EQ.