Doug Baker, Sr.
new book just released!
free book for Members; discount for non-members
SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
Ft. Mason Conference Center
Golden Gate Room
8:15am to 12:30pm
TLG Members: $0
$99 - Member guest Non-Members:
$99 until 8/30
$125 - after 8/30
Includes: breakfast and session materials
to this event
About the TLGs
Believing that organizational transformation is rooted in personal transformation, we offer a higher-level discussion/exploration of leadership issues.
It's not just a program, but a process that creates awareness about one's ability to create change through conversations that begin with the individual leader.
timely | provocative | transformative | inspiring
True North Leadership:
A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development
with Doug Baker (view bio)
President, True North Groups Institute; MBA, Stanford Graduate
School of Business; executive fellow, University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business graduate program;
former Sr. VP of HR, American Express Financial Advisors;
co-Author of TRUE NORTH GROUPS, Bill George and Doug Baker; founding MN Thought Leader Gathering Member
Navigating life’s challenges on your own isn’t just lonely, it is also counterproductive to personal growth and development. Whether you are looking to develop your leadership skills or to grow as a person, you need long-term feedback, support, and encouragement.
For the past thirty-five years Bill George and Doug Baker have found this in what they call a True North Group—a small, diverse collection of individuals who meet on a regular basis to explore their lives and develop their self-awareness, self-compassion, authenticity, and EQ. Unlike a typical affinity group such as a SIG, book club or prayer group, the purpose of True North groups is to help its members succeed in their work and in their lives by providing a consistent environment in which personal development is not just possible, but the aim.
Doug is a charter member of the Thought Leader Gatherings in Minnesota, as well as a trusted advisor and counsel to Heartland since our founding. He, along with Bill George, has pioneered this truly integrated approach to leadership at the highest levels of corporate America.
There have been ﬁve major arcs in Doug’s life that weave together to
give meaning to his involvement in the creation of this book. (view bio) “At various times,” George and Baker write, “a True North Group will function as a nurturer, a grounding rod, a truth teller, and a mirror. At other times the group functions as a challenger or an inspirer. When people are wracked with self-doubts, it helps build their courage and ability to cope.”
Drawing on recent research in psychology and sociology, George and Baker explain why True North Groups are so critical to helping us develop the self-awareness, compassion, emotional intelligence, and authenticity required to be inspired human beings and inspiring leaders. They cover every detail from choosing members, establishing norms, and dealing with conflicts to evaluating progress and deciding when it’s time to restructure. True North Groups provides a wealth of practical resources, including suggested topics for the first twelve meetings, advice on facilitating groups, techniques to evaluate group satisfaction, and much more.
Join us for a morning of authentic dialogue and conversation with one of the masters of group process in the engaging and stimulating TLG format designed to add to your leadership learning journey.
Schedule for the session:
7:45-8:15 am: Check-in and breakfast
8:15 am-12:30 pm: Thought Leader Session
12:45 pm: Lunch: stay to continue the conversation (optional, $17)
including large circle and small group intervals: TLG design
All TLGs include a Continental Breakfast, session materials, session audio, write-ups, resources.
Excerpt from the Foreword by Richard Leider: There is one question in particular that I ﬁnd very compelling in my work as an executive coach: “What are you up to?” Bill and Doug believe, as I do, that each of us is up to something very special with our lives. They believe that each of us is born with a unique gift and a sacred duty to fulﬁll its promise. This gift, for each of us, is the pathway to a meaningful life. It is the pathway to our livelihood — our life’s work. All of life is viewed as a quest to answer the core true north question, “What are you up to?”
The magic of the TLG is more than the conversation starter. Craig and Patricia Neal and their collaborators have created a process that allows their always fascinating participants to get into deep dialogue and have a profound experience with each session. - Michael Ray, John G. McCoy-Banc One Corporation Professor of Creativity and Innovation and of Marketing (Emeritus) at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business