Producing Yourself at the Front of the Room: Exploring the Magic, Longing, Fear, Authority, and Possibility.
Maxime Fern, Executive Director, Vantage Point Consulting, Sydney Australia
Introduction by Julia Fabris McBride, Vice President, Kansas Leadership Center
Maxime Fern (BA,MEd, MAPsS, CMC, MIMC) is a co-founder and Executive Director of Vantage Point Consulting, an Australian company specializing in individual, organizational and leadership development. She consults to business, government and not for profit in Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, working to develop adaptive leadership capacity in senior executives, top teams and groups of managers. Working originally as a psychologist using systems theory in a family therapy practice, Maxime applies these principles to adaptation and leadership in knowledge organizations. Her programs range from year long leadership intensives to short programs and team interventions.
Maxime was adjunct faculty to the master class, ‘The Art and Practice of Leadership Development’ at Harvard’s JFK School of Government from 2000 – 2015. In this capacity she has delivered in ‘Leadership in the 21st Century’ programs in Cambridge, the Middle East and Asia. She is a faculty member of the Australian Adaptive Leadership Initiative (AALI) which seeks to develop leadership capacity in Australasia.
This presentation explores the possibilities and dilemmas in bringing our most courageous and flexible self into the role of facilitator, consultant and coach. The metaphor of production gives access to our experience, development and aspiration as we seek to hold steady on the fulcrum of being both good enough and yet not good enough, of having everything we need and yet being out of our depth, as we take on the task of keeping groups and individuals on their learning edge.