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When Everyone Leads Discussion Kit

Coming January 31 on Bard Press

Photo of Ed O'Malley and Julia Fabris McBride, authors of When Everyone Leads

Co-authors Ed O’Malley and Julia Fabris McBride

With your purchase of our bestselling book, When Everyone Leads, enjoy this special Discussion Kit from our authors, including cartoons, videos with Ed and Julia covering each of the 5 parts of the book, plus 6 discussion guides with helpful tips!

Whether you want to learn more about the book, host a small group conversation, organize a book club or use in a classroom setting, this page contains all the resources you’ll need to help you, your community, company or organization make progress on your most important challenges. You don’t have to be a professional facilitator. You just have to gather some people and use the resources here to host fun, productive discussions.

To place a bulk order for When Everyone Leads, either email our team or complete this order form to receive a bulk discount on your purchase.

Discussion Prep

Step 1
Determine your When Everyone Leads project purpose. Choose from among the following or create your own:

  • Give people the opportunity to read and discuss a great new book about leadership.
  • Launch multiple When Everyone Leads discussion groups in my community or organization.
  • Help my organization or community make more progress on our toughest challenges.
  • Spread the KLC leadership framework and the ideas in When Everyone Leads throughout my company.
  • Help people in my company or community see and seize their moments to lead.
  • Encourage people to move to action and exercise more leadership after they’ve read the book.
  • Understand more about the KLC leadership framework and the curiously countercultural idea that “it’s when everyone leads that our toughest, most important challenges get seen and solved.”
  • Something else______________________________________________________.

Write out your When Everyone Leads project purpose:

Step 2
Determine who you want to join the discussion. We recommend 6-12 people per When Everyone Leads discussion group. For now, just list a few names of friends or coworkers. If you have a vision to host multiple groups in your company or organizations, list roles and departments to engage. If your project is community-wide, use this space to identify groups you’d like to collaborate with.
Step 3
Decide whether you want to host one 90-minute book discussion or a series of five discussion. When Everyone Leads has five parts. You can choose whether you want to discuss the whole book in one sitting or host a series of conversations. You’ll find two versions of the discussion guide starting on this site (1 for single 90 minute session, and 5 individual hour long sessions).
Step 4

Schedule your discussion(s) and invite your people. See the invitation template on this webpage. Adapt it to fit your needs. Make sure everyone knows details like:

  • Purpose of the discussion(s).
  • How to buy When Everyone Leads or borrow it from the library.
  • Start and end times.
  • Group member contact information (if appropriate).
  • Will you meet online or in person?
  •  Will there be social time before or after?
  • Will there be snacks?
  • Other – as you see fit
Step 5

Get familiar with the When Everyone Leads discussion guide. Get ready to have fun and learn about what happens when everyone (yes, everyone!) leads. Review the facilitator tips on this site. Prepare to make a few key decisions:

  • Choose your discussion questions in advance. Start with broad questions and follow the interest of the group.
  • For a 60- to 90-minute discussion of the whole book, prepare just one or two questions per section in the facilitation guide.
  • For a five-part discussion series, prepare 7-10 questions per discussion.
  • Times indicated in the facilitation are recommendations only. Adjust them to fit your group and your discussion purpose.
  • Each section of the facilitation guides starts with an introductory paragraph. Before you facilitate, choose how you’ll introduce each section. You can:
    1. Read the introductory paragraph.
    2. Introduce the section in your own words.
    3. Play one of the short videos below. (We recommend no more than one video per discussion.)
    4. Jump right into your discussion questions.

Facilitator Tips

Facilitator Tips
  1. Trust yourself. You can do this.
  2. If you are nervous, work with a partner.
  3. Trust the people in your group to have lots to say about leadership and their challenges.
  4. Prepare 7-10 questions in advance of your discussion. But if a particular topic has traction don’t rush on to the next. If you planned to focus on one chapter but your group is more interested in another, adjust your plan.
  5. Make sure everyone gets a chance to speak.
  6. Don’t push people to talk more than they want to. Some people really enjoy being part of a welcoming space where they can listen and reflect quietly about what they’ve read.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask deep or provocative follow-up questions. You’ll be surprised by how vulnerable people are willing to be in a small group.
  8. Spend 30 minutes preparing and the discussion will practically facilitate itself.
  9. Have fun with this. When you do, great discussion and learning about leadership will follow.

Discussion Guides

One 90 minute Session

5 – 1 Hour Sessions – Part 1

5 – 1 Hour Sessions – Part 2

5 – 1 Hour Sessions – Part 3

5 – 1 Hour Sessions – Part 4

5 – 1 Hour Sessions – Part 5

Videos Featuring Ed and Julia

Part 1 Video
Part 2 Video
Part 3 Video
Part 4 Video
Part 5 Video

Cartoons from When Everyone Leads

Download a slide deck of cartoons to share and discuss.

We're stuck cartoon
Quick fixes don't work cartoon
Start with your part of the mess cartoon
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