Akaya Windwood

"What nourishment does our leadership “soil” need, so that today's effort will have the impact we want and will satisfy us when it's time to harvest?"

topics: Art of Leadership

Spring

I was walking to work with a staff member the other day, when she mentioned that she loves weeding. I actually love weeding too. There is something very satisfying about mindfully pulling unwanted growth from a small plot of land in order to create space for what I really want growing there. And while I […]

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Britt Bravo

"One of the results of going through Rockwood is that I’m trying to slow down and be very present with what I’m doing in the moment, and not do 800 things at once, which is my natural inclination."

My Personal Life Fuels My Professional Life

Ayana Walker is the Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator for the Women’s Community Clinic in San Francisco where she spearheads enrolling women for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. In October 2013, Ayana was one of 27 women who went through Rockwood’s 5-day Art of Leadership for Women in Racial Justice and Human Rights. A […]

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Stacy Kono

"Tenzin Taklha ’s leadership style was marked with overpowering gentleness, deep humility, and absolute self-discipline."

topics: Art of Leadership, Mindfulness

(Guest Post) The Gentle Leadership of Tenzin Taklha

Today’s  guest poster, Beth Rosales, has spent more than three decades in progressive philanthropy making grants that support social change and movement building.  When asked what he did for the Dalai Lama, without a blink, Tenzin Taklha responded modestly, “I cook his meals and make sure his tea is hot.” I met Tenzin Taklha six […]

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Akaya Windwood

"What are you mastering? What will it take your lifetime to learn as a leader?"

topics: Art of Leadership

Mastery

A number of years ago, I was walking in New York when I saw a bricklayer building a wall. He was not a young man, probably in his fifties. Brick by brick by brick he put his wall together with such elegance, rhythm and mastery that it seemed almost effortless. I stood there, transfixed, for […]

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Britt Bravo

"How is your Purpose calling you this spring?"

6 Questions to Reflect on Your Leadership This Spring

Happy first day of spring! Below are six questions based on Rockwood’s six practices to help you reflect on how you want your leadership to grow this spring: 1. How is your Purpose (the principles which give your life meaning) calling you this spring? 2. What is your Vision (a clear and compelling picture of your […]

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Akaya Windwood

"Many of us lead in contexts that ask us to ignore the natural world and its rhythms – this is a time to get end-of-year appeals, and final grant reports and proposals out the door."

Short days, dark nights

It’s cold here in Oakland as we move through these waning days heading towards the Solstice. It’s dark before I leave the office in the evening, and I find myself wanting to follow our brothers the bears and hibernate. My garden is put to bed for the winter (although the kale musters on) and there’s […]

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Akaya Windwood

"We cannot do the work of transforming the world unless we are in interdependent relationships—the work is too vast and complex for any one of us."

…and sometimes it’s just hard

Recently, four friends of mine lost parents and siblings. Rockwood has had a few unanticipated challenges this year. The ripples of the 2008 recession are still affecting the nonprofit sector, and many organizations are struggling. The instability of our national government in recent months has made things very difficult for many folks. Sometimes life is […]

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Stacy Kono

"It's actually about how can we get our movements together so that we're moving a larger social agenda that is about supporting the common good, and nobody is leading in isolation."

topics: Art of Leadership, Collaboration

The Art of Collaborative Leadership with Akaya Windwood (audio)

“We need to get better at crossing boundaries and actually caring about what each of us cares about. That requires new tools, new ways of being. It means that we’re going to actually be different, if that’s going to happen. When we reach across boundaries, we get changed. That’s good news and bad news. That […]

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Britt Bravo

"Leadership takes practice and ongoing learning. The Advanced Art of Leadership is designed for graduates of the Art of Leadership (like you!) to support your continual growth as a leader."

topics: Art of Leadership

Take Your Leadership to the Next Level: Advanced Art of Leadership

Calling all Rockwood alum! We’re excited to announce that we have two Advanced Art of Leadership trainings happening on the East and West Coast in 2014. Leadership takes practice and ongoing learning. The Advanced Art of Leadership is designed for graduates of the Art of Leadership (like you!) to support your continual growth as a […]

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TC Duong

"Now in its sixth year, this intensive leadership program is designed to teach powerful visioning, listening, speaking, presentation, coaching, team-building and feedback skills to leaders engaged with advocacy and organizing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer equality and liberation."

topics: Art of Leadership, Cross-Movement

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Advocacy Fellowship Announced

Rockwood is proud to announce our 2013-14 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Advocacy Fellows. Now in its sixth year, this intensive leadership program is designed to teach powerful visioning, listening, speaking, presentation, coaching, team-building and feedback skills to leaders engaged with advocacy and organizing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer equality and liberation. The […]

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