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    Leading (yourself and others) in times of crisis and change

    Leading (yourself and others) in times of crisis and chang

    March 4, 2021 9PM EDT/ 6PM PT

    When times are really challenging, we often need to take a new approach. Doubling down on pushing yourself harder to get it all done and define the right way forward is not necessarily the best strategy for success. This webinar provided some helpful strategies for navigating times of difficulty and change: putting people first, including yourself; knowing your north star; adopting an experimental mindset; and listening to learn.


    1.     David Snowden’s Cynefin framework helps us to understand any situation 
    2.     What works when we don’t have predictability is not to try harder to figure it out, but instead to let go of control, be curious, listen, learn, and get creative. 
    3.     Take care of people first. Starting with yourself 
    4.     Know your direction. And that’s enough 
    5.     Experiment. Play! Just try things. It’s the only way to find out what works. 
    6.     Listening well is a superpower in complexity. It helps you to connect with others, learn about what’s happening, and discover how your experiments are working. 
    7.     Ask yourself, “How are you listening? To win, to fix or to learn?” 


    Guest Presenter: Linda Furness 

    Linda Furness specializes in executive coaching and leadership development. Most recently she spent 6 years at Google, where she coached hundreds of leaders across the organization. Before joining Google she was a partner at a coaching and leadership development firm, where she designed and delivered comprehensive feedback and coaching programs for leadership teams at The Hewlett Foundation and The Packard Foundation. Other clients have included Apple, Bain & Company, McKinsey, ClimateWorks Foundation, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Natural Resources Defense Council, and numerous startups. 

    Prior to becoming a full-time executive coach, Linda served as the head of Human Resources for Financial Engines, Inc., a firm founded by Nobel Laureate Bill Sharpe. She has also held HR roles at Virtual Law Partners, Netscape and Hewlett Packard, and was a litigation consultant with Cornerstone Research. Linda received her BA UC Berkeley. A  JD from Stanford Law and Coaching certifications: CTI and  Immunity to Change. Linda lives in California’s coastal range with her family and meneagerie (where the animals are gaining on the people), and finds joy in the redwoods every day.

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