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Welcome to the True North Leadership Program Page: Information, Syllabus & Pre-Work Assignments

Dear True North Leaders,
 

We look forward to welcoming you to 1440 Multiversity on Sunday, October 17, 2021 between noon and 2:00 p.m. The program journey starts promptly at 3:00 p.m., so please manage your travel plans to be on time accounting for possible travel delays.

 
We will spend the week together in intense learning experiences that are intended to help you become more outstanding leaders. The program will be based on Bill George's book, Discover Your True North. Program topics include your life story; your greatest crucible; your self-awareness and emotional intelligence; your values; the purpose of your leadership; and how to take it out into the world and do it!
 
On this web page you'll find:
  • Your welcome letter from your TNL faculty
  • Program Syllabus
  • Assignments by Session
  • Daily Schedule & Campus Information
 
It's imperative to complete all the assignments. Give yourself ample time to complete the work; it will enhance not only your program experience but that of your fellow participants, too.
 
Please contact Michelle Rittenberg with any questions you have at michelle.rittenberg@1440.org.
 
- Your True North Faculty Team

Assignments by Session

  • Session 1: Life Stories
    • Reading: Discover Your True North: Introduction and Chapter 1
    • Fieldbook Assignment
      Fieldbook Assignment: Read in The Discover Your True North Fieldbook: Preface, Introduction, Chapter 1 and Appendix A & B. Complete exercises in Chapter 1.
    • Activity
      Activity: Think about your autobiography and write out the chapter titles of your life, then chart them on your Lifeline Chart (see the Sunday syllabus, page 2, for details). Please bring your completed chart to class on Sunday. 
      START NOW
    • Watch
      Watch: These Lessons Took Howard Schultz from Starbucks CEO to the Presidential Race
      WATCH NOW
  • Session 2: Crucibles
    • Reading
      Reading: Discover Your True North, Chapters 2 & 3 and pages 182-184 (Mandela) and 199-203 (Frazier)
    • Fieldbook Assignment
      Fieldbook Assignment: Complete exercises in The Discover Your True North Fieldbook, Chapters 2 & 3
    • Watch
      Watch: First 28 minutes of Ping Fu at Google
      WATCH NOW
    • Additional Reading
      Additional Reading: A Courageous Leader Triggers a Moral Revolt of CEOs (Harvard Business School)
      READ NOW
    • Additional Reading
      Additional Reading: Merck CEO Ken Frazier on Death Row Cases & the Corporate Soul (The New York Times)
      READ NOW
  • Session 3: Introspection
    • Reading
      Reading: Discover Your True North, Chapter 4
    • Fieldbook Assignment
      Fieldbook Assignment: Complete the exercises in The Discover Your True North Fieldbook, Chapter 4
    • Listen
      Listen: Is it Safe to Speak Up at Work? (WorkLife with Adam Grant Podcast)
      LISTEN NOW
    • Practice: Daily Commute Micro-Mindfulness as outlined in the syllabus, and write about your experience
      READ NOW
    • Additional Reading
      Additional Reading: Unconscious Bias: Turning Discovery & Awareness into Action and Impact (Bay Path University)
      READ NOW
  • Session 4: Values
    • Reading
      Reading: Discover Your True North, Chapter 5
    • Fieldbook Assignment
      Fieldbook Assignment: Complete the exercises in The Discover Your True North Fieldbook, Chapter 5
    • Additional Reading
      Additional Reading: Values Based Leadership: A Platform for the Challenge-Opportunity Driving Tough Organizational Changes (Harvard Kennedy School)
      READ NOW
    • Watch
      Watch: U.S. Air Force Retired General Janet Wolfenbarger (U.S. Air Force and Space Force Recruiting)
      WATCH NOW
  • Session 5: Sweet Spot
    • Reading
      Reading: Discover Your True North, Chapter 6 
    • Fieldbook Assignment
      Fieldbook Assignment: The Discover Your True North Fieldbook, Chapter 6 
    • Listen
      Listen: NPR JetBlue Airways: David Neeleman (NPR)
      LISTEN NOW
  • Session 6: Purpose
    • Reading
      Reading: Discover Your True North, Chapter 10
    • Fieldbook Assignment
      Fieldbook Assignment: The Discover Your True North Fieldbook, Chapter 10
    • Additional Reading
      Additional Reading: From Purpose to Impact (Harvard Business Review)
      READ NOW
  • Session 7: Integrated Life
    • Reading
      Reading: Discover Your True North, Chapters 7 & 8 
    • Fieldbook Assignment
      Fieldbook Assignment: Complete the exercises in The Discover Your True North Fieldbook, Chapters 7 & 8  
    • Additional Reading
      Additional Reading: We "Leaned In" to Our Marriage - Equally (TIME)
      READ NOW
  • Session 8: Empowerment
    • Reading
      Reading: Discover Your True North, Chapters 11 
    • Fieldbook Assignment
      Fieldbook Assignment: Complete the exercises in The Discover Your True North Fieldbook, Chapter 11 
    • Additional Reading
      Additional Reading: Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time (Harvard Business Review)
      READ NOW
  • Session 9: Leading Toward a Better World
    • Reading
      Reading: Discover Your True North, Afterword & Chapter 12