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Carol Pearson
Carol Pearson

Carol Pearson, PhD

Director of the MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership and a Professor of Leadership Studies in the School of Public Policy. Her publications include The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By; Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes that Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World; The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes; Mapping the Organizational Psyche: A Jungian Theory of Organizational Dynamics and Change; What Story Are You Living?; Educating the Majority; Magic At Work: Camelot, Creative Leadership and Everyday Miracles; Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator; and Organizational and Team Culture Indicator. In addition, she was Senior Editor of The Inner Edge: A Resource for Enlightened Business Practice.


Keynote: Finding the Story Behind the Story: Narrative Intelligence as a Transformational Leadership Tool
Sunday, January 27
Ballroom 9:00 am to 10:15 am

Finding the Story Behind the Story:  Narrative Intelligence as a Transformational Leadership Tool — Carol Pearson, PhD — Ballroom 9:00 am to 10:15 am Everyone knows that thriving in today’s fast-paced, globally complex world requires new ways of thinking, feeling and acting.  Yet, it is another thing altogether to live and work in a way that is personally satisfying and professionally successful.  Individuals, companies and even whole countries make choices that are dictated by unconscious, archetypal structures that are too often mistaken for “reality.” This presentation assists leaders in gaining the narrative intelligence they need to decode their own unchallenged assumptions as well as those of others, to recognize the unwritten rules governing organizational cultures, and to articulate narratives that can inspire others to think and act in ways appropriate to the daunting task of meeting the challenges of our time, however great or small.

To understand  the deep archetypal structures of your thinking so you can make more fulfilling and socially responsible choices.

Learning Objectives:
• Define narrative intelligence and its archetypal basis,
• Show how you can decode and demystify the stories you are living, and
• Demonstrate how it is possible to understand the deep patterns of organizational cultures.

Workshop: Shifting the Story: Living Your Work Life as if it Were a Great Movie
Sunday January 27
New Mexico Room 10:45am - 12:00pm

If your business were a movie with you as its main character, would you want to watch it? If not, what story would you like to be living? I got the idea for this workshop when I was consulting on a Hollywood script that had an ending that just did not sing. The same strategy that helped me recommend an optimal ending works in real life too.  This program will allow you to have some fun thinking about your work life as a movie you have entered and to fine-tune your work/life plot to achieve the feel-good quality of a first-rate Hollywood hit.

Goal: To equip the audience to recognize the stories they are living and find the optimal “happy endings” (or middles) of those stories.

Learning Objectives:

• Assist you in recognizing the stories you are living,
• Inform you about story patterns that assist in becoming fully actualized and
• Provide an opportunity for you to explore next steps in your lives and work that maximize the potential within your own narratives.

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