About Wisdom Explorer

wisdom2Wisdom Explorer™ is tool used in leadership development and educational settings to promote reflective thought and dialogue in support of wise actions. Each of 101 cards contains a wisdom quotation about leadership, learning, and life. Wisdom Explorer works by taking wisdom drawn from around the globe and across the ages and putting it into the middle of a creative conversation.

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Here is a sample of Wisdom Explorer cards …

By seeking and blundering we learn.  …    There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. …    When the music changes, so does the dance.  …    We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.  …    We meet no Stranger, but Ourself. …  

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In a typical session, each person selects one or more quotations in response to a framing question. For example, a framing question might be “What key insights do I have from this week’s program?” Participants are asked to choose one or more cards that respond to the framing question. A creative conversation about the question and chosen quotations ensues. Participants may then keep their cards as a memento, paste the cards into journals, paste them into a group collage, and so on.

A leader is a dealer in hope.    …    Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.  …     Don’t set sail on someone else’s star.  …    In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. …  

Ways to use Wisdom Explorer:

  • Reflection and dialogue in a leadership program. After receiving feedback from a variety of sources, each person browses the cards and chooses one or more in response to framing questions such as: “What am I learning? What does this feedback mean for my own leadership approach? What assumptions in life do I need to let go of or transform? What wisdom do I need to lead, learn and live the way I want?” Individual reflection and journaling precedes small group dialogue about the meanings and implications of the quotes.
  • One-on-one coaching. The coachee chooses one or more cards about insights into the challenges being faced. A coaching dialogue emerges from the mutual exploration and interpretation of the selected cards. WE can also be used “solitaire” for self-coaching.
  • Youth leader development. In classrooms or camps, ask students to choose a card for personal journaling and group discussion, in response to the challenges and lessons presented. Framing questions include: “What am I learning about myself? What wisdom do I need in my life? What wisdom do I live by now? Where do I want to go in my leadership, learning, and life?”

Wisdom Explorer™ may be combined with other Leadership Explorer™ tools. For example: use Visual Explorer™ to explore complex challenges faced by the organization and Leadership Metaphor Explorer™ to explore leadership culture and Values Explorer™ to discern the values required.

Three stages of wisdom are expressed in Wisdom Explorer™    …    More >> 

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This version of Wisdom Explorer™ is a prototype brought to you by CCLLabs at the Center for Creative Leadership (www.ccl.org/labs). Your feedback is welcome. Please send us your stories of using WE as well as your questions.

Wisdom Explorer™ and its contents are Copyright (c) 2010, The Center for Creative Leadership. All rights reserved. All quotations are public domain. We do not assert copyright for individual quotations. By quoting authors we do not imply their endorsement or approval. We do assert a claim of copyright for our compilations of quotations, their unique scope and style and selection of quotations.

Contact: David Magellan Horth (horthd@ccl.org), Charles J. Palus, Lyndon Rego

Artist: Bruce Flye (http://bruceflye.com)

Design and Production: Marie Stone-van Vuuren, Stephen van Vuuren (www.sv2studios.com)

Thanks to: Steadman Harrison, TZiPi Radonsky, Lyndon Rego, Michael Wakefield, Cheryl Bergman and Michelle Crouch.

About Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth & Steadman Harrison III

Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth are Senior Fellows at the Center for Creative Leadership. Steadman Harrison III is CEO of Go Innovation and Senior Associate in Africa for the Center for Creative Leadership.
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