Compassionate Leadership Workshop for South Island physicians

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve secured dates for South Island physicians to attend Team Atleo’s Compassionate Leadership Workshop, held on October 28 and 29 in Squamish, BC.

More details below, to register please email  Spaces are limited.

Who are ‘Team Atleo’?
Heather Atleo, “Ya?ak chumat axa,” is of Blackfoot ancestry and is an experienced leader in the areas of conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation, senior strategic analysis and facilitation, working with First Nations leaders, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, federal/provincial leadership at the Premier/Prime Minister and Ministerial level, and industry CEOs. She has an extensive background in transformative leadership and change management, strategic partnerships, engagement,
communications, and policy analysis and development. Shawn ‘Ah-up-wa-eek’ Atleo brings 30 years of leadership experience as Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation (part of Nuu-chah-nulth) and former twice-elected National Chief of the
Assembly of First Nations. The National Chief is elected by the over 633 First Nations from across Canada and serves as the lead advocate representing First Nations in Canada and globally. Shawn has two wonderful grown kids, and Shawn and Heather are together parents of five beautiful children living in Squamish, BC.

The Purpose of Team Atleo’s Compassionate Leadership initiative, Ya’akstulth: Leading with Compassion in a Tumultuous Era, is to continue to move forward a leadership philosophy, approach and skills program that is wrapped in the concept of relationality and the foundational principles to ‘add no harm,’ to focus on connection before content, and to build non-violent resilience. The workshops provide an introductory Compassionate Leadership education program that is grounded in
both Indigenous and Western pedagogy, and based on the following core principles:
• Leadership starts with oneself (if we want to see change, we must be the change)
• Compassion is about contributing to the happiness and well-being of self and each other
• Connection before content, empathy before education (relationships first)
• Non-violent communication: ‘Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?’ (safety checklist)

• Model of leadership through compassion and empathy that relies on ‘Safety First’ when working with leaders.
• Understanding how to build a space built on trust and safety, i.e., add no harm.
• Increase emotional and psychological safety when working through complex conflict.
• Learn to communicate in a compassionate manner and develop skills for conflict resolution within the group.
• Solve problems and co-create strategies in a calm, constructive, and responsive manner.
• Understanding and encouraging self-compassion and self-reflection.
• Mindfulness of self and others (empathy)

Ahp-hai-stulth: be kind to self and one another.
Ya-akstulth: be loving to self and one another.
Houpeets-stulth: learn from others and teach one another.

Process and Commitment:
This two day in-person session is held in the beautiful and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation) in Squamish, BC. Team Atleo co-creates delivery of this course and as such it may take a different shape depending on the needs and objectives of the requesting group. This is done though:
• Connection before content, the relationship is the work. Once the cohort is booked, we encourage a lead for the interested group to plan an initial ’meet and greet’ with Team Atleo and RCCbc to connect and build a foundational relationship. This can include a deeper dive into what could be expected through the training.
• Team Atleo meets one to one with each participant in the cohort for 30min prior to the in-person session to achieve and confirm the understanding of mutual goals and expectations. This will help shape content and curriculum materials.
• Participants will receive a ‘Compassionate Leadership: Program Outline and Companion Guidebook’ following the in-person session.
• There is no pre-reading required for this program.

Coordination and Logistics:
• The requesting participant group and the RCCbc Compassionate Leadership team will work together to ensure that expectations and needs are respectfully acknowledged and considered.
• There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants will be reimbursed for approved travel and accommodation expenses. Physicians will be remunerated at the Doctors of BC sessional rate for time spent in sessions and one to one meetings.

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