Session M1 - Pre-Conference Session
Agile Leadership: The “Inquirer”
Presented by Peter Stonefield


Description: The performance of all organizational systems is driven by the quality of the interactions between its parts. Effective interactions in today’s disruptive, knowledge driven and increasingly complex creative economy requires agility- playing many different roles in different contexts with varying goals. Roles like “Inquirer”, “Advocate”, “Creator”, “Negotiator”, “Conflict Manager”, “Change Manager”, “Systems Thinker”, “Facilitator”, “Collaborative Leader”, “Talent Scout”, Project Manager”, “Individual Contributor” and “Coach.” In this context, quality interactions require accurately understanding the situation and the self-management necessary to play the right role at the right time. Accordingly, we must first and foremost learn the role of the “Inquirer” so we can accurately sense or understand the situation.

Target Audience: This workshop is designed for those who would like to become more agile, adaptive and effective in different contexts by learning how to more accurately sense or understand situations and facilitate greater understanding in others.

Organizational Issues: tbd

Objectives: In this session we will briefly look at the basics of self-management and a proven leadership communications architecture. We will explore the purpose / mindset of the “Inquirer” and use a creative process to catalyze the self-organization of your role as an “Inquirer.” To begin the actualization of your “Inquirer” you will practice approaches, language, and opening lines for different contexts using role plays.

Dates: Friday, April 16th

Length: 3 hours (Offered as the first part of a 2-part series. Link here to find details for part 2, Agile Leadership: "The Negotiator - Getting to What WE Need Note that part 1 is a pre-requisite for attending part 2.

Location: In2:InThinking Network Suite at Hilton (room to be anounced several weeks before the Forum)

Cost: None

Maximum Class Size: 15 attendees, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that part 1 is a pre-requisite for attending part 2, Agile Leadership: "The Negotiator" - Getting to What WE Need.

Handouts: Available for download after the Forum

Peter Stonefield

Biography: Peter Stonefield holds a B.S.E.E. , M.A. , Ph.D. and is President of Stonefield Learning Group. In this capacity, he serves as an executive and technical staff coach, consultant and trainer. He was an electronic engineer, marketing and sales executive for the Bunker-Ramo Corporation before becoming a psychologist. He taught graduate-level courses on Cognitive and Creative Process, Psychosynthesis and Counseling Psychology. He has successfully completed over 200 consulting engagements, created more than 20 different training and development programs and coached over 300 executives and engineers. Some of the training programs he developed are Managing Innovation, TQM, Agile Communications, Agile Leadership, Knowledge Management, Managing Change, Creative Thinking and Architecture for Teamwork. He has also facilitated the development of 10 knowledge leveraging “Communities of Practice” in engineering and marketing organizations. His client list includes Apple Computer, Baxter Laboratories, Dow Chemical, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Stanford University , PPG, Sun Microsystems, U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration. He was the principal consultant to, the U.S. Department of Labor, the winner of the U.S. President's Quality Award for Managing Change and the G.S.A. Administrators Award for Managing Change in Government.

Peter recently drafted a vision for computing for Sun Microsystems. His mission is to catalyze and accelerate the evolution of organizations and people.

Contact: Peter can be reached by e-mail at for additional
information about this pre-conference session.


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