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David Whyte
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Invitas

BECOME A MORE INVITATIONAL LEADER

WHAT WE OFFER

We offer programs and resources to help you build the presence, instinct and artistry required to make real invitations to others and in doing so, shape organizations and communities in which people long to participate.

We call this capability Conversational Leadership, and work with Seven Elements that create the conditions for clear invitations and the full-hearted engagement of others.

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What invitations are you making to others?

As a leader, a friend, a partner — what invitations are you making to others? Just by walking into a room, what invitation do you make? Are you making any invitation at all?

Find that far inward symmetry
to all outward appearances,
apprentice yourself to yourself,
begin to welcome back
all you sent away,
be a new annunciation,
make yourself a door
through which
to be hospitable,
even to the stranger in you.

From 'COLEMAN'S BED' by DAVID WHYTE

How impactful are your conversations?

In your organizations, your community, your family. Are they really conversations; exploring, challenging, supporting one another? Or are they volleys of opinions trying to get people to agree or disagree?

We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again.

The visible
and the invisible

working together
in common cause,

to produce
the miraculous.

From 'WORKING TOGETHER' by DAVID WHYTE

How easy is it for you to ask for help?

What is the help you are looking for and how do you ask for it in a way that both acknowledges your strengths and contributions and admits your limitations and challenges? What arises in you as you contemplate asking others for help?

It may be that the ability to know the necessity for help; to know how to look for that help and then most importantly, how to ask for it, is one of the primary transformative dynamics that allows us to emancipate ourselves into each new epoch of our life and work.

From 'HELP' by DAVID WHYTE

How do you understand the artistry of the work you do?

How might the way you work and lead be different if you understood your work to be a form of artistry?

But the miracle had come simply
from allowing yourself to know
that this time you had found it,
that some stranger appearing
from far inside you, had decided
not to walk past it anymore.

From 'THE WELL' by DAVID WHYTE
Video introductions

Hear from our team about Conversational Leadership

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The Essence of Conversational Leadership | David Whyte

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Deeply Human Qualities in Conversational Leadership | Gayle Karen Young

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Organizations are Conversations | Craig Fleck

The Essence of Conversational Leadership | David Whyte

Explore

Seven Elements of Conversational Leadership

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We are always in the middle of many conversations. Which truly serve us? Which are creating blocks or limitations? What is a conversation we need to stop?
Stopping the Conversation You Are Having Now
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To be willing to not know is rarely encouraged in our organizations. It might be the most important skill to open new possibilities. How can I cultivate my sense of curiosity?
Cultivating a Friendship with the Unknown
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Being anchored to what is and not what we imagine things to be gives us a solid place to begin. It connects us to the courageous conversation. What beautiful question will open the horizon for what is next?
Coming to Ground
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Being able and willing to express what you can do and what you can’t do on your own, creates an opening for others to contribute. Where do you need help? Both visible and invisible?
Robust Vulnerability
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We all have an artistry that taps into our gifts. Infusing your engagement with others with your practiced artistry encourages others to offer their own. What is your form of artistry? What is your social artistry?
Artistry
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A compelling invitation is the heart of leadership. How invitational are you as a leader?
Making the Invitation
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The quality of your presence is a sign of your authenticity. The harvest is seldom what you expect. Are you prepared for the unexpected harvest you have sown?
Harvest
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We are always in the middle of many conversations. Which truly serve us? Which are creating blocks or limitations? What is a conversation we need to stop?
Stopping the Conversation You Are Having Now
Bookmark image of element 2
To be willing to not know is rarely encouraged in our organizations. It might be the most important skill to open new possibilities. How can I cultivate my sense of curiosity?
Cultivating a Friendship with the Unknown
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Being anchored to what is and not what we imagine things to be gives us a solid place to begin. It connects us to the courageous conversation. What beautiful question will open the horizon for what is next?
Coming to Ground
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Being able and willing to express what you can do and what you can’t do on your own, creates an opening for others to contribute. Where do you need help? Both visible and invisible?
Robust Vulnerability
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We all have an artistry that taps into our gifts. Infusing your engagement with others with your practiced artistry encourages others to offer their own. What is your form of artistry? What is your social artistry?
Artistry
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A compelling invitation is the heart of leadership. How invitational are you as a leader?
Making the Invitation
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The quality of your presence is a sign of your authenticity. The harvest is seldom what you expect. Are you prepared for the unexpected harvest you have sown?
Harvest

Ready to engage? Here’s how.


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Events & Programs

Attend introductory and in-depth Conversational Leadership programs

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Salons

Deepen your practice of Conversational Leadership with a small group of peers

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Coaching

Work one-on-one with an Invitas coach

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