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Wisdom Council: Beginner Mind Program

Leadership for the post-Covid-19 Future

"You need to have a beginner's mind to create bold innovations."

-Marc Benioff

Wisdom Councils do not care what kind of practice you operate - solo, small group, or any size DSO. This program is strictly a leadership development program with the only purpose of expanding wisdom in leaders and developing their ability to think with a beginner's mind.

The leadership of the past will be insufficient in the post-Covid19 future. This program is about the "who" not the "what" or the "how." Wise leaders can figure out their "what" and “how."

Wisdom enables leaders to anticipate the future. Wisdom displaces doubt, fear, and ambiguity. Wisdom enables leaders to deal with the weight of the responsibility they feel for their people as they must make gut-wrenching decisions about who to keep and who to let go.

Wisdom allows leaders to see the whole rather than the parts. Wisdom enables leaders to do the right thing at the right time. Wisdom greatly reduces chaos and confusion by bringing clarity, transparency, and simplicity.

Wisdom knows how to operate with a beginner's mind.

A beginner's mind, therefore, can steadily innovate. And, innovation is the

premier skill leaders will need to succeed in the post-Covid19 future.

a genuine attitude of openness, eagerness, and suspended preconceptions.

A beginner's mind is

“Simple can be much harder than complex. You have to work hard to

get your thinking clean and make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end

because once you get there you can move mountains...It’s wonderful to

have a beginner’s mind.” - Steve Jobs

The Wisdom Council Structure

This program is delivered in collaboration with other consultants, advisory groups, or a senior executive - professionals who believe now is the best time to enhance the wisdom of in their clients or direct reports. Therefore, The Wisdom Council program is not an “open enrollment” program. The program works best when each group (8 to 12) come from the same source, inhabit the same ecosystem - common context, common language, similar values, mutual intentions, shared concerns - are all present when the group has a common source. This works best for the program.

Logistics and Production Groups

• 8 to 12 leaders (practice owners, top level senior executives)


• The program is six months long.


• Three Zoom calls a month.


• One individual call between Dr. Cooper and the senior consultant or

  the senior executive accountable for the group. (1 hour)


• One call led by Dr. Cooper for 1 to 1.5 hours with the group.


• One call with their consultant or senior executive, the group and

  Dr. Cooper. (1 hour)


• Dr. Cooper's side of the program includes homework – books, e-

              mails, articles, podcasts and videos.

I anticipate participants are already working with, and reporting to, the consultant, advisor or senior executive. I ask these entities to participate on a pro-bono basis in this 6 months of the program. The value for them in terms of developing wisdom in leaders will be well worth it, and they are already getting paid directly or indirectly for the performance of the people in the group.

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